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Grabbing ESPN’s Alexi Lalas Signals Fox Has ‘Big and Bold’ Plans for Soccer

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On Monday night, ESPN soccer analyst Alexi Lalas, the former U.S. men’s national team soccer player, announced he would be leaving the network in January to join rival Fox Sports. Lalas said Fox made him an offer he simply couldn’t resist, including a chance to be part of the network’s plans to grow the American soccer audience. “Talking to the executives at Fox, there was a real desire to do something big and bold when it comes to soccer on television over the next eight years,” Lalas told Sports Illustrated‘s Richard Deitsch.

In his interview with SI, Lalas talked about the extensive coverage deals Fox has secured, including Major League Soccer, the Champions League, FA Cup, and the 2018 World Cup. But Lalas hinted he may have been disappointed in ESPN’s efforts to match the Fox deal:

Interestingly, when asked whether ESPN could have done anything more to retain him, Lalas said, “absolutely.”

“Look, this was not me saying I don’t want to be at ESPN,” Lalas said. “I love ESPN. This was an opportunity that came along that was so much more than what ESPN could offer — and when I say more I am not just talking money-wise. Collectively, [Fox] had so much more to offer and when ESPN didn’t [offer that], the choice became easier.

Update: Fox Sports has made the announcement:

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Olbermann’s Task: ‘Destroy’ Fox Sports 1

Keith-Olbermann_article_story_mainKeith Olbermann sat down with Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch to discuss his show, its rivals and whether or not he misses delivering political news.

It’s been about 14 months since the former MSNBC host returned to ESPN which was, not coincidentally, about the same time that Fox debuted its 24/7 sports network, Fox Sports 1. The typically polarizing Olbermann explains that ESPN was looking to steal the thunder of Fox Sports 1’s launch.

Then there was the strategic usefulness relative to Fox Sports [1]. In case there was anything actually happening there, the goal was to make sure it didn’t. My task, my assignment, was to basically smother them before they hatch. Destroy the eggs!

Olbermann elaborated when asked if the eggs are destroyed, “I take no credit for it because my experience with them [Fox Sports] having done the same thing at the other end of it, being with Fox Sports Net in 1999 and 2000 and 2001, suggests to me that anything they have achieved is entirely their own doing. But there was a certain quality of strategy for ESPN, as in: ‘let’s make this move now.’ And it got as much attention as their launch did.”

Olbermann followed up with candid remarks about being supported by ESPN management, his relationship with Dan Patrick and his need to “feed the trolls” on Twitter. He even pays a compliment to George W. Bush.

NCAA.com To Debut College Football Preview Show

Vince Cellini and Dave Archer will host a new college football show on NCAA.com starting this Thursday at 12:00 p.m. ET.

The debut 30-minute show will focus on the top storylines for the upcoming 2011 college football season across the Football Bowl Subdivision, the Football Championship Subdivision, Division II and Division III.

During the college football season, NCAA.com will broadcast a weekly preview show focused on upcoming matchups and feature exclusive interviews with coaches and players.

 

 


Sox-Yanks Score Highest Ratings of Season for Sunday Night Baseball

Neil Best of Newsday is reporting that the overnight numbers for last night’s Red Sox-Yankees game on ESPN were the highest for Sunday Night Baseball this season, with 3.6 percent of homes in major markets tuning in. Boston led the way with 17 percent, while New York posted 8.6 percent.

Boston beat New York 3-2 in 10 innings on Sunday to move one game ahead of New York in the standings. Yankees closer Mariano Rivera blew the save in the 9th inning, and Sox right fielder Josh Reddick won it in the 10th on a walk off single off Phil Hughes that scored Darnell McDonald. It was Rivera’s 14th blown save against the Red Sox, his most versus any team. Boston has won 10 of 12 versus New York this season.

Fox Sports Chief Named to Board of Stats LLC

Eric Shanks, chief operating officer of Fox Sports Media Group and overseer of Fox Soccer, SPEED, Fuel TV and FoxSports.com, has been named as the fourth board member of Stats LLC, a leading provider of sports statistics and content.

Shanks joins Tom Curley and Ken Dale of the Associated Press and Gary Ehrlich of Fox Sports Enterprises to complete the board of STATS, which is co-owned by the Associated Press and News Corp.

“STATS is one of the most innovative companies in sports today,” said Shanks. “I feel privileged to join this exciting and dynamic team, and look forward to providing my expertise wherever possible.”

STATS chief executive officer Gary Walrath said, “We are fortunate to have the leadership, vision and tremendous expertise of Eric Shanks as we continue to advance STATS’s mission to revolutionise the way sports contests are viewed, understood and enjoyed.”

Giffords' Heroic Intern Throwing Out First Pitch at ASG Tonight

Daniel Hernandez, the intern for Arizona Congressman Gabby Giffords who heroically ran towards the sound of gunfire when Giffords and others were shot by a deranged gunman, is throwing out the first pitch at tonight’s All-Star Game at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. Hernandez, a trained nursing assistant, was instrumental in saving Giffords’ life, elevating her head and staunching the flow of blood from a head wound until paramedics arrived.

WatchESPN App Now Available On The iPad

The WatchESPN App is now available on the iPad as of Friday.

The app gives Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Verizon FiOS TV subscribers live access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3.com.

Earlier this month, WatchESPN rolled out on Android devices.

 

After Mendenhall 9-11 tweets, teammate Clark says 'social media is ruining the world'

After his teammate Rashard Mendenhall attracted a firestorm of criticism for going on Twitter and saying some questionable things about 9-11 and Osama bin Laden, Steelers safety Ryan Clark went on the radio and said “social media is ruining the world.”

First, here are Mendenhall’s comments about 9-11: “We’ll never know what really happened. I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style.”

Looks like someone has seen “Loose Change” and been rather impressed with the “findings.”

Then here are his comments about bin Laden’s death and the widespread joy that greeted the news: “What kind of person celebrates death? It’s amazing how people can HATE a man they have never even heard speak. We’ve only heard one side.”

Needless to say, a lot of people took exception to these opinions. Clark, for his part, put some of the blame on Twitter, which gives everyone the ability to quickly (and sometimes regrettably) share their knee-jerk reactions.

“Facebook and Twitter are probably going to be responsible for more divorces than infidelity coming up here soon,” Clark said. “(Mendenhall) didn’t claim that those opinions were shared by anyone else but himself. That was what he chose to put out there. I knew he was going to catch a lot of flak for it, I knew there was going to be a lot of backlash toward those comments, but he’s entitled to put whatever he wants to put on his Twitter page. The thing you have to know these days, though, if you do put those type of things out there, people are going to comment on them. It’s going to make news. It’s going to be a big deal when you do something that controversial. A long as he can stand by his statements then he’s free to do whatever he wants.”

Well, Mendenhall chose to erase the tweet about a plane being able to take down a skyscraper, but his comment about bin Laden’s death remains on Twitter.

(Source: Pro Football Talk)

Fox Sports To Carry 40 Big 12 Football Telecasts Starting In 2012

The Big 12 Conference and Fox Sports reached a 13-year agreement for the exclusive cable rights to 40 regular season football games, along with a variety of Olympic sports events and conference championships.

According to the Sports Business Daily, the deal is worth an average of $90 million per year.

The new deal takes effect with the 2012 football season and nearly doubles the number of regular season games under its current agreement. A majority of the telecasts will be shown on Fox Sports Net and several other games will be scheduled on FX as part of its recently announced college football slate. Read more

Who Knew Damon Wayans Resembled Colin Cowherd?

When CBS announced last November they were developing a sitcom on the life of Colin Cowherd, it would have been a safe bet to assume the actor tapped to play the ESPN radio host would have the same skin color.

Wrong.

Damon Wayans (!) has finalized a deal to play Nick Herd in the multi-camera comedy pilot that’s set at a sports radio station. Andy Cadiff will direct the project and Cowherd will serve as a producer.

Wayans is best known for his roles on My Wife and Kids and In Living Color. Maybe if I squint at the right angle, I can make out the physical similarities between Wayans and Cowherd.

I was already skeptical of this project because of the Cowherd factor, but now I would be stunned if it gets a green light.

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