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Marcus Vanderberg

Shocker: An Athlete Is Upset With Colin Cowherd

A professional athlete has beef with ESPN’s Colin Cowherd.

In other news, water is wet and the sky is blue.

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster, who is fighting an injured hamstring, fired the above cyber shot at the ESPN personality after Cowherd tweeted the following: Read more

Vin Scully Returning For The Dodgers In 2012

The greatest play-by-play broadcaster of all-time will return for at least one more season.

Vin Scully announced Friday during the Los Angeles Dodgers-Colorado Rockies telecast that he would return for his 63rd season.

His announcement comes the same week after Los Angeles Times columnist T.J. Simers discovered Dodger season-ticket holders were sent a survey to evaluate Scully’s announcing abilities in six categories.

I guess he passed with flying colors.

Paul Azinger Missed The ESPN Social Media Memo

ESPN golf analyst Paul Azinger took a cheap shot at President Barack Obama Thursday via Twitter – the same day ESPN announced their revamped social networking policy:

Facts: Potus has played more golf this month than I have: I have created more jobs this month than he has: #Marthasvineyard

An ESPN spokesperson fired back Friday at Azinger about his tweet. “Paul’s tweet was not consistent with our social media policy, and he has been reminded that political commentary is best left to those in that field,” spokesman Andy Hall told USA Today in a statement.

Maybe Azinger can ask the folks at Deadspin for a recap of what he missed Thursday.

Ric Flair Threatens Lawsuit Against Grantland.com

Shane Ryan of Grantland.com wrote a depressing piece on legendary wrestler Ric Flair that detailed his long list of legal and financial woes.

While Flair (born Richard Fliehr) can’t argue a majority of the story because it’s based on court documents, his camp took exception to one line that Ryan wrote:

That’s what he’s called on the paychecks from Total Nonstop Action, a second-tier outfit where he’s still compelled to perform despite suffering from alcoholic cardiomyopathy, and where almost everything he earns goes toward old debts: lawyers, ex-wives, the IRS, former business partners, and anyone who made the mistake of lending him money. Read more

ESPN The Magazine Issues Statement On Michael Vick Article, Toure Talks Race Switching

ESPN The Magazine editor-in-chief Chad Millman released a statement Friday regarding the controversy surrounding the “What if Michael Vick were white?” article. Below is Millman’s statement.

This past January we decided to dedicate our entire NFL Preview issue to Michael Vick. His story, from All-Pro to inmate and back, had transcended the boundaries of the field and become a flashpoint of conversation. It incorporated sports, society, morality, forgiveness and, yes, race. Among the many questions asked when discussing his crime and punishment – How could he do such a thing? Should he be allowed to play again? Could he ever play again? – was, would he have been punished as severely if he were white? It’s hard to ignore the topic in a fully realized examination of Vick and his impact. As the senior editor of the piece, Raina Kelley, pointed out on CNN [see video here] rather than use vague arguments that skirt the issue, we chose to address it head on. First, in a thoughtful essay by Toure. And, just as important for magazines, with art that lended power to the concept. In the past, designers have challenged readers to consider their views on race by portraying a black Queen Elizabeth II and Pope John Paul II. We had several conversations about how to support the essay with imagery that made people think as much as the words did. Ultimately, the resulting treatment felt like the strongest way to answer the question so many have been asking.

For an upcoming Media Beat interview, we also spoke with the article’s author Toure about how he tackles the issue of race online without offending people. The full interview airs on mediabistro.com September 12, but here’s an excerpt.

The SportsNewser Interview: Gary Stevenson

Just days after he was formally announced as president of Pac-12 Enterprises, SportsNewser had a chance to chat exclusively with Gary Stevenson.

The sports marketing and media executive comes to the Pac-12 from OnSports, a consulting firm Stevenson founded in 1997. In fact, the then-Pac-10 was one of Stevenson’s clients along with the likes of the PGA Tour and NASCAR.

Stevenson discussed the importance of striking a deal with the satellite companies for the national and regional networks along with what content Pac-12 fans can expect across their digital properties.

SportsNewser: The then-Pac-10 was one of your OnSport clients. How much did your prior relationship with the conference come into play when Larry Scott called you about the position?

Gary Stevenson: From my prior relationship with the conference, I got a real understanding of what the conference brand and the schools brand stood for. That was intriguing to me. Anytime you’re going to launch a network, it’s important what the brand is that’s affiliated with the network. We have such a huge start because the brand is on such an excellent level. Read more

ESPN Releases College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon Schedule

One of the days that I’ve circled on my calendar the last three years is ESPN’s College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon.

The network has delivered another fantastic lineup starting Tuesday, Nov. 15 at midnight ET.

The ESPN family of networks will broadcast 19 games including two women’s games for the first time. ESPN3.com will carry two exclusive games along with a simulcast of every ESPN and ESPN2 telecast. Read more

MSG Varsity's High School SportsDesk Expands

MSG Varsity’s premiere show, High School SportsDesk, will expand their coverage across the tri-state area.

Four simultaneous shows will air throughout four regions – New Jersey, Long Island, Connecticut/Westchester/Hudson Valley and New York City. The shows will air each weeknight starting Sept. 6 at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Steve Gelbs and Keith Irizarry have been added to the High School SportsDesk team to help with the additional coverage. Read more

ESPN's Revamped Social Networking Policy

ESPN personalities (that means everyone except Chris Berman) will have to think twice before sending out that next tweet.

The network rolled out their revamped policy when it comes to social media. Some highlights:

• Think before your tweet. Understand that at all times you are representing ESPN, and Twitter (as with other social sites) offers the equivalent of a live microphone. Simple rule: If you wouldn’t say it on the air or write it in a column, don’t post it on any social network. Read more

What Did You Think About The Michael Vick Photo/Article?

The hot story Thursday (besides Hurricane Irene … good luck with that) has been the ESPN The Magazine story/photo of Michael Vick.

The photo (seen above) was pulled from ESPN.com shortly after it hit the website.

Personally, I’m wasn’t offended by the photo or the story, but give it a read and share your thoughts.

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