Posts Tagged ‘Al Michaels’
On Saturday from 3:30 – 6 p.m. ET, ESPN2 will offer a special preview of ESPN Goal Line, the college football equivalent of the Red Zone Channel on DirecTV.
The new network features unlimited live cut-ins and highlights from college football games airing on ESPN’s multiple platforms, as well as syndicated and locally-produced games from various Football Bowl Subdivision conference.
The channel is normally available only on Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Verizon. Read more
Former Busch Media Group CEO Tony Ponturo will receive the lifetime innovator award at the 2010 PromaxBDA Sports Media Marketing Awards. At Anheuser-Busch, Ponturo formed and managed relationships with essentially every major sports league and event, managing the brand’s presence at the Super Bowl, Olympics and FIFA World Cup, among others.
He is also the producer of the just-opened play “Lombardi” on Broadway.
“Tony Ponturo has been integral in shaping the entire sports and entertainment landscape over the last two decades,” said Jonathan Block-Verk, president and CEO of PromaxBDA. “His career at Anheuser-Busch is legendary and celebrating his body of work, and contribution to this industry, at the inaugural Sports Media Marketing Awards will be a true privilege for our organization.”
Ponturo will receive the award November 18 in New York City.
SportsNewser is a media partner of the PromaxBDA Sports Media Marketing Awards.
More information, after the jump.
Consumer electronics company Vizio has signed on as the rpesenmting sponsor for the Rose Bowl, ESPN announced today.
The deal, which runs through 2014, will see the yearly game called “The Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio,” and also incldues the 2014 BCS Championship, which will be called the “2014 VIZIO BCS National Championship Game.”
Terms of the sponsorship were not disclosed.
“Taking an enhanced and major stake in college football will give VIZIO significant new opportunities to connect with the college football fan,” said Ed Erhardt, President, ESPN Customer Marketing and Sales in a statement. “Together with the Tournament of Roses, we look forward to working with VIZIO to maximize their new sponsorship throughout the season and especially with the Rose Bowl Game itself.”
More information after the jump.
When InÃ©s Sainz returns to work next week, the TV Azteca reporter will be conducting her interviews outside the locker room.
“I’m not going into the locker rooms anymore,” Sainz said Thursday at a news conference. “It’s not a good place right now for me. I don’t want to be in there.”
Since her incident last month at the New York Jets practice facility, Sainz has taken a break from reporting. After a stop in Pittsburgh, Sainz will return to the Jets facility (Please be on your best behavior, fellas.) before visiting the New England Patriots.
“I need to wait one month to work again because I don’t want to be the focus,” Sainz said. “I’m not looking for that kind of publicity. It affects my career and development in the States.”
Well, they really don’t like him.
As we get closer to Saturday’s Michigan-Michigan State game in Ann Arbor, the Michigan residents are becoming more hostile with the fact that the former Detroit Lions president and CEO is working the game with Sean McDonough.
Sports talk show host and The Detroit News columnist Terry Foster has led a online campaign this week against Millen and ABC/ESPN.
“Call 888-549-3776 ext 3. Tell ESPN and ABC your thoughts on Matt Millen doing the Michigan-Michigan State game,” Foster wrote on his Facebook page.
“Matt brings a strong knowledge of the game, decades of experience and a great ability to communicate his insights to sports fans,” the e-mail read. “He and Sean McDonough are one of our top commentator teams and as a result, are assigned to one of the very best matchups each week.”
Foster followed up with a blog post on Thursday saying it was time to bring back the “Fire Millen” chants at Saturday’s game:
I’ve heard from some people who want to boycott the game, but we should not let ABC run us off. This is our game and it means too much to our community. We simply must allow these outsiders know what they are doing is not cool. It’s time for ABC and ESPN to get the message. Repeat after me. FIRE MILLEN!
They do know there’s a football game between two Top 25 teams happening, right?
The Ryder Cup finally began today in rainy Wales. It feels like the lead up to the competition between the United States and Europe’s best golfers has taken forever, probably because it has. But does anyone actually watch the event?
Some numbers from the 2008 final day: Ratings ranged from a 3.2 in New York to an 8.3 in West Palm Beach. (Old people love intercontinental golf!) The day averaged a total overnight of 4.4 nationwide.
So, how does that compare to other events? Read more
Well, other than the fact that it’s a ton of money, it shows that English Premier League clubs can be profitable. During the last few months, American owners of Liverpool and Manchester United – two of the biggest teams in the world – have been lambasted (for good reason) because the debt they took on to purchase the teams is overwhelming their books. (More detail here and a great story about Liverpool fans stalking the owner here.)
Arsenal, on the other hand, is putting a fine product on the field – the Gunners currently sit tied for second in the EPL – and are filling the coffers. You know, like the Pittsburgh Pirates, except good.
On the same day when reports about yet another study linking football to concussions come to light, The New York Times‘ Richard Sandomir pens a story questioning Fox’s discussion of the concussion suffered by Philadelphia Eagles’ Stewart Bradley.
In the story, Sandomir points out that while commentators Joe Buck and Troy Aikman expressed dismay and concern after the initial hit, they didn’t follow up when he returned to the field (a decisions that has drawn criticism). The pair noted the move surprised them, but didn’t comment further.
Hey, can someone call Pam Oliver?
The sideline reporter, Pam Oliver, should have been asked to offer an on-site assessment of how Bradley looked and was moving – especially after he did not play the final series of the half. Had Bradley been removed as part of a defensive strategy – or for medical reasons? Aikman said he noticed that Bradley was not playing the final series but was uncertain why he did not mention it.
With the NFL focusing on head injuries, “significance should be attached to a player who wobbles, totters and collapses, needs medical attention, then gets the green light to play within minutes.” Hear hear.
In a survey with 2,700 “sports fans,” the Internet (31.5 percent) was considered the best place for sports information over television programming (30.4 percent) according to Burst Media.
Comparing the two genders, male sports fans are likely to say the Internet is the best place for sports content (36.6 percent) compared to female sports fans who give the edge to TV (36.2 percent).
In general, sports fans are using the web to check scores and stats (59.2 percent), to read sports-related news (47.4 percent) and to watch sports-related video clips.
Ranking surprisingly low on the list was using the Internet to play fantasy sports (11.8 percent). Read more