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The Ticker: ’48,’ Bodenheimer, Spurlock

  • In its first of four Monday installments, CBS’s “48 Hours” won the 10pmET/9pmCT hour last night in viewers averaging 5.097 million. The show came in third in the A18-49 rating with a 1.0.

  • B&C reports ESPN executive George Bodenheimer is leaving the network. Bodenheimer has been executive chairman of ESPN since 2012, following 14 years as president of the network.

  • Morgan Spurlock‘s Cinelan and Paul Allen’s Vulcan Productions are partnering to produce and distribute 20 short films by award-winning directors to drive awareness and better understanding of the U.S. economy.

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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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ESPN 980 Replaces Feinstein with Darren Rovell

CNBC sports reporter Darren Rovell is moving in to fill the spot vacated by Washington sports fixture John Feinstein as a weekly contributor to ESPN 980′s Sports Reporters. Rovell’s work focuses primarily on the business aspects of sports, and 980′s director of programming Chuck Sapienza said youth played a factor in the hire.

“While Feinstein can be entertaining at times, our research showed our audience was interested in a younger guest that could offer more substance and information,” Sapienza told Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post. “Darren is a perfect fit for the Sports Reporters and its audience.”

In cased you missed that, Sapienza is basically accusing Feinstein of being boring, old and lacking in substance.

Feinstein is perhaps best known as the author of A Season on the Brink, when he followed Bobby Knight‘s 1985-86 Indiana basketball team for a season.

CBS Passes on Mark Schlereth Sitcom

CBS will not be picking “Home Game,” a comedy based on the life of ESPN football commentator Mark Schlereth, Schlereth reports on Twitter. The news comes one day after ESPN personality Colin Cowherd announced that CBS would be passing on the comedy based on his life.

(H/T to Awful Announcing)

NHL Begins Search For International Media Rights

The National Hockey League announced a tender process Monday for international media rights to live NHL games throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa.

The open bidding process will run from May 17 to June 8 and the foreign rights would run from 2011-12 through 2014-15 seasons.

According to the NHL, 26 percent of its players come from outside of North America. Since 2007, the NHL has staged more than 35 exhibition and regular season games in Europe attended by over 400,000 fans.

 

 

Here's Your Chance To Bet On Bill Simmons

Following the Boston Red Sox’s 3-1 loss (0-4 to start the season) to the Cleveland Indians Tuesday, Bill Simmons tweeted, “I’m not tweeting again until the Red Sox win.”

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GQ's Uplifting, Depressing Profile of A.J. Daulerio

February’s GQ publishes a profile of Deadspin editor A.J. Daulerio that’s equal parts fawning, impressed, and depressing. If nothing else, Daulerio is refreshingly honest.

“The Today show called me on a Sunday at two thirty. It was brunch time with my girlfriend and a friend, and I was half in the bag,” he says of his post-Brett Favre dong shot media tour. “A couple of hours and two bong hits later, I’m doing an interview on the porch. Everyone is jamming Adderall to clean the place as quickly as possible. I was trying to find pants.”

The profile paints a portrait of a quality journalist who works the phones and cultivates sources (“He’s a throwback to an earlier era – when journalists had enough charisma to inspire movies,” Nick Denton says of his editor.) who may not be using his powers for good. (“I never wanted people to feel like they needed to take a shower,” Deadspin founder Will Leitch admits when asked about the direction of his former site.)

Daulerio sounds conflicted. Read more

The Trials and Tribulations of Sportswriting

A story posted Tuesday on Adam Spangler’s excellent This Is American Soccer hits close to home, not because the author Brent Latham happens to be my partner in crime at USA 10 Kit but because his struggle to make a living as a soccer writer should feel familiar to anyone attempting to break into the sports journalism world.

In the essay, Latham details how he’s tried to make ends meet as a correspondent, first in Africa and now in Central America. The truth is that the market in America simply isn’t there yet.

News coverage, sports or otherwise, is a business; the market demands it that way. We have enough trouble just covering soccer at home, so coverage of the game in Africa is understandably a virtually non-existent market in the U.S. – one which I spent a lot of time trying to create myself. I managed to find some assignments in the recently expired year of African football. But then, I suspect, there weren’t too many back home interested in my reports from that under-17 World Cup in Nigeria. Or the under-20 World Cup in Egypt. Or even last year’s Confederations Cup in South Africa.

So if I traveled Africa covering American soccer, it was less about immediate economic return and more about willpower and long-term dreams. For those young journalists with whom I correspond, the dubious economics of this job is almost always enough to dampen their interest. But it doesn’t end there. Just getting where you’ve got to get to is sometimes hard enough, much less sitting down next to the daily bucket of water to start writing, hoping to write enough to recover the costs of travel, and maybe have a little left over on top. After that, you write. Hopefully well.

There’s more here, however, than just a tale of one man’s attempt to get paid for spinning yarns about the world’s most popular sport. It’s the universal truth about any writer hoping to find a niche in sports media. There aren’t many jobs out there. All you can do is keep going (and maybe write about the process on the way).

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Who’ll Broadcast Sochi 2014?

NBCU has one more Olympics after Vancouver — the London Summer games in 2012. And as NBC wraps up its coverage of the XXI Winter Olympics tonight, we’re left to wonder who will broadcast the 2014 games in Sochi, Russia? The IOC had planned to conduct the bidding process this spring, but could delay it due to the recession.

We asked ABC News president David Westin the other day if he’d like to see the games return to his network: “That’s really a question for [president of ABC Sports & ESPN] George Bodenheimer. Would I love to have the numbers? I’d love to have them,” said Westin, adding, “But as a shareholder would I want to have a $250 million dollar loss? I’m not so sure.”

NBC bid $2.201 billion for the Vancouver and London games in 2003. Late last year, GE chairman Jeffrey Immelt said he expected NBC would lose “a couple hundred million bucks” on the games. NBC earned $75 million on the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Games.

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NBC Olympics production facility in Vancouver.

(Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)