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SBD/Issue 165/Sports Media
Published May 16, 2008
In Miami, Barry Jackson reports the Dolphins "aren't allowing live blogging at offseason practices and training camp but won't stop reporters from taking notes and reporting everything once practice is over." Dolphins Senior VP/Media Relations Harvey Greene: "We don't believe in any live transmission of any part of our practice through any means. In the past, that included outlets such as TV cameras and radio broadcasts. Now, with the advent of new technology, it includes blogs." Greene polled NFL teams about their policy and found that "13 of the 15 that responded don't allow live blogging" (MIAMI HERALD, 5/16).
(l to r) Cohen, Darling And Hernandez Calling
Nationals-Mets Game From Upper Deck
SIGNING OFF: In Houston, David Barron reports Houston Chronicle columnist Jerome Solomon Thursday was dropped as host of KFNC-FM's "The Bottom Line" because of a newspaper policy barring employees "from selling or reading ads on the air." Solomon: "I can't endorse products and sell ads, and that's that. If they can't afford to keep me because I can't sell ads, I guess I understand" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 5/16).
NOTES: In DC, Tim Lemke wrote of ESPN.com's Bill Simmons voicing complaints about his exposure on the site, "It's surprising that Simmons would be so frank and open about his feelings toward ESPN, but I don't find the feelings themselves too surprising, based on things he told me in an interview last year" (WASHINGTONTIMES.com, 5/15)....In Orlando, Dave Darling writes the Magic's '07-08 season was a "disaster for the organization and its fans." Darling: "And this will continue to be the case until the Magic, FSN Florida and Bright House Networks figure out a way to get every game on TV" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 5/16)....USA Today received an EPpy Award for best sports Web site with more than 1 million unique monthly visitors, and AOL Sports’ Fanhouse received the award for best sports blog. The awards were presented Thursday during the Editor & Publisher/Mediaweek Interactive Media Conference and Trade Show in Las Vegas (EDITORANDPUBLISHER.com, 5/15).