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SBD/August 27, 2013/Media
Published August 27, 2013
BAD NEWS BEAR? In Chicago, Rick Morrissey writes of former NFLer Brian Urlacher becoming an analyst for FS1, "I thought I must have heard wrong. ... I never got the feeling he would have reached for a bucket if a reporter's hair were on fire." Morrissey: "Maybe he will be great on TV." When he was "in a good mood with the local media, which wasn't often, he could be entertaining and illuminating." But most of the time he "grunted one-word answers." As time goes on, "very few people will recall how Urlacher treated the media in Chicago" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 8/27).
FINDING A NICHE: In Chicago, Danny Ecker cited a source as saying that Silver Chalice Ventures, though "not profitable, is on pace to generate" $100M in revenue this year. The company was formed in '09 to help clients such as the ACC, Mountain West and others "monetize a small but growing part of their media business: digital rights." Silver Chalice has "pursued a different model apart from the television set: producing part of a conference's sports content for the Web only, then selling ads for it and distributing it to smartphones, tablets, laptops and anywhere else that mobile users might watch or read a story." Silver Chalice "signs contracts with conferences to share sponsorship revenue" (CHICAGOBUSINESS.com, 8/26).
HARD KNOCK LIFE: THE MMQB's Peter King wrote, "I think I'm just not feeling Hard Knocks: Return to Bengaldom this year. No buzz. No real excitement. I do like the inside stuff, and the control I see Marvin Lewis showing over his team, but there's not a story that tugs at me" (MMQB.SI.com, 8/26).