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Published March 11, 2013
SPANNING THE GLOBE: In Boston, Bruce Allen cited sources as saying that SI has “had conversations" with the Boston Globe’s Greg Bedard “about coming on staff with them as a Boston-based NFL writer.” Sources said that while the move is not official, the Globe is “making preparations as if they expect Bedard to depart following next month’s NFL draft.” The loss of Bedard “would be a big one” (BOSTONSPORTSMEDIAWATCH.com, 3/8).
APP TO THE FUTURE: BUSINESS INSIDER’s Julie Bort wrote start-up Prediculous “wants to expand into a whole new set of fantasy sports games.” The two-year-old company has “built a handful of short-lived, custom fantasy Facebook games and has scored some big advertising sponsorships from names like Subway, UPS and Allstate.” Its eponymous flagship game “lets people predict the future of anything in the worlds of sports, news, entertainment.” But “next up is a big expansion into all sorts of other fantasy games” (BUSINESSINSIDER.com, 3/10).
NEW ROLE: USA TODAY's Michael Hiestand notes while CBS' Lesley Visser will not appear as a sideline reporter this year, she will make appearances "in taped features." Visser said, "I just wanted to do something different." She added that she will "continue to do live CBS pregame reports from the NFL games being aired that day on Fox." Visser: "I've got a couple years left at CBS, and I've cherished every second" (USA TODAY, 3/11).