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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 03 / 06 / 15

If there really are going to be nine candidates on NFLPA ballot, it guarantees De Smith victory. It's over. He wins. Period. — mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) March 5, 2015 Sounds like there are a lot of Habs fans at Staples Center. — Julie Stewart-Binks (@JSB_FOX) March 6,...

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Media Notes

In N.Y., Claire Atkinson cites sources as saying that Jamie Horowitz has been "holding conversations with several sports media outlets, including Fox Sports, about senior positions." Horowitz previously served as ESPN VP/Original Programming & Production before leaving last September to run NBC' ...

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03/04/15
ESPN To Air World Cup Of Hockey

The NHL and NHLPA today formally announced that the U.S. media rights to the '16 World Cup of Hockey have been awarded to ESPN, with Canadian English-language rights going to Sportsnet and French-language media rights to TVA Sports. For ESPN, the deal makes it the exclusive net for all tournament ga ...

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03/04/15
SportsNet LA Impasse Carries On

When the Dodgers play their first Spring Training game today, they will be "invisible to most TV fans back home," as the Time Warner Cable SportsNet LA impasse is "blacking out games" to more than 60% of L.A.-area viewers for the second straight year, according to Lucas Shaw of BLOOMBERG NEWS. Neith ...

Tags: Media, MLB, Los Angeles Dodgers

03/04/15
Neuheisel Joins CBS As CFB Analyst

CBS Sports has added Pac-12 Networks' Rick Neuheisel as a college football analyst, and the former coach will appear on CBS' "College Football Today" pregame show and CBS Sports Network's "Inside College Football" weekly program beginning in September ( CBS ). In Portland, Mike Tokito noted Neuheise ...

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03/04/15
ESPN's Traug Keller Talks Talent

ESPN Senior VP/Productions & Business Divisions Traug Keller believes it is important for on-air talent to push their own opinion out there, "even if it makes people uncomfortable," including their own bosses, but that "doesn’t mean you need to be nasty or you need to be degrading," accord ...

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03/04/15
Galaxy Get New Radio Deal For '15

In L.A., Kevin Baxter reported the Galaxy have a "new radio partner," as KFWB-AM "will broadcast a minimum of 20 games this season, beginning with Friday's scheduled season-opener." The team said that Joe Tutino "will handle the play-by-play call for games not broadcast on Time Warner Cable SportsNe ...

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03/03/15
TNT's Craig Sager Talks Return To Sidelines

TNT's Craig Sager on Thursday "will be right back where he is most comfortable -- on the sidelines in the face of NBA coaches and players" -- as he is scheduled to return to work for Thunder-Bulls, according to I.J. Rosenberg of the ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION. Sager, who has been absent from TNT ...

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03/03/15
Fox Promising Strong MLS Broadcasts

MLS returns to Fox this year after a three-year absence, and studio host Rob Stone said fans "should expect a stronger product on the screen" than they have seen in the past, according to Jonathan Tannenwald of PHILLY.com. Stone said preparations "are in full gear right now" despite the league and ...

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03/03/15
Albert's Hire May Be Winner For NBC

It "might seem a curious choice on the part of NBC and the Premier Boxing Champions" to name Marv Albert their No. 1 voice, but "on so many levels, it was a brilliant idea," according to Kevin Iole of YAHOO SPORTS. The soon-to-be 74-year-old "hasn't called a boxing match since" the '8 ...

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03/03/15
Media Notes

The GLOBE & MAIL's David Shoalts writes TSN "was the clear winner over Sportsnet in the annual battle for best telecast on the NHL’s trade-deadline day." TSN’s presentation "on a deadly dull day as far as the trades went ... was a clear artistic success." The net "did make ...

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