Globe Shuts It Down On Celtics

It appears that that Boston Globe has shut it down for the NBA season before Paul Pierce and the Celtics have. Last night’s game was an exciting, double-overtime affair, which featured a clutch performance from Paul Pierce and more encouraging play from Al Jefferson, Rajon Rondo and Kendrick Perkins, yet there was no game story this morning in the Globe.

For the last few games the paper has abandoned the traditional game story/notebook format in favor of a single, notebook entry with a little information about the actual game. They did this last season as well, for both the Bruins and Celtics games.

This is interesting because there seems to actually be more interest in the Celtics this season than in past years, and even though the team is not going to the playoffs, there is still plenty to be watch and be reported on around this club. Why then, has the Globe scaled back their coverage recently? They might cite the NCAA tournament and the impending start to the Red Sox season, which will require a lot of preview articles and the usual intense coverage. The Celtics take a back seat during this time, which is understandable, but we’re not looking for five articles each day about the team, either. The paper has a Celtics beat writer, and an NBA writer. You’d think there would be a little more in the region’s largest paper about the Celtics. They’ve shut down their coverage of the team before the team has.

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  • Checked in with Mike Gorman, the FSN Celtics play-by-play man who has been sidelined with the flu recently. Gorman plans to be back in action for tomorrow night’s game with the 76ers.
  • FSN announced today that they has signed Jonathan Papelbon to be Mohegan Sun Sports Tonight’s weekly featured baseball interview for the 2007 season. Papelbon follows in the shoes of Kevin Millar (2004 & 2005) and Coco Crisp (2006) as the weekly player guest.

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FOX Sports announced plans for their NFL Broadcasts for next season. From their press release today:

After a whirlwind season on the road, FOX NFL SUNDAY, America’s most-watched NFL pregame show, and THE OT, the nation’s most-watched NFL postgame show, return to the friendly confines of Studio 2A at the FOX Network Center in Los Angeles this September. Simultaneously, Emmy Award winner Joe Buck devotes his attention to the lead NFL on FOX broadcast booth full time while FOX Sports veteran personality Curt Menefee becomes host to both studio shows. The announcement was made today by FOX Sports Chairman & CEO David Hill and Ed Goren, President, FOX Sports.

Menefee joins the stellar cast of Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Jimmy Johnson, Pam Oliver, insider Jay Glazer and comedian Frank Caliendo, beginning with the 2007 season premiere on Sunday, September 9 at Noon ET/9:00 AM PT. Buck, a six-time Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Play-by-Play, continues as FOX Sports’ lead NFL and MLB voice with analysts Troy Aikman and Tim McCarver, respectively. Buck and Aikman are also expected to have an increased role on both FOX NFL SUNDAY and THE OT.

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Tom Curran has Bill Belichick saying that Troy Brown is in the Patriots plans for next season.

George Solomon offers his thoughts on his time as ESPN Ombudsman, and has some final words of advice for the network.

The Sports Law Blog re-examines their stance on contact between NBA executives and parents of college players.

Bill Simmons is looking forward to the Kevin Love era at UCLA, where he hopes to see the revival of the outlet pass.

Gordon Edes had a chat on Boston.com today.

Dan Caesar looks at Joe Buck going back to just a play-by-play role on FOX NFL broadcasts next season.

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Tonight

7:00pm, NESN – Penguins @ Bruins
7:00pm, ESPN – NIT Title Game – Clemson/West Virginia
8:15pm, TNT – Pistons @ Bulls
10:30pm, TNT – Suns @ Warriors