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Wolff and Durham Given Curt Gowdy Media Awards

Alexander Wolff of Sports Illustrated, who has covered professional and college basketball since the early 1980s, and Jim Durham, the former voice of the Dallas Mavericks and Chicago Bulls, are the 2011 recipients of the Curt Gowdy Media Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Sports Illustrated is reporting.

The award is named in honor of the late sports broadcaster and former president of the Hall of Fame board, and is given to both print and electronic media members.

“In his decades of covering college basketball for SI, the depth and breadth of Alex Wolff’s work has been inimitable,” said editor of Time Inc.’s Sports Group, Terry McDonell. “He has written with a lyrical and literary grace in stories on Final Fours and NCAA tournaments, in profiles of the game’s most influential figures, in investigative pieces that protected the very integrity of the game while the vision of his work pushed basketball to become truly international. There is no journalist who better embodies what Curt Gowdy meant to the game.” 

Durham’s most memorable call might be of Michael Jordan’s shot over Craig Ehlo of the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the first round of the 1989 NBA playoffs, among several sports replays that send Cleveland fans to the knife drawer.

Wolff and Durham will be honored during the Hall’s enshrinement ceremony on Aug. 11 in Springfield, Mass.

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ESPN Ombudsman Returns From Summer Vacation

After a two-month hiatus, ESPN Ombudsman Don Ohlmeyer chimed in on his thoughts on ESPN.com pulling Arash Markazi‘s column on LeBron James and the recent arrest of Jay Mariotti.

Writing for the first time since July 21, Ohlmeyer went into great detail the editing process at ESPN.com and why the editors decided to ax Markazi’s recap of a night in Las Vegas with LeBron James.

And no, according to Ohlmeyer, it had nothing to do with protecting their relationship with James:

The more the editors contemplated Markazi’s story and how it was gathered, the less it felt like a news report and the more it felt like tabloid “gotcha” journalism.Since the interaction was not on the record, it became eavesdropping on James’ private life, even in a public place. Reporting on something that ultimately seemed more voyeuristic than important raised pertinent internal questions. Was it fair? Balanced? Were any ethical lines crossed? Is this the kind of journalism ESPN wants to be known for? This is the type of thing we hate when others do it to us, so why would we do it to someone else? King made the final decision not to republish the piece. Read more

Pepsi Gets Back in the Super Bowl Game

Oh good, it’s time to talk about Super Bowl advertisements again.

The USA Today reports that Pepsi will jump back into the ring, promoting Pepsi Max – which is struggling against Coke Zero – with three ads. Last year, the brand chose to go the online route and avoiding splurging on the most-watched game in television history. Mistake.

The brand will offer a reward for consumer-created ads that (synergy alert!) finish high in USA Today‘s Super Bowl Ad Meter. Last year, Snicker’s Betty White ad finished first, followed by the Doritos’ human collar spot.

Fox has sold more than 90 percent of its available slots for the February game, much better than last year when multiple brands opted out due to economic reasons and the network was forced to hold a last-minute sale for its remain inventory.

(H/T Fang’s Bites.)

Cablers To Cover A-Rod Newser

arod_2-17.jpgThis time last year, the cablers were covering former New York Yankee Roger Clemens denying steroid use to Congress. Today they’ll cover admitted steroid user Alex Rodriguez as he reports to spring training.

CNN, FNC, MSNBC and HLN will air the 1:30pmET news conference live, although may not take it in its entirety if A-Rod answers all of what will likely be a barrage of questions. Yankee manager Joe Girardi, many of his teammates and a few hundred reporters will be in attendance.

Play ball.