Former Oregon and Detroit Lions quarterback Joey Harrington was released from a Portland, Oregon, hospital on Wednesday, four days after a bicycle accident with a SUV left him with a punctured lung, broken rib, broken collarbone and a laceration to his head — injuries which could have been much worse if the 33-year-old Harrington had not been wearing a helmet.
Harrington, the first-round pick of the Detroit Lions in 2002, is a color analyst for Oregon football games. The Portland native retired from the NFL in 2008, following stops in Detroit, Miami, Atlanta and New Orleans.
The commercial is from Grey Advertising and will air for three weeks on NBC, CBS, Fox, ESPN and NFL Network.
According to NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy, this is the earliest the NFL has launched a commercial campaign to promote a new season.
Move over, Humanitarian Bowl.
Get ready for the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl!
The Idaho Potato Commission will sponsor the Boise bowl game through 2016, as part of a new six-year name rights deal.
“We’re proud to support a bowl that has become a national showcase for the State of Idaho,” said Frank Muir, President and CEO of the Idaho Potato Commission. “It’s the perfect opportunity to reinforce the health and quality benefits of Idaho potatoes to a national audience while supporting a game that has generated significant funds for the local economy and associated charities.” Read more
ESPN will add at least 200 jobs in the state of Connecticut over the next five years in exchange for tax breaks, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Tuesday.
It’s all part of the “First Five” program, that is encouraging five businesses to create 1,000 new jobs in the state. ESPN is the third company that has signed up for the program. Read more
AT&T is the first cable provider to drop ESPN 3D, citing a high price tag.
“We’re always listening to customers and working to make sure we’re delivering the channels they want, while keeping costs down,” AT&T said in a statement. “The price tag for ESPN 3D was too high, especially considering the low demand we’ve seen from customers. We’ve decided not to renew our agreement for ESPN 3D.” Read more
While that’s great and all, I need to ask the fine PR folks in Bristol for a favor … can we get John to do something with his Twitter background?
That tiny head shot is bugging the crap out of me.
By the way, how soon before someone starts @johnclaytonsponytail?
[H/T Awful Announcing]
ESPN NBA analyst Jalen Rose can’t catch a break this week.
The 38-year-old was clocked going 46 miles per hour in a 25 mph zone, according to Clawson police chief Harry Anderson.
He’s scheduled to report to the Oakland County Jail on Tuesday. Rose’s attorney, Keith Davidson, said he might appeal Wednesday’s decision before then.
Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott announced on Wednesday at a news conference in New York City that the Pac-12 has partnered with cable companies Comcast, Cox, Time Warner and Bright House to form a national network, with six regional channels associated with the conference, too.
Every Pac-12 football and men’s basketball game will be televised nationally, part of approximately 850 sporting events that will air annually on the network. The 12-year deal will begin in August 2012. The conference already has a 12-year television contract worth about $3 billion with Fox and ESPN, which will air high-profile football and men’s basketball games.
The catch, however, is that you will need to have cable subscription with one of the aforementioned companies, as games will not be available via dish.
“We are hopeful, expect, we will have additional distribution with satellite companies and other cable companies,” Scott said.
That avenue has not been explored as yet.
“We haven’t been approached,” said Robert Mercer, director of public relations for DirecTV, “so nothing to talk about right now.”