SBD/Issue 167/Sports Media

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Streeter Says USOC Close To
Making An Announcement
Sources said that USOC acting CEO Stephanie Streeter recently answered a question regarding a potential USOC TV network by "holding her thumb and a finger about a half-inch apart" and saying, "We're this close." Streeter also "used the word 'June' to emphasize how close the USOC was to making a significant announcement, then sought leeway by saying, in effect, 'be patient'" (CHICAGOTRIBUNE.com, 5/15)....SportingNews.com has launched two new blogs, The Baseline and MLB Draft Central. The Baseline covers the NBA, and contributors include Sean Deveney, Bethlehem Shoals, Benson Taylor and Chris Littmann. MLB Draft Central, sponsored by Gillette, focuses on the June 9-11 MLB First-Year Player Draft, and the primary author is Cubs Manager of Editorial Projects Michael Huang (THE DAILY)....In Toronto, Chris Zelkovich notes Speed Channel's Mike Joy during Saturday's coverage of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race told viewers driver Tony Stewart was "taking a call on his Sprint phone." Zelkovich: "Do we really need more advertising in NASCAR broadcasts?" (TORONTO STAR, 5/18)....MLS Quick Kicks, powered by technology from Gotuit, "went live Friday night." The site allows fans to "compile clips of their favorite goals, saves and other plays to construct personal highlight reels, which can include music and graphics." Users also can "construct a highlight reel with every touch from (selected) players from national TV games" (NYTIMES.com, 5/16).

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