If you follow the twitter feed of Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch, of which there are many, you know that he constantly bashes ESPN for moving Outside The Lines to ESPN2 and an earlier less attractive time slot on Sundays during the football season.
And if you follow Keith Olbermann, also a considerable number, you can sense his frustration about his show, Olbermann, not starting on a consistent time on ESPN2. There are many nights it airs on ESPNNews because of the network’s live coverage of games.
I addressed those issues and more in my Q/A with Vince Doria, ESPN’s senior VP and director of news.
What is the situation with Outside The Lines? Deitsch is among those who think the move marks a reduced priority on journalism at ESPN.
Well, if you’re really paying attention, the Sunday morning … Continue Reading
If you follow the twitter feed of Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch, of which there are many, you know that he constantly bashes ESPN for moving Outside The Lines to an earlier, less attractive time slot on Sundays during the football season.
And if you follow Keith Olbermann, also a considerable number, you can sense his frustration about his show, Olbermann, not starting on a consistent time on ESPN2. There even are many nights it airs on ESPNNews because of the network’s live coverage of games.
I addressed those issues and more in the second part of my Q/A with Vince Doria, ESPN’s senior VP and director of news. Note: Olbermann’s show doesn’t directly fall under Doria’s watch, but he says he is “heavily involved with it.”
What is the situation with Outside The Lines? Deitsch has been hammering … Continue Reading
Earlier today, in my Q/A with Vince Doria, I wrote:
“And if you follow Keith Olbermann, also a considerable number, you can sense his frustration about his show, Olbermann, not starting on a consistent time on ESPN2. There even are many nights it airs on ESPNNews because of the network’s live coverage of games.”
Well, it turns out Keith Olbermann isn’t frustrated with the situation. He clarified my perception (and others) in an email:
“Hey, Ed, that’s not frustration – as the saying goes it’s not my day to run the network. It’s just that when viewers are on Twitter getting frustrated by it, I feel like I have to have a little fun with it that both acknowledges we’re aware of their concerns, and that tries to take a little of the edge off.”
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This new HBO documentary from Peter Berg is one of the most chilling and unsettling films you ever will watch about sports.
State of Play (Wednesday, 9 p.m. ET) documents parents going overboard in trying to turn their children into superstar athletes. Trust me, what you see in the trailer is a just a fraction of the abuse these kids take from their parents.
These parents are so over-the-top, you almost think they must be actors. It doesn’t seem possible that an actual parent would act that way in front of cameras. Do they not know how bad they look?
There is a segment where a parent berates a young football player with his former wife driving the car. It was so difficult to watch that I eventually had to fast-forward through the passage.
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Happy to be working with SportingNews.com on a weekly video talking about sports media.
Here’s the link.
This week, SN host Rayven Tirado and I discussed Deadspin buying a Hall of Fame vote. This time, I verbally expressed my outrage.
We also talked about the Auburn-Alabama game. Tirado wasn’t as excited about the thrilling finish. She is an Alabama alum.
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Vince Doria has 188 followers on Twitter, and yet the ESPN director of news never has posted one tweet.
It was suggested to Doria that he announce his retirement on Twitter as his first and last tweet.
“That might be good, actually,” Doria said.
Is Doria, 66, going to retire? In September, Jason McIntyre of the Big Lead fueled the speculation.
Vince Doria, the journalism titan who is the Senior Vice President and Director of News at ESPN, is leaving the network in February and retiring, three sources tell The Big Lead. Doria, a veteran of the Boston Globe and Philadelphia Inquirer, now oversees Sportscenter, Outside the Lines, and E:60.
When asked about retiring, Doria said there’s been speculation within ESPN every year for a while.
“Listen, as I told all these guys, every year at this … Continue Reading
I saw this via the Twitter feed of Eric Fisher of Sports Business Daily. Thanks, Eric.
The video has had nearly 250,000 views on youtube.Thanks, Tecmo.
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Hopefully, it will work out better for Rebecca Lowe post-Olympics than it did for Michelle Beadle.
Back in 2012, NBC’s new hire, Beadle, served as the host of the network’s big media session hyping the Games in London. Then she was host for the Olympics coverage on NBC SN.
Since then, it’s been all downhill for Beadle at NBC. When asked if she would have role in Sochi, a network spokesman said, “We are still finalizing our talent group for Sochi, which we expect to have completed by early January.”
Don’t hold your breath that Beadle will be in Russia.
Lowe, though, will. She will serve as the network’s lone female host during the Winter Games, handling the duties on NBC SN.
Lowe, who has received stellar reviews for her anchor duties of the Premier League, merited the high-profile assignment. … Continue Reading
Hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving and that you’re enjoying the 10 extra pounds you’re now carrying. Looks good on you.
I wanted to clear out a few leftovers from Deadspin’s prank of getting a Hall of Fame voter to sell its vote to the site.
Late last week, I heard from Jack O’Connell, the secretary-treasurer of the Baseball Writers Association of America. He was terse in an email.
“The BBWA declines comment,” O’Connell said.
This morning, I got the same reaction from Brad Horn, the spokesman for the Hall of Fame. “We do not have a comment,” he said.
However, beneath the surface, you know the Hall and the BBWA are outraged that one of its voters would put a vote up for sale. Supposedly, it is being down to highlight the hypocrisy in the entire process.
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Some national exposure for Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton’s show. And some morning programming for CBS Sports Network.
The official rundown.
CBS announced today that beginning January 2014 CBS Sports Network will simulcast “Boomer & Carton,” the popular morning show broadcast on CBS RADIO’s WFAN-AM/FM. Combining these two powerful assets within CBS will result in national exposure for the local radio program and premier weekday content for the 24-hour cable home of CBS Sports. The four-hour morning show is hosted by NFL ON CBS studio analyst Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton live Monday-Friday from 6:00-10:00 AM, ET.
“Boomer & Carton” debuted on Sept. 4, 2007, and features local sports talk, news headlines, and interviews with current and former sports icons, league personnel, and a variety of national celebrities from the entertainment and music industries. The show originates from CBS … Continue Reading
Gave thanks for SiriusXM Radio yesterday. While driving home from the Ohio State-Michigan game yesterday (another pretty good game), we were able to listen to the Auburn radio call.
During the entire fourth quarter, Rod Bramblett and Stan White were constantly on the verge of writing off Auburn for dead. Then Alabama kept letting the Tigers off the hook.
Prior to the ill-fated field goal attempt, they were going crazy over the officials putting another second on the clock, giving Alabama a chance to win the game.
Then they went crazy in another way. All in all, it made for an entertaining drive home.
Here’s Verne Lundquist’s call, which also was pretty good. Unlike radio, he went silent to let the pictures tell the story.
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Bleacher Report, which continues to evolve, enlisted Jeff Pearlman to write about the one-year anniversary Jovan Belcher’s suicide in Kansas City.
“Jovan was my friend,” says Thomas Jones, the former Chiefs running back. “I loved him, and I wish I could have helped him work through the demons. But what he did was a horrible, horrible act. There’s no getting around that.”
There is, however, getting into that. Or, to be more precise, trying to understand it. The same Belcher who owned eight guns as a Kansas City Chief was, while a student at the University of Maine, an active member of Male Athletes Against Violence, an organization that urged jocks to speak out against abusive acts. He possessed zero firearms then.
“When I heard what Jovan did, I thought, ‘That can’t be right,’” says Sandy Caron, a professor of
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