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James Brown On His CBS News Role: ‘I would like to think there will be no limits’

CBS Sports anchor James Brown is no stranger to television news. He has filled in on “The Early Show,” and his 2009 interview with Michael Vick for “60 Minutes” drew accolades. Now, CBS has formalized the partnership, signing Brown as a special correspondent. He starts tomorrow, filling in as an anchor on “CBS This Morning”‘s Saturday edition.

“I mean this from the bottom of my heart, I am excited and humbled that a division as synonymous with news excellence would welcome me into the fold as a special correspondent,” Brown told TVNewser.

While he is best known for his sports reporting, be it on “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” or “60 Minutes,” Brown says that he does not want to restrict himself to any particular type of news.

“I would like to think there will be no limits, having done something akin to news for a number of years leading up to this. I hosted a program called ‘America’s Black Forum’ which was like an African-American version of ‘Meet the Press’ in syndication for a number of years,” Brown says. “I thoroughly enjoyed my role as a correspondent for ‘Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,’ which is one of the best shows on television be it sports or general news, so that certainly gave me a comfort level because we would do long-form pieces on a range of topics that just happened to have sports as the backdrop.”

In past interviews Brown has expressed an interest in anchoring the “CBS Evening News.” When asked whether he would still like to pinch-hit on that program, Brown said yes, but that it isn’t a priority.

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James Brown Named CBS News Special Correspondent

Legendary NFL commentator and CBS Sports host James Brown is joining CBS News as a special correspondent. Brown will report for and appear on all CBS News broadcasts, with his first appearance slated for Saturday’s installment of “CBS This Morning.”

“Audiences know JB as the face of “The NFL Today” and other sports broadcasts — what they may not know is his curiosity about the news,” said CBS News president David Rhodes in a statement. “His wide-ranging interests from sports to faith to community service will be great assets to CBS News and to our viewers.”

Brown is no stranger to TV news. He has filled in on “The Early Show” a number of times over the last few years, and has said a dream of his was to fill-in on the “CBS Evening News.”

He will of course remain in his current role at “The NFL Today” and on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL.”

More information after the jump.

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Luther Campbell Says Sports Media is Basically All Racist

In his column in the Miami New Times, Luther Campbell, the former leader of the rap group 2 Live Crew and former Miami-Dade mayoral candidate, lambasted the sports media for having the audacity to say that Cam Newton struggled in his first NFL preseason game (even though he did). Campbell said the big reason why black athletes like Newton, Tiger Woods and LeBron James get heavily criticized, while Eli Manning, John Daly and Brett Favre supposedly get free passes, is because “sports news outlets are dominated by white faces.”

Campbell’s column is short enough that we could have pasted it here in full. But this outtake below is a good indication of his general tone and attitude: Read more

Video: Rex Ryan's cameo on 'CSI: New York'

Jets head coach Rex Ryan and Jets general manager Mike Tanenbaum make a cameo on this Friday’s episode of “CSI: New York.” Neither embarrass themselves during this segment, but the best line definitely belongs to show star Gary Sinise, who ends the encounter by saying to a colleague, “Let’s go get a snack,” a nod to Ryan’s notorious tagline from HBO’s “Hard Knocks” series.

(H/T to Bob’s Blitz)

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It's ESPN's World. We're All Just Living in it.

In what’s otherwise another ranty, raving column, Phil Mushnick makes a nice catch:

Can’t make this stuff up, continued: ESPN’s website last week, in a lead paragraph, gave ESPN full credit for breaking the story that the Yankees have extended Cliff Lee an extra seventh year on their offer. In the third paragraph, this appeared: “SI.com first reported that the Yankees added a seventh year to their offer.”

In a sense, at least the Worldwide Leader bothered to give another outlet credit instead of just stealing it outright. Given the focus on the story – and the importance of SI.com – they probably couldn’t get away with snagging the credit for themselves. On the other hand, ESPN seems to get worse and worse as they gain more power. Maybe that book will change something?

NFL Today Host James Brown to co-anchor ‘The Early Show’ this Saturday

TVNewser has learned CBS Sports “NFL Today” anchor James Brown will be filling in on “The Early Show” this Saturday alongside Rebecca Jarvis. This is a step outside the friendly sports confines for Brown, who hosts CBS Sports’ NFL Pregame show. Jarvis, who joined CBS News earlier this year from CNBC, is the news anchor on the Saturday edition as well as business and economics correspondent for the network.

“The Early Show” Saturday will be looking for fill-ins until a new anchor team is named. The current team of Erica Hill and Chris Wragge will be moving to weekdays beginning January 3.

In 2007, Brown was considered a candidate for the co-anchor job which eventually went o Wragge.

Jimmie Johnson Too Good for TV Ratings?

Over the weekend, Jimmie Johnson won his fifth Sprint Cup Title in a row, giving him the unofficial title of G.O.A.T.

But The New York Times finds a bunch of people to argue that his success is killing the sport.

“Johnson and his team have been so dominant, say fans and other drivers, that he is one reason for Nascar’s noticeable slide in attendance and television ratings,” Dave Caldwell wrote on Monday.

Poor Jimmie. He can’t win, even when he wins. To his credit, he’s taking the negative feedback calmly.

“I just don’t see how it’s bad – I just don’t,” Johnson told the Times. “It’s not my fault. I’m sorry.”

He’s right, of course. Read more

NBA TV Gives Fans First Glimpse Of A.I. In Turkey

NBA TV will give basketball fans their first look at Allen Iverson in Turkey on Sunday afternoon.

Iverson’s Besiktas Cola Turka of the Beko Turkish Basketball League will take on defending champion Fenerbahce Ulker from Istanbul, Turkey.

Rick Kamla and Chris Webber will call the contest from the NBA TV studios in Atlanta at 3:30 p.m. (ET)

Tweet of the Morning…So Far, Re: Michael Vick

From ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper:

I will continue to root for the Eagles (aka Iggles) but wil advise stepmom to hide her poodle

Clearly a reference to the Philadelphia Eagles signing reforming dogfighter Michael Vick. Last night, the CBS Evening News ran a portion of James Brown‘s interview with Vick (below), to air on “60 Minutes” this Sunday. Brown also talked about it this morning on “The Early Show.”


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