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Sports Media Weekly No. 129- Ed Sherman, The Sherman Report & Michelle Beadle, Access Hollywood/NBC Sports

We have two guests on this edition of Sports Media Weekly.

Joining Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I for our news segment is Ed Sherman of The Sherman Report.

We begin the show by looking at how differently CBS sports handled the death of Cowboys practice squad player Jerry Brown, who was killed while in a car driven by Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent.  We all agreed that CBS handled this event better than one week earlier when the network waited five minutes to discuss the murder/suicide involving Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher.

We then take a look at a proposal floated by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to expand the number of teams to make the playoffs, and the media implications that go along with it.

We discuss how the once-mighty Big East has fallen as its seven basketball-only teams threaten to leave the conference.

We examine the curtailing of ESPN’s fascination with Tim Tebow and how the WWL was not alone in riding the Tebow bandwagon.

We look at the end of an era as The Sporting News halts its print edition and we look back at the career of Larry Merchant, who is stepping down from covering boxing for HBO Sports.

Our other guest is SMW favorite Michelle Beadle, formerly of ESPN, now of Access Hollywood and NBC Sports.  We talk to Michelle about her experience at last night’s concert in support of the victims of Super Storm Sandy in New York City, her first Olympic assignments with NBC, and we get the scoop on the new daily studio show she will host on the NBC Sports Network beginning in late January…

Sports Media Weekly Podcast No. 41- Tina Cervasio, MSG Network

Sports Media Weekly Welcome back to another exciting edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

This week Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites deal with the technical demons this week so we app0logize about the qulity of this week’s show.

Ken and I wrap up the talk about ESPN’s “The Decision” with today’s response from ESPN Ombudsman Don Ohlmeyer.

We also discuss the controversy over the comments made over the weekend by Dwaye Wade on the expectations for the Heat this season.

We also discuss the big online news that SB Nation has purchased The Sporting Blog from The Sporting News.

Our guest this week is Tina Cervasio, Knicks reporter for MSG Network.  Those of us in New England may remember Tina from her days covering the Red Sox for NESN.  We talk to Tina about here career, covering teams in two high, pressure media markets (Boston and New York) and what it was like covering the LeBron James story from the Knicks point of view.