Let me try to squeeze some linkage into the site today. It’s been crazy the last few days here.
Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch has your 2012-13 college basketball viewing guide.
Michael Hiestand from USA Today talks with former Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl who will work for the ESPN family this season.
Sports Business Daily recaps one of the sessions at its Sports Media & Technology Conference in New York. This included ESPN Junta Chief John Skipper.
From the ESPN Ombudsman, the lovely Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute explores how ESPN handles rumors and how it reports them.
At The Sherman Report, Ed Sherman notes TNT’s Charles Barkley’s comments on sideline reporters.
John Eggerton of Broadcasting & Cable says the NFL is marketing a $60 USB computer plug-in.
Media Life Magazine has CBS crowing about being close to selling out Super Bowl XLVII.
Timothy Burke at Deadspin goes over why NBA League Pass is a massive ripoff.
Dylan Murphy of SportsGrid notes that Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio has for all intents and purposes, lost the women’s vote. Good job, Mike.
Dylan has a frightening story on the man stalking Michelle Beadle.
Speaking of Pro Football Talk, Josh Alper from PFT has the sensitive Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers unhappy about his puff 60 Minutes profile.
ESPN’s Darren Rovell says the Los Angeles Dodgers are finding plenty of suitors for their TV rights.
Jerry Barmash of Fishbowl NY talks with Marv Albert about Brooklyn’s return to professional sports.
Ken Schott from the Schenectady Gazette notes an area native getting a promotion at ESPN.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union says the NFL won’t flex in Week 12.
Keith Groller of the Allentown (PA) Morning Call talks with a local radio personality who used to pick high school football games.
Erik Spanberg from the Charlotte Business Journal has former NFL GM Bill Polian smiling about his ESPN NFL gig.
Michael Casagrande at the Orlando Sentinel talks with ESPN’s Samantha Steele.
David Barron from the Houston Chronicle says the viewing for the late ESPN on NBA Radio voice Jim Durham is this Sunday.
The Oklahoman’s Mel Bracht talks with TNT’s Reggie Miller.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says Time Warner Cable will air Marquette basketball games this season.
Scott D. Pierce of the Salt Lake Tribune tells us that we’re paying more and more to watch sports on television.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News looks at the entries for this year’s All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival.
Sports Media Watch has some on-air personnel news.
Snap, Crackle Pop has some edgy MSG Network New York Knicks ads that had to be taken down.
Cork Gaines at the Business Insider’s Sports Page has screengrabs of some funny ESPN mustaches.
We have this week’s column from Dave Kohl at The Broadcast Booth.
Stephen Douglas at The Big Lead notes that ESPN has transformed NFL insider John Clayton into a cartoon metalhead.
Matt Yoder from Awful Announcing has video of former San Francisco Giants whiner Jeff Kent angry at everything after being booted from Survivor.
And that’s it for now.
Having just worked last Tuesday’s NBA season opener between Boston and Miami on ESPN Radio, it’s a shock to hear that long-time announcer Jim Durham has passed away at the age of 65. According to ESPN’s Front Row public relations blog, Durham passed away over the weekend at his home outside Houston.
A native of Chicago, he called the Bulls both on TV and radio from 1973 until 1991. He joined ESPN in 1992 calling college basketball. Durham also called games for CBS, NBC and Turner Sports. From 1993 through 2001, he was the TV voice of the Dallas Mavericks.
In 1996, he began calling NBA games for ESPN Radio, a role he kept until his dying days. Durham remained beloved in his native Chicago, having called the first Bulls championship with Michael Jordan in 1991. He also called another Bulls championship in 1998 for ESPN Radio and
His long-time partner on ESPN Radio was Dr. Jack Ramsay.
Along with Charlie Steiner, Durham helped to usher in MLB on ESPN Radio in 1999. And Durham was a very good baseball announcer as well, calling the White Sox and Astros during his career.
Ed Sherman at the Sherman Report remembers Durham.
Durham was honored by the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011 with the Curt Gowdy Media Award for his work in broadcasting.
He’s survived by his wife, three children and his grandchildren. Durham will be missed.