Sports Media News

Morning Journal- December 9, 2009

Here are some sports media news items crossing our desk this morning…

Michael Hiestand at USA Today has the story of Peter Gammons leaving ESPN for the MLB Network and NESN…

Danny Shea at the Huffington Post has the story of recent lung cancer surgery for HBO’s Bryant Gumbel…

TV By the Numbers has the strong Monday Night Football Numbers for ESPN…

Chris Byrne at Eye on Sports Media has a put together a great compendium of college bowl links on You Tube, Twitter, Facebook, Linkdin, and MySpace

Globe News Wire has word of next week’s Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony…

NASCAR has announced a new weekly television venture with Showtime…

Richard Sandomir at the NY Times has more on the NASCAR/Showtime announcement…

The Daly Planet has his media notes form the NASCAR post season thus far…

Fox Sports Radio’s Steve Czaban announces he will not be resigned by the network…

Helene Elliott at the LA Times looks at the return Thursday of Kings TV personality Heidi Androl…

Bob Wolfley at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel looks at the Bucks getting another appearance on national television this week…

Chet Coppack at Chicago Now looks at his top 25 Windy City sportscasters

Ed Sherman with Crain’s Chicago Business looks at a new local website for high school sports.. Ed also has news of another reporter swap between the Trib and Sun-Times…

Tom Hoffarth at the LA Daily News looks at an ESPN Magazine writer attempting to use Twitter to write about athletes use of Twitter…

ESPN has announced it has secured the rights to 25 FA Cup soccer matches in the UK for the 2010-2011 season…

Reuters has news of the awarding of the rights to the EPL in Ireland…

Chris Zelkovich at the Toronto Star looks at the strife between some sports and the lack of media coverage that follows…

Morning Journal- December 8, 2009

Here we go with some sports media news stories to get your Tuesday started…

David Zurawik at the Baltimore Sun liked what he saw from the ESPN Monday Night Football crew during last night’s Ravens/Packers tile…

Bob Wolfley at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel looks at how the MNF crew had good things to say about the Packers…

Eric Deggans writing at the National Sports Journalism Center at Indiana University has some recommendations for Comcast when it comes to its sports interests with NBC…

Barry Horn at the Dallas Morning News reports on a partnership between the paper and a local sports radio station…

Paulsen at Sports Media Watch gets an inside look at the production of last Thursday’s TNT NBA studio show…

Dan Levy at the Sporting Blog looks at the jam packed schedule last week of announcer Ian Eagle…

The Chicago Blackhawks report that ratings for Saturday’s game with the Penquins on WGN-TV were the highest in 20 years…

Ed Sherman at Crains Chicago Business also has the big Hawks numbers…Ed also looks at the local ratings for the Bears as well as who may fill the vacant columnist spot at the Tribune…

Richard Sandomir at the NY Times looks at a new NASCAR show headed to Showtime…

Chris Zelkovich at the Toronto Star has some media thoughts while channel surfing over the last few days…

D, Clay Best at the (NC) Herald reports on a new radio partner for the Carolina Mudcats

Late Day Journal- December 7, 2009

Here are some sports media news items that crossed our desk since this morning…

Richard Deitsch at Sports Illustrated has his November Media Power Rankings

The fine people at Sports Business Journal has given us a few free articles to share.  The first is by John Ourand and Michael Smith on how the NCAA is talking with its media partners about expanding the NCAA Mens Basketball Tournament…

SBJ also looks at the potential candidates to be the next President of the NCAA… Michael Smith looks at the 5 issues for the next president…Smith also has a Q&A with the Interim President Jim Isch

Barry Horn at the Dallas Morning News has the local football ratings numbers…

Chris Byrne at Eye on Sports Media has a few interesting items today.  The first is how the SEC was looking to ascertain which media members at the SEC Championship were blogging from the game.  The other is questioning how the TCU/Boise State Fiesta Bowl will fare, interest-wise…Chris also examines the new look ESPN Mediazone website

Ed Sherman at Crains Chicago Business looks at the merry-go-round of sports columnists in the Windy City

WCPO reports that the Reds have named their second television play-by-play announcer for the coming season…

Pete Dougherty at the Albany Times Union has the story of a new radio gig for Stephen A. Smith…

Mike Waters at the Syracuse Post Standard has the story on the move of the ESPN affiliate in town…

Morning Journal- December 7, 2009

Here are some sports media news items to begin another work week…

Jason Fry writing at the National Sports Journalism Center at Indiana University says news organizations need to make decisions on how to cover news going forward in the face of scandals like th Tiger Woods accident…

Michael Hiestand at USA Today says Joe Gibbs and Joe Theismann may reunite in the booth for NBC…

Mike Florio at Pro Football Talk also has the Gibbs-Theismann move

Phil Mushnick at the NY Post takes issue with (again) with television football analysts…

Michael McCarthy at USA Today looks at those interested in capturing the first post accident interview with Tiger Woods…

Dutch at Post Game Heroes looks at the Pittsburgh media’s over reaction to the Ben Roethlisberger’s controversy last week against the Ravens…

Mark Fitzgerald at Editor and Publisher reports on the sports columnists moves in Chicago…

Tom Jones at the St. Peteresburg Times has his Monday Shooting from the Lip Column…

Laura Nachman says Comcast SportsNet Philly will have expanded coverage of Allen Iverson’s return to the Sixers…

Bill Houston at Truth & Rumors says the Montreal Canadiens Centennial Celebrations are wearing thin…

Dusty Saunders at the Denver Post writes that local high school football fans deserve better coverage of state championship games…

Sunday Journal- December 6, 2009

It looks like Alabama and Texas will play for the BCS Championship and week 13 of the NFL is on our doorstep.  Here are some sports media news items to get your Sunday started…

I had not posted any Tiger Woods media coverage stories for a few days but could not pass this one up…Jason Whitlock at the Kansas City Star writes the media should be ashamed of its coverage of Woods. In my opinion he is absolutely right…

Bob Wolfley at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel talks with ESPN Monday Night Football stats guru and Elias Sports Bureau VP Steve Hirdt…

The LA Times looks at what the NBC broadcast team has to say about tonight’s Minnesota/Arizona Sunday Night Football match-up

Phil Rosenthal at the Chicago Tribune says the NFL has nixed an ad campaign between the Bears and Blackhawks…

Phil Mushnick at the NY Post looks at how the NFL is not looking at the concussion issue properly…

Tom Hoffarth at the LA Daily News looks at the success of “The Blind Side”..

Jim O’Connell at the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Cincinnati head coach Brian Kelly is hearing the pressure from the media on his prospects of being the next coach of Notre Dame…

Sun-Times Editor Chris DeLuca writes that the paper looks forward to the contributions of former Tribune columnist Rick Morrissey

The Original Winger looks at the analysts ESPS is employing for its World Cup coverage...

Richard Sandomir at the NY Times looks at how Bloomberg is helping baseball clubs evaluate talent…

Bob Andelman at True Slant looks at the family biography of former wrestling announcer Gordon Solie…

The Naples News looks at the heroics of a local hockey radio analyst…

Saturday Journal- December 5, 2009

Here are some sports media news items to get you started this Saturday…

Barry Horn at the Dallas Morning News talks with Kirk Herbstreit and Brent Musburger as they prepare for tonight’s Big 12 Championship on ABC…

Darren Rovell at MSNBC questions how many people will watch the SEC Championship...

Jason Dachman at the Sports Video Group says NBC will still be bidding on the 2014 and 2016 Olympics eve if their merger with Comcast becomes approved..

Matt Bodenschatz at Faceoff Factor says the NHL will be interested in the pending Comcast/NBC deal

Dave Goetzl at Media Post looks at the possibilities awaiting NBC’s Dick Ebersol as a result of the Comcast/NBC deal...

Chris Byrne at Eye on Sports Media has the weekend NFL announcing assignments… Chris also looks at how being a sports announcer is not as easy as it seems…

Kartik Krishneiyer at EPL Talk interviews ESPN VP for Content John Skipper on the WWL’s commitment to soccer…

Phil Rosenthal at the Chicago Tribune looks at the move of sports columnist Rick Morrissey from the Trib to the Sun Times..

Tim Lemke at the Washington Times looks at the underplayed sports stories of the week

Left over from Friday Michael Zuidema at the Grand Rapids Press looks at a Fox Sports Detroit hockey program that will produce a segment on the minor league Grand Rapids Griffins

Alan Pergament fro the Buffalo News looks at the job done Thursday night by NFLN’s Matt Millen

Steve Lapore at Puck the Media looks at the NHL Network feature schedule for next week...

Pete Toms at The Biz of Baseball compares the MLB Network to other league owned television networks…

The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association has announced its national award nominees and a new website..

PR Newswire has word of a collaboration between a West Palm Beach television station on a local sports radio outlet...

The Carolina Mudcats have announced its broadcast partners for the upcoming season…

Morning Journal- December 4, 2009

So much happening this week, it’s no surprise we have reached Friday.  Here are some sports media news stories to end your week…

Tom Hoffarth at the LA Daily News says the sports media also need to make an appology for its coverage of the Tiger Woods accident I agree, but unfortunately this is not your father’s sports media any more…It’s really sad…

Tom has more in his Friday Media Learning Curve blog post

Phil Mushnick at the NY Post says sports TV coverage of Woods will still be favorable

Chad Finn at the Boston Globe says Tiger could only evade the media for so long

Jim Carlisle at the Ventura County Star looks at how NBC may handle the Tiger Woods accident this weekend

Another look at the media coverage of the Tiger Woods accident from Chris Zelkovich at the Toronto Star

Craig Risling at the Associated Press has the latest on the man accused of illegally videotaping ESPN’s Erin Andrews…

Mike Farrell at Multichannel News says Comcast may not be looking to create a channel to compete with ESPN…

Dan Shannoff looks at the potential for the Comcast/NBC deal to create an online sports giant…

Jay Posner at the San Diego Union Tribune has a follow-up on the Padres hiring of Dick Enberg as their television play-by-play voice…

As does John Maffei at the North County Times

Michael Hiestand at USA Today also chimes in on the Enberg story

The Cincinnati Reds have announced that Thom Bennaman will be the team’s primary television play-by-play voice…

WLWT in Cincinnati also has the Brennaman story

Matt Snyder at Fanhouse looks at the best and worst baseball broadcasters…

Bill Houston at Truth and Rumors looks at how CBC will enhance the viewing experience with online technology for tonight’s Bruins/Canadiens game…

Robert Wientraub at Slate looks at the potential of the NFL Network’s Red Zone Channel…

Richard Sandomir at the NY Times writes that the Nets losing streak has been reflected in the ratings…

Bill Doyle at the Worcester Telegram & Gazette talks college hoops with the youthful U-Mass play-by-play voice Josh Maurer...

Bob Wolfley at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel likes the work being done by ESPN College Basketball Analyst Bobby Knight…

Dan Ceasar at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has solid local ratings numbers for the Rams…

David Barron of the Houston Chronicle talks BCS with some of the announcers that will be involved with this weekend’s action.   David also has some local sports radio moves…

Ray Buck at the Fort Worth Star Telegram talks TCU football with the Moutnain West Network’s Cash Sirois…

Scott D. Pierce at the Salt Lake City Deseret News looks at how high definition has transformed the Mountain West Television Network…

Pete Dougherty at the Albany Times Union previews the SEC Championship with the CBS Television crew…

The Sporting News (on NBC Sports) reports on the thoughts of Fox’s Jimmy Johnson on the future prospects of Florida’s Tim Tebow…

Phil Rosenthal at the Chicago Tribune looks at the upcoming Big Ten Network coverage of the Silver Football award…

Jim Williams at the Washington Examiner looks at a busy weekend of television sports…

Barry Jackson at the Miami Herald previews the next entry in ESPN’s “30 for 30” documentary series, which is a look at the University of Miami football program…

Mel Bracht at the Oklahoman also looks at the ESPN documentary on “The U”

And John Scheibe at the LA Times

Carolyn Braff at the Sports Video Group looks inside ESPN’s coverage today of the World Cup 2010 draw…

Tim Lemke at the Washington Times looks at baseball’s exclusive card deal with Topps…

Ed Sherman at Crains Chicago Business has his end of the week winners and losers…

Morning Journal- December 3, 2009

It’s already Thursday morning!  Here are some sports media news items to begin the day…

Dan LeBatard at the Miami Herald opines on the media culture that swallowed up Tiger Woods…

Jason Whitlock at Fox Sports says not meeting the media’s wishes was Woods’ real crime…

Nancy Amour at the Associated Press looks at how Woods’ sponsors are standing behind him for now…

Mark Heisler at the LA Times says the media fascination with stars fueled the Tiger Woods story…

Phil Mushnick at the NY Post looks at how Woods’ supporters have been duped…

It will be interesting to see how their sports department will be impacted by the news that the Washington Times will be eliminating 40% of its workforce

Cory Brock at MLB.com reports that the Padres have hired the legendary Dick Enberg to be their television play-by-play announcer

Here is Jay Posner has the Enberg story at the San Diego Union Tribune

As does John Maffei at the North County Times

Jonathan Storm at the Philadelphia Inquirer looks at the many possibilities coming out of the just completed Comcast/NBC deal

Michael Hiestand at USA Today looks at what the deal could mean for NBC Sports…

With the Jets set to face the Bills tonight, Kevin Oklobzija at the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle writes many of those fans will be unable to watch the game on the NFL Network due to its battle with Time Warner…

Barry Horn at the Dallas Morning News looks at the latest local sports radio ratings…

Bob Wolfley at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel looks at how the Packers Stack-up by the standards of Fox’ Fox-Tox…

Bill Houston at Truth and Rumors has news of a local sports radio host moving to television…

Will Leitch at NY Magazine has an opinion as to who really got TBS’ Chip Carey fired…

Ed Sherman at Crains Chicago Business looks at a pair of sports monring show hosts finding  a new home…

EricTric.com looks at the Apple Tablet version of Sports Illustrated

The Salisbury (NC) Post looks at the new headquarters for the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association...

Joe Simnacher at the Dallas Morning News announces the passing of a former long time local sports announcer…

Morning Journal- December 2, 2009

Good Wednesday!  Make sure you check in later today as Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I host the latest edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

Until then here are some sports media news stories crossing our desk…

Richard Sandomir at the NY Times looks at how the Comcast/NBC deal may mean Versus could become a legitimate contender to ESPN…

Doug Ferguson of the Associated Press looks at other golfers’ reaction to the Tiger Woods accident…

Ed Sherman at Crains Chicago Buisiness looks at the likelihood Woods would sue for libel…Ed also questions when we will see Tiger again

Brett Haber at USA Today could not have put the Tiger Woods coverage into better context…

Bob Wolfley at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel looks at the fall success of the Big Ten Network…

Jim Williams at the Washington Examiner reports on how ESPN plans to cover the World Cup 2010 draw this Friday… Jim also looks back on his work with FSU’s Bobby Bowden…

Carolyn Braff at the Sports Video Group looks at some sports ratings numbers….

As does Michael Hiestand at USA Today

David Goetzl at Media Post looks at the growth of the ESPN local websites..

David Kaplan at Paid Content has a similar piece on the emergence of the local ESPN websites…

John Taylor at Pro Football Talk has Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops denying ESPN reports of a possible move to Notre Dame…

Jeff Lee at the Vancouver Sun reports that Canadiens are expected to come out in record numbers to view the 2010 Winter Olympics...

Eric Bailey at the Tulsa World reports that the Oklahoma State/Tulsa college basketball match-up will not be seen by local viewers

Late Day Journal- December 1, 2009

Here we have some sports media news items that are new since this morning…

In case you did not hear, Tiger Woods has been cited by the Florida Highway Patrol for the accident outside his home last Friday morning.  In my view…case closed…although Ken Fang and I will discuss the media coverage of this story on tomorrow’s Sports Media Weekly podcast…

Ben Klayman at Reuters reports on ESPN set to launch its local Los Angeles website later this month…

In a related announcement ESPN has launched its global World Cup 2010 website…

Reggie Parquet at New Orleans.com looks at media reaction to the 11-0 Saints…

Pete Dougherty at the Albany Times Union has some local and national sports media news items…

The NBA has announced it’s Hardwood Classics television schedule

David Faber at CNBC looks at the completed Comcast/NBC deal…