Best laid plans right….?
Will Ferrell’s appearance as Ron Burgundy on SportsCenter has been cancelled. He had been slated for the 6 p.m. show, along with Anchorman 2 co-star David Koechner as Champ Kind.
With the Florida States Attorney holding a press conference related to the Jameis Winston case today, ESPN decided this wasn’t a good night to be having fun with Burgundy on SC.
In a statement released via Twitter, ESPN’s David Scott said:
“Ron Burgundy’s scheduled Thurs. appearance on @SportsCenter has been cancelled in light of the potential implications of any news from the State Attorney’s press conference in Fla. As of this time, there is no reschedule date for Ron Burgundy.”
Ferrell, who has been everywhere with the character, will do a two-hour stint on Dan Patrick’s radio show today from 10 a.m.-noon. The show also can be … Continue Reading
My latest column for the National Sports Journalism Center at Indiana talks about the perception problems ESPN faces in the wake of pulling out of the League of Denial film on PBS.
Here’s an excerpt:
Often in the game of perception vs. reality, perception is Peyton Manning going up against a nine-man defense.
The news/journalism division of ESPN knows all too well in the wake of pulling out of PBS’ production of the “League of Denial” documentary earlier this year. The perception is that the NFL pressured its TV partner back off on the controversial film about concussions that portrayed the league in a negative light.
At the time, ESPN insisted the issue was over editorial control with PBS and not a case of wilting like a miniature running back being hit by a 325-pound defensive lineman. Few people … 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.”
In a follow-up email, … 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
BRISTOL, Conn.–Sitting alone on a table in front of a line of Emmys in Vince Doria’s office was League of Denial. You know, the book that ultimately created much angst for ESPN and the network’s senior vice-president and director of news.
ESPN still is feeling the fallout over its decision to take its name off the PBS Frontline documentary based on the book. The perception remains strong that the network caved in to pressure from its most important TV partner, much like a 350-pound nose guard falling on a running back.
Doria, who oversees ESPN’s news operation, was right in the middle of it. Perhaps the conspicuous placing of the book in his office was a coincidence. Or maybe he keeps it there as a reminder of a controversy that likely will linger for a long time.
In a … Continue Reading
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
My latest Chicago Tribune column is on Digger Phelps. The former Notre Dame coach and current ESPN college basketball analyst will be giving thanks during the holiday season.
You also can access the column via my Twitter feed: @Sherman_Report.
From the column:
Digger Phelps was only 32 when he recorded his signature moment on the court. On Jan. 19, 1974, the Notre Dame basketball coach defeated John Wooden and ended UCLA’s record 88-game winning streak with a 71-70 victory in South Bend.
Now 40 years later, Phelps will be inducted in the Irish’s Basketball Ring of Honor on Jan. 19.
“We beat seven No. 1 teams,” said Phelps of his 20-year run on the Notre Dame bench.
Yet when Phelps thinks of his most significant victories these days, it has nothing to do with basketball.
“I’m 2-0 against … Continue Reading
It’s a dark and bleak day in Chicago. And I’m not talking about the dreary weather outside.
The news that Derrick Rose suffered another knee injury requiring surgery has the city in a collective funk. Everyone is concerned that Rose will become the Chicago basketball version of Gale Sayers.
Scary parallel: Both players got injured in their fourth seasons. Sayers never was the same. Hopefully, that won’t be the case for Rose, but you never know.
Also feeling the pain today are the NBA’s national TV partners. They were counting on the return of the 2010-11 MVP to produce a big year for the Bulls.
The networks loaded up on the Bulls this season: ESPN 10 times, on TNT nine times, on NBA-TV nine times and on ABC five times.
Some of those games already have been played, but there’s … Continue Reading
I was watching ESPN Sunday and something in the ever-present crawl caught my eye. I didn’t see what the exact story was, but the tagline said, “…first reported by NFL.com.”
I chuckled, knowing how sensitive ESPN is about the attribution issue, especially in light of a recent flap.
ESPN ombudsman Robert Lipsyte dedicated his latest column to unraveling a situation involving ESPN reporter Brett McMurphy.
On Nov. 6, Brent Zwerneman, who covers Texas A&M football for the San Antonio Express-News and the Houston Chronicle, posted what he considered “huge news in our fair state:” A&M was no longer interested in playing the University of Texas in the regular season. He based that assumption on the implications of this quote: “We hope to play them again in a BCS or playoff game at some point.” He attributed the quote
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It’s just a matter of time before you push a button and Chris Berman is standing next to you reading scores. Now there’s an interesting, if not scary, thought.
Anyway, here’s the latest from ESPN on its new app:
ESPN Digital Media today launched the SportsCenter app, an all-new, next-generation app for iPhone and Android handsets designed to provide sports fans a comprehensive, personalized mix of the ESPN content they want, anytime, anywhere. Users will receive the SportsCenter app as an update to ESPN’s ScoreCenter, the most popular free sports app of all time with more than 43,000,000 downloads.
The SportsCenter app delivers live scores, breaking news, video highlights, feature stories, native social integration, in-line alert settings, GameCast access, and more. Taking full advantage of iOS7 and Android functionality, the SportsCenter app presents an entirely new experience for fans, … Continue Reading