Sports Media Digest- April 24, 2013

Lindsay Czarniak Named Host of Indianapolis 500– ESPN announced today that anchor Lindsay Czarniak has been named the new host of ABC’s coverage of the Indianapolis 500.  Czarniak will be the first woman ever to host the telecast.  ESPN also announced that Eddie Cheever will expand his role as an analyst in ESPN’s coverage of the IZOD IndyCar Series to work in the broadcast booth for all six races that will air on ABC this season.

Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm to Host ESPYs– ESPN announced today that actor Jon Hamm, famous for his portrayal of Don Draper on the hit series Mad Men, will serve as this year’s host of the ESPYs.  The 2013 ESPYS will be televised live Wednesday, July 17, at 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPN/ESPNHD from Los Angeles.

Haney Project Finale Monday Night–  The Golf Channel will air the finale of this season’s Haney Project, featuring Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps,  this Monday at 9:00p.m. ET.  The Haney Project with Michael Phelps joins the popular interview series, Feherty following the finale at 10:00 p.m. ET),

MLS Action on NBC Sports Network-The NBC Sports Network will continue its coverage of Major League Soccer this Saturday as the Chicago Fire host the Montreal Impact.  Kick-off is at 4:00p.m. ET with Arlo White, Kyle Martino and Russ Thaler.

ESPN Favre-Pas?

I’ve been a vocal critic of ESPN and their handling of certain stories, specifically, thier apparent fascination with some of them.  The Bret Favre story comes to mind

But is ESPN inadvertently casting judgement on future NFL Hall of Famer?

Here is a picture of Favre at last night’s ESPY’s…followed by the caption which accompanied it:










Wednesday, July 16, 2008- Los Angeles, Calif – Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre during the 2008 ESPY Awards (emphasis added)

I know that technically he is a former quarterback because he has not yet asked to be reinstated.  But with the WWL kissing his butt every step of his career, is this a slight, unconcious, indication on how the saga should play itself out?

Just wondering.