MOST CREATIVE PEOPLE
Former Garbage Time host Katie Nolan is bringing her signature wit to ESPN with the new podcast Sports? With Katie Nolan.
Last year, Fox Sports 1’s quirky show Garbage Time With Katie Nolan came to an abrupt end when the network put it on hiatus amid executive leadership changes. Nolan has no regrets: The freewheeling weekly broadcast that ran for three seasons allowed her to ask guests such as Kevin Durant about his underwear, as well as call out the NFL for its handling of domestic assault charges against former Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy. She just wishes she’d been aware in advance that the Super Bowl 2017 show would be the last. “There would have been fireworks,” she says. “And puppies.” In October 2017, she found greener Astroturf at ESPN, where she’s helping to boost the network’s digital presence as it expands beyond linear media and game recaps.
Nolan’s new multifaceted role includes regular on-camera ESPN guest commentator work and an anchor gig on the network’s Snapchat version of Sportscenter, which has seen its audience double in size to more than 2 million daily viewers since its launch in October. Meanwhile, she’s hosting a new podcast, called Sports? With Katie Nolan, which debuted in January and echoes Garbage Time in tone and format (early episodes have her discussing a Rockets–clippers game, debating the merits of kale, and running a Super Bowl halftime show bracket). “It’s fun to hear your favorite athlete say more than, ‘We gave 100% out there, it was a team effort,’ ” Nolan says. “I like when they talk about stuff they never talk about. People are so much more than their job.”
BEST RECENT TECH DEVELOPMENT “Did they make that train that gets you places in an hour yet? The Hyperloop? That would be great.” WORST RECENT TECH DEVELOPMENT “Earbuds that don’t have any cords on them. Airpods? I always call them Air Buds, and that is a dog from a movie. I can’t tell when people have them in their ears and they aren’t listening to me. Also, I’m not in on driverless cars. They scare the hell out of me.” WHO WOULD BE ON HER LIST OF MOST CREATIVE PEOPLE “Martellus Bennett, former tight end for the New England Patriots.” WHAT SHE’S GOOD AT “Making people laugh.”
How She Stays Productive
“I HAVE A REWARD SYSTEM WHERE I DO 30 MINUTES OF WORK AND THEN 10 MINUTES OF DOING THINGS I WANT TO DO, LIKE SOCIAL MEDIA AND EATING.”