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The Morning Ticker: Playing Peter, Signing Erin, Hiring Fusion

  • Erin Burnett has signed a contract extension with CNN which will keep her “OutFront” at 7pmET. She’ll also develop a program for CNN International, debuting later this year.

  • Cheri Ehrlich Eisen is joining Fusion as Senior Director of Human Resources. The Disney/ABC alum will lead the network’s efforts to hire, keep, and develop talent.

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Stephen A. Smith Doesn’t ‘Give a Damn’ When He’s Criticized

ESPN has suspended reporter and commentator Stephen A. Smith for remarks he made about domestic violence last week. ESPN president John Skipper, said that Smith’s remarks on the ESPN2 show “First Take” last Friday, “did not reflect our company’s view, or our values.”

In a 2011 Media Beat interview, Smith told us criticism doesn’t bother him: “In my heart of hearts, I really don’t give a damn. I cannot emphasize enough how little it bothers me. It bothers me when nobody’s criticizing me.”

Hugh Douglas Joins ESPN As Studio Analyst

Former NFL veteran Hugh Douglas is joining ESPN as a studio analyst.

The former NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year will provide analysis on SportsCenter, NFL Live, First Take and ESPNEWS.

Douglas makes his ESPN debut Monday, including an appearance on NFL Live at 4 p.m. ET.

“I am very excited about becoming a part of the ESPN family,” Douglas said. “I plan to approach my role with ESPN with the same tenacity and commitment that I had during my 10-year NFL career.”

Following his retirement in 2004, Douglas worked as a sports radio personality on Philadelphia’s WIP 610 Radio and served as an on-air reporter for Comcast SportsNet.

 

NBC To Air WrestleMania: The World Premiere

For the third straight year, NBC will air an hour-long WrestleMania special.

WrestleMania: The World Premiere airs Saturday, Aug. 13 at 9 p.m. ET, and feature highlights from WrestleMania XXVII this past April.

The highly anticipated pay-per-view event in front of 71,617 fans at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta marked the WrestleMania return of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and featured a main event between John Cena and The Miz for the WWE Championship.

 

 

ESPN.com NBA Writer Sues Peter Vecsey For Libel

ESPN.com NBA writer Chris Sheridan has sued New York Post columnist Peter Vecsey and NYP Holding for libel.

In the lawsuit, Sheridan claims the New York Post “published a maliciously false article” that impugned “Chris Sheridan’s veracity and competence as a journalist.”

The column in question is from Dec. 14 regarding the New York Knicks pursuit of Carmelo Anthony:

Don’t get me wrong; real reporters almost always break their news over the heart of the plate. Last week, ESPN’s Marc Stein scooped everyone on the NBA buying the Hornets. Last July, ESPN’s Chris Broussard scooped us all, including the TV segment of his nitwork, with the anonymously sourced word LeBron James had chosen Miami.

Broussard did a good job and I told him so. But what about his 20 or so colleagues whose educated speculation had LeBron staying in Cleveland, leaning toward New York, embracing Derrick Rose in Chicago, or falling under Jay-Z’s spell in New Jersey? Read more

Mark Grace Arrested For DUI On Memorial Day

Arizona Diamondbacks color commentator Mark Grace was arrested on Memorial Day on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol in Scottsdale, Ariz., according to a police report.

The 46-year-old was stopped by Scottsdale police after making a wide right turn and police observed him weaving within his lane. Grace admitted to “having a few drinks” and he didn’t have his wallet or license with him at the time of the arrest.

Grace had his blood drawn and results are pending.

“It’s a pending legal matter, and we have no comment at this time,” said Shaun Rachau, vice president of communications for the Diamondbacks.

 

Shark-Red Wings Set Ratings Records in Home Markets

Red Wings fans, intrigued by the possibility their team could come back from a 3-0 deficit in games against the San Jose Sharks, tuned in with record numbers to Thursday’s Game 7 on Fox Sports Detroit, registering a 22.5 household rating / 39 share in the Detroit area, according to Nielsen Media Research. Meanwhile the game, which the Sharks won 3-2 to clinch the series, was the most-watched Sharks game ever in the San Jose/San Francisco/Oakland market, according to Comcast, with more than 180,000 households on average tuning in throughout the game.

(Source: Detroit News)

Former MSNBC Contributor Stephen A. Smith: ‘I am hell-bent on getting a television show’

Your TVNewser editor sat down with ESPN Radio and ESPN.com columnist Stephen A. Smith recently as part of our Media Beat interview series.

Smith was at one point a contributor to MSNBC, and says that he has his eye on returning to the small screen.

Last year Smith was in talks with Showtime on a late-night show, talks that eventually fizzled out. That isn’t stopping Smith however, who tells us he has “unfinished business.”

“I am hell-bent on getting a television show, and I will not rest until it happens,” he says.

Check out part I of our interview with Smith here, and Part II here.

Phil Simms Slams Cam Newton Coverage On NFL Network

CBS analyst Phil Simms is no fan of the NFL Network.

The former New York Giants quarterback took a dig at the network’s coverage of Cam Newton leading up to the NFL Draft.

Turn on the NFL network – I can’t even watch it – same stories every week now,” Simms told The Big Lead. “What about Cam Newton … what do you think about Cam Newton? Cam Newton? Cam Newton. It’s the Cam Newton network. He’s the hot story. Sports stations are just going to talk about what’s hot. Everybody wants to keep the viewers. It’s numbing.”

Only 24 hours left, Phil. Woosah.


Website Offers Cam Newton $1 Million If He Can Pass Lie Detector Test

Just when you thought the Cam Newton witch-hunt was over, I present to you a new website called Cam Newton Lie Detector.

The website is reportedly offering the Auburn quarterback $1 million if he passes a professionally administered lie detector test by answering “No” to the following four questions:

  1. Prior to signing with Auburn, were you aware your father was “shopping” you to Mississippi State or any other school?
  2. Did you tell Dan or Meghan Mullen that you signed with Auburn because of the money because you truly believed Auburn had paid for your commitment?
  3. Did anyone on the Auburn coaching staff/athletic department instruct you how to answer questions from the NCAA by lying or avoiding the truth? Read more

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