SBD/Issue 57/Sports Media

Media Notes

NFL Network’s Marshall Faulk replaced Jerome Bettis on NBC’s “Football Night in America” yesterday, as Bettis was at his father’s funeral....Victoria’s Secret models Selita Ebanks and Alessandra Ambrosio, in taped segment, introduced CBS’ “The NFL Today” yesterday with footage of NFL game action and a Victoria’s Secret fashion interspersed throughout the segment. Tuesday night, CBS will air the “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.” Following the introduction, CBS’ James Brown thanked the models for their participation and promoted Tuesday’s fashion show on CBS saying, “And I’m smiling” (THE DAILY)....FSN’s Jay Glazer reported Jim Mora has “quit his radio gig [on Fox Sports Radio] as a result” of his comments that Falcons QB Michael Vick was a “coach-killer.” Mora’s son, Jim Mora Jr., is the Falcons coach and was “very upset about the situation” (“Pro Football Preview,” FSN, 12/1).

NOTES: In N.Y., Larry Brooks reported NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and NHL Enterprises President Ed Horne each indicated that ESPN has “refused to accept commercial advertising from the league” (N.Y. POST, 12/4)....The Score has reached a multi-year deal in Canada, “believed to be five years, with the Premier League for the weekend package of games.” The deal “is believed to be worth about” C$12M. Rogers Sportsnet had owned Premier League rights in the country for eight years (GLOBE & MAIL, 12/2)....NBC’s “Friday Night Lights,” now airing Tuesday’s at 8:00pm ET, will move to the same time slot on Wednesday’s beginning January 10. NBC Entertainment President Kevin Reilly: “We’re very passionate in our belief in ‘Friday Night Lights’” (L.A. TIMES, 12/3).

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