SBD/July 9, 2012/Media
Published July 9, 2012
BASKETBALL JONES: In Memphis, Kyle Veazey noted the city's TV market "fared among the top markets in the country across about every measure of basketball that was broadcast -- including finishing No. 1 in one category." Memphis "finished atop Nielsen's 56 largest markets in viewership of NBA regular season games on ESPN" with a 2.7 local rating. The market was TNT's "fourth-highest rated market for regular season games, with a 3.1." For regular season games broadcast on ABC, "Memphis was fifth with a 5.7 rating." Memphis also was the "11th-highest rated market in ESPN's coverage of college basketball with a 1.6 rating." Louisville was "the No.1 market in the nation" (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 7/8).
EARNING KUDOS: In Tampa, Tom Jones writes, "Nice work by former golf star Annika Sorenstam as an analyst for NBC's U.S. Women's Open coverage." She sounded "extremely comfortable for someone with so little broadcasting experience." NBC's coverage of the event was "an outstanding weekend." It also was "no surprise that Dottie Pepper, among the best analysts, golf or otherwise, made the smooth transition from on-course walker to lead analyst" (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 7/9).
SAYING GOODBYE: Two veritable sportswriters are saying goodbye to their current jobs. The S.F. CHRONICLE's Gwen Knapp noted her last column for the newspaper came on "nearly the same date 17 years after” she first started working for the paper. Knapp noted she is “going to work for a website called Sports on Earth, due to launch in seven weeks” (S.F. CHRONICLE, 7/8). Meanwhile, the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER's Don McKee today writes his last column for the paper after 38 years (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 7/9).