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Pat Summerall Remembered as Player, Broadcaster, Entrepreneur

Tributes continue to come in following the death Tuesday of Pat Summerall, the former NFL football player turned broadcaster who spent 40 years in the booth. Summerall called games on CBS from 1962 to 1994 and on FOX from 1994 to 2002. In 1981, Summerall was paired with former coach John Madden. The team would last for 22 seasons on the two networks.

Summerall, 82, died of a heart attack at a Dallas hospital yesterday. He’d gone in for hip surgery. Some tributes on Twitter:

“He was a terrific broadcaster, a great guy, they didn’t come any better on TV,” Larry King.

“The late Pat Summerall was a great broadcaster who once happened to be a good football player. Early on, was a NYC radio morning host. RIP,” Keith Olbermann.

“Pat was not only good, he was easy to listen to. That’s a rarity in today’s show biz TV sports world,” Len Berman.

“For those of us who make a living in front of a microphone, Pat Summerall was one of the guys who defined the job,” Steve Inskeep, NPR

“RIP Pat Summerall. I will remember you as an entrepreneur first and foremost,” Mark Cuban

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Joe Scarborough is More Madden than Maddow

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough — who’s been off “Morning Joe” this week as he recovers from sinus surgery — gave a lengthy interview to Newsbusters talking about his life as a Republican lawmaker, his transition to TV and the role he plays as “Morning Joe” frontman.

“[T]he analogy that I always give to somebody is that I am paid, and I am paid well by NBC News to play the role of John Madden. They don’t pay me to given an opinion like Rachel Maddow would give an opinion or Bill O’Reilly would give an opinion. I can give my opinion, but they want me looking at the football game and telling everybody what just happened and what’s going to happen and to lay things out.”

Of the show, Scarborough adds, “I love the format. I love the ability of bringing people on and being able to interview them for ten, fifteen minutes. You just can’t do that anywhere else on cable or broadcast TV.” Scarborough was in deep talks with CBS News to bring the format to the network. “Morning Joe” co-creator Chris Licht left MSNBC for CBS this summer. (CBS announced Charlie Rose and Gayle King will front a similar program on for the network beginning in January.)

Back to Scarborough, HuffPost’s Michael Calderone caught this part of the interview, about Scarborough sidekicks Mika Brzezinski and Willie Geist: Brzezinski is “pro-life and pro-guns” and Geist is “dead in the center” of American politics.

Continue on for that part of the interview…

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The SportsNewser Interview: Kirk Morrison

“Kirk Morrison is going to be the next hot sports guy. He’s doing the dirty work while he’s still playing. A lot of players wait until they’re done playing before they start investing into their life after football.” – Former NFL player and NBC Sports broadcaster Akbar Gbaja-Biamila

We couldn’t pass at the opportunity to speak with the next hot sports guy in NFL linebacker Kirk Morrison.

The free agent has spent his time during the NFL lockout by grinding away in the radio profession, working alongside Rob Dibble on Fox Sports Radio.

Morrison isn’t a rookie to the broadcast world. He got his first break at San Diego State, where the All-American called high school football games for the local NBC affiliate. Prior to his current gig, Morrison was the co-host of the Aztec Power Hour with Darren Smith on XX 1090 in San Diego.

SportsNewser chatted with the 29-year-old about working with Dibble and his thoughts on if the 2011 NFL season will begin on time.

SportsNewser: When did your itch for broadcasting begin?

Kirk Morrison: It began when I was in college. I was about 20 and it just so happened that I was 2-3 years into my major at San Diego State. As I became a spokesman for my football team because I had some success as an All-American as a freshman, the media would always want to talk to me. I was the guy for about 3-4 years and next thing you know, I was always doing radio shows and TV interviews. I wanted to switch it up and go into communications and do something involved with that. People said I expressed my thoughts very clearly and you go out and have a strong opinion. I did a little color commentary while I was still in college. I did high school games for the local station (Channel 4 San Diego) and from then on, I said this is what I want to do outside of football.

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DirecTV's Agreement With YES Network Expires Friday

DirecTV’s agreement with the YES Network expires at 11:59 p.m. Friday, though the two sides are still negotiating on a new deal.

The satellite company released the following statement regarding the YES Network:

“You may have heard that our current contract with YES Network expires April 1. We wanted you to know that DIRECTV is still negotiating with YES Network. Their threats to take down the channel are nothing more than gamesmanship to try and gain leverage in the talks. Obviously their goal is to get DIRECTV customers to pay as much as possible for their network, so these are the games that they play in negotiations. Read more

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?

McManus on NFL Extension: “Keeping the Best News and Sports Programming on CBS”

TVNewser has obtained a memo from CBS News and Sports president Sean McManus on the news that CBS has extended its agreement with the NFL through the 2013-14 season, including the airing of Super Bowl XLVII.

Although my roles at CBS News and CBS Sports normally remain quite separate, I wanted to share with you some exciting news regarding an extension of our NFL rights, particularly because our NFL coverage is such an important part of the entire CBS Television Network. As you can see, we have added an additional two years to our existing deal, and acquired the right to Super Bowl XLVII in 2013. Obviously, the support of our boss Leslie Moonves made this extension possible, so it should be reassuring to us all to know that he is firmly committed to keeping the best News and Sports programming on CBS.

NFL_5.19.jpgLast Friday during a wide-ranging interview, we asked McManus about what the retirement of John Madden meant to the game. “John was a bigger than life personality and he really was an icon and a legend,” says McManus. “He did more to contribute to the coverage of NFL football probably than anybody, so I’m really going to miss him because whenever John did a game it just seemed like a really big event because he as such a big personality.”

“Having said that I think maybe people will pay a little more attention to Phil [Simms] and maybe agree with me that he’s the best in the industry,” added McManus.

The memo from CBS Sports after the jump.

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Brokaw Reflects on Russert in NYT Magazine

russert_12-29.jpgTom Brokaw writes the Tim Russert profile in the The New York Times Magazine’s 15th annual “Lives They Lived” issue. The issue takes a look back at 20 influential people who died during 2008.

“Tim Russert was in the next generation of broadcast journalists, and his role model was none of the above,” writes Brokaw. “As he often told me, Tim was a John Madden man. Madden, the large, rumpled former coach of the Oakland Raiders who became the N.F.L.’s premier television analyst, is the guy at the end of the bar whom the patrons turn to when they need some working-class wisdom.”

Brokaw recalls how he and Russert used to joke about politicians who didn’t “wear socks” — “shorthand for politicians who were tone-deaf.”

“Tim and I spent a lot of time together during our 25 years of friendship,” he writes. “I’ve met John Madden only once, before a Giants-Eagles game at the Meadowlands. But in that brief encounter I noticed another common characteristic between these two masters of their game: They both wore socks.”