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How Does Jim Lampley Feel About Not Being a Part of the London Olympics?

FishbowlLA’s Marcus Vanderberg recently talked with HBO Sports announcer and former NBC Olympics anchor Jim Lampley about his career for “So What Do You Do” interview. Marcus also asked a few bonus questions which went up on FBLA yesterday, including:

FBLA: What does it say about the current state of Olympic coverage when the broadcaster who’s anchored a record 14 games won’t be working in London but Ryan Seacrest will be?

Lampley: Well, everything changes. I have to confess that I looked around at Beijing and among the many things I thought was, “We got old.” This group doesn’t change a lot from year to year and there’s certainly a benefit to that continuity. But on the other hand, I don’t see the number of young faces here like 10, 12, 16 years ago. Whether it involved me or anybody else, change was inevitable. Change was probably timely and I like watching it on TV.

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Jim Lampley’s Days as a Political Commentator May Be Over

Jim Lampley has spent his 38-year career calling and commentating on just about every sport imaginable for ABC, CBS, NBC and now HBO. But the four-time Sports Emmy Award winner has also dabbled in political commentary, as we find out in today’s mediabistro.com “So What Do You Do?” feature:

In 2005, you used an incorrect source when blogging about the Iraq war for Huffington Post, and many readers called you out for it. How did that situation affect you?

I didn’t think of it as rebounding. At the end of the day, if people want to disagree with what I say, that’s certainly part of the process and their privilege. I read my political commentaries and, over time, I decided that I was not as well versed and deeply based as a political commentator as I am a sports commentator. I had been persuaded to do it by someone very high up in political media who has specific purpose in mind for me, and at the end of the day I decided I wasn’t interested in that purpose. That was the beginning and end of that.

Lampley has also filled in, in the past, for Ed Schultz on his radio show. Lampley will be calling Saturday’s HBO pay-per-view fight between Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto.

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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The Great Boston Sports Radio Battle

The Boston sports radio market is undergoing some serious change. Namely, the upstarts from 98.5 Sports Hub are killing WEEI’s The Big Show, the long-time drive-time leader.

Felger and Massarotti, the FM station’s signature show, saw its share in the 25-54 year old male category – so the dudes who listen to sports radio – jump 24 percent from September to October while its competitor stayed static.

George Cain, a guest contributor on Boston Sports Media Watch, offers four reasons why he believe this happened.

One item specifically caught our eye. Read more

What If San Francisco Threw a Parade and Everyone Got to March?


Or maybe that’s just how it seemed.

San Francisco Giants49ers fans lined the streets today for the World Series parade. At least, those Giants supporters who weren’t allowed to participate in the parade. Quite honestly it seemed like everyone from season ticket holders and KNBR 680 employees to the Emerald Nuts mascot and a bunch of UPS drivers got involved. And, of course, Tim Lincecum. It was absurd. Also, awesome. This is one happy city. And new hats. So many people with new Giants hats.

Some highlights after the jump. Read more

Small World, This Business

Paula_Liz.jpgToday’s announcement that Paula Zahn is leaving CNN, reminded one TVNewser emailer of the one degree of separation between Zahn, and another newly-freed up cable anchor. Fresh out of UC Berkeley, a young Liz Claman was the production assistant, gofer, runner, etc. for Zahn who was an anchor at KCBS-TV in Los Angeles. Claman worked at KCBS for other future network stars including Ann Curry, Pat O’Brien and Jim Lampley.