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Joy Bauer Feted For ‘Joy Fit Club’ Book

Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford along with author and 'Today' contributor Joy Bauer and EP Jim Bell

TVNewser dropped by the Eventi Hotel the other evening for a book party thrown by “Today” show EP Jim Bell in honor of “Today’s” health and nutrition guru Joy Bauer on the publication of her new book, “The Joy Fit Club.”

Bauer was joined by her two familes — her biological one and the “Today” show gang, including Savannah Guthrie, Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb, Jeff Rossen, Tamron Hall, Barbara Corcoran and Jean Chatzky. “It’s just us! This is all you get,” joked Gifford as she greeted Bauer. Main anchors Matt Lauer, Ann Curry and Al Roker could not attend as Roker and Lauer were still in London covering the Queen’s Jubilee and Curry was on vacation.

The author of several books, Bauer told us “Joy Fit Club” is different in that it’s her first in conjunction with “Today” and her segments of the same name.

The cookbook and diet plan “comes from 6 years of ['Today' show segments] trying to show people how to eat well and stay healthy,” Bauer tells us.

We caught up with Bell who has personally benefited from Bauer’s wellness tips, shedding 50 pounds, and keeping it off. The “Today” show frontman is about to turn his attention to the Olympics where he’ll be taking over for legendary Olympics showrunner Dick Ebersol producing NBC’s primetime. That means a lot of long days ahead.

“It’ll be Midnight London time, 7pm on the east coast until 5am every night,” says Bell. “I’ll get a few hours of sleep, and then go check out the ‘Today’ show.” The time difference means the morning show will start at Noon London time, each day.

NBC may want to bring along Bauer just to make sure everyone’s eating healthy.

(Photo: Heidi Gutman/NBC)

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ESPN Shakeup: John Skipper to Become President, Bodenheimer To Become Executive Chairman

Left: Skipper, Right: Bodenheimer

In a major development at sports juggernaut ESPN, Disney has announced that ESPN president George Bodenheimer will step down and become executive chairman of the channel in January, 2012. Meanwhile, John Skipper will become the new president of ESPN, as well as co-chairman of the Disney Media Networks alongside Anne Sweeney.

Bodenheimer has been president of ESPN for 13 years, and has worked at the network for 31 years. Skipper has been with ESPN since 1997, and is currently executive VP of content. The news comes just a month after Disney announced that it would transition Disney CEO Bob Iger out of his role and into an executive chairman role in 2015.

2011 has seen a number of sports media executives leave their posts. In May longtime NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol resigned, and in July HBO lost its sports chief Ross Greenburg.

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Radio Host Finebaum to Write for SI.com

Radio host Paul Finebaum, a former columnist for al.com who last year wrote that Vanderbilt should be kicked out of the SEC for not being competitive in football, is joining SI.com as a columnist. He reported the news on Twitter, saying his first column will run Thursday. Perhaps his first piece will address the ongoing story involving USA Today oddsmaker Danny Sheridan, who recently went on Finebaum’s radio show claiming to know who paid Cam Newton‘s father, Cecil, so that the 2010 Heisman Trophy Winner would attend Auburn. Sheridan has refused to name the alleged “bag man,” claiming his source within the NCAA would lose their job. The NCAA, for their part, says Sheridan’s claims are without merit.

Finebaum’s popular radio show is syndicated throughout the southeast and can also be heard on Sirius XM Radio (Channel 91).

Video: Alec Baldwin and John Krasinski in Another New Era Video

The Red Sox and the Yankees begin another series in their hate-filled rivalry tonight, so that means it must be time for another Alec Baldwin-John Krasinski video from New Era. In this installment — the fifth in a six-video campaign — Baldwin, a diehard Yankees fan, and Krasinski, a diehard Red Sox fan, are communicating via Skype when Baldwin decides he’s going to burn a handful of tickets to Red Sox home games. Why does he do this? Because doing so is supposed to make a Red Sox fan like Krasinski apoplectic. In burning the tickets, Baldwin inadvertently burns down his apartment building (which is supposed to be hilarious), and then has to go on the lam, so he goes to Krasinski’s apartment to hide out. I think Yankee fans would have rather seen Baldwin burn Curt Schilling’s bloody sock.

The SportsNewser Interview: Kirk Morrison

“Kirk Morrison is going to be the next hot sports guy. He’s doing the dirty work while he’s still playing. A lot of players wait until they’re done playing before they start investing into their life after football.” – Former NFL player and NBC Sports broadcaster Akbar Gbaja-Biamila

We couldn’t pass at the opportunity to speak with the next hot sports guy in NFL linebacker Kirk Morrison.

The free agent has spent his time during the NFL lockout by grinding away in the radio profession, working alongside Rob Dibble on Fox Sports Radio.

Morrison isn’t a rookie to the broadcast world. He got his first break at San Diego State, where the All-American called high school football games for the local NBC affiliate. Prior to his current gig, Morrison was the co-host of the Aztec Power Hour with Darren Smith on XX 1090 in San Diego.

SportsNewser chatted with the 29-year-old about working with Dibble and his thoughts on if the 2011 NFL season will begin on time.

SportsNewser: When did your itch for broadcasting begin?

Kirk Morrison: It began when I was in college. I was about 20 and it just so happened that I was 2-3 years into my major at San Diego State. As I became a spokesman for my football team because I had some success as an All-American as a freshman, the media would always want to talk to me. I was the guy for about 3-4 years and next thing you know, I was always doing radio shows and TV interviews. I wanted to switch it up and go into communications and do something involved with that. People said I expressed my thoughts very clearly and you go out and have a strong opinion. I did a little color commentary while I was still in college. I did high school games for the local station (Channel 4 San Diego) and from then on, I said this is what I want to do outside of football.

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Gruden's QB Camp With Pryor Airs Next Thursday

Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor‘s appearance on Jon Gruden‘s QB Camp will air next Thursday, June 30th, at 9 p.m. on ESPN and then at 10 p.m. on ESPN2, ESPN’s Adam Schefter has tweeted.

Mike Mayock of the NFL Network recently forecasted Pryor as a middle-round selection in next month’s NFL supplemental draft and as a Wildcat possibility. “I would set the over/under line on the fourth round,” Mayock said.

“He can be a package quarterback Year 1 while you develop his skills set,” Mayock said. “Is he raw? Absolutely. Does he have a lot to work on? Yes, he does. That doesn’t even get into all the intangibles off the field.”

Those intangibles include leaving Ohio State after reportedly receiving off-the-field benefits, part of a widespread culture of NCAA violations that led to the resignation of coach Jim Tressel. We’re guessing Gruden doesn’t devote much time to those elements of Pryor’s background, and instead focuses on his inability to accurately and consistently deliver the football to receivers on the run.

Sky Sports Changes Story After Man U's Owen Complains

Manchester United’s Michael Owen has been frustrated by his attempts to make team England in the last few years, but he took exception to a headline on Sky Sports that read “Owen gives up on England” and went on Twitter to express his displeasure. The broadcast website, in turn, changed the headline on the story and clarified Owen’s remarks.

In the initial story (available thanks to Yahoo! Cache), the lede read,

“Manchester United striker Michael Owens admits he has given up hope of being selected for England by Fabio Capello. The 31-year-old has not featured for his country since playing in a friendly against France in March 2008.

Owen has been continually overlooked by Capello and the former Liverpool man admits he is upset by his exclusion.

“I’ve given up trying to understand,” said Owen. “I’ve not given up on England. It’s come to an abrupt stop under this manager. You’d have a better idea than me [why that is].

“I was disappointed for the first squad I missed, a little bit less for the next one and after about three or four times, I didn’t really expect to see my name,” admitted Owen.

“For the first couple of squads I looked at the players [named] and looked at what I had done. For the last dozen squads, I haven’t looked. I don’t even think about [being picked] now. Honestly.

“It’s sad, really. If I keep getting up for something, then [find out] I am not in, I am just kidding myself.

“Some people say I might get back in the England squad after Fabio Capello leaves. I hope they are right.

“It helps playing more often. I am sure it depends on who the manager is.”

Owen then went on Twitter and complained to Sky Sports, “Why are you making things up? Please show me the quote where I am supposed to have said that/Just because I don’t expect to be picked doesn’t mean I’ve given up. Another example of twisting words to get a good headline.”

Apparently Sky Sports agreed, because they not only changed the headline, they changed the lede. The new headline reads, “Owen ‘sad’ over England.” And the lede goes,

“Manchester United striker Michael Owen admits he has given up trying to understand why he is not being selected for England by Fabio Capello.

The 31-year-old has not featured for his country since playing in a friendly against France in March 2008.

Owen has been continually overlooked by Capello and the former Liverpool man admits he is upset by his exclusion.”

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.”

Katie Couric to Dick Ebersol in 2003: ‘You’re nuts!’

Today’s stunning news that Dick Ebersol, head of NBC Sports & Olympics, is leaving NBC, and falling on the same day Katie Couric is (effectively) leaving CBS, got us thinking about a moment 8 years ago, when Couric was co-anchor of the “Today” show.

Carly Simon was auctioning off the secret identity of the person who inspired her 1973 hit “You’re So Vain.” The auction’s winner was revealed on the “Today” show on the morning of August 5, 2003. Only a few people knew who the winner was. And when the NBC camera pulled out to reveal it was Ebersol, Couric gasped, “Oh my God! Dick Ebersol, you’re nuts! Maybe the song is about him, that’s why he bid on it.”

Ebersol paid $50,000 to have Simon reveal the secret to him. He was allowed to tell one other person. Then they both signed a document stating they’d never reveal the name.

Ebersol, who’s been with NBC on and off since 1974, leaves the peacock five years after Couric’s May 2006 departure.

Dick Ebersol Resigns From NBC Sports

NBC Sports & Olympics chairman Dick Ebersol, a staple at NBC for decades, has resigned. Ebersol has led NBC Sports since 1989, and has been one of the biggest boosters of Olympics coverage in the U.S. since he started his career as an Olympics researcher for Roone Arledge in 1967. Our sister blog SportsNewser has more.

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