Posts Tagged ‘New York Jets’
On most days, Alex Hoad introduces himself to others as a sports reporter for UK weekly newspaper the Kent Messenger. But for the next few weeks, leading up to some February NFL combines in New York, he will also have to explain himself as a would-be [American] footballer.
The six-foot, four-inch, 19-stone reporter has signed up to the NFL Regional Combine trial in New York City in February after his application was recently approved. The opportunity arose when Hoad followed the fortunes of Team GB Olympic discus thrower Laurence Okoyewho who turned up to an NFL Regional Combine in Atlanta during a day off from his warm-weather discus training…
The latest New York Jet to win the award named after New York Times beat writer Gerald Eskinazi is guard Willie Colon. The 2013 Eskinazi Award, voted by the 20 or so sports journalists who currently cover the NFL team, honors the player deemed to be most “media-friendly.”
The award was announced on Christmas Eve and, as further reminder of why the former Pittsburgh Steeler was this year’s recipient, there is now an interview with the guard on Sirius XM NFL Radio. Colon, whose one-year contract with the Jets ends with this Sunday’s game against the Dolphins, was asked if he’d like to return with the team in 2014, hopefully under current coach Rex Ryan:
“Of course I want to be a Jet,” Colon said. “This is home for me. My family is happy I’m home. I’m happy I’m here. I’d like to finish a Jet but we all know there’s a business side of things. I’m 30-years-old. I still feel like I’ve got a lot left in the tank.”
There is absolutely nothing wrong with a pro sports team media relations department trying to coach players on how to handle a press conference or locker room interview. However, when such guidance is printed up as a laminated cheat sheet and shared via Twitter by a sports reporter, well, mocking media X’s and O’s are pretty much assured.
Photo evidence of the laminated card was aired out last night by New York Daily News NFL/Jets reporter Manish Mehta. Here’s the front:
The NFL season kicked off with the Giants falling to the Cowboys. Next up, the New York Jets unwrapping the 2012 season Sunday.
SNY plans another season of comprehensive Jets coverage. The “All-Access pass” includes SNY’s Jets Post Game Live debuting after Sunday’s opener against the Bills. Jets Post Game Live will continue to feature priority locker room access with Coach Rex Ryan’s closed-door address to the team, post game press conferences, exclusive on-field interviews and reactions from key Jets players.
That only scratches the surface for all things Gang Green.
The management of WLNY is heading into the holiday weekend on cloud nine. It’s the upshot of an unusual event last night. WLNY-TV 10/55 had the highest rated prime time show in New York. WLNY aired the Channel 2 prime time lineup because the Jets preseason game was broadcast on sister station WCBS.
Big Brother gave WLNY the one night of ratings glory, tops among adults 25 to 54 (2.1/5) and adults 18-49 (2.0/6).
“It’s extremely gratifying to be able to shift CBS prime time over to WLNY for one night and not skip a beat,” WCBS president and general manager, Peter Dunn, says. ”Prior to our acquisition of WLNY [in April], we would move CBS prime time programming to late night whenever we had a Jets preseason game… It’s a big win for our viewers across the tri-state area.”
Last night’s episode of Big Brother on WLNY retained 100 percent of the Thursday average on WCBS this summer among adults 25 to 54.
The Jets vs. Eagles was the second-highest rated program for the night (1.6 rating in adults 25-54). WCBS sports anchor Otis Livingston was the sideline reporter.
As the New York Jets make their way to Pittsburgh for this weekend’s AFC Championship game, WCBS-TV is right there with them.
Sports anchor Otis Livingston, traveling with the team, hosts Jets Road to Glory Saturday night at 7.
The one-hour special gives fans a preview of the matchup between the Steelers and Jets.
“The Jets run means we as a sports department get to shine as well with extra programming,” Livingston tells FishbowlNY. “Working with my producers, Joe Benigno, Damien Woody, Wesley Walker, and all the editors gives us a chance to give extra insight and bonus coverage on one of the biggest stories in New York City in recent years.”
Although the 17-16 final may have been a low-scoring one for two high-powered offenses like the New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts, the ratings for their Saturday night wild card showdown were off the charts. NBC’s broadcast of the one-point Jet victory scored a 20.8 overnight rating and a 33 share, marking the best ever number for a primetime wild card Saturday matchup. This weekend’s Jets-Colts classic was up six percent over last season’s primetime Saturday game between the Eagles and Cowboys (19.6/33) and represented a 14 percent increase over 2009’s Colts-Chargers wild card matchup.