I love kids, but a reporter on deadline wouldn’t find Curry’s daughter very amusing

Thanks for Roy Bragg of the San Antonio Express-News for reaching out to me about Stephen Curry’s very cute daughter.

Here is what I said to him for his column.

Yoder, however, agrees with Ed Sherman’s assertion that sports journalists add necessary context, color and analysis to the games. That added value, Sherman said, is even more vital now in a world full of data.

The post-game press conference is an important part of that job, said Sherman, whose Sherman Report also covers sports media.

“These reporters are trying to do a job on a deadline,” he said. “And they’re trying to get a quote. Curry was trying to give thoughtful answers. He’s the MVP of the league, and you want to hear what he has to say about the first game.”

Sherman, as is the case with other journalists

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Sports media beat: Kenny Albert’s grueling schedule during NHL playoffs; Netflix and sports; more Bill Simmons

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Richard Sandomir of the New York Times on Kenny Albert’s exhausting broadcast schedule during the NHL playoffs.

When Kenny Albert discusses the travel schedule behind his calling 27 N.H.L. playoff games since April 15, he is matter-of-fact, not boastful. His itineraries are as familiar to him as goaltenders’ saves.

First, there were 11 games in 11 days (including two Fox Sports 1 baseball broadcasts). After four days off, there was a stretch of 13 games in 14 days.

Heading into Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Rangers and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday, Albert will have experienced a fairly light load, by his standards: five games in eight days.

“Amazingly, I feel pretty good,” Albert, 47, said Wednesday in a telephone interview from

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Women in sports media: Milestone with two female columnists on cover of USA Today; Numbers, though, should be higher

Excerpts from my latest column for Poynter.


The sports front page of the April 9 edition of USA Today featured two columns from the Masters. Nancy Armour wrote about Bubba Watson, while Christine Brennan looked at the favorites for the tournament.

Think about that for a moment: Two women sports columnists being prominently displayed on by the one of the nation’s top circulation newspaper, and they were writing about the top men’s event in golf.

Did you notice?

“If people didn’t notice, that’s great,” Brennan said.

Indeed, the columns show how far women have come from the days, not that long ago, when they weren’t allowed in locker rooms. Women are read, seen and heard on various platforms in sports. It also should be noted the sports editor for that edition was Mary Byrne, who has since left … Continue Reading

Chicago news: Blackhawks radio team gets payoff in playoffs

An excerpt from my latest Chicago Tribune column.


John Wiedeman didn’t say much Wednesday.  It wasn’t because he didn’t have anything to say.

The radio voice of the Blackhawks on WGN-720 knew it was imperative to rest his vocal chords after calling the longest game in franchise history Tuesday night.

“I definitely felt it last night after the game,” Wiedeman said. “I was pounding the water to put out the fire in my throat.”

Wiedeman, though, wouldn’t have it any other way. The playoffs always are the payoff for him and his partner, former Blackhawk center Troy Murray. Their TV counterparts, Pat Foley and Eddie Olczyk, get more fanfare and play to larger audiences during the regular season. However, only the first round of the playoffs air on local TV. NBC and NBCSN take over from there. That means … Continue Reading

The core of Dick Ebersol’s success: Building relationships

Dick Ebersol was one of the most accessible executives in any realm, sports or otherwise, during his tenure as head of NBC Sports. He knew the importance of the media. However, more than that, he genuinely liked to talk to anyone who was interested in the business.

Ebersol, though, has taken a decidedly low profile since leaving the spotlight. He feels it is someone else’s turn.

That’s why it is great to see Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal run a package of stories on Ebersol in advance of him being awarded its Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 Sports Business Awards.

John Ourand did a profile of Ebersol that gets to the core of his success: Building relationships. Everyone has a story about dealing with Ebersol. Here’s mine:

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Farewell, Dave: Great sports moments on Letterman; Ted Williams and Billy Martin

Joe Delessio of Sports on Earth compiled a top 10 list of memorable sports moments with David Letterman.

You’ll need to read the story to find out Delessio’s choice for No. 1. However, No. 9 brought back a lot of memories.

This one didn’t make Delessio’s list, but during his appearance, Joe Garagiola brought out a surprise guest: Ted Williams.

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Q/A with George Bodenheimer: New book details ESPN culture of innovation, risk-taking, passion for sports

My latest for the National Sports Journalism Center at Indiana:


It seems to be an unofficial mandate. Every story about George Bodenheimer has to begin with the fact that he started in the mailroom at ESPN. The mailroom reference is used so often, it almost feels as if it is his middle name.

George Mailroom Bodenheimer.

Bodenheimer himself even referred to his humble beginnings in the title of his new autobiography: “Every Town is a Sports Town: Business Leadership at ESPN from the Mailroom to the Boardroom.”

From 1998-2011, Bodenheimer oversaw an unprecedented period of growth, change and innovation in ESPN’s history.

“He is the guy who built ESPN from the great idea it was into the most significant, most influential multi-platform company in the world,” said his successor as president, John Skipper.

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Chicago news: Konerko book celebrates career with White Sox

With the White Sox retiring Paul Konerko’s number Saturday, the team’s tribute book figures to be a hot seller.

“14” is a glossy book featuring photos and stories from Konerko’s career on the South Side. The introduction of “14,” edited by senior vice-president of communications Scott Reifert, says the team was inundated with fans requests for a book after his emotional final weekend at U.S. Cellular Field.

“After 16 seasons, he considered every fan a friend. So this publication is a farewell to a friend,” the book says.

The photos, many of them taken by team photographer Ron Vesely, capture Konerko during various points of his 16-year career with the Sox. There’s even a shot of Konerko, hardly known for his speed, running the bases for an inside-the-park homer.

The book includes a nice two-page spread with thank-you tweets from … Continue Reading