Since John Wall’s very first home game in the NBA, a game where he introduced himself to the home crowd with his own rendition of the “Dougie,” ESPN Radio host Colin Cowherd has chided him as “not a sharp guy,” a poor leader and a point guard who will never win an NBA title.
It appears that, in recent weeks, Cowherd has begun to come around ever so slightly on his original statements, according to Washington Post columnist Dan Steinberg.
Now, any of us who publicly express opinions on sports matters will be wrong. Often spectacularly so. I think the best thing you can do when that happens is just admit it, apologize when necessary, and move on. Cowherd finally issued something of a reconsideration of his Wall opinion on Tuesday, after Wall attracted an avalanche of national praise for his relationship with a little girl who died of cancer.
Cowherd stated he believes that Wall has grown up and matured in to a person with “real character.”
Though Cowherd’s stance on Wall as a player and a leader has changed, the outspoken radio host still stopped short of offering what amounts to a full apology, telling his listeners, “if you’re looking for apologies, you’re fishing off the wrong pier.”
Dec. 12, President Barack Obama appeared — for the second time in nine months — on ESPN Radio’s “The Herd with Colin Cowherd.” Lining up the President of the United States for an interview takes months of planning, a task which fell to ESPN radio talent producer Josh Drew, who explained the process in a piece by ESPN Front Row‘s Tara Chozet.
My original White House contact left in June, and I never heard from him again, so I had to start from the ground up to find a new contact. After a few weeks, I was able to find someone, and I checked in with her every couple of weeks starting in September. Sometimes it was just an email to say hello. This is very much like a sales job, touching base with clients and making sure you are top of mind when they have something to promote.
Booking the president is never something that can be locked in weeks in advance. Usually, they call you, and you say yes, no matter the timing or the day.
While on “The Herd,” Obama and Cowherd discussed the NFL’s conduct policy, NBA players donning “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirts, the current state of the Chicago Bulls and White Sox, and the upcoming healthcare signup deadline.
In his weekly media column, Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch weighs the potential landing spots for polarizing Grantland editor-in-chief and ESPN bad boy Bill Simmons, whose contract expires next summer.
First on the list is ESPN, Simmons’ current employer, which Deitsch gives 2-1 odds for landing Simmons.
No other entity affords him more resources and distribution for the content he enjoys … The network also holds a long-term rights deal with his beloved NBA through the 2024-25 season. Simmons is a loyalist and will no doubt weigh what his departure would mean to the young Grantland staffers he hired. But there is this: He’d love to see what he can do outside of ESPN management’s arm.”
Deitsch also lists Bleacher Report, Vox Media and Yahoo Sports, saying “Pairing Simmons and Adrian Wojnarowski (Yahoo’s NBA insider) would be a powerful NBA duo.”
He also says Simmons could go the Glenn Beck route and create his own media network.
“If Simmons followed suit, a host of Grantland staffers would almost certainly join him,” Deitsch writes.
CBS Sports’ national broadcast of the SEC enjoyed its sixth season as the highest-rated regular-season college football package of all the major networks, according to a press release by CBS Sports.
SEC on CBS averaged nine million viewers this season and a 4.o television rating. The network’s coverage was also highlighted by five of the top 10 most-watched college football telecasts of the 2014 regular season, including Alabama beating Missouri in the SEC Championship game, which had 12.8 million viewers; Alabama beating Mississippi State, which had 10.3 million viewers; and Alabama beating LSU, which had 9.2 million viewers.
In comparison, ESPN and ABC, which launched the SEC Network this season, averaged a 3.2 television rating. ESPN’s coverage of the Iron Bowl, however, drew 13.5 million and a 7.4 television rating, according to Sports Media Watch.
According to Awful Announcing’s Matt Yoder, ESPN’s Outside the Lines investigation of the National Football League’s handling of the Ray Rice scandal is one of the most important aspects of their journalistic integrity, holding its most powerful business partner in check. Yoder says OTL’s Don Van Natta is leading the charge against the NFL, and digging through the NFL’s PR machine is a matter of who to trust.
Van Natta reported on Dec. 10 that the NFL had requested the Ray Rice elevator tape, contradicting Roger Goodell’s public statements that the league had never requested the tape. After another damning report by Van Natta, the NFL went on the offensive, saying the report “distorts the testimony and evidence in the Rice matter.”
Yoder says that major takeaway from the public battle between Van Natta and the NFL is the “importance of trust.”
Right now, Van Natta and Outside the Lines have more public confidence in their work than the NFL. That’s even considering the fact that the massive OTL report on the Rice matter had a couple of factual discrepancies and edits after the fact. If you lose trust in your integrity and honesty, it’s incredibly difficult to get it back. Roger Goodell will be fighting an uphill battle for however many years he keeps his job as NFL commissioner.
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