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Bleacher Report Ups NBA Game, Hires Howard Beck, Kevin Ding, Ethan Skolnick, Jared Zwerling

This is what you call one hell of a power move: Bleacher Report — much maligned for its lackluster content — has just hired four talented journalists. Howard Beck, Kevin Ding, Ethan Skolnick and Jared Zwerling are all joining the site, each contributing to the expansion of BR’s NBA coverage.

Beck is leaving The New York Times for BR. As any Knicks fan will tell you, Beck was the man for team news, and he’ll be missed. He joins BR as its national NBA writer. Ding comes to BR from The Orange County Register, where he had been the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer since 1999. He will continue to cover the Lakers for BR. Skolnick will be BR’s Miami Heat writer. He comes packing 17 years of experience with the Palm Beach Post, the Miami Herald and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Zwerling joins BR from ESPN.com, where he covered the Knicks and some team called the Brooklyn Nets. Never heard of them. Zwerling will serve as BR’s NBA analyst.

Skolnick, Ding and Zwerling’s appointments are effective immediately. Beck starts on September 23.

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ESPN Anchor Suspended For Plagiarizing OC Register Reporter

ESPNEWS anchor Will Selva has been suspended for reading on air, without credit, the opening graphs of a recent column by OC Register reporter Kevin Ding. Ding called Selva out on the Register‘s website last week, drawing extensive coverage in the sports media world.

ESPN vice president of communications Josh Krulewitz spoke to the Register about the incident.

“This is something we take extremely seriously and we’ve taken appropriate action. We looked into how it happened and found that this very bad mistake was made because he should have been more thorough, even on deadline, not because he was intentionally trying to claim someone else’s work as his own.”

Selva released a statement late last week, just prior to his suspension.

“I made a horrible mistake and I’m deeply sorry. I did not live up to my high standards or ESPN’s. I sincerely apologize for my sloppiness, especially to Kevin Ding, viewers and colleagues. In my 15 years in broadcast journalism, nothing like this has ever happened and I will make every effort to ensure it won’t happen again.”

Previously on FBLA: OC Register Reporter Claims He Was Plagiarized By ESPN Anchor

OC Register Reporter Claims He Was Plagiarized By ESPN Anchor

OC Register sports reporter Kevin Ding has written a column accusing ESPNEWS anchor Will Selva of reading from script several paragraphs of a recent column on air, without attribution.

Here are the lines in question:

Christmas isn’t over yet, Lakers fans.

The big game, it turns out, will be the game after the supposed Game of the Year.

In San Antonio on Tuesday night, the Lakers will be out to give themselves and their fans the much-needed gift of hope.

Sports by Brooks checked the transcripts, and, indeed, Selva read Ding’s lines word for word.

Ding says he has contacted ESPNews Senior Coordinating Producer Mark Preisler to get a comment, but no subsequent blog items have been posted. Stay tuned.

H/T Romenesko