Kobe Bryant is coming back for the Lakers on Sunday against the Raptors. Instead of simply tweeting out the news, or posting a picture, the Lakers went all out to create this ultra-dramatic video that they posted on Facebook. Kobe's jersey shines in the sun, and is torn to shreds in the rain before the sunlight apparently puts it together again and makes everything right with the world.
It reminds me of a Superman trailer, with Kobe's gold jersey standing in for Superman's red cape. But I wouldn't be surprised if there's some other marketing involved - "the legend continues", which is shown at the end of the video, is the subtitle of the new Anchorman movie. If you Google "the legend continues", the first search results are for the new film. Talk about a potentially subtle piece of advertising...
A Redskins team spokesman whined last week to the team’s beat reporter about WJFK’s weekly parodies at the expense of the team and while doing so dropped the two most overused words in the English language: legal action.
Via the Washington Post:
The bits, performed by host Danny Rouhier and produced by Ajay Atayee, are a mock play-by-play of a Redskins game, voiced primarily by Rouhier as a fake Larry Michael and fake Jurgensen. Actual clips of Cooley — like Jurgensen, a former Redskin — are included in the routines.
In addition to mocking the team’s poor play, the routines have skewered everything from long waits and high prices at FedEx Field (“This score means all fans in attendance can wander the parking-lot wasteland and sit in traffic. All that for 50 bucks!”) to Snyder’s occasional litigiousness (one segment is fake-sponsored by “Michaels, Michaels, Michaels & Michaels — official suing partner of the Washington Redskins”).
Apparently when the station’s program director told the team to take a chill pill, it smoothed things over. Either way, the Redskins ownership must have more important things to do with its time than try to violate the First Amendment rights of a talk radio station. Come on.no comments
This coming from John Ourand at the Sports Business Daily, Fox Sports is expected to retain the rights to the UEFA Champions League, the European soccer club championship. The surprising news is that ESPN which is losing the FIFA World Cup after next year and possibly MLS too, did not even submit a bid.
On Tuesday of this week, UEFA received bids from beIN Sport, Fox, NBC and Univision. The organization was hoping for bids equaling or surpassing $100 million per year, but all of the networks came short of the total, so UEFA threw them out for a second round of sealed envelopes on Thursday.
Ourand reports that after not seeing much change in the bidding, UEFA opted to renew its rights deal with Fox which has aired CL matches since the 2009-10 season. According to Ourand, the winning bid was significantly lower than the annual $83 million fee NBC is paying the English Premier League, so you know that the networks were hoping to get the Champions League on the cheap.no comments
This week we named our 13 Rising Stars for 2013 in sports media. One of those rising stars was Fox Sports 1 college football analyst and host Joel Klatt. The former Colorado QB has blossomed at Fox Sports 1 in an expanded role not just as a studio and game analyst, but as an anchor, even doing highlights on Fox NFL Sunday. Klatt joins us to talk about his young Fox career, this week's B1G title game, and much more including...
-The challenges and excitement of building FS1 from the ground up.
-Going head-to-head with College GameDay and what constitutes success for Fox College Saturday.
-Whether Fox College Saturday would consider going on the road.
-Last Saturday as one of the great days in college football history, especially the miraculous Iron Bowl finish.
-How Saturday's heroics gave way to debate and controversy. Klatt has particularly strong comments about the politicking, which he calls "reprehensible," and the perceived strength of the SEC.
-How a 4 team playoff won't solve the politicking problem.
-Focusing on the negatives of the top teams instead of celebrating their accomplishments. And why Florida State can compare to the legendary 1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers.
-Michigan State's chances of an upset in the Big Ten title game.
-Can Braxton Miller make enough plays in the passing game for OSU to win their first true test of the season.
-Who's going to play for the national title.
For more from Joel, follow him on Twitter @joelklatt.
At a press conference today, the SEC announced the launch of SEC Nation next fall. The show will serve as an SEC-centric version of College GameDay, and will air on the SEC Network when it launches in August 2014. Joe Tessitore will serve as the host of SEC Nation, which emanates from a different SEC campus each week.no comments
There is a nice piece up at Sports Illustrated discussing Charles Barkley's first ever subway ride in New York CIty. They also included the above video with the article, which features Barkley talking with fans, showing confusion with the Metrocard system, and of course, ragging on the Nets and the Knicks. I know the cameras were still technically on him, but Barkley remains one of the more engaging personaliites in TV even when the lights aren't on him.no comments
If you're not familiar with the name Vince Doria, you should know that he's one of the more influential executives at ESPN. He's a Senior Vice President at the network and the Director of News. He's the man who shapes SportsCenter, much of the daily programs you see on the network as well as overseeing the hard news coverage.
Doria has been taking hits for moving the daily Outside the LInes from the ESPN Mothership to ESPN2 and moving the Sunday edition of OTL from ESPN at 9 a.m. ET to ESPN2 at 8 a.m. In addition, Doria was also in the middle of the decision that led ESPN to take its name off the PBS Frontline "League of Denial" documentary on NFL concussions.
ESPN has been particularly sensitive about the criticisms over their late pullout from the documentary as well as implications that the network caved in to the NFL's complaints about the film. In an interview with Ed Sherman of the the Sherman Report, Doria was quick to counter those criticisms:
“People either didn’t do their homework as well as they could have, or maybe didn’t want to do their homework as well as they could have. It is an easy enough story if you wanted to, to connect some dots to it and say, ‘Look, they kowtowed to the NFL.’"
Doria adds: "... if you looked slightly further, and look at what the on‑air product was and what we delivered and the volume of what we delivered, the platforms over which we delivered it and so forth, show me somebody else that comes anywhere near giving that kind of exposure to the concussion issue as it relates to the NFL. I don’t think there is anybody.”
Doria is referring to the reporting leading up to the documentary and since where ESPN aired segments from "League of Denial" on Outside the LInes as well as continuing to report the story where no other network has touched the issue. He tells Sherman, "Honestly, I don’t know who else is doing this kind of work in sports with the regularity, with the frequency, putting the kind of resources, of manpower and money that we put towards it. I don’t think anybody else in television is doing it to the extent we’re doing it."
But Doria acknowledges that ESPN's decision to withdraw from "League of Denial" hurt the network in the short term, "Yeah, the way some of it came out publicly to me was not beneficial to the brand. But at the end of the day, if you try to look past just some of the superficial media coverage of it and the blaring headline aspect of it and say, well, what exactly did this mean in terms of how ESPN delivered this reporting on the concussion issue, hard‑pressed to have anybody say that we pulled our punches in that area."
No matter what Doria says, there's still the perception that ESPN caved to its biggest partner, one that it pays over $1 billion to televise its games. Doria says no league or person has told ESPN what to report and what to say on a story. However, the "League of Denial" pullout is going to sting the network brand for quite some time.no comments
I'm not even going to attempt a joke here. This is just downright wrong.
Of course, WDIV is the same Detroit station that employs Rob Parker... so maybe seeing a snafu of these epic proportions shouldn't be a surprise.no comments
When Michelle Beadle joined NBC in 2012, it was the biggest hire for the nascent NBC Sports Network. The peacock had signed one of ESPN's most popular personalities to be a building block for growing the NBC Sports brand and contribute across multiple major events. It seemed like a great hire from the outset - Beadle would be able to work in sports and entertainment with NBC by also joining Access Hollywood and NBCSN would have a star to build the network around. In the early days, the relationship was a success as Beadle hosted the London Olympics on NBCSN to critical acclaim in the summer of 2012.
Fast forward a year and a half and it's almost certain that Michelle Beadle's tenure at NBC Sports has already come to a tumultuous end.
When Beadle's name was missing from the announcement of Olympic hosts for the 2014 Winter Games from Sochi after being a key cog in 2012, the writing was on the wall concerning her time at NBC Sports in spite of what the network has said publicly about the situation.
Following NBC's talent announcements for the Olympics, AA polled more than a dozen individuals in the sports media industry this week, from on-air personalities at various networks to behind the scenes staffers and sports media experts. The verdict was nearly unanimous.
Michelle Beadle will never be seen on NBC Sports programming again.no comments