Misc Media Notes

Greg Doyle has a Second Look at Sunday’s Patriots/Texans game on the Patriots Game Day page.

David Laurila on RedSoxNation.net has an interview with Boston Sports Review editor Jerry Spar. In the session, Spar talks about the background and future of BSR, and offers some thoughts on the sports media in town as well.

David Barron, sports media writer for the Houston Chronicle, checks in with former Red Sox announcer Jerry Trupiano who says Entercom gave him no reason for not renewing his contract, and that it seemed to him to be change just for the sake of change.

Also in that piece there is more on the ESPN edict involving ESPN personalities on non-ESPN Radio stations. Barron writes:

The Worldwide Leader strikes again: According to a memo from executive vice president Norby Williamson, ESPN announcers will no longer be allowed to make unauthorized appearances on non-ESPN stations in eight markets — New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Pittsburgh, Washington, Boston and Houston.

On the surface, unless there is some side deal in place, it would appear that this does signal the end of the Peter Gammons’ weekly appearances on WEEI during the baseball season. It does say “unauthorized appearances”, so perhaps Gammons has the pull at ESPN to keep the gig at WEEI. I would guess that lesser personalities would be prohibited from appearing on 850 AM.

This obviously gives ESPN Boston 890 AM a leg up on many recognizable guests, such as Buster Olney, Jason Stark or Ron Jaworski.

Richard Sandomir has the news that Time Warner in the NY/NJ area has agreed to telecast the free preview of NFL Network so that viewers can see the Rutgers and Kansas State play in the Texas Bowl on December 28th. It is uncertain whether Cablevision will take similar action.

Neil Best praises announcer MSG Mike Breen for not holding back during the Knicks/Nuggets brawl on Saturday night.

On an ESPN/ABC conference call today for the Christmas Day games on ABC, Breen, who will call the Lakers/Heat game had the following to say about his call of the incident on Saturday night:

“Like anything, I guess, if you see it enough you get better at doing it. I’ve just tried to take the road of while it’s happening, you just report it you describe it. Obviously, you’re emotional about it because it’s a potentially dangerous and an emotional situation, but at the same time, you wait until it settles down before you then go and give it perspective and try to hand out blame or responsibility. The other part of it is working with producers and directors who know exactly how to handle it as well and have the right camera shots and support everything you are saying. It’s certainly not just me, it’s the analyst who is with you every step of the way and it’s the people in the truck. And, especially the camera people who put themselves in harms way to get the appropriate shot.”

ESPN also announced today that they have acquired a minority equity stake in the Arena Football League, which includes broadcast rights. ESPN2 will now broadcast AFL Monday night games starting in March and running through June – allowing ESPN to develop a theme of year-round Monday night football on their network. Opening day and the Arena Bowl (From New Orleans) will be broadcast on ABC, and ESPN will pick up several games, including a number of playoff games. The Monday night broadcasts on ESPN2 however, seem to be the flagship around which ESPN and the league will build.

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