SBD/Issue 36/Sports Media
Published November 1, 2010
|Koufax Gives Rare Media Interview As Part
Of New "Jews And Baseball" Documentary
The N.Y. POST noted Baseball HOFer Sandy Koufax "rarely does interviews," but he agreed to take part in Ira Berkow's baseball documentary "Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story." Berkow "reached out to the Brooklyn native through an intermediary and convinced him to talk to him for the film." But "not satisfied with his first sit-down, Koufax later called the filmmakers and asked if he could do it again." Berkow said, "If you're doing a film about Jews and baseball, you need Koufax in the film." He noted that the movie is "about an ethnic group -- Jews -- attempting to assimilate through baseball" (N.Y. POST, 10/31). In N.Y., Richard Sandomir noted the last time Koufax spoke to a national TV network was in '99, when he "gave an hourlong interview to ESPN for the 'SportsCentury' series chapter on him." HBO has been "turned down by Koufax several times over the past 30 years" (N.Y. TIMES, 10/31).
FIGHT FOR ATTENTION: YAHOO SPORTS' Steve Cofield noted Versus' "The Daily Line" getting canceled is a "lousy break for MMA and its fans." ESPN is "getting more consistent with its MMA coverage on the television side but [it's] not all the way there yet," and the net "still doesn't send the 'MMA Live' crew to every big U.S. event." Using "The Daily Line" for postfight coverage, Versus "was doing a terrific job of covering the sport on fight nights." Cofield: "MMA deserves to be covered just like the other major sports with immediate reaction from experts" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 10/29).
HERE'S THE PITCH: ESPN launched “Virtual Pitch” technology during its “Baseball Tonight” series last week. The technology incorporates Sony’s “MLB 10 The Show” video game, with all the league’s stadiums featured. The game developers recreated the motions from all MLB pitchers, which ESPN now is using on screen. This allows ESPN analysts to break down specific pitches (John Ourand, THE DAILY).
NATIONAL PERSPECTIVE: Syndicated radio show "The Dan Patrick Show" recently began TV simulcasts on Fox- and Comcast-affiliated RSNs, and Dan Patrick said, "The key is I can't 'out-local' local. But I can bring a national perspective to a local story, and that's what I've tried to do. It's tricky doing a national show and bringing it to a local market" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 10/31).