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The SportsNewser Interview: Gary Stevenson

Just days after he was formally announced as president of Pac-12 Enterprises, SportsNewser had a chance to chat exclusively with Gary Stevenson.

The sports marketing and media executive comes to the Pac-12 from OnSports, a consulting firm Stevenson founded in 1997. In fact, the then-Pac-10 was one of Stevenson’s clients along with the likes of the PGA Tour and NASCAR.

Stevenson discussed the importance of striking a deal with the satellite companies for the national and regional networks along with what content Pac-12 fans can expect across their digital properties.

SportsNewser: The then-Pac-10 was one of your OnSport clients. How much did your prior relationship with the conference come into play when Larry Scott called you about the position?

Gary Stevenson: From my prior relationship with the conference, I got a real understanding of what the conference brand and the schools brand stood for. That was intriguing to me. Anytime you’re going to launch a network, it’s important what the brand is that’s affiliated with the network. We have such a huge start because the brand is on such an excellent level. Read more

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Lakers' Artest Changing Name to 'Metta World Peace.' (Seriously)

Sports fans might soon be reading a name in game recaps that conjures distant memories of World B. Free and recent reminders that Chad Johnson is now known as Chad Ochocinco. Yes, another bored, high-profile athlete has decided to change his name. This time it’s Lakers star Ron Artest, the eccentric, oftentimes combustible small forward who was at the center of the infamous brawl between the Pacers and Pistons in 2004 and who donated his 2010 Lakers championship ring to charity. Artest has filed a petition to change his name to Metta World Peace. In case you forgot, Metta is a Buddhist term meaning “loving kindness.” World Peace means peace on Earth.

Artest’s attorney filed a petition in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday seeking the change. Artest, 31, was born Ronald William Artest Jr. In the court documents, Artest cites personal reasons for wanting to make the change.

An Aug. 26 court date was set to consider the petition by the Artest currently known as Ron.

 

Philly columnist: Media should shut up about booing fans

Are you someone who boos a lot at sporting events? Do you boo when your favorite team has the audacity to fall behind in the first inning? Or when a future Hall of Famer goes into a prolonged slump? If so, that’s all well and good according to Philadelphia Inquirer columnist John Gonzalez, who takes exception to columnists and TV announcers who chastise fans for booing at questionable times.

“Many media types I know hold the fans in contempt. It’s sad when, say, a cheese-heavy local baseball blogger thinks he knows it all but fails to see himself for what he is: a glorified stenographer with a bloated ego and a sweet gig. It’s the misguided elitism that rankles. Reporters don’t consume sports the same way fans do, and few of them have made much of an effort to understand your perspective….Boo whomever you like. Or don’t. It’s up to you. Just don’t let anyone dictate the terms of your passion. They aren’t you, and they shouldn’t pretend that they always know what’s right.”

Passively accepting the commentary of, say, Bob Costas is for lemmings from the Midwest, Gonzalez says.

“Context is important. Let’s not forget where all this supposedly unsavory conduct occurs. We don’t live in St. Paul, Minn., or St. Louis. The fans there are Stepford automatons, blinking and cheering and slobbering on cue. It’s frightening. Many of the people (in Philadelphia) take pride in being the opposite of the typical mindless water-and-sprout mutants filling seats in stadiums across the country. Philadelphians have long seen themselves as open, honest brokers – fans who will tell you exactly what they’re thinking instead of what you might want to hear.”

So in conclusion: Philadelphia fans can tell you what they’re thinking (even when you don’t want to hear it), but Philadelphia announcers cannot.

– Photo Los Angeles Times

Orange Bowl Scores 7.1 Overnight Rating

Last night’s Orange Bowl earned a 7.1 overnight rating, the third highest for college football in ESPN’s history, according to Nielsen.

Ratings were down only one percent (7.2) compared to last year’s game between Iowa and Georgia Tech on Fox and a 20 percent increase from 2009′s contest (5.9) featuring Virginia Tech and Cincinnati.

Locally, Richmond-Petersburg (16.7), Birmingham (15.6), Norfolk (15.6) and Columbus (13.6) led the way in overnight ratings.

Penguins, Capitals to Get HBO Treatment on Wednesday

You know, hockey teams seem interesting. Can we get a closer look?

Why yes, yes we can.

On Wednesday December 15, HBO premieres the first episode of 24/7 Penguins/Capitals: Road to the NHL Winter Classic. Aside from cornering the market on slashes, it shows the behind-the-scenes action of both teams as they prepare to face off outdoors in the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Heinz Field on New Year’s Day.

Your teaser: “Head coaches Bruce Boudreau of Washington and Dan Bylsma of Pittsburgh, along with a host of key players, including the Caps’ Alex Ovechkin and the Pens’ Sidney Crosby, are in the spotlight as the two clubs battle through their busy December schedules.”

Um, okay. But maybe talk about Crosby and Ovechkin before two head coaches we never knew existed?

Full release after the jump. Read more