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Keith Olbermann Eyes Permanent Return To ESPN

Could former MSNBC and Current TV host Keith Olbermann be making a return to sports TV… at the place where he got his start, no less?

The exceedingly well-sourced James Andrew Miller, the co-author of the terrific book Those Guys Have All The Fun–which chronicles the rise of ESPN–reports in the NY Times that Olbermann wants to return to the iconic sports cable channel in some form. We noted over the weekend that Olbermann appeared in an ESPN “30 for 30″ short film.

Even more amazingly, he got Olbermann, Olbermann’s former “SportsCenter” partner Dan Patrick and ESPN president John Skipper on the record on the matter.

“I had the privilege to spend some time with John Skipper,” [Olbermann] said. “His vision and charm were readily apparent, and judging by his leadership, his family name was prophetic…”

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ESPN Shakeup: John Skipper to Become President, Bodenheimer To Become Executive Chairman

Left: Skipper, Right: Bodenheimer

In a major development at sports juggernaut ESPN, Disney has announced that ESPN president George Bodenheimer will step down and become executive chairman of the channel in January, 2012. Meanwhile, John Skipper will become the new president of ESPN, as well as co-chairman of the Disney Media Networks alongside Anne Sweeney.

Bodenheimer has been president of ESPN for 13 years, and has worked at the network for 31 years. Skipper has been with ESPN since 1997, and is currently executive VP of content. The news comes just a month after Disney announced that it would transition Disney CEO Bob Iger out of his role and into an executive chairman role in 2015.

2011 has seen a number of sports media executives leave their posts. In May longtime NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol resigned, and in July HBO lost its sports chief Ross Greenburg.

More information below.

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Twitter Tiff Among Sportswriters After SI's Tressel Story

In the wake of George Dohrmann‘s Sports Illustrated story about the downfall of Jim Tressel at Ohio State, writers including Jason Whitlock of Fox Sports, Chris Jones of Esquire and Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated weighed in on Twitter, with Whitlock saying, “Sounds like SI Ohio State story is same-old same-old…Typical slave-catcher investigation. Stop the presses.”

Slave-catcher? Who exactly are the slaves here? The mediocre wide receivers like Ray Small who get free educations at Ohio State and trade memorabilia for cash and favors? And who are the slave-catchers? The reporters investigating these players? Eesh. It’s not exactly likening Tiki Barber to Anne Frank, but….

Whitlock wasn’t done, writing, “This is laughable watching SI pretend it brought down Jim Tressel and unearthed something shocking.”

I don’t know, a media outlet marketing its own timely story? Ca-razy?

Esquire‘s Chris Jones took exception to Whitlock’s ranting, saying, “Hilarious that @whitlockjason is shitting on the Tressel story. Man wouldn’t know breaking news if it was asleep on the couch next to him.”

Business Insider has a rundown of the entertaining volleys.

Jones, you might remember, said this about Whitlock back in January on his personal blog: “Well, here’s the stone-cold truth, kids: Jason Whitlock has no soul. He’s neither a good reporter nor a good writer. He’s a bloviator who’s somehow carved out a niche for himself as a kind of anti-establishment figure by making references to The Wire and pretending he’s the second coming of Ralph Wiley, when Ralph Wiley would be fucking mortified to be associated with Whitlock’s brand of self-serving buffoonery.”

In short, Whitlock and Jones do not go bowling together.

 

NHL Begins Search For International Media Rights

The National Hockey League announced a tender process Monday for international media rights to live NHL games throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa.

The open bidding process will run from May 17 to June 8 and the foreign rights would run from 2011-12 through 2014-15 seasons.

According to the NHL, 26 percent of its players come from outside of North America. Since 2007, the NHL has staged more than 35 exhibition and regular season games in Europe attended by over 400,000 fans.

 

 

Scoops Callahan Sends Phil Jackson Into Retirement

And speaking of stupid questions

The final (possible) question in Phil Jackson‘s illustrious NBA coaching career came from 1920s reporter “Scoops Callahan,” aka local Dallas sports personality Tom Gribble.

Amen indeed.

Your Charlie Sheen-Related Sports and Twitter Update


Charlie Sheen is up to almost 750,000 followers, or more than 60,000 followers per tweet. It’s also 728,579 more than his Major League co-star Corbin Bernsen.

Travis Rodgers Lands Syndicated Show On Sporting News Radio

Former Jim Rome Show producer Travis Rodgers is back on the national scene.

Starting next Monday, Rogers will host Travis Rodgers Now, a three-hour show airing from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. CST on Sporting News Radio.

Rodgers left Jim Rome‘s syndicated show in 2009 after 14 years as lead producer and was a current host on 1560 The Game in Houston.

“It’s hard to explain how excited I am to do a national show from Houston,” Rodgers said. “When I came to 1560 the Game, this was a goal of mine. I have worked in national radio for a decade and a half, it’s what I know best, and I am incredibly excited to get started.”

[H/T to Marcas Grant of New Era Radio]

San Diego Chargers Avoid Blackout In Home Finale

While not technically a sellout, the San Diego Chargers sold enough tickets to have a blackout lifted for their home game Thursday night against the San Francisco 49ers.

The Chargers requested an extension from the NFL on Monday to sell 2,000 non-premium tickets. A limited number of seats are still available.

Thursday marks the Chargers third home game in the last 12 days.

Along with airing on the NFL Network, the game will be shown locally on the FOX affiliate in San Diego.

New York Times Tackles the Tailgate

You know what’s better than tailgating? Taking pictures of tailgating.

Well, not quite, but it’s still fun. The New York Times knows this and wants your tailgating pictures.

This isn’t just for the crowd at the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party or the regular B.C.S. contenders – or Mississippi State. (Wow! The Bulldogs have dominated the early returns.) We hope to hear from Ivy Leaguers and small schools, too. Alumni and fraternities and sororities. Let us see those special smoked ribs and gourmet meals in addition to painted faces and parking-lot touch-football games. Can’t make it to the game? Let us see how you bring the game home.

So far it’s a pretty weak selection but we have faith it will get better. Maybe you should spend a little time grilling this weekend and snap some photos. Read more

Woody Paige Opens Up About Suicide

Sometimes you forget that Woody Paige is one helluva columnist and more than just a talking head on ESPN’s Around The Horn.

Just three days after Denver Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley committed suicide, the Denver Post columnist opened up about nearly killing himself in 2002:

I know an older man who eight years ago this month was committed to committing suicide.

Me.

The last, desperate, despondent, despicable act was all planned out. The Broncos were playing on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2002, against the 49ers. I would fly into San Francisco the day before, drive up to Napa Valley, enjoy a bottle of expensive red wine and check into a nice inn. The next morning I would head over to the coast and swim out in the Pacific Ocean far enough that I couldn’t make it back to the beach.

Paige goes on to describe how friend and broadcaster Gil Whiteley stepped in and made sure he got proper medical help. Paige later discovered that he was diabetic, which was the cause of his depression.

Do yourself a favor and take five minutes out of your day to read this column. It will give you more insight of people who suffer from depression.

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