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Posts Tagged ‘Scott Raab’

ESPN Films Gets A Permanent Home On ESPN Classic

Following the success of 30 for 30, ESPN Films is creating a destination for sports documentaries on ESPN Classic.

ESPN Films on Classic will showcase films for 50 hours each weekend starting at 10 p.m. ET every Friday through midnight every Sunday.

“One of the things that makes sports storytelling so captivating is that when a pivotal moment happens, it is almost instantly considered ‘classic’, said Keith Clinkscales, SVP, content development and enterprises. “With 30 for 30, we were able to prove that classic sports stories resonate with a large and diverse audience so our intent with “ESPN Films on Classic” is to create a permanent destination for this genre. We feel this is a natural brand extension for ESPN Classic, which already features documentary and historical programming.” Read more

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ESPN 3D to Televise Tennis for First Time with Wimbledon

ESPN 3D will televise tennis matches for the first time during the upcoming Wimbledon tournament, with the semifinals of the men’s draw and and the finals of both the men’s and women’s draws airing on the network that premiered in 2010. The four matches will be played July 1 to 4.

“ESPN 3D continues to provide fans the best in sports and adding coverage from Wimbledon is another example of a marquee event on our network,” said Bryan Burns, vice president, strategic business planning. “ESPN 3D has shown several championships over the course of its’ first year and we are pleased to enter our second year of programming with this outstanding tennis event.”

Dan Snyder Is Off Limits On The Tony Kornheiser Show

If you’re expecting Tony Kornheiser or his guests to be critical of Washington Redskins owner Daniel Synder, think again.

John Feinstein explained that the radio host and Pardon the Interruption co-host put the squabash on bringing up Snyder.

“Someone asked an interesting question last week: Do I know the questions I’m going to be asked when I go on the radio. The answer is: not usually. I can guess based on what’s going on what I might be asked about but I don’t usually specifically talk to the host or the producer beforehand.

The only exception to that in the past was when I was still on NPR where I actually wrote my own questions because none of the producers there knew the difference between a hockey puck and a basketball. (On the day Bob Knight was fired I called in to explain that I needed to be on the next morning and the producer who answered the phone said, “so why was he important? Did he coach Michael Jordan or something?”) Read more

Video: Drew Brees Sportsman Of The Year Speech

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees accepted his 2010 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year award Tuesday night in New York City.

You can watch his entire acceptance speech from the ceremony last night.

A true class act.

Bill Weir on Brett Favre: 'If you think he's wild and crazy now, imagine when he was 24'

For mediabistro’s web series MediaBeat, we talk with ABC News anchor Bill Weir this week. Weir, who is a co-anchor of “Nightline” has his roots in local sports reporting and anchoring, including a stint at WLUK-TV in Green Bay where he hosted a show with Green Bay Packer Sean Jones and had guests ranging from Reggie White to Brett Favre:

Athletes in the YouTube Age

On The New York Times‘ basketball blog, Rob Mahoney looks at the effect YouTube can have on an athlete’s career. His thesis is that a player of relative insignificance can have a much greater cultural impact because of one signature moment.

Case in point, Sundiata Gaines. His last-second three-pointer during one game last season beat LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. It was a relatively insignificant moment, but it lives on through YouTube.

Mahoney also points to Shaun Livingston, an injury-plagued phenom who never lived up to the skills demonstrated by countless videos on the Internet.

The highlights of NBA players are one thing. It’s quite another for younger guys. Read more

Cramer’s “Schizophrenic World” and “Bizarre Vortex”

cramer_1-12.jpgIn a long, strangely shocking, profile of CNBC anchor Jim Cramer appearing in this month’s Esquire Magazine, Scott Raab peels back the curtain on the life of Cramer, from his personal crusade against a high school girls field hockey coach to “tipsy” discussions about art history.

An unnamed CNBC VP of PR is as much a part of the piece as Cramer himself, constantly at his side, contributing to the discussion or shutting it down if it drifts to certain topics. “Oddly, though, folks close to Cramer at CNBC seem wary, worried,” writes Raab. “His executive producer and the public-relations VP both tell me, ‘I’m fiercely protective of Jim’ — word for word — as if they speak of a bear cub or baby seal, not the fearless wampum warrior who, in the network’s own ad, ranks with Orwell as a truth-teller.”

Then there’s the part about the hotel bar, Johnnie Walker and “I am a deeply flawed guy who comes out every night to try to do a show — and obviously completely tortured.” And the art history.

As for the high school field hockey coach, click continued for the full exchange…

(image by Asger Carlson for Esquire)

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