Let’s do some linkage for you as we hit mid-week.
Once again, a shameless plug. Here are some Quick Wednesday Sports Media Thoughts which were written very early this morning.
USA Today’s Michael Hiestand talks with former ESPN’er Dana Jacobsen who will be part of CBS Sports Radio’s morning show when the network launches in January.
Tim Baysinger of Broadcasting & Cable says ESPN will donate $1 million to the Jimmy V Foundation for cancer research.
Brian Steinberg at Advertising Age looks at which marketers have bought time for Super Bowl XLVII on CBS.
E.J. Schultz of Ad Age says ad agency powerhouse Wieden & Kennedy has won the right to produce Oreo’s Super Bowl spot.
Michael Bradley in the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center says regional sports networks need to spend big money for rights to local teams otherwise they’re stuck without programming.
At Fangraphs, the always lovely Wendy Thurm looks at the Los Angeles Dodgers’ megadeal with Fox plus displays what all of the MLB teams generate in local rights fees.
Ed Sherman at The Sherman Report says the Dodgers’ contract with Fox proves that the rich just get richer.
Ed looks at this year’s National Sporscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame ballot.
Matt Yoder of Awful Announcing has the disturbing news that ESPN2′s First Take will be expanding to Saturday mornings after college football season.
Matt has a look at Fox Sports 1.
Bob Kennedy of the Stamford (CT) Advocate says NBC Sports Group Chairman Mark Lazarus will receive a local honor next week.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times delves into why the late Marvin Miller is not in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Keith Olbermann pays tribute to Miller.
Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post writes that while the Los Angeles Dodgers’ TV rights are about to be settled, the Nationals’ through MASN still remains up in the air.
Jim Williams from the Washington Examiner talks about Marvin Miller’s impact on baseball.
Ragan Robinson of the Gaston (NC) Gazette says local entrepreneurs got the seal of approval from ESPN for their golf gadget.
Barry Jackson at the Miami Herald has the comments from TNT’s Charles Barkley on the Heat.
Jacques Couret of the Atlanta Business Chronicle says Fox Sports South and its affiliated regional sports networks have hired a new Executive Producer.
Mel Bracht from The Oklahoman has a look at the local weekend TV ratings.
John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer notes that audio of Bengals QB Andy Dalton will be aired on two national mid-week NFL shows tonight.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers apologizing to fans on his weekly radio show.
Danny Ecker from Crain’s Chicago Business notes that the Bulls practice facility could get a lot of money for its naming rights.
The Peoria (IL) Journal Star reports that four Illinois State basketball games will be picked up by Comcast SportsNet Chicago.
Scott D. Pierce of the Salt Lake Tribune writes that one weekend late night sports TV show tops the local ratings.
Sports Media Watch notes that ESPN’s Monday Night Football suffered a ratings decline for Panthers-Eagles earlier this week.
Adam Guillen, Jr. of SB Nation’s MMA Mania reports that Fox is hoping to sign a UFC event for Super Bowl XLVIII weekend in February 2014.
Tony Manfred at the Business Insider’s Sports Page has women’s soccer star Hope Solo blaming the media for reporting on her husband’s domestic violence issues. Hope is a nut.
And I managed to squeeze out some good linkage today. Enjoy your Wednesday.
I was away from a computer for most of the day yesterday and earlier today. It sucks not being able to provide you with updates like I want. I have a lot of things on which to catch up. I’ll do my best to do stuff today in between the personal duties I have to fulfill today.
The National Sportscasters & Sportswriters Association has issued its national and local winners for 2012. As usual, the NSSA issues awards to Sportscasters and Sportswriters. This year’s national winners include ESPN’s Dan Shulman and Sports Illustrated’s Joe Posnanski. I agree with both as they have provided quality work in 2011.
The Hall of Fame winners in both categories are NBC/MLB Network’s Bob Costas and John Feinstein.
The NSSA also hands out awards for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Some of the local sportscasting winners include Vin Scully for California, Voice of the UConn Huskies Joe D’Ambrosio for Connecticut (in a tie with Kevin Nathan of WVIT), Lindsay Czarniak (now of ESPN) for DC, Voice of Florida State and the Tampa Bay Bucs Gene Deckerhoff in Florida, Atlanta Hawks TV voice Bob Rathbun representing Georgia, Detroit Tigers TV voice Mario Impemba for Michigan, legendary Duke voice Bob Harris in North Carolina and WNBC-TV sports anchor Bruce Beck for New York.
In the Sportswriting category, some of the winners include Chris Dufrense of the Los Angeles Times, Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman, Bob Glauber of Newsday, Baseball Hall of Fame writer Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News and Paula Boivin of the Arizona Republic. I wonder who Boston Globe
hack columnist Dan Shaughnessy won an award. That is the biggest injustice in the list.
Here’s the NSSA press release.
NSSA ANNOUNCES 2011 AWARDS WINNERS
COSTAS, FEINSTEIN ELECTED TO HALL OF FAME
SHULMAN, POSNANSKI NATIONAL WINNERS
103 Others Named State Sportscasters and Sportswriters of the Year
SALISBURY, NC (January 9, 2012) – Bob Costas of NBC Sports and the Major League Baseball Network and John Feinstein of the Washington Post have been elected to the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association’s Hall of Fame, NSSA Executive Director Dave Goren announced today. Costas and Feinstein will be honored at the 53rd Annual NSSA Awards Banquet on June 11, 2012 in Salisbury, NC. The event marks the 50th anniversary of the NSSA’s Hall of Fame.
Sharing the stage with Costas and Feinstein will be National Sportscaster of the Year Dan Shulman of ESPN and National Sportswriter of the Year Joe Posnanski of Sports Illustrated, along with 103 State Sportscasters and Sportswriters of the Year from throughout the United States.
Costas has starred on network television in many different roles. A 22-time Emmy Award winner, he has spent more than 30 years at NBC. The 2012 London Olympics this summer will mark Costas’s 10th with NBC and ninth as primetime host, more than any other. Since 2005, Costas has also hosted Football Night In America. And, he serves as play-by-play announcer and host for the Major League Baseball Network.
Feinstein is the bestselling author of more than two dozen books, including his latest release, One on One. He has also written for the Washington Post, WashingtonPost.com,The National Sports Daily, Golf Digest and Golf World, and is a regular commentator on the Golf Channel.
Shulman handles play-by-play for ESPN’s NBA coverage, Saturday night primetime college basketball and Sunday Night Baseball. Before starting at ESPN in 1995, Shulman worked for Canada’s national sports network, The Sports Network (TSN), calling play-by-play for the Toronto Blue Jays, Toronto Raptors and Vancouver Grizzlies. He is also the first two-time winner of Sports Media Canada Broadcaster of the Year award.
Twice named best sports columnist by the Associated Press Sports Editors, Posnanski now serves as a senior writer at Sports Illustrated and si.com. Before heading to Sports Illustrated, Posnanski was a sports columnist for 13 years at The Kansas City Star. He also wrote for The Charlotte Observer, The Augusta Chronicle and The Cincinnati Post. An author of three books, Posnanski is currently working on a book about recently-fired Penn State football coach Joe Paterno.
Among the 103 state winners are: Los Angeles Dodgers play-by-play announcer Vin Scully, who won his 31st California Sportscaster of the Year Award; University of New Hampshire play-by-play announcer Jim Jeannotte (23rd New Hampshire Sportscaster of the Year Award); Indiana University play-by-play announcer Don Fischer (22nd Indiana Sportscaster of the Year Award). There are also 36 first-time winners.
After the jump break, the local winners.