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Yet just earlier today you blew off Jose de la Ortiz for doing exactly the same thing. Why is the ethical standard different for LaBatard different than it is for the Vice President of the BBWAA?
2 months ago on Dan Le Batard's ballot opens up a Pandora's Box of journalistic questions
If one of my reporters committed libel, you can be damn sure I'd fire him. A reporter who commits libel jeopardizes the credibility of your paper and puts your paper at legal risk. Libelous accusations cannot be condoned nor shrugged off. They have to be dealt with in the harshest and most immediate manner.
2 months ago on Dan Le Batard is the BBWAA member who gave his Hall of Fame vote to Deadspin
There is a long, LONG list of sports "reporters" at the Buffalo News that deserve to be fired before Harrington. Jerry Sullivan immediately comes to mind.
Yesterday he introduced Corey Crawford as "Montreal goaltender Corey Crawford." Emrick is so benightedly incompetent he doesn't even know what teams are playing in the games he's covering. And McGuire is biased and useless.
2 months ago on The Best & Worst Sports Media Moments of 2013
I can see where part of his argument comes from. Most men's sports that are popular in the US don't require endurance as a skill, therefore exceptional endurance and physical fitness (something that is essential in soccer) is considered by many Americans to be "unmanly." Sloth is a "manly" virtue in the US. Americans are attracted to sports that require short bursts of extreme effort followed by long stretches of inactivity and these sports work exceptionally well for television broadcast, whereas sports that have long-sustained continuous action do not (at least when you have to factor in advertising).
2 months, 1 week ago on The Best & Worst Sports Media Moments of 2013
It really depends on the city. In some, soccer does well. In others it does poorly. One of the greatest shots against Bud Selig I've heard is that he managed to take a team that was second in a two-sport city and moved it to where it became fifth in a four-sport city (the Nationals had been getting worse tv ratings than DCU).
I'm sorry. I can't agree with your claim that NBCSN's NHL coverage is exemplary. The quality of their game broadcast teams and their between periods studio coverage is marginally competent at best (which is rare) utterly abominable at worst (which is usual) and they would be better served by simply firing all of their on-air personalities and starting completely from scratch. Regrettably, one of the major problems NBCSN has is coverage bias and considering that the company that owns NBC also owns an NHL team (the Flyers) there is simply no way that they're going to be able to get rid of coverage bias in their broadcast as long as that remains the case. If NBCSN wants to get serious about broadcasting hockey, they need a high-quality, consistent play-by-play man who is relatively young and will be able to be the voice of the network for years to come. Someone to do for them what Keith Jackson did for ABC with college football. Someone like a John Walton or a Dan Rusanowski.
You're calling this a win for Fox? I'm calling this a win for CBS. Fox's premier early game (Dallas-Minnesota) was getting comparable ratings in Texas outside of Dallas that CBS's premiere game (Kansas City-Buffalo) was getting in wholly unrelated markets and Chiefs-Bills absolutely hammered Cowboys-Vikings in their own markets. I don't see how you can consider this a win for Fox, especially considering the extreme marketing advantage that their top game possessed over CBS's top game.
4 months, 1 week ago on NFL Ratings Week 9: Fox scores with huge numbers for regional window
The comment was made in the article that Texas is permitted to break up into five states in accordance with the terms of the Republic of Texas' annexation, however the terms of Texas' annexation were made null and void by the 2 February 1861 Texas Ordinance of Secession. The provisions of their current existence in the country are based on their 1870 readmission, not the 1845 annexation.
4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/115001/state-secession-61-states-america
Worst coaching decision has to go to Ron Rivera of the Panthers. Carolina has a 4th and 2 on the Bills 22 with 1:40 left and a three point lead and Buffalo with no time outs. Rivera has two choices. He can go for it or kick a short field goal to go up by 6. If the Panthers go for it and get it, the game is over. If they go for it and fail, the Bills now have the ball deep in Carolina territory and must try to get into field goal range to tie with their emergency reserve kicker and no time outs. Rivera instead kicks the field goal forcing the Bills to score a touchdown but knowing that a touchdown will give Buffalo the game. Rivera gambled that the first quarterback taken in the draft couldn't beat him. Yes, the Kuechly pass interference penalty was indeed stupid and unnecessary but Rivera's incompetent decision making put Kuechly in that situation to begin with.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on This weekend in NFL stupid
I don't think it will take a generation, however for FS1, NBCSN or CBS Sports to surpass ESPN in viewership they're going to need a lot of help...from Bristol. If ESPN continues on their self-destructive path with their desire to become the news instead of reporting it (and in many cases, reporting it with exceptional bias and incompetence), they're going to get caught as long as there are other alternatives that get established. If ESPN decides that they're going to be a journalistically credible and impartial news organ once again, something they haven't been in at least a decade, then it WILL take a generation for anyone to catch them.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Where is Fox Sports 1 after one month?
@DanielOrmsby - If DirecTV and ESPN have a falling out, I'll probably extend my subscription. Dropping a network whose value is entirely out of proportion to their cost as ESPN's is would only benefit the carrier.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on The Real Nonsense Between The Pac 12 And DirecTV Stalemate
@kdjohn34 - I have to agree. I'd be perfectly fine stripping out all sports channels from my satellite feed and going simply with NFL Sunday Ticket and NHL Center Ice provided that they lose the blackout when the game is broadcast nationally (which irritated the hell out of me during the playoffs because my package does not include NBC Sports so Center Ice only had value during the regular season). Even more so, if those two services (and others like them) offered a one-team package for those viewers who are followers of a specific team that is not otherwise available in the area in which they live. ESPN no longer has any value for me and losing it from my satellite feed would not bother me in the least.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on ESPN needs a lesson in economics
You are making a presumption that in modern journalism you should no longer be making...that such things go through numerous checks before release. That isn't happening anymore because many news organizations, in print, broadcast and online, have eliminated professional copy editors as a cost reduction measure. Most news organizations today are willing to accept the occasional embarrassment of a fraudulent report such as this in exchange for the small amount of financial savings that they get from reductions in their editing staff. KTVU is most certainly not going to suffer any long-term credibility issue because of this because everyone else is doing the same thing.
8 months ago on Here's one of the most unfortunate local news screwups ever
@BeardedInMD - I'm still irritated that a call made by a Hall-of-Fame broadcaster in his prime, calling a playoff goal in a 4OT scoreless duel between two of the most legendary goaltenders of all time didn't even make the cut. But then again, no one cares about small markets. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9JeDrpbCHE
8 months ago on Greatest Call Tournament - Full Round 1 Results
Can we do one on Greg Wyshinski next?
10 months ago on An Ode to Rick Reilly | May | 2013
How did Utah get in the game?
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Dick Stockton completely misses a dunk | April | 2013
Nothing for Sidney "Diving Club" Crosby and Alex "Captain Choke" Ovechkin?
1 year, 1 month ago on Lance Armstrong and Manti Teâo are Americaâs two most disliked athletes | February | 2014
@scoknuts They're reasonably balanced as getting teams on the air however they don't act like a national network. They act like the Flyers and Rangers (and other Atlantic Division teams) home broadcast network and that is blatantly obvious in the style of their play-by-play coverage and their choices for between-periods coverage. The bias is so obvious that it makes me wonder if they were the ones behind the realignment that the NHLPA rejected, which put Pittsburgh in with the Atlantic Division.
1 year, 1 month ago on Joe Posnanski to leave Sports on Earth for NBC Sports | January | 2013
Just as a followup, NBC already has the person they need as their "overarching online presence" and one that shares the same market-bias that they do. They got him when they joined with Yahoo. They have Greg Wyshinski. They didn't need Posnanski.