Category: BTN

BRAWL: CSN's Kendall Gill Suspended, BTN's Tim Doyle will not be

BRAWL: CSN's Kendall Gill Suspended, BTN's Tim Doyle will not be
Update: Kendall Gill is suspended from Comcast SportsNet the entire Chicago Bulls season due to his scuffle with Tim Doyle Update: Doyle discussed it on 670 The Score Friday morning, and his spot is a MUST LISTEN. With the Kendall Gill vs. Tim Doyle scuffle yesterday, the Illinois vs. Northwestern rivalry is getting hotter. It started with marketing campaigns, now it's extending to sports punditry. Kendall Gill: a former Illini star and NBA veteran (including the Chicago Bulls in 2007,) does pregame and postgame analysis for the Bulls on Comcast SportsNet Chicago. However, you won't see him on the CSN airwaves for awhile. Tim Doyle is a former Northwestern basketball player who is among the NU leaders in multiple statistical categories. Doyle both calls games and analyzes them in the studio for Big Ten Network, and the 'Cats radio station WGN. He's also quoted in every Chicago Tribune article on Northwestern hoops that you'll ever read. So Tribune sports editor Mike Kellams must absolutely love him for some reason. Official word from both networks on this incident follows below. But first, a little description of the fight...

2013 Big Ten Tournament Media Notebook: links galore!

2013 Big Ten Tournament Media Notebook: links galore!
The 2013 Big Ten Tournament returned to Chicago, it’s rightful home, and over 900 media members were credentialed. It’s another chance for all of us to make friends and influence people among the national media and the perfect subject matter for a Media Notebook. Happy St. Patrick’s Day, and more importantly, happy Selection Sunday! Get... Read more »

NBC 5 hires Rebecca Haarlow: photos and bio

NBC 5 hires Rebecca Haarlow: photos and bio
  Not all sideline reporters are created equal; and sometimes one applies herself to distinguish herself from the ex-bikini model, ex-cheerleader media herd. 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...
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Top 10 Chicago Media Criticisms of 2012

Top 10 Chicago Media Criticisms of 2012
This column started in April, so it's a less than a year old. However, 2012 gave me plenty of people who set themselves up to be criticized. It was a fun 8 months, despite the fact that I've been battling a monstrous illness the entire time I've had this blog. Still, I've done guest radio spots for The Score, CBS radio Cleveland and ESPN Honolulu- all while in a hospital bed hooked up to an IV pole. Things have gotten much better on that front, and continue to get better every day. So hopefully in 2013, I can spend less time in clinic and more time on my work. And I can do more of these. Because the critical columns are fun, and often make new friends, especially among the rival media outlets of those who you just ripped. Or at least it gets you more Twitter followers and Facebook friends among the media in general. But of course, it makes enemies too. A lot of enemies. So without further ado, here were the ten best...

BTN's Tim Doyle: worst. sportscaster. EVER

BTN's Tim Doyle: worst. sportscaster. EVER
You listen to Tim McCarver, Skip Bayless, or even worse yet, Jemele Hill and it makes you wonder “how does this person have a job?” Not only do they have a broadcasting gig, but it’s one with a very large footprint. There is no justice in the world. The Big Ten Network version of that is Tim Doyle. Like Dick Vitale, he ruins every game he calls. He’s so bad that he makes CBS 2′s Ryan Baker look good by comparison. And that’s really hard to do because Baker pulls off the impossible combination of being both bland/boring and annoying/irritating at the same time. Remember this is a criticism of Tim Doyle the broadcaster, not Tim Doyle the person. I don't know Doyle personally, he could be a great guy for all I know. However, his work I cannot know, and his work I cannot stand. So, let's be civil and remember there's no need for fist-fights. In Doyle's exact own words “The business that we are in, sometimes we have to be hard on people or give our opinions.” Update: Doyle discussed the altercation on 670 The Score Friday morning, and his spot is a MUST LISTEN....

Illini coach Tim Beckman taken out by official (video)

Illini coach Tim Beckman taken out by official (video)
It’s been that kind of year for the Illinois Fighting Illini and their hopeless coach Tim Beckman. At 2-10, winless in conference and blown out in more than half their losses, it’s been pure phantasmagoria. Today’s blowout loss to Northwestern brought more pain. On the field, and the sideline. This isn’t even Beckman’s first sideline... Read more »
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NCAA and Big 10 hit Penn State with sanctions

NCAA and Big 10 hit Penn State with sanctions
The Big Ten Network is acting like a 24 hour news network today, as I've been glued to it all morning. It's been all Penn State, and I've been addicted to watching what's happening with the school, league, and the sport in regards to State College, PA. Jerry Sandusky was convicted. Joe Paterno was convicted in the court of public opinion. His statue was taken down. The report by ex-FBI Director Louis Freeh has shined a light on the crimes and the cover-up at Penn State. And now PSU got there’s- this morning at the hands of the NCAA...

BTN doesn't air Freeh presser; claims they're not a news organization

BTN doesn't air Freeh presser; claims they're not a news organization
Despite what you may think, despite how things might appear, BTN, which stands for Big Ten Network, is not a news organization. We were puzzled by why they didn’t cover the Joe Paterno firing in November, and they were harshly criticized for doing so. Today numerous networks, including ESPN, MSNBC  and CNN, interrupted their regular programming schedule to air this morning’s press conference detailing the findings of Penn State’s internal investigation regarding the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. However, Big Ten Network did not air investigator Louis Freeh’s press conference, instead sticking with a replay of the ’11 Ohio State-Purdue football game. The move is drawing harsh criticism on Twitter. SI.com’s Richard Deitsch wrote it is “another missed opportunity for credibility & educating viewers” for BTN...

Big 10 Media Day: list of 36 players attending

Big 10 Media Day: list of 36 players attending
The Big Ten Conference announced today the 36 players attending the 2012 Big Ten Media Days and Kickoff Luncheon, held Thursday and Friday, July 26 and 27, at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place and McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. The 41st annual luncheon is one of the most exciting and unique preseason events in college football. The event features all 12 conference head coaches and begins at 10 a.m. CT with the players and coaches autograph and photo session for fans attending the luncheon. The luncheon is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m., with comments from all 12 coaches and returning All-Big Ten quarterback Denard Robinson of Michigan, who will speak on behalf of the players in attendance...
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5 Worst Football Announcer Cliches

We’ve all made fun of the most shopworn of sports cliches, sayings such as “at the end of the day,” “defense wins championships,” “we’re taking it one game at a time,” and “we try not get too high after wins, or too low after the losses.” We all know these phrases make us dumber each... Read more »