SBD/July 22, 2013/Media

Media Notes

SI.com's Richard Deitsch reported ESPN has moved the Sunday edition of "Outside The Lines" from ESPN to ESPN2, "and will now air the program one hour earlier" at 8:00am ET, a move that is a "de facto burying of the show." The network also moved the daily edition of "OTL" from its "current spot on ESPN at 3:00pm to a less favorable spot on ESPN2 at 4:30pm." Deitsch: "The show was just significantly devalued by management" (SI.com, 7/21).

DAVIS BACK ON NFL NET: In Denver, Dusty Saunders reports former NFLer Terrell Davis has signed a "two-year contract with the NFL Network as an analyst and reporter." Davis previously was at the net from '06-09, but the new deal will "give him a much higher profile" than he had before. He will be a "major part" of both "Inside Training Camp Live" and "NFL AM," while he will "appear regularly" on "NFL Total Access" (DENVER POST, 7/22).

SUSPENDED VIEWS: ESPN.com's David Newton reported NASCAR has "suspended the use of aerial camera systems that hang over tracks until the investigation into what caused a failure that interruped the Coca-Cola 600 ... is complete." ESPN had "planned to use" such a camera for this weekend's Brickyard 400 and the Aug. 11 road-course race at Watkins Glen (ESPN.com, 7/19).

REVIEWING THE HAWK: In Chicago, Dan McGrath reviewed MLB Network's "The Colorful Life of Ken Harrelson" and wrote the problem with the special on the longtime White Sox announcer is that there was "no corroboration of anything Harrelson said." McGrath: "It was not the documentary it was billed as being but a solid hour of unadulterated, unabashed, certainly unapologetic Hawk, with enough names dropped to fill six gossip columns." Meanwhile, Bob Costas' role was "overstated," as he was the "narrator, not the interviewer" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 7/21).
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