Boston Sports Blogapalooza
Time to open up the Fang’s Bites Sports Media notebook as we hit midweek. Lets go over some of the stories that are circulating about the sports media. They’re in bullet form.
- How much is too much? The sports rights fee ceiling keeps going higher and higher. As fees for sports programming go up, so do your cable and satellite bills. While sports gets more expensive, sports networks, both national and local continue to pay because they’re consistent programming and they’re a hedge against original dramas, sitcoms and reality TV that fail to catch on with viewers. John Ourand in this week’s Sports Business Journal explains why the sports rights fee bubble may not burst for quite some time, if ever. And if the rights continue to go up, who’s going to pay? You, me and viewers who have yet to cut the cord.
- On a related note, when the Los Angeles Dodgers finally submit their megabucks contract with Time Warner Cable for MLB approval, it will include plans to show the team’s games in three languages. You’re probably thinking, “What? Three languages? I know Emglish so Vin Scully can continue calling games and then Spanish to serve the large Hispanic community in L.A. What’s the third?”
Well, the third language would be Korean! Bill Shaikin and Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times report that this would mark to the best of anyone’s knowledge that an MLB team would be broadcast in three languages. And if you’re wondering why the Dodgers would plan Korean broadcasts, just harken back to the 1990′s when the team signed Chan-Ho Park and the organization continues to sign Korean players. And there’s a large Korean population in Los Angeles as well.
The Dodgers are definitely thinking outside the box. And when the contract with Time Warnervis finally submitted for MLB approval, it will be worth between $7-8 billion over 25 years.
- In Golf Digest, Franz Lidz has an interesting profile of CBS/Golf Channel personality David Feherty. His interview show, aptly titled “Feherty” premiered for its second season this week.
- And the 4th incarnation of Boston Sports Blogapalooza has been set for April 6 at The Harp (pronounced “The Haaahhhp!” by Boston natives). My friend, Joe Gill of Boston Sports Then and Now does a great job organizing the event and I look forward to attending the next one.
If you live in the New England area, it’s a great event to attend.
Ok, it’s time to close the notebook. Back soon with another edition.
This edition of Sports Media Weekly is an extended podcast. We have four, count ‘em four guests this week and each guest serves a very good purpose. And each guest provides some interesting insight about Boston Sports Blogapalooza, a networking event for sports bloggers in the New England area. I’ve had the privilege to attend all four incarnations since they began in 2010. But we’ll get to the guests shortly.
Keith Thibault of Sports Media Journal and I discussed the news of the week. That included a look at the ratings for the NBA Finals on ABC and the U.S. Open on NBC.
We also discussed the Jim Rome-David Stern tussle that happened last week.
We also opined on NBC News’ strange decision not to air the entire Jerry Sandusky interview with Bob Costas that originally aired on Rock Center with Brian Williams.
Boston Sports Blogapalooza was held last Saturday at The Place in Boston. It was an opportunity to bloggers to network and talk. It also allowed media members to talk with regular fans.
The interviews conducted for this podcast were with Joe Gill, the organizer of Blogapalooza and the webmaster of Boston Sports Then and Now.
The second interview was with Kat Hasenauer of Sports Girl Kat and she tells us how she has grown from having an interest in lacrosse to writing about college hockey and finding work with the Boston Herald through her contacts from Blogapalooza.
Our next interview was with Mike Petraglia from WEEI.com and he talks about the immediacy of the internet and how newspapers are being left behind.
And Jessica Camerato of Comcast SportsNet New England is our last interview and her experiences of being a Celtics reporter for CSNNE.com and the TV side.
A very good podcast if I do say so myself. Quite enjoyable and I hope you stay with the entire podcast. You can find it on iTunes under “Sports Media Journal” or listen right now
I had no idea someone was taking pictures at Boston Sports Blogazpalooza last week. Had I known, I would have worn a mask over my face. Anyway, these come courtesy of Joe Gill and Boston Sports Blogapalooza. I wrote a brief recap on the event and I was interviewed by Jessica Camerato of Comcast SportsNet as well.
I’ll post the pics that were clandestinely taken of me.
Here I am with Russ Goldman of Patsfans. I’m sure he’s wondering who I am and why I’m there.
Those are all of the pictures of me that I know of. I certainly did not take any while I was there and that’s probably a good thing.
The lovely Jessica Camerato of Comcast SportsNet interviewed four bloggers at Boston Sports Blogapalooza including yours truly about why we attended Saturday’s event at West End Johnnie’s. Carl Desberg of Boston Sports Then & Now, Kat Hasenauer of Sports Girl Kat, Bob Hyldburg of Total Patriots and myself were interviewed. Now three of the four people look fine. If I could take the opportunity to superimpose the old WWF Big Red X over my face, I would, but I can’t. Turn away from the screen and just listen to my answers to Jessica. It’s like the Beauty and Beast when she has to stand next me.
Anyway, here’s the video. Because the video autoplays, I am no longer embedding the video on the site. I would like to embed it here, but I can’t. Perhaps if gets fixed.
I had the opportunity last Saturday to attend the third incarnation of Boston Sports Blogapalooza at West End Johnnie’s in Boston. Organized by Joe Gill of the site Boston Sports Then & Now, the event has grown by leaps and bounds from each previous edition.
With more than 150 bloggers in attendance on Saturday, there’s no doubt that bloggers in the New England area want to network, exchange ideas, work together and form alliances that could lead to bigger and better things down the road.
I had the opportunity to cross paths with Boston Celtics beat reporter Jessica Camerato of Comcast SportsNet New England, former WEEI personality Pete Sheppard now of Hurricane Radio.net, former WFXT (Fox 25) sports anchor Butch Sterns who is part of The Pulse Network’s Sports Buzz, Kevin Paul of The Wife Hates Sports, Kat Hasenauer of Sports Girl Kat, Kisha Tapangan of WPRO.com and Necessary Roughness with Kisha, Kathy McConnell of Boston Sports Woman, Russ Goldman of Patsfans, and Mike Riley of WEEI.
There were panel discussions, but to be honest, I did not pay attention to them. I was at the event to network, to meet bloggers who had similar interests as me and to find future opportunities for Fang’s Bites. I cannot stress enough for bloggers in other cities to organize similar events. It does not have to be on the same scale as Blogapalooza, just a mere Tweet Up of 10 to 20 bloggers will provide the impetus for future events and to provide writers with the chance to network.
I’ve found events like Blogapalooza and Blogs With Balls to be very helpful in growing my blog. I’m always happy to meet new people and find what my fellow bloggers are writing about. It makes for an excellent exchange and for a great opportunity to catch up as in the instance of Pete Sheppard with whom I used to work with.
Let’s take a look at what other people are saying about last Saturday’s event.
Kisha Tapangan of Necessary Roughness gives her impressions on Blogapalooza.
Carl Desberg from Boston Sports Then & Now talks about his experience on Saturday.
The Pulse Network’s Sports Buzz has a complete wrap up of the event complete with interviews conducted by Butch Sterns with Jessica Camerato, Pete Sheppard (if you look closely in the background, you can see me talking with Jessica), Kat Hasenauer and Joe Gill.
And the whole thing was done very well complete with a silent auction and a raffle.
I look forward to the next event and I hope that there will be more Blogapaloozas down the road.