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Morning Media Newsfeed: AJA Countersues Gore | Time Inc. Guild Talks Break Down

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Al Jazeera America Countersuing Al Gore (TVNewser)
It looks like Al Jazeera America isn’t taking the lawsuit levied by former Vice President Al Gore lying down. The company countersued Gore and Joel Hyatt Friday. The Associated Press The parties are fighting over money that is being held in escrow. The former vice president and Hyatt, the founder of Hyatt Legal Services, sued the network last month saying that it was improperly withholding tens of millions of dollars placed in escrow when Al Jazeera bought Current TV for $500 million. THR / Hollywood, Esq. According to Gore and Hyatt, Al Jazeera squandered those favorable distribution rights by making an “ill-advised, one-sided” agreement with Time Warner Cable, which set off “most favored nation” obligations to other distributors. According to Al Jazeera, it’s Gore and Hyatt who shoulder the blame — and responsibility — for what later happened by failing to get TWC on board in the first place. New York Post Friday’s countersuit insists that AJA, as Current TV’s buyer, did not “make phony claims” but had a “contractual right to be indemnified.” “Al Jazeera America rightfully seeks compensation from an escrow fund that was established solely and specifically to protect Al Jazeera against any harm resulting from these inaccurate representations,” the countersuit claimed. In the countersuit, Al Jazeera stated it made five claims on the escrow money, relating mostly to disagreements it had with distributors following the sale. Variety The purchase price was reportedly $500 million, and, although that figure also was redacted from Al Jazeera’s filing, the company noted that Gore is “reported to have made between $70 and $100 million from the sale.” Gore and Hyatt contend that they initially harbored “serious reservations” about selling the network to Al Jazeera, but decided to entertain the idea of such a sale after performing due diligence and consulting with former senior U.S. government officials.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: CNN Hires Carney | Sony, Viacom Reach Cloud-Based TV Deal

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Jay Carney to Join CNN as Political Commentator (FishbowlDC)
Former White House press secretary Jay Carney has joined CNN as a political commentator Washington bureau chief Sam Feist announced Wednesday. His first assignment was on the network’s coverage pertaining to President Barack Obama’s remarks on ISIS. TVNewser “I’m thrilled to be joining CNN at a time when there is so much happening in the nation and the world,” said Carney. “Jay’s unique experience as both a journalist and a White House press secretary make him an invaluable voice for the network as we cover the final two years of the Obama Administration and look ahead to the coming campaigns,” said Feist. THR / The Live Feed Carney, who served as Time magazine’s Washington bureau chief before departing to the White House, resigned from his administration role on May 30. Within days, speculation swirled about which media role he would pursue — a book and a cable news job were both mentioned. On June 18, less than a month after leaving the White House, The Washington Post reported that CNN already had made “a fine offer” to Carney for a network role. Mediaite Carney’s new employer hardly comes as a surprise, as many expected him to join one of the three major cable networks after he stepped down from the podium in June — though his name was also bandied about for a position at Apple or a startup. Politico Carney said when he left the White House in May that he’d maintain a public presence in the media. He also signed with the Washington Speakers Bureau. Carney joins a long line of former White House press secretaries making the jump to cable: Robert Gibbs joined CNBC after leaving the White House, Dana Perino is currently a host on Fox News, and George Stephanopoulos is now an ABC News anchor.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Politico Expanding to Europe | Fox News Defeated in Fair Use Suit

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It’s Official: Politico’s Headed to Brussels (FishbowlDC)
A 12:44 p.m. ET email from Politico president Jim VandeHei confirmed expansion to Europe, joining with Berlin-based media company Axel Springer to cover European politics and policy. Capital New York The 50-50 joint venture will cover the European Union as well as “European politics and policy more broadly,” VandeHei and editor-in-chief John Harris told staff in the memo, confirming recent reports that the influential Beltway website and congressional newspaper was eyeing expansion abroad. HuffPost / Backstory Details have not yet been finalized for the new organization, though Politico‘s leadership has been working on the plan throughout the year. VandeHei, Harris and owner Robert Allbritton have met in Brussels with top European journalists and diplomats about the potential launch of Politico Europe, as the outlet is tentatively titled, according to sources familiar with the discussions. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media VandeHei and Harris called Axel Springer “Europe’s largest and most powerful media company.” “Axel Springer is a highly impressive, highly ambitious company that shares our obsession with building media companies that produce and can sustain nonpartisan journalistic excellence,” they wrote. “They do about $3.6 billion in annual revenue and house a number of digital start-ups in their Berlin-based offices. We are excited to join forces with them.” NYT Politico was founded in 2007 and rose quickly to become a player in the world of political reporting. It has recently been considering ways to grow and refine its journalism. Last year, it started a magazine that focused on deeper and more expansive stories. The site also hired an executive editor Rick Berke from The New York Times in October, but he resigned Sunday, citing differences with Harris and VandeHei. Axel Springer, which publishes Bild and Die Welt among others, said last year that it was selling two regional newspapers and several magazines to focus on digital media.

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New York Indian Tribe Goes on the Offensive Against Washington Redskins

The Oneida Indian Nation, a tribe in upstate New York, is going to try and use the media to get Dan Snyder to change his mind. The Washington Redskins owner has been adamant about sticking with the recently controversial team name, but beginning this weekend on radio and continuing soon on the Web, the Oneida Nation is spending a sizable chunk of money to power a media blitz.

The Associated Press got a response statement from the NFL but not the Redskins. The barrage starts this weekend ahead of the Redskins’ Monday night season opener against the Eagles. From the AP report:

In the ad, Oneida Nation representative Ray Halbritter says NFL commissioner Roger Goodell should “stand up to bigotry” by denouncing “the racial slur” in the team’s name.

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Forbes Duo Ponder the $6 Billion LA NFL Question

For anyone running a professional sports league, this sure sounds like a good reason to take way longer than necessary to help the nation’s second biggest market reclaim a team (or two).

The observation comes courtesy of brand new Forbes contributors Henry DeVries and Tom Searcy. DeVries is assistant dean of continuing education at UCSD ; Searcy, a sales strategy expert based in Indianapolis. Together, they have also co-authored the upcoming book How to Close a Deal Like Warren Buffett: Lessons from the World’s Greatest Dealmaker. They write:

Since the NFL made an end run out of Southern California, 28 of the league’s 32 franchises have built new stadiums or renovated old ones at a total cost of $10 billion. Taxpayers covered $6 billion of that total… The threat of moving a franchise has gotten taxpayers to pay 60 percent of the tab for new and renovated stadiums in the last 18 years.

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Weighing in on Ines Sainz/New York Jets Harassment Case

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You’ve probably heard about the reporter, Ines Sainz, who claimed to be harassed by members of the New York Jets.

Despite the Jets being criticized by team management and the NFL for their behavior, many say the Mexican journalist was also to blame.

Mia Harris, a former Jets beat reporter for WFAN, didn’t mince words.

“I find her disgusting. She is unprofessional in dress and how she acts, and makes a mockery of covering an NFL event,” Harris tells FishbowlNY.

Harris is concerned that the incident “could jeopardize the way female reporters who have worked very hard to be looked at as equal to men are treated in the future.”

Sainz, the self-proclaimed “Hottest Sports Reporter in Mexico,” caused a firestorm for her choice of attire at the Jets’ practice on September 11.

Pictures plastered on the Internet show from that day at the New Meadowlands Stadium show Sainz wearing tight jeans. Other photos of Sainz in bikinis were instantly available online. Her employer TV Azteca has promoted her on-air talent and “modeling” with swimsuit pictures on their website.

Harris says, though, this isn’t just about Sainz’s choice of clothing.

While covering two Super Bowls, Harris says, she noticed Sainz rubbing players’ shoulders and sticking her chest in their faces.

Following an investigation by the league, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell chastised the Jets for unprofessional conduct toward Sainz, but found no evidence that any players or coaches “bumped, touched, brushed against or otherwise subjected to any physical contact.”

Where Can You Find the Commissioners of All Four Major Sports?

wsj05.05.09.jpgTomorrow they will be appearing on a panel for The Wall Street Journal. The NHL’s Gary B. Bettman, the NFL’s Roger Goodell, MLB’s Bud Selig and David Stern from the NBA will discuss The Future of Sports (it’s capitalized because it’s Important). WSJ sports editor Sam Walker will moderate and Robert Thomson, editor-in-chief of
Dow Jones & Company and managing editor of the WSJ, will host the event.

According to a release, “the event will address the business of sports, including the challenges and opportunities the leagues face in the current economic climate, as well as issues of competition and matters that are important to fans.”

There will be a live Webcast of the panel on WSJ.com and FoxSports.com starting at 9 a.m.