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Time Inc.’s Digital Sports Network Faces Challenges

120 Sports, the digital video network from Time Inc. and several pro sports leagues, is officially live. Now the hard part begins. As fairly hardcore sports fans ourselves, your FishbowlNY editors took a stroll through 120 Sports’ offerings this morning to see if it was something we’d actually enjoy. The answer? Probably not.

This isn’t neccessarily a knock on 120 Sports. The site is fast and intuitive, and the videos — highlights from games, breaking news and more — are presented nicely. As far as watching sports clips (each is 120 seconds), you really can’t beat it. There’s even original, live programming available.

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AP Alters MLB Article Format

APLogoThe only thing more boring than a baseball game is an article recapping that game. The Associated Press understands that, and so it has decided to change its MLB article format into an easier, faster read.

The new AP recaps will drop from 600 words to 300 words, plus a “chunky-text presentation featuring up to five bullet points that explain team storylines, key plays, injuries and a look ahead to what’s next for a team or player.”

We like this idea. Surely some of the narrative will be lost with the new look, but there will always be space for capturing the drama of one of baseball’s 17,938 games in other places.

The AP’s new article format begins July 28.

Incoming Mets PR Director Hashtags It #dreamscometrue

For 25 years, through 2013, Harold Kaufman worked as communications head for the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets, slash, Pelicans. Starting June 23, he will transition from The Big Easy to a more prominent spotlight in the Big Apple.

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Fom today’s press release:

Kaufman will work closely with the Mets media relations group – headed by vice president Jay Horwitz – and the Mets marketing & communications department. Kaufman will report directly to David Newman, senior vice president, marketing & communications.

Kaufman, a native of Dallas, started his sports PR career in 1986 as an intern for the Texas Rangers and then with the media department of the Dallas Mavericks. Th Southern Methodist University grad will be relocating to the NYC area with his wife Lisa; son Alex will start attending the University of Texas this fall, while their other son Stanley graduated just last week from LSU.

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Newspapers Start Jeter’s Farewell Tour

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Derek Jeter, everyone’s favorite New York Yankee, is retiring after next season. ”I will remember it all: the cheers, the boos, every win, every loss, all the plane trips, the bus rides, the clubhouses, the walks through the tunnel and every drive to and from the Bronx,” wrote Jeter, in a heartfelt note on Facebook. “I have achieved almost every personal and professional goal I have set. I have gotten the very most out of my life playing baseball, and I have absolutely no regrets.”

Jeter also thanked George Steinbrenner, the Steinbrenner family, the Yankee organization, his family and fans. Now the city’s newspapers are thanking him back. The Post, the Daily News, the Staten Island Advance and more dedicated all or parts of their covers to the Yankee captain.

The Jeter farewell tour has already started. So brace yourself, grab some tissues and enjoy the ride. While it lasts.

See below for more papers featuring Jeter.

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WOR 710 to be New Flagship Radio Station of the Mets

WOR logo GAttention fans of the New York Metropolitans, we have some news: The team has found a new radio home. Clear Channel and the Mets have struck a deal to make WOR-AM 710 the new radio station for those lovable losers.

The Mets had been searching for a radio deal since WFAN announced it was dropping them for the Yankees next season.

“We look at this investment not only as an opportunity to establish WOR as a destination to a broader audience, but to also to drive further awareness and growth of the Mets through our unique multi-platform capabilities and programming — radio, digital, outdoor and live events,” said John Hogan, chairman and CEO of Clear Channel, in a statement.

The Clear Channel deal is good for five years. The over/under on number of Mets World Series wins during that time is set at two.

Dodgers, Time Warner Announce Network

Get ready for a whole lot of Los Angeles Dodgers starting in 2014.

The Dodgers formally announced their new regional sports network in partnership with Time Warner Cable called SportsNet LA. Pending MLB approval, the deal is for 25 years and will be worth between $7-8 billion for the Dodgers, according to the LA Times. It ends a long back-and-forth affair between the Dodgers, Time Warner and Fox Sports on the future home of the baseball team after their contract ended later this year.

“We concluded last year that the best way to give our fans what they want — more content and more Dodger baseball — was to launch our own network,” Dodgers chairman Mark Walter said in a statement. “The creation of AMP will provide substantial financial resources over the coming years for the Dodgers to build on their storied legacy and bring a World Championship home to Los Angeles. Just as we are actively transforming the team and the stadium, we want the Dodgers to be exhibited on the very best sports network in the country — one that will provide an unrivaled fan experience.”

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The Power of Vin: A.J. Ellis Trends in the U.S.

Vin Scully is getting quite the education on Twitter this week.

After reading Shane Victorino‘s tweet on Tuesday, the 84-year-old broadcaster wanted to get Los Angeles Dodger catcher A.J. Ellis trending on Twitter.

In a matter of minutes, Ellis was trending in the U.S., much to the delight on Scully.

By the way, Ellis hit two home runs on Friday as the Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 6-1.

USA Today and MLB Launch ‘Sports on Earth’

USA Today and MLB’s Advanced Media team, have formerly announced the sports venture we’ve been hearing about for the past few months. Starting in late August, “Sports on Earth,” will bring readers “great sports writing from some of the most respected voices in the industry,” according to a release.

The name? Well, we’re not sold on it. The names behind Sports on Earth? Much, much easier to support. Steve Madden, the former Rodale digital expert is the general manager, and Sports Illustrated veteran Larry Burke is the editor-in-chief. Joe Posnanski, another talented SI vet, will be a full-time contributor, as will Gwen Knapp, Tommy Tomlinson and Shaun Powell. New York’s Will Leitch, another FishbowlNY favorite, will also showcase his work on Sports on Earth from time to time.

The first peek we get at Sports on Earth (the site has a fancy intro but not much else as of now) will be Olympic coverage, which will be available from July 27 to August 12.

Warner Fusselle, Brooklyn Cyclones, Veteran Baseball Announcer, Dies at 68

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Longtime sportscaster Warner Fusselle died last night of an apparent heart attack. He was 68.

Taking a page from his idols Red Barber and Ernie Harwell, Fusselle was another southerner to call baseball games in Brooklyn when the Mets single A affiliate debuted in 2001. He was scheduled to be at the mic for a 12th straight Opening Day next week.

“We were fortunate to have the best radio announcer in the sport working for us,” Cyclones GM Steve Cohen tells FishbowlNY. “He lived and breathed Cyclones baseball.”

He only missed a handful of games from the “Catbird Seat,” a phrase borrowed from Barber.

And it was the “Ol’ Redhead, as Fusselle told The Brooklyn Paper in 2004, that made him want to follow in those legendary footsteps.

“Red told me all these stories about broadcasting in Brooklyn, and when I heard about baseball coming back to Brooklyn, I wanted to see what it would be like to broadcast in Brooklyn, and so I applied for the job.”

“I think we were just fortunate to get Warner between gigs,” Cohen says. “I always thought he should be doing radio at the major league level.”

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Your First Look at the Vin Scully Bobblehead

Earlier this year, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully would get his own bobblehead during the 2012 season.

Well, here it is — Scully’s bobblehead night is Aug. 30 when the Dodgers host the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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