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SBD/December 10, 2012/Media
Death Of Jerry Brown Leads All NFL Pregame Shows; CBS "Learned From Its Blunder"
Published December 10, 2012
CRITIQUING THE COVERAGE: SI.com’s Deitsch writes CBS “thankfully rebounded this week with the appropriate editorial sensibilities" regarding Brown's death and Brent's arrest. The coverage is “what adults should expect from a pregame show when an NFL player is involved in the death of another NFL player.” The net's pregame show was at its “most impactful during a roundtable discussion with its analysts.” It was “compelling and thoughtful television and what the show should aim to be weekly” (SI.com, 12/10). In Dallas, Barry Horn writes CBS’ pregame show “learned from its blunder last week when it opened with its crew talking football gibberish while relegating the murder-suicide by Kansas Chief linebacker Jovan Belcher to an afterthought.” This time, CBS “went almost 11 minutes coupling the back-to-back Saturday tragedies.” The net's “strongest words came from" former NFLer Shannon Sharpe, the panelist who "most recently retired as a player." Meanwhile, Fox’ pregame show and Cowboys-Bengals game coverage “can be described as appropriate and responsible.” Fox “smartly” let co-host and former NFLer Michael Strahan “stand out" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 12/10). USA TODAY’s Michael Hiestand writes CBS’ tone, “unlike a week earlier, was appropriately somber but more judgmental." Sharpe called Brent’s behavior “careless and reckless” (USA TODAY, 12/10).