TVSpy LostRemote AgencySpy PRNewser FishbowlNY FishbowlDC SocialTimes AllFacebook GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily

Sports Illustrated

NBC To Air Every Olympic Event Live In Some Form

Busy day for 2012 Olympic news as NBC also announced Tuesday they will show every event live – including streaming raw video online.

NBC is still sticking to their backwards approach of airing taped competition during their primetime broadcasts, but at least the network is providing an alternative for those that want to watch the Games in real-time.

“That’s what our approach on the Olympics has been and what it will continue to be,” said Mark Lazarus, chairman of the NBC Sports Group.

Earlier today, NBC announced Jim Bell would serve as executive producer of the 2012 Olympics and Dick Ebersol would return to the network as a “senior adviser,” with a special focus on NBC’s NFL and Olympics coverage.

 

Mediabistro Course

Content Marketing 101

Content Maketing 101Almost 60% of businesses use some form of content marketing. Starting December 8, get hands-on content marketing training in our online boot camp! Through an interactive series of webcasts, content and marketing experts will teach you  the best practices for creating, distributing, and measuring the success of your brand's content. Register now!
 

Tonight's Dick Vitale Gala A Huge Draw in Sports World

Tonight’s 6th annual Dick Vitale Gala at the Ritz Carlton in Sarasota, Florida, is attracting huge names in the sports world, including athletes, coaches and commentators. Among the well-known faces expected to drop by the event, which benefits pediatric cancer research, are Jim Calhoun, John Calipari, Christian Laettner, Roy Williams, Erin Andrews, Desmond Howard, Jon Gruden, Gary Sheffield, Dave Cowens, Vince Carter, Tubby Smith and Gary Williams, USA Today reports.

“Cancer comes after you whether you are rich, poor, black, white, Christian or Jewish. It brings you to your knees,” said Vitale. “My life has been blessed and it is my time to give back. I’m 71 and there is no greater feeling than to bring a smile to a child’s face.”

This year’s event will honor Lucy Weber, 18 months; Johnny Teis, 8 and Adrian Littlejohn, 15 months, who all died in the past 12 months.

“The event is sold out at $1,000 a person but we are still looking for help in our battle against cancer,” said Vitale. “Anyone who wants to contribute can call 1-800-4JimmyV or by going to dickvitaleonline.com.”

ESPN 980 Issues Apology For Sean Miller Report

The buzz in the college basketball world Saturday was University of Arizona head coach Sean Miller was replacing Gary Williams at the University of Maryland.

ESPN 980 in Washington DC tweeted that the deal was done according to sources.

Miller eventually declined the deal and the station’s director of programming, Chuck Sapienza, issued an apology:

Over the weekend, one of our staff members received inaccurate information about the coaching search at the University of Maryland. The source utilized was someone we have used many times in the past and their accuracy, up until yesterday, was stellar. I apologize for the mistake, and am embarrassed by it. Read more

ESPN2 Now In 100 Million Homes

A mere two months after ESPN crossed the 100 million subscriber mark, ESPN2 will cross the hurdle on April 1. Starting Friday ESPPN2 will be available in 100,004,000 homes, just shy of the bigger sibling’s 100,122,000 homes.

Of course, ESPN has a much higher subscription fee, which helps explain why it’s distribution has slowed, while ESPN2′s has soared. ESPN brings in over $4 per subscriber per month, while ESPN2 brings in around $054 per month, according to SNL Kagan.

ESPN2 is the hub of much of ESPN’s NASCAR coverage, as well as its tennis coverage.

Tom Izzo, Jay Wright Joins NCAA Tournament Coverage

Tom Izzo, Jay Wright and Joe Jones will join CBS Sports’ and Turner Sports’ coverage of the NCAA Tournament.

The Michigan State head coach will work as a guest analyst during regional semi-finals on Thursday and Friday, which airs across TBS and CBS. Izzo will be in the Atlanta studio alongside host Ernie Johnson and analysts Seth Davis and Steve Smith.

Wright will work with analysts Charles Barkley, Greg Anthony, Kenny Smith and host Greg Gumbel from the New York studio on Saturday for CBS Sports’ coverage of the regional finals. Read more

Shawn Kemp Comes Out Of Hibernation To Rip Blake Griffin's Final Dunk

There’s at least one person who wasn’t impressed with Blake Griffin‘s dunk over a 2011 KIA Optima at the NBA Slam Dunk Contest.

Former dunking machine Shawn Kemp called out Griffin for his dunk in the finals on KJR in Seattle with Dave Mahler and Ian Furness.

“I’m a big Blake Griffin fan, but that dunk at the contest might’ve been the weakest dunk in the dunk contest that I’ve seen in a long time,” Kemp said. “I love the choir and all that stuff was great, but you at least gotta jump over the car though right.”

Not only did Kemp call the dunk weak, the 14-season veteran claims he could jump over not one, but two cars. Read more

Leonard Shapiro Hired By Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic

So much for retirement.

Longtime Washington Post scribe Leonard Shapiro was hired by Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic and will serve as a regular contributor to CSNwashington.com and CSNbaltimore.com.

“Len is an institution with a loyal following because of his unique gift for telling stories with passion, insight and color” said Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic Senior Vice President and General Manager Rebecca Schulte. “He is part of the region’s sports culture and a significant addition to our expanding team of leading reporters, analysts and insiders serving Washington and Baltimore sports fans.” Read more

Time Warner Cable Acquires Rights To The Los Angeles Lakers

In a surprising move, Time Warner Cable has acquired the rights to televise local broadcasts of the Los Angeles Lakers starting in 2012-13.

As part of the 20-year deal, Time Warner Cable will launch an English and Spanish language sports network available to all providers in Southern California, Nevada and Hawaii. The programming that’s currently penciled in includes pregame, postgame, behind-the-scenes, magazine and historical programming of the Lakers.

Currently, KCAL Channel 9 and Fox Sports Net are the broadcasters of the Lakers. Read more

C.C. Sabathia Makes Cap'n Crunch the New Tequila

C.C. Sabathia lost 25 pound because “I stopped eating Cap’n Crunch every day. … I used to eat that stuff by the box.” It’s a nice anecdote from the Yankees’ star who has long struggled with his weight, although as Darren Rovell points out, Sabathia “Could have made $ if he said what he WAS eating!”)

It’s also a statement disputed by some, most notably the Yankees’ brass. Last week, Brian Cashman said he didn’t believe it was true, telling ESPN.com “I saw him (last week) at the B.A.T. dinner and he didn’t look like he lost 30 pounds to me. Maybe half that amount.”

The jury is still out on who is correct. Maybe we can have Lendale White, who dropped weight by kicking his tequila habit, do an official weigh-in?

The bigger (ha!) story here is that Sabathia might opt out, but cereal and alcohol is so much more fun, you know?

John Feinstein Laid Off From The Sporting News

John Feinstein‘s run as a columnist in The Sporting News is coming to an end.

“I got a phone call Tuesday from some bean counter in a suit who told me that now that Sporting News has acquired AOL Fanhouse, the company wants to, “maximize our assets,” by using the fulltime columnists working at Fanhouse in the magazine. I love the way these guys talk don’t you? I said, “so you’re firing me to save money.”

“Well, we really appreciate everything you’ve done for the magazine.”

“No you don’t,” I said. “If you did, you wouldn’t be firing me to save money.” Read more

NEXT PAGE >>