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Where Do NFL Stars Who Don’t Make it to the Super Bowl Watch the Big Game?

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Joining the more than 6,200 members of the media in New York this week for Super Bowl XLVIII, is the occasional NFL star not playing in the big game. But Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Brad Smith is in New York this week for another reason: launching his “Design for Brad Smith” competition. This morning MediabistroTV sat down with Smith to talk about the competition and to find out where he’ll be watching the game. We also got his take on the talk of the pre-game: Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.

We’ll have more on the “Design for Brad Smith” competition during our coverage of New York Fashion week next week. And to watch more mediabistroTV videos, subscribe to our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV.

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Erin Andrews on Move to Fox Sports: ‘It Was Not Time For Me to Hang it Up’

A week after joining Fox Sports from ESPN, Erin Andrews dropped in on corporate cousin Fox News for an interview with Shepard Smith who’s anchoring from Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City home of tomorrow’s Major League Baseball All Star game, on Fox.

Smith began the segment joking,”ESPN has gone out of business and we have decided to hire Erin Andrews.” He clarified that a bit later: “ESPN isn’t really closed. They still have 50,000 channels and want all of your money.” (Of course, Fox News will gladly take your money too).

As for her departure from ESPN, Andrews says, “I was there eight years and it was a difficult decision to make. But I am someone who wants to grow and learn and it is not time for me to hang it up.”

“It’s only been my first week, but I love it. It’s kind of different to be the new girl. I find myself being a little shy and reserved which will wear off fast I am sure.”

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Erin Andrews Leaves ESPN For Fox Sports

ESPN reporter Erin Andrews is leaving the Worldwide Leader to join Fox Sports. Andrews will anchor a new primetime college football pregame show, and will contribute to Fox Sports’ NFL and MLB coverage.

It is something of a homecoming for Andrews, who started her career as a junior sports reporter at Fox Sports Florida in 2000.

At ESPN Andrews quickly became a household name to college football  and basketball fans as a sideline reporter. When she re-signed with ESPN in 2010, she added anchor duties on ESPN “College GameDay,” and also became a contributor to ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Andrews was in the news at that time because of a scandal involving a stalker, who videotaped her in hotel rooms where she was staying.

Her first story for “GMA” was about the stalking incident. She would appear on the program only a handful of times after that.

More information from Fox Sports, after the jump.

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Will a TV Show About the News be More Compelling Than the Real Thing?

I admire Aaron Sorkin, but he gives me a headache. By the time his characters finish a monologue, I’m ready for a nap.

Sorkin’s latest work, “The Newsroom,” which debuts Sunday on HBO, is no exception. In the pilot’s opening scene, set at a J-school panel, cable newsman Will McAvoy delivers a breathless tirade that, while eloquent, lasts longer than most network sitcoms.

In an homage to Paddy Chayefsky’s “Network,” McAvoy, played by Jeff Daniels, explodes when the moderator goads him into answering a student question about why America is the greatest country on earth. It’s not, he says, and here’s why.

Citing reams of statistics that someone in his line of work could not possibly know – another Sorkin trademark — McAvoy ends on a hopeful note. The speech will change the direction of his career from a bland ‘Jay Leno’ to a take-no-prisoners anchor of the Old School, like Murrow, Cronkite and Brinkley.

Images of those very men are in “Newsroom’s” opening montage, along with those of Dan Rather and legendary producer Don Hewitt. They are Sorkin’s heroes, he says. To that end, the underlying message of “Newsroom” is that it’s not too late to create a civil, intelligent newscast they would have been proud of.

News junkies will not be able to resist this show, despite the fact that some of the plotlines are ridiculous and that Sorkin writes like he’s getting paid by the word. Programs about the TV news business are rare. The last good one, Sorkin’s “Sports Night,” ended 12 years ago.

Sorkin reportedly based “Sports Night” on Keith Olbermann, but he’s denied that Olbermann was his muse for McAvoy.

Please. McAvoy is wicked smart, totally self-involved, highly temperamental and loathed by his staff. “I’m not the easiest guy to work for,” he tells his boss, Charlie Skinner (Sam Waterston), news division president at fictional network ACN. Skinner has a short fuse and drinks a lot.

It pains me to say this, but Waterston, one of my favorite actors, is a tad old for the role. He punches out his lines like every breath will be his last. Daniels, on the other hand, is in his element,

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Video: Jon Gruden Says 'This Guy' A Lot During Jets-Texans Game

ESPN commentator Jon Gruden has a quirky habit — some might call it an annoying tick — of referring to players as “this guy.” Instead of calling a player by their last name, which is a widely accepted practice that goes unnoticed by viewers, Gruden will often introduce some fluff-piece factoid about a player by saying, “This guy is the toughest player I’ve ever seen” or “I think this guy is the best player I’ve seen this year.”

How often does Gruden do this? A lot. The fine folks at Sportgrid kept track during last night’s Jets-Texans preseason game, and they counted 11 instances where Gruden said “This guy.” They kindly put the instances together in a montage video.

* Gruden had a total of 11 “This Guy”s, up from 5 last week. Our tally was a bit different than this one, which had Gruden clocked in at 14 total.

* Broken down by quarter, Gruden had none in the 1st, 7 in the 2nd, 4 in the 3rd, and none in the 4th.

* Most of Gruden’s “This Guy”s occurred during a five-minute span in the 2nd quarter, leading us to believe that ESPN’s producers saw his dangerously low output from the 1st quarter and relayed a dramatic “WE NEED MORE ‘THIS GUY’S” plea into the MNF booth.

* We did not count borderline occurrences or slightly altered versions of “This Guy,” such as “These Guys” or “That Guy,” because we’re trying to do serious work here, and if we start counting such occurrences we’ll be headed down a “slippery slope.”

* All of the “This Guy”s were lead-ins to an overwhelmingly positive point about the player in question.

It could be worse. He could refer to players as “that hump,” which I’d be inclined to do.

Every NFL Preseason Game Airing On NFL Network

For the third straight year, NFL Network and NFL.com will show every NFL preseason game.

All 64 preseason games in HD will air multiple times in August and September, but only six are slated to get the live treatment:

Green Bay Packers vs. Cleveland Browns • Saturday, August 13 at 7:30 PM ET
New Orleans Saints vs. Houston Texans • Saturday, August 20 at 8:00 PM ET
Minnesota Vikings vs. Seattle Seahawks • Saturday, August 20 at 11:00 PM ET [Joined live in progress]
Indianapolis Colts vs. Cincinnati Bengals • Thursday, September 1 at 7:00 PM ET
Denver Broncos vs. Arizona Cardinals • Thursday, September 1 at 10:00 PM ET
Oakland Raiders vs. Seattle Seahawks • Friday, September 2 at 10:30 PM ET

NFL fans on the go can watch every preseason game on NFL.com’s NFL Preseason Live, offered at a 50% off “Back to Football” discounted price of $19.99.

Jalen Rose Sentenced to 20 Days in Jail for Drunk Driving

ESPN basketball commentator Jalen Rose has been sentenced to 20 days in jail for driving while intoxicated, or approximately 3.3 days per martini (six) that Rose admitted to drinking before rolling his Cadillac Escalade in Michigan in March.

Rose will report to the Oakland County Jail on Tuesday to be housed with 1,200 other inmates.

His defense attorney had pleaded with the judge not to send Rose to jail, but to no avail.

“Jalen Rose’s whole life has been about community service,” James Burdick said. “He has accepted his responsibility from the very first day. The most difficult thing Jalen has had to do is sit down with his young children and explain what daddy has done.”

Rose, in a brief statement, said he has been “humbled and humiliated by this process.”

Entourage Creator Making Tyson-Inspired HBO Series

With the eighth and final season of Entourage airing this summer, show creator Doug Ellin was on the prowl for a new project. Enter Mike Tyson, the legendary boxer who made a cameo on Entourage last season and suggested to Ellin that Tyson’s hardscrabble upbringing deserved the same kind of exploration given to the background of Mark Wahlberg, executive producer of Entourage whose early years in Hollywood provided source material for the popular show.

Variety reports the new HBO drama will be called Da Brick and will focus on a young boxer’s upbringing in Newark, New Jersey, a city whose nickname is “The Brickyard City.” (Tyson grew up in Brooklyn.) Ellin will serve as producer, but the writing will fall to John Ridley, whose credits include the George Clooney/Ice Cube/Wahlberg film Three Kings, as well as sitcoms including The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Barbershop: The Series.

Spike Lee will direct the pilot and also serve as an executive producer.

Ridley and Ellin reportedly spent a considerable amount of time with Tyson gathering material. Ridley in turn helped recruit Lee to the project.

“John wrote an amazingly intricate script,” Ellin said. “There’s lots of places it can go. It won’t just focus on boxing.”

An actor has not yet been cast in the lead role.

Can Indy 500 eclipse Coca Cola 600 in ratings?

Sunday marks the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500, the pinnacle of American open-wheel racing—and yet a race that probably won’t post better ratings than NASCAR’s Coca Cola 600, which runs later the same day. NASCAR is king in the hearts of American race fans, with its Super Bowl of racing, the Daytona 500, posting higher ratings than the Indy 500 in each of the last 15 years.

Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Times-Dispatch notes that Daytona has more than doubled the Indy ratings in many of the years since 2000. Meanwhile Indy, which is run at midday, has bested the Coca Cola 600, which is run at night, only once in the last five years.

That came in 2009, when the Coke race was rained out and run the following afternoon.

Last year the Indy 500 posted a 3.6 national television rating, in comparison to a 7.7 for the Daytona 500 and a 4.0 for the Coca Cola 600. Each ratings point represents 1 percent of homes with a TV.

 

 

Fox Sports Net Orders 'The Boys in the Hall' Baseball Series, Hosted by Tom Brokaw

Fox Sports networks has ordered a weekly, half-hour baseball series, “The Boys in the Hall,” which will be hosted by former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw. The series will feature interviews with former Major League Baseball commissioner Fay Vincent and a slew of Hall of Fame players.

After it airs on FSN, it will be made available in full to the MLB Hall of Fame.

“This project has been a labor of love and was conceived by myself and longtime friend and Columbia Pictures colleague Herbert Allen as a way of memorializing the personal stories, insights & reflections of some of the most extraordinary players in baseball history,” said Vincent in a statement.

More information, after the jump.

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