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Sports Media Musings: Former ESPN VP Allegedly Exposes Himself In Front of Erin Andrews, Quick Musings

One of the hardest things to do as a columnist is write a strong lede.  I can’t tell you how much this is stressed to me on a daily basis. Above everything else, you need to grab the audience by the collar with a strong pun that says, “Put your feet up and stay for a […]

Sports Media Musings: ESPN Original Programming Wins, Media Scolds NESN, CSNNE’s Farm System

Praising Rage Against The Machine ESPN gets criticized with great regularity. Much of the scrutiny is deserved. Segments like, “Who’s Now” on “SportsCenter” feel forced. I shake my head when Skip Bayless argues Aaron Hernandez’s fried chicken entrée could be a harbinger of trouble ahead for the Patriots. Lastly, Herman Edwards‘ rants lay somewhere between […]

Sports Media Musings: NESN Forgot To Cover Theo Epstein’s Departure

You thought “Sox Appeal” was cancelled? The laughable Red Sox-centric date program may have unceremoniously ended, but the stigma lives on. In fact, it permeates throughout the entire network. NESN decided they won’t report on Yankee victories next season. In their eyes, the World Series was cancelled after Jon Papelbon blew game 162 in Baltimore. […]

Sports Media Musings: Bryant Gumbel & Shock Value, The Big Lead Impresses, Zolak Bolsters Broadcast

Shocking…But That Was The Point Bryant Gumbel knew his well-written, yet very misguided rant about David Stern and the NBA lockout would garner Hank Williams Jr.-esq attention. Gumbel compared Stern to a plantation owner on HBO’s “Real Sports.” “Stern’s version of what has been going on behind closed doors has of course been disputed, but […]

Sports Media Musings: Felger Relents, Sticks & Stones Debut, Links, Red Sox Thoughts

Putting Out the Fire Michael Felger called his implication of Heidi Watney into the Red Sox mess “regrettable.” I thought it was wrong for Felger to talk about the alleged Watney-Varitek affair, and wrote as much yesterday. I understood his larger point: If the Red Sox are going to air out Terry Francona’s dirty laundry, […]

Sports Media Musings: Watney vs. Felger vs. Haggerty

There are days when covering the local media is rather tedious. After all, there are only so many CHB columns, ESPN slip-ups, Grantland opinions, ‘radio war’ coverage, among other incidents to write about. Then there are days like Oct. 12, 2011. Before we get to yesterday’s sh*! show, I need to say how much I […]

Sports Media Musings: Massarotti Confuses, Hank Williams Jr., Tito on Fox?

Light round-up today after the special mid-week edition… Leading Off Was Tony Massarotti drinking at the open of the Wednesday edition of “Felger & Mazz”? Was I drugged at roughly 1:50 P.M. by a potent uknown substance? These are questions that need to be answered. I swear, when posed the question of whether he would […]

Sports Media Musings: 98.5 The Sports Hub Wins The Summer, WEEI Finishing 8th

98.5 The Sports Hub took the momentum obtained from their win in the spring ratings period, and never looked back. In the summer ratings period, released by third-party Arbitron yesterday, “The Sports Hub” found itself in the poll position again, earning the highest share among the coveted men’s 25-54 demographic in the Boston market. Chief […]

Sports Media Musings: Glenn Ordway’s Salary Cut

Chad Finn’s article last week said according to industry sources, Glenn Ordway was given a choice: Cut his rumored $1 million salary in half, or face the possibility of losing his job at Entercom-owned, WEEI. The Big O’ thought better of it to take the former. Ordway, who’s role includes hosting “The Big Show” afternoons […]

Sports Media Musings: Felger & Mazz to Broadcast on CSNNE, Dale Arnold Returns to NESN

The Coup? Comcast Sports Net New England agreed with 98.5 The Sports Hub to simulcast afternoon drive radio show “Felger and Mazz.” The announcement came yesterday, but industry insiders have known about the deal, which supposedly had been in ongoing negotiations for a while now. The merging of broadcast, albeit in different mediums, raises a myriad […]

Sports Media Musings: WEEI to 93.7, Deadspin Invasion, Curran Going Rogue

WEEI Moving to 93.7 FM on Sept. 12 A quick thought: This won’t have any SIGNIFICANT bearing on the next rating book which is released October 4th. Those numbers predominantly will take a look at the summer ratings. Personally, I believe this is a move Entercom should have made a long time ago. WEEI is […]

Sports Media Musings: Labor Day Labor Issues for ESPN, Bruce Feldman

Lots happening on the national and local scene lately. This is part one of the special Labor Day Media Musings Extravaganzzzzzzaaa. Part 2 coming Saturday. Have a great long weekend! Infomercial! If you are into the video game Madden , or if you just want to hear what it is like playing against Chad Ochocinco […]

Sports Media Musings: ESPN’s White Michael Vick, Deadspin’s ESPN Invasion, And More

This Was, uh, Strange ESPN posing the question what the ramifications of Mike Vick’s race had on his life and career isn’t anything novel. On the contrary, the odd decision to transpose a picture of the controversial signal-caller to make him Caucasian certainly is. The Big Lead takes a look at the four-letter network’s curious […]

Sports Media Musings: WEEI and Barstool Sports, Grantland Issues, Twitter Fights

Beating the Dead Horse You are probably sick of the David Portnoy controversy like you are sick of the unstable economy. It is what it is, right? Staties went to the infamous blogger’s home to ‘persuade’ him to take the photos down. He complied. And here we are, a week later. If you want to […]

Sports Media Musings: WEEI Bans Barstool’s David Portnoy in Brady Baby Fallout

WEEI Wages War Against Barstool Sports All the rage is Boston Barstool Sports’ controversial posting of Tom Brady’s naked baby and the subsequent caption. Being the media guy here at SoB, I thought it would be appropriate to write about it. I took my time, though, because I didn’t want to give a fickle response that I’d […]