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By Eric Fisher, Staff Writer, SportsBusiness Journal
FoxSports.com Redesign Features
Greater Emphasis On Video Content
KSDK-NBC Foregoing Network
Programming For Cardinals Games
FSN SETTLEMENT: Meanwhile, Caesar reported a settlement “appears imminent” between FSN Midwest and DirecTV, as sources said that negotiations “have progressed to the point that the blackout of Cardinals telecasts in central Illinois has been lifted.” FSN wanted satellite operators to include the net with basic service, but the games have returned on a sports tier (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 4/14).
NBC’s Olbermann Adds “Football
Night In America” Co-Hosting Duties
HAMMER TIME: While Hank Aaron has said that he will not attend the game when Barry Bonds breaks his career home run record, ESPN MLB announcer Jon Miller said that there were “several reasons” why he and partner Joe Morgan did not ask Aaron about Bonds during Sunday night’s Padres-Dodgers game. First, Aaron’s reps “said he was not willing to answer questions on topics other than Jackie Robinson. Second, Miller thought Aaron already addressed the issue in newspaper interviews. Third, Aaron was telling such great stories about Robinson, Miller did not see an opening to change the subject.” Miller: “I felt that if I asked that question, I’m asking it for some writer somewhere so I don’t get second-guessed. That wouldn’t be fair to Hank Aaron” (S.F. CHRONICLE, 4/17).
WHITLOCK: In K.C., Jeffrey Flanagan writes K.C. Star columnist Jason Whitlock appeared yesterday on the “Oprah Winfrey Show” to discuss the Don Imus controversy, following recent appearances on CNN’s “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” “Anderson Cooper 360” and “American Morning,” NBC’s “Today” and MSNBC’s “Tucker.” What has “intrigued the national media recently is Whitlock’s contention that society ... should be far more appalled by the language and culture of hip-hop music than by Imus.” Whitlock taped a follow-up episode of “Oprah” that will air today (K.C. STAR, 4/17).
Spurs-Mavericks On Sunday
Averages 6.9 Rating In Dallas Market
NHL: In Toronto, William Houston reports the CBC drew 1.02 million viewers for Penguins-Senators Game Two on Saturday, but the 3:00pm ET start time for the game “appears to have cost the CBC about 500,000 viewers.” On Sunday, the net drew its “largest playoff audience so far” of 1.546 million viewers for Senators-Penguins Game Three, which began at 6:00pm. Prior to Senators-Penguins, the CBC drew 672,000 viewers for Flames-Red Wings Game Two at 1:00pm Sunday and 1.424 million for Canucks-Stars Game Three at 9:30pm (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 4/17).
ROCKIES: The Rockies’ season-opening game against the D’Backs April 2 drew a 4.3/12 on FSN Rocky Mountain, marking the most-viewed Rockies game since August 15, 2006. The average of 60,000 HHs marked the largest TV audience ever on FSN for one of the team’s home games, and the largest audience for a season-opener since ’03 (FSN).
With the USOC selecting Chicago as the applicant city for the 2016 Summer Olympics, bloggers are discussing the city’s chances of winning the bid, its ability to host a successful Games and whether the USOC made the right choice in choosing the Windy City over L.A.
The Jolly Spectator
Posted By: Ted Pratt
“The Olympics would mean significant monies for improving things like mass transit and parks, but the real benefit for Chicago would be for its profile internationally. Just look at what the Olympics have done for Barcelona. The world would love Chicago as a host, but the work is just beginning.” the texasyank
Posted By: Joe McDade
“So, Chicago, 2016. Peter Ueberroth is supposed to be in charge of all this. Doesn’t he remember that the Los Angeles Olympics, circa 1984, were the greatest in history, that those were the games that signaled the modern Olympics as we know them? Guess not.” Fuzz Martin
Posted By: Claude
“Sure, you have O’Hare, lots of great restaurants, and even spendier hotels, but with facilities and space on the short end of the stick, the city of Chicago itself will be hard pressed to make a great case for holding such events.” Sportable
Posted By: Ryan
“Chicago’s numerous venues and plans for an 80,000 seat Olympic Stadium certainly strengthen their bid, as does their strong transportation network. There are few things as powerful as the Olympic Games. It may be nine years away but the decision will be made in just two years. Time is ticking. Chicago is on the clock.” My Heroic Bits
Posted By: Ruster
“The emerging concept of geographical rotation favors a host city in North America or Asia. Since London will be hosting the Games in 1012 after Beijing, potential host cities in Europe such as Madrid and Rome are less likely to get the nod.”
BUILDING THE BUZZ: Sports Media Challenge’s Sports Blog Index measured the interest around Chicago being selected as the U.S. candidate for the 2016 Olympics. Click on the chart for further analysis.
- The topic measures a 1 out of 10 on Buzz Meter, which indicated a very low level of interest.
- Bloggers express quiet optimism about Chicago as a bid city, with most of the major sports blogs giving nothing more than a mention.
- 2016 Olympics in Chicago Blog, created to build support for the bid, notes it “will be tough to keep momentum for the next 2.5 years.”
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SI’s Peter King wrote the Patriots-Colts game November 4 was given an afternoon time slot on CBS and not a primetime slot because CBS “deserved the game.” King: “The last three times the Colts and Pats have met in the regular season, the games were on Monday night, Monday night and Sunday night, respectively. The NFL had to be fair to a network that has been a good partner” (SI.com, 4/16).
NHL IN HD: FSN Pittsburgh has not broadcast the Penguins-Senators series in HD. FSN Pittsburgh Exec Producer Shawn McClintock said the FSN facility in Houston has “limited capacity. Additionally, it can be challenging to find an available truck on such short notice.” But McClintock said if the Penguins advance, “we’re making plans to cover as many games as we can in HD” (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 4/17). Meanwhile, the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER runs a correction today that states, “A hockey notes column in Sunday's sports section incorrectly blamed the Versus network for not carrying the [Rangers- Thrashers] on its HD channel last week. The game was scheduled to be televised on NBC” (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 4/17). The note ran in yesterday’s issue of THE DAILY.
NOTES: Electronic Arts has signed APM Music, which provides music for various media platforms, to produce 10 CDs a year featuring music from videogame soundtracks, including “Tiger Woods PGA Tour Golf.” The first batch of CDs will include “EA Sports Rock” (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 4/17)....Cablevision has moved cable music channel Fuse from its Rainbow Media division to its MSG unit, a move “some observers believe may be a prelude to a sell-off of the operator’s cable network portfolio.” Former MTV exec Eric Sherman will become Fuse President (BRANDWEEK, 4/16 issue).