Starting on February 13th at 9 PM, MLB Network will debut their first-ever reality competition series: The Next Knuckler. Five former quarterbacks will be taught how to throw the knuckleball by former Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield, with the grand prize of the show being an invitation to Spring Training with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The show will be hosted by Kevin Millar (ugh), and features cameos from RA Dickey, Charlie Hough, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and 15-year old little leaguer Chelsea Baker. Here's a video preview...
Well, that didn't take long. A month after seeing his contract not renewed by ESPN for incendiary comments about Redskins QB Robert Griffin III, disgraced sports bogeyman Rob Parker is back.
Don't worry, Rob Parker isn't likely returning to a television anywhere near you anytime soon. (We hope.) No, Parker has signed up with an independent online sports outfit, The Shadow League. I've never heard of The Shadow League until 2 PM ET today, and their employment of Rob Parker makes me wish it would have stayed that way.
But the press release praising the "illustrious" and "famed" Rob Parker and his addition should be good for a laugh, no? Here it is in its entirety...
According to Sports Business Daily, Fox is apparently in talks with Regis Philbin to host a show on Fox Sports One. The show would apparently resemble a sports-themed version of The View, with Philbin taking the Barbara Walters role on a panel of several other commentators. So in other words... it's the Sports Reporters, hosted by Regis???
The best word I can use to describe this potential marriage would be "interesting." ABC didn't renew Philbin's contract in 2011, and the long-time host of Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee (and later, Kelly) has kept a relatively low profile since. He's 81-years old, 82 by the time FSOne launches, and doesn't have any experience hosting a sports show. While Philbin would give FSOne a recognizable name at launch, this sounds like an idea that has little chance at success. I'm not sure how exactly the show would stand out from ESPN's litany of debate/panel shows, except for the host. It almost seems to me that Fox is trying to follow in ESPN's footsteps, except this time they're trying to acquire buzz and trends with an aging celebrity.
On the bright side, at least they're not bringing back Tom Arnold. Yet...
Sunday night Dial Global radio shared the above picture of Super Bowl play by play man Kevin Harlan being relegated to calling the game by landline phone thanks to the Super Bowl blackout. We now have audio of Harlan's call from when the lights went down in the Crescent City. While the CBS booth went silent, the Dial Global booth was working with both Harlan and Esiason on the phone. In fact, according to Dial Global, sideline reporters Mark Malone and James Lofton called in to the broadcast and used their cell phones. Here's the surreal audio from one of the craziest events in recent sports history.
Extending her streak of exclusive sports interviews to two, Katie Couric will sit down with Joe Paterno's widow, Sue. According to the Chicago Tribune, Couric has already met with Paterno in her State College, Pa. home, and will also sit down with her in studio, with the episode airing on Monday, February 11th.
It will be interesting to see what questions Couric throws Paterno's way. Couric mostly lobbed out softballs to Manti Te'o, and considering this is the first interview Sue has done since the Sandusky scandal and her husband's subsequent firing and death, I'd expect a relatively safe environment for her.
*Ed Note: This article appears via Bloguin's five star college football blog Crystal Ball Run.
If we’ve learned anything in the past three years while watching schools hopscotch the country from conference to conference, it’s that ESPN now wields an inordinate amount of power over college sports. The Worldwide Leader has been dropping coin on college sports media rights like Johnny Manziel at an Indian casino.
Now, the bill is starting to come due.
Wall Disney Co., ESPN’s parent company, announced its quarterly earnings Tuesday and witnessed a drop of 6 percent in profits. Mickey attributed the slide in part to rising costs related to ESPN’s college football programming.
... on ESPN International. Had you going for a bit there, didn't I?
After there were reports Dick Vitale may call games in an arrangement between CBS and ESPN, the noted college basketball enthusiast will call his first Final Four for an international audience. Details from Bristol...
This And 1 from Danilo Galinari is an amazing shot and an important one too as it sealed a Nuggets victory over the Bucks Tuesday night... but "shot of the century?" What's funny is Nuggets play by play man Chris Marlowe going absolutely bonkers for the acrobatic lay in by saying it's the best shot from the last 100 years in basketball and adding in sound effects as well. Thankfully Marlowe must realize that hyperbole is a little strong and steps down to only calling it the "shot of the year."
Because anytime you can withstand 35 points from Sam Dalembert and survive the Bucks at home, it's cause to get extra excited!
During the blackout that took place during Sunday's Super Bowl, CBS's Armen Keteyian was actually in the NFL's control room conducting an interview with Frank Supovitz, who was in charge of the NFL's Super Bowl gameday operations. During the interview, which was recorded for 60 Minutes Sports, Keteyian and Supovitz were talking about the halftime show starring Beyonce when all of a sudden.... the power went out in the control room and half of the stadium.
To his credit, Keteyian stood back and let Supovitz and his staff do their jobs in an attempt to get the power back on. But despite the inside look at the control room, it's a little bizarre to see that the NFL's staff really had no immediate answers for *why* the power went out (and still doesn't), but all things considered, I think they handled things the best that they could have.
You know what would have been nice during the broadcast? If instead of going to James Brown, Solomon Wilcots, and the rest of the NFL Today staff for an extended halftime show, CBS got a camera on Keteyian for updates since he was right in the thick of things. That was a huge opportunity that the network missed to inform viewers about what was going on instead of the path they took, which was to babble the same things over and over again with no confidence.