Former NBC Sports & Olympics chairman Dick Ebersol is returning to the company, just a few months after he resigned his post. The New York Times‘ Bill Carter and Richard Sandomir report that Ebersol will serve as a “senior adviser,” with a special focus on NBC’s NFL and Olympics coverage.
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The sports website Bleacher Report gets a lot of grief in the sports blogging community. The Sports Pickle, a satire site run by the esteemed D.J. Gallo, recently ran this mock-up of Bleacher Report‘s newly redesigned front page, and it hits on all the perceived shortcomings of the upstart website — spelling errors, annoying slideshows that boost page views, untimely columns about staid topics, stupid columns about stupid topics, etc.
Nevertheless a lot of people read Bleacher Report, which claims to be the 4th-largest sports media site in the U.S. with 20 million monthly readers. Mind you, this traffic is no doubt buoyed by some voodoo search engine optimization, which seems to put BR articles at the top of most sports-related Google searches. Perhaps that helps explain why Time magazine named Bleacher Report one of its Top 50 websites of 2011. Here’s the write-up from Harry McCracken, a name we believe to be real.
At Bleacher Report, the sports reporting isn’t performed by a tiny staff of full-time journalists – it’s done by thousands of fan-contributors, which is why it feels so deep and so passionate. The standard of quality is markedly higher than at some community-created news hubs, where “citizen journalist” can be a synonym for “poorly paid amateur.” Like a sports-themed variant of the Huffington Post, the site has a penchant for wacky lists and sideshows. Many of them, like “50 Bold Predictions for the Rest of the MLB Season,” are nicely done, not just fluffy filler. Read more
Nationally syndicated sports talk show host Tony Bruno caused quite the stir over the weekend following a racially insensitive tweet Friday night.
“Gutless #!@%*# Giants,” Bruno, a Philadelphia Phillies fan, tweeted. “[Bruce] Bochy is a coward for having his illegal alien pitcher hit a guy since mighty Frisco boys …” He was referencing San Francisco reliever Ramon Ramirez, who drilled Shane Victorino with a pitch.
The 61-year-old was stopped in January by Evanston police after he committed a traffic violation and exhibited erratic behavior, according to authorities. Adamle’s blood-alcohol level was only 0.04, half the legal limit.
“I’m extremely grateful I’m done here,” Adamle told the Chicago Tribune outside the courtroom. “I couldn’t have been more cooperative. I did everything they asked me and then some.” Read more
Sports Illustrated writer Andrew Perloff is the official blogger for The Dan Patrick Show, a post that involves interacting with guests and contributing on-air input to Patrick’s radio program. Perloff, who’s known to listeners as McLovin, today suggested that the best way to end the tedious NFL lockout is to have commissioner Roger Goodell dip his penis in honey and then, well, that’s it. That alone will somehow solve the labor situation. Goodell has yet to comment on this groundbreaking proposal.
Even though they had three years remaining on their television deal with Root Sports, the Pittsburgh Penguins decided to re-up early with the local cable network in a deal that runs through the 2028-2029 season. Financial terms of the arrangement have not been disclosed.
The Penguins have been the top-rated regional hockey team the last four seasons. Root Sports reaches 2.4 million cable- and satellite-homes in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and Maryland, and it is also the exclusive rights holder for Pirates games.
Browns running back Peyton Hillis, the new cover boy for Madden 12 as voted on by fans, will read the Top 10 list on Late Night wth David Letterman tonight. No word on what the list will count down, though it’d be great if the topic were “Top 10 reasons I beat Michael Vick in the voting.”
Odds of that happening? About pi to one.
Coverage of the NBA Playoffs on ABC has averaged 5,844,000 viewers through three postseason broadcasts, an increase of 27 percent over 4,601,000 for the same time period last year, according to Nielsen.
The 3.7 rating is a 23 percent improvement over last year’s 3.0 rating and the 4,236,000 household impressions are up 22 percent as well (3,463,000 in 2010).
The corresponding 4,236,000 household impressions are up 22 percent compared to 3,463,000 in 2010 and the 3.7 rating is a 23 percent improvement over last year’s 3.0 rating. Read more
ESPN released their list of relevant and approved endorsements involving ESPN commentators.
Erin Andrews: Reebok
Paul Azinger: Adams Golf
Mike Bellotti: Nike Coaching Clinic at USC
Ato Bolden: Adidas
Bruce Bowen: Nike
Tim Brown: Under Armour
Olin Browne: Callaway, Razor Hawk, Odyssey
Chris Burandt: Monster, Polaris, Slednecks, Klim, HMK, Starting Line Products, Holz Racing Products, Fox Racing, Snox, EGT, VCHK, 509, Boon Docker Performance, RSI, RPM, Sled Solutions, Better Boards, Timbersled, Sledez, Edge Products
Darren Cahill: Adidas, Wilson, Donnay Read more
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