Tag Archives: sports media

Sports History Files: College football’s eternal seduction

TweetIn his informative, well-researched history of college football on television that was published nearly a decade ago, Alabama sportswriter Keith Dunnavant entitled his book “The 50 Year Seduction.”
The uneasy alliance between television networks and college football powerhouse schools began more or less around 1950, until the NCAA, fearing money losses at the gate, supressed greater [...]

Why there is no Title IX for sports media

TweetI don’t want to rain on a parade. I really don’t, even though the local forecast does call for showers as my hometown’s annual Independence Day parade is scheduled to take place on Thursday.
The parade I’m referring to begins tonight, with the first of ESPN’s new women’s sports film series “Nine for IX,” and continues [...]

SI, swimsuits and the cause of women’s sports

TweetIt’s mid-to-late February. The Super Bowl is over, conference play in college basketball is heating up, and pitchers and catchers have reported.
Which means it’s time for the annual flogging of Sports Illustrated for its popular and highly lucrative swimsuit issue, now hitting the stands with Kate Upton leaving little to the imagination.
But instead of the [...]

Speak up, we can’t hear you

TweetAt Deadspin, John Koblin points out Michael Wilbon’s laments about what the latter thinks is a lack of stellar sportswriting from the past year, then sets up the ex-Washington Postie perfectly as a segue for rolling out the best sports shouters of 2012:
What better example than Wilbon himself, co-host of ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption—a man [...]

The future of independent sports websites

TweetOn Sunday NBC Sports and Yahoo! Sports announced that they have entered into a content-sharing arrangement, the latest example of old/new media collaboration in the hotly contested sports domain.
Unlike Turner Sports‘ recent acquisition of Bleacher Report, this isn’t a consolidation. Nor is it a vast reorganization, as has happened at USA Today, which also acquired [...]

The high highs and low lows of American sportswriting

TweetThe glee that comes with knowing that the 2012 edition of The Best American Sports Writing is now available didn’t last long.
I downloaded it onto my iPad (this is 2012), eager to dig into Wright Thompson on cricket, Thomas Lake on Darrent Williams, S.L. Price on Aliquippa football, Jeré Longman on Leo Messi, Alex Belth [...]

Short and Tweet, but to what end?

TweetJust as Sports Illustrated’s latest Twitter 100 list was released at the end of last week, semi-retired Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan tells Sports Business Daily in an exit interview of sorts that:
“The Twitter world has perverted any concept of perspective.”
While it may be easy to accuse Ryan of having a “Get Off My Lawn” [...]

A different kind of sexist male sportswriting

TweetThe reaction to Jeré Longman’s story on American Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones in The New York Times Sunday was as swift and harsh as his piece that slammed her for waging “a sad and cynical marketing campaign” around her sex appeal, in lieu of what he claims are any significant athletic accomplishments:
“Women have struggled for decades [...]

Best of 2011: Sportswriters for the ages

TweetThis week I’m reposting some of my favorite posts from this year, and one of the subjects I’ve been focusing on is the dizzying, ever-changing world of sports media. The trick is not to do too much navel-gazing, one of the hazards of the profession.
Sports media is the subject of amazingly constant attention, and [...]

More thoughts on Title IX, football and proportionality

TweetQuite a bit has transpired since I wrote here last week about the growing clamor over Title IX and the proportionality debate that isn’t new, but has taken on a fresh dimension:
• First of all, in a column that slams the graft and corruption of college football, George Vecsey of The New York Times on Saturday piled [...]