SBD/Issue 9/Sports Media

Media Notes


CBC Sports Exec Dir Scott Moore said that the net “will be there to cover” the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India, if Canada sends a team despite safety concerns. Moore said, “The health and security of our staff is of the utmost [importance] to us. If we felt that this was compromised in any way, we would change our coverage plans to ensure the best coverage with the least possible risk. Having said all that, we knew that the stories in India would be off the field as much as in competition. That’s why we have such a strong news presence there” (, 9/22).

TO CATCH THE PREDATORS: The Predators and FS Tennessee announced yesterday that the network will televise 60 Predators regular-season games this season, with three of the scheduled games airing on FS Tennessee’s sister network, SportSouth. The team also announced WBUZ-FM as the flagship station of the Predators' radio network beginning this season. The multiyear deal allows the station to carry select preseason, all regular season and all postseason games. A 30-minute pregame show and an hour postgame show will air on the station (THE DAILY).

WATCH THE LANGUAGE, BUDDY: In Vancouver, Ian Walker noted Canucks LW Alex Burrows, who is "rehabbing from off-season shoulder surgery, on Tuesday made his debut as a color commentator" for CKST-AM’s broadcast of the Canucks’ preseason game against the Flames. Burrows: "I don’t think the swearing will be a problem -- it’s more the people understanding me, I think. With the French accent sometimes I forget my words and things come out not as I wish it would.” Walker noted Burrows “filled in admirably alongside” play-by-play announcer Rick Ball (VANCOUVER SUN, 9/22).

BIG BROTHER WATCHING: In San Jose, Daniel Brown reports KPIX-CBS “Coach’s Corner” host Dennis O’Donnell “has been replaced by Kim Coyle,” effective immediately, after a "tense interview" with 49ers coach Mike Singletary during last week's show. The program is “done as part of a contracted partnership” with the 49ers, who have “editorial input.” 49ers Dir of Football PR Bob Lange said changing hosts was a “joint agreement (with KPIX) to give the interviews a better dynamic going forward.” Brown writes Singletary last week was “rankled by questions about the communication problems that plagued the 49ers in their season-opening defeat” against the Seahawks (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 9/23).

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