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Archives: February 2011

ESPN's New Sunday Night Baseball Team Makes Debut On Thursday

Your first chance to listen to ESPN’s new Sunday Night Baseball team will come on Thursday at 1 p.m. ET when the Atlanta Braves host the Detroit Tigers at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.

Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser, and Bobby Valentine will call one other game together during Spring Training when the New York Yankees travel to Ft. Myers, FL and take on the Boston Red Sox on March 14.

The new Monday Night Baseball team of Sean McDonough, Rick Sutcliffe and Aaron Boone will work a pair of Cactus League games for ESPN on March 24 (Chicago White Sox vs. Chicago Cubs) and March 26 (Cubs vs. Texas Rangers). Read more

English Cricket Player Comes Out

In a revealing, heartwrenching 15-minute video interview with the Telegraph, 24 year old English cricket player Steven Davies announces he’s gay.

“I’m comfortable with who I am – and happy to say who I am in public,” the former English U-19 team captain said.

The announcement is the end of a long process. Davies – who was inspired after Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas came out two years ago – began telling his English teammates after being called up for the Ashes Tour.

He received support from the group and made the decision to tell the public. At least one commentator believes the larger cricketing community will accept the news.

There’s also a sporting advantage to Davies coming out. Read more

ABC’s Christiane Amanpour Speaks to Libyan Leader Moammar Gadhafi

In a U.S. exclusive, ABC’s Christiane Amanpour spoke to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi today. ABC broke into regularly scheduled programming around 1 PM to preview the discussion.

The interview will air on “ABC World News” and “Nightline” this evening, as well as “Good Morning America” tomorrow morning.

Gadhafi also spoke to the BBC and the Times of London.

This is the second big “get” for Amanpour in the region in recent weeks. The ABC anchor also secured the only interview with Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, just a few days before he resigned and fled Cairo.

Update: Video from the interview is after the jump.

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NBA Takes its Ball to Manchester

The NBA, which will stage its first regular season games across the Pond in March, will switch the location of its preseason exhibition from London to Manchester starting in the 2013 season. The capital city has hosted matches the past four seasons.

The game is scheduled for the city’s MEN Arena, which has been the home for the Manchester Storm and Manchester Phoenix ice hockey teams, as well as the Manchester Giants basketball team.

Additionally, the WBNA’s Atlanta Dream and the men’s and women’s national team will play exhibitions at MEN in 2012.

“This comprehensive schedule of premier basketball events will help grow the sport for years to come,” NBA Europe senior vice president Sophie Goldschmidt told the Associated Press. “This partnership shows our ongoing commitment to deepen basketball’s footprint in the country.”

The New York correspondents who got the LA ‘get.’ Andrea Canning, Jeff Rossen and Charlie Sheen

James Goldston, welcome to the morning show booking wars.

On his first day as EP of “Good Morning America” the show got scooped by cross-town rival NBC News. Here’s how it all went down.

ABC’s Andrea Canning got an interview with troubled actor Charlie Sheen at his LA home on Saturday. Canning paved the way for an interview by exchanging texts with Sheen last week about what led to the shut-down of his hit CBS show “Two and a Half Men.” And not long after crews packed up their gear, ABC began promoting the interview as part of a Tuesday night “20/20″ special with excerpts airing today and tomorrow on GMA.

But by that time, NBC News correspondent Jeff Rossen was on his way to Los Angeles with hopes of getting an interview with the CBS star. The Sheen folks agreed to an interview Sunday morning and by Sunday afternoon, Rossen was at his front door. The NBC News PR department went into high gear calling their sit-down Sheen’s “first television interview since his contentious public comments against CBS and “Two and a Half Men” co-creator Chuck Lorre.” Which isn’t accurate since ABC’s interview was 24 hours before of NBC’s.

Anyway, we wondered if this is a story of two highly competitive, rival network correspondents. It’s not so much.

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Is ‘John King USA’ The Next CNN Show Due For a Revamp?

The Wall Street Journal writes about the changes announced Friday to CNN’s primetime lineup, and dropped in a few news nuggets, albeit ones that we have heard before (subscription required).

The course correction comes as the network considers other changes to its evening lineup to reverse steep audience declines. According to people familiar with the situation, CNN is looking closely at its 7 p.m. hour, which features a political program hosted by John King. The network also continues to express interest in “CBS Evening News” anchor Katie Couric, whose deal with CBS Corp. expires near the start of June.

Could “John King, USA” be the next casualty in CNN’s effort to shakeup its lineup?

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Joe Posnanski Eulogizes Kansas City Legend

Blogging Ellie nominee Joe Posnanski is back with writes a wonderful tribute to Kansas City icon Bill Grigsby who passed away over the weekend. Grigsby’s departure won’t garner nearly the attention of Duke Snider‘s, but the scribe frames his life with perfect eloquence.

Bill Grigsby was an announcer. He was also a salesman. He was a promoter. He was a storyteller. He was a businessman. He was a bar owner. He was an insurance salesman. He was a pool hustler. He was a job recruiter. He was a guy who worked for the Kansas City A’s in the years when they were dreadful and largely irrelevant – this would cover all the years of the Kansas City A’s – and when people would call the office to ask what time the game started, he would reply: “What time can you get here?”

One of the things that makes Joe Poz so good is the joy he’s able to convey in his writing. Clearly, he learned a bit from watching Grigsby attack life.

Doonesbury Tweaks ‘NBC Nightly News,’ NBC’s Corporate Synergy

In Sunday’s Doonesbury, Garry Trudeau tweaked “NBC Nightly News” with Brian Williams and NBC more generally. The target of his pen: the tendency for NBC to cross-promote its platforms by having CNBC anchors on “Today,” and directing viewers to MSNBC.com, etc.

Of course, Trudeau’s critique could also apply to just about any of the other news programs, but with two cable news channels, NBC has a few extra platforms for self-promotion.

Trudeau also happens to be married to Jane Pauley, who spent 25 years with NBC News on “Today” and “Dateline.”

Check out the whole comic here.

(h/t ICN)

Dan Abrams (Officially) Signs with ABC News

Mediaite founder and former MSNBC host, GM and NBC legal analyst Dan Abrams is joining ABC News.

As we reported in January, Abrams will become a legal analyst for “Good Morning” America, while also serving as a substitute anchor on the weekend edition of the program, and contributing additional pieces.

The ability to work on stories that are not just law-related was part of the reason why Abrams jumped to ABC, someone familiar with the matter tells TVNewser. The move also reunites Abrams with ABC News president Ben Sherwood, who he worked with when they were both at “NBC Nightly News.”

“I’ve known Dan since the start of his successful network career,” wrote Sherwood in an email to staff this morning. “An insightful lawyer, he is also a high-impact broadcaster, commentator, analyst and entrepreneur.”

Abrams’ first appearance will be tomorrow.

Sherwood’s note, and a quote from Abrams, is after the jump.

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This Is Why You Don't Bring Air Rifles Into Locker Rooms

Ashley Cole was just goofing around. The Chelsea soccer star brought an air rifle into the locker room and tried to have some fun with the gun. He did, until he accidentally shot intern Tom Cowan. The club tried to keep the incident quiet, but Cowan’s father complained when the wound re-opened after two days. Now the police are involved. But don’t worry, Cole will play in a vital fixture against Manchester United on Tuesday.

Your move, GIlbert Arenas.

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