SBD/Issue 122/Sports Media

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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