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...
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...
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...
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...
WMVP’s Sarah Spain
is most likely leaving the Chicago sports talk radio station for a new gig with Fox Sports
1. A source close to Spain claimed that this deal is in the works. We don't have official word yet, but all signs point that way. The ESPN
1000 on-air personality is potentially bolting the talk radio station for a greater, expanded role with the new television network. The higher ups at Fox Sports
1 are hoping that this new network will be able to complete with the World Wide Leader: ESPN
is one of many sports personalities being scouted for Fox Sports
1. They’ve already made a marquee hire in Charissa Thompson
. And they’re looking to add a considerable amount of staff between now and network launch August 17th. I really don't see anything special in Spain's work. I do not find her to be exceedingly talented. Then again, I'm not FS1. Maybe they see something I don't.
Spain tweeted yesterday that she was flying to Los Angeles
; presumably to finalize/further discuss the deal with Fox Sports
. Sarah Spain
has previous experience living in Los Angeles working for Fox Sports
. She used to produce the network’s “The Final Score” highlights show...
With the launch of Fox Sports 1, hopefully one day Fox Sports will be able to rival ESPN, the World Wide Leader.
ESPN owns the sports media the way Google owns the search market. It's great for those companies, bad for the consumer and even worse for competitors. These two imperial corporations are so world-dominating that they're almost a brand synonymous with the product a la Kleenex, Rollerblade, or Xerox.
Hopefully, Fox Sports can change that as Fox Sports 1 takes off. Because with great power comes great responsibility, and ESPN has excessively abused that power. It’s been pretty obvious for quite some time that ESPN is more of a sports marketing company than it is a sports news company. No one embodies that as much as obvious shill Darren Rovell
? Ralph Nader once called George W. Bush “a corporation disguised as a human being.” Darren Rovell
personifies that quote in the sports media world
We can't have more creatures like Darren Rovell on the air. We must stop it now before our long national nightmare begins. Hopefully Fox Sports and Fox Sports 1 can...
Not all sideline reporters are created equal; and sometimes one applies herself to distinguish herself from the ex-bikini model, ex-cheerleader media
One example is Rebecca Haarlow
, currently a Sideline Reporter and host for Fox Sports Network, NFL
Network, and Big Ten
Network. Haarlow has covered the Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers, Big Ten
and PAC-12 college football
and college basketball
for Fox Sports West. Now she comes to NBC 5 Chicago on a per diem, part-time basis.
And according to her official website’s bio page,
attended Princeton where she majored in history with an emphasis on the Civil War...
With two full seasons left on their current television contract, NASCAR and FOX Sports Media Group (FSMG) announced today an extensive new eight-year, multiplatform media rights agreement that ensures FSMG’s broadcast of NASCAR racing through 2022. Under terms of the new agreement, FSMG also significantly increases its digital rights to include “TV Everywhere” live race... Read more »