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SBD/April 24, 2012/Media
Published April 24, 2012
BEHIND ENEMY LINES: In N.Y., Bob Raissman cited sources as saying that the relationship between NFL Giants QB Eli Manning and ESPN Radio 1050 N.Y. "was over." ESPN Radio 1050 was informed Manning "would not be coming back as a regular on 'The Michael Kay Show,'" and he was "instead heading to" WFAN-AM, the Giants' flagship radio station. Raissman noted Manning "had no problem" with the fact that ESPN Radio 1050 is the NFL Jets' flagship station, and that during his tenure with the station, "no one at WFAN tried to lure him to the station." Raissman: "All paths lead to the increased flow of bad blood between the Jets and Giants. ... It finally occurred to Giants brass that having the face of their franchise as a featured voice on the radio home of the Jets was a terrible idea" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 4/22).
OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: CHARLOTTE OBSERVER metro/lifestyle columnist Tommy Tomlinson is leaving the paper to write for the new joint venture between the USA Today Sports Media Group and MLBAM. Tomlinson writes, "I'll be writing about all sports -- in particular, I think, college football." Tomlinson adds more details are "coming next month, and the site should launch sometime this summer." Tomlinson writes he is "staying in Charlotte," adding he "is not running away from the Observer." Tomlinson: "I'm running toward this new thing, with the hope that one day it'll make me as proud as I've been to work 23 years for this great newspaper" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 4/24).
FIRING UP: TNT has sold five sponsorships for its coverage of NASCAR Wide Open Racing. The series kicks off July 7 with the Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola from Daytona. TNT has signed Chrysler, Coke Zero, Sprint, Toyota and Goodyear to sponsorship deals. TNT says it has some sponsorship slots still open (John Ourand, THE DAILY).