Dumping on Fox Sports 1 for its lack of ratings figures to be good sport for quite a while on the media front. So the network will seize on any opportunity to report some good news.
As I have previously written, for all its studio shows and its version of SportsCenter, it is going to take strong live programming to drive viewers to Fox Sports 1. Fans will come for the game, race, or fight and then perhaps stay to sample other items on the network’s menu.
Last week was a perfect example. Here’s the official rundown from Fox Sports 1:
Powered by a record-setting audience for Oklahoma – Baylor, plus major UFC and NASCAR events, FOX Sports 1 posted its most-watched week ever from Nov. 4-10, both in prime time and total day. The channel averaged 630,000 … Continue Reading
Richard Deitsch at MMQB gets the backstory from Jay Glazer on his interview with Richie Incognito Sunday. He also gets into the perceptions that he’s best buddies with many players, including Incognito.
On persuading Incognito to do the interview:
What I said to him was the court of public opinion closes on Monday. You want to testify or not? I’d want to. But come Monday, Richie, nobody is going to care what you have to say. It will be too late. This is what I would do. And I relayed a story that Ronde Barber told me. He said, I wish my brother [Tiki] had spoken up when he was getting crushed. I wish he defended himself in public. Because he didn’t, it was hard for me and the rest of my family to defend him as much as
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In the interest of journalism, it would have been great to see someone like Scott Pelley, Brian Williams, Diane Sawyer conduct the Richie Incognito interview Sunday. However, there was zero chance that the disgraced Miami offensive lineman would ever sit down with one of them.
Instead, Incognito did the big chat with his pal, Jay Glazer. At the top, Glazer revealed he had done MMA training with Incognito, as he does with a number of NFL players.
A conflict of interest? To be sure.
But does it matter in today’s media age? Probably not.
The bottom line: Glazer got the interview everyone wanted. Fox NFL Sunday likely did a big rating because of the interview. Throughout Sunday and now today, the interview remains a prime topic of discussion, especially on the competition, ESPN.
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Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News talked to Jay Glazer about his interview with Richie Incognito.
Raissman brings up a main criticism of the interview:
Still, the fact Glazer never asked Incognitio about the Dolphins golf outing incident, where he was accused of molesting a young female volunteer with a golf club, was a glaring, miserable omission. It definitely was a punch pulled. Glazer contended he raised the question but it was left on the cutting room floor. The interview lasted 45 minutes. Fox aired six.
“I wanted the interview to highlight racism, bullying, and the relationship between Richie and Jonathan,” Glazer said. “The golf thing had nothing to do with any of that and happened over a year ago.”
But watching Incognito having to deal with the golf question would have further opened a window into his
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The winner of the Richie Incognito mess: Hooter’s. It has a big (open to many interpretations) ad on the FoxSports.com site this morning, which will be getting plenty of traffic this morning.
Here’s what I have on my site, sans Hooter’s: Richie Incongito’s extended interview with Jay Glazer; Glazer discussing the interview on Fox Sports 1; A transcript of highlights from the interview is below.
My analysis to come.
Incognito: You can ask anybody in the Miami Dolphins locker room who had Jon Martin’s back the absolute most. And they will undoubtedly tell you, me.
Incognito: Jon never showed signs that football was getting to him, um, the locker room was getting to him.
Glazer: You’re saying you don’t know what led to this. Your teammates are saying, ‘We don’t know.’ His side has clearly said, ‘We do know.’ OK, … Continue Reading
The Jay Mariotti comeback tour moves to Fox Sports Radio.
Mariotti will sit in for Jay Mohr on his noon-3 p.m. ET show today and Friday. In an email, he said he was contacted by Clear Channel about handling the fill-in duties.
“I like the brand and what they’re doing with it,” Mariotti said.
After being mostly on the sidelines since 2010 following a highly publicized legal incident, Mariotti jumped back in this summer with his own site, Mariottishow.com. The site features a daily web-based radio show, videos and Mariotti columns on everything and anything.
Fox Sports Radio gives the polarizing Mariotti, a former panelist on ESPN’s Around the Horn, his biggest platform in recent years. Will it be a one-time test drive, or will it lead more of Mariotti on Fox Sports Radio?
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As Thursday nights go, this is a most excellent pre-Thanksgiving feast. Maybe the best ever for college football.
ESPN has No. 3 Oregon traveling to No. 5 Stanford tonight. Meanwhile, Fox Sports 1 will show No. 6 Baylor hosting No. 10 Oklahoma.
Two games with four top 10 teams and plenty of BCS implications on a Thursday night. I mean, who needs Washington at Minnesota on NFL Network? That’s Mediocre vs. Terrible.
How did this bounty happen? According to ESPN, Stanford was slated to host a Thursday night game this year, and the network requested the one against Oregon. Voila, ESPN now gets one of the best match-ups of the year on any day.
Fox Sports 1 also has a strong game. The staggered starting times will allow college football fans to watch the end of both games: Baylor-Oklahoma starts … Continue Reading
Please fellow colleagues, stop writing that the World Series was a huge success for Fox and Major League Baseball.
The reports talked about how ratings were up 17 percent from 2012 for the Boston-St. Louis series. Fox called it, “A Grand Slam” in a press release, and others ran with it, as if to say all is well with the game.
Well, here is the real story.
Yes, the final rating of 8.9 was up 17 percent from the 7.6 in San Francisco’s sweep over Detroit in 2012. But that series was an all-time low.
The ratings had nowhere to go but up. Not to pick on my old White Sox pal Adam Dunn, but proclaiming a 17-percent ratings increase is much like boasting about him raising his average 45 points from 2011 to 2012. Of course, he went from … Continue Reading
Think of it this way. The 2013 St. Louis Cardinals had 13 players who weren’t even born when Tim McCarver called his first World Series in 1985.
In last night’s sign-off, Joe Buck gave thanks to McCarver on behalf of not only him and Fox, but for baseball fans everywhere. Thanks Tim, for your passion and insights on baseball.
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For years, Fox Sports has been criticized for its quick-cut players/fan reaction shots between pitches.Sunday night, the technique came back to bite the network.
As a result, a St. Louis woman holding a rebird hat (puppet?) will forever be a part of one of the most unusual endings ever to a World Series game.
Fox lingered a bit too long on the woman. All of the sudden, Joe Buck yelled out and there was a quick shot of Mike Napoli applying the tag to Kolten Wong from a terrible camera angle. Viewers never saw Koji Uehara turn and make the throw for the dramatic pick-off.
It wasn’t until the replays were shown that we had any perspective of what happened.
The reality is that all the networks show player/manager/fan reaction shots between pitches. So what happened to Fox Sports last … Continue Reading