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(SI.com examines some of the week’s most notable sports media stories)
1. Given the magnitude of Vin Scully and Dick Enberg retiring last weekend, I thought you’d be interested in a collection of pieces on both sports broadcasting icons.
a transcript of the final inning of Scully’s career.
• The Los Angeles Time has been
printing letters from fans to Vin Scully.
• Check out this
great conversation between Scully and Enberg that aired on Fox Sports San Diego.
New York Times writer Richard Sandomir wrote two worth-reading pieces on Scully’s final game and Scully’s wife, Sandi.
•ESPN’s Jayson Stark had
a great piece featuring those around the game on Scully’s impact.
San Diego Union Tribune’s Bryce Miller on Dick Enberg’s last broadcast.
• MLB.com had
11 calls from Scully’s final game.
goodbye to Dodgers fans.
Los Angeles Times’ editorial board on Scully.
• Fox’s Joe Buck offered
this tribute to Scully.
• Photos from Scully’s
final day in the booth.
• Video of Scully
leaving the booth.
• A photo gallery of Enberg’s
• The Post Game’s Samuel Chi, on
sharing the booth with Vin Scully.
Sports Illustrated cover story (written by Tom Verducci) from last May on Scully.
• SI’s Jay Jaffe on Scully being
the soundtrack of his professional life.
1a. Lya Vallat, a coordinating producer at the NFL Network, passed along her favorite interaction with Scully:
I was a 23 year old AP [associate producer] for channel 4 San Diego, which televised Padres game—my first real producing gig of my career. Matt Vasgersian was the host and I had to book the opposing teams’ television analysts or play by play. The Dodgers were in town so I called Vin’s producer, Boyd, and asked if Vin would do an interview. He said I should meet Vin at the clubhouse and ask him myself. So I did.
“Mr Scully?” I asked.
He said, “Don’t call me Mr Scully. Call me Vin!”
He obliged and we went walking arm and arm down to the field for the interview. During our five-minute stroll, Vin asked 20 questions about MY life. I told him I was a Padres ballgirl, originally from Bakersfield, and my Dad is a farmer named John like Farmer John (eats hot dogs, etc.). His laugh was contagious, his kindness immeasurable. When we reached the field, the Padres were taking BP. All of a sudden, BP stopped and all of the players starting clapping. Vin said, “Wow, you made quite an impression.” The infamous laugh returned.
I escorted Vin to the set. He did the interview and then I walked him back to the clubhouse, arm and arm, like two peas in a pod. Later, I went up to the press box. My boss waved me over and asked how I got Vin to come on the field to do the interview. I said, “I just asked him to.” Then my boss proceeded to tell me that Vin NEVER goes down to the field, hence the standing O from the players. I guess being naive paid off.
I will cherish that memory forever. And every time I see Vin, he always asks me, “How’s Farmer John from Bakersfield doing,” then laughs that magical laugh. Legend. Gentleman. My Hero. Thank you Vin, from the bottom of my heart!
2. Per Austin Karp of Sports Business Daily: Heading into the last weekend of the regular season, ESPN had averaged around 1.0 million viewers for its 2016 MLB game coverage, the lowest figure for the network in at least the last decade. Karp said ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball had averaged 1.6 million viewers, the window’s lowest average in at least a decade.
2a. Ernie Johnson, Ron Darling, Cal Ripken and Sam Ryan will call the Red Sox-Indians Division Series for TBS. Brian Anderson, Dennis Eckersley, Joe Simpson and reporter Matt Winer have the Rangers-Blue Jays/Orioles series.
2b. ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball team of Dan Shulman, analysts Jessica Mendoza, Aaron Boone, and reporter Buster Olney will call the Giants-Mets wild-card game on Wednesday.
2c. MLB Network will televise Game 2 of the NLDS between the Cubs and the NL wild-card winner. That broadcast will feature Bob Costas, John Smoltz and Ken Rosenthal. Costas, Jim Kaat and Jon Paul Morosi will call MLB Network’s telecast of Game Three of the NLDS between the Nationals and Dodgers.
2d. Fox declined to forward their playoff announcing teams prior to the announcement of their playoff announcing teams.
2e. The Mets broadcasts on SNY (New York) were the most-watched local broadcast in MLB. The games averaged a 2.73 household rating (+4% vs. 2015) and 263,850 total viewers (+9% vs. 2015).
2f. Fox announced that Alex Rodriguez would return as a postseason MLB analyst.
3. Episode 79 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast features CBS NFL analyst Bill Cowher, who works as a pregame analyst on The NFL Today and Thursday Night Football.
In this episode, Cowher discusses his journey from Super Bowl-winning coach to broadcaster; how he prepares each week for his two roles; the toughest adjustment to broadcasting; how he would feel if one of his players decided to take a knee during the national anthem; how to remain objective for viewers despite having coaching friends in the league; the best locker room speech he gave; whether NFL teams will stop asking him about returning to coaching; embarrassing himself in front of Mick Jagger on two separate occasions; traveling on the road with his musician-wife Victoria, who is known professionally as Queen V; the joys of spin cycle and yoga and not being recognized every day; being the father-in-law of two professional athletes, and much more.
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3a. Fox NFL broadcaster Pam Oliver is the upcoming guest on the SI Media Podcast (Episode 80). The episode debuts Thursday morning of iTunes and Soundcloud.
In the episode, Oliver discusses what the public often misses about the role of sideline reporting; how executives (nearly all men) choose those for the position; which NFL teams are media-friendly for reporters in her position; how she prepares for her job; and why there are lack of women of color in her field. We also had a long discussion on Fox Sports’s decision two years ago to
remove her from the top NFL team (Joe Buck and Troy Aikman) in favor of Erin Andrews. Amazingly, Fox’s bosses initially pulled her off all NFL broadcasts before Oliver talked her way back into being on the roster. That move has proven to be a wise one for Fox.
“I don’t blame her for any of this,” Oliver said of Andrews. “You don’t turn it down. But I think everybody but me when the hire was made [Andrews was hired by Fox in 2012] thought it would impact me. I remember foolishly when someone asked me, ‘Well how does this impact you?’ I said I don’t think it does. I think there is room for everyone. Naively. So there was no reason for her and me to be enemies. There was no face to face, our paths don’t really cross. Of course we knew of each other coming in, but there is no way to think that there wasn’t a promise made to her (about being on Fox’s top NFL team). We both understand that and I think most people now understand that. It was a big splashy hire. She started on the group [broadcasters Kevin Burkhardt and John Lynch] I am now, which was at that point the C or D team. But most people saw through that, as a temporary thing for me to get through the last year of my contract. But I don’t blame her because if the situation was reversed, you know, you want to be with the top crew. That is what you should aspire to do. There is going to be collateral damage and things can get messy and that one did. But to personally hold her responsible is something I don’t do.”
4. Non-sports pieces of note:
• Susan Schneider Williams, Robin Williams’s widow, on
the terrorist inside her husband’s brain.
Frontline piece is the single best thing I’ve seen on television on the background of Clinton and Trump. Worth the time investment.
• Via the
L.A. Times: Why your grandparents are finally calling it quits.
• Shirley Jackson wrote 17 books while raising four children—and she couldn’t have had
a successful career without them.
• The crime family at the center of Asia’s
animal trafficking network.
• From Denver’s Westwood: The
Denver Post is being bled to death.
• How Donald Trump set off a civil war within the right-wing media. Fascinating
media piece by Robert Draper.
• What journalists say when they are criticized for
mishandling coverage of Trump.
The Guardian: High Hitler: How Nazi drug abuse steered the course of history.
Washington Post’s Stephanie McCrummen breaks through the noise on this profile of a Trump supporter.
• From Buzzfeed: What to do with your life after you’ve already been the
world’s youngest dictator.
• Here’s what was in the
first issue of National Geographic.
Globe and Mail (Toronto): How has rape become such a common trope of television drama?
Sports pieces of note:
• SI’s S.L. Price has
an excerpt of his new book on high school football in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, once home to NFL-ers Mike Ditka, Sean Gilbert, Ty Law, Darrelle Revis, Tommie Campbell, and Jonathan Baldwin.
• Michigan’s No. 1 high school football team, Cass Tech
, walks a mile each day to get to their practice field from school.
Boston Globe’s Pete Abraham goes behind the scenes with David Ortiz for his final season.
• HBO’s Eric Raskin reported an oral history of the
Bernard Hopkins-Felix Trinidad fight that was held 18 days after the terrorist attacks of September 11, just three miles from Ground Zero, at Madison Square Garden.
• If you missed this the first time, read this piece from Brett Forrest and Jon Fish on
wrestling teammates who became enemies in Miami’s drug wars.
L.A. Times writer Kevin Baxter on MLS being the only major professional sports league in the U.S. whose teams don’t fly charter.
• SI’s Jon Wertheim on
the search for Benny Anders.
5. Sports Business Daily’s Austin Karp reported that NBC’s 3.4 overnight rating for Sunday’s final day of play at the Ryder Cup was down 17% from a 4.1 overnight from 2012—the last time it was held in America. NBC drew a 1.8 overnight for the final day (7 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET) of the 2014 competition, which was held in Scotland. The final Sunday drew 4.3 million average viewers, up 95% over 2014 and down 22% from 2012.
5a. Last Friday (Day 1 of the Ryder Cup) the Golf Channel had its most-watched day in history, with 673,000 average viewers. The network said its coverage of the afternoon session (1:30–6:56 p.m. ET) drew 1.5 million average viewers. Golf Channel will air all-day coverage Tuesday on Arnold Palmer, including a replay of his memorial service tonight.
5b. Per SportsTVRatings: ESPN’s PTI is down 19% in viewership since Labor Day.
5c. The Big Lead reported longtime MLB analyst John Kruk has left ESPN. On Tuesday, Kruk tweeted out, “Just want to clear things up, I was not fired from ESPN. It is what was said, we mutually agreed to part ways.”
5d. Pardon My Take, a humor podcast out of the Barstool Sports stable co-hosted by Dan (Big Cat) Katz and the gritty NFL pundit known as PFT Commenter, vaulted to the top of the Sports & Recreation chart on iTunes this week, beating ESPN, Fox Sports, The Ringer and many other sports media outlets with much bigger distribution engines. That’s an impressive brand-building story.
5e. ESPN announced its next set of 30 for 30 films.
5f. Sports TV Ratings also provides a handy chart of how many households have cable sports networks measured by Nielsen.
5g. Thoughtful post by the national college football writer Travis Haney, on parting ways with ESPN.
Source : https://sports.yahoo.com/news/media-circus-why-nfl-ratings-150705365.html