World Cup's Overnight Rating Tops '99 Final NBC Generally Praised For NASCAR Coverage Turner Sports Reinstates Greg Anthony Expectations High For NASCAR On NBC Female Audience Strong For World Cup ESPN Denies Wanting To Dial Down Olbermann IndyCar Gets Best Cable Audience In Years Xfinity Series Audience Lower On Fox Sports U.S.-Germany Sets Fox Soccer Record Media Notes
SBD/Issue 234/Sports Media
Published August 24, 2009
|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).