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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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Oprah Considers Buying LA Clippers

Now that Donald Sterling is banned for life from the NBA for making racist comments, the list of people who want to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers is steadily growing. Of course Sterling won’t go down without a long, annoying legal fight, but nevertheless, everyone seems to have interest in the franchise if and when it gets put up for sale. Our favorite potential owner so far? None other Big O.

According to ESPN, Oprah is considering buying the Clippers. The media maven would be part of a team that includes David Geffen and Larry Ellison. If the trio ends up buying the team, we’re setting the over/under for average number of fans who show up to Clippers games with signs that read “You get a win! You get a win! You get a win!” at 455.

Others interested in buying the Clippers include Diddy (He even created his own hashtag #DiddyBuyTheClippers) and Floyd Mayweather, who for some odd reason felt it was necessary to speak of his interest by stating “Do we want to buy the Clippers? Yes we do.”

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Sports Journalists Discuss Role of Race in Sports Media

Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated has put together one hell of a column regarding the role of race in sports media. It’s an email roundtable discussion, featuring the following journalists: Cari Champion, host of ESPN2′s First Take; Jemele Hill, co-host of ESPN2′s Numbers Never Lie; Gregory Lee Jr., executive sports editor, Florida Sun-Sentinel; Tim Kawakami, sports columnist for the San Jose Mercury News; Angel Rodriguez, the Cincinnati Enquirer’s sports editor; and Darren Sands, sports business reporter and multimedia journalist for BlackEnterprise.com.

Below are some highlights from the piece. You can (and should) read the entire piece here.

On the “n word” and its use in the sports and non-sports worlds:

Hill: The n-word has been around for a long time and many of the conversations being had about it now have been had for years. But we’re having the conversation in sports now because of two white guys, Riley Cooper and Richie Incognito. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, but it illustrates how when an issue moves into a certain space, it becomes something bigger. Anyway, I don’t think it should ever be used in professional settings, but how people use the word with their friends, in their home and in their personal lives is not for me to determine. I think it’s culturally arrogant for anyone to tell groups of people how they should relate to one another.

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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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Details.com is on the Lookout for Innovative Writers With Style

details-screenshotDetails.com isn’t your traditional “macho” men’s website with an endless stream of sports, women and beer. No, this digital space is all about modern men’s luxury. So, dudes, if you’re embarrassed about discussing your grooming habits, this site isn’t for you.

The magazine’s digital counterpart (which averages about 1 million uniques a month) is on the hunt for freelancers to enhance its ever-expanding content. So what kind of writing are the editors looking for? Well, it depends on what you bring to the table:

The vast majority of the content on Details.com is presented through 500-word blog posts or slideshows that include a hed, dek, intro and captions. That may seem limiting, but considering the vast coverage of the site ensures that there are plenty of opportunities for freelance bylines. In “Style” and “Advice,” editors are looking for fashion news, not generic how-tos or service pieces. “They tend to be too remedial, and it’s not something that we’re trying to aggregate right now,” says [online director James Cury]. “So you’d want to spot a trend, or anticipate a trend. That would be ideal for us.”

To hear more about what Details.com is looking for, as well as editors’ contact info, read: How To Pitch: Details.com.

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Earn $1 a Word at Sports Illustrated For Kids

SIKidsSports Illustrated For Kids is all about the joy of being a sports fan. The pub’s target demographic are boys aged 7-14, with a love of sports and a will to read.

While a majority of the content is written by in-house staffers, editors are always willing to hear new ideas from freelancers. Local stories are in demand, as are articles focusing on a niche industry. There are a few key sections of the pub which are particularly freelance friendly:

The best place for freelancers to pitch is the feature well. “We’re looking for great ideas, interesting takes that would manifest as packages or features or profiles,” says managing editor Bob Der. Features run about 1,000 words, and packages with multiple components (say, a series of features with sidebars) can run from 2,000 to 4,000 words. Packages could be thematic, such as “athletes who give back” or “environmental conservation as it relates to sports.”

For editors’ contact info and more pitching tips, read: How To Pitch: Sports Illustrated For Kids.

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NY Times Sports Editor Disputes Rift With Nate Silver

The “why did Nate Silver really leave The New York Times” drama continues. The Big Lead did some more digging into the situation, and via interviews with six “people familiar with the sports section” of the paper, suggests that Silver left because he didn’t gel with the Times’ sports staff:

This was the picture that was painted: An interest in alternative sports over mainstream sports such as the NFL, an international sports bent in a quest to be the ‘World’s Sports Section’ (ie, heavy Tour de France, Track & Field, Soccer), and a culture of ‘if-we-didn’t-find-him, we-don’t-want-him.’

However, both Silver and Jason Stallman — the Times’ sports editor — said there were no problems. Silver tweeted “There are some inaccurate reports that I didn’t like the NYT sports desk. Actually, thought those guys were great & easy to work with.” Stallaman, in an email to The Big Lead, also dismissed the rumors:

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News Corp. Planning ESPN Rival

News Corp. is thinking about going after the biggest name in sports. No, not Tim Tebow dammit — ESPN. Bloomberg reports that the plan is to convert the Fuel network to a new, nationally focused sports channel. The channel is rumored to be launching by the end of this year and will be led by David Hill, the chairman of Fox Sports.

Of course the big problem with trying to challenge ESPN is that it has contracts with the NFL, NBA and MLB. That’s pretty much all American sports fans care about.

Fox’s biggest grab? The rights to the World Cup in 2018 and 2022. Soccer — despite its thrilling 0-0 ties and players flopping at the slightest bit of contact — is not exactly the best way to lure viewers.

ESPN The Magazine to Debut ‘Interview’ Issue

Your FishbowlNY editors are big sports fans, but we have to be honest, most interviews with professional athletes are a bit dry. This should be expected — they’re paid to run fast in brightly colored clothes, slam other men on the ground and hit a ball with a stick, not give complex answers — but somehow we’re always disappointed in what they say.

That’s why we’re excited to read ESPN The Magazine’s first “Interview” issue, which hits newsstands Friday. We’re hoping that the interviews found inside will be more revealing than the stuff we usually hear or read.

From what we know already, there is bound to be plenty of good answers in the issue. The magazine gets Aaron Rodgers to comment on his amazing season, Derrick Rose to explain why he stayed away from league negotiations and much more. Some of the other athletes featured in the Interview issue include Justin Verlander, Ozzie Guillen, Usian BoltBernard Hopkins, Danica Patrick and Ed Reed.