SBD/Issue 234/Sports Media

Media Notes

Lewis (l), HBO's "Boxing After Dark" Praised
As Most Compelling Sports-Event Coverage
In St. Petersburg, Tom Jones wrote HBO's "Boxing After Dark" remains the "most compelling sports-event coverage on television," as "no coverage offers more access or better analysis." Saturday's broadcast crew featured Bob Papa, Max Kellerman and Lennox Lewis, and they "had their usual outstanding night" (TAMPABAY.com, 8/23). Meanwhile, YAHOO SPORTS' Kevin Iole writes HBO has "tied its future" to Golden Boy Promotions, the "No. 2 promoter in the sport behind Top Rank, which has a deeper and more promotable stable." Golden Boy, "whether or not it has television-worthy bouts, has several years' worth of dates" on HBO, which means viewers are "not getting the best boxing available on HBO." Iole: "You're getting the best boxing Golden Boy can deliver. There's a significant difference" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 8/24).

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).

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