SBD/Issue 112/Sports Media

Media Notes

Writer Watches Combine To See
Players Like Malcolm Jenkins
SI.com's Austin Murphy wrote while he does not like the NFL Scouting Combine, he "clicked on the NFL Network's coverage of [it] on Sunday, just to see how some of the players I've gotten to know on the college beat were faring in their quest for the next level." Murphy: "Something unexpected happened. I settled in for an hour. Or two. And again the next day. And the next." The key to the net's coverage was "its team of analysts," and "regardless of which special guest the network used ... the combine's regular trio of Rich Eisen, Charles Davis and Mike Mayock mixed solid analysis and (in Mayock's case) a frightening depth of knowledge" (SI.com, 2/26).

RADIO GA GA: In Boston, Chad Finn examined local sports talk radio station WEEI-AM and writes the channel features "a perfect storm of arrogance." While not all WEEI programming "beats your eardrums into submission," it is "telling that the two smartest sports radio shows in the city in recent years -- Michael Felger's drive-time program on ESPN 890 and the Ryen Russillo/John Anik/Anthony Pepe crew on WWZN 1510 -- were broadcast elsewhere on the dial." Finn writes he is "longing for something for better, something not only entertaining but intelligent, passionate, and insightful" from the station (BOSTON GLOBE "OT," 2/26 issue). As of presstime, 33.9% of 7,189 respondents to a poll on the Boston Globe's Web site said they were happy with the current state of Boston sports radio, while 66.1% of respondents said they were not (THE DAILY).

ONE-OFF SITE: In Minneapolis, Roman Augustoviz notes FS North broadcasters Frank Mazzocoo and Doug Woog covered last weekend's Univ. of Minnesota-Colorado College hockey game "from the company's home studio in Minneapolis" rather than the game site in Colorado Springs. FS North Communications Manager Becky Ross said that the net "was only trying to be cost efficient in these tough economic times." Ross, when asked why the net "didn't inform viewers that the broadcasters were not on site," added, "This was a one-time thing. We have no plans to continue this" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 2/27).

NOTES: In Philadelphia, Dan Gross notes Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones and Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Wednesday were at Comcast Center in Philadelphia for a meeting. Comcast "declined to comment," and an NFL spokesperson said that he "was unaware of the meeting" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 2/26)....Yahoo Sports and blog network SB Nation have struck a content-for-distribution deal in which more than 180 blogs from SB Nation will be integrated into team pages within the portal's sports area (Eric Fisher, SportsBusiness Journal)....With the Rocky Mountain News ceasing publication after Friday, sports columnist Dave Krieger will join the Denver Post (POYNTER.org, 2/26)....The MLS Dynamo have named team Communications Manager Jonathan Yardley as its radio play-by-play announcer on KBME-AM (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 2/27).

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