On their official fan blog entitled “Blueshirts United,” the New York Rangers published an article Friday entitled “A Girl’s Guide to Watching the Rangers” (Note: The Rangers quickly removed the posting). Its purpose was to help new female hockey fans learn about the team and sport they'd likely been hearing so much about in the last week. It's a testament to the old "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" theory.
The premise here is that females are not as up to par with regards to their male counterparts and hence need a guide to brush up on their hockey knowledge. While the article was taken down rather quickly by the Rangers, the effects of it are still lingering.
The sagas of Manti Te'o and Lance Armstrong have spiraled across the media landscape over the past month, appearing everywhere from Oprah Winfrey's network to Katie Couric's show to Saturday Night Live. At first glance, the two stories are substantially different: Armstrong admitted to conducting an incredible doping regimen in his quest to win the Tour de France and then going after everyone who dared to suggest he was dirty. Te'o says he was deceived by a hoaxster and then lied about his relationship with his non-existent girlfriend to the media after being informed fo the scheme.
The stakes involved there aren't all that similar. However, there are plenty of common threads running through these stories, in how they were initially covered, how the lies were exposed, how the athletes reacted and how the media have reacted. These stories have both presented a window into the current state of sports coverage and raised some questions about where it may go in the future. Here are five media takeaways from the Te'o and Armstrong stories.
Tuesday's premiere of The Ultimate Fighter drew 1.5 million viewers and a 1.1 rating, far and away the highest viewership for any non-finale during the show's two season run on FX.
The ratings for the first two seasons of the show on FX, the 15th and 16th in the franchise's history, continually declined in the ratings. Season 15 in the spring didn't pick up one million viewers for an episode in any of the final five episodes of the season, and Season 16 in the fall had just two episodes draw at least one million viewers. The prior high watermark for any episode of the show on FX was 1.3 million viewers for the Season 15 premiere, the first episode to air on FX.
Did you think the NHL's enormous ratings the first couple of days of the 2013 regular season were a fluke? Think again.
NBC Sports Network's inaugural "Wednesday Night Rivalry", a broadcast which featured the New York Rangers defeating the Boston Bruins 4-3 in OT, was the most-watched regular season game on cable in 11 years and the most-watched regular season NHL game in NBC Sports Network's history.
For the third time in recent weeks, a figure loosely related to sports is going outside of the sports bubble to tell their story on TV. Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the supporting character in the Manti Te'o/Lennay Kekua hoax, was interviewed for several hours yesterday by Dr. Phil.
25 years ago today, Providence traveled to Pittsburgh to take on the Panthers in a Big East conference game. Pitt point guard Sean Miller fed forward Jerome Lane, who unleashed one of the craziest dunks we've ever seen in basketball. Lane not only soared above the Providence defender, but seemed to float in midair for a moment before unleashing his vicious slam that not only pulled the rim off the backboard, but shattered the glass.
Play by play announcer Mike Gorman (also of the Boston Celtics) could only shout "OHHHHH!" after the dunk, and affter about seven to eight seconds of silence after his initial reaction, color commentator Bill Raftery said the now iconic line of "SEND IT IN, JEROME!" While Raftery has had numerous fantastic calls throughout his years in broadcasting, none has more staying power than his call of Lane's vicious dunk during that January game 25 years ago. Tomorrow, College Gameday will commemorate Raftery's call that's one of the most famous in all of sports.
Could you imagine if this happened today in this new age of viral videos? There are just so many great things about this clip, from the dunk itself to the raw emotion of the calls from Gorman and Raftery. Lane's dunk was truly before its time.
With Tiger Woods playing at Torrey Pines in this weekend's Farmers Insurance Open, it's the first time the PGA Tour begins to sneak into the general consciousness of sports fans in 2013. To mark the occasion, the PGA Tour is enacting one of the most backwards media policies in recent memory.
The PGA Tour sent an e-mail yesterday to members of the media telling them that any digital play by play would not only result in their press credentials being yanked, but also all credentials from other journalists working for that outlet. Also, you don't even have to be covering the event on-site to have your credentials pulled. Here's the threat via Golf.com...
Thursday, CNN and Turner Sports announced the hiring of Rachel Nichols, formerly of ESPN. Nichols willl host a weekend sports program on CNN in addition to covering multiple sports across Turner's network. Details from the announcement:
Charles Barkley left his studio mates in Atlanta Thursday night to call Suns-Clippers from Phoenix with Kevin Harlan and Reggie Miller. That decision left the bullseye squarely on Barkley's ample backside as the NBA on TNT halftime crew of Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, Shaq, and Chris Webber mercilessly mocked Barkley. Smith's Kenny's Pictures was devoted to calling out various Barkley quotes from the first half, including Barkley's waxing habits...