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Army-Navy Football Game Focus of December Showtime Reality Show

The lead-up and playing of the annual Army-Navy football game will serve as the basis for a reality show/docudrama called A Game of Honor to be broadcast on Showtime on Dec. 21. Peter Radovich, a show co-producer, said the schools were initially hesitant about allowing cameras to follow their teams in Annapolis and West Point, respectively, throughout the summer, fall and all the way through the Dec. 10 game on CBS. But both service academies ultimately saw it as a possible recruiting tool.

“It was smart on their part, because they have nothing to hide. There are no warts there,” Radovich told USA Today.

Filming began in June, and included seeing U.S. Naval Academy freshman Maika Polamalu, cousin of Pittsburgh Steeler Troy Polamalu, getting his buzz cut.

“Without question, this could be an annual thing. … What’s good about this – compared to other annual reality shows out there – is there’s a lot more to this than sports,” Radovich says.

John Feinstein, the longtime Washington Post reporter who contributed color commentary to Navy games for 14 years, recently quit his position in protest of this CBS/Showtime project, explaining that he’d unsuccessfully petitioned CBS to do a documentary about the Army-Navy game in the past.

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Multimedia Journalism

Multimedia JournalismStarting September 25, learn how to create interactive packages with photos, audio, and video! Taught by a multiplatform journalist, Darragh Worland will teach you how to come up stories that would be best told in a multimedia format, and create original content for that package using photos, slideshows, and short video and audio pieces. Register now! 
 

5 Things You Need to Know This Week: Jimmer Fredette and Mormon Pick-Up Lines

In this week’s episode of “5 Things You Need to Know This Week,” we discuss the President’s B.O., Mark Zuckerberg’s new jukebox, and America’s hottest religion. Plus, an invisibility cloak!

This video is also available on YouTube.

Video: Stephen A. Smith Hints There's Something Going On With LeBron James' Personal Life

Here we go again.

Stephen A. Smith hinted Thursday morning that he heard something is going on in LeBron James‘ personal life, which might explain his poor outing in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

Sound familiar? *Cough, Gloria James, cough*

Based on Smith’s recent track record (he broke the LeBron story last year), you have to believe him at this point. But why bring it up if you aren’t willing to dive into the topic?

[H/T SportsGrid via The Big Lead]

 

It's Opening Day! What Are You Watching?

It is Major League Baseball’s Opening Day, and we have the iPad loaded with MLB.com’s At Bat app ready to go here in the SportsNewser office.

Which games are you watching? And what channels are you watching them on? Let us know about your baseball-related sports media thoughts in the comments.

Below, check out ESPN’s lineup of Opening Day games today

1 p.m. Detroit at N.Y. Yankees
4 p.m. San Diego at St. Louis
8 p.m. San Francisco at L.A. Dodgers

Hannah Storm Signs Multi-Year Extension With ESPN

ESPN anchor Hannah Storm will expand her role with the network after signing a multi-year extension.

Along with her duties on SportsCenter with Josh Elliott and hosting ESPN’s NBA coverage, Storm will report on-site from marquee events such as the Super Bowl, NBA Finals, Wimbledon and the US Open.

“Hannah brings a wealth of experience, hard work and professionalism into every assignment,” said Norby Williamson, Executive Vice President, Production. “She will continue to help drive the success of the morning SportsCenter and her added presence will strengthen our big event coverage.”

You Can Blame Dave For The Knicks Losing Streak

We all know about the Madden curse.

But the Letterman curse?

The New York Knicks haven’t won since Ama’re Stoudemire‘s appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman last week, losing four straight.

This isn’t the first time the Knicks have struggled after appearing on the late night talk show. Isiah Thomas, Larry Brown and Mike D’Antoni all sat down with David Letterman and went on to losing seasons.

To be fair, how much is Letterman’s doing and how much of that is the Knicks being sorry?

I’m leaning towards the latter. Read more

Has The ESPN Book Already Cost An Anchor His Job?

We are still six months away from Those Guys Have All The Fun: Inside The World of ESPN by Jim Miller and Tom Shales hits stores, but the impact is already being felt at the Bristol headquarters reportedly.

According to The Big Lead, the latest rumor is ESPN has decided not to renew one anchor’s contract because of the amount of damaging information in the book:

Granted, this anchor has something of a checkered background in Bristol – he’s already been suspended once, and he’s been pilloried by blogs for alleged transgressions – but the book’s contents allegedly made it an easy decision for ESPN. We won’t name the anchor – yet – but we can say that he’s definitely not an “A-lister.”

Let the speculation begin.

NFL Films Counting Down the '100 Greatest Players'

NFL Films and NFL Network are launching a new series Friday September 3: “The Top 100: NFL’s Greatest Players.”

More than 250 players were considered, with current and former NFL players, coaches and front offic epersonnel voting on their picks. The series will compare how someone like New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady ranks next to, say, Jim Thorpe.

“We have the holy trinity of a good sports documentary series – action, analysis and reminiscence,” said NFL Films President Steve Sabol.

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