SBD/Issue 174/Sports Media

Media Notes

In Chicago, Teddy Greenstein reports Rick Reilly's early assignments with ESPN include an "essay during ESPN's coverage of the June 7 Belmont Stakes" and a column for ESPN the Magazine on his father, who passed away in April. Reilly also will write bi-weekly columns for, "do essays for SportsCenter ... and is developing a monthly show" titled "ESPN Homecoming" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 5/30).

Joe Thomas (r) To Co-Host Outdoors TV Show
CASTING A LINE: In Akron, George Thomas reports Browns OT Joe Thomas is co-hosting "Outdoors Ohio with D'Arcy Egan & Joe Thomas" on SportsTime Ohio. Pairing Thomas with Egan, an outdoors writer for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, gives the show "more celebrity cachet and, during the offseason, keeps at least one member of the Browns in the public eye." Thomas said that the show has "filmed half of their next season," but he was "noncommittal when asked if he would pursue broadcasting when he retires" (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, 5/30).

IN THE DARK: In N.Y., Bob Raissman reports Time Warner Cable (TWC) subscribers Thursday night “were left in the dark for a few minutes during a crucial part” of the Dodgers-Mets game on SportsNet N.Y. The bottom of the fourth inning “appeared to end ... and as SNY went to commercial,” umpire Bill Welke “could be seen calling timeout in the background.” While SNY “came back on the air quickly enough to catch” the next at-bat, TWC customers “were stuck in commercials” (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 5/30). 

BIDDING WAR: DAILY VARIETY's Ed Meza reports KirchGroup Founder Leo Kirch's EM.Sports Media is "bidding for the 4.78% of outstanding shares in Constantin Film it doesn't own via its stake in Constantin parent Highlight Communications" (DAILY VARIETY, 5/30).

NOTES: In Miami, Barry Jackson reports the Heat are “speaking with several options about [their] radio rights for next season," including Clear Channel on behalf of WINZ-AM and incumbent rights-holder WIOD-AM, WAXY-AM and WQAM-AM. WAXY is the radio home for both the NHL Panthers and Marlins (MIAMI HERALD, 5/30)....KNTH-AM in Houston has signed on to air WNBA Comets games (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 5/30)....Saturday’s White Sox-Rays game will begin at 6:10pm ET, but Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s coverage will not start until 7:00pm because of Fox’ exclusive national window. The White Sox “asked the Rays to reconsider their start time, but the team said no.” MLB also “rebuffed the Sox’s request for an exception to the exclusivity window” (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 5/30).

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