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SBD/Issue 204/Sports Media
Published July 13, 2009
YAHOO SPORTS' Brian Murphy writes golfer Cristie Kerr was the "unfortunate target" of NBC's Johnny Miller during the net's coverage of the U.S. Women's Open yesterday. Kerr entered the final round leading by two shots but lost the tournament by two shots to Eun Hee Ji. Miller opened yesterday's coverage by citing Kerr's "failure to hang on at Nabisco this spring." When Kerr made bogey on the 13th hole to "fritter away her lead, Miller offered up a casual, 'She's falling apart a little, just like Nabisco.'" Murphy: "The traditions of summertime: burgers on the grill, vacations to the lake, and Johnny Miller eviscerating a player & or several -- at our national championship" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 7/13).
TV TALKS: ACC Commissioner John Swofford said that negotiations for a new TV contract "could begin soon, though he declined to set a specific timetable." Swofford also "hasn't ruled out the possibility of the ACC launching its own TV network, similar to the Big Ten's Big Ten Network." Swofford: "I think everything is on the table" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 7/13).
LINEUP CHANGE: PRO FOOTBALL TALK's Mike Florio cited a source as saying that the Boston Herald's John Tomase is "off the Patriots' beat." Ian Rapoport, who has covered the Univ. of Alabama for the Birmingham News, "will take the lead position, with Karen Guregian serving as backup." Tomase "still will be working for the Herald, covering the Red Sox" (PROFOOTBALLTALK.com, 7/12). Rapoport wrote, "Moving to Boston, with such a large media market, in the city where I was born, to cover an NFL team ... it's an opportunity I could not pass up" (AL.com, 7/10).