SBD/Issue 19/Sports Media

Media Notes

New App Helps Coaches
Decide Player Rotations

In N.Y., Bob Tedeschi reviews several new smart phone apps that can be used by coaches of youth sports leagues and writes the Bench Coach app is “fairly good but not great.” The app’s “potentially best feature is its ability to help track the team members’ playing time.” You can “select one of eight sports on the list, type in your roster and attach photos.” The app “then allows you to set player rotations” so that each team member “plays the same amount of time.” Bench Coach “includes a clock that you can easily match to the game clock to account for time outs and other stops in the game, though it adds a task that might be difficult to manage in the heat of the match.” Meanwhile, the 23 Ways to Destroy Defense app “features full-speed, step-by-step video instruction of offensive moves as they are performed by NBA stars” (N.Y. TIMES, 10/7).

NEVER MISS A MINUTE: YinzCam Inc. said that it launched a smart phone app for the Steelers on Sunday that “expands the Carnegie Mellon spinoff’s coverage” of Pittsburgh sports teams. The app for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry platforms will “provide real-time action and replays from four camera angles at Heinz Field, including the NFL’s Red Zone channel” (, 10/7).

KEEP SPORTS AND POLITICS SEPARATE: USA TODAY’s Michael Hiestand reports ESPN's Lou Holtz made a "testy plea for donations for the Republican National Congressional Committee," but people should not "expect another” from him. ESPN VP/Communications Mike Soltys said, “We have discussed this with him, and he will not be involved in any future similar efforts.” Holtz sent a fundraising letter suggesting congressional Democrats “will say or spend anything to get another four downs to spend our money and strip away our freedoms that have made America a beacon of hope for 234 years” (USA TODAY, 10/7).

A PLEA TO MURDOCH: CABLEFAX DAILY reports Sports Fans Coalition, the lobbying group that counts Time Warner Cable and Media Access Project as members of its advisory board, sent a letter to News Corp. Chair & CEO Rupert Murdoch yesterday “asking that fans be able to watch sports programming.” The SFC “had meetings at the FCC” one day before Dish Network stopped carrying Fox’ RSNs. Meanwhile, Cablevision “remains silent on its pending Oct. 16 contract expiration with Fox,” but the American TV Alliance “is speaking up” (CABLEFAX DAILY, 10/7).

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