Michaels Won't Focus On Deflategate During SB NFL Network Reporters Walk A Fine Line Many Former Patriots Currently In Media Jobs NBA Extends Rights With China's Tencent Daily Fantasy Sports Participation Booming Back9Net Trying To Raise "Significant" Capital Pro Bowl Audience Down On ESPN Media Notes Rogers Wins World Cup Of Hockey TV Rights MLS Sells YouTube Channel KickTV
Upcoming Conferences and Events
SBD/July 10, 2013/Media
ESPN Ombudsman Examines Dwight Howard Coverage Amid Free-Agency Speculation
Published July 10, 2013
PUSHING THE VOTE: ESPN's Buster Olney noted some players on the Braves "expressed anger for what they perceive to be a concerted effort to get" Dodgers RF Yasiel Puig "voted in as the last man" for the NL All-Star Game roster. He added, "In particular, they're not happy with ESPN." Olney: "On the baseball page of ESPN.com Sunday morning, there was a caption that contained a reference to Puig saying 'Vote For Him' with an exclamation point." Olney noted Braves P Tim Hudson "responded to this suggesting the network had an agenda." Olney said, "Now I can promise you that there was not a big memo that went out telling everybody to push for Puig." He added, "The Braves should know that what's pushing Puig now is not a conspiracy, but the excitement that always comes along with the climb of a young player" ("Baseball Tonight," ESPN.com, 7/9).
TWO THUMBS UP: SI.com’s Bruce Jenkins wrote ESPN showed “commitment” in its coverage of Wimbledon, and tennis fans “can only welcome ESPN's ever-growing dominance at the majors.” ESPN’s coverage “provides what we don't get from NBC when it tape-delays crucial matches or springs ‘Today’ on an unsuspecting audience.” It is what “vanished so inexcusably when CBS turned over a U.S. Open men's final to ESPN2 in mid-match (2010).” To whatever extent the major-network presence “was missed, fans had to be delighted with the prospect of solid, no-surprises coverage at Wimbledon.” Jenkins: “I thought ESPN did its best work yet, culminating with impressive commentary from Chris Fowler and the McEnroe brothers, John and Patrick, in a three-man booth for the men's final.” Meanwhile, Jenkins wrote the “strength” of Tennis Channel's coverage was “in its studio arrangement” (SI.com, 7/9).