SBD/Issue 238/Sports Media

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  • Big East, JumpTV Ink Multi-year Web Deal

    JumpTV To Produce Big East's Web Site
    JumpTV Inc. and the Big East Conference have struck a new multi-year pact in which the Orlando-based online video outfit will design and power the organization's newly expanded video content portal, located at BigEast.TV.  JumpTV, which in July purchased the broadband business of XOS Technologies for $60.25M, will produce the conference's entire Web site at BigEast.org.  But the centerpiece of that effort will be the branded online video channel, marking the first BCS conference to align itself in this fashion with JumpTV.  Also in the works for BigEast.org are an official online photo store and auction offerings. The Big East had been producing its online content with CSTV Online for more than two years, but selected JumpTV after an extensive RFP process. Aiding the new structure will be the Big East's new six-year TV contract with ESPN in which the conference retained extensive digital rights for itself once ESPN's live broadcasts conclude.  "We weren't unhappy with CSTV, but right now, this relationship better matches up with what our vision is and where we intend to go," said John Marinatto, Big East Senior Associate Commissioner.

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  • Blog Hound: Mickelson Skips Out On BWM Championship

    FedEx Cup points leader Phil Mickelson, after beating Tiger Woods at the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday, withdrew from this week's BMW Championship after criticizing PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem for not taking unspecified suggestions regarding the Cup.

    Sports Agent Blog
    Posted by: Jason G. Wulterkens
    “Now that he has gone mano-a-mano with Woods and finally lived to tell about it, perhaps Mickelson feels he deserves the same kind of deference from Finchem that Woods habitually receives by default.”
    Waggle Room
    Posted by: courtgolf
    “Make your suggestions in private or to the players committee.  The media is the cowards way out and this behavior is nothing BUT childish petulance.”
    Jammie Wearing Fool
    Posted by: 3 wood
    “Skipping these tournaments hurts those sponsors and the tour as a whole, but both Woods and Mickelson have shown over the years that they really don't care about much of anybody but themselves.”
    Golf Talk
    Posted by: Bruno Chu
    “Are you taking the week off to show up Finchem? Or do you really need to be with your family? You can’t have it both ways.”
    Gamblers Palace
    Posted by: mikegp
    “For the ones of us that know how tough East Lake is for the Tour Championship I think that we can’t really blame him for wanting to rest a little."

    BUILDING THE BUZZ: Sports Media Challenge's Sports Blog Index analyzed the buzz surrounding Mickelson missing the BMW Championship. Most bloggers feel that Mickelson missing the BMW Championship and his recent comments about the Fed Ex Cup, has hurt the success and credibility of Golf’s first playoff race. Click here for more information.Visit www.SportsBusinessDaily.com for more information.

    • The topic measured 3 out of 10 on The Buzz, indicating a low level of interest. 
    • Negative Exposure/sentiment stems from bloggers who feel that Mickelson and other golfers missing the “playoff” tournaments are hurting the credibility of the Fed Ex Cup. Bloggers are also critical that the Fed Ex Cup’s point system allows the top players to miss these “playoff” tournaments and still have a chance to compete for the top honors.
    • Positive Exposure/sentiment stems from bloggers who feel that Mickelson is honorable in standing up for what he believes is a faulty system. Bloggers also feel that the absence of the top golfers doesn’t hurt the Fed-Ex cup.

    Do you have a blog post that our readers would find interesting? Please forward your submission to bloghound@sportsbusinessdaily.com.

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