If you’ve paid close attention to my site lately (and who hasn’t?), I have an ad in the right rail linking to JimRomenesko.com.
It’s truly an honor to have Romenesko’s presence on my site. Many of you already know what he does. The mere mention of “Romenesko” connotes a complete report on the media and then some. Quite simply, it is the place where journalists get their news.
If you look at his site, there’s an ad for Sherman Report on it. Needless to say, I’m thrilled. I’m certainly getting the better end of this deal.
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My Chicago Tribune obit on Jim Corno, one of the good guys, make that great, who had a profound impact on how you watch sports not only in Chicago, but in the entire country.
From the story.
Few sports fans knew his name and even fewer would be able to identify a picture of him. Yet White Sox and Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf noted nobody had more of an impact on the Chicago sports fan over the last 30 years more than Jim Corno.
“He truly changed sports on TV in Chicago,” Reinsdorf said.
Corno, the president of Comcast SportsNet Chicago, died Tuesday after a long battle with cancer. He was 66.
Born April 5, 1947, Corno ushered in an era that saw sports on television migrate from free over-the-networks such as WGN-Ch. 9 to major regional sports outlets … Continue Reading
No matter where you are, when you watch your favorite team on your regional sports network, you should think of Jim Corno.
Corno, the president of Comcast SportsNet Chicago who died Tuesday at the age of 66, was a true pioneer in local sports TV. When he joined SportsVision in Chicago in 1984, it was a struggling pay network that reached few homes. He transformed the station into a huge outlet that eventually became the template for regional sports networks throughout the country.
White Sox and Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf knew how much Corno meant to him. He summed up his impact on sports TV:
“How do you best remember someone like Jim Corno? The average fan may not immediately recognize Jim’s name, but I think perhaps no one else in this city has done more over the past four … Continue Reading
As there once was a time without electricity and cars, viewers actually watched games on TV without instant replay.
That all changed 50 years ago this week. Here’s a video with Tony Verna, the man who changed TV Sports forever.
Sam Gardner of Fox Sports did a story on that first game, Army-Navy on Dec. 7, 1963.
Verna’s initial thought was to unveil instant replay at the 1963 NFL championship game, but that option was off the table because NBC had the rights to that year’s game. Instead, he chose to try it at Army-Navy, a game that had been postponed for a week by the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and featured a Heisman-winning quarterback in Roger Staubach.
By that point, Verna had developed a method of identifying points on a tape using sound, putting tones on
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Terrific move by CSN Chicago. Hopefully, it will help the recovery effort.
Comcast SportsNet, the television home of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, has announced it will be carrying the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Class 5A Football semifinal playoff match-up featuring Washington High School (12-0) at Sacred Heart-Griffin High School (12-0) live from Springfield, IL this coming Saturday, November 23 at 1:00 PM CT (replay at 1:30 AM). The winner of this game will go on to play in the IHSA Class 5A championship, which will air on CSN on Saturday, November 30 at 10:00 AM.
Throughout this special game telecast, Comcast SportsNet will also be urging viewers to make a donation to the Red Cross Central Illinois Tornado Response Relief efforts by contacting 1-800-RED CROSS or by visiting redcross.org. The announcement … Continue Reading
Amy K. Nelson, writing at The Hairpin, wrote about the real issue for women in sports media: A lack of power. The column is in the aftermath of Damon Bruce’s ridiculous statements about women in sports.
A lot of people were angry, and a lot of people wrote about how (Rob) Neyer had tripped up in a “fallacy,” which is a point well-taken—but I’d argue it missed on addressing the much larger issue here: very few women hold positions of true power in the sports journalism industry. When it comes to finding women employed at the top of major media and news-gathering organizations (let alone the smaller shops), the pickings are slim. And I don’t think it’s due to a lack of desire.
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Thanks to Keith and Ken for having me on their podcast this week. While the two Red Sox fans were basking in the glory of another title, I waved my White Sox cap with memories of Chicago’s victory in the 2005 World Series. Yes, I enjoy living in the past.
We spend a good portion of our segment looking at Fox’ coverage of the World Series. Fox has been promoting improved ratings over last year. But the ratings had no where to go than up after last year’s Fall Classic registered the lowest ratings in history.
We delve into the length of games and how those on the east coast have a difficult time staying up to watch games that end near midnight.
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Today is Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year for Jews. As a result, I will be posting my Weekend Wrap tomorrow.
In honor of this very solemn holiday, where Jews spend the day in synagogue asking for atonement for the sins of the past year, it always is fitting to invoke the name of Sandy Koufax. Among Jews, he is remembered as more than a great pitcher because of what he did, or more accurately, didn’t do on Yom Kippur in 1965.
The passage below is from Jane Leavy’s excellent biography on Koufax. By the way, if you haven’t read Leavy’s best, you should. One of the best sports books ever.
In 1961, Yom Kippur began at sundown on September 19 and ended at sundown September 20. Koufax, as usual, fasted during the holiday. On the night … Continue Reading
L’Shana Tova to all. Today is Rosh Hashanah, celebrating the Jewish new year.
I will be spending the day in synagogue and with my family. However, I wanted to leave a post about Hank Greenberg and the holiday that actually had a sports media component.
With Rosh Hashanah nearing in 1934, the Detroit slugger was debating whether or not to play. “The team was fighting for first place and I was probably the only batter in the lineup that was not in a slump,” Greenberg said. “I was literally carrying the club with my hitting.”
Greenberg wasn’t all that observant as a Jew, but he always promised his parents he wouldn’t play on a High Holiday.
According to Tigers’ radio announcer Ernie Harwell, a rabbi in Detroit looked in the Talmud and found a reference to young Jews playing … Continue Reading
Thanks to Keith and Ken for having me on.
Here’s the official rundown:
Our top story of the week is still evolving as it was announced late today that ESPN is backing our of its partnership with PBS’ Frontline show in producing an investigative documentary on concussions in the NFL. ESPN claims the move is over a lack of editorial control on the project. We speculate that there must have been a major disagreement between the parties. We will follow the story as it progresses.
We then look at last Saturday’s launch of Fox Sports 1. The three of us agree that as much as people want to send out flash judgments of what they’ve seen over the first five days on the air, it’s better to judge the success of the network over the long haul.
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