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ESPN Management Suggested Questions For Those Guys Have All The Fun Author

SportsByBrooks.com reported Thursday that ESPN management had provided scripted questions to ESPN radio hosts for their interviews with Jim Miller, co-author of Those Guys Have All The Fun.

Sports Illustrated reporter Richard Deitsch obtained a statement Friday from ESPN executive editor John Walsh regarding the report:

“In advance of the interviews, we identified areas for questions that would be interesting to our audience, consistent with the main themes of the book and not disparaging to our colleagues. Any live interview can go in any number of directions.”‬

Miller was interviewed on Mike and Mike In The Morning, The Scott Van Pelt Show and The Doug Gottlieb Show and is scheduled next week for The B.S. Report with Bill Simmons.

Why bother speaking to Miller if you’re scared about the direction of the interview?

SportsNewser is also scheduled to chat with Miller next week.

I promise you management won’t script our questions ahead of time.

Tiger's Agent Leaving IMG, Maybe Taking Star Client With Him

Tiger Woods‘ agent Mark Steinberg is leaving IMG, the global sports fashion and media company, and might be bringing his star client with him, the Wall Street Journal reports.

IMG has represented Woods since he became a professional, and Steinberg has guided the ascent to his perch as one of the world’s wealthiest and most marketable athletes. However, in the wake of an alleged sex scandal and divorce, Woods is far less profitable than he used to be when his annual income was roughly $100 million a year. Multiple companies have dropped their endorsement deals with him.

Meanwhile, a person familiar with the situation said Steinberg’s contract was set to expire next month and the company decided not to renew the contract. Steinberg was among the highest paid employees at IMG, with a salary topped only by that of the company’s chairman, Ted Forstmann.

Steinberg could not be reached for comment. Glen Greenspan, a spokesman for Woods, did not return a message seeking comment.

Steinberg can take Woods and Annika Sorenstam with him if he continues to work as an agent, but a non-compete agreement will prevent him from taking other IMG clients, according to a person close to the situation.

 

'5 Things You Need to Know This Week': A Very Special Audience Giveaway

Here’s the second episode of what many consider to be the internet’s best list-based weekly news show, “5 Things You Need to Know This Week.”

This week’s episode includes a very special audience giveaway, gratuitous Gaga, and an update on the biggest loser in the history of “American Idol.”

Be sure to check back next Tuesday (and every Tuesday, forever) for the latest episode!

Fox Sports Catches Former President George W. Bush Almost Getting Hit By Foul Ball

Former President (and Texas Rangers owner) George W. Bush attended last night’s game between the Rangers and Chicago White Sox, and what a memorable visit it was. Bush was nearly clocked by a foul ball hit by Adrian Beltre.

White Sox catcher AJ Pierzynski tried to make the catch, almost falling into Bush’s lap in the process.

Update: Video after after the jump!

Pierzynski told ESPN.com:

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Woody Paige Honored for Suicide Prevention Awareness

Denver Post columnist and “Around the Horn” contributor Woody Paige has been honored by Colorado State University for a column he wrote about suicide after Denver Bronco Kenny McKinley shot himself last September. Paige addressed his own battles with depression and how he, too, had contemplated suicide eight years earlier. Colorado State University presented Paige with its Suicide Prevention Media Award on Friday. Paige said he received more than 35,000 messages after the piece ran, some from suicidal people who said his column prompted them to seek help.

(Source: Associated Press)

Northeastern's Faust Wins Nantz Broadcasting Award

Northeastern University junior Alex Faust won the 2011 Jim Nantz Broadcasting Award as the nation’s most outstanding collegiate broadcaster, becoming the first non-senior to win the award in the three-year history of the program. Faust received the award from the Sportscasters Talent Agency of America on May 16 at the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association banquet in Salisbury, North Carolina.

“You know within the first ten seconds Alex is an exceptional sports broadcaster,” says STAA CEO Jon Chelesnik. “His voice, enunciation, energy and pacing are outstanding and he has a good grasp of some of the more advanced sportscasting techniques.”

Faust finished seventh in the voting as a sophomore in 2010.

 

 

Radio Caller Sneaks Into United Center For Bulls-Heat

Fans of The Morning Jones on Sirius 158 know all about the colorful DJ Mike Hitman in Chicago.

The frequent caller of Bomani Jones‘ radio show decided he was going to sneak into Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals Wednesday night at the United Center.

Thanks to a $25 bribe of a United Center employee and a photoshopped media credential, Mike was able to sneak inside the side door – - literally.

His ultimate goal was to get inside the locker room and interview the players. But after some better judgement (and fear of getting caught), Mike settled on just watching the game and enjoying the perks of being a “credentialed” media member.

Nice to see the NBA and the United Center are on their A-game during the playoffs.

Need proof? You can watch videos from last night or listen to Mike as he recaps his time at the Bulls vs. Heat game.

Morning Jones: Mike in Chicago On Sneaking Into United Center

Stephen A. Smith Schools The Class Of 2011

In terms of journalists as commencement speakers, Stephen A. Smith would easily make my top five.

The blunt ESPN contributor gave the commencement speech at Winston Salem State University Saturday and dropped some knowledge for the class of 2011:

“If you want to be somebody, you’ve got to annihilate the competition,” said Smith, who graduated from WSSU in 1991. “Anything less is a waste of your time and a waste for the people who believe in you.”

And once you give the world your all, “you have to do it over and over and over again,” he said.

“I’m in no mood to mince words,” he said in the commencement speech from the podium.

He told the graduates to look up in the stands and wave to their parents and family. Read more

Rob Dibble Claims Stephen Strasburg's Father Was Responsible For His Removal From MASN

Do you remember last summer when Rob Dibble was fired from MASN because of some off-the-cuff comments he made about Stephen Strasburg?

Well, seven months later, Dibble is coming clean on the reason why he’s not with the network.

“Listen, it’s their team, they acted in their own interests,” Dibble told FoxSports.com columnist Mark Kriegel. “And I’m gonna tell you something that I’ve never told anybody before. It was basically Strasburg’s father [who] e-mailed the owner and basically was offended by what I said. Now remember, I said that on my own radio show on another network, and his father e-mailed the owner and the owner wanted me out of there. so that’s the bottom line. So that should end it. I want Stephen to go on, never have my name brought up and have a great career. I had a great career, I had fun, had a great seven years, and it’s sad for me that people still associate me with him. There should be no association with him.” Read more

Friday's NCAA Ratings Up 17 Percent From 2010

Friday’s coverage of the NCAA Tournament regional semi-finals on TBS and CBS delivered an overnight household rating/share of 7.6/14, up 14 percent from a 6.5/12 from last year’s CBS Sports coverage, according to Nielsen. It’s the highest rating for a Friday regional semi-finals in the metered markets since a 7.8/14 in 2005.

While the first telecast window of games only combined to earn a 5.9/11, the second window delivered a 9.2/16, up 30 percent from a 7.1/13 last year.

The overall tournament average-to-date in the metered markets is a 6.6/14, up 18 percent from a 5.6/12 for CBS Sports’ 2010 coverage according to Nielsen.

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