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  • Klores' "Black Magic" Documentary Garnering Rave Reviews

    (l to r) Monroe, Klores And Walt Frazier
    At Premiere Of ESPN's "Black Magic"
    ESPN Sunday night at 9:00pm ET will debut "Black Magic," a two-part documentary detailing the story of the Civil Rights Movement in America as told through the lives of basketball players and coaches who attended and worked at Historically Black Colleges & Universities. Filmmaker Dan Klores directed the project while Basketball HOFer Earl Monroe served as co-Producer. The documentary is narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson, musician Wynton Marsalis and Hornets G Chris Paul. It will be presented commercial-free by Russell Athletic Group and State Farm and will air in two two-hour segments following ESPN's NCAA men's basketball tournament selection show on Sunday and its women's tournament selection show on Monday (THE DAILY). Klores said the documentary is a "story I have been yearning to tell for a long time ... a story of exclusion and therefore invention (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 3/4).

    A MUST-SEE FILM: In Milwaukee, Garry Howard wrote while the documentary "covers a lot of ground, and you can get lost in the verbiage in some spots," it is a "must-see film." The project is Klores "at his very finest" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 3/12). In N.Y., Mitch Lawrence wrote "Black Magic" is a "no-holds-barred documentary that is really about 10 movies in one." Klores has "done a superb job recapturing this very important era, via rare film footage and interviews with dozens of players and coaches." The project is a "must-see for basketball fans of all colors" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 3/2). In Detroit, Drew Sharp wrote "Black Magic" is a "historical tool that should be mandatory viewing for every basketball player who sees an unlimited horizon ahead, a reminder of the predecessors who sacrificed wide acclaim for the sake of free expression" (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 3/12). In N.Y., David Hinckley: "Anyone who enjoys the NCAA tournament should know this story, too, and as a nice bonus, it's also fascinating to watch" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 3/14). In Boston, Tenley Woodman rated the documentary a "B+" and wrote, "Even die-hard fans of the sport will learn something here. ... Klores does justice to a complex subject" (BOSTON HERALD, 3/13). In N.Y., Vic Ziegel wrote under the header, "Score This Film As One That Shortcuts The Hoopla And Goes Right To The Basket" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 3/10). In Orlando, Dave Darling: "The story moves a bit slow ... and at times the chronology seems muddled. But this is an essential piece of work that basketball fans and history buffs will enjoy" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 3/14). On Long Island, Neil Best: "Fast moving, it ain't. Neither is it tightly focused. But for the curious and patient, the story ... is worth the investment" (NEWSDAY, 3/8). In S.F., Steve Kroner writes "Black Magic" moves at a "fairly slow pace" during Sunday's segment especially, which focuses on the '40s-60s. There is not "nearly as much highlight footage available as there is for the past 40 years" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 3/14).

    Writer Feels Film Scores With
    Coverage Of Off-Court Issues
    OFF THE COURT: In San Diego, Jay Posner writes "Black Magic" is "about far more than basketball. It's also a history lesson. ... It tells the story of injustices faced by black players before and during the civil rights movement" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 3/14). SI's Kostya Kennedy writes the film's "lasting impact comes not from [Monroe] undressing defenders. It comes from the blunt force of injustice and a time that should never be forgotten" (SI, 3/17 issue). The N.Y. TIMES' PLAY magazine's Bryan Curtis writes, "What makes 'Black Magic' interesting is its refusal to take its coaches, players and civil-rights leaders and funnel them into a single reading of history" (PLAY, 3/'08). In San Diego, Alan Drooz wrote "at times, you'll get angry. At a couple junctures, you'll get a lump in your throat. This is powerful stuff" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 3/10). In Ft. Worth, Ray Buck: "Be ready for Black Magic to sometimes shock and offend. It's slick in production ... but raw in emotion" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 3/14). The MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL's Howard: "I promise you it will move your soul, transporting you back to a time in America where the hair on your neck stands at attention. ... You walk through the past mostly grimacing, becoming a silent spectator to a history that is not taught in school, but should be" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 3/12).

    GETTING THEIR DUE RESPECT: In Denver, Dusty Saunders wrote the film "offers a solid theme: The achievements of many early-day black players and coaches still are unrecognized" (ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 3/10). In N.Y., George Willis wrote it was a "special time and a special era that produced special players. Maybe 'Black Magic' will help them get their due" (N.Y. POST, 3/9). Monroe said, "It's unfortunate that we were about 10 years too late telling this story because we lost Coach [Clarence] Gaines and Coach [John] McLendon. But those who learned the valuable lessons they taught are a part of their legacy" (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 3/12).

    MORE THAN JUST SPORTS: NEWSDAY's Best noted the documentary features footage of "civil rights era events," including the '68 riot at South Carolina State Univ., later known as the Orangeburg Massacre, which "resulted in the deaths of students but is far less known" than the '70 shootings at Kent State Univ. Klores "knew he risked losing some viewers with long segments such as that on Orangeburg, which is only tangentially related to basketball. But it was a chance he was willing to take" (NEWSDAY, 3/8). Klores indicated that he "hopes his film spurs the appropriate people to reopen the investigation into the Orangeburg Massacre and leads the Basketball [HOF] to open its doors to the sport's deserving black pioneers" (Columbia STATE, 3/4).

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  • CBS Expands Gus Johnson's Role In NCAA Basketball Tournament

    CBS' Gus Johnson
    CBS announcer Gus Johnson this year is "back in the rotation to call games beyond the upcoming first weekend" of the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament, according to Tom Hoffarth of the L.A. DAILY NEWS. CBS Sports Exec VP & Exec Producer Tony Petitti last year inserted announcer James Brown alongside Jim Nantz, Verne Lundquist and Dick Enberg as the net's four play-by-play announcers to call the Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight. Brown's addition "pushed Johnson out of the group, and created some media and more Internet backlash." Petitti: "We care about how the viewers react, and are careful not to overreact ourselves. The NCAA committee felt the same way -- they saw Gus' connection to the game. And honestly, nothing against [Brown], but Gus called more games during the regular season and it made more sense to bring him back." Hoffarth notes there are YouTube "shrines built just for [Johnson], blogs and message boards that hail him as CBS' maddening, exuberant voice" of the NCAA tournament. Petitti said of Johnson, "Everyone has their own style, and we encourage it. And who can argue with the fact wherever Gus goes, we know we'll get a great game. It's the 'Gus Factor'" (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 3/14).

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  • Final Nielsen Ratings From Recent Sports Events

    The following chart lists final Nielsen ratings from recent sports events (THE DAILY).

    SHOW
    DATE
    NET
    TIME
    RAT/SHR
    "Race to March Madness"
    3/8
    ABC
    3:00-3:30pm
    0.6/-
    NCAA Basketball: (regional)
    3/8
    ABC
    3:30-5:56pm
    1.1/-
    NCAA Basketball: Louisville-Georgetown
    3/8
    CBS
    12:00-2:00pm
    1.4/4
    NCAA Basketball: Stanford-USC
    3/8
    CBS
    2:00-4:00pm
    1.5/4
    NCAA Basketball: Kansas-Texas A&M
    3/8
    CBS
    4:00-6:00pm
    1.4/3
    Visa Snowboardcross World Cup (taped)
    3/8
    NBC
    2:00-3:00pm
    0.8/2
    PGA Tour: PODS Championship: Third Round
    3/8
    NBC
    3:00-6:00pm
    1.5/4
    "NBA Countdown"
    3/9
    ABC
    3:00-3:27pm
    0.9/-
    NBA: Spurs-Suns
    3/9
    ABC
    3:27-6:10pm
    2.1/-
    NCAA Basketball: Florida-Kentucky
    3/9
    CBS
    12:00-2:00pm
    1.6/4
    NCAA Basketball: MVC Championship:
    Drake-Illinois State
    3/9
    CBS
    2:00-4:00pm
    1.1/3
    NCAA Basketball: Purdue-Michigan
    3/9
    CBS
    4:00-6:00pm
    1.1/2
    NASCAR Sprint Cup: Kobalt Tools 500
    3/9
    Fox
    1:30-5:00pm
    6.4/15
    NHL: Penguins-Capitals
    3/9
    NBC
    12:30-3:00pm
    0.8/2
    PGA Tour: PODS Championship: Final Round
    3/9
    NBC
    3:00-6:00pm
    1.9/4
    SHOW
    DATE
    NET
    TIME
    U.S. AREA
    COV. AREA
    VIEWERS (000)
    NCAA Basketball:
    Texas-Kansas State
    2/25
    ESPN
    9:07-11:15pm
    1.1
    1.3
    1,259
    NASCAR Nationwide Series: Stater Bros. 300*
    2/25
    ESPN2
    4:00-6:33pm
    1.0
    1.1
    1,076
    NCAA Basketball:
    Tennessee-Vanderbilt
    2/26
    ESPN
    9:01-11:29pm
    1.8
    2.1
    2,021
    NCAA Basketball:
    Ohio State-Indiana
    2/26
    ESPN
    7:00-9:01pm
    1.1
    1.3
    1,243
    NCAA Basketball:
    Georgia Tech-Duke
    2/27
    ESPN
    9:03-11:11pm
    1.1
    1.3
    1,289
    NBA: Heat-Lakers
    2/28
    TNT
    10:49pm-1:20am
    1.5
    1.7
    1,683
    NBA: Mavericks-Spurs
    2/28
    TNT
    8:14-10:49pm
    1.4
    1.7
    1,611
    NBA: Clippers-Nuggets
    2/29
    ESPN
    10:31pm-1:10am
    0.9
    1.1
    1,047
    NBA: Jazz-Hornets
    2/29
    ESPN
    8:01-10:31pm
    0.9
    1.1
    1,017
    NASCAR Nationwide Series: Sam's Town 300
    3/1
    ESPN2
    4:30-7:43pm
    1.8
    2.1
    2,053
    NCAA Basketball:
    Kansas State-Kansas
    3/1
    ESPN
    9:00-11:09pm
    1.2
    1.4
    1,384
    NBA: Nuggets-Rockets
    3/2
    ESPN
    8:02-10:25pm
    1.2
    1.4
    1,306

    * = Race rained out on February 23.

    NOTES: Thursday's Pirates-Yankees Spring Training game, which featured actor Billy Crystal leading off as DH for the Yankees, earned a 1.1 HH rating and 89,000 viewers on YES, making it the net's highest-rated and most-viewed weekday Spring Training Yankees telecast (YES)....Monday night's Celtics-76ers game on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia averaged a 2.7 HH rating (80,266 HHs), marking the net's highest-rated 76ers game since the '06 home opener (Comcast)....Last Friday's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series American Commercial Lines 200 from Atlanta Motor Speedway earned a 1.05 coverage rating (753,000 HHs) on Speed, an increase of 31.3% from a 0.80 rating (565,000 HHs) for last year's race (Speed).

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  • Blog Hound: The Big Lead's Jason McIntyre Reveals Identity

    Bloggers discuss Jason McIntyre revealing himself as co-Creator and Principal Writer & Editor of popular sports blog The Big Lead.

    Sports Media Journal
    Posted by: Keith
    “As much as these sites are popular, I did not like their choice of remaining anonymous.  If what you do as an online journalist (yes, bloggers are journalists in my mind) is hold others accountable for their actions, either on the field or off, then you have the responsibility to face the same scrutiny.  Hiding or creating a nom de plum doesn’t cut it with me.”
    OnlineSnitch.com
    Posted by:
    “A writer who writes under his own name comes across as more accountable, both to his readers and to his subjects. Knowing the name Jason McIntyre won’t change the way I read The Big Lead, but I’m still glad it’s been revealed.”
    Fan House
    Posted by: Greg Wyshynski
    “I can only hope this trend continues here at FanHouse, so Michael David Smith can finally blog under his real name: David Michael Smith.”
    The Big Lead
    Posted by: Bronto
    “Damn. It’s not Kornheiser.”
    I Blog Because I Can
    Posted by: E. Spencer Kyte
    “How in the hell does a blogger relieving his identity make front page news on Sports Illustrated? Granted, it's on SportsIllustrated.com but still. This is ridiculous to me.”

    BUILDING THE BUZZ: Sports Media Challenge's Buzz Manager analyzed the online buzz about McIntyre revealing his identity. Bloggers who were happy that McIntyre revealed his identity were tallied as positive, making up 45% of the buzz. Bloggers who were upset by or indifferent to McIntyre’s announcement were counted as negative, representing 18% of posts.Click here for more information. See www.sportsbusinessdaily.com for more info.

    The topic ranked 4 out of 10 on the buzz, indicating a medium level of interest among sports bloggers.

    • Some bloggers think being able to associate a blog post with an actual person is important for the authenticity of the work. They believe a blog is more journalistic in nature when it can be accredited to a real person rather than an alias.
    • Other bloggers could care less that McIntyre revealed his identity. They don’t think knowing who writes The Big Lead will change how they read the blog.
    • McIntyre is now added to this list of prominent bloggers with impressive writing and journalism credentials that have revealed their identities. Their identities are helping to quiet critics that believe bloggers are fanatic ESPN watchers with no job.

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

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  • What's The Frequency?

    THE DAILY presents "What's The Frequency?" which highlights the subjects being discussed this week during afternoon drive shows on sports talk radio across the U.S. The following chart lists some of those topics. Local stations are listed in order of market size.

    MARKET -- STATION SHOW
    Detroit -- WXYT “Valenti & Foster”
    Pistons coasting to playoffs with several losses; Lions release Kevin Jones; many Lions free agents sign with Buccaneers practice squad
    Miami – WAXY “The Dan Le Batard Show”
    NCAA Tournament talk; Univ. of Miami wins first-round ACC Tournament game; Dolphins free agent signings continue; NBA playoffs preview
    Miami – WQAM “Power Hour”
    Will Univ. of Miami make NCAA Tournament?; Should Dolphins go after Pacman Jones?; Dwyane Wade out for the year; Are Heat tanking season?
    Seattle – KJR “The Gas Man”
    Steve Ballmer’s plan to purchase Sonics, renovate KeyArena; Pac-10 Tournament begins; Ichiro struggling in Spring Training; Seahawks sign Julius Jones, Shaun Alexander out?
    Phoenix – KDUS “Calling All Sports With Roc & Manuch”
    Lute Olson returning to Univ. of Arizona next year; Pac-10 Tournament; Cardinals re-sign Larry Fitzgerald; Randy Johnson’s Spring Training debut; Suns’ winning streak
    Minneapolis –- KFAN “The Chad Hartman Show”
    Wild currently in NHL playoffs; Univ. of Minnesota wins first-round Big Ten Tournament game; Twins preview; Chicago Sky controversy; Brett Favre’s retirement
    Charlotte -- WFNZ “Prime Time With The Packman”
    ACC Tournament begins in Charlotte; NCAA Tournament talk; Panthers off-season signings; Toyota wins first NASCAR Cup race; Bobcats on winning streak, but do fans care?
       

    Want to add your own Frequency? Contact Rick Ellington at rellington@sportsbusinessdaily.com.

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  • Media Notes

    Sutcliffe Diagnosed With
    Treatable Form Of Colon Cancer
    In Chicago, Teddy Greenstein reports ESPN is "planning something new this summer -- live editions of 'SportsCenter'" in the morning. An industry source described the live editions as an "effort to fill the shows with updated news, which it currently does with 'Right Now' updates at the top of the hour" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 3/14)....ESPN baseball analyst Rick Sutcliffe has been diagnosed with a treatable form of colon cancer. Sutcliffe will undergo chemotherapy and surgery over the next few months, with hopes to return to the booth later this year (ESPN.com, 3/13).

    KNIGHT REVIEWS: In N.Y., Richard Sandomir writes Bob Knight was "pretty good" in his debut Wednesday as an ESPN college basketball analyst. Knight "showed knowledge of the sport. Wasn't nervous. Showed potential for chemistry with his partners. Answered e-mailed questions from viewers with aplomb. Confessed to feelings of favoritism for his son, Pat, who is coaching Texas Tech, and for Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, his former player at Army. Still, he could have worn a blazer. That dark sweater, hour after hour" (N.Y. TIMES, 3/14). On Long Island, Neil Best writes Knight "looked comfy in an ESPN sweater beside old pal Digger Phelps." Best: "He kept answers short, used humor and did not come off as a raving lunatic or miserable cuss" (NEWSDAY, 3/14).

    CBS: DAILY VARIETY's Jill Goldsmith reports CBS' online ad revenue is "north of $200[M] and growing [30-40%] a year," with a "big piece coming from the streaming" of March Madness on the Internet. CBS Corp. President & CEO Leslie Moonves said that the first year of the three-year-old venture "pulled in revenue of $250,000." Moonves: "The next year, $4[M], then $10[M]. This year will have about $23[M] in advertising. And it's new revenue from content that we already have. It drops right to the bottom line" (DAILY VARIETY, 3/14).

    LEAFS: Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) President & CEO Richard Peddie was a guest Thursday on NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman's "NHL Hour" radio show, and in Toronto, David Shoalts notes Bettman "did not hold Peddie's feet to the fire concerning his operation of the [Maple Leafs]." While Bettman did bring up "most of the topics of concern to Leafs fans," he gave Peddie "lots of room at the start of the interview to insist he only looks after MLSE's business operations" and is not responsible for the team's hockey decisions (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 3/14).

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