SBD/Issue 59/Sports Media

Media Notes

In Chicago, Phil Rosenthal reported columnist Rick Morrissey "has left the Chicago Tribune for the rival Chicago Sun-Times." Morrissey "now ostensibly slides into the same co-lead sports columnist slot next to Rick Telander that's been vacant since Jay Mariotti resigned after 17 years in August 2008." Morrissey had been a Tribune columnist since '00 (, 12/4). Morrissey's move comes less than a week after the "move of Dan McNeil's weekly column to the Tribune from the Sun-Times" (, 12/6).

TV GUIDE: DAILY VARIETY's Rick Kissell noted 10 weeks into the new season, networks are "holding their own -- and with some help from sports, could be headed for their first year-over-gains in some time." Fox, "leading the season in adults 18-49 at this juncture for the first time, is up an impressive 17% vs. last year." The six-game Yankees-Phillies World Series "certainly helped, but Fox also had made ratings strides on other nights." With some college bowl games and the NFC Championship on its schedule in January, Fox "appears positioned to maintain its 18-49 edge the rest of the way." CBS, "roughly flat for the season, has the best shot at sticking close to Fox thanks to its upcoming telecast of the Super Bowl." NBC, "even with its highest-rated season yet of 'Sunday Night Football' and more than two weeks of Winter Olympics ahead in February, will finish fourth once again" (, 12/4).

THE GREAT OUTDOORS: In N.Y., Stuart Elliott reports Mariah Media, the publisher of Outside magazine, "has made a deal to take a minority stake in Resort Sports Network, which for more than two decades has created and distributed programming that can be watched in vacation and resort communities." Resort Sports Network will be "renamed Outside Television Network as of June 1, 2010." Mariah Media Chair Lawrence Burke said that there "will be collaborations between producers at Resort Sports and the editorial department at Outside ... along with offerings to advertisers of cross-media deals involving TV, print and online properties from both companies along with promotions and events." Resort Sports CEO Mark Burchill said the deal would give his channel a "more broadly known brand to leverage and content to tap into" (N.Y. TIMES, 12/7).

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