Pacers RSN Ratings 35% Lower This Season ESPN's Dave Brown Assists UMass Football SNY's Mets Team Enters Year 10 Together Van Gundy Asked To Tone Down Rhetoric Daytona 500 Lower, But Speedweeks Up Media Notes USA Today SMG Teams With IndyCar Olympic Channel Aimed At Young People In The Works Gymnastics A Boon For Pac-12 Networks Media Notes
Upcoming Conferences and Events
SBD/August 27, 2014/Media
Published August 27, 2014
BAD TO THE BONE? In Chicago, Phillip Thompson wrote everyone is "going after the football fan's funny bone to get them to watch their network or buy their product," but some promos "prompt as many questions as they do laughs." Fox' Joe Buck and Troy Aikman in an ad promoting the upcoming NFL season "play a couple of Latin lotharios vying for the attention of a senorita in the parody of a telenovela." The "weirdness is sure to inspire a few chuckles, but we have a few questions." Why, if it is a Spanish soap opera, does Aikman have a "Texas twang while Buck breaks out his best eighth-grade Spanish?" Thompson: "Let's hope that when the pair return to their real personas on Fox this fall, Buck will at least remember Aikman's name" (CHICAGOTRIBUNE.com, 8/26).
SHIFT CHANGE: ESPN yesterday announced that "Olbermann" will be move from its current 11:00pm ET time slot on ESPN2 to 5:00pm beginning Monday, Sept. 8. The show will continue to be produced live from ABC's Times Square studios. The program will be cut from one hour to 30 minutes (THE DAILY). Olbermann in announcing the move on his Twitter feed wrote, "oh yeah, I will be doing a few SportsCenters now and then ;-)" (TWITTER.com, 8/26).