ESPN is facing a huge shakeup in their college basketball department. Already losing Hubert Davis to the UNC coaching staff, Bristol lost another of their key college basketball contributors today - Doug Gottlieb. Gottlieb is leaving ESPN for a multi-layered position at CBS Sports, the network announced today in confirming a report from The Big Lead. Gottlieb also announced the move on his Twitter account.
Many thanks for 10 amazing years that changed my life forever at— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) July 31, 2012
#ESPN, but I have chosen to pursue new opportunities at CBS
Not only was Gottlieb one of ESPN's top college basketball analysts, he was a presence across several platforms. Perhaps most important is his role as the late afternoon national host on ESPN Radio. The former Oklahoma State point guard also filled in periodically for Mike & Mike, The Herd, and ESPN's litany of debate shows when need be. He was a big presence on SportsCenter as well.
Gottlieb's another domino to fall in the wave of free agents to leave Bristol, but ESPN has acted quickly to fill his shoes. In what turned out to be a preemptive strike, ESPN got in front of the Gottlieb news by announcing two new additions to their college bball talent pool yesterday.no comments
Believing that innovation and coverage of college recruiting had stagnated after the acquisitions of Scout and Rivals, Shannon Terry opted to launch 24/7 sports as an upstart challenger within the online recruiting subscription space. Terry, who took Rivals from bankruptcy to a 9 figure exit with Yahoo, reassembled a lot of the talent that was key to Rivals's success spanning technology, editorial, and business management. I'm guessing it wasn't too hard to approach Rivals employees as 24/7's offices were in the same building as the Rivals headquarters.
Two years later, 24/7 has disrupted the industry and carved out a sizable audience with its network of sites, but the jury remains out on if this niche can support 3 competing networks and which one would fall if there wasn't room.
Among the many areas of differentiation to Scout and Rivals was a surprising lack of censorship in the wildly popular forums across the network. Generally speaking though on the sites I visit that are affiliated with 24/7, the discourse remains pretty clean.
Unfortunately, the network's signature national message board, The Blue Board, found racist and homophobic remarks so commonplace that posters decided to start a petition calling for the end of these hateful comments. The petition reads:no comments
In case you haven't heard, NBC has faced a wee bit of criticism for their tape delaying of this year's Olympics. Just a wee bit. However, there are indeed some individuals out there that are successful in their endeavor to not have results spoiled before enjoying the primetime broadcast. Maybe they don't believe in having the internet or cable. Maybe they don't have a Twitter account. Maybe they have 9-5 jobs. Who knows. However, not wanting to leave those people out of the spoiling brigade, NBC managed to air a commercial celebrating Missy Franklin's gold medal in the 100m backstroke minutes before Franklin's race was scheduled to air. Oy. At least we're all on the same page now.
(Video via SportsGrid)no comments
NBC puts out a daily release noting the highlights of their television coverage for the next day. Given the difficulty sometimes in knowing what event is being televised when and where, we'll share that schedule with you the previous night so you can set your DVRs and plan accordingly. The schedule is sorted by network and we'll also add some key times at the bottom for gold medal events you can catch live online as well. All times are eastern.
TUESDAY, JULY 31 (Day 4)no comments
David Feherty has been known to be a bit of a crazy person, but this may be his craziest stunt yet. For the season finale of his Golf Channel show Feherty, he was willing to let John Daly hit a golf ball teed out of his mouth. Yea, that John Daly. The best part of the entire clip is the panicked person off camera pleading with Feherty not to do it. Thankfully for Feherty, he emerges in one piece and has a great clip for his show. Of course, he could have died as well. Without risk, there is no reward.
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Note: Fox takes the week off this Saturday because of that whole Olympic thing. MLB Network has a day-night doubleheader featuring what should be a great game, Pirates @ Reds. Who says there's no parity in baseball?
Monday July 30
Los Angeles Angels @ Texas Rangers (ESPN 7PM) Sean McDonough, Aaron Boone, Rick Sutcliffe
Tuesday July 31
Los Angeles Angels @ Texas Rangers (MLBN 7PM) Local Broadcast [Alt: White Sox @ Twins]
Pittsburgh Pirates @ Chicago Cubs (WGNA 8PM) Len Kasper, Bob Brenly
Wednesday August 1
Baltimore Orioles @ New York Yankees (MLBN 1PM) Local Broadcast [Alt: White Sox @ Twins]
Pittsburgh Pirates @ Chicago Cubs (WGNA 2PM) Len Kasper, Bob Brenly
Detroit Tigers @ Boston Red Sox (ESPN 7PM) Dave O’Brien, Nomar Garciaparra
Thursday August 2
Philadelphia Phillies @ Washington Nationals (MLBN 7PM) Matt Vasgersian, Jim Kaat [Alt: Marlins @ Braves]
Friday August 3
Cleveland Indians @ Detroit Tigers (MLBN 7PM) Local Broadcast [Alt: Mariners @ Yankees]
Chicago Cubs @ Los Angeles Dodgers (WGNA 10PM) Len Kasper, Bob Brenly
Saturday August 4
Seattle Mariners @ New York Yankees (MLBN 1PM) Local Broadcast
Los Angeles Angels @ Chicago White Sox (WGNA 7PM) Ken Harrelson, Steve Stone
Pittsburgh Pirates @ Cincinnati Reds (MLBN 7PM) Local Broadcast [Alt: Indians @ Tigers]
Sunday August 5
Los Angeles Angels @ Chicago White Sox (TBS 2PM) TBA
Chicago Cubs @ Los Angeles Dodgers (WGNA 4PM) Len Kasper, Bob Brenly
Milwaukee Brewers @ St. Louis Cardinals (ESPN 8PM) Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser, Terry Francona
In today's Olympic Q&A, we head to the water to talk to NBC's rowing analyst for the London Games, Yasmin Farooq. Yaz competed in the Olympics in 1992 and 1996 and now coaches the Stanford women's rowing program, who she led to a national championship in 2009. She takes us inside what a typical day is like for an Olympic commentator, the experience in London, and what the casual Olympic fan needs to know about rowing at the Games.
Q: You competed at the Games in 1992 & 1996, how does your experience as an athlete help you as an analyst?
A: I still remember what it felt like to sit in the starting blocks at the Olympics, that sense of anticipation, excitement to race, and of course, a few butterflies. I’ll admit, my heart rate still goes up right before the start of each of the races, especially the women’s eight, which was my event. Being live at the Olympics as an analyst (we sit right above the finish line in the media grandstand) literally inserts all of us right back into that electric atmosphere, and I try to convey that to the viewer. I know what those rowers are going through, both from a training and racing standpoint, as well as the Olympic experience. I also coach at Stanford University now, so I’m in touch with sport on a daily basis.no comments
Every four years, we are privileged to take part in and witness an event that brings the world together. And no, I'm not talking about the Olympics. I'm not talking about the World Cup or even a presidential election. I'm not even talking about leap years.
Of course, I'm talking about being angry at NBC tape delaying the most important Olympic events and airing them in primetime.
Yes, every four years, seemingly the entire country goes up in arms over NBC's Olympic tape delay strategy where they use their exclusive Olympic rights to save elite events like swimming, gymnastics, and track & field for the primetime jackpot. The practice is nothing new, and even goes back to ABC's Roone Arledge in the 1960s as he made the Olympics into the television event it is today. This strategy was continued by NBC, shaped by Dick Ebersol, and remains till this day.
But we need to face reality - the Olympics aren't about the sports. They are about the stories. They always have been.no comments
We have a new contender in the race for AA's #1 Announcing Gaffe of 2012. As Marty Reid was welcoming viewers to Saturday's Nationwide Series race at Indianapolis on Saturday, he attempted to introduce his broadcast partners - Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree. Normaly, this goes off without a hitch. Normally, it's not too difficult to remember who you're working a broadcast with. Alas, it's not a shoo-in for Marty Reid. Watch as he struggles to reach into the deepest layers of his subconscious before emerging with the name of Dale Jarrett before flat giving up when he can't think of Andy Petree's name. It's worth noting that Petree has worked in the booth for ESPN since they acquired NASCAR rights in 2007.
The best part of the entire video is Andy Petree's name flashing in the graphic below the three men as Marty Reid forgets his name. Just beautiful timing.
I know who you are! You're... hmmm... the... uhh... the third agency of government I'd do away with... uhh... oops.
(H/T Deadspin)no comments