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SBD/Issue 232/Sports Media
Published August 20, 2009
|Wilpon Reportedly Talks To SportsNet
N.Y. All The Time About Its Coverage
SECOND DOWN: CINCYJUNGLE.com's Josh Kirkendall wrote the second episode of HBO's "Hard Knocks" featuring the Bengals was "just as good" as the premiere, though "not as controversial." The show mostly "counted down until the team's first preseason game" against the Saints. However, Bengals Exec VP Katie Blackburn is "coming off very badly in the show" during coverage of contract negotiations with No. 6 overall draft pick OT Andre Smith (CINCYJUNGLE.com, 8/19). Smith's agent Alvin Keels said, "We want to be paid our slot. We want to be paid a little bit more than seven so that we can come in and play football." Blackburn: "It's just a lot of money, and at some point we feel that we have to keep the deal more in line with what's happened in the rest of the first round" ("Hard Knocks," HBO, 8/19).
TEAMING UP: EDITOR & PUBLISHER's Joe Strupp reported "at least 49 daily newspapers, most with circulations of 100,000 or higher, have joined a new national sports content-sharing alliance that plans to begin trading stories and columns in September." The papers include the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, among others. Plain Dealer Sports Editor Roy Hewitt said that the "only restrictions are that stories be reprinted with the proper bylines and credit and any online use include just a few paragraphs and a link back to the home newspaper's site" (EDITORANDPUBLISHER.com, 8/19).