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WFAN Hosting Fantasy Phenom II Challenge

Sports fans looking for their big break in the radio industry will have an opportunity to earn an on-air shift on Sports Radio 66, WFAN.

The New York City radio station is hosting the Fantasy Phenom II Challenge and it kicks off Saturday at the Menlo Park Mall in Edison, N.J.

Contestants that get past the first round will audition in front of a panel of judges. The final five will compete for an on-air shift at Mike Francesa‘s “End of Summer” beach party and radio show broadcast from Bar A in Lake Como, N.J. on Friday, August 19. Read more

WatchESPN App Now Available On The iPad

The WatchESPN App is now available on the iPad as of Friday.

The app gives Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Verizon FiOS TV subscribers live access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3.com.

Earlier this month, WatchESPN rolled out on Android devices.

 

World Wrestling Entertainment Expanding To India

World Wrestling Entertainment is opening a new office in Mumbai, India on June 1.

Rukn Kizilbash has been appointed as general manager of WWE India in order to spearhead the company’s expansion efforts.

Kizilbash recently served as the chief operating officer at Percept. He’s also served as general manager of Ten Sports after being promoted from vice president, advertising sales.

“WWE is committed to growing our business to ensure that our international fans have the access they want to our products and our programs,” said Andrew Whitaker, executive vice president, WWE International. “With the hiring of Rukn Kizilbash and the opening of the office in Mumbai, WWE expects to increase the revenue generated from India across all platforms, and bring our audience even more WWE excitement and products that they have desired.” Read more

CBS Passing on Cowherd Sitcom

CBS is passing on the sitcom based on the life of ESPN radio and SportsNation personality Colin Cowherd, Cowherd reports on Twitter, cheating us of the chance to see Damon Wayans play “Nick Herd,” Cowherd’s fictional sitcom doppelganger.

NBC Chicago Sports Anchor Found Dead At 38

NBC Chicago sports anchor Daryl Hawks was found dead Thursday morning in Atlanta.

Hotel employees discovered the 38-year-old in his room at approximately 9:30 a.m. after he missed a wake-up call. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Hawks was in Atlanta to cover Game 6 of the Bulls vs. Hawks series.

“We are all stunned right now. Daryl was a great member of our sports team, and was so excited about covering the Bulls during this playoff run,” said Frank Whittaker, NBC Chicago station manager and vice president of news. Read more

Forbes: Jimmie Johnson Most Influential Athlete

Well, this is an interesting way to hold a survey about the most influential athletes, not least because the word “influential” can be defined in any numbers of ways. Forbes decided to rank its most influential using these parameters:

E-Poll and Nielsen Media Research surveyed over 1,000 adults as to the athletes they considered influential, while also assessing their likeability and awareness levels. Only those known to at least 20% of the respondents were considered. (That eliminated boxer Manny Pacquiao, who scores the highest influence numbers of anyone but who’s familiar to only 12% of the population. What does it say about boxing that its most exciting champion toils in near anonymity?) Talent is just part of what makes an athlete “influential” to the public. Endorsements and media attention, along with off-the-field image all factor in. In short, has the player raised interest in the sport he plays? The polling shows certain qualities help a player win influence with the public: being intensely competitive without ostentation, and valuing winning above calling attention to yourself. And (mostly) avoiding big controversies off the field.

Winning without ostentation? Geez, why don’t they just come out and say it: Win while looking white. Because that’s what they’re driving at, right? Winning the “right” way? Obviously. Why? Because within these guidelines, three of the top 10 most influential were — ding, ding, ding — NASCAR drivers, including Jimmie Johnson at No. 1.

No doubt Jimmie’s had a tremendous influence on my life, both as a Fox football commentator and a contestant on “Survivor.” What, that’s former Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson? Oh.

Well, I guess the 1,000 people they surveyed lived somewhere where NASCAR is huge – like south of Richmond, Virginia, and east of Texas.

I kid (sort of). I know that NASCAR is a hugely popular sport. And while I’ll never understand its attraction, I went to college in Tennessee, so I know people are genuinely attracted to this strange sport predicated on drive fast-turn left. But come on, Jimmie Johnson is the most influential athlete in the world? I wouldn’t know him if I ran him over with my car.

Oh, and in case you were wondering about the relevance of this list, Shaquille O’Neal is listed as more influential than LeBron James. Does Shaq hang out at NASCAR tracks? Because that’s the only way this whole list makes sense.

Harry Teinowitz Returning To ESPN 1000 Wednesday

ESPN 1000 radio host Harry Teinowitz will return to the Chicago airwaves Wednesday.

Teinowitz, one half of The Afternoon Saloon, was suspended following his DUI arrest in March.

The 50-year-old voluntarily entered a rehabilitation program as a result.

 

UFL draft takes place tonight via Twitter

If you’re a fan of the Hartford Colonials of the UFL and you want to know who coach Jerry Glanville is taking with the first pick of tonight’s UFL Draft, you better become a follower of Glanville on Twitter, because that’s where the Colonials (and every other UFL team) will be making their official announcements of tonight’s picks.

“We believe this will be a social media first as our head coaches announce their selections exclusively to their Twitter followers,” said Michael Huyghue, whose Twitter account is @UFLCommissioner.

“The UFL Draft plays an important role in stocking our teams’ rosters and we hope fans enjoy this innovative means of communicating each pick.”

During the draft, the picks will also be posted to the UFL Web site. Here are the Twitter addresses of the five UFL coaches: Joe Moglia (@UFLJoeMoglia) of the Omaha Nighthawks, No. 2 pick; Dennis Green (@UFLDennisGreen) of the Sacramento Mountain Lions, No. 3 pick; Marty Schottenheimer (@DestroyersMarty) of the Virginia Destroyers, No. 4 pick; and Jim Fassel (@LocosJimFassel) of the Las Vegas Locos, No. 5 pick.

Maybe one of these UFL teams will have the foresight and intelligence to draft Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich, whose cancer past scared away every NFL team during seven rounds of drafting this past weekend.

(Source: NESN)

 

Albom play about Ernie Harwell premieres tonight in Detroit

Mitch Albom, best-selling author of Five People You Meet in Heaven and one-time suspension recipient for writing creative fiction in the Detroit Free Press, has penned a play about the late Ernie Harwell, the long-time Detroit Tigers radio announcer who passed away in 2010. The play premieres Thursday at City Theater in Detroit.

Albom, a frequent guest on ESPN’s The Sports Reporters, told the Associated Press the play called “Ernie” was Harwell’s idea.

“When he died, I tried to write a play that would serve as a legacy,” said Albom, who also wrote the best-seller Tuesdays with Morrie. “I started it as a one-person show, then I realized Ernie had no angst, no inner demons, the kind of stuff you need for a one-person show. Ernie wasn’t Hamlet. I made it as a two-person show with a kid who got Ernie to basically broadcast his life with his memories about everything from Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth to the 1968 and 1984 World Series, which people will get to see.”

Harwell called Tigers games from 1960 to 2002. He received the Ford C. Frick Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981 and was honored by the Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame in 1989.

(Source: FoxNew.com)

NABJ Honoring Claire Smith With Legacy Award

Legendary sports journalist Claire Smith will receive The National Associated of Black Journalists Legacy Award at this summer’s 36th Annual Convention and Career Fair in Philadelphia.

Smith was a baseball beat writer for over 20 years before she joined ESPN in July 2007 as a news editor, working with the production teams on MLB broadcasts. She previously worked for the Philadelphia Bulletin, Hartford Courant, New York Times, and Philadelphia Inquirer. Read more

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