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PBS’ ‘Frontline,’ ESPN’s ‘Outside The Lines’ Partnering To Investigate NFL Concussions

PBS longform journalism series “Frontline” and ESPN’s investigative series “Outside The Lines” are partnering up to investigate concussions in the NFL.

The series kicks off today with a segment on “Outside The lines” at 3 PM, focusing on the career and death of Hall of Famer Mike Webster. Online companion stories and podcasts will be available on the ESPN and “Frontline” websites, including “Concussion Watch,” a website which will track each confirmed concussion during this year’s NFL season.

The partnership will culminate in Fall, 2013 with a “Frontline” documentary on the subejct, as well as a book written by ESPN reporters Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada.

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Men's Journal Author Told James Harrison To Make Up With Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger

Paul Solotaroff, who wrote the James Harrison profile for Men’s Journal, told the Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker he should make up with teammate Ben Roethlisberger, according to ProFootballTalk.

“We talked about 11 o’clock yesterday morning,” Solotaroff told ESPN radio. “Look, James is the guy who’s got to live with Ben for the next three years…. So as I told James, ‘Listen, whatever you’ve got to say to mend fences is perfectly fine with me.’”

Several hours later, Harrison backtracked on some of his comments from the article that hits newsstands Friday.

Harrison told ESPN NFL analyst Merril Hoge that he spoke to Big Ben and explained that Solotaroff twisted his words.

Nothing like giving your OK to get tossed under the bus by James Harrison.

MLB.com's At Bat App Gets Opening Day Update

MLB.com’s At Bat application for mobile devices is getting an Opening Day update today.

There are a number of improvements to the iPad, iPhone and Android versions of the app, and include added functionality and new features.

Some of the biggest features are free MLB.tv access for the month of April, sponsored by Volvo, allowing users to watch any out-of-market MLB game on their device live.

Key plays and pivotal moments, as well as live look-ins to games, all blackout-free.

Archives games, letting users see any 2011 game on-demand.

In addition, the iPad app gets a redesigned Gameday pitch-by-pitch look, with images of every ballpark now used for the screen instead of a generic stadium. The images are from the video game MLB ’11 The Show

On the iPhone and Android apps, check-in functionality with venue information has been added to the app, giving users bonus features when they check-in at the ballpark.

More information in MLB.com’s press release, after the jump.

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Sunday MLB on TBS Rolls Out Early 2011 Schedule

With the MLB regular season just around the corner, TBS announced on Monday the first two months of its Sunday MLB on TBS schedule for 2011.

Out of the gate, baseball fans will get multiple appearances by the New York Yankees (May 1, May 8, May 22), Boston Red Sox (April 3, April 17, May 29), and the Philadelphia Phillies (April 10 and May 15).

The Sunday MLB on TBS schedule starts on April 3 with the Red Sox taking on the Texas Rangers at 2 p.m. ET. Read more

HBO Goes 24/7 With the NHL

HBO, which has lost a bit of its grasp on the sports documentary market thanks to the success of ESPN’s 30 for 30 series, announced it will give the 24/7 treatment to the National Hockey League’s “Winter Classic” between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals, two teams who hate each other.

Ross Greenburg, president, HBO Sports:

“Taking our reality series 24/7 into the world of the National Hockey League is a perfect fit. The 24/7 franchise is fashioned on larger-than-life personalities, engaging storylines, and unrestricted access. With Sidney Crosby leading the Penguins and Alex Ovechkin leading the Capitals, we have all the ingredients for a dynamic show that will take viewers deep inside professional hockey and set the stage for the Winter Classic.”

Isn’t this basically Hard Knocks: NHL? Read more

CBS Declines Tiger Woods Sit-Down

woods_espn_3-22.jpgESPN and the Golf Channel sat down for five-minute interviews with golfer Tiger Woods Sunday, but CBS News and Sports President Sean McManus reportedly declined an offer Woods’ camp made to CBS.

A CBS Sports spokesperson told the AP “Depending on the specifics, we are interested in an extended interview without any restrictions on CBS.” This afternoon, the NYTimes’ Bill Carter did some more digging and found out:

Though they declined to speak on the record, CBS executives described their reluctance Monday less as a journalistic stand against an interview subject trying to control questioning than as a practical decision about what benefit the network could get from the interview.

Considering the interview was taking place on a Sunday and “60 Minutes” doesn’t generally use such brief interviews, the piece would have needed to wait to hit the airwaves until Monday’s “Early Show,” which was a consideration.

Carter also reports, “The executives explained that given the restrictions on the interview — five minutes total with Mr. Woods, who was declaring several areas of questioning too personal to answer directly — CBS was not likely to be able to get much more information” than ESPN and Golf Channel, which did conduct interviews with woods. ESPN SVP Vince Doria told the AP, “The things we were most concerned with was that there were no restrictions on questions, and there were not.”

woodsABCWN_3-22.jpgOn “World News,” last night Diane Sawyer interviewed ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi about his interview with Woods, though no footage of the actual interview was shown, only text excerpts — odd considering ABC and ESPN are both owned by Disney have a sports partnership. Update: It turns out that footage from the interview was embargoed Sunday by Woods’ camp until 7:30pmET. The idea was to ensure that the news did not interfere with the conclusion of the Transitions championship, though it didn’t quite work out that way.

> More: PRNewser reports that former WH Press Secretary Ari Fleischer is no longer working for Woods.