Because one of those names isn’t Sidney Crosby.
The NFL playoffs started on a high note, at least ratings-wise. The Baltimore Ravens-Pittsburgh Steelers matchup drew the highest ratings for a Divisional playoff game in 17 years.
From a release:
“Yesterday’s 20.9/39 for the Ravens-Steelers game was the highest rating for the AFC Saturday Divisional game in the metered markets in 17 years (23.9/51; Los Angeles Raiders-Buffalo; NBC; 12:30-3:45 PM) on January 15, 1994.”
Hey Sports Media Watch. What can you tell us?
“Saturday’s Ravens/Steelers AFC Divisional Round game earned a 20.9 overnight rating on CBS, up 17 percent from last year (NO/ARI: 17.9, FOX), and up 23 percent from 2009 (BAL/TEN: 17.0, CBS).”
The Green Bay Packers-Atlanta Falcons game helped Fox win the primetime ratings war.
Peter Vecsey offers up a heartbreaking column detailing the trials of former Detroit Pistons vice president of publicity Matt Dobek, former Boston Celtics assistant coach Clifford Ray, and former all star Connie Hawkins.
All three received unfair treatment from front offices hoping to save a few bucks. Dobek’s case was the most severe; he took his own life.
On Aug. 21, Matt Dobek, a strict Catholic and devout family man with a legion of faithful friends, hung himself in his family garage. It was a day before his mother’s birthday. He was deeply depressed at no longer being the Pistons’ vice president of publicity. In May, Pistons’ officials had abruptly fired him – fraudulently accusing him of leaking another employees’ pending firing – as well as three other staff members who had pledged allegiance to the franchise for a combined century-plus. Read more
ESPN The Magazine has dubbed San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey as their “NEXT” athlete for 2011.
The National League Rookie of the Year hit .305 with 18 home runs in only 108 games.
For the most part, ESPN The Magazine has got it right in selecting the next breakout athlete.
Well, minus 2004.
The NFL isn’t the only sport having a wonderful season in terms of television ratings. NBA broadcasts on TNT are are through the roof as well.
Sports Media Watch (via Turner Sports) reports, “Through 18 telecasts, TNT is averaging a 1.6 U.S. rating and 2.589 million viewers for NBA coverage, up 33 percent in ratings and 43 percent in viewership from last year (1.2, 1.813 mil), and up 60 percent and 71 percent, respectively, from 2008-09 (1.0, 1.518 mil).
The Miami Heat-Boston Celtics match on opening night and the Heat-Cleveland Cavaliers game were the two most-watched regular season telecasts since 1996. LeBron James is the new Michael Jordan, at least when it comes to television ratings. (And Charles Barkley is the new Charles Barkley.)
“Vick wants a dog,” Beadle tweeted on Thursday. “He should NEVER be allowed that gift again.Talking about it on show today. Be ready, mouthbreathers!”
Beadle followed it up with, “And because now I’m REALLY fired up..remember what he did the last time he had a dog. TDs don’t get u a pass.” Along with her tweet was a photo of one of the dogs Vick abused. Beadle stood by her stance on Thursday’s episode of SportsNation. Read more
On November 25, the Guardian published a glowing story regarding Qatar’s soon-to-be successful World Cup bid. Louise Taylor, the paper’s “northest football correspondent,” traveled to the desert emirate for the article. Her story drew ire from the readers because she and her editors failed to disclose that the Qatari government paid for the trip.
As part of the coverage the sports desk commissioned the journalist to write about her impressions of Qatar; the piece strongly supported the Qatari bid. The journalist, who is not unfamiliar with the Middle East, stands by every word she wrote, and I have no doubt that the opinions she expressed were honestly held. But our failure to footnote the fact that the trip was funded by the Qatari 2022 World Cup bid committee, or write it into the story, gave readers cause for doubt. There were at least 30 strongly negative comments to that effect posted below the article, and it took too long for us to go into the thread to make matters clear.
Elliott goes on to claim that the entire Guardian staff has slipped up when disclosing important facts, writing, “One of the reasons that trip was not footnoted is because the rule has slipped more generally across the Guardian.”
His final point is the most damning, however; “Editors should enforce this rule without exception, because what really undermines the journalism is when it isn’t enforced.”