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SBD/Issue 15/Sports Media
Published October 2, 2009
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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).