SBD/Issue 138/Sports Media

Media Notes

Marc Leishman's Caddie Wore
Microphone Saturday
Some caddies during this past weekend's PGA Tour Shell Houston Open wore microphones for a test run for the PGA Tour and NBC, and in Houston, Jason McDaniel wrote network and tour officials are "concerned about audio quality." That is why they "opted for a test run," with "nothing airing during NBC's coverage." Golfer Marc Leishman's caddie "wore a small wireless microphone Saturday." Golfer Johnson Wagner said, "I personally think it's a terrible idea. There are a lot of things we say out there that I don't personally want being heard" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 4/5).

MULTI-TASKER: The GLOBE & MAIL's Lorne Rubenstein reported golfer Mike Weir "will not only be playing" The Masters this week, "he'll be providing a daily report on his revamped website as part of a partnership he's entered into with ScoreGolf." ScoreGolf also has "redesigned and taken over the technical and sales side of" Weir's contributions from The Masters "will appear on the site." Weir "will also be a focal point during the Masters of ScoreGolf's new WebTV show, SG Daily." As part of the agreement with ScoreGolf, Weir "becomes the magazine's Playing Editor, the title as it will appear in the publication." Weir "will provide tips and features about his life as a tour player." The first installment of his regular page "is in the magazine's spring issue" (, 4/4).

PLAYOFF PUSH: In Columbus, Aaron Portzline wrote if the Blue Jackets make the Stanley Cup playoffs, "there would be a three-way fight -- between the Blue Jackets, Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Cavaliers -- for springtime TV coverage" on FS Ohio. FS Ohio Senior VP & GM Henry Ford said, "I can assure fans that all of the Blue Jackets games will air in Columbus across all of our affiliates. We'll endeavor to take the Blue Jackets to every corner of the market." However, it could "get tricky in Cincinnati and Cleveland." Ford said that Blue Jackets games "would still air in those markets but could be moved to an alternate channel to make way for the Reds and Cavaliers if there's a conflict" (COLUMBUS DISPATCH, 4/5).

HOME AND NOT AWAY: CRAIN'S CHICAGO BUSINESS' Ed Sherman reported the Illinois Daily Herald has "decided not to send its beat writers Bruce Miles and Scot Gregor on the road to cover the Cubs and White Sox this year." It costs "more than six figures to have writers out there for 81 games on both sides of town" (, 4/3).

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