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NY Lands Four in Rolling Stone’s ’15 Worst Owners in Sports’ List

James Dolan GIt will come as no surprise to fans of the Knicks, Islanders, Mets or Jets, but the owners of those franchises were all chosen by Rolling Stone as among the “15 Worst Owners in Sports.” Luckily for New Yorkers, none landed the top spot; Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has that on lock.

The Knicks’ James Dolan was ranked as the worst New York owner, at number three. He was even voted the worst owner by ESPN experts. As Rolling Stone notes, the Knicks have been garbage trash since 2000, and “Most of that can be put down to Dolan’s colossal mismanagement.”

Charles Wang was ranked 15, so feel better Islanders fans, he’s the best of the worst! The Wilpons were next at 14, followed by Woody Johnson at 12.

Click through for the entire list. Unless you’re a Knicks, Islanders, Mets or Jets fan. You don’t need to be reminded of your hell.

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Ex-New York Media Pair Sell Telluride Weekly

SethCaginMartaTarbellPicGiven the current state of print media, this is probably about as good as it can get in a smaller market like Telluride.

Eighteen years after launching The Watch as a fax newsletter, Seth Cagin and Marta Tarbell have sold their in-the-red operation to Monday-to-Friday competitor The Telluride Daily Planet. According to a report in the latter by Heather Sackett, the Planet will continue to publish this newly acquired property:

“We have not finalized plans for content changes, but we will likely be doing some new, more in-depth feature reporting in the weekly Watch newspaper — the kind of reporting that we can’t necessarily do in the Planet and that is not really available in the region,” Daily Planet publisher Andrew Mirrington said.

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Cover Battle: Rolling Stone or Shape

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round we have Rolling Stone taking on Shape.

Rolling Stone’s latest cover features a very young Bob Dylan trying his best to look like a homeless person. We think the tire is a little over-the-top, but hey, we’d probably throw Dylan a dollar if we saw him like that, so job well done.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Raven to Retire From A&E | NBC Undecided on Virgin Galactic Series

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A&E Networks Chairman Abbe Raven to Retire (THR)
Cable pioneer Abbe Raven is set to retire. Her last day as chairman of A&E Networks will be Feb. 2. The news comes nearly a year after Raven’s protégé, Nancy Dubuc, was elevated to CEO and Raven to chairman. Deadline Hollywood Dubuc took oversight of the day-to-day operations of the company, while Raven remained in charge of A&E Networks’ long-term business and revenue opportunities, including distribution, as well as public policy initiatives and corporate outreach. A year ago, Dubuc also took over distribution. She will remain president and CEO. Variety Raven’s role as chairman will not be filled. Raven is without question one of key architects of A&E Networks’ growth, particularly in the past 15 years. The company, a joint venture of Hearst Corp. and Disney, is home to some of cable’s most prosperous channels, but as a private concern it is shielded from quarterly earnings scrutiny. Under Raven and Dubuc, A&E has rapidly expanded its domestic and international portfolio, which generates an estimated $3.8 billion in annual revenue. TheWrap Prior to her position as president and CEO, Raven held high level executive roles at the company’s properties A&E Network, The Biography Channel and The History Channel. WSJ The handoff also comes at a challenging time. After setting cable-television ratings records last year with hits like Duck Dynasty on A&E and The Bible on History, the company’s two biggest channels have endured sharp declines this year. A&E’s ratings are down 32 percent so far this year in total viewers and 25 percent in its target demographic of 25- to 54-year olds, while History’s ratings are down 15 percent in both total viewers and those 25 to 54.

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So What Do You Do, Amelia McDonell-Parry, Editor-in-Chief of TheFrisky.com?

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Amelia McDonell-Parry, editor-in-chief of the popular women’s lifestyle site TheFrisky.com, is probably the last person you’d expect to find at a men’s magazine like Maxim. And yet, McDonell-Parry’s career path has taken plenty of unexpected twists and turns, from her early days as an intern at Jane to scoring her first gig at Rolling Stone, to her current position heading up TheFrisky.

Here, McDonell-Parry talks about the surprising office culture at Maxim, going up against censorship at Turner and how she finally got past her fear of failure.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Leno Set to Launch CNBC Show | NBC Courted Stewart for MTP

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Jay Leno Nears Deal to Launch CNBC Show (THR / The Live Feed)
Jay Leno is lining up his first regular television hosting gig since leaving The Tonight Show in February, and he’s staying in the NBCUniversal family. TVNewser Leno’s new show would air on CNBC in primetime and focus on his longtime love of cars. WSJ / CMO Today A CNBC spokesperson declined to comment. Both NBC and CNBC are units of Comcast Corp. Since he stepped down from The Tonight Show, he has continued to work as a stand-up comic. He is known for his love of automobiles and has a large collection of rare and classic cars. NYT No other details have been released pending completion of the contract, though the executives confirmed the show would not be comedy-based. Leno has been a regular presence on NBC.com with a motor-vehicle-obsessed show called Jay Leno’s Garage. Deadline Hollywood The news comes as the cable business network comes off its lowest-rated quarter of the year in primetime and the lowest-rated quarter in its history in the demo for the business day, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. CNBC has been looking to broaden its primetime slate with reality TV formats. To date, its most successful such bid has been its reruns of ABC’s Mark Burnett-produced Shark Tank.

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Rolling Stone Adds Two

Rolling-Stone-LOGO-2Rolling Stone has named Mark Oltarsh associate publisher and Kerri Bergman as head of marketing. Both will report to Michael Provus, the glossy’s publisher.

Oltarsh was most recntly the founder and CEO of TrafficJam, a data management platform. Prior to that, Oltarsh was Thrillist’s chief revenue officer.

Bergman most recently served as Billboard’s executive director of marketing. She had been with the company since 2008.

“As we continue to evolve the Rolling Stone brand, these key hires will help shape the future of our business,” said Provus, in a statement. “I couldn’t be more excited to add Mark and Kerri’s collective talent and experience to the team.”

Wenner Media CRO Bolts to Apple University

DavidKangLinkedInLast month, the New York Times offered a rare peek inside Apple’s internal employee training program. Reporter Brian X. Chen didn’t exactly get a mountain of details from the three staffers he spoke to, on the QT. Rather, just some program tidbits and a reminder of Apple U’s cloak:

It is highly secretive and rarely written about, referred to briefly in the biography of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. Apple employees are discouraged from talking about the company in general, and the classes are no exception. No pictures of the classrooms have surfaced publicly. And a spokeswoman for Apple declined to make instructors available for interviews for this article.

Not so top secret, according to intrepid New York Post media reporter Keith J. Kelly, is the identity of Apple University’s newest teacher. Joining the program at the end of the month will be David Kang, recently promoted at Wenner Media to the position of chief revenue officer. From Kelly’s report:

On the Wenner front, the move suggests that Jann Wenner’s succession plan may have hit a speed bump.

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Taylor Swift Worries About ‘The Janitor Who’s Being Paid by TMZ’

It’s only Monday. But in terms of quotable pop culture quotes, contributing editor Josh EellsRolling Stone cover story on Taylor Swift is going to be very hard this week to beat.

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There’s the bit about Swift getting 70 percent of her current date requests via “random email,” from hopeful dudes who’ve wrangled contact info from a publicist. (You’ve Got Male!) There’s the portion of the article about Swift’s new TriBeca double-digs. (Sir Ian McKellen FTW!) And there’s this media POV, uttered during the recent “Shake It Off” music video shoot in Van Nuys:

There are worries about spies and recording devices. “Don’t even get me started on wiretaps,” Swift says seriously. “It’s not a good thing for me to talk about socially. I freak out.”

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Colleague Remembers a ‘Great Anarchist of New Journalism’

Be sure to read David Felton‘s wonderful essay in Rolling Stone about friend and former magazine colleague Charles M. Young, who passed away Monday after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

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Felton first met Young in 1977, when Rolling Stone moved its main office from San Francisco to New York. By that time, Felton had been contributing to RS for several years:

Chuck and I hit it off right away. We admired each other’s good writing and bad work habits. We scoffed at deadlines. And we developed other bad habits.

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