Sports media columnists

What They’re Saying- September 25, 2009

Here is our Friday rundown of what some of the sports media columnists are writing…

John Maffei at the North County Times is having trouble accepting that Vin Scully will retire after next season…

Mel Bracht at the Oklahoman previews the NFL Red Zone.  He also looks at the work done by ESPN’s John Gruden and highlights the Mayweather/Marquez replay in his media notes

Paul Domowitch at the Philadelphia Daily News says NFLN Mike Maycock is intrigued by the Eagles potential use of the Wildcat with Michael Vick…

Steve Lapore at Puck the Media has the opening week of games in the NHL on the NHL Network…

Tom Hoffarth at the LA Daily News interviews HBO boxing analyst Larry Merchant

Toronto Sports Media hints that Maple Leafs coverage could be a little different this season

Dan Caesar at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that Joe Buck’s focus returns to sports for the fall…David Nicholas at the Post-Dispatch is not a fan of NFL blackouts…

Barry Jackson at the Miami Herald says a successful Univ. of Miami team equals good ratings for ESPN

Bob Raissman at the NY Daily News says the streaking Jets just might beat the other action in the local weekend ratings…

In his lead item this week. Bob Wolfley at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel talks with ESPN’s Chris Spielman on the  University of Wisconsin football squad…

Chad Finn at the Boston Globe notes that the local Beantown teams will get plenty of exposure on Fox this weekend…

David Barron of the Houston Chronicle reports that Craig James returns to Texas to call UH/Texas Tech..

Diane Pucin at the LA Times reports on Wayne Gretzky being the subject of one of ESPN’s 30 for 30 films…

Ed Sherman at Crain’s Chicago Business has his winners and losers

Jim Carlisle at the Ventura County Star writes how the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur will impact sports this weekend…

Jim Williams at the Washington Examiner writes how the Big Ten and SEC are building up their television networks

Jay Posner at the San Diego Union Tribune says that CBS’ Dan Fouts still likes what he sees out of the Chargers…

Neil Best at Newsday says Fox. Michael Strahan is enjoying his new acting career

Pete Dougherty at the Albany Times Union says CBS’s Bill Cowher still has no plans to return to coaching anytime soon…

Phil Mushnick at the NY Post feels the no huddle offense makes for better football on TV…George King III talks with TBS’ David Wells on the Yankees Joba Chamberlain…Justin Terranova has 5 questions for YES and Giants sideline reporter Howard Cross

Ray Buck at the Fort Worth Star Telegram writes that its now ESPN’s turn to spotlight the new Cowboys Stadium

Scott D. Pierce at the Salt Lake City Deseret News wants Versus and DirectTV to play nice in deference to the fans..

R Thomas Umstead at Multichannel News writes that Reggie Jackson will host a feature on TBS this baseball post season…

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What They’re Saying- September 18, 2009

Time for our Friday look at what some of the sports media columnists from across the country are writing today…

Bruce Allen at the Boston Sports Media Watch has the big news of a new hire at the Boston Globe…

Michael Hiestand at USA Today previews Inside Call, a new online program by Fox Sports.com.

Tom Hoffarth at the LA Daily News reports on the HBO Real Sports segment on the bleak future of newspapers

The top item in David Barron’s column at the Houston Chronicle is a look at the ESPN Gameday crew coming to Austin for the Texas Tech/Texas match-up.

Ed Sherman at Crain’s Chicago Business gives us his weekly winners and losers

Chad Finn at the Boston Globe gets away from the burgeoning local sports radio scene to update viewers on other Beantown sports media news.

Bob Wolfley at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel notes that many in Wisconsin will have the chance to catch Brett Favre and the Vikings often this football season.

Bill Doyle at the Worcester Telegram & Gazette has ESPN’s Ron Jaworski’s thoughts on the Patriots…

Mel Bracht at the Oklahoman says former Colorado quarterback and current FSN analyst Joel Klatt can relate to the obstacles facing OU’s Sam Bradford

Jay Posner at the San Diego Union Tribune reports on a new hire at XX Sports Radio…Jay also talks with Dick Enberg on his experiences this year at the US Open…

John Maffei at the North County Times also has a piece on the new XX Sports Radio hire…John also talks with Dan Fouts on his being paired on CBS telecasts with Dick Enberg…

Diane Pucin at the LA Times reports sports fans still love their football on TV

Jim Carlisle at the Ventura County Star also chimes in on the NFL ratings…Jim also has a preview of what NBC will show of the new Cowboys Stadium this Sunday…

Ray Buck at the Fort Worth Star Telegram also looks at NBC’s coverage of the new stadium.

Phil Mushnick at the NY Post is no fan of instant replay in the NFL…

Dan Caesar at the St. Louis Post Dispatch says the next edition of Joe Buck Live will be more sports-oriented

Barry Jackson at the Miami Herald reports on the Dolphins looking forward to their Monday Night appearance

Scott D. Pierce at the Salt Lake City Deseret News has some critial words for ABC/ESPN’s Bob Griese…

Aaron Williams at the Reading Record Searchlight reports that sports radio is to return locally

Jim Williams at the Washington Examiner talks with former Tennessee head coach and CBS college football analyst Phillip Fulmer.

More NBA media notes…the Wizards from the Washington Post, and the Sixers from CSN Philly

What They’re Saying- September 11, 2009

It’s been a few weeks since we brought you our Friday links of what some of the sports media columnists are writing.  Here we go…

Michael Hiestand at USA Today has a NFL TV viewing quiz…

David Barron at the Houston Chronicle talks with CBS’ Jim Nantz as he prepares to broadcast this weekend’s Texans game…

Richard Sandomir at the NY Times does not find ESPN’s Pam Shriver too effective as a sideline reporter.  Richard also has the news on how the NFL will provide online replay of games in all markets on a delayed basis.

Bob Raissman at the NY Daily News talks of how the Yankees’ broadcasters have handled Derek Jeter’s quest to become the all-time team hit leader…

Phil Mushnick at the NY Post says the local media helped the Jets and their PSL sham…

Ed Sherman at Crains Chicago Business has his Winners and Losers…

Brian Kollars at the Dayton Daily News says there is still hope the Bengals’ opened will be telecast locally…

Bob Wolfley at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel talks about where local announcers fit among the chattiest in baseball…

Bill Doyle at the Worcester Telegram & Gazette talks with long time Patriots announcer Gil Santos…

Mel Bracht at the Oklahoman talks about Spike TV’s upcoming UFC telecast in Oklahoma City…

Diane Pucin at the LA Times says the Melanie Oudin story at the US Open drew fans to ESPN’s coverage of the event…

Jim Carlisle at the Ventura County Star also has the Oudin numbers…Jim also chronicles the upcoming story this weekend of two young Southern California quarterbacks.

Jay Posner at the San Diego Union Tribune says fans locally will get to see Brett Favre and the Vikings this weekend on Fox…

Dan Ceasar at the St. Louis Post Dispatch tells us of a local station’s decision to eliminate one local sportscast during their evening slate of newscasts…Dan also reports that Missouri Tigers football can be seen on pay-per-view the next two weeks…

John Maffei at the North County Times previews the work of ESPN’s John Gruden…

Barry Jackson at the Miami Herald also chimes in with thoughts on Gruden…

Tom Hoffarth at the LA Daily News gets fans prepared for USC-Ohio State in 3D…

Ray Buck at the Fort Worth Star Telegram talks Cowboys with Fox’ Tony Siragusa..

Scott D. Pierce of the Salt Lake City Deseret News says BYU’s success this season may have been doomed by an ESPN football analyst

What They’re Saying- August 21, 2009

The dog days of summer are winidng down.  Let’s see what some of the nation’s sports media columnists are writing this week…

Michael Hiestand at USA Today tells us how the networks will benefit from the return of Brett Favre and Michael Vick.

Bob Raissman at the NY Daily News says the media should get over feeling slighted by the Favre saga…

Neil Best at Newsday reports on what’s next for former Giant Jason Sehorn…

Bob Raissman at the NY Post takes a local sports radio host to task for his poistive spin on the Oakland Raiders’ coaches scuffle earlier this week…

Justin Terranova at the Post talks Sox/Yanks with TBS’ Buck Martinez…  The paper also has 5 questions for Jason Sehorn…

Ed Sherman at Crain’s Chicago Business News has some media entities listed as “winners and losers”…

David Barron at the Houston Chronicle says talk of sports talk always seems to be a robust conversation.

Chad Finn at the Boston Globe talks to former Red Sox and now MLB analyst Sean Casey…

Mel Bracht at the Oklahoman sits down with ESPN analyst Andre Ware who predicts a 8-4 season for the Oklahoma Sooners…

Diane Pucin at the LA Times says the Dodgers will have one of their games’ telecasts done in English and Spanish, with legendary announcers…

Jay Posner at the San Diego Union Tribune talks with local media legend Ted Leitner…

John Mafei at the North County Times also reports on Leitner…

Dan Ceasar at the St. Louis Post Dispatch writes on the results of a newspaper poll on the future of Cardinals radio broadcasts…

Tom Hoffarth at the LA Daily News answers some questions…

Ray Buck at the Fort Worth Star Telegram talks with the man charged with marketing Super Bowl XLV in Dallas…..

Jim Carlisle at the Ventura County Star piles on in the ESPN/Favre lovefest..Jim also reports on a local high school team’s appearance on ESPNU’s high school football schedule.

Michael Zuidema at the Grand Rapids Press reports how a local station’s move to the FM dial will greatly enhance coverage of local high school football..

What They’re Saying- August 14, 2009

Time for our weekly Friday look at what some of the sports media columnists are writing today…

Michael Hiestand at USA Today tells us Fox will have some broadcasting roster moves heading into the new NFL season…

Neil Best at Newsday talks with polarizing Yankee play-by-play voice John Sterling…

Phil Mushnick at the NY Post piles on to the over saturation of an ESPN telecast.

The Post also has 5 questions for Nick Faldo.  Justin Terranova talks NY football quarterbacks with NFL Network’s Brian Baldinger.

Bob Raissman at the NY Daily News says CBS’ James Brown may display some sympathy in this weekend’s interview of Michael Vick on 60 Minutes.

Bob Wolfley at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel also says Brown will be on the hot seat this weekend…

Pete Dougherty at the Albany Times Union talks with NBC/Golf Channel’s Dottie Pepper about the upcoming Solheim Cup.

Chad Finn at the Boston Globe tells us of the debut of a new sports radio station in Boston…

Christine McConville at the Boston Herald also reports on the launch of the Sports Hub…

Mel Bracht at the Oklahoman gives readers a look at the local high scool telecast schedule this fall…

Diane Pucin at the LA Times says Tiger Woods at the lead in the PGA Championship means good television ratings for TNT and CBS…

Dan Caesar at the St. Louis Post Dispatch tells us that Trent Green will make an appearance in the local pre-season television broadcast booth.  Dan also says Cardinals radio broadcasts will stay put…for now.

Rodney Page at the St. Petereburg Times says John Gruden’s debut on ESPN wasn’t half bad…

Jeff Nahill at the North County Times tells us of a new program on Animal Planet focusing on thoroughbred jockeys…

Scott D. Pierce at the Salt Lake City Deseret News says breaks down the new Big Sky Conference TV deal…

What They’re Saying- August 7, 2009

I am later than normal with our weekly look at what some of what the sports media columnists are writing this Friday, so here we go…

Richard Sandomir at the NY Times writes how Boston is up in arms over the recent play of the Red Sox.  (He’s right…we are!)

Bob Raissman at the NY Daily News says fans are sick of being asked to feel sorry for some of the NY Giants’ players…

Phil Mushnick at the NY Post takes ESPN to task for it’s use of the Robin Ventura/Nolan Ryan fight from 1993.

Also at the Post, Justin Terranova talks Sox/Yanks with Fox’ Tim McCarver. And he has 5 questions for Giants’ play-by-play man Bob Papa.

Darren Rovell at CNBC says the NY Jets are one NFL team embracing the use of Twitter…

Barry Jackson at the Miami Herald talks with NBC’s Cris Collinsworth on the debut of his role as lead analyst on Football Night in America…

Paul Christian at the Rochester Post Bulletin also previews the new NBC NFL team..

As does Michael Hiestand at USA Today

Ray Buck at the Fort Worth Star Telegram reviews a book by ESPN’s Adam Schefter about the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Michael Zuidema at the Grand Rapids Press says one local university is taking it’s sports coverage online…

Christine McConville at the Boston Herald says the rival Boston Globe may soon be charging for online content…

Chad Finn at the Boston Globe reports on the staffing moves made by two Boston sports radio stations…

Jim Carlilse at the Ventura County Star says the NBA is asking more of its teams to work on Christmas…

John Ryan at the San Jose Mercury News reviews a colleague’s surfing book…

Tom Hoffarth at the LA Daily News tells us about the Dodgers junior broadcasting program…

Dan Caesar at the St. Louis Post Dispatch says two Missouri football games will be televised via pay-per-view.  Dan also has some local sports radio ratings

Jay Posner at the San Diego Union Tribune writes that lagging ticket sales may lead to some local television blackouts of some Chargers games this season.

Diane Pucin at the LA Times talks with Dodgers analyst Steve Lyons…

Dan Darcy at the Worcester Telegram and Gazette talks with Celtics announcer Cedric Maxwell on the club’s chances for the 2009-2010 season.

Bob Wolfley at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel tells us what Rich Gannon had to say about the Packers on his Sirius radio program…

Hal McCoy at the Dayton Daily Herald is retiring after this baseball season…

One final note…tomorrow I return to the Fenway Park press box for the Futures of Fenway minor league double header.  You can read my review of my time from last year here… If there’s anything new to add, I’ll do so early next week.