Viewership of Major League Baseball games on ESPN is up seven percent through the first 22 games of the season, and up more 23 percent in the male 18-34 demographic. Meanwhile ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball is averaging 2,886,000 viewers through seven telecasts, an increase of 15 percent compared to the same span last season, according to Nielsen. Sunday Night Baseball has also experienced significant increases across all core male demos, up 32 percent among men 18-34, 24 percent among men 18-49 and 17 percent among men 25-54.
Hello internet, Mediabistro is launching a brand-new, weekly web series called “5 Things You Need to Know This Week.”
As you may have guessed, the new show will give a quick rundown of the top 5 things that everyone’s going to be talking about, while also providing some semi-relevant information about each one. And we may even throw in a few laughs for good measure.
Check out this week’s “pilot episode” (below) and make sure to keep an eye out every Tuesday at 1 p.m. ET for new episodes. Thanks for watching!
“Doctor just confirmed I have a bit of pneumonia,” Remy tweeted. “Suggested we get it under control before doing (the) Red Sox game. It’s day by day I guess.”
The former MLB pitcher and ESPN contributor called into the Dennis & Callahan morning radio show this morning in Boston to voice his anger at the U.S. government giving bin Laden a proper Muslim burial.
“I’m p—– because I can’t fathom why we would honor the Muslim traditions for a guy who Muslims have been telling us for 10 years doesn’t represent the true Muslim faith,” said Schilling. “And our government has been telling us the same thing. Who were they worried about offending? Radical Muslims? Because any true Muslim has told us for the last 10 years that the radicals like Osama bin Laden don’t represent them. It’s like calling Adolf Hitler a Christian.”
Sooooo … how about those Red Sox? Anyone?
You can count former Tampa Bay quarterback and ESPN talking head Shaun King among the people who think “Jon Gruden: quarterback guru” is a misnomer. Gruden is doing an ESPN series with some of this year’s most highly touted quarterback prospects including Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert and Ryan Mallett. But King, who played for Gruden in Tampa for two seasons and is currently a radio host, said on WQYK-AM that Gruden is something less than a swami.
“I won’t watch (the show),” King said. “I disagree with the premise of the show. The premise is that Gruden is some quarterbacks guru and that having him as a destination for a rookie QB is the ideal situation for a rookie and that just hasn’t proven to be the case.”
During a conference call Tuesday, Gruden admitted he came up short in mentoring King.
“I did fail miserably in developing Shaun King,” he said.
Stephen Holder of the Bucs Beat says King wasn’t Gruden’s only failure.
“We don’t usually get involved in mudslinging, but this seemed like fair game because one of the biggest criticisms of Gruden was his inability to identify and develop a young quarterback as a long-term starter. The truth is, had Gruden done so in Tampa Bay, he might still be coaching here.”
(Sources: Game On and TampaBay.com)
Come to find out, it’s not as glamorous as one might think.
“My husband could have lost his life to a staph infection. His NFL doctors and trainers were heating/icing/stemming his knee for a bursa-sac rupture and ignoring all the major signs of infection, while his body was screaming that something else must be wrong. He ended up in an emergency operation weeks after symptoms began. Following five nights in hospital isolation and many weeks beating back the infection, he was ready to play for the city we love and a team we built our life around. He would help them win the coveted Super Bowl Championship. Less than a month later he would be gone, feeling completely expendable and replaceable as if his blood, sweat and tears did not matter. Read more
NBC sideline reporter Andrea Kremer chimed in on the Ron Franklin/Jeannine Edwards incident, telling USA Today reporter Michael McCarthy that the vitriol towards women sideline reporters is out of control.
“The vitriol that is spewed forth about women, women in sports TV, female sideline reporters is just so out of control,” said Kremer. “It always boils down to: Why are there women sideline reporters? What do they really do? Inane questions that are so antiquated, so passÃ©. It’s not what it’s about. The focus should be on the performance of a Jeannine Edwards. The focus should be on: What did Pam Oliver contribute to the telecast? It should be about the analysis a Suzy Kolber brings, not whether Joe Namath‘s trying to kiss her one day. The focus always gets off the performance and contributions that we bring. I don’t understand that. People are assailing Jeannine Edwards. Why?” Read more
We can’t imagine they will.