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Who Do These TVNewsers Pick to Win the Super Bowl?

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Sports commentators have been making their picks for two weeks, so TVNewser rounded up some network anchors and reporters to get their picks for Super Bowl XLVIII.

“I like the Broncos by 7,” “Special Report” host Bret Baier predicts. “Peyton Manning is too tough- even with Seahawks D. It’s an interesting match-up and for that matter- so is Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers at halftime!”

“Happening Now” host Jenna Lee agrees. She’s picking the Broncos “There’s simply no other choice.” Lee knows her football. Her dad played in two Super Bowls for the Minnesota Vikings. “I can NOT have a morose and despondent co-anchor on Monday morning.” Colorado native Jon Scott is a MAJOR Broncos fan.

But “America’s Newsroom” host Bill Hemmer is going against his colleagues: “Peyton Manning is once in a generation, it would be great if he wins another Super Bowl. But it seems everyone is going with Denver because of him. Which can only mean one thing: Seattle wins. Fair and Balanced.”

“Who do I want to lose more?” is the way MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki is looking at it. “As a Patriots fan, I’m torn. The Broncos beat my team and I can’t cheer for Peyton Manning, but I still remember when Pete Carroll inherited a great Patriots team from Bill Parcells and ran it into the ground.”

Kornacki’s call: “I’ll take an ugly game that reflects poorly on both teams and ends with Manning getting sacked in the end zone in overtime for a 2-0 Seattle win.”

ABC News correspondent Amy Robach, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy as she fights breast cancer, is rooting for Seattle “for one reason…”

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Where Do NFL Stars Who Don’t Make it to the Super Bowl Watch the Big Game?

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Joining the more than 6,200 members of the media in New York this week for Super Bowl XLVIII, is the occasional NFL star not playing in the big game. But Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Brad Smith is in New York this week for another reason: launching his “Design for Brad Smith” competition. This morning MediabistroTV sat down with Smith to talk about the competition and to find out where he’ll be watching the game. We also got his take on the talk of the pre-game: Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.

We’ll have more on the “Design for Brad Smith” competition during our coverage of New York Fashion week next week. And to watch more mediabistroTV videos, subscribe to our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV.

Super Bowl Boulevard Festivities in Full Swing

lara spencer ginger zee tobogganWith just a few days to go until the Seattle Seahawks face the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium, the Super Bowl festivities are in full swing in Times Square. One of the attractions on Super Bowl Boulevard, which runs right past the “Good Morning America” studios, is a 60-foot toboggan run, which Lara Spencer and Ginger Zee raced down on the show this morning (video after the jump).

Zee and Spencer were out there a little earlier than CNN’s Andy Scholes and Christine Romans, who arranged to meet at the toboggan after “Early Start” this morning. But they may have overlapped with Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade and Maria Molina, who also participated in a toboggan race thismorning on “Fox & Friends.”

With three days to go until the Super Bowl on Fox, “Shepard Smith Reporting” and “Hannity” will both broadcast from Super Bowl Boulevard today. “The O’Reilly Factor” was scheduled to broadcast from Times Square, but will now originate from his Fox studio.

At the top of his show today, Smith introduced viewers to Super Bowl Boulevard: “I don’t know. The Weather Channel tries to name storms, I guess Fox Sports can name a street of they want to,” he joked.  Watch here.

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NBC News Close to Filling ‘Today’ SVP Job

Remember that org chart that NBC News boss Deborah Turness shared a couple weeks ago — this one, with the gaping hole where the SVP of the “Today” show should be.

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Well, according to Deadspin, the network is close to filling that gap. Sources tell the site ESPN vice president Jamie Horowitz is in talks with NBC. Insiders tell TVNewser, Horowitz isn’t the only candidate Turness is talking to for the job, which came open when Alex Wallace‘s duties shifted to the DC bureau and “Nightly News.” Horowitz, who worked for NBC previously in the Olympics unit, is currently under contract. At ESPN, he has overseen several shows and talent, including former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann.

The Perks of ESPN’s Connecticut Headquarters

espn-headquarters-bristol-ctThe New York Times takes a look at the millions of dollars in tax breaks ESPN gets to remain headquartered in Connecticut. The network, based in Bristol, is described as “a shining success story for Connecticut, in terms of the state’s early support of an upstart through its development into an international powerhouse”:

ESPN is hardly needy. With nearly 100 million households paying about $5.54 a month for ESPN, regardless of whether they watch it, the network takes in more than $6 billion a year in subscriber fees alone. Still, ESPN has received about $260 million in state tax breaks and credits over the past 12 years, according to a New York Times analysis of public records. That includes $84.7 million in development tax credits because of a film and digital media program, as well as savings of about $15 million a year since the network successfully lobbied the state for a tax code change in 2000.

For [Connecticut Governor Dannel] Malloy and other public officials in Connecticut, the conventional wisdom is that any business with ESPN is good business. After all, ESPN is Connecticut’s most celebrated brand and a homegrown success story, employing more than 4,000 workers in the state.

David Remnick Joins NBC for Sochi Olympics

contributor_davidremnickphoto2013_p300_cropDavid Remnick, the editor of the The New Yorker, has been hired by NBC Olympics boss and former “Today” EP Jim Bell for NBC’s Sochi coverage.

SI.com reports the Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist, a Russophile who is fluent in Russian, will offer commentary during coverage of the opening ceremony February 7 and also contribute to NBC News in other select spots.

On why he’s adding his voice to the Olympic games, Remnick cited an 18th century writer/philosopher turning down an invitation… to an orgy.

Asked why he decided to join NBC’s coverage of the Sochi Games next February, David Remnick recalled a famous Voltaire quote about turning down an invitation to an orgy, having attended one the previous night for the first time.

“You know the expression once a philosopher, twice a pervert?” said Remnick, in a phone interview on Saturday. “I think in life you ought to try something once if it is honest work and does not interfere with your main job.”

Bell thinks Remnick will bring value to the news surrounding the Olympics.
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Ron Burgundy to Guest Anchor on NBCSN

BurgundyKXThis just in from the NBC Sports Network…

STAMFORD, Conn. – December 4, 2013 – In what promises to be one of the most significant moments in the history of media, veteran KVWN Channel 4 News anchor Ron Burgundy will guest host The Dan Patrick Show tomorrow morning from 10 a.m. – Noon ET on NBCSN.

Burgundy will join host Dan Patrick in-studio from Milford, Conn. on Thursday morning, marking the veteran newscaster’s first time co-hosting the program. The Dan Patrick Show airs weekdays from 9 a.m. – Noon ET on NBCSN and AUDIENCE Channel 101 on DIRECTV, simulcasts across more than 200 radio stations nationwide, and streams online via NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for digital, mobile and tablets.

“I’ve been lucky enough to work with some of the greats – Costas, Michaels and now Mr. Ron Burgundy,” said Patrick. “They said it wouldn’t happen. Some are still saying it shouldn’t happen. But at 10 a.m. tomorrow, something is going to happen.”

Patrick regularly hosts the program alongside his production staff that includes Paul Pabst, Patrick O’Connor, Andrew Perloff and Todd Fritz, known as “The Danettes.”

In case you missed it, earlier this week Will Ferrell Burgundy co-anchored the Sunday news on KXMB in Bismark, ND

Brett Favre on Concussions and Bullies

LauerFavreFormer NFL MVP quarterback Brett Favre tells Matt Lauer his memory problems started when he couldn’t remember that his daughter played soccer.

Favre, 44, played most of his pro career with the Green Bay Packers, and holds the record for being the most-sacked quarterback (525) in the league. He says a “wake up call” came when he was talking to his wife about their daughter Breleigh.

“I’ve pretty much made every game that she’s ever played,” said Favre. “She played softball one year, she played basketball a couple years. And– as I find out, she played soccer. I don’t remember her playing soccer. And that was probably where my first inclination that something ain’t right.”

Favre doesn’t have a son, but if he did, he says he “would be real leery of him playing” football.

Favre also tells Lauer his initial reaction to the Miami Dolphins’ bullying scandal: “You gotta be kidding me.”

The interview airs Monday on “Today.”

Curling, Hockey to Return to MSNBC, CNBC

olympics nbc_sochi1As live coverage of the Olympic Winter Games from Sochi nears, NBC is gearing up to broadcast competition across its channels, including on CNBC and MSNBC. In total, those cable nets, along with USA, will televise 124 hours of live coverage.

CNBC will be the hub for curling, airing 36 hours a week. MSNBC shifts from politics to pucks, hosting 45 hours of live hockey coverage in addition to curling.

The coverage won’t be limited to television, as games will be streaming live on NBCOlympics.com, available to digital customers with authenticated cable, satellite or telco via “TV Everywhere.”

Read NBC’s press release after the jump:

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Keith Olbermann: ‘I’ll Always Deliver What an Employer Wants’

keith-olbermann_lAs Keith Olbermann settles into his new role at ESPN, he gives an introspective interview to GQ. Olbermann — who says he would like to change his reputation for contentious exits — gets a shot in at one of his former employers while considering his identity:

I don’t think there are huge divergences between my personality and what they see on TV. And I think that’s why I have been gainfully employed doing this. I’ll always deliver what an employer wants. At some point they decide the result is more trouble than they want, or they convince themselves that they have created all this success that I created for them. As in my last prominent employer at NBC, which they’re learning that perhaps they were wrong about that. In my pre-introspective life, the idea that I had that script in front of me meant a profound difference. It allowed me to say what I wanted to say and be who I wanted to be.

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