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SBD/March 17, 2011/Media
Published March 17, 2011
DISPUTED REPORT: The GLOBE & MAIL's Bruce Dowbiggin noted Toronto's The Fan 590-AM host Bob McCown last Friday reported that Penguins C Sidney Crosby's family is "counselling him to retire" due to the lingering effects of a concussion, a report CAA Hockey co-Head Pat Brisson, who reps Crosby, called "irresponsible." While McCown "declined to identify his source," he said that he "was comfortable with his story." McCown: "You weigh these things, the impact, what it's going to be. And I was comfortable with the legitimacy of it. I have no motivation to make this up. It's impossible to suggest they'd have absolute knowledge of every conversation going on in the family" (GLOBESPORTS.com, 3/16).
SPONSOR REASON FOR EXIT? In Atlanta, Rodney Ho reported WCNN-AM's Chadd Scott, who "does sports updates for the station's afternoon shows and produces the Chuck & Chernoff show," said that he was fired Tuesday "for negative Tweets about Delta Air lines, a major sponsor at the station." Scott "complained about a Delta delay Monday in St. Louis on his Twitter page and the fact they didn't have enough de-icing fluid." He was let go "within a few hours." In one tweet he referenced WCNN host Buck Belue's endorsement deal with Delta, posting, "hey @buckbelue8 ur boys at #delta have botched my travel – & thousands of others – miserably today. may want 2 rethink that endorsement." WCNN President & GM David Dickey confirmed that Scott "has been let go but declined to say why" (AJC.com, 3/15).
BEST OF THE BLOGS: About.com named ProFootballTalk.com's Rumor Mill its Best Football Blog of '11. The recognition was part of a "Readers Choice" contest in which four football sides were named award winners for '11 (NBC Universal).