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SBD/Issue 136/Sports Media
Published April 7, 2008
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
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).