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SBD/May 11, 2011/Media
Published May 11, 2011
IF YOU'VE GOT NOTHING NICE TO SAY...: Versus NHL analyst Jeremy Roenick on the net's postgame show following the Red Wings' 4-3 win over the Sharks in Game Four of their Western Conference Semifinal series Sunday night said Sharks LW Patrick Marleau turned in a "gutless, gutless performance." Roenick's comment was "an overnight Internet rage," but despite "considerable criticism from fans via Twitter and the hockey media, Roenick didn't backtrack an inch -- for almost 24 hours." Roenick Monday night said on Versus, "Gutless might have been the wrong choice of words, probably it was the wrong choice of words." Sharks TV announcer Randy Hahn tweeted, "Jeremy Roenick only cares about furthering his broadcasting career. His Marleau take was WAY over the line. Many bridges were burned" (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 5/10).
FOX MAKING NEWS: FS Southwest will launch a new reality TV series this week to chronicle the start of the Univ. of Texas at San Antonio's inaugural football season. "UTSA Football: The Birth of a Program" will premiere on Saturday, with the first of six 30-minute episodes. The series will air on FS Southwest, FS Houston and FS Oklahoma. Meanwhile, the American Youth Soccer Organization has reached a multiyear sponsorship deal with Fox Soccer. AYSO and Fox Soccer will co-produce soccer-specific online programming, beginning with six webisodes featuring Fox Soccer analyst Kyle Martino. In addition, the net will air AYSO-specific commercials (THE DAILY).