It’s a very busy sports media week and we have it covered on this edition of Sports Media Weekly.
Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are joined for the show by Sports Media Columnist for the Dallas Morning News Barry Horn.
We begin the program looking at the local media response in Boston to Monday’s tragic bombing at the Boston Marathon. Ken and I discuss the local coverage, which led to the two local sports radio stations, WEEI and 98.5 The Sports Hub, suspending their regular programming to allow sports fans the opportunity to share their thoughts on the tragedy.
We then shift to the passing yesterday of legendary announcer Pat Summerall. Barry had the opportunity to speak to Summerall on many occasions and had the same good things to say about the former CBS and Fox announcer as others regarding Summerall’s generosity and professional demeanor.
We move on to the announcement yesterday that Dan Hicks will replace Tom Hammond as the voice of Notre Dame football. Barry predicts the move signals Hicks is being groomed to be the network’s lead play-by-play voice when Al Michaels decides to retire.
We finish the segment by looking at NBC’s plans for the English Premier League season later this summer and the viewership gains for CBS and ESPN from last week’s Masters.
Ken and I wrap the show by looking at a new policy announced at ESPN on how the network will attribute stories not broken by its reporters.
The big story on the table, of course, was “The Decision”. The three of us take a look at how the event was handled by all parties and the dangerous precedent it may set for the future. Can you say Brett Favre?
We also talk about ESPN’s ratings success for the World Cup and the declining numbers for Fox and ESPN for the MLB All-Star festivities.
We also spend some time with Barry talking about the sports media landscape in Dallas. Specifically, how the impact ESPN Dallas has on the media scene and how the FSN Southwest covered the incident last week where a fan fell from a top deck of the Ballpark at Arlington.
We also ask Barry about the similarities between Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones and the late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.