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Andrew Belleson Is The New Voice Of Wrigley Field

Meet Andrew Belleson, the new voice of Wrigley Field.

The lifelong Cubs fan beat out 3,000 people for the position of public address announcer at Wrigley Field.

Belleson isn’t a rookie when it comes to the position. He worked five years as a public address announcer and radio broadcaster for the Rockford RiverHawks.

Michael Vick A No-Show For ESPN First Take

Michael Vick is elusive on and off the field.

The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback canceled a scheduled appearance on ESPN First Take on Friday from Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando.

If you ask the Eagles or Vick’s spokesperson, he was never asked to appear on the program.

ESPN allegedly setup the interview through the Maxwell Football Club, who was giving Vick an award for his comeback season.

“I did not receive any media requests from ESPN’s for Michael’s appearance,” said Chris Shigas, Vick’s spokesperson. “No one ever asked Michael Vick, the Philadelphia Eagles or my agency for an interview request. Apparently, ESPN set up this interview with the Maxwell Football Club without Michael’s knowledge.” Read more

NFL Network Goes To Broadway For Opening Intro

If you’re flipping past the NFL Network this weekend and see someone resembling Vince Lombardi, it’s Broadway actor Dan Lauria.

Lauria, who currently stars in the play Lombardi, will open each weekend of NFL Playoff coverage with a special monologue, starting with NFL GameDay Morning on Saturday at 12:00 ET.

If I didn’t know better, I would have just assumed I landed on ESPN if I came across this shtick. A very unique way for the NFL Network to open their playoff coverage with.

Qatar to Pay Barcelona $200 Million in Jersey Sponsorship Deal

Those clean, crisp, relatively naked Barcelona jerserys? Yeah, thing of the past.

From the AP:

Barcelona will receive 30 million euro ($40 million) per season from 2011-12 from the nonprofit organization, located in the tiny gulf state where the 2022 World Cup will be played. Unlike other top soccer clubs, Barcelona has previously refused to sell advertising space to a shirt sponsor, but has been putting children’s charity UNICEF on its front for free since 2006. Barcelona said the UNICEF name will remain on the shirts and that it would seek a way to combine the two logos, but the Qatar Foundation would be the prevalent one if a solution cannot be found.

Charity gets the shaft again.

In other news jersey sponsorship-related news, the Portland Timbers revealed their new uniforms. Alaska Airlines is the corporate partner. They are not paying $200 million.

Get Ready to Rumble as the WWE's New Manager of Consumer Insight

World Wrestling Entertainment is looking for a manager of consumer insight to join its Stamford, Conn. team. Don’t worry, you won’t have to wear spandex to work.

The gig involves owning and distributing all dashboard and key performance indicator reports for product development, content, e-commerce and digital ad sales. Your job will be to translate the information and present insights and key findings to upper management. You should be comfortable analyzing data, and managing SEM and SEO for company initiatives.

To be considered, you’ll need at least four years of experience in media research, and a working knowledge of Omniture Site Catalyst, Omniture Search Center HitWise, comScore Media Metrix, comScore Plan Metrix and Forrester. If you have some Nielsen TV ratings and MRI knowledge, even better. Ready to get in the ring? Apply here.

Sports Columnist Is Sent To The Virtual Chalkboard

If you only take away one thing from journalism school, it’s get your facts straight.

Unfortunately for Bud Poliquin of The Post-Standard in Syracuse, N.Y., he found out the hard way what happens when your facts are wrong.

In an online column on Tuesday about the New York Yankees, Poliquin wrote, “After last year’s anomaly wherein the all-and-powerful Yankees did not qualify for the playoffs — a development that had religious leaders debating the addition of another Testament to the Bible — does anybody think that MLB wants its televised post-season to ever again be New York-less?”

Oops.

You mean the same Yankees team that won the World Series didn’t make the playoffs?

Now only would that be impossible, it’s also factually incorrect.

Readers were quick to point out the error and the column was corrected to say 2008.

Poliquin’s punishment for his gaffe was Bart Simpson-esque:

Thanks to those astute visitors to this part of cyberspace who caught my gaffe in this space on Tuesday, I have been properly chastised. And as part of my punishment, I’ve been sent to the electronic blackboard where I’ve been instructed to write, exactly 50 times, this sentence:

Despite my pre-corrected suggestion to the contrary, the New York Yankees did qualify for the 2009 MLB playoffs and they rather gloriously won the World Series, too.

Poliquin went on to paste the above sentence 50 times. This is either the laziest column ever or the most creative depending on who you ask.

Regardless, it’s not a tactic SportsNewser plans to implement in the future.

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