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"We won the championship. We're drinking champagne, but we have 14 guys grinding it out at a ballpark trying to watch it on their cell phones. They are the ones missing birthdays and their son's first Little League game" – Nationals President of Baseball Operations & GM Mike Rizzo , ...

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09/04/14
Vin Scully To Cut Back Schedule In '15

Dodgers announcer Vin Scully "could reduce his workload next year by as much as 25%," according to Bill Shaikin of the L.A. TIMES. The 86-year-old Scully said that he plans to "skip road games, at least early in the season." He said, "I'm going to go to Anaheim for sure. But I'm going to try to cut ...

Tags: Media, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB

09/03/14
Primetime Ryder Cup Selection Show Panned

U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson last night announced Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan and Webb Simpson would be the final members of the team during a "spectacularly cheesy announcement show" held at NBC's "SNL" studios, according to Alan Shipnuck of GOLF.com. During the "made-for-bad-TV" hour-long sh ...

Tags: Media, Golf Channel, PGA of America

09/03/14
Marshall Dishes On Domestic Violence In Show Debut

Bears WR Brandon Marshall last night made his first appearance on Showtime's "Inside the NFL" and "candidly weighed in" on the NFL's domestic violence issue "from a personal perspective," as he has twice been arrested on domestic violence charges, according to Ed Sherman of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. Mars ...

Tags: Media, Chicago Bears, NFL

09/03/14
SEC Net Launch Raises Disney Stock Estimate

Morgan Stanley raised Disney's stock estimate to $95 based on SEC Network's successful launch. In a research report authored by Benjamin Swinburne, Ryan Fiftal and Thomas Yeh, the investment bank says the channel's "strong early penetration lifts our forecast." The bank views ESPN's business as a po ...

Tags: Media, Big 12

09/03/14
NFL Media Notes

BROADCASTING & CABLE's John Eggerton reported George Washington Univ. professor John Banzhaf has "challenged the license" of Redskins Owner Dan Snyder's ESPN Radio 980 DC over the broadcast of the name "Redskins." Snyder's Red Zebra Broadcasting "owns seven radio stations," and Banzhaf "signaled ...

Tags: Media, NFL

09/03/14
Media Notes

SI.com's Richard Deitsch noted ESPN tennis analyst Chris Evert joined the net three years ago "after a decade-long gap between broadcasting assignments, and her work has steadily improved each year she has been on ESPN’s airwaves." She is "never going to be an analyst on the Mary Carillo ...

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09/02/14
ABC Sees Mixed Bag For CFB Openers

ABC’s two college football broadcasts led all windows during the opening weekend of the '14 season. Florida State's 37-31 win over Oklahoma State earned a 4.1 overnight rating on Saturday evening, down 16% from a 4.9 rating for Georgia-Clemson in the same slot last year and down 13% from a 4. ...

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09/02/14
Ryder Cup Introduces Strict Cell Phone Regulations

Ryder Cup organizers have "introduced a ban on uploading photographs to the internet via social media during the event at Gleneagles in Scotland later this month," according to the London TELEGRAPH. No audio or video "is permitted at all during the six-day event," as the PGA of America and the Europ ...

Tags: Media, Golf

09/02/14
E-Sports Quickly Growing In Popularity

The video game industry "has turned its ambitions toward the lucrative world" of professional competition, "widely known as e-sports," according to a front-page piece by Nick Wingfield of the N.Y. TIMES. Game tournaments "sell out giant arenas, and some attract at-home audiences larger than tho ...

Tags: Media, Major League Gaming

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