SBD/Issue 15/Sports Media

Media Notes

Del Rio Reportedly Strongly Suggests Garrard
End His Participation On Friday Radio Show
In Jacksonville, Michael Wright reports Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio "strongly suggested" QB David Garrard end his participation on a Friday afternoon radio show, citing the "importance of resting and studying film 48 hours before games." Garrard has ended the WJXL-AM show after it aired the first two weeks of the season. Del Rio: "I've let my feelings be known to David about what's most important late in the week. It's important to make sure your attention is on the game, your focus is on the game. Less than 48 hours away from the game, it's not even a question" (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 10/2). Denver Post columnist Woody Paige said, "Garrard should have the opportunity to have a radio show. Del Rio has his own TV show. What is the difference?" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 10/1). But ESPN's Tony Kornheiser said when football coaches "tape their show for television, they tape it on Monday or Tuesday. I don't have a terrible objection to this, especially since Garrard didn't bother to clear it with Del Rio" ("PTI," ESPN, 10/1).

OUT OF TOUCH? ESPN.com's Bill Simmons, who is serving as an Exec Producer of ESPN's "30 for 30" documentary series, said of HBO's approach to documentaries, "It's consistently good, but I think it's really predictable." Simmons: "It's a bunch of older sports fans making decisions based on what maybe they think people in their age range want to see." Simmons added, "What they fail to realize is there are people from, like, 30 and under who can't connect with ideas like that in any way. People under 30 don't care about Ted Williams." HBO Sports VP/Sports Publicity & Media Relations Ray Stallone in response said, "The body of work done by HBO's sports documentary unit speaks for itself" (NEWSDAY, 10/2).

GIVE CREDIT WHERE ITS DUE: In N.Y., Phil Mushnick writes ESPN "continues to take dubious credit for so many stories that Pinocchio would be left traumatized." A crawl on ESPN's bottom line last Saturday "repeatedly noted that Florida [QB] Tim Tebow would play later -- on ESPN -- at Kentucky, despite illness, 'ESPN's Wendy Nix reports.'" But Nix "wasn't at UF-UK, she was working on-air from the studio." ESPN.com also "credited that story to ESPN.com's Chris Low, ESPN's Joe Schad, the AP and Nix" (N.Y. POST, 10/2).

ZONED IN: In Utah, Scott Pierce writes those who have access to the NFL Network's Red Zone channel should "check it out." Pierce: "You just might find yourself watching it for entire Sunday afternoons" (DESERET NEWS, 10/2).

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