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SBD/Issue 181/Sports Media
Published June 9, 2009
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: In Oklahoma City, Mel Bracht reports NBA Draft prospect F Blake Griffin will be featured in the second season of ESPN's "The Rookie." The show will consist of "three webisodes on ESPN.com and a half-hour special June 30 on ESPNU and ESPN2." Producer Ron Wechsler said that the first "three- to five-minute webisode will debut Wednesday and focus on" the May 19 NBA Draft Lottery. Bracht notes the half-hour special on June 30 will "focus on the June 25 draft in which Griffin is expected to be taken No. 1" by the Clippers (DAILY OKLAHOMAN, 6/9).
WNBA NEWS & NOTES: The WNBA Chicago Sky and Comcast have "reached an agreement to broadcast five games this season" in Chicago on Comcast Channel 100, and have "formed a partnership to present additional Sky content via Comcast Digital On Demand, Channel 1." The on-demand content will include "additional games, team and player special features and game highlights." The Sky also announced a "new TV broadcast team," with Brent Stover serving as play-by-play announcer and Illinois Daily Herald columnist Patricia Babcock McGraw serving as analyst for the five games on Channel 100 (Illinois DAILY HERALD, 6/9)....The WNBA Seattle Storm and FSN Northwest have reached an agreement for the net to televise five Storm games this season (Storm).
NOTES: In Detroit, Tom Gage reports Tigers radio play-by-play announcer Dan Dickerson "wasn't cleared to travel with the team on its current 11-game trip" due to his "leg injury and subsequent surgery." As a result, Tigers analyst Jim Price and FS Detroit announcer John Keating will be in the radio booth for the road trip (DETROIT NEWS, 6/9)....ESPN Deportes Radio 1540 Dallas has obtained the rights to the Spanish-language broadcasts of MLS FC Dallas' 19 remaining regular-season games this season. The agreement began with Sunday's Earthquakes-FC Dallas game (ESPN Deportes).