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Notebook: Britt McHenry, 87.7 The Game, Fighting Illini, Chicago Fire, 120 Sports

Notebook: Britt McHenry, 87.7 The Game, Fighting Illini, Chicago Fire, 120 Sports
Northwestern graduate Britt McHenry is the latest Medill School of Journalism product to join the World Wide Leader. She's based in D.C. but on St. Patrick's Day (she indeed has the luck of the Irish) she will start doing national work for ESPN. More Britt McHenry photos and career bio at this link. And check out the gallery in this post too. -Screen grab below is from Fox Sports Live (their version of SportsCenter) on Fox Sports 1. When he visited Northwestern, I asked University of Minnesota Golden Gophers Coach Richard Pitino about the top trending topic in college basketball this season- that would be Twitter. Quite a few big name college hoops coaches publicly discussed social media and the adverse effect it’s having on their programs and players: Tom Izzo, Thad Matta, Pitino's Dad Rick Pitino, John Calipari, Following the Golden Gophers 54-48 win at Northwestern, Richard Pitino gave a very colorful and insightful answer to my question....

Talking Illini Football Recruiting, Signing Day with Fox Sports' Taylor Rooks

Talking Illini Football Recruiting, Signing Day with Fox Sports' Taylor Rooks
Yesterday was college football's National Signing Day and with it Illinois Football Coach Tim Beckman unveiled his latest recruiting class. Here to break down it with me is Illini recruiting expert Taylor Rooks of Fox Sports Next. We're going to find the bright side in Illini football recruiting. Yes, Rooks is talented enough to pull of such an accomplishment. Finding the silver lining in an otherwise bleak situation. During Beckman's Signing Day press conference he said something rather unintelligent about the city of Chicago. It was self-aggrandizing and took a direct shot at Northwestern and Pat Fitzgerald. This ended up overshadowing the other news on signing day as I received a very high volume of messages (texts, tweets, direct, emails etc) that all said essentially the same thing. Those messages derided the intelligence and vocational competency of Tim Beckman. And most of the messages said very little beyond that. It's understandable as Beckman's boastful Chicagoland comment deriding NU seems rather non-sensical. Recruiting service 24/7 has Colorado, Purdue, Illinois and Washington State as the lowest-rated 2014 classes from the power five leagues...

Fox Sports 1 hosting big event at DePaul

Fox Sports 1 hosting big event at DePaul
DePaul and the Big East Conference will have their own midnight madness event on Friday night. Fox Sports 1 televises the Big East Tip-Off Party on Friday, Oct. 25. Fox Sports 1 will do a similar event on the campuses of all the schools in the "league" on Friday night. Fox Sports 1 has a television deal with the "conference." I only say that in airquotes because in college hoops there really aren't "leagues" or "conferences" anymore. Instead we have groupings and affiliations based on mutual television contract advantages. The Fox Sports 1 event will take place in Lincoln Park as the Blue Demons kick off the 2013-14 season...
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Top Ten Local Sportscasters

Top Ten Local Sportscasters
The top ten least favorite sportscasters list was so “discussion-provoking” that I decided to do a ten best sportscasters list. The one mistake I made on the worst list was not dividing it up into two parts: local sportscasters and national sportscasters. There were too many omissions. Even with this list now broken into two installments, there will still be plenty of omissions. So feel free to add in those who you believe were left out in the comments section. And of course, the sportscasters list is broken down as if it were a basketball team format. Basketball being the second best game ever invented. No broadcast reporters who work for a network owned by a team or a league are eligible for this list, as those people are not journalists. You can’t be a journalist when you report on the very same entity that pays your salary. However, play-by-play and color analysts are eligible. The national sportscasters list will hopefully be published by the end of the week...

DePaul Basketball: Media Coverage News and Arena Artist Renderings

DePaul Basketball: Media Coverage News and Arena Artist Renderings
Really big day for DePaul basketball. Major news from all angles in the past 24 hours. First off- the artist renderings for the new McCormick Place downtown Arena have been released (see them here) DPU hired the same architectural firm that did the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (once the tallest buildings in the world) The 10,000-seat DePaul Arena is scheduled to open for the start of the 2016-17 college basketball season. Secondly, DePaul basketball announced that they are extending their radio partnership with WSCR 670 The Score for two more years. The Score has been the primary home of DePaul basketball since the start of the 1997-98 season. Today was also the DePaul basketball season tip-off media luncheon, and one of the topics discussed was the new partnership between Fox Sports 1 and the Big East Conference. As you know FS1 ratings have been abysmal out of the gate, somewhat due to the failure of their afternoon talk show Crowd Goes Wild. Maybe Big East basketball can help change that...

Double Duty: I'm now doing Illini, Northwestern analysis for KOZN Omaha

Double Duty: I'm now doing Illini, Northwestern analysis for KOZN Omaha
This Saturday I’ll be “the doing the double.” The term comes from auto racing, but I’m applying it to college football. Illinois is playing Washington at the home of the Chicago Bears, Soldier Field at 5pm Saturday. After I’m done, I’m headed to Evanston for Northwestern vs Western Michigan with a 8pm kickoff.
Any other local Chicago sports media doing the doubleheader? If my good friend Lindsey Willhite, PR Director for the Chicago Wolves, was still working for the Daily Herald I know he’d be right there with me.
Anyway, the auto racing version of doing the double is the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 and the IRL Indianapolis 500 on the same day.
Tony Stewart has done it three times. And keeping with this theme of doubling up…
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Darren Rovell Award Winner: Fox Sports 1's Katie Nolan

Darren Rovell Award Winner: Fox Sports 1's Katie Nolan
UPDATE: Katie Nolan's show, Crowd Goes Wild registers a 0.1 rating All national sports media and local Chicago media are eligible for the Darren Rovell award. Of course, priority will be given to Chicago sports media candidates. With Darren Rovell being a Northwestern alum and ESPN personality, this award is both local and national. The Darren Rovell award will be given to the person/outlet who either a.) gives us obvious product placement in their “journalism” or b.) engages in prodigious self-promotion. Often candidates do both at the same time. If you have a candidate for the Darren Rovell award, email thesportsbank DOT net AT gmail DOT com Fox Sports 1's Katie Nolan “wins” it today because……...

Fox Sports and NBC Sports will change the World August 17th

Fox Sports and NBC Sports will change the World August 17th
October 7th, 1777 is one of the most important dates in the history of Western Civilization. That day ended the Battle of Saratoga; a victory for the American Colonies over General Burgoyne and the British Empire. This battle decisively turned the war in favor of the Americans, aided by the French, for good. From that day forward, Britain would inevitably lose the war. Years from now, when assessing the history of broadcast television, we may deem August 17th, 2013 the Battle of Saratoga of sports media. Certainly for television sports media, as we’ll see both the launch of Fox Sports 1 and the beginning of NBC Sports English Premier League coverage. The former is obviously the more important of the two events, so Fox Sports 1 is the American rebellion. The latter is less important, so NBC would be the French in this case. However, I’ll explain later just how huge it is that NBC is bringing Premier League to the United States. Obviously, ESPN is Great Britain in this analogy. I guess CBS would be the Hessians and Turner Sports the Native Americans in this conflict...

Blackhawks Icon Chris Chelios Joins Fox Sports 1

Blackhawks Icon Chris Chelios Joins Fox Sports 1
Chicago Blackhawks legend Chris Chelios is the latest addition to the FOX Sports 1 on-air staff, joining the new network as an NHL and Olympics hockey analyst. He provides commentary on the NHL and the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, across all Fox Sports platforms, including Fox Sports 1, America’s new sports network launching August 17, FOXSports.com and Fox Sports Radio. Chelios joins Michelle Kwan and Picabo Street, who were previously announced as FOX Sports Olympic analysts. Fox Sports 1 is basically the Rebel Alliance launching a legitimate offensive on the ESPN empire. Therefore, Bristol is the DeathStar, and I’m not not sure what network=Ewoks? Turner maybe? And that analogy is not an insult to ESPN; it’s a compliment...
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Fox Sports, Sun-Times Beth Long talks ND, Big Ten, Illini and more (video)

Fox Sports, Sun-Times Beth Long talks ND, Big Ten, Illini and more (video)
It’s a very special, heart-warming edition of the Chicago Sports Media Watch interview series! Why? Because this one is VIDEO! That calls for ALL CAPS! We also have a fantastic guest on today: Beth Long of Fox Sports, Fox Sports Next and the Chicago Sun-Times. See just how much more wonderful the CSMW interview becomes when it’s done via video instead of by email, over-the-phone or in person with recorded audio. Beth Long and I did this segment after the conclusion of Big Ten football media day. I think you can tell from the bags under my eyes that I did this on four hours sleep. But hey, like Ryan Lochte famously told us “if you want to be a man at night, you’ve got to be a man in the morning.” And no, I have no clue what that means. Unlike Lochte, Long is a swimmer with an intellect, having competed on the Division I level. Also, she ran track for Syracuse and Gardner-Webb...