SBD/Issue 121/Sports Media

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  • Ready For His Close Up: The Big Lead Blogger Reveals Identity

    The Big Lead Co-Creator Reveals Identity
    The Big Lead co-Creator and Principal Writer & Editor Jason McIntyre, whose blog in January had 2.07 million page views and 429,949 unique visitors, recently decided to "reveal his identity," according to Richard Deitsch of SI.com. McIntyre, who launched the site in February '06 and had remained anonymous until now, said of shedding his anonymity, "It never really crossed my mind until now. I had opportunities. NPR asked me to come on, and I've done some interviews anonymously." McIntyre, who recently left his job as assistant news editor at US Weekly, has a "background in sports journalism," having worked at the North Jersey Herald News and the Bergen Record, as well as freelancing for ESPN.com's Page 3 and ESPN the Magazine. While The Big Lead has "no written code of ethics," McIntyre said that he and co-Founder David Lessa often have "debated adding one to the site." Asked if he considers himself a journalist, McIntyre replied,  "In its traditional sense, I would say, yes. The Big Lead is journalism. We have some original reporting and other times we will just riff on a sporting event or a news story. But in the sense we don't have anyone looking over our shoulders -- we don't have any editors and there is no one to answer to -- that is not traditional journalism." He added: "We don't intentionally target anyone. ... We are sitting here objectively covering the sports media." Deitsch noted McIntyre's decision to "go public" comes five weeks after the writers of FireJoeMorgan.com revealed their identities. Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski: "When you get into the business of gathering information and reporting news, I'd like to see someone accountable with a byline. If it's just a site or a blogger throwing out general sports opinions and jokes and whatever it is they do on their own private site, then who really cares?" (SI.com, 3/12). 

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  • Bad Tour Guide: UConn Faces Rules Violation For Moore's ESPN Visit

    UConn Commits Recruitment Violation For
    Arranging Moore's Tour Of ESPN HQs
    The Univ. of Connecticut "committed a secondary rules violation" while recruiting freshman women's basketball player Maya Moore by arranging for her to take a tour of ESPN HQs in October '05, according to sources cited by ESPN's Shelley Smith. The net "acknowledged that it 'obliged' UConn when the women's basketball office requested a tour for Moore and her mother." ESPN VP/PR Josh Krulewitz, in a statement, said that the net "has now changed its policies on such tour requests." Krulewitz: "To avoid future incidents, our tour policy will now prohibit high school athletes from receiving tours at the request of a college or university athletic official" (ESPN.com, 3/12). UConn Associate AD/Communications Mike Enright: "Whatever was done, no one viewed as a potential NCAA violation" (HARTFORD COURANT, 3/13).

    KNIGHT TIME: Bob Knight last night made his debut as an ESPN college basketball analyst, and MSNBC.com's Mike Miller wrote it "lacked the one thing ESPN hired Knight to provide -- compelling TV." Knight's debut had "decent analysis, some expected guffaws between Knight and longtime friend and fellow analyst Digger Phelps and the requisite Q&A session where Knight answered e-mailed questions." Miller: "It wasn't boring ... but it lacked punch" (MSNBC.com, 3/12). However, in Austin, Cedric Golden wrote Knight is a "natural on television." He had "good chemistry with Phelps and didn’t show any of the stress associated with the pressures of coaching college basketball" (STATESMAN.com, 3/12). USA TODAY's Michael Hiestand: "Who knew Knight, at least out of the gate, would seem so comfortable in his TV makeup?" (USATODAY.com, 3/12).

    NOTES: ABC beginning April 4 will bring back its game show "Duel," hosted by ESPN's Mike Greenberg. The network will run 10 one-hour episodes on Friday nights (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 3/13)....ESPN's X Games Brazil will be held at the Sambodromo Do Anhembi in Sao Paulo April 25-27. The previous three X Games Brazil, held '02-04, took place in Rio de Janeiro (ESPN).

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  • Blog Hound: Golf Instructor Butch Harmon Drops John Daly

    Bloggers discuss golf instructor Butch Harmon dropping PGA Tour golfer John Daly after Daly's behavior at the PODS Championship last week.

    Larry Brown Sports
    Posted by: Larry Brown
    “Tiger’s always said he works as hard as he does because he doesn’t have Daly’s talent. That say enough for you?”
    The Neckbeard Brigade
    Posted by: PigBearMan
    “As for Butch, he watches a guy shoot a 77 (probably) blind drunk, then ditches him? Most people couldn't shoot 110 on those courses sober, let alone pissed. If he was as good a coach as he thinks he is, he would have Daly practicing drunk to better prepare him for tournament play.”
    Sportaphile
    Posted by: Chuck
    “I hear John Daly has a gambling problem too, he estimates that he’s lost over $50 million gambling away his money. I think we all know how this story is going to end.”
    ThreeStrikesandOut
    Posted by: rock
    “JD is a drinker?  Fan me with a brick.  The guys initials are JD for a reason and it’s not necessarily because of his name, okay?”
    The View From The South
    Posted by: Spencer
    “I liked that he used the word shenanigans. In response to this Daly probably could be found in a nearby bar turning up a Bud Light.”

    BUILDING THE BUZZ: Sports Media Challenge's Buzz Manager analyzed the online buzz about Daly being dropped by Harmon. Bloggers who side with Daly or think this is good for his career were tallied as positive, representing 27.78% of the buzz. Bloggers who are critical of Daly and his actions were counted as negative, making up 55.55% of posts. Click here for more information.See www.sportsbusinessdaily.com for more info.

    The topic ranked 5 out of 10 on the buzz, indicating a medium level of interest among sports bloggers.

    • With the extensive list of negative occurrences in Daly’s career, fans believe this might be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. They think Daly will become nothing more than a story about what happens when raw talent is combined with a terrible work ethic.
    • The same reasons Harmon cited as why he left Daly are the reasons why fans love to watch the big hitter. These fans side with Daly because he is a “common” man that has issues.
    • A group of fans are worried that Harmon’s departure from Daly’s life will trigger another period of intense alcoholism and depression.

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

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  • Media Notes

    A DALLAS MORNING NEWS editorial in response to Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban's ban on bloggers in the locker room states: "We're befuddled, to say the least, why he felt the need to change the team's locker-room-access policy to bar one blogger, who happens to work for this newspaper." The editorial: "If [Cuban] has a problem with Tim MacMahon, why not just ban Tim MacMahon and have the courage to say so? Why fabricate a 'policy' on bloggers supported by the 'logic' that if the team lets one blogger in, it has to admit them all? ... We can only hope the NBA helps him come to his senses" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 3/13).

    XM Satellite Radio To Broadcast
    All Of This Year's ALMS Races
    DONE DEALS: Startup network La Sexta has acquired the Spanish TV rights to F1 for five seasons beginning in '09. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The auction was coordinated by Mediapro, a partner at film and TV company Imagina, La Sexta's controlling shareholder (DAILY VARIETY, 3/13)....The American Le Mans Series (ALMS) has entered into a partnership with XM Satellite Radio, marking the first time every ALMS event will be broadcast on XM (AutoRacing1.com, 3/12).

    NOTES: Comcast SportsNet (CSN) this season will broadcast 103 Phillies regular-season games, including 48 home broadcasts in HD. Tom McCarthy will join the broadcast team of Harry Kalas, Chris Wheeler and Gary Matthews. McCarthy will handle play-by-play duties between the fourth and sixth inning and will report from the field for the rest of the game (THE DAILY)....The MLS Fire have partnered with Chicago's WPWR-MYT to televise a record 18 games over the air during the '08 season. Fred Huebner will handle play-by-play duties and Chris Doran will serve as color analyst for the telecasts (Fire)....The AFL Gladiators will have "at least seven of their remaining games televised," including six on FSN Ohio. FSN Ohio's first broadcast will be April 19 at 10:30pm ET (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 3/13).

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