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ESPN Will Show USC-Ohio State
Game In 3-D In Limited Locations
The PGA Tour has launched its first iPhone application around the start of the Playoffs for the FedEx Cup, which start this Thursday. The free application, sponsored by Nike Golf, offers live leaderboards, tee times, course breakdowns, video clips, player profiles and stats and Shot Tracker, the play-by-play function formerly called ShotLink that’s available at PGATour.com. The application will also have live, streaming video for events with Live@ coverage on PGATour.com, which offers live coverage of one or two holes. The application was developed by July Systems in concert with Turner Sports and the PGA Tour. Following the playoffs, the application will have coverage for every event on the PGA Tour schedule.
NBC Reportedly Always Planned To
Put Collinsworth (r) On "SNF"
CHANGES FOR THE GOOD: In Buffalo, Alan Pergament wrote ESPN "MNF" analyst Jon Gruden "sounds like he has the potential to be the new generation's version of John Madden." Gruden "has been impressive" during the net's coverage of preseason games, as he is "knowledgeable, enthusiastic, funny and a bit of a teacher" (BUFFALO NEWS, 8/22). Meanwhile, in Denver, Dusty Saunders writes NBC "FNIA" analyst Tony Dungy "could be the most interesting of all the new football 'experts' working for the networks this fall." Dungy "often presents a thoughtful demeanor -- a change from the quick, shoot-from-the-hip style of many former coaches and players" (DENVER POST, 8/24).
GLAD TO BE BACK: In Boston, Adam Kilgore noted NESN Red Sox analyst Jerry Remy, "for the first time since April, when the exhaustion of recovering from an infection owing to complications following his lung cancer surgery forced him from his duties," worked Friday's Yankees-Red Sox game for the net. Remy: "I just want to get back doing what I enjoy doing. That's baseball." Kilgore noted Remy "intends to call every home game that NESN broadcasts." The Red Sox have two road trips remaining, and Remy "will likely not work those games" (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/22).
Keegan Signs As ESPN's
Lead Premier League Analyst
COMING ONSIDES: In Manchester, Mark Sweney reports ESPN has signed former English soccer club Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan as "lead analyst for its Premier League football coverage this season." Keegan will appear alongside studio host Ray Stubbs. ESPN also has signed Russia men's national soccer team coach Guus Hiddink "for an unconfirmed number of Premier League games this season" (GUARDIAN.co.uk, 8/24).
Lewis (l), HBO's "Boxing After Dark" Praised
As Most Compelling Sports-Event Coverage
CUTTING BACK: On Long Island, Neil Best reported the Westchester Journal News is "in the midst of shedding a depressingly large chunk of its newsroom staff," and the Yankees are now the only pro sports team the paper "plans to cover both home and away." Journal News Giants beat reporter Ernie Palladino and Jets reporter Jane McManus last week "chose to leave in advance of layoff announcements," and "so did the sports section's assignment editor" (NEWSDAY.com, 8/21).
WINTER WONDERLAND: The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER's Etan Vlessing reported the CBC is "set to roll out winter sports-themed TV programming." The network has "ordered a sitcom pilot ... based on the popular Canadian curling movie 'Men With Brooms'" (HOLLYWOODREPORTER.com, 8/21).
RACKET BRACKET: Fanball.com has struck a deal with the USTA to build and operate the '09 U.S. Open Bracket Challenge, a free contest that will be housed at usopen.org and features a top prize of a trip to next year's Open. The effort is part of a broader revamping of the U.S. Open Series' Web presence to include a series of interactive and social media features (Eric Fisher, SportsBusiness Journal).