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Ken Fang of Awful Announcing asks with Bill Simmons gone, who is the new “face” of ESPN? I like Scott Van Pelt.
Armed with a new contract and an upcoming solo host spot for a late night edition of SportsCenter, SVP is the odds-on favorite to be the new face of ESPN. Coming over to Bristol from Golf Channel...
Once again, the biggest Blackhawks fans outside of Chicago will be NBC Sports executives for Game 7 Saturday. It’s all about ratings.
The Blackhawks’ victory in Game 6 did a 16.6 local rating on NBCSN Thursday; 1 local ratings point is worth nearly 35,000 homes. That means an estimated 577,000 homes tuned into the game in Chicago, with a peak of 831,000 homes in the third period...
An excerpt from my latest column for Poynter.org.
There are countless stories of sports journalists trying to survive during these challenging economic times. Few, though, have gone literally as far as Steve Elling.
Elling thought he had a dream job in 2012. He was given a wide range of latitude in covering as many as 20 golf tournaments per year for CBSSports.com. He received...
An excerpt from my latest column for the Chicago Tribune:
Chuck Swirsky has been through just about everything during his long broadcast career. Still, his mind was racing after being confronted with a unique set of challenges Monday in calling the White Sox-Toronto game, his first as a fill-in for Ken Harrelson during the current 11-game road trip.
It was Swirsky’s first...
My latest column for the National Sports Journalism Center at Indiana:
They commanded our attention during countless autumns and winters.
There was Bob Knight and his red sweater. You watched because he was this mixture of brilliance and inexplicable, unpredictable anger. He could get his Indiana team to perform with precision, and yet he always seemed to be a split second...
ESPN needs to make a name change. It should be “Yankees Sunday Night Baseball.”
The Yankees raised their average to .500 with their fourth appearance in eight weeks on ESPN’s featured package with Sunday’s game against Texas. Seems a bit excessive, doesn’t it? It feels as if Dan Shulman calls as many Yankees games as John Sterling.
The good news, according to Richard Sandomir...
Thanks for Roy Bragg of the San Antonio Express-News for reaching out to me about Stephen Curry’s very cute daughter.
Here is what I said to him for his column.
Yoder, however, agrees with Ed Sherman’s assertion that sports journalists add necessary context, color and analysis to the games. That added value, Sherman said, is even more vital now in a world full of data.
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Richard Sandomir of the New York Times on Kenny Albert’s exhausting broadcast schedule during the NHL playoffs.
When Kenny Albert discusses the travel schedule behind his calling 27 N.H.L. playoff games since April 15, he is matter-of-fact, not boastful. His itineraries are as familiar to him as goaltenders’...
Excerpts from my latest column for Poynter.
The sports front page of the April 9 edition of USA Today featured two columns from the Masters. Nancy Armour wrote about Bubba Watson, while Christine Brennan looked at the favorites for the tournament.
Think about that for a moment: Two women sports columnists being prominently displayed on by the one of the nation’s top circulation...
An excerpt from my latest Chicago Tribune column.
John Wiedeman didn’t say much Wednesday. It wasn’t because he didn’t have anything to say.
The radio voice of the Blackhawks on WGN-720 knew it was imperative to rest his vocal chords after calling the longest game in franchise history Tuesday night.
“I definitely felt it last night after the game,” Wiedeman said...
Keith Olbermann did an amusing tribute to Dave on yesterday’s show.
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Dick Ebersol was one of the most accessible executives in any realm, sports or otherwise, during his tenure as head of NBC Sports. He knew the importance of the media. However, more than that, he genuinely liked to talk to anyone who was interested in the business.
Ebersol, though, has taken a decidedly low profile since leaving the spotlight. He feels it is someone else’s turn...
My latest for the National Sports Journalism Center at Indiana:
It seems to be an unofficial mandate. Every story about George Bodenheimer has to begin with the fact that he started in the mailroom at ESPN. The mailroom reference is used so often, it almost feels as if it is his middle name.
George Mailroom Bodenheimer.
Bodenheimer himself even referred to his humble beginnings...
Say what you want about Bill Simmons, he certainly developed a quality site in Grantland. This farewell note Bill Barnwell posted on Twitter speaks to the impact he had on the staff.
The note shows Barnwell and others likely would follow him if Simmons wanted to launch a similar Grantland elsewhere.
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I know there has to be a reason for the abrupt timing of ESPN announcing that Bill Simmons is done at the network last Friday. James Andrew Miller, who knows all things ESPN, details for Vanity Fair how it was Simmons’ interview with Dan Patrick that set everything in motion.
The chief reason there was an abrupt...
An excerpt from my latest column for Poynter:
On the surface, this lede hardly is memorable:
“North Carolina grabbed the lead in the top of the 10th inning as a wild pitch by Clark Labitan allowed Colin Moran to score the go-ahead run. The Tar Heels held on to defeat Virginia Tech 9-8.”
Jim Murray, it is not, but dig a bit deeper and the significance of this lede comes...
ESPN is busy this week. The network announced several moves.
–Scott Van Pelt will be the solo anchor for ESPN’s weeknight editions of “SportsCenter” at 11 p.m. As a result of the move, Van Pelt will give up his “SVP & Russillo” midday radio show.
“It was going to take something remarkable for me to consider a day that didn’t include radio, and this would qualify...
Bill Simmons’ pending departure from ESPN generated considerable fireworks. However, the man who hired him and numerous people who became big names at the network, John Walsh, retired without much fanfare in February. Few people had more impact on ESPN than Walsh.
So I was pleased to see James Andrew Miller’s terrific piece on Walsh for Sports Business Journal.
Seriously, the editors at the New York Daily News and New York Post must be about 5-years-old. The balls jokes ceased to be funny about four months ago.
Of course, the Post editors were giggling when they came up with this one.
The Boston Herald threw objectivity out the window.
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My latest column for the National Sports Journalism Center at Indiana.
I have been blessed with many wonderful assignments during my career, but I can’t say I ever had a “dream job.”
I never had anyone tab me to write 5,000-word columns and be the featured voice for the website of the world’s most influential sports network. I never had a podcast that gave me the opportunity...
As is often the case, I was out of writing range Friday when someone sent me a text saying ESPN is severing ties with Bill Simmons.
However, there will be plenty to say about this story in the upcoming days and months. For now, I figured I would do a round-up of what already is being said.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times drops the blockbuster scoop.
Skipper said that ESPN...
An excerpt from my latest Chicago Tribune column:
The Chicago Sky has come under fire for replacing what had been the only women announcers pairing in the WNBA with two men who reportedly will receive higher salaries.
The situation flared up when the Sky hired Eric Collins on play-by-play and Stephen Bardo as analyst for its new broadcast team. They replace Lisa Byington...
Old high school classmate, Bob Kravitz, who broke the Deflategate story and writes for WTHR.com, calls out various members of the Boston media in wake of the Wells Report.
I expect a lack of professionalism from fanboi bloggers who dubiously claimed knowledge of the identity of my source, who came after me in the most personal manner imaginable.
I expect that from sports-talk radio...
An excerpt from my Poynter column on Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Mike Sielski, named the top columnist in APSE contest in papers with circulation of 175,000 and over.
Sielski’s victory speaks to the importance of access. He seeks to take readers to places they never get to see. Sielski tries to base his perspective by observing his subject, such as a column on Pete...
Today marks the 100th anniversary of Jack Warhop earning his slice in baseball history.
On May 6, 1915, Warhop became forever known as the pitcher who gave up Babe Ruth’s first Major League home run.
Ruth, a 20-year old pitcher for the Red Sox, connected in the third inning of a Yankees-Red Sox game in the Polo Grounds. It wouldn’t be his last.
Ruth’s subsequent homers received...