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‘We Need To Talk’ Heads to Broadcast TV

cbseye304CBS Sports’ all-female weekly sports show “We Need To Talk” will move from the CBS Sports Network to CBS for a year-end special on Saturday, Dec. 27 at 1 pm ET. The special will be the broadcast debut of the show which premiered back in September.

“The launch of ‘We Need To Talk’ was a very proud moment for CBS Sports,” said CBS Sports president David Berson. “We could not be more pleased with the quality of the show and the hard work of all the women in front of and behind the camera. The response to the show has been extremely positive, and we are excited to showcase the year-end special of  ’We Need To Talk’ to a broader audience.”

“We Need To Talk”  features a rotating panel of women discussing hot topics and sports news. The panel is comprised of members of CBS Sports’ roster of female journalists, including Lesley Visser, Amy Trask, Tracy Wolfson, Dana Jacobson and Allie LaForce, combined with some prominent women in the sports world, including Andrea Kremer, Laila Ali, Lisa Leslie, Dara Torres, Swin Cash, Summer Sanders and Katrina Adams. 

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Why Nate Silver is Such a Hot Commodity

Nate Silver’s migration from the New York Times to ESPN represents more than a new URL – it augurs a sea change in the news business itself, experts say.

Silver’s acclaimed political blog, fivethirtyeight, will expand to sports, weather and entertainment, among other areas, as part of its analytics-driven venue at espn.com, he told reporters yesterday in a conference call.

Though the focus at this point is the blog, expect to see Silver on ESPN and ABC News, especially at election season. Regardless, the blog itself has the muscle to alter the paradigm in news reportage, says Jane Hall, an associate professor in American University’s School of Communication.

“The new buzzwords in the future of journalism are ‘data driven’ and ‘visualization of data,’” Hall says. “Silver brought tremendous credibility and proved himself with his political blog. To branch out to other areas could be very exciting.

“You can do a lot of analysis of data that is credible, if you do it right. A new paradigm could be a very good thing, but I still believe in shoe-leather reporting. You still need to talk to people, face to face, to see what’s on their minds.”

Alex S. Jones, director of Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy – and a loyal Timesman – says Silver’s methodology will become a trend because “he’s not the only genius in the world. There will be a lot of people trying to out-Nate Nate.”

Using metrics for weather is a great thing, Jones says, but applying it to sports would be “depressing. If you knew, at the beginning of the season, that the Yankees would lose, it takes away the mystery, the uncertainty.”

Moreover, if Silver, a former baseball numbers wonk, is as accurate with sports prognosticating as he is with politics, “he’ll make it impossible for bookies to make a living,” Jones warns. “People will be less likely to make stupid bets.”

Bryant Gumbel, host of HBO’s “Real Sports,” isn’t convinced that Silver, whom he labels as “a smart guy with a lot of talent,” will be an actual handicapper.

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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: ESPN's Colin Cowherd Engages in More Race-Baiting

In the time-honored tradition of Rush Limbaugh, ESPN’s Colin Cowherd is a thinly disguised race-baiter. Earlier this year he said John Wall‘s early-season exuberance, as borne out by dancing The Dougie during his first pregame, showed Wall would never win an NBA title and was largely due to Wall’s lack of a father figure. (Wall’s father served time in prison and has since died.)

Cowherd, whose own father must have been such a strict disciplinarian that he spawned an ill-informed sociologist with diarrhea of the mouth, revisited his pet issue of black athletes who need to be put in line by saying NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell represents the first authority figure that many black athletes encounter — since, ya know, every black athlete went to a high school akin to the one in The Principal with Jim Belushi, before migrating to some lawless college campus where they raped and pillaged at will. Listen along to Cowherd’s latest embarrassment.

(H/T to Sportsgrid)