Category: ESPN

Local Product and ESPN NASCAR Expert Nicole Briscoe (exclusive)

Local Product and ESPN NASCAR Expert Nicole Briscoe (exclusive)
The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup opener is at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet on Sunday, Sept. 15 (1 p.m. CDT, ESPN). A native of Roscoe, Illinois, and former Miss Illinois Teen USA, Nicole Briscoe, previously known as Nicole Manske, and today sometimes known as Nicole Manske Briscoe got a lot of national media coverage when she started co-hosting The Speed Report on Speed Channel as well as hosting NASCAR Now on ESPN2. She also hosts NASCAR Countdown that airs on ESPN before NASCAR races. In part one of my exclusive with ESPN NASCAR reporter Nicole Briscoe, we discussed Danica Patrick, who like Briscoe attended Hononegah Community High School in Rockton IL. Danica was a cheerleader on the JV while Nicole Briscoe was on the varsity squad. Briscoe was a couple years ahead in school, and they weren’t close, but they did know each other. In December of 2009, Nicole married her boyfriend of 4 years, IndyCar series driver Ryan Briscoe...

ESPN's Greeny talks Journalism, Media Northwestern football

ESPN's Greeny talks Journalism, Media Northwestern football
Northwestern alumnus Mike Greenberg (BSJ ’89) was the honorary captain Saturday for the Wildcats home opener versus Syracuse. Greeny, the co-host of the nationally syndicated ESPN radio show “Mike And Mike in the Morning” and host of SportsCenter was at Ryan Field when the Cats beat the Cuse 48-27. Greeny and his partner Mike Golic, The Herd with Colin Cowherd and SVP & Russillo will hit the road for hyped up college football and NFL games this year. They’ll be in Evanston on Friday, Oct. 4, in advance of Saturday’s match-up with “Greeny’s” alma mater vs. the Ohio State Buckeyes. He was gracious enough to grant me an exclusive interview today by phone...

ESPN Radio Announces Major Lineup Changes

Given the results of some ratings battles, changes at ESPN Radio are in order. And these changes have been talked about/planned/rumored for some time. Just minutes ago, some programming line-up changes were made official. Of course, this is more a national ESPN Radio initiative than it is a local ESPN 1000 initiative. The Dan LeBatard Show anchors the new ESPN Radio weekday afternoons and evenings; it will make its national debut September 30. Sedano & Stink (no, this isn’t a show about the 2013 Chicago White Sox or Adam Dunn) premieres September 9th nationally...
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ESPN Personality Mike Greenberg to be Northwestern Honorary Captain (Update Video)

ESPN Personality Mike Greenberg to be Northwestern Honorary Captain (Update Video)
Northwestern alumnus Mike Greenberg (BSJ ’89) will be the honorary captain Saturday for the Wildcats home opener versus Syracuse. The co-host of the nationally syndicated ESPN radio show “Mike And Mike in the Morning” and host of SportsCenter will be at Ryan Field when the Cats take on the Cuse at 5pm (Big Ten Network will televise) Last year, a picture of Greenberg’s head appeared on a play card held up on the sidelines during Northwestern’s visit to Minnesota. “They put my face on a play- and held it up for a play card,” Mike Greenberg said...

10 Sportscasters to be Turned Off Immediately

10 Sportscasters to be Turned Off Immediately
After this list, I think I’ll pass up future chances to write about these gentlemen below. Unless they do something extremely newsworthy and very important, I’m likely never to mention these names again, because everything’s been said. If not by me, certainly by you. Or someone else. Simply put- these ten guys come on the air, I immediately switch the station — or hit the mute button. That’s it. Nothing personal, just business. And of course, making this list is in fact a very back-handed compliment. First, it shows you’re relevant enough that people who read this care deeply about who you are and what you do. Second, it shows that you have such a big presence that I find you overexposed. And I just have little more to say. Just “turn it off. Like a light switch” (CC Book of Mormon)...

Illini, Northwestern hoops schedule for ESPN, CBS National TV Released

Illini, Northwestern hoops schedule for ESPN, CBS National TV Released
I know it’s hard to think about college basketball when a.) it’s so freakin hot outside and b.) college football appetizers are served tomorrow night, with the main course just two days after that. However, the Big Ten announced its 2013-14 basketball conference schedule, with at least 49 games to be televised by CBS Sports or an ESPN Network. Remaining network assignments will be announced at a later date. Obviously, this will be highly subject to change, depending on how the teams perform, but if you want to grab your day planner and write down what you want to do in February and March, yes on a Late August afternoon, I won’t stop you. I’m certainly not expecting you to do that, but I won’t stop you either. Let’s look at where the Illini and Northwestern fit in...
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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...

Sharknado prompts San Jose Sharks to ZING ESPN! Fox Sports 1 jumps in

Sharknado prompts San Jose Sharks to ZING ESPN! Fox Sports 1 jumps in
As we're in the midst of the summer lull, no football, hockey or basketball, it's amazing what I'm finding to write about. Last summer we had the Olympics. The year before that, the Women's World Cup helped fill the gap of July boredom. This year... ...neither the Chicago Cubs nor the Chicago White Sox are playing actual Major League Baseball this year, so like many Chicagoans, I’m on #BaseballHiatus. And this isn't summer 2012 or 2011, when I had Hope Solo on my television every other day. Therefore, Enter Sharknado. What is Sharknado? It’s like “Deep Blue Sea” only much less watchable and way dumbed down. Oh and Tara Reid is the star of the SyFy “film.” Both Sharknado and Tara Reid inspired approximately 4.7 million Twitter jokes Thursday night. And it prompted whoever works The Evil Empire’s Twitter account to take a little swipe at the NHL’s San Jose Sharks. The hockey team fired back at the DeathStar for their lack of hockey coverage. Of course, there’s so little hockey coverage on ESPN! Because hockey doesn’t have any broadcast deals with ESPN! Bristol doesn’t cover sports they don't also make money off broadcasting. The Sharks took exception...

Media Notebook: Memorial Day, Charissa Thompson, Sophia Minnaert

Media Notebook: Memorial Day, Charissa Thompson, Sophia Minnaert
(The Big Lead) Charissa Thompson, an ESPN TV host who was once pegged as the network’s next Erin Andrews, has left for Fox Sports, multiple sources tell me.After two years at ESPN, Thompson is returning to Fox, where she worked earlier in her career, at one point co-hosting “The Best Damn Sports Show Period.” When reached by phone this morning, Fox PR rep Dan Bell had no comment. ESPN also had no comment. -Yes, I know what it’s like to receive a “no comment” style response from Dan Bell, one of Chicago’s very own. South Side!...
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Sarah Spain likely leaving ESPN 1000 for Fox Sports 1

Sarah Spain likely leaving ESPN 1000 for Fox Sports 1
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. Sarah Spain 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...