ESPN’s OTL examines huge problem in women’s tennis: grunting

Chances are if you’re watching Wimbledon, you’ve become annoyed at the amount of grunting by several top women players. It has gotten to the point where I really can’t watch anymore. The repeated grunts are just too jarring.

Obviously, I’m not the only one who feels this way. ESPN’s Outside the Lines (Sunday, 9 a.m.) will examine the issue. Check out this preview if you need to be reminded why it is a huge problem for women’s tennis.

Here’s more from ESPN:

The world’s two top women’s players, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka, have become well known for something completely different than their tennis: they are among the loudest grunters in the sport, each letting out high-pitched shrieks on nearly every stroke. Hall-of-Famer Martina Navratilova says fans complain to her constantly about the noise and now, for the first time, the Women’s Tennis Association says it’s going to take action. Sunday, Outside the Lines interviews Navratilova, who first complained about the issue at Wimbledon 20 years ago, and reports on how the new policy will affect current and future players. Kelly Naqi reports.

“It’s hurting the game. It’s not just the players that are affected, it’s the fans. We’re losing fans. I cannot tell you how many times people come up to me and say, ‘Can you do something about the grunting?  It’s driving me crazy.’” Martina Navratilova, winner of 18 Grand Slam singles titles

“If you made an ultimatum to (current pro players to) stop it now, not a squeak, I believe that would hurt them, because it takes time to break a habit.” – Nick Bollettieri, founder of IMG Bollettieri Academy in Bradenton, Fla. and former coach of Monica Seles, Venus & Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova

“We aim, hopefully, to ultimately have a noise meter that would be just for the chair umpire, and if the noise level got too high, it would set that off. So we want to use science as a way to help us define what that noise level should be, and then they will have an objective rule that we can implement.” – Stacey Allaster, CEO, Women’s Tennis Association.

Saturday flashback: Harry Caray interview with Jordan, the baseball player; game highlights at Wrigley

Harry Caray was prone to a little hyperbole. So don’t quite believe him when he opens his interview with Michael Jordan, wearing a White Sox uniform, by saying, “It is the biggest thrill of my life.”

Still, it was a unique day. Caray interviewed Jordan prior to a Cubs-White Sox exhibition game on April 7, 1994. It was the only game Jordan played in a Major League park. As usual, Jordan rose to the occasion, going 2 for 5, including a double.

Erin Andrews is leaving ESPN!!!!!! Possibly going to Fox Sports!!!!!

This is a time when I really wish I had one of those old-fashioned Associated Press machines that had bells ringing to signify a big breaking story.

FLASH–ERIN ANDREWS LEAVING ESPN. TWITTER EXPLODES.

According to Richard Deitsch of SI.com, Andrews could be headed for Fox Sports. From Richard:

SI.com has learned that Fox Sports is aggressively pursuing ESPN sportscaster  Erin Andrews for a role at its network. The network’s executives recently met  with Andrews regarding a major role in Fox’s college football coverage.

Shortly after SI.com reported the news that Fox was pursuing Andrews, ESPN  released a statement that said Andrews had left the network. “Erin Andrews is  leaving ESPN,” an ESPN spokesperson said. “She did great work for us and we made  an aggressive offer to keep her. We wish her the best on her next chapter.”

OK, everyone can exhale now.

 

 

 

 

Triple Crown winning sports sections: Yahoo’s Passan wins for beat and feature writing; Sally Jenkins top columnist

The big awards recently were handed out at the Associated Press Sports Editors annual summer conference in Chicago. From APSE:

The Boston Globe, The New York Times, Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald and The Oklahoma of Okahoma City were “Grand Slam” honorees at the 2012 Associated Press Sports Editors awards banquet held Saturday.

APSE’s “Grand Slam” is defined as earning national top-10 recognition for daily, Sunday and special print sections as well as top 10 website.

Among writers, Matt Calkins of The Columbian (Vancouver, Wash.) was a three-time first-place winner. Calkins took top honors for beat writing, column writing and featuring writing in the 30,000-75,000 circulation division. In the over-175,000 class, Yahoo! Sports reporter Jeff Passan received first-place awards for beat writing and feature writing.

Here’s a complete list of the winners in the newspaper and individual categories:

Over 175,000 circulation

DAILY SECTION

Top 10:

  • Boston Globe
  • Chicago Tribune
  • The Dallas Morning News
  • The Denver Post
  • Kansas City Star
  • Los Angeles Times
  • Newark Star-Ledger
  • The New York Times
  • Philadelphia Inquirer
  • USA Today

 

Honorable Mention:

  • Arizona Republic
  • Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • Detroit Free Press
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • Philadelphia Daily News
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • St. Petersburg Times
  • The Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
  • Washington Post

SUNDAY

Top 10

  • Arizona Republic
  • Boston Globe
  • The Denver Post
  • Detroit Free Press
  • Kansas City Star
  • Los Angeles Times
  • The Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
  • Newark Star-Ledger
  • New York Daily News
  • The New York Times

Honorable Mention

  • Chicago Sun-Times
  • Chicago Tribune
  • The Dallas Morning News
  • Houston Chronicle
  • Miami Herald
  • Newsday (Melville, N.Y.)
  • Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • Washington Post

SPECIAL SECTION

Top 10

  • Boston Globe
  • Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • The Dallas Morning News
  • The Denver Post
  • Kansas City Star
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • The Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
  • The New York Times
  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • The Seattle Times

Honorable Mention

  • The Arizona Republic (Phoenix)
  • Chicago Tribune
  • Detroit Free Press
  • Miami Herald
  • Newark Star-Ledger
  • Newsday (Melville, N.Y.)
  • Philadelphia Daily News
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • San Francisco Chronicle
  • Tampa Bay Times/St. Petersburg Times

 


75,001-175,000 circulation

DAILY SECTION

Top 10

  • Buffalo News
  • The Charlotte Observer
  • Columbus Dispatch
  • Des Moines Register
  • The Indianapolis Star
  • The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
  • Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald
  • Salt Lake Tribune
  • The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)
  • Tulsa (Okla.) World

Honorable Mention

  • Detroit News
  • Knoxville (Tenn.) News Sentinel
  • The Palm Beach Post (West Palm Beach, Fla.)
  • The Patriot-News (Mechanicsburg, Pa.)
  • The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.)
  • Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch
  • San Antonio Express-News
  • The State (Columbia, S.C.)
  • Tampa Tribune
  • Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Wis.)

SUNDAY SECTION

Top 10

  • Buffalo News
  • The State (Columbia, S.C.)
  • Des Moines Register
  • Indianapolis Star
  • Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader
  • The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
  • Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald
  • Salt Lake Tribune
  • The Patriot-News (Mechanicsburg, Pa.)
  • The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)

Honorable Mention

  • Birmingham (Ala.) News
  • Cincinnati Enquirer
  • Columbus Dispatch
  • The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.)
  • Hartford (Conn.) Courant
  • The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)
  • The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.)
  • San Antonio Express-News
  • Tampa Tribune
  • Tulsa (Okla.) World

SPECIAL SECTION

Top 10

  • Arizona Daily Star (Tuscon)
  • The Birmingham (Ala.) News
  • The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.)
  • Des Moines Register
  • Honolulu Star-Advertiser
  • The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
  • Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald
  • The Patriot-News (Mechanicsburg, Pa.)
  • The Post-Standard (Syracuse, N.Y.)
  • The State (Columbia, S.C.)

Honorable Mention

  • The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.)
  • Cincinnati Enquirer
  • Columbus Dispatch
  • Detroit News
  • The Indianapolis Star
  • Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader
  • Mobile (Ala.) Press-Register
  • Roanoke (Va.) Times
  • Scripps Treasure Coast (Stuart, Fla.)
  • Tampa Tribune

 


30,000-75,000 Circulation

DAILY SECTION

Top 10

  • Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer
  • The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead (Fargo, N.D.)
  • Idaho Statesman (Boise, Idaho)
  • Gainesville (Fla.) Sun
  • Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star
  • Middletown (N.Y.) Times Herald-Record
  • Post-Tribune (Merrillville, Ind.)
  • The National (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)
  • The News-Gazette (Champaign, Ill.)
  • Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, Ill.)

Honorable Mention

  • Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle
  • Green Bay (Wis.) Press-Gazette
  • Huntsville (Ala.) Times
  • The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.)
  • Peoria (Ill.) Journal Star
  • The Post-Star (Glens Falls, N.Y.)
  • Reno (Nev.) Gazette-Journal
  • Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal
  • Quad-City Times (Davenport, Iowa)
  • Souix Falls (S.D.) Argus Leader

SUNDAY SECTION

Top 10

  • Albany (N.Y.) Times Union
  • Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle
  • Daily Press (Newport News, Va.)
  • The Desert Sun (Palm Springs, Calif.)
  • Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star
  • The National (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)
  • The News-Press (Fort Myers, Fla.)
  • Palm Springs (Calif.) Desert Sun
  • Portland (Maine) Press-Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram
  • Reno (Nev.) Gazette-Journal
  • Topeka (Kan.) Capita- Journal

Honorable Mention

  • Altoona (Pa.) Mirror
  • Chattanooga (Tenn.) Times Free Press
  • The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.)
  • Courier-Post (Cherry Hill, N.J. )
  • Eugene (Ore.) Register-Guard
  • The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead (N.D.)
  • Gainesville (Fla.) Sun
  • Middletown (N.Y.) Times Herald-Record
  • The News-Gazette (Champaign, Ill.)
  • Quad-City Times (Davenport, Iowa)

SPECIAL SECTION

Top 10

  • Altoona (Pa.) Mirror
  • Amarillo (Texas) Globe-News
  • Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle
  • Lincoln (Neb.) Star-Journal
  • The National (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)
  • Peoria (Ill.) Journal Star
  • The Post-Star (Glens Falls, N.Y.)
  • The Post-Tribune (Merrillville, Ind.)
  • The Register-Guard (Eugene, Ore.)
  • The Repository (Canton, Ohio)

Honorable Mention

  • Bristol (Va.) Herald Courier
  • Colorado Springs Gazette
  • Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, Va.)
  • Gainesville (Fla.) Sun
  • Green Bay (Wis.) Press-Gazette
  • Huntsville (Ala.) Times
  • Idaho Statesman
  • The News-Gazette (Champaign, Ill.)
  • Pensacola (Fla.) News-Journal
  • Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.)

 


Under 30,000 Circulation

DAILY SECTION

Top 10

  • Anniston (Ala.) Star
  • Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald
  • Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune
  • Daily Herald (Provo, Utah)
  • Jackson (Mich.) Citizen Patriot
  • Opelika-Auburn (Ala.) News
  • Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News
  • Williamsport (Pa.) Sun-Gazette
  • Wyoming Tribune-Eagle (Cheyenne, Wyo.)
  • Yakima (Wash.) Herald-Republic

Honorable Mention

  • The Bellingham (Wash.) Herald
  • Boulder (Colo.) Camera
  • The Chronicle-Telegram (Elyria, Ohio)
  • Columbia (Mo.) Missourian
  • Daily Chronicle (DeKalb, I’ll.)
  • The Herald-Times (Bloomington, Ind.)
  • Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal
  • News and Messenger (Manassas, Va.)
  • Santa Cruz Sentinel (Scotts Valley, Calif.)
  • The Standard-Times (New Bedford, Mass.)

SUNDAY SECTION

Top 10

  • The Beaumont (Texas) Enterprise
  • Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune
  • Chronicle-Telegram (Elyria, Ohio)
  • Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World
  • Santa Cruz Sentinel (Scotts Valley, Calif.)
  • Sauk Valley Media (Sterling, Ill.)
  • Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News
  • Winona (Minn.) Daily News
  • Wyoming Tribune-Eagle (Cheyenne, Wyo.)
  • Yakima (Wash.) Herald-Republic

Honorable Mention

  • Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald
  • The Bellingham (Wash.) Herald
  • Boulder (Colo.) Camera
  • The Herald-Times (Bloomington, Ind.)
  • The Island Packet (Hilton Head, S.C.)
  • The Kitsap Sun (Bremerton, Wash.)
  • Mail Tribune (Medford, Ore.)
  • The Missoulian (Missoula, Mont.)
  • The Star Press (Muncie, Ind.)
  • Southeast Missourian (Cape Girardeau, Mo.)

SPECIAL SECTION

Top 10

  • The Bellingham (Wash.) Herald
  • The Citizens’ Voice (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.)
  • The Daily Record (Wooster, Ohio)
  • Denton (Texas) Record-Chronicle
  • Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald
  • Jackson (Mich.) Citizen Patriot
  • Killeen (Texas) Daily Herald
  • Sauk Valley Media (Sterling, Ill.)
  • Wyoming Tribune-Eagle (Cheyenne, Wyo.)
  • Yakima (Wash.) Herald-Republic

Honorable Mention

  • Daily Chronicle (DeKalb, Ill.)
  • Decatur (Ala.) Daily
  • Elyria (Ohio) Chronicle-Telegram
  • The Island Packet (Hilton Head, S.C.)
  • Kerrville (Texas) Daily Times
  • Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World
  • Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal
  • Muscatine (Iowa) Journal
  • Santa Cruz (Calif.) Sentinel
  • Southeast Missoulian (Cape Girardeau, Mo.)

 


Under 15,000 Circulation

DAILY SECTION

Top 8

  • Columbia (Mo.) Missourian
  • Daily Chronicle (DeKalb, Ill.)
  • Denton (Texas) Record-Chronicle
  • Kennebec Journal (Augusta, Maine)
  • Medina (Ohio) Gazette
  • The Morning Sentinel (Waterville, Maine)
  • News and Messenger (Manassas, Va.)
  • Southeast Missourian (Cape Girardeau, Mo.)

SUNDAY SECTION

Top 4

  • Denton (Texas) Record-Chronicle
  • Opelika-Auburn (Ala.) News
  • Southeast Missourian (Cape Girardeau, Mo.)
  • Winona (Minn.) Daily News

SPECIAL SECTION

Top 9

  • Daily Chronicle (DeKalb, Ill.)
  • Denton (Texas) Record-Chronicle)
  • Index Journal (Greenwood, S.C.)
  • Kerrville (Texas) Daily Times
  • The Medina (Ohio) Gazette
  • Muscatine (Iowa) Journal
  • News & Messenger (Manassas, Va.)
  • Opelika-Auburn (Ala.) News
  • Southeast Missourian (Cape Girardeau, Mo.)

 


MULTIMEDIA

Multimedia, over 2 million unique monthly visitors

Top 10

  • Boston Globe
  • Kansas City Star
  • Los Angeles Times
  • The New York Times
  • The New York Times
  • The Oklahoman (Okahoma City)
  • Philadelphia Daily News
  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • The Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
  • The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, Va.)

Honorable Mention

  • Chicago Tribune
  • Indianapolis Star
  • Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel
  • South Florida Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
  • Tampa Bay Times

Multimedia, under 2 million unique monthly visitors

Top 10

  • Buffalo News
  • Des Moines Register
  • Columbia Missourian
  • Knoxville News Sentinel
  • Knoxville News Sentinel
  • Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, Ill.)
  • Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, Ill.)
  • Omaha World-Herald
  • Omaha World-Herald
  • The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.)

Honorable Mention

  • Naples (Fla.) Daily News
  • Scranton (Pa.) Times
  • Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News

And the individual:

INVESTIGATIVE (All circulation categories)

TOP 5

  1. Charles Robinson, Dan Wetzel and Rand Getlin, Yahoo! Sports
  2. Scott M. Reid, Orange County (Calif.) Register
  3. Justin Rodriguez and Kevin Gleason, Middletown (N.Y.) Herald-Record
  4. Bob Hohler, Boston Globe
  5. Alison Leigh Cowan, Serge F. Kovaleski, Peter Lattman, Richard Sandomir, Michael S. Schmidt, Ken Belson and David Waldstein, The New York Times

HONORABLE MENTION

  • Craig Harris, Arizona Republic (Phoenix)
  • Benjamin Hochman, Ryan Casey and Electa Draper, The Denver Post
  • Michael O’Keeffe, Christian Red, Teri Thompson and Nathaniel Vinton, New York Daily News
  • Josh Moon, Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser
  • Gerald Witt, News & Record (Greensboro, N.C.)

 


OVER 175,000

BEAT WRITING

TOP 5

  1. Jeff Passan, Yahoo! Sports
  2. Adam Kilgore, Washington Post
  3. Joe Drape, The New York Times
  4. Greg Bedard, Boston Globe
  5. Mike Klis, The Denver Post

HONORABLE MENTION

  • Doug Lesmerises, Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • Joe Strauss, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • Phil Miller, The Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
  • Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times
  • Evan Grant, The Dallas Morning News

BREAKING NEWS

TOP 5

  1. Mark Viera and Pete Thamel, The New York Times
  2. Tim Brown, Yahoo! Sports
  3. Ezra Feiser, Frances Robles and Clark Spencer, Miami Herald
  4. Alison Leigh Cowan, Peter Lattman, Serge F. Kovaleski, David Waldstein, Charles V. Bagli, Michael S. Schmidt, Ken Belson and Andrew Ross Sorkin, The New York Times
  5. Benjamin Hochman,The Denver Post

HONORABLE MENTION

  • Charles Robinson and Dan Wetzel, Yahoo! Sports
  • Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times
  • Steven Marcus, Newsday
  • Barry Jackson and Susan Miller Degnan, Miami Herald
  • Gene Wang and Sally Jenkins, Washington Post

COLUMNS

TOP 5

  1. Sally Jenkins, Washington Post
  2. Dan Shaughnessy, Boston Globe
  3. Michael Rosenberg, Detroit Free Press
  4. Dejan Kovacevic, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
  5. Steve Politi, Newark Star-Ledger

HONORABLE MENTION

  • Ian O’Connor, ESPNNew York.com
  • Bernie Miklasz, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • Mike Wise, Washington Post
  • Gregg Doyel, CBSSports.com
  • William C. Rhoden, The New York Times

EXPLANATORY

TOP 5

  1. Dan Bickley, Arizona Republic (Phoenix)
  2. Bob Hohler, Boston Globe
  3. Dan Pompei, David Haugh, Vaughn McClure, Becky Yerak, Steve Schmadeke and Juan Ortega, Chicago Tribune
  4. Bill Pennington, The New York Times
  5. Marc Carrig and Dan Worthington, Newark Star-Ledger

HONORABLE MENTION

  • Jay Hart, Yahoo! Sports
  • Lindsay H. Jones, Mike Klis and Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post
  • David Wharton, Baxter Holmes, Los Angeles Times
  • Tony Grossi, Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • Tom Rock, Jim Baumbach and Stephen Haynes, Newsday

FEATURES

TOP 5

  1. Jeff Passan, Yahoo! Sports
  2. Dan Wetzel, Yahoo! Sports
  3. Mike Klingaman, Baltimore Sun
  4. Dave Sheinin, Washington Post
  5. Bill Pennington, The New York Times

HONORABLE MENTION

  • Rick Maese, Washington Post
  • Sally Jenkins, Washington Post
  • Brad Townsend, The Dallas Morning News
  • Christopher Borrelli, Chicago Tribune
  • Kevin Armstrong, New York Daily News

PROJECTS

TOP 5

  1. John Branch, The New York Times
  2. Jay Hart, Dan Wetzel, Les Carpenter, Michael Silver, Nick Cotsonika, Dave Meltzer, Kevin Iole, Eric Adelson and Steve Henson, Yahoo! Sports
  3. Steve Berkowitz, Steve Wieberg, Jodi Upton, Erik Brady, Jay Weiner and Calder Silcox, USA TODAY
  4. Kent Babb, Bob Dutton, Pete Grathoff, Sam Mellinger, Terez A. Paylor and Tod Palmer, Kansas City Star
  5. Frank Fitzpatrick, Philadelphia Inquirer

HONORABLE MENTION

  • John C. Cotey, Joey Knight, Bob Putnam and Eduardo A. Encina, Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
  • Peter Abraham, Amalie Benjamin, Nick Cafardo, Chad Finn, Daigo Fujuwara, Sean Smith and Javier Zarrachina, Boston Globe
  • Terry Frei and Mike Chambers, The Denver Post
  • Michael O’Keeffe, Christian Red and Teri Thompson, New York Daily News
  • Dan Steinberg, Sally Jenkins, Michael Lee, Chris Jenkins and Peyton Craighill, Washington Post

 


75,001-175,000

BEAT WRITING

TOP 5

  1. John Hoover, Tulsa (Okla.) World
  2. David Woods, Indianapolis Star
  3. Joseph Person, The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer
  4. Joe Capozzi, The Palm Beach Post (West Palm Beach, Fla.)
  5. Tania Ganguli, Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville)

HONORABLE MENTION

  • Don Kausler, The Birmingham (Ala.) News
  • Jeff Roberts, The Record (Woodland Park, N.J)
  • Tim Stevens, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)
  • Lorne Chan, San Antonio Express-News
  • Ken Tysiac, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)

BREAKING NEWS

TOP 5

  1. Mike Wagner, Ken Gordon, Tim May and Jill Riepenhoff, Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch
  2. Mike Wagner, Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch
  3. Brent Zwerneman, San Antonio Express-News
  4. Jeff Duncan, Times-Picayune (New Orleans)
  5. Tim May, Columbus Dispatch

HONORABLE MENTION

  • Brian T. Smith, Steve Luhm and Tony Jones, Salt Lake Tribune
  • Bill Koch, Shannon Russell and Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati Enquirer
  • Kirk Bohls and Alan Trubow, Austin American-Statesman
  • Tom Witosky and Bryce Miller, Des Moines Register
  • Dustin Long, The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, Va.)

COLUMNS

TOP 5

  1. Geoff Calkins, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.)
  2. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati Enquirer
  3. Berry Tramel, The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City)
  4. Joe Henderson, The Tampa Tribune
  5. Bob Klapisch, The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.)

HONORABLE MENTION

  • Martin Fennelly, The Tampa Tribune
  • Bob Wojnowski, Detroit News
  • Ron Morris, The State (Columbia, S.C.)
  • Tara Sullivan, The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.)
  • Greg Stoda, The Palm Beach Post (West Palm Beach, Fla.)

EXPLANATORY

TOP 5

  1. Brian T. Smith and Mike Gorrell, Salt Lake Tribune
  2. Lorne Chan, San Antonio Express-News
  3. Eric Crawford, The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.)
  4. Stefanie Loh, The Patriot-News (Mechanicsburg, Pa.)
  5. Andrew Gribble, Knoxville (Tenn.) News Sentinel

HONORABLE MENTION

  • Kirk Bohls and Randy Riggs, Austin American-Statesman
  • John Hoover, Tulsa (Okla.) World
  • Michael DiRocco, Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville)
  • Joey Johnston, The Tampa Tribune
  • Josh Kendall, The State (Columbia, S.C.)

FEATURES

TOP 5

  1. Tommy Tomlinson, The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer
  2. Andrew Gribble, Knoxville (Tenn.) News Sentinel
  3. Ed Miller, The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, Va.)
  4. Jimmie Tramel, Tulsa (Okla.) World
  5. Will C. Holden, The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.)

HONORABLE MENTION

  • Mirjam Swanson, The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.)
  • Ryan Divish, Tacoma (Wash.) News-Tribune
  • Michael Arace, Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch
  • Dom Amore, Hartford (Conn.) Courant
  • Tommy Birch, Des Moines Register

PROJECTS

TOP 5

  1. Dan Coble, Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville)
  2. Rich Radford, The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, Va.)
  3. Matt Porter, Jeff Greer, Joel Engelhardt and Charles Elmore, Palm Beach Post (West Palm Beach, Fla.)
  4. Michael C. Lewis, Kurt Kragthorpe, Brian Maffly, Gordon Monson and Bill Oram, Salt Lake Tribune
  5. Jon Solomon and Doug Segrest, Birmingham (Ala.) News

HONORABLE MENTION

  • Dave Ammenheuser, Gregg Patton, Jim Alexander, Mirjam Swanson, Eric-Paul Johnson, John Murphy, Will C. Holden and Allan Steele, The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.)
  • Dirk Chatelain, Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald
  • Cary Aspinwall and Guerin Emig, Tulsa (Okla.) World
  • Kyle Veazey, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.)
  • Tim Griffin, Doug Pils and Brent Zwerneman, San Antonio Express-News
  • Todd Jones, Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch

 


30,000-75,000

BEAT WRITING

TOP 5

  1. Matt Calkins, The Columbian (Vancouver, Wash.)
  2. Eric Hansen, South Bend (Ind.) Tribune
  3. Jeff Mills, News & Record (Greensboro, N.C.)
  4. Bob Asmussen, The News-Gazette (Champaign, Ill.)
  5. Jason Wolf, News & Record (Greensboro, N.C.)

HONORABLE MENTION

  • Dan Hayes, North County Times (Escondido, Calif.)
  • Annabelle Tometich, The News-Press (Fort Myers, Fla.)
  • Stephen Hargis, Chattanooga (Tenn.) Times Free Press
  • Cory Giger, Altoona (Pa.) Mirror
  • Chris Gabel, Reno (Nev.) Gazette-Journal

BREAKING NEWS

TOP 5

  1. Margaret Moffett Banks, Gerald Witt and Jason Wolf, News & Record (Greensboro, N.C)
  2. John Turner, Huntsville (Ala.) Times
  3. Jason Wolf, News & Record (Greensboro, N.C.)
  4. Marc Morehouse, Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Gazette
  5. Wayne Staats, Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle

HONORABLE MENTION

  • Tony Adame, Wichita (Kan.) Eagle
  • James Allon, Albany (N.Y.) Times Union
  • Glenn Jordan, Portland (Me.) Press Herald
  • Landon Negri, North County Times (Escondido, Calif.)
  • Craig Handel and Dan DeLuca, Fort Myers (Fla.) News-Press

 

COLUMNS

TOP 5

  1. Matt Calkins, The Columbian (Vancouver, Wash.)
  2. George Schroeder, The Register-Guard (Eugene, Ore.)
  3. Austin Meek, Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal
  4. Kirk Wessler, Peoria (Ill.) Journal Star
  5. Scott Michaux, Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle

HONORABLE MENTION

  • Glenn Guilbeau, Lafayette Advertiser (Gannett Louisana)
  • Patrick Obley, Charlotte Sun (Charlotte Harbor, Fla.)
  • Donnie Collins, Scranton (Pa.) Times-Tribune
  • John Blanchette, The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.)
  • Al Lesar, South Bend (Ind.) Tribune

EXPLANATORY

TOP 5

  1. Jeff Sanders, North County Times (Escondido, Calif.)
  2. Dan DeLuca, Fort Myers (Fla.) News-Press
  3. Bob Asmussen, The News-Gazette (Champaign, Ill.)
  4. Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman (Boise)
  5. Joe Scalzo, The Vindicator (Youngstown, Ohio)

HONORABLE MENTION

  • Alan Blondin, Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Sun News
  • Del Milligan, The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.)
  • Chris Murray, Reno (Nev.) Gazette-Journal
  • Mark Podolski, The News-Herald (Willoughby, Ohio)
  • Adam Fisher, Naples (Fla.) News

FEATURES

TOP 5

  1. Matt Calkins, The Columbian (Vancouver, Wash.)
  2. Corey Clark, Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat
  3. Patrick Obley, Charlotte Sun (Charlotte Harbor, Fla.)
  4. Jim Lamar, Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat
  5. Mick Garry, Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, S.D.)

HONORABLE MENTION

  • Dan Wiederer, Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer
  • Paul Klee, Champaign (Ill.) News-Gazette
  • Lisa Coffey, The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.)
  • Tim Hayes, Bristol (Va.) Herald Courier
  • Annabelle Tometich, Fort Myers (Fla.) News-Press

PROJECTS

TOP 5

  1. Terry Vandrovec, The Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, S.D.)
  2. Chuck Culpepper, The National (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)
  3. Frank Schwab, David Ramsey, Brian Gomez, Brent Briggeman and Joe Paisley, The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
  4. Scott Johnson, The Daily Herald (Everett, Wash.)
  5. Brian Murphy and Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman (Boise)

HONORABLE MENTION

  • Alison Boggs, The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.)
  • Andrew Petersen and Aaron Brenner, Quad-City Times (Davenport, Iowa)
  • Chris Murray, Reno (Nev.) Gazette-Journal
  • Scott Michaux, Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle
  • Brian Hiro, North County Times (Escondido, Calif.)

UNDER 30,000

BEAT WRITING

TOP 5

  1. Dustin Dopirak, The Herald-Times (Bloomington, Ind.)
  2. Chase Goodbread, The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News
  3. Tommy Deas, The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News
  4. Jay Morrison, Hamilton JournalNews (Hamilton, Ohio)
  5. Matt Tait, Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World

HONORABLE MENTION

  • Clint Robus, Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune
  • David Henry, Beaumont (Texas) Enterprise
  • David Matter, Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune
  • Jeff Breer, Southeast Missourian (Cape Girardeau, Mo.)
  • Christopher Dabe (Beaumont (Texas) Enterprise

BREAKING NEWS

TOP 5

  1. David Morrison, Opelika-Auburn (Ala.) News
  2. Tommy Deas, The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News
  3. Eric Schmoldt, Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune
  4. John Sahly, Daily Chronicle (DeKalb, Ill.)
  5. Nick Talbot, Killeen (Texas) Daily Herald

HONORABLE MENTION

  • Jason Franchuk, Provo (Utah) Daily Herald
  • Gavin Faretra, Concord (N.H.) Monitor
  • Jim Seimas, Santa Cruz Sentinel (Scotts Valley, Calif.)
  • Gary Kalahar, Jackson (Mich.) Citizen Patriot
  • William Bretherton, Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal

COLUMNS

TOP 5

  1. Travis Lazaczyk, Waterville (Me.) Morning Sentinel
  2. Ryan Kartje, The Herald-Times (Bloomington, Ind.)
  3. Gavin Faretra, Concord (N.H.) Daily Monitor
  4. Joe Medley, Anniston (Ala.) Star
  5. Steve Heiser, York (Pa.) Dispatch

HONORABLE MENTION

  • Bob Blubaugh, Carroll County Times (Westminster, Md.)
  • Cecil Hurt, The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News
  • Lew Freedman, Seymour (Ind.) Tribune
  • Harry PlummerColumbia (Mo.) Missourian
  • Joe Walljasper, Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune

EXPLANATORY

TOP 5

  1. Alex Scarborough, and Anthony Bratina, Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News
  2. Julie Jag, Santa Cruz Sentinel (Scotts Valley, Calif.)
  3. Jim Seimas, Santa Cruz Sentinel (Scotts Valley, Calif.)
  4. David Briggs, Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune
  5. David Henry, Beaumont (Texas) Enterprise

HONORABLE MENTION

  • Jesse Temple, The Star Press (Muncie, Ind.)
  • Dick VanOlinda, York (Pa.) Dispatch
  • Michael Kelly, The Recorder (Amsterdam, N.Y.)
  • Jason Gonzalez, Antelope Valley Press (Palmdale, Calif.)
  • Bob Blubaugh, Carroll County Times (Westminster, Md.)

FEATURES

TOP 5

  1. William Browning, Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune
  2. Tommy Deas, Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News
  3. Jim Owczarski, Aurora (Ill.) Beacon News
  4. Ben Frederickson, Columbia (Mo.) Missourian
  5. Julie Jag, Santa Cruz Sentinel (Scotts Valley, Calif.)

HONORABLE MENTION

  • Lew Freedman, Seymour (Ind.) Tribune
  • John Sahly, Daily Chronicle (DeKalb, Ill.)
  • Mitch Rupert, Williamsport (Pa.) Sun-Gazette
  • Dave Thomas, Yakima (Wash.) Herald Republic
  • Adam Zuvanich, Odessa (Texas) American

PROJECTS

TOP 5

  1. Ian St. Clair, Wyoming Tribune Eagle (Cheyenne)
  2. Sam McDowell and Jeff Kidd, Island Packet (Hilton Head, S.C.)
  3. Chase Goodbread, Aaron Suttles, Cecil Hurt, Tommy Deas, Andrew Carroll and Alex Scarborough, Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News
  4. Christopher Dabe and Jared Ainsworth, Beaumont (Texas) Enterprise
  5. Eric Harding, Merisa Jensen, Eric Smith, Alan Hendry, Jay Heater, Jason Gonzalez and Darren Vaughn, Antelope Valley Press (Palmdale, Calif.)

HONORABLE MENTION

  • John Sahly, Ryan Wood, Steve Nitz, Anthony Zilis, Jake Dugger and James Nokes, Daily Chronicle (DeKalb, Ill.)
  • Andrew Wagaman, Columbia (Mo.) Missourian
  • Dave Allen, Theo Fightmaster and Jessica Bernstein-Wax, Marin Independent Journal (San Rafael, Calif.)
  • Alex Byington, Kevin Posival and Angel Verdejo, Killeen (Texas) Daily Herald
  • Scott Sandsberry, Yakima (Wash.) Herald Republic

More Berman bashing: He has jumped the shark

I’m starting to wonder whether ESPN, and particularly Chris Berman, regrets the decision to have him call the San Diego-Oakland game on Sept. 10.

He’s been pummeled ever since the announcement was made this week. And the game is more than two months away.

Really, does Berman need this abuse at this point in his career?

Dan McNeil, a midday host at WSCR-AM 670 in Chicago, devoted an entire column in the Chicago Tribune to ripping Berman. (Note: I co-wrote a Chicago sports book with McNeil a few years back).

McNeil writes:

Berman is like the blister on the roof of your mouth. You’d love to ignore it, but can’t stop tonguing it.

On the medals stand of blowhards, Berman gets the gold. He is a boorish lout. Huffing and puffing, zigging and zagging.

Later he writes:

But at what point does a guy who became a caricature of himself many years ago get put out to pasture? The Howard Cosell ripoff (“He could … go … all … the … way”) stopped being cute before the Carolina Panthers were born.

I once thought Oddibe “Young Again” McDowell, Bert “Be Home” Blyleven and “Fettuccine” Alfredo Griffin were clever. Then it became time to rip down the St. Pauli Girls posters in my dad’s basement and get an apartment.

Berman long ago jumped the shark, but the wonks who make the big calls don’t get it.

Also in New York, Phil Mushnick took his obligatory shot at Berman in the Post.

Exactly how did ESPN think such news would be received by a public that long ago  recognized Berman as a career self-promoter, his on-air persona a sustained  tribute to Bozo T. Clown? What did ESPN expect, a 21-seltzer-bottle salute?

All in all, it definitely won’t be a quiet summer for Berman.
 

Strange story involving Daron Sutton; suspended because he wants to wear a suit

How to blow a MLB announcing gig by Daron Sutton.

Apparently, the Arizona Diamondbacks have suspended him over dress code violations. From the Arizona Republic:

According to ESPN.com, television announcer Daron Sutton has been suspended due to “insubordination.” The report  cited a dispute between Sutton and the club about the team’s on-air dress  code.

A source confirmed that dispute to The Republic, saying that while the  club prefers its broadcast team to wear polo shirts  adorned with the Diamondbacks logo, Sutton has lobbied to wear suits.

He made at least one veiled reference to the dispute on the air during the  last game he called, an afternoon game against the Seattle Mariners on June  20.

Without going into detail, another source said the Diamondbacks have had  various issues with Sutton for years

The suspension also has cost the son of Hall of Famer Don Sutton his assignment Saturday with Fox Sports’ regional telecast. Bob Wolfley from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports:

Daron Sutton, who had been scheduled to work the Arizona Diamondbacks at Milwaukee Brewers telecast on Saturday for Fox Sports, has been replaced.

Sutton  had been set to work the game with Brewers television analyst Bill Schroeder in a telecast that is part of Fox’s Saturday primetime regional package. Diamondbacks-Brewers is going to 12% of the country, including Milwaukee.

Fox decided to replace Sutton with Eric Collins because Sutton has been taken off Diamondbacks telecasts by the team. Neither Sutton nor the team has said why Sutton was removed.

“Fox Sports has decided not to have Daron broadcast our Diamondbacks-Brewers game this Saturday night on Fox,” said Dan Bell, vice president of communications for Fox Sports, in a statement. “We believe it is in the best interest of all parties that this issue between Daron and the team resolves itself before we decide to add him to any future Fox Sports national MLB broadcasts.”

Memo to Daron Sutton: Dress down, keep your job.

 

 

Author Q/A: Sports Illustrated’s Ballard on unlikely story of high school baseball team

Trust me, the book business is extremely tough these days. So it’s difficult to imagine publishers getting excited for a proposal about a small-town high school baseball team from central Illinois in the 1970s.

Yeah, we haven’t had a good high school baseball book in a long time.

But that’s what exactly happened for Chris Ballard’s One Shot at Forever: A Small Town, An Unlikely Coach, and A Magical Baseball Season. The book tells the story of the Macon (Ill.) baseball team’s bid to win the state title against the big-city teams from Chicago led by its beatnik coach Lynn Sweet.

Actually, it hardly was a surprise that publishers (Hyperion in this case) wanted the book. When Ballard wrote about the team in a 10,000-word story for Sports Illustrated, the response was huge. Boom, built-in audience. The next step was to expand the magazine article into a book.

In the capable hands of Ballard, One Shot gets to the heart of what high school sports means to a small town and the lasting impact the games had on those boys more four decades later. Never thought I would get into a book about high school baseball, but I did.

Here’s my Q/A with Ballard:

Given the subject, how unlikely was it for this book to get published?

The battle I originally fought was with the magazine. When I came to them with the initial idea, one editor said, ‘Just start working on it, but it’s going to be a hard sell.’ Even after I wrote it, it sat around the system for a long time before it finally ran. Once it got into the magazine, the reaction was so positive, and the magazine received more letters than it had for a story in a long time. From there, it wasn’t that difficult to get into the book phase.

How did you find out about the story?

An e-mail came into the office from a guy named Chris Collins. He grew up in Macon and was 10-years-old at the time. He wrote a screenplay about the team and wanted to make it into a movie. He hoped if somebody wrote about it, it would be intriguing enough to generate some interest.

What made the story work for you?

When I met Sweet, I knew it could work. (The book) needed a protagonist, and he was that was that guy. There was the counter culture clash. It was pretty pronounced. He had this charisma of not giving a damn while really caring about the kids. That was an easy combination to root for.

What does this book say about the grip of high school sports that lasts a lifetime?

Had they won, it wouldn’t have been all that interesting. They would have been just another underdog team that won. Instead, it was the ability to look back 40 years later and see the power of sports memories from when you go from boy to man. A lot of people can relate to that.

What was the reaction from the Macon players when they learned you wanted to do a book on their team?

It went from being very excited to being very reticent. (For the star player), it was the one thing he couldn’t let go.

I was at a function with the team. There were 350 people, and they gave them a standing ovation. They saw how people responded to them. The guys were laughing and crying. After that, the players understood what that season meant. It reaffirmed that something happened that mattered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chicago alert: New Sox-Cubs trivia game show on CSN; Rowand to fill in on Sox radio

As you may or may not know, I am based in Chicago. From time to time, I provide updates for the hometown readers:

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My good friend Jeff Nuich wants everyone to know about a new show debuting Sunday on Comcast Sports Net Chicago. Here are the details:

Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Cubs and White Sox, along with StarPilot Productions, is bringing a brand new Chicago baseball trivia game show to the network as The Batter’s Box presented by Midas will officially debut on Sunday, July 1 at 5:00 PM(time approx. following “Cubs Post Game Live”).  The show is hosted by Comcast SportsNet’s Luke Stuckmeyer.

Beginning July 1 and, over the course of 15 weeks, 16 Chicago-area contestants, who auditioned for spots on The Batter’s Box in May, will be competing against one another as eight “Cubs trivia experts” & eight “White Sox trivia experts” battle it out to represent their respective, favorite team, which will ultimately lead to a thrilling “Cubs vs. White Sox” trivia expert finale this fall.

“The Batter’s Box’ is the first show of its kind in Chicago to pit passionate and knowledgeable White Sox and Cubs fans against each other in a fun, competitive baseball trivia game show,” said Greg Bowman, Vice President of Programming for Comcast SportsNet Chicago.  “This is truly a unique, local, original programming venture for us that definitely caters to both old and new Chicago baseball fans.  Plus, viewers at home will also enjoy playing along to see how much they know about these two historic baseball franchises.”

The basis of the game in this half-hour weekly show is simple as contestants must answer multiple-choice questions, while applying baseball logic to move “runners” around the bases and score runs.  The level of difficulty of the questions ranges from a “Single” (for easier questions) to a “Home Run” (for the most challenging questions).  The player with the most runs at the end of three innings wins.  When a player wins, they will advance to the next round.

“The Batter’s Box” grand prize winner will receive the ultimate “Game Day Experience of a Lifetime,” which includes a luxury suite for the winner & their guests at either U.S. Cellular Field or Wrigley Field for a to-be-determined game in 2013, along with a visit to the broadcast booth to the meet the announcers, a visit to the CSN production truck, the opportunity to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, and much more.

In addition, viewers at home can also participate for their chance to win some great “Batter’s Box” prizes by visiting CSNChicago.com and correctly answering the “Midas Trivia Question of the Week.”  One random winner among all the correct entries will be chosen each week.

Note the following “scheduled” first run air dates/times for “The Batter’s Box presented by Midas,” along with the Chicago-area contestants participating in the first round (PLEASE NOTE: additional replay airings take place throughout the week; visit CSNChicago.com for “The Batter’s Box” TV listings information):

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Return of Aaron Rowand to the Sox. Well, sort of. From ESPNChicago.com:

Former Chicago White Sox outfielder Aaron Rowand will be a guest radio analyst for the team on Saturday and Sunday, the organization announced on Thursday.
Rowand will fill in for Darrin Jackson, who will be unavailable for the two games due to a family matter.

 

 

 

 

The once every four years return of Elfi Schlegel; NBC announces lineup for Olympics

Consider this: With the exception of the guys on NFL games, there are few TV sports analysts who receive more exposure than Elfi Schlegel during her once every four-years, two-week visit to our family rooms.

Women’s gymnastics dominates NBC’s prime time coverage during the Olympics, attracting ratings only surpassed by the NFL. That means once every Summer Olympics, millions of viewers, as in 25-30 million per night, will tune in to Elfi Schlegel.

I just find that amusing. Eat your heart out Dick Vitale, Tim McCarver, Ed Olcyzk, Jeff Van Gundy, etc.

Besides Schlegel, here’s your lineup of who is going to cover what in London. I will tune into water polo simply because Mike Emrick is going to be on the call. He’s capable of doing sports where the ice has melted.

SPORT-BY-SPORT RUNDOWN:

GYMNASTICS/TRAMPOLINE:

Al Trautwig, Play-by-play

Elfi Schlegel, Analyst

Tim Daggett, Analyst

Andrea Joyce, Reporter

RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS:

Andrea Joyce, Play-by-play

Elfi Schlegel, Analyst

TRACK & FIELD:

Tom Hammond, Play-by-play

Ato Boldon, Analyst

Dwight Stones, Analyst

Craig Masback, Analyst

Tim Hutchings, Analyst

Lewis Johnson, Reporter

RACE WALKING:

Randy Moss, Play-by-play

Chris Maddocks, Analyst

SWIMMING:

Dan Hicks, Play-by-play

Rowdy Gaines, Analyst

Andera Kremer, Reporter

OPEN WATER SWIMMING:

Steve Schlanger, Play-by-play

Rowdy Gaines, Analyst

DIVING:

Ted Robinson, Play-by-play

Cynthia Potter, Analyst

Alex Flanagan, Reporter

BEACH VOLLEYBALL:

Chris Marlowe, Play-by-play

Kevin Wong, Analyst

Heather Cox, Reporter

INDOOR VOLLEYBALL:

Paul Sunderland, Play-by-play

Kevin Barnett, Analyst

CYCLING (Road):

Steve Schlanger, Play-by-play

Paul Sherwen, Analyst

Todd Harris, Reporter

CYCLING (Track)

Todd Harris, Play-by-play

Paul Sherwen, Analyst

CYCLING (BMX/Mountain Bike)

Todd Harris, Play-by-play

Jamie Bestwick, Analyst

TRIATHLON:

Steve Schlanger, Play-by-play

Julie Swail, Analyst

BASKETBALL:

Bob Fitzgerald, Play-by-play (London)

Chris Carrino, Play-by-play

Dave Strader, Play-by-play

Doug Collins, Analyst (London)

Ann Meyers, Analyst (London)

Tim Capstraw, Analyst

Donny Marshall, Analyst

Lisa Leslie, Analyst

Carolyn Peck, Analyst

Craig Sager, Reporter (London)

Doc Rivers, Studio Analyst (London)

ROWING:

Terry Gannon, Play-by-play

Yaz Farooq, Analyst

CANOEING (Flat Water):

Terry Gannon, Play-by-play

Eric Giddens, Analyst

CANOEING (White Water):

Randy Moss, Play-by-play

Eric Giddens, Analyst

SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING:

Randy Moss, Play-by-play

Heather Olson, Analyst

WRESTLING:

 

 

Jason Knapp, Play-by-play

Rulon Gardner, Analyst

WATER POLO:

Mike Emrick, Play-by-play

Wolf Wigo, Analyst

Julie Swail, Analyst

 

BOXING:

Bob Papa, Play-by-play

Teddy Atlas, Analyst

Russ Thaler, Reporter

MODERN PENTATHLON:

Eli Bremer, Analyst

WEIGHTLIFTING:

Jim Watson, Play-by-play

Shane Hamman, Analyst

EQUESTRIAN:

Tim Ryan, Play-by-play

Melanie Smith-Taylor, Analyst

SOCCER:

Arlo White, Play-by-play (London)

JP Dellacamera, Play-by-play

Glenn Davis, Play-by-play

Steve Cangialosi, Play-by-play

Allen Hopkins, Play-by-play and Analyst

Kyle Martino, Analyst (London)

Marcelo Balboa, Analyst

Shep Messing, Analyst

Cobi Jones, Analyst

Brandi Chastain, Analyst (London)

Kate Markgraf, Analyst

Cat Whitehill, Analyst

Angela Hucles, Analyst

Drea Avent, Reporter (London)

TENNIS:

Brett Haber, Play-by-play

Andrew Catalon, Play-by-play

Ted Robinson, Play-by-play (Men’s Final)

Justin Gimbelstob, Analyst

Rennae Stubbs, Analyst

John McEnroe, Analyst (Men’s Final)

Jon Wertheim, Reporter

HANDBALL:

Mike Gorman, Play-by-play

Dawn Lewis, Analyst

TABLE TENNIS:

Ari Wolfe, Play-by-play

Sean O’Neill, Analyst

BADMINTON:

Jim Kozimor, Play-by-play

Steve Kearney, Analyst

FENCING:

Craig Hummer, Play-by-play

Jeff Bukantz, Analyst

 

ARCHERY:

Craig Hummer, Play-by-play

Jason Knapp, Play-by-play

Rick McKinney, Analyst

SHOOTING:

Craig Hummer, Play-by-play

Jason Knapp, Play-by-play

Shari LeGate, Analyst

FIELD HOCKEY:

Mike Corey, Play-by-play

Missy Meharg, Analyst

JUDO:

Craig Hummer, Play-by-play

Leo White, Analyst

The beat: NFL pushes back doubleheader times; ESPN locks up Rose Bowl close to forever

Just in:

The NFL announced today it will push back starting times for the Sunday doubleheaders games from 4:15 p.m. ET to 4:25 p.m. From the NFL:

The 4:25 PM ET kickoff time will reduce instances in which fans miss the end of a 1:00 PM ET game telecast because they must receive the opening kickoff of their home team’s late-afternoon game. In addition, fans not in the cities of the late doubleheader opponents will be less likely to miss the beginning of the late doubleheader game.

In researching the kickoff time shift, the NFL analyzed games from the 2009-11 seasons and found that 44 games required part of the audience to be switched to a mandatory doubleheader game kickoff. With a 4:25 PM ET kickoff time, that number that would have been reduced by 66 percent to only 15 games.

Approximately 40 games over the full 2012 season will be impacted by the 10-minute kickoff time shift – with half of those moves coming in games played in Mountain or Pacific time zones with 1:25 PM or 2:25 PM local starts.

The move makes sense. However, I doubt NBC was pleased. It will impact its Football Night in America show, which airs at 7 p.m. ET.

A doubleheader game that finishes 10 minutes later means fewer viewers for football night during that period.

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All roses for ESPN. The network signed a 12-year extension to air the Rose Bowl through 2026. Here’s the interesting part. From ESPN:

Whatever is determined to be the exact post-season bowl rotation as part of the future format, ESPN will have the rights to the Rose Bowl Game each year.

That means if the Rose Bowl winds up as one of the semifinal games, which is likely, ESPN will get that game. Seems like a good deal for ESPN.