ESPN has appointed two new Editors-in-Chiefs for their digital and print properties. Chad Millman is the new Editor-in-Chief of both ESPN The Magazine and and ESPN.com and Alison Overholt will be the new Editor-in-Chief of espnW.
Patrick Stiegman, ESPN's Vice President & Editorial Director of Digital & Print Media commented on the appointments, saying:
"I’m confident that these appointments will continue our momentum to carry out our mission to serve sports fans, embrace new technologies and elevate our incredible content portfolio across an unparalleled work force."
Millman is no stranger to ESPN. He has served in a number of editing roles after joining the company back in 1998. His career started as a reporter for Sports Illustrated and as a correspondent for CNNSI. Overholt is also pretty familiar with ESPN, serving in senior editor positions with ESPN the Magazine and as a deputy editor of ESPN Publishing.
Will these new appointments change the look and feel of the content on ESPN.con and espnW? Probably not, but they're noteworthy changes to the hierarchy.no comments
Not only do CBS and Turner have four networks broadcasting live games during the NCAA Tournament, they also have CBS Sports Network to use. The cable channel has constantly provided supplemental studio coverage of March Madness. That will continue to be the case for the 2014 tournament.
CBSSN kicks things off with NCAA March Madness Bracket Breakdown, which will basically serve as a pre- and post-game show to main CBS' actual reveal of the brackets. They'll broadcast for two hours each at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET. It'll feature analysis of the field and previews of the early games.
NCAA March Madness 360, which sounds like a video game I played in 2005, will complement CBS and Turner's coverage with pre- and post-game studio breakdowns, press conference, interviews and breaking news. The show will also go live from North Texas (the codephrase for "Dallas" when big events take place there) starting Friday, April 4th to preview the Final Four, offering live coverage of team practices.
CBSSN also has access to encores of games on CBS and the Turner networks.
The network's studio crew features hosts Adam Zucker, Brent Stover and Dana Jacobson. The analyst roster stars Wally Szczerbiak, Mateen Cleaves, Pete Gillen, Steve Lappas and Alaa Abelnaby. Insiders Gary Parrish and Jon Rothstein also contribute, and college coaches whose seasons unfortunately end a little early will join up as the tournament rides on.no comments
Director - Ezra Edelman
Length - 2 hours with commercials (102 minutes without)
Installment - #60 of 30 for 30/ESPN Films series
Most Similar To - Pony Excess, Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL?
Grade - Top Ten
Review- Over the years, the two most dependable 30 for 30 time slots have been after the Heisman ceremony and after the NCAA Tournament Selection Show. That said, leading up to my viewing of Requiem For The Big East, I somewhat wavered on that almost assured quality and consistency and somewhat lowered expectations.
The title was a bit artsy and the promos were a bit vague. I crossed my fingers Wednesday night that I wouldn't have to spend 2 hours playing on my phone.
But my intuition was wrong.....very wrong. I loved Requiem For The Big East.no comments
This is not a surprise if you've been reading the ESPN tea leaves since January. When news broke that Brent Musburger's contract was expiring, it was widely speculated that The Powers That Be in Bristol, CT were looking to replace him with either Chris Fowler or Rece Davis as the lead college football voice.
After ESPN announced Wednesday that Musburger would be moving to the SEC Network, it paved the way for College GameDay host Fowler to move into the Saturday Night Football booth with Kirk Herbstreit.
ESPN has announced to the world that Fowler has signed a nine year contract extension through 2023, His duties will be lead college football play-by-play voice. His play-by-duties will include calling one College Football Playoff semifinal and the Championship Game. The interesting part of the deal is that he'll continue to host College GameDay with Herbstreit, Lee Corso and Desmond Howard. That will make a very long day for Fowler and Herbstreit.
Fowler has been jonesing to return to the college football announcing booth. He called ESPN's Thursday Night Football from 2006-09 and told Sports Illusrated last year that he regretted leaving to focus on hosting GameDay.no comments
What's the quickest way to move up in the sports talk radio world?
Go on an offensive rant that will make your name known nationwide.
First it was Dan Sileo being hired in San Diego after managing to offend pretty much every definable sect of human beings under the sun. Now it's Damon Bruce moving from the KNBR "B" station in San Francisco to 95.7 The Game for a new afternoon drivetime show.
Here's the glowing announcement from The Game (via Bay Area Sports Guy) that ignores the very recent controversy that has made sports fans around the country aware of the name Damon Bruce.
“This is a great day for 95.7 The GAME and Bay Area sports fans. For years, Damon Bruce has been one of the strongest, most opinionated and passionate personalities in Bay Area sports. He understands what it takes to compete and win in this market,” said Steve DiNardo, Entercom San Francisco’s Vice-President and Market Manager. “Just as exciting is moving Ric Bucher and Chris Townsend to morning drive. In just 14 months, they have developed strong chemistry and a loyal following. We feel like we have the perfect team in the perfect time slot to grow The GAME.”
Damon Bruce is a San Francisco radio veteran. A staple with KNBR between 1998 and 2000, Bruce returned to KNBR in 2005 as a host of “The Damon Bruce Show” on KNBR 1050. He first gained national exposure hosting Sports Overnight America before leaving to become a SportsCenter anchor on ESPN Radio. Bruce has also filled in on the Jim Rome show and has hosted SportsCenter for ESPN International. He later was a fill-in host on Fox Sports Radio and Sporting News Radio, as well as the CBS Sports Network, before rejoining KNBR. Additionally Damon has hosted Pre and Post-Game shows for the San Francisco Giants and San Francisco 49ers.”
Never underestimate the value of a good public relations staff to write your own version of history. To make this story come full circle, Jonathan Martin (the target of Bruce's original rant that veered off course into a degrading rant against women) is now going to be playing professionally in San Francsisco for the 49ers. I wonder what Damon Bruce will have to say about that.
Perhaps Bruce is a changed man who has learned his lesson and this will be a great success story. But I can't help shaking the feeling that sports talk radio continually rewards those who carelessly step out into the minefield and speak before thinking. This is an industry that doesn't give mere second chances to those who take part in neanderthalic, derogatory, odious rants and radio bits. This is an industry that gives them third, fourth, and fifth chances all in the name of drawing ratings points and reactions. In sports talk radio, it's better to be a loudmouth beligerent under the guise of "locker room humor" than an insightful original thinker. If that continues to be the case, there will only be more Sileos and Bruces to draw negative attention to the medium.no comments
Former NFL Network analyst and All Pro safety Darren Sharper has now been officially charged in a second state with sexual assault. Sharper has already been officially charged in Los Angeles on multiple felonies and an arrest warrant was issued for him in New Orleans, but an indictment has not yet followed.The case in Arizona follows the same disturbing pattern as the cases everywhere else. Sharper is accused of drugging women and then raping them while unconscious. Via the New Orleans Times-Picayune...no comments
It seemed inevitable. Brent Musburger, the 76-year-old broadcaster whose contract was expiring, would be pushed out of his prime slot of Saturday night college football on ESPN and either become the lead voice of the new SEC Network or move on to greener pastures. Luckily for Brent and his adoring fans, ESPN signed him on with the SEC Network. He will swap his usual partner Kirk Herbstreit out for another gelled beauty Jesse Palmer, and travel around the South this fall, calling football.
Musburger is being phased out to presumedly make way for Chris Fowler or Rece Davis, longtime ESPN company men who deserve a shot at the No. 1 play-by-play slot. But after the decision was announced on Wednesday, Musburger handled the transition with aplomb, graciously accepting his new position with excitement, rather than disappointment.
In a conversation with Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch, Musburger spoke about his new job description as a rare new opportunity, at his advanced age.no comments
At Spring Training baseball games, the game itself is almost secondary. Wins and losses don't matter, strategy is non-existant, and most fans haven't heard of every player on the field after the fifth inning. On Tuesday, the Red Sox tried to add a new sense of awareness to their game with the Marlins by announcing each pitch and the count over the public address system. You can see why this would drive people insane, right?
Here's some of the logic behind the change, according to Dr. Charles Steinberg.no comments
All Times Eastern
San Diego at BYU -- BYUtv, 8 p.m.
American Athletic Conference Tournament, Memphis, TN
Houston vs. SMU -- ESPNU, 1 p.m.
Louisville vs. Rutgers -- ESPNU, 3:30 p.m.
Cincinnati vs. Central Florida -- ESPNU, 7 p.m.
Memphis vs. UConn -- ESPNU, 9:30 p.m.
Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament, Greensboro, NC
Florida State vs. Maryland -- ESPN/ACC Network, noon
Wake Forest vs. Pittsburgh -- ESPN/ACC Network, 2:30 p.m.
Miami (FL) vs. North Carolina State -- ESPN/ACC Network, 7 p.m.
Clemson vs. Georgia Tech -- ESPN/ACC Network, 9:30 p.m.
Atlantic 10 Tournament, Brooklyn, NY
LaSalle vs. St. Bonaventure -- NBC Sports Regional Networks (Mid-Atlantic/New England/Northwest/Philadelphia/CSS/SNY), noon
Dayton vs. Fordham -- NBCSN, 2:30 p.m.
Richmond vs. Duquense -- NBCSN, 6:30 p.m.
UMass vs. URI -- NBC Sports Regional Networks (Mid-Atlantic/New England/Northwest/SNY/The Comcast Network), 9 p.m.
Big East Tournament, New York, NY
Seton Hall vs. Villanova -- Fox Sports 1, noon
St. John's vs. Providence -- Fox Sports 1, 2:30 p.m.
Creighton vs. DePaul -- Fox Sports 1, 7 p.m.
Xavier vs. Marquette -- Fox Sports 1, 9:30 p.m.
Big Ten Tournament, Indianapolis, IN
Indiana vs. Illinois -- Big Ten Network, noon
Ohio State vs. Purdue -- Big Ten Network, 2:30 p.m.
Minnesota vs. Penn State -- ESPN2, 6:30 p.m.
Iowa vs. Northwestern -- ESPN2, 9 p.m.
Big 12 Tournament, Kansas City, MO
Iowa State vs. Kansas State -- ESPN2, 12:30 p.m.
Kansas vs. Oklahoma State -- ESPN2, 3 p.m.
Oklahoma vs. Baylor -- Big 12 Network, 7 p.m.
Texas vs. West Virginia -- Big 12 Network, 9:30 p.m.
Big West Tournament, Anaheim, CA
Cal-Santa Barbara vs. Cal Poly -- Fox College Sports Pacific, 3 p.m.
Long Beach State vs. Cal State-Fullerton -- Fox College Sports Pacific, 5:30 p.m.
Cal-Irvine vs. Cal-Riverside -- Fox College Sports, 9 p.m.
Hawaii vs. Cal State-Northridge -- Fox College Sports, 11:30 p.m.
Mountain West Tournament, Las Vegas, NV
San Diego State vs. Utah State -- CBS Sports Network, 3 p.m.
UNLV vs. Wyoming -- CBS Sports Network, 5:30 p.m.
New Mexico vs. Fresno State -- CBS Sports Network, 9 p.m.
Nevada vs. Boise State -- CBS Sports Network, 11:30 p.m.
Pac-12 Tournament, Las Vegas, NV
Arizona vs. Utah -- Pac-12 Networks, 3 p.m.
Cal vs. Colorado -- Pac-12 Networks, 5:30 p.m.
UCLA vs. Oregon -- Pac-12 Networks, 9 p.m.
Arizona State vs. Stanford -- Fox Sports 1, 11:30 p.m.
SEC Tournament, Atlanta, GA
Missouri vs. Texas A&M -- SEC TV, 1 p.m.
South Carolina vs. Arkansas -- SEC TV, 3:30 p.m.
LSU vs. Alabama -- SEC TV, 7 p.m.
Mississippi vs. Vanderbilt or Mississippi State -- SEC TV, 9:30 p.m.
Big Ten Tip-Off Show 2014 -- Big Ten Network, 11:30 a.m.
Big Ten Game Break -- Big Ten Network, 2 p.m.
Fox College Hoops Extra -- Fox Sports 1, 2 p.m.
Big Ten Finale '13-'14 -- Big Ten Network, 4:30 p.m.
Inside College Basketball: Bracket Week -- CBS Sports Network, 5 p.m.
College Basketball Live Scoreboard -- ESPN2, 5 p.m.
Fox College Hoops Tip-Off -- Fox Sports 1, 6:30 p.m.
Drive to NCAA March Madness -- CBS Sports Network, 7:30 p.m.
Inside College Basketball: Bracket Week -- CBS Sports Network, 8:30 p.m.
Fox College Hoops Extra -- Fox Sports 1, 9 p.m.
Big Ten Finale '13-'14 -- Big Ten Network, 11 p.m.
Inside College Basketball: Bracket Week -- CBS Sports Network, 11 p.m.
College Basketball Live -- ESPNU, 11:30 p.m.
College Basketball Live -- ESPN2, 12:30 a.m. (Friday)