SBD/Issue 232/Sports Media

Media Notes

In Cincinnati, John Kiesewetter reported NFL Network did not black out live coverage of Sunday's Broncos-Bengals preseason game on Insight cable in Northern Kentucky because it "forgot to put the ... system on the blackout list." NFL Net Dir of Communications Dennis Johnson said it was a "communication error." Kiesewetter noted Cincinnati's WKRC-CBS pays "big bucks for exclusive Bengals preseason TV rights," but the station could not air the game until around midnight Sunday due to the blackout rule. WKRC VP & GM Les Vann: "I cannot imagine how the league would have reacted if we had a 'communication error' and failed to black out the game" (, 8/16).

SI Shipping An Additional
30,000 Copies To Boise Area

NO SMALL POTATOES: SI is shipping to the greater Boise area an additional 30,000 copies of its recent college football preview issue featuring Boise State on a regional cover after the first 10,000 newsstand issues sent throughout Idaho quickly sold out. SI additionally has sold DirecTV a 40-page advertising insert for its forthcoming Sept. 1 NFL preview issue, the largest single-client, single-issue ad buy in SI's 56-year history. The Sept 6. issue will also be SI's first preview issue in more than a decade to use perfect binding (Eric Fisher, SportsBusiness Journal).

"KNOCK"ING ON STARDOM: In N.Y., Bob Raissman wrote Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum "was the star of the first episode" of HBO's "Hard Knocks," as "rather than stoic, he came across as engaging." Tannenbaum "took advantage of every opportunity to turn the court of public opinion" against holdout CB Darrelle Revis. Raissman: "When Revis and his representatives decided to boycott the show, what did Tannenbaum do? He allowed a robotic camera to be installed in his office so viewers could get only his side of a conversation with one of Revis' agents" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 8/15).

A LITTLE BIT MUCH: In St. Petersburg, Tom Jones wrote August is the "worst month for sports on television," and the "worst part is we're exposed to the Little League World Series, which has no business being on television." Jones: "For every hero hitting a game-winning homer, there's a 12-year-old little boy who gave up the homer and is having the worst moment of his life on national television. It's exploitive and heartbreaking" (, 8/15).

WHITLOCK LEAVES NEWSPAPER: K.C. Star sports columnist Jason Whitlock "is leaving the paper to pursue other interests." Whitlock will continue to write at (K.C. STAR, 8/17). Whitlock's last column for the newspaper appeared in June (THE DAILY).

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