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The days of asking Wake Forest men's basketball coach Jeff Bzdelik "a live question on his weekly Jeff Bzdelik Show are past," according to Dan Collins of the WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL. Starting tonight, for "the first time in the 17 years Stan Cotten has served as host of the Deacons’ radio show for coaches, questions must be recorded or submitted through electronic messaging." The format of taking direct questions was changed "after a particularly contentious show last Thursday, when several callers were especially pointed in their criticism or long-winded, or both." Cotten said that the decision "was made by he and others at IMG College, which produces the show." Wake Forest AD Ron Wellman said that he "agreed with the decision." Wellman: "More and more schools have eliminated the call-in, because callers tend to get on and, rather than asking a question, they preach. And this is our show." Cotten said that the "specific intent is not to deflect criticism." Cotten: "It can’t be all rose petals. And we know that. We just wanted to decide how to best use our hour on the air" (WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL, 12/13).
In N.Y., Claire Atkinson cites data from SNL Kagan showing that following NFL Network's recent carriage deals with Time Warner Cable and Cablevision, the net “will see its average subscriber fee jump nearly 60 percent next year.” That will make it “the third-most expensive sports net, costing pay-TV providers on average $1.29 per subscriber, up from 81 cents this year” (N.Y. POST, 12/13). Atkinson in a separate piece writes assuming pay-TV providers “pass along” the rising costs of cable sports channels to subscribers, New Yorkers “could end up paying an additional $44.28 next year, or a total of $314.04, for sports channels that come packaged with most pay-TV services.” That figure is “up 16.4 percent in just two years.” American Cable Association President & CEO Matthew Polka said, “Insane TV sports contracts will cause cable- and satellite-TV bills to skyrocket” (N.Y. POST, 12/13).
TOP OF THE TELLY: The GUARDIAN's Tara Conlan reported coverage of the London Olympics and Euro 2012 in the U.K. "dominates the list of the most-popular TV programmes of the year ahead of the usual chart toppers” (GUARDIAN, 12/12).
MOST-VIEWED PROGRAMS IN THE U.K. IN '12RKDATENET
PROGRAMVIEWERS (000)18/12BBC1 London Olympics Closing Ceremony24.527/27BBC1 London Olympics Opening Ceremony24.236/24BBC1 Euro 2012: England-Italy20.348/5BBC1 London Olympics: Men’s 100m track final17.356/19ITV1 Euro 2012: England-Ukraine*16.3
CHART NOTE: * = Also includes 100,000 viewers on ITV1.
PUB FARE: ESPN.com’s Chris Gigley reported the newly launched American Soccer Now website is “a virtual version of one of those bars where ardent soccer fans gather to watch live matches from Europe in the wee hours.” Editor-in-Chief John Godfrey and his “small team of editors and designers introduced the world to AmericanSoccerNow.com on Oct. 4 and, with little promotion or advertising, watched the site steadily gain traffic.” Users “can log on to ASN and use interactive tools to debate.” The focus of the site is "strictly U.S. players" for now (ESPN.com, 12/12).