Category: Magazines

Media Notebook: Dan Pompei leaves Tribune, Cutler Comedy Show, ESPN Car Wash

Media Notebook: Dan Pompei leaves Tribune, Cutler Comedy Show, ESPN Car Wash
I started hearing rumors last weekend that Dan Pompei was out at the Chicago Tribune. It wasn’t until this morning that I got confirmation on Dan Pompei being gone, and that this was Dan Pompei leaving the Trib, it was his decision. Not the paper deciding to get rid of him. Dan Pompei is as an accomplished NFL writer as you will ever find. So this is a huge void for the Trib to fill as his leaving coincides with the start of football season. No word yet on what he's doing next or who his replacement will be...

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!...

Ring Lardner award honors: Mark Giangreco, Red Kerr, Frank Deford

Ring Lardner award honors: Mark Giangreco, Red Kerr, Frank Deford
The Ring Lardner Awards for Excellence in Sports Journalism were held Tuesday night at the Union League Club of Chicago. The honorees this year were- Broadcast: ABC 7 WLS TV Mark Giangreco; Print: Sports Illustrated/NPR/HBO Frank Deford; and Posthumous: Chicago Bulls and Fighting Illini icon Johnny “Red” Kerr. The Ring Lardner awards are like the Heisman Trophy for journalists; as Giangreco put it. Proceeds raised at this event will benefit the Union League Boys & Girls Clubs. The Union League Club, which was founded in 1879, has been recognized as one of the top city club in The United States...
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Still thinking WR for Bears Draft, Most Media Say LB or OL

Still thinking WR for Bears Draft, Most Media Say LB or OL
It’s really hard to size up the Chicago Bears draft this year. Partially because the Bears draft needs are many. Partially because it’s a “fat boy draft” like Mike Mayock said! It’s “not sexy,” especially up at the top. And this draft is the weirdest ever. Anything can happen. No NFL teams seem to be in love with any prospect. Which creates more uncertainty than in any other draft that I can recall. So it’ll be fun to see how many picks all of us mock draft geeks get right Thursday night; especially vs. Mel Kiper, Mayock etc. Good luck to all who created a mock! Fox 32 WFLD Bears reporter Dionne Miller said in my exclusive with her the Bears will go O Line with their pick at #20. Most media doing mock drafts and/or Bears beat reporters are saying Linebacker to replace Brian Urlacher; Others say OT to strengthen the team’s weakest position. They’re both right...

Chicago is My Wife, but Boston My Mistress

Chicago is My Wife, but Boston My Mistress
In the wake of today’s horrific events in Boston... ...we are all Bostonians.  This atrocity takes on an added level of outrage, sadness and disgust as it occurred on Patriots Day. On April 15, 2013 we are all Patriots. We are all Patriots fans today. Even New York Jets are. Because Patriots Day actually has nothing to do with the NFL team, the New England Patriots. It’s a Revolutionary War Memorial Holiday. I felt the need to re-publish an essay I wrote about the city of Boston and it’s similarities to Chicago in 2007. And to keep updated on the news coming out of Boston, here’s a good NESN sports reporter covering the Marathon to follow on Twitter. Let’s get to the essay...

Bears draft at #20: who do the NFL "Experts" have them picking?

Bears draft at #20: who do the NFL "Experts" have them picking?
NFL mock drafts are crossword puzzles for football geeks. Which piece fits where and why. There's also a lot of speculation and b.s. involved; not so much on the journalists' end as much as with the sources. At this time of year, NFL scouts, GMs, front office guys etc. take lying to a level that resembles an art form. That's why these can be so hard to predict by the time the Bears draft pick is on the board. Usually, you can get the first few picks right, but then draft day trades happen and dominoes fall, and it rips apart the NFL mock draft at the seams. This could all make for a more interesting Bears draft than in recent years. To find the logic, I enlisted the help of my Chicago Bears beat writer Joey Flaherty. He does good work. Here's his first Bears mock composite and his second. Back by unpopular demand is my NFL Draft stock report: combine edition. So who do the Bears draft at #20? Here's what the "experts" say...
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Media Notebook 3-5-13: Lauren Jiggetts, Colin Cowherd to WMVP? Manti Te'o NFL Draft stock

Media Notebook 3-5-13: Lauren Jiggetts, Colin Cowherd to WMVP? Manti Te'o NFL Draft stock
This week we look at where numerous publications have Notre Dame players, including Manti Te'o, going in the NFL Draft. Many "experts" have a couple mocked to the Bears, find out who! Next week we'll look at who various publications have mocked to the Bears at #20. But first, Colin Cowherd to WMVP 1000 ESPN radio? (Sherman Report) Get ready to hear more Colin Cowherd on ESPN’s local stations. That could mean you, Chicago. It’s a definite possibility. Much like it does with the Greenberg-Golic morning show, there is talk that ESPN wants to give Cowherd more visibility on its locally-owned stations. Chicago could be the next major market to get “The Herd,” whose show airs from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. ET. Last Thursday, WMVP-AM 1000 fired Harry Teinowitz from its afternoon team that also includes Carmen DeFalco and John Jurkovic. It is expected that ESPN 1000 will shift the Tom Waddle-Marc Silverman duo from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. to afternoon drive. That would leave an opening to slide in Cowherd’s national show in the morning slot...

Media Notebook 2-16-13: Kate Upton SI Swimsuit, Danica Patrick Revelation, Reeva Steenkamp

Media Notebook 2-16-13: Kate Upton SI Swimsuit, Danica Patrick Revelation, Reeva Steenkamp
-The Danica Patrick Ricky Stenhouse Jr. relationship that went public a few weeks ago was the talk of NASCAR media day. And it yielded some good sound bites, even a Shakespearean reference. And we also might have confirmed the rumors we’ve heard about the real reason for her divorce. Read the paragraph below in between... Read more »

SI Swimsuit Issue: keeping Sports Illustrated relevant (Photo Gallery)

SI Swimsuit Issue: keeping Sports Illustrated relevant (Photo Gallery)
When’s the last time you picked up a copy of Inside Sports (1979-1998) or Sport (1946-2000) magazine? The Sporting News ceased print operations this year after 122 years of publishing. It’s only the SI swimsuit issue that saves the print version of Sports Illustrated from extinction. ESPN the Magazine aside, I could sum up the sports magazine business with a quote from Wham’s Careless Whisper: “there’s no comfort in the truth, pain is the whole you’ll find.” The SI swimsuit issue comes out Thursday, check out the gallery below for preview pics. I run a media blog and I don’t even have a category for magazines. I'd be better off having a category for telegraph messages. As is often the case in life, it’s a very different story when boobs are involved. The SI swimsuit issue generates advertising that, in 2005 amounted to $35 million. Today it accounts for 7% of Sports Illustrated’s annual revenue. Generating 7% from just one issue is pretty stellar when you consider the competition they face in lad mags like Maxim and ESPN’s Body Issue; which like the SI swimsuit issue, is just oh so close to having to be placed in plastic/behind the counter when displayed on magazine racks. But this issue is more of a juggernaut than most of us know...
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