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SBD/June 19, 2013/Media
Published June 19, 2013
WATCH THIS: Apple and ESPN this morning announced that WatchESPN will become available through the Apple TV digital streaming platform. Similar to WatchESPN deals with other distributors, content from ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 will be available for streaming on an authenticated basis. In addition, ESPN will make some content such as short-form clips of "E:60," "Outside The Lines" and "Sport Science" available to anybody through Apple TV. Apple also struck a similar deal with HBO to make HBO Go available on Apple TV (Eric Fisher, Staff Writer).
STRONG SHOWING: CBS Sports Network and IMG have agreed to a multiyear deal to air the World's Strongest Man competition. The net will air ten 30-minute episodes from the '13 competition, including a one-hour finale. The show will debut on Oct. 16 and air weekly through the finale on Christmas Day. Broadcasters Brent Stover, Aaron Taylor and Bill Kazmaier will appear in the series. CBSSN also will air previous competitions (CBS/IMG).
UNFIT TO PRINT? GRANTLAND's Bryan Curtis noted the N.Y. Times' "Sports of the Times" column has "vanished from the newspaper." However, the paper said the column is "alive and well." Curtis noted the N.Y. Times "once published seven sports columns per week. It has published nine in the past month." Two out of the three sports columnists on staff are "retired and working on emeritus status." Former N.Y. Times Sports Editor Sandy Padwe said, "The fact that it has quietly disappeared from the face of the earth is disturbing to me" (GRANTLAND.com, 6/18).