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Posts Tagged ‘Ed Snider’

Kobe Bryant Breaking Ankles Even In Soccer

When he’s not fielding offers from teams in Turkey and China, Kobe Bryant has spent part of his extended offseason improving his soccer skills.

Washington Post columnist Mike Wise fell victim to Bryant’s skills during Mia Hamm‘s celebrity soccer game Sunday.

Ouch, Mike.

[H/T D.C. Sports Bog]

 

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Chris Botta Can't Catch a Break, but he Sure Does Have a Lot of Support

Both SI.com and SBNation delve into the New York Islanders-Chris Botta saga, coming down hard on the hockey team’s management.

Red Light’s Stu Hackel points out how absurd it was/is for the Islanders to revoke Botta’s credential, seeing as he’s one of the only sources of news for the club. Judging by the harsh comments on his post, the readers – who give Islanders Point Blank 1.5 million page views a month – agree. Hackel even calls for NHL commissioner Gary Bettman to moderate the PR disaster.

Steve Lepore has even harsher words for the team:

The Islanders should not be revoking Botta’s credentials, they should be begging him to come back. Not just for getting on Mike Francesa, or the few other TV and radio shows that gave Botta airtime on Thursday. He has done a better job than almost anyone in the hockey universe to get people to pay attention to a team that has not been worth paying attention to for many, many years. They have not advanced past the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in what is now closing in on two decades. They needed a new building two decades ago, too. Fact is, Botta’s writing is deserving of a much better team.

As for Botta? He’s still posting, albeit in a neutered manner: Read more

Comcast Not a Partner in RightNetwork

RN_4.19.gifYou may have seen the reports about NBCU suitor Comcast partnering with RightNetwork, which is set to launch this summer.

After the original report in Crooks & Liars, and its pick-up around the web including King Drudge, Comcast responded: “We have no partnership with this venture and have no plans to launch or distribute the network. As we have done with hundreds of other content providers, we have met with the network’s representatives.”

In his first story for Yahoo!, former Politico-er Michael Calderone writes:

Recently, there’s been speculation that Comcast – which is in the process of acquiring NBC Universal, which includes MSNBC – might someday launch a right-leaning political network. Comcast executive vice president David L. Cohen didn’t rule it out in a December interview.

Although Comcast, as a company, does not have any deal with RightNetwork, a top executive is playing a role in the network’s development.

Ed Snider, chairman of Comcast-Spectacor, which owns sports franchises including the Philadelphia Flyers and Philadelphia 76ers, talks up the network in the company overview.”We’re creating a welcome place for millions and millions of Americans who’ve been looking for an entertainment network and media channel that reflects their point-of-view,” he says.