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BLOW TO SETANTA: In Manchester, Mark Sweney noted Setanta "has invested hundreds of millions of pounds into sports rights to crack the UK pay-TV market," but the loss of an EPL package "raises questions about Setanta's strategic position" in the market. One analyst: "Setanta is going to have to look at its options, such as perhaps a wholesale deal to bundle its matches with Sky Sports." BSkyB also "will now have to consider its options." An analyst noted BSkyB "can't acquire Setanta and there has to be a sports competitor to BSkyB. Regulators demand it, so it is not in Sky's best interests to see Setanta off. They must have a plan to accommodate them, to shut the door (on Setanta) could see them go into the arms of, say, ESPN, making it potentially an even stronger competitor down the line" (Manchester GUARDIAN, 2/7). Enders Analysis analyst Toby Syfret estimated BSkyB "might make [US$29.9M] or so more annually in increased advertising and revenues from pubs and clubs" as a result of the new deal. Syfret: "But they are paying [US$153.7M] more, so it is not absolutely clear what the benefit is for them, except putting Setanta in its place" (FINANCIAL TIMES, 2/7).
WHAT RECESSION? In London, Nick Harris wrote the deal shows that the EPL is, "once and for all, recession-proof." The deal "means the wages stay high" and "the best players stay." Harris: "The show goes on." EPL clubs "have three revenue streams: match-day, commercial, and media," and with the deal, media revenue "has been secured at a stroke until 2013." Match-day revenue also, "for the moment, shows few signs of dropping massively" (London INDEPENDENT, 2/7). Meanwhile, In Manchester, Leigh Holmwood reported U.K.'s Channel Five has signed an exclusive deal with EPL club Aston Villa "to screen its next Uefa Cup clash," the February 18 CSKA Moscow-Aston Villa match, as well as Aston Villa's "next round match, should the club make it that far" (Manchester GUARDIAN, 2/7).
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MORE KUDOS: On Long Island, Ken Davidoff wrote the SI report is a "disgrace for our government, which couldn't protect this very sensitive information." But the report is a "journalistic triumph" for Roberts and Epstein (NEWSDAY, 2/8)....The EXAMINER's Williams writes ESPNews also was "all over the story," as ESPN Radio 1050 N.Y.'s Andrew Marchand did a "masterful job of getting listener reaction" (Washington EXAMINER, 2/9).
TV MONITOR: The SI report on Rodriguez was covered by all the major network news shows that aired. Saturday’s edition of CBS’ “Evening News” led with Rodriguez, with 5:29 of total coverage. Following a taped report, SI’s Tom Verducci appeared live via satellite to discuss the situation with anchor Jeff Glor. Saturday’s edition of NBC’s “Nightly News” first reported on Rodriguez at 4:57 into the broadcast, with 2:45 of coverage. Saturday’s edition of ABC’s “World News” first aired a report on Rodriguez at 7:30, with 1:46 coverage. On Sunday morning, NBC's “Today” featured the co-hosts discussing Rodriguez at 0:48, with 5:56 of coverage. Following a taped report, N.Y. Times columnist William Rhoden appeared live in-studio to discuss the issue. ABC's “GMA” featured the co-hosts first discussing Rodriguez at 1:56, with 3:05 of coverage, while CBS’ “CBS News Sunday Morning” first aired a report on Rodriguez at 3:50, with 0:19 of coverage. Rodriguez also was the main story on several news Web sites, including CNN.com and MSNBC.com, for a large portion of Saturday afternoon (THE DAILY).
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WORTHY OF RESPECT: SI.com's Dave Heuschkel notes Magic radio analyst Richie Adubato during Friday's game against the Pacers "protested a call" by NBA referee Violet Palmer and "suggested she isn't qualified to be an NBA ref." Adubato said that Palmer "should go back to the WNBA because that's where she belongs," and he said that she "can call that a foul in the WNBA but not the NBA." Heuschkel wrote he does not have a problem "with Adubato disagreeing with the call," but Adubato "personally attacked her and questioned the credentials of somebody in their 12th season as an NBA ref" (FANNATION.com, 2/7).
DEEP COVERAGE: In Buffalo, Alan Pergament wrote the "most impressive new announcer" during NBC's pregame coverage of Super Bowl XLIII was Patriots S Rodney Harrison. Harrison "was especially good explaining what he was thinking when" Giants WR David Tyree "made his incredible big catch in the 2008 Super Bowl with Harrison draped all over him" (BUFFALO NEWS, 2/7).
NOTES: Golf Channel Managing Dir of PR Dan Higgins said that the net on-course reporter Andrew Magee "will be suspended for a recent comment -- when he thought he wasn't on-air -- about a sexually suggestive statement on a fan's T-shirt" (USA TODAY, 2/9)....ESPN2 "First Take" NFL analyst Jamal Anderson "was jailed in Atlanta early Sunday morning after being charged with possession of cocaine and marijuana" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 2/8)....Globe & Mail columnist William Houston wrote his last column Saturday "after more than 5,000 bylines in The Globe and Mail over 29 years." Houston is "moving on to new pursuits" (GLOBE & MAIL, 2/7).