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Latest Stories Richard Deitsch: Adam Schefter, Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN NFL insiders, sign multiyear dealsupdated: Wed Jul 11 2012 10:05:00

Professional athletes are not alone in getting long-term extensions. Richard Deitsch: Is Erin Andrews heading to Fox Sports?updated: Fri Jun 29 2012 21:56:00 has learned that Fox Sports is aggressively pursuing ESPN sportscaster Erin Andrews for a role at its network. The network's executives recently met with Andrews regarding a major role in Fox's college football coverage. Jack McCallum: Hubie Brown's hoops love affairupdated: Fri Jun 15 2012 16:58:00

The first time I met Hubie Brown, here's what he said to me: Richard Deitsch: ESPN's watchdogs, the Poynter Institute, offer a self-reviewupdated: Fri Jun 15 2012 16:10:00

The Poynter Review Project, a process in which a group of Poynter faculty review ESPN content across all platforms and publicly comment on ESPN's efforts, will conclude this November after an 18-month tenure. Richard Deitsch: Former ref Javie joins ESPN; Belmont, NBA draw strong ratingsupdated: Wed Jun 13 2012 12:39:00

Television viewers have long relied on broadcasters to provide analysis and explanations about the often-questionable decisions made by NBA referees. Richard Deitsch: TV guide to the NBA Finalsupdated: Tue Jun 12 2012 14:32:00

Hate sells on television, and last year's NBA Finals between Dallas and Miami averaged 17.3 million viewers over six games, making it the league's second-most-viewed championship series since the Pistons-Lakers in 2004 (17.9 million viewers) and only slightly behind the seven-game series in 2010 between the big-market Celtics and Lakers (18.1 million viewers). Richard Deitsch: Mike Emrick, Pam Ward lead Media Power Listupdated: Tue May 29 2012 13:28:00

(Each month highlights people in the sports media who have proved newsworthy, both for positive and negative achievements. Since this column has been away the past two months, let's call this the spring media power list) Richard Deitsch: Skipper discusses ESPN's future; NBC unveils more Olympic plansupdated: Wed May 16 2012 14:33:00

NEW YORK -- With mascots (Brutus Buckeye, Albert E. Gator, and KC Wolf), a marching band (The Ohio State University Marching Band) and a mélange of on-air talent (Mike Greenberg, Jon Gruden, Sage Steele among others), ESPN held its annual upfront presentation Tuesday afternoon at the Best Buy Theater in New York's Times Square. What are upfronts? It's a network's attempt to woo marketers and media planners to support its upcoming summer and fall schedule, and part of the sell job includes plying said business people with food and entertainment. Richard Deitsch: ESPN, NFL Network take different approaches in broadcasting draftupdated: Mon Apr 30 2012 13:59:00

The bellowing never stops. It pummels you over the head like a hard rain, and it's forever accompanied by outdated references ("Mel Kiper, to quote Stan Laurel, 'Here's another mess you have gotten me into, Ollie.' ") and long-winded intros that last nearly as long as a Presidential campaign. Mostly, there is Chris Berman simply talking and talking and talking.

England's game of year draws attention from across pond updated: Mon Apr 30 2012 07:17:00

It's no Super Bowl. Heck, it's no Monday Night Football, but for an American audience, Monday's Manchester derby -- that is, the English club soccer game between Manchester's two Premier League teams -- is about as big as it gets stateside.

Manchester football giants to clashupdated: Mon Apr 30 2012 07:17:00

Amanda Davies talks to Edwin van der Sar about former club Manchester United's crucial clash with Manchester City.

FBI, police look into New Orleans Saints wiretapping claimsupdated: Tue Apr 24 2012 17:54:00

The Louisiana State Police said Tuesday that they have joined the FBI in investigating allegations that New Orleans Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis had the ability to eavesdrop on opposing coaches for nearly three seasons. Richard Deitsch: NFL Draft TV Previewupdated: Tue Apr 24 2012 15:52:00

Suspense is making a comeback at the NFL Draft. Executives at both ESPN and the NFL Network know how much you dislike when they foreshadow or tip picks before the official announcement, so both networks pledged during interviews with last week that broadcast cameras will no longer show first-round draftees on the phone with their teams before being selected. Bryan Armen Graham: Nas talks ESPN collab, Jeremy Lin, being a Yankee fan in Queensupdated: Tue Apr 24 2012 10:31:00

ESPN made the first pick of the 2012 NFL Draft back in January, when it enlisted multi-platinum rapper Nas to provide music for the network's coverage. The Queens, N.Y., native is reworking two of his new songs with Austin guitarist Gary Clark Jr., for prospect highlight packages and to be used coming in and out of commercials. Richard Deitsch: A behind-the-scenes look at an NFL Draft telecastupdated: Mon Apr 23 2012 13:48:00

On Thursday night, inside a production truck on a side street near Radio City Music Hall, Charlie Yook will be making multiple decisions about what you see during the NFL Draft. Richard Deitsch: Warren Sapp delves into reporting; draws ire of NFL Networkupdated: Fri Mar 23 2012 18:17:00

You don't have to read between the lines to get a sense of how close Warren Sapp was to losing his NFL Network gig. The network's executives on Friday afternoon were blunt about it. "We decided not to fire Warren," said Mark Quenzel, senior vice president of programming and production. Richard Deitsch: Magic's 'Announcement' soars; NBC begins its MLS coverageupdated: Sun Mar 11 2012 23:24:00

What is the value of having a soccer analyst on the pitch? It's a question MLS viewers will soon be able to weigh in on as NBC's MLS coverage begins Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on the NBC Sports Network. Richard Deitsch: Jon Gruden, Ron Jaworski lead Media Power Listupdated: Tue Feb 21 2012 17:56:00

(Each month highlights those in the sports media who have proved newsworthy, both for positive and negative achievements.)

Ex-ESPN writer says slur was 'honest mistake'updated: Mon Feb 20 2012 17:50:00

Former ESPN writer Anthony Federico apologized Monday for writing an offensive headline about basketball sensation Jeremy Lin, calling it "an honest mistake."

ESPN fires writer of offensive headline about Jeremy Linupdated: Mon Feb 20 2012 08:02:00

ESPN has fired the employee responsible for writing an offensive headline about basketball sensation Jeremy Lin and suspended an anchor who used the same ethnic slur, the sports network said Sunday.

ESPN apologizes for headline on Jeremy Linupdated: Sat Feb 18 2012 14:22:00

ESPN apologized Saturday for an offensive headline about New York Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin that appeared on its mobile website after the team's season-high, seven-game winning streak came to an end. Richard Deitsch: Ron Jaworski the odd man out as ESPN goes to two-man booth for Monday Night Footballupdated: Wed Feb 15 2012 17:16:00

Having dealt with ESPN's Monday Night Football executives over a number of years, I was always struck by the level of support Jon Gruden enjoyed from Jay Rothman, the show's senior coordinating producer. Each of the network's top producers speaks effusively of their NFL talent, but Rothman seemed thunderstruck by the former Bucs coach. He was amped just talking about him, compliments flying out faster than Usain Bolt. Richard Deitsch: NFL's most indispensable broadcasting talentsupdated: Wed Jan 11 2012 16:14:00

Evaluating sports broadcasting talent is subjective. We each have our favorites. I like Mike Mayock. You like Phil Simms. We all dislike Craig James. While discussing NFL broadcasters over coffee a couple of months ago, James Andrew Miller, the author of the best-selling "These Guys Have All The Fun: Inside The World Of ESPN," and I decided it would be fun to pick the 10 people in NFL broadcasting circles who we considered the most indispensable to their networks. (You can follow Miller on Twitter at @ESPNBOOK). Richard Deitsch: Media Awards for 2011updated: Wed Dec 28 2011 16:36:00 highlights a select group in the sports media who were newsworthy, both for positive and negative reasons, in 2011. Richard Deitsch: 2011-12 NBA broadcasting guideupdated: Wed Dec 21 2011 10:10:00

Last year confirmed one of the undeniable truisms of sports television: Hate sells. Richard Deitsch: Tebow's breakthrough season has his celebrity on the riseupdated: Fri Dec 16 2011 13:38:00

As the Broncos beat reporter for the Denver Post, Lindsay Jones admits her job description has become "all Tim Tebow, all the time." But over the past two months, Jones has noticed that the Tebow phenomenon has filtered outside her city limits. As she's traveled to cover the Broncos on the road, the reporter says the lead feature in Sunday sports sections is often the Denver quarterback, and that Tebow is a recurring and vibrant subject on the sports-talk debate airwaves as well. Richard Deitsch: NFL, networks win in extended rights dealupdated: Thu Dec 15 2011 15:22:00

If you are looking to determine the winners and losers from Wednesday's announcement that the NFL had extended television deals with CBS, Fox and NBC, we'll make it easy for you:

Jerry Sandusky free on bailupdated: Sun Dec 11 2011 13:33:00

The former Penn St. football coach posted $250,000 bail and is free for now. CNN contributor Sara Ganim reports.

Youth sports executive accused of sexual abuse by former playersupdated: Sun Dec 11 2011 13:33:00

Police in Tennessee and the Amateur Athletic Union have launched separate investigations after two former basketball players alleged that the leader of a youth sports organization molested them during the 1980s when they were boys. Richard Deitsch: Reporter defends ESPN's coverage of Bernie Fine allegationsupdated: Thu Dec 01 2011 13:39:00

ESPN's Mark Schwarz was sitting inside a satellite truck on the campus of Penn State when an unfamiliar number popped up on his cellphone. It was early evening on Nov. 11, a frigid night in State College, Pa., and the reporter was about to make his way toward the Old Main on campus, the site of a candlelight vigil and a moment of silence in support of the alleged victims in the child sex abuse scandal. Schwarz looked down at his phone. The area code was 315, for central New York. Richard Deitsch: Judging Urban Meyer's ESPN tenureupdated: Tue Nov 29 2011 20:53:00

It's a simple question but one I ask myself every time I see an ex-coach appear on the airwaves: Grant Wahl: Harkes out as ESPN's lead analystupdated: Mon Nov 21 2011 14:34:00

LOS ANGELES -- John Harkes is out and Taylor Twellman is in as ESPN's lead analyst in the booth for MLS and U.S. Soccer broadcasts in 2012, several sources have told Harkes, the U.S. Hall of Famer who played in two World Cups, was recently informed that his contract would not be renewed. Twellman, the former New England Revolution star whose playing career was cut short by concussions, has spent this season working in ESPN's studio coverage and as the analyst for local broadcasts of the Philadelphia Union.

CNNMoney: Ads pulled from ESPN's Penn State games following scandalupdated: Mon Nov 14 2011 19:56:00

The sexual abuse scandal at Penn State has prompted at least one advertiser to pull out of broadcasts featuring the now-tarnished football program. Richard Deitsch: Joe Buck, Jonathan Hock, Mike Mayock lead Media Power Listupdated: Tue Nov 08 2011 18:10:00

(Each month highlights those in the sports media who have proved newsworthy, both for positive and negative achievements.) Grant Wahl: Lots of questions about Fox's World Cup coupupdated: Fri Oct 21 2011 21:05:00

Big news in the world of U.S. soccer came on Friday when FIFA awarded the U.S. broadcast rights for 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Fox (English language) and Telemundo (Spanish language). The Sports Business Journal reported the total rights fee for the U.S. to be between $1.05 billion and $1.1 billion, an increase of at least 147 percent over the combined $425 million that ESPN and Univisión paid for the rights to the '10 and '14 tournaments. Grant Wahl: World Cup rights bidding to have major implications for U.S. soccerupdated: Thu Oct 13 2011 12:55:00

Next Wednesday is one of the most important days of the next decade for soccer in the United States. That's when bids are due in Zürich, Switzerland, for the U.S. broadcast rights for World Cups '18 and '22. ESPN, NBC and Fox are expected to bid for the English-language rights, while Univisión and NBC-owned Telemundo are expected to be in competition for the Spanish-language rights. After the bids are submitted on Wednesday -- there will be no formal presentations, as there were for the Olympic rights bids earlier this year -- the FIFA executive committee will meet on Thursday and could reach a decision on the winners as soon as that day. Richard Deitsch: John Smoltz, Hayden Nowkhah, Kara Lawson lead Media Power Listupdated: Thu Oct 06 2011 13:01:00

(Each month highlights those in the sports media who have proved newsworthy, both for positive and negative achievements.) Richard Deitsch: Hank Williams dropped from Monday Night Footballupdated: Thu Oct 06 2011 11:22:00

ESPN is no longer ready for Hank Williams Jr. Richard Deitsch: Should sports broadcasters get political?updated: Tue Oct 04 2011 15:59:00

Last month, ESPN golf analyst Paul Azinger offered a 140-character analysis of President Barack Obama's job creation record, a zinger from Azinger that reverberated around the web. Tweeted the analyst:"Facts: Potus has played more golf this month than I have; I have created more jobs this month than he has: #Marthasvineyard Michael Rosenberg: Ten years after September 11, sports are bigger than everupdated: Fri Sep 09 2011 14:53:00

As we sit this week and remember the haunted, sick feelings from September 11, 2001 -- as we summon the emotions from that miserable morning in an instant, as most of us can do -- let me tell you what I was not thinking that day. Richard Deitsch: Bruce Feldman joins CBS; reflects on his ESPN timeupdated: Fri Sep 02 2011 10:32:00

College football writer Bruce Feldman, whose reported suspension from ESPN last month produced an uprising on Twitter, has joined CBS as a college football analyst. He will write for and report on college football across multiple CBS platforms. Richard Deitsch: College Football Television Roundtableupdated: Fri Aug 26 2011 18:35:00

Few televised sports inspire more passion than college football, especially when it comes to opinions on announcers and the networks that employ them. With kickoff less than a week away, I asked college football writers Stewart Mandel, Andy Staples and George Schroeder to join me for a roundtable on a number of television-related topics: Sam Amick: Time for players to face harsh reality in sluggish labor negotiationsupdated: Wed Aug 24 2011 16:57:00

Memo to NBA players: It's time to wave the white flag. Grant Wahl: Three postgame thoughts on U.S.-Mexicoupdated: Thu Aug 18 2011 12:14:00

PHILADELPHIA -- Three quick thoughts following the U.S.'s 1-1 tie against Mexico in a friendly on Wednesday night ... Andy Staples: Messy Big 12 divorce seems inevitable for Texas A&Mupdated: Tue Aug 16 2011 08:56:00

AUSTIN, Texas -- The 2011 conference realignment tilt-a-whirl produced three distinct headlines Monday. Each one seemed rife with meaning. But as night fell in Texas, nothing had really changed. Texas A&M continued its slow march toward the SEC. Richard Deitsch: Phil Steele, Beth Mowins, Michelle Beadle lead Media Listupdated: Fri Aug 12 2011 17:14:00

1. Phil Steele, eponymous college football editor and publisher: For hardcore college football fans, the name above represents glorious information overload. There are plenty of college football preview magazines in the marketplace but none whose annual debut is more anticipated from fans (and media members) the way Steele's is. His 328-page preview guide is, as the man himself likes to say, "120 media guides rolled into one." One of the most notable and appreciated aspects of his guide is that he gives the same amount of coverage to Florida Atlantic that he does Florida. Richard Deitsch: ESPN hires Rice as NFL analystupdated: Mon Aug 08 2011 17:32:00

ESPN has hauled in the NFL's greatest receiver. Stewart Mandel: Do's, don'ts for division alignments; more mailupdated: Wed Aug 03 2011 13:14:00

While Big 12 athletic directors met Monday to squash yet another crisis sure to expedite that league's imminent demise (a non-story, yet again), the Big Ten announced that all public tickets to its first-ever league championship game sold out in two hours last weekend. That's par for the course in the SEC but was not always the case for the Big 12's now-defunct title game and pretty much unfathomable for the ACC's six-year-old event.

USS Carl Vinson takes new role: basketball arenaupdated: Fri Jul 22 2011 21:18:00

The U.S. aircraft carrier that launched the first attacks against al Qaeda and the Taliban after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks on the United States will be the site of another first, as it hosts the opening game of the 2011 NCAA college basketball season. Richard Deitsch: Evaluating ESPN's World Cup Coverageupdated: Sat Jul 16 2011 14:06:00

In his most memorable call of the Women's World Cup, ESPN announcer Ian Darke howled with delight that "Abby Wambach has saved the U.S.A's life in this World Cup." Richard Deitsch: Can Women's World Cup find an audience?updated: Tue Jun 28 2011 17:38:00

There was a time in America, if only for a day, when women's soccer drew more television viewers than the NBA Finals, World Series and Stanley Cup finals. Richard Deitsch: Highlights, lowlights from NBA draftupdated: Fri Jun 24 2011 14:26:00

There's the clock between picks (which always feels too short), dealing with live crowds, keeping up with the inevitable trades and juggling an army of staffers at multiple locations. Television producers have plenty of stories about how tricky covering a draft is, and there were some good things ESPN did last night during its coverage of the NBA draft. There was also the chemistry between analysts Jon Barry and Jeff Van Gundy (Pick an adjective: awkward, bunglesome or nonexistent.)

Ship that carried Osama's body returnsupdated: Wed Jun 22 2011 07:00:00

Sailors hold their babies for the first time as the USS Carl Vinson comes home to San Diego.

USS Carl Vinson may host first NCAA game on aircraft carrierupdated: Wed Jun 22 2011 07:00:00

Hoops games happen all the time on aircraft carriers, but Tuesday officials from the Navy, the NCAA and Morale Entertainment met to discuss staging a major college basketball game on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. Richard Deitsch: CTV's Rob Brown, ESPN Book, Marv Albert highlight Media Power Listupdated: Fri Jun 17 2011 15:27:00

(Each month highlights those in the sports media who have proved newsworthy, both for positive and negative achievements.) Frank Deford: ESPN, the Worldwide Leader in Sports, has never loomed largerupdated: Wed Jun 15 2011 12:22:00

Now, in the heart of baseball season, a time of NBA and NHL championships, another fabulous Nadal-Federer final, the start of golf's U.S. Open and the lockouts -- continued and impending -- in the NFL and the NBA, one name in sport still stands above the rest: ESPN. Richard Deitsch: Comcast/NBC keeps Olympics after moving pitch -- with Costas' helpupdated: Wed Jun 08 2011 11:47:00

As the Comcast/NBC presentation neared its conclusion Tuesday morning at the International Olympic Committee headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, Bob Costas stepped to the front of the room to deliver the emotional highlight of the allocution.

Can you spell w-i-n-n-e-r? Pennsylvania teen clinches spelling beeupdated: Fri Jun 03 2011 18:32:00

Pennsylvania teen Sukanya Roy was tantalizingly close to the Scripps National Spelling Bee's final rounds in previous years. Now, she's taken the prize. Bruce Jenkins: Tennis Channel comes of age with pitch-perfect coverageupdated: Tue May 24 2011 13:23:00

Tennis Channel has come of age, and at the perfect time: during a Grand Slam event, with the whole world watching. Richard Deitsch: ESPN goes under the knife with Those Guys Have All the Funupdated: Tue May 24 2011 12:23:00

Over the past 36 months, as he immersed himself in the nation-state otherwise known as ESPN, James Andrew Miller became admittedly obsessed with his subject. Charged with writing a book on one of the great media success stories of all time, Miller found himself struggling to condense a tale of empire building, fierce rivalries, sex and drugs, and self-reverence. He had enough information for multiple books after interviews with more than 550 subjects. The hardest part, he knew, was letting some of it go. Grant Wahl: Los Angeles-New York kicks off MLS rivalry week; more Mailbagupdated: Thu May 05 2011 13:32:00

From a national perspective the next two Saturdays are big for MLS and ESPN television, which are pinning high expectations on a pair of marquee rivalry games: this Saturday's Los Angeles-New York showdown (11 p.m. ET, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes) and the following Saturday's first MLS edition of the Seattle-Portland Flannel Hatefest (11 p.m. ET, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes). Richard Deitsch: ESPN, NFL Network tally more hits than misses during draft weekendupdated: Mon May 02 2011 16:12:00

We all owe Ryan Mallett a debt of gratitude. Had the Arkansas quarterback not slid down the draft board to the third round, we might not have gotten the moment where the NFL Network won the television draft. Andy Staples: Beebe, Big 12 hit paydirt with Fox Sports dealupdated: Thu Apr 14 2011 12:49:00

We laughed at Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe last year. We assumed he would preside over the downfall of a conference that should have printed its own money because he couldn't adequately manage the warring factions within. We lampooned him. Someone even started a Twitter feed claiming to be Beebe that gave life to the caricature we created during last year's conference realignment showdown. Even when he brokered a deal that kept the conference together, we gave no credit to Beebe and all the credit to Texas officials for their string-pulling skills. Then we immediately began predicting the Big 12's demise within a few years. Richard Deitsch: ESPN downscales its NFL Draft coverageupdated: Tue Apr 12 2011 17:23:00

Jay Rothman calls them "the wow guys," the trio of broadcasters headlining the now downscaled main set for ESPN's coverage of the first and second round of the NFL Draft on April 28-29. Richard Deitsch: Rob Neyer, Jay Bilas highlight February Media Power Listupdated: Thu Mar 03 2011 14:26:00

1. Rob Neyer -- SB Nation: Arguably the Internet's most influential baseball voice -- the writer Jonah Keri referred to him as a "gateway drug" to baseball on the web -- Neyer left ESPN after 15 years to become the national baseball editor for the sports blog and community site SB Nation. Richard Deitsch: Poynter takes over ESPN's ombudsmen positionupdated: Thu Mar 03 2011 13:15:00

Last week ESPN and The Poynter Institute announced plans to participate in The Poynter Review Project, a process in which a group of Poynter faculty will review ESPN content across all platforms and publicly comment on ESPN's efforts. Like previous ESPN ombudsmen, Poynter will hold an 18-month tenure in the position. spoke with Poynter President Dr. Karen B. Dunlap and Ethics Group Leader Kelly McBride on the new partnership: Andy Glockner: Ranking BracketBusters matchupsupdated: Thu Feb 17 2011 11:58:00

BracketBusters weekend is here and there's something for everyone who enjoys the mid-major level. Five of the games have significant NCAA tournament implications and many of them feature a star (or stars) well worth watching. Here are the 11 TV games ranked in order of importance and intrigue. Richard Deitsch: Mike Mayock's time; Erin Andrews's Reebok dealupdated: Mon Jan 31 2011 14:19:00

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock says the Senior Bowl is his favorite time of the year. It is there, on the turf of Ladd-Pebbles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., that the NFL prospects he has studied on film suddenly spring to life. The players either confirm Mayock's initial assessment or prompt him to intensify his film study. Jon Wertheim: Media must put newsworthiness ahead of hurt feelings, more mailupdated: Thu Jan 20 2011 13:46:00

A quick baguette, while stretching my psoas ... Richard Deitsch: Carillo's curious departure leaves ESPN shorthandedupdated: Tue Jan 18 2011 10:24:00

The world's best tennis players are in Australia this week. The sport's best analyst is not. Mary Carillo quietly left ESPN last year during the middle of the U.S. Open, leaving the network with one year remaining on her contract. Bruce Jenkins: Thoughts, observations from Australian Open first roundupdated: Tue Jan 18 2011 10:17:00

Thoughts and observations on the first surge of action from the Australian Open: Richard Deitsch: Plagiarism, staffer dust-up plague ESPN in New Yearupdated: Mon Jan 03 2011 17:54:00

Don Ohlmeyer's 18-month tenure as ESPN ombudsman is scheduled to end next month, and should he write a final column or two, he won't have to look far for issues. Richard Deitsch: Media Awards for 2010updated: Mon Jan 03 2011 17:42:00

THE PICK: Mike Pereira (Fox Sports).

ESPN anchor apologizes for stealing newspaper writer's wordsupdated: Thu Dec 30 2010 10:10:00

Sports writer Kevin Ding heard familiar words when he tuned into ESPN Tuesday night -- words that he wrote for his Orange County Register column two days earlier. Richard Deitsch: UConn women match UCLA's streak in typical convincing fashionupdated: Mon Dec 20 2010 11:44:00

NEW YORK -- Of course she knew about the streak. The daily reminders from friends and passers-by on campus had buzzed in the ear of Samantha Prahalis for the past two months. Regardless of subject matter and the length of interaction, the Ohio State junior All-America point guard found plenty of conversations punctuated by a two-word conclusion-cum-request: Richard Deitsch: Newton changes ESPN's Heisman plansupdated: Fri Dec 10 2010 13:13:00

If you are looking for drama during Saturday night's Heisman Trophy ceremony, you might as well turn the channel to TNT. Rather than create an awkward situation with Auburn quarterback and presumptive Heisman winner Cam Newton live on Saturday night, ESPN landed an exclusive interview with Newton Thursday afternoon at a hotel in Orlando. The interview aired during the Home Depot College Football Awards Show Thursday night, and ESPN officials said they will re-run clips of the interview on other ESPN entities over the weekend, including during the Heisman Trophy Presentation (which airs at 8 p.m. ET Saturday on ESPN and Erin Andrews Shares Football Party Tipsupdated: Fri Nov 26 2010 15:29:00

The ESPN sportscaster has rules for hosting a game-day gathering Richard Deitsch: November's Media Power Rankingsupdated: Tue Nov 16 2010 16:33:00

1. Dave Niehaus, Mariners legend: They lingered in the stands for hours at Safeco Field last Saturday, thousands of Mariners fans paying tribute to Niehaus, the team's voice for 34 seasons and a beloved figure in the Pacific Northwest. The Hall of Fame broadcaster died last Wednesday of a heart attack at age 75. (The Seattle Times website set up a special tribute section for Niehaus, complete with his greatest calls and reflections from fans.) Richard Deitsch: September/October Media Power Rankingsupdated: Mon Nov 15 2010 13:01:00

1. Mark Pain, sports photographer, Mail on Sunday (U.K.): Along with creating one of the most memorable images in recent history -- Tiger Woods shanking a ball during the Ryder Cup directly into his camera -- Pain also created a global phenomenon thanks to a mustachioed mystery man with a cigar in the background of his photo. The famed face in the crowd -- now identified as 30-year-old South London-based investment analyst Rupesh Shingadia -- created a Photoshopping sensation worldwide and entered the phrase "Cigar Guy" into our lexicon. How did the photographer land the shot? Click here for Pain's interview with CBS' The Early Show. Jim Kelley: Kovalchuk must get his act together, more NHL notesupdated: Fri Oct 29 2010 13:37:00

There are numerous problems with the early season play of the New Jersey Devils, but the one that seems to garner the most attention is the issue of supposed scoring star Ilya Kovalchuk being late for a team meeting and drawing the healthy scratch card from rookie coach John MacLean. It made noise throughout the NHL, but comes as no surprise to players who played with Kovalchuk in Atlanta. Richard Deitsch: NBA broadcasting guide for 2010-11updated: Tue Oct 26 2010 16:07:00

USA Today recently dubbed the Miami Heat the team America already loves to hate. But one of the undeniable truisms of sports television is this: Hate sells. Richard Deitsch: Can viewers trust ESPN on LeBron?updated: Tue Sep 28 2010 13:01:00

No subject over the last six months, at least based on my in-box, has produced more foaming-at-the-mouth venom than ESPN's broadcast of The Decision. At the time I called it a "self-aggrandizing, selling-out-our-journalistic-soul, narcissistic shamathon," but I've since calmed down. Richard Deitsch: August Media Power Rankingsupdated: Fri Sep 17 2010 20:00:00

1. Bucky Gunts, NBC Sports : "Let's face it -- we're all Bucky Gunts here." With those eight magical words from the lips of actor Ricky Gervais, Gunts morphed from a quiet, behind-the-scenes player at NBC Sports to a subject of Emmy stories, a trending topic on Twitter and a viral sensation. Richard Deitsch: Broadcasters expand 3-D TV effortsupdated: Fri Sep 17 2010 17:37:00

NEW YORK -- As Rafael Nadal smashed a forehand down the line and into his line of sight last weekend, Ken Aagaard, wearing 3-D glasses along with eight other colleagues inside a cramped CBS trailer behind Arthur Ashe Stadium, explained what made tennis one of his favorite sports to watch in 3-D. Richard Deitsch: Home vs. in-stadium viewing battle pushes product developmentupdated: Fri Sep 10 2010 13:04:00

Amid the alphabet soup of current television technology, from DVR to 3-D to DirecTV, there is a truism that remains as clear as high-definition television: Bruce Jenkins: Clijsters emerges as player to beat on women's sideupdated: Thu Sep 02 2010 16:44:00

If the tour's young players have difficulty relating to the Williams sisters, so adept at balancing tennis against off-court pursuits, imagine their take on Kim Clijsters. In a tournament fraught with peril -- the upsets, the heat, the humidity -- Clijsters moves quietly and comfortably in a world entirely her own.

CNNMoney: Apple and Google prepare for mobile ad warupdated: Thu Aug 26 2010 09:25:00

The mobile advertising business is puny. But don't tell that to Google and Apple. Richard Deitsch: Mariotti's arrest draws strong reactionupdated: Mon Aug 23 2010 17:34:00

There is schadenfreude and then there is the frothing-out-of-the-mouth with bloodthirsty delight that CBS columnist Gregg Doyel experienced Saturday afternoon after he learned that Jay Mariotti had been arrested in Los Angeles earlier that day. As first reported by The Los Angeles Times, the AOL FanHouse columnist and ESPN Around the Horn contributor was booked on suspicion of felony domestic assault, according to authorities.

CNNMoney: Walt Disney profit soars 40%updated: Wed Aug 11 2010 14:39:00

Walt Disney Co. posted fiscal third-quarter results Tuesday that topped Wall Street's expectations, led by rebounding sales at its television networks and movie studio divisions. Richard Deitsch: July Media Power Rankingsupdated: Tue Aug 10 2010 11:39:00

1. Mike Mayock, Notre Dame Football analyst: You know what you can't fake in broadcasting? Preparation. Ron Jaworski is often praised in this space because when he says he's watched every throw a quarterback made in college, he backs it up through his analysis. Richard Deitsch: History of ESPN coming to a bookstore soonupdated: Fri Jul 23 2010 14:36:00

Jim Miller has become the nation's foremost ESPNologist. Over the past two years the writer has interviewed 472 subjects for his upcoming book, Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN. He and co-writer Tom Shales, the longtime Washington Post television columnist, have set a goal to chronicle ESPN from its scrappy beginnings to the infamous LeBronapalooza it hosted earlier this month. Richard Deitsch: June Media Power Rankingsupdated: Thu Jul 15 2010 12:40:00

1. Emmet Smith, Deputy Design Director for News, The Cleveland Plain Dealer: For those who celebrate the daily elegance of the newspaper front page, it was a gift of genius: LeBron James walking out of the frame, flanked by a single word headline: GONE. For the past month Smith and Michael Tribble, the design and graphics director for the Plain Dealer newspaper, kicked around ideas on how to portray the inevitability of their city's most famous citizen leaving town. "We wanted to do something special for it," Smith said. Latest free agency news, rumorsupdated: Thu Jul 08 2010 23:35:00

The 2010 NBA free agency period began at 12:01 a.m. on July 1 with players allowed to officially sign with teams on July 8. Here's all the latest news and rumors to keep you up to speed with this summer's elite free-agent class. Jack McCallum: LeBron's TV spectacle punctuates outlandish free-agent processupdated: Thu Jul 08 2010 15:58:00

In those anxious, heart-stopping moments before LeBron James addresses the nation on the state of the war in Afghanistan, I'd like to ... wait a minute [this is where Jon Stewart puts the fake phone to his ear] ... I've just been informed that the King's special is not about Afghanistan. It is about his deciding in which American city he will pursue his dream -- our dream, really, the dream of our collective nation, or more like the dream of the world, that's it, the whole world, the universe, that dream. Which is to play basketball, make a lot of money, and, dammit, just maybe change humankind for the better. Richard Deitsch: ESPN attempts to balance reporting, business with LeBron specialupdated: Thu Jul 08 2010 12:53:00

The show comes with a title befitting Election Day or something equally presidential: "The Decision." It will be preceded by three hours of Super Bowl-style hype and followed by two hours of post-decision analysis. As of now, there is no word whether LeBron James will present a rose to the winning general manager upon making his decision. Richard Deitsch: How the Big 12 story was won; Erin Andrews' paydayupdated: Thu Jun 24 2010 11:42:00

He has covered Bush Family politics, the Branch Davidian standoff, a defamation trial against Oprah Winfrey, and even wrote a front-page story for The Dallas Morning News on the physical makeover of Jerry Jones. But only one story has given Chip Brown a national profile. "The Big 12 realignment," says Brown, "is by far the biggest I've ever broken." Richard Deitsch: Media Power Rankings for Mayupdated: Tue Jun 08 2010 09:19:00

1. Buzz Bissinger: It's probably safe to say Bissinger is the only Pulitzer Prize winner on Twitter who uses the term "douche juice" on a regular basis. He also curses. A lot. And he makes no bleeping apologies for it. "That's the way I talk," Bissinger said. "I use the f-bomb more than anyone I know except my deceased father. I use the word f*** a lot. A lot of people have called me angry in my life, including my wives and Steve Wynn. I get really, really heated about things very easily." That makes him a perfect candidate to follow on Twitter.

Kicking up a stormupdated: Thu May 27 2010 15:22:00

Fanzone looks at the story of the football boot from Henry VIII to 2010's cutting edge designs. Richard Deitsch: Fox's Ken Rosenthal emerges as one of baseball's most respected voicesupdated: Thu May 27 2010 14:13:00

Ken Rosenthal does not look the part. Slight of frame, measured in tone and unlikely to appear on Dancing With the Stars in this or any other lifetime, Rosenthal is the first to admit Fox Sports did not hire him as a field reporter because he is, in his words, "Mr. Television." But the 47-year-old field reporter for Fox's Major League Baseball broadcast has become one of the best sports voices on television, a prepared, thoughtful and straight-shooting chronicler of his game. "He gives our broadcast incredible ballast," said Fox play-by-play announcer Joe Buck. "There's a credibility factor there." Richard Deitsch: Brian Windhorst is on LeBron James Watch in Clevelandupdated: Thu May 20 2010 13:05:00

Brian Windhorst falls asleep next to his iPhone most nights, and when it's not snuggled up next to him, it sits five feet away on his nightstand. When you are ground zero for LeBron James news in Cleveland, a city at DEFCON 1 with the two-time NBA MVP poised to enter the land of free agency on July 1, you give up the luxury of a night of a restful sleep.

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