SBD/Issue 136/Sports Media

Media Notes

In DC, Jennifer Harper reports MASN and the Washington Times have formed a partnership to "share sports coverage and some live talent." The RSN will feature Times sports reporters Mark Zuckerman and Ben Goessling in a new "Hot Corner" segment during Nationals games, as well as the team's pre- and post-game "Nats Extra" shows (WASHINGTON TIMES, 4/7).

FAULT: In Houston, David Barron reported FSN Southwest "apologized to viewers ... for switching away from the final games" of Thursday night's Andy Roddick-Roger Federer match at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami. Roddick was leading 4-3 in the third set when FSN Southwest "switched to the scheduled Southwest Outdoors Report" at 8:00pm CT, followed by a Stars pregame show at 8:30pm. FSN said that the match "aired in its entirety in other FSN regions" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 4/5).

Smith To Host His Final ESPN
Radio Show On Thursday
FILM FIGHT: Filmmaker Don Argott's documentary "Two Days in April," whch  focuses on four NFL draft prospects as they trained at IMG Academy in Bradenton, debuted last night in Florida. CAA agent Tom Condon, who originally brought the idea to Argott, bowed out of the project "saying the film didn't reflect well on his clients.'' The NFL also "wasn't happy, mainly with how Condon obtained footage of the NFL Combine in Indianapolis." Due to the controversy, Argott said there was a "period of time when we didn't think the film was going to get released. As with anything, you don't want it to be a huge waste of time" (Sarasota HERALD-TRIBUNE, 4/6).

SIGNING OFF: ESPN's Stephen A. Smith Friday announced that he "soon will be a former radio host," as his final show on ESPN Radio 1050 N.Y. will air this Thursday. Smith said that ESPN "wanted him to concentrate on TV" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 4/6).

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