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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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Video: New ESPN Hire Lindsay Czarniak Bids Emotional Farewell to D.C.

Lindsay Czarniak of WRC-Channel 4 in Washington, D.C., is moving to Bristol to work for ESPN, and she bade an emotional farewell to the city and sports teams during a segment that includes warm wishes from Nationals star Ryan Zimmerman and former Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell.

(H/T to Dan Steinberg at WaPo)

UNC Names Angell as Heir to Durham

North Carolina has named Jones Angell as the new radio voice for Tar Heels’ football and basketball, succeeding the legendary Woody Durham who retired in April after 40 years at the mic for UNC.

“I am incredibly honored and excited to become the next play-by-play voice for Carolina athletics,” said Angell, who has been the school’s play-by-play baseball announcer for the last eight seasons. “The guys on the broadcast with me are so good at what they do. Having them there will make this transition much easier.”

Angell graduated from UNC in 2001. In addition to his baseball work, he has been a host and color analyst for the Tar Heel Sports Network the last six years.

He said replacing Durham is not his goal. Read more

Kansas City Royals Blogger Takes One For The Team

Kansas City Star blogger Lee Judge took infielder Wilson Betemit to task last month for failing to get hit by a 81-mph slider with the bases loaded in a tie game.

Instead of just mouthing off about Betemit not getting hit by the pitch, Judge decided to step in the box to see what an 81-mph slider feels like.

Lee, you’re awesome.

 

 

Boston Sports Blogapalooza III set for June 25

West End Johnnie’s will be the site of Boston Sports Blogapalooza III on Saturday, June 25. The bar near the TD Garden will offer Hub-area bloggers the opportunity to network with other writers who don’t in fact live in their parents’ basement.

Here’s the link for further information.

Friday's NCAA Ratings Up 17 Percent From 2010

Friday’s coverage of the NCAA Tournament regional semi-finals on TBS and CBS delivered an overnight household rating/share of 7.6/14, up 14 percent from a 6.5/12 from last year’s CBS Sports coverage, according to Nielsen. It’s the highest rating for a Friday regional semi-finals in the metered markets since a 7.8/14 in 2005.

While the first telecast window of games only combined to earn a 5.9/11, the second window delivered a 9.2/16, up 30 percent from a 7.1/13 last year.

The overall tournament average-to-date in the metered markets is a 6.6/14, up 18 percent from a 5.6/12 for CBS Sports’ 2010 coverage according to Nielsen.

Ratings: World Series Finale Disappoints

The final game of the 2010 World Series last night drew a 10.6/16 metered market rating last night, down double digits from the same game last year disappointing, and placing Fox third for the evening, behind ABC and CBS, which programmed “Dancing with the Stars” and its Monday comedy block respectively.

As is often the case, the teams playing have an impact on the ratings. Last year’s series between the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies simply had broader appear than a Texas-San Francisco matchup.

Still, preliminary ratings put the 2010 Series up slightly compared to the 2008 Series, which was between the Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays.

Final ratings will be out later today.

Seth Meyers To Host 2011 ESPY Awards

ESPN was so impressed by Saturday Night Live‘s Seth Meyers‘ job of hosting the ESPYs, the network has already committed to bringing him back for a second year.

Meyers will host the 19th annual ESPYs on July 13, 2011 from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. The Weekend Update anchor joins a list that includes Samuel L. Jackson, Dennis Miller and Jamie Foxx of people that have hosted the ESPYs on more than one occasion.

While parts of the show fell flat, Meyers did a wonderful job with the opening monologue and poking fun at ESPN broadcasting The Decision.

Don’t believe me?

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Ines Sainz Rips Association for Women in Sports Media

Ines Sainz really didn’t want the help of the Association for Women in Sports Media.

The TV Azteca reporter, who was in the middle of a firestorm after visiting New York Jets practice on Sept. 11, ripped the group in a column for El Universal.

“Today I wonder why a well respected association such as the AWSM, within its right to inform about any violations of work conditions for its members, acted so impulsively,” Sainz wrote for the Mexican newspaper.

Sainz went on to say that the AWSM set the women’s rights movement back “at least 50 years.”

As a result of the AWSM filing a complaint on Sainz’s behalf, the NFL will implement a workplace conduct training program for all 32 teams and paid for by Jets owner Woody Johnson. Read more