Category: The Score

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...

Media Notebook: Sharknado, The Score, Jay Mariotti, Hub Arkush

Media Notebook: Sharknado, The Score, Jay Mariotti, Hub Arkush
Pro Football Weekly may have folded, but Hub Arkush is still going strong. You can hear him on 670 The Score, and he’s going to be doing some work now for the Chicago Sun-Times. By the way, I still never bought that excuse about the NFL lockout being the cause of PFW’s demise. The lockout cost us the Hall of Fame preseason exhibition, OTAs and mini-camp. It terminated one preseason game of one season; and no real games. I don’t have the books, so I can’t say, but really that makes no sense. I don’t get it. -Speaking of the Sun-Times, their most polarizing alum, and everyone’s favorite villain, Jay Mariotti is back. An open letter from Jay himself reads: I’m excited to launch a multimedia production that I believe will be the next digital prototype for sports commentators and columnists. Welcome to The Mariotti Show, a cross-platform Web presentation (mariottishow.com) featuring live streaming of my daily radio program — Monday through Friday, noon to 3 p.m. ET — wrapped around my long-form columns, quick-cycle takes, breaking stories, videos, audience interaction and other 24/7 content from someone who has done it all and seen it all in sports media. Humble, reserved and grounded as always, Jay! #YouStayClassy -Haha. The picture leading this post is exactly how I feel when I look at Urban Meyer. It includes  Northwestern University Director of Digital and Social Communications Doug Meffley. He’s also the voice of the Chicago Bandits. It was taken while the Ohio State Buckeyes Coach was at the podium during Big Ten Media Days a couple weeks ago at the Hilton Towers. Meffley was moderating Q&A...

Illini and White Sox form Marketing Partnership

Illini and White Sox form Marketing Partnership
The University of Illinois and the Chicago White Sox will soon share a broadcast partnership. WSCR Chicago is home to radio broadcasts of all White Sox games; WSCR 670 AM will also carry Illini basketball starting in 2013-14 and football in 2014. (STEAKS AND CAKES!) The logo of WSCR 670 The Score is blue and orange for a reason. All CBS owned radio stations adopt the colors of their local NFL team for the station logos. Obviously, WSCR got it’s colors from the Chicago Bears. Papa Bear Halas brought the colors with him to the Bears from the Illini...
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Worst White Sox Game Ever! Best Twitter Reactions!

Worst White Sox Game Ever! Best Twitter Reactions!
Today’s White Sox game with the Seattle Mariners was to baseball what tramp stamps are to Tilted Kilt waitresses. Something potentially passable is just ruined by something unsightly. Obviously, I prefer football and basketball to baseball; and educated brunettes to TK staffers. The 24-32 White Sox visited the 26-33 Seattle Mariners for one game of 162 this season; and it was a double header all by itself. As the White Sox entered on a seven game losing streak, this contest obviously had HUGE PLAYOFF IMPLICATIONS! It went into the 14th inning tied at 0-0. I could’ve sworn somebody had turned on soccer. As much physical torture as watching soccer is, at least the sport has Alex Morgan and Hope Solo to look at. Yes, I know Solo is guano crazy. This White Sox game could be summarized by Darth Helmet in Spaceballs: “no, it’s not what you think. It’s much, much worse!” The White Sox scored 5 runs in the top of the 14th inning only to…wait for it…see the Mariners tie it with 5 in the bottom half of the 14th. The White Sox eventually ended up winning 7-5 in 16 innings. Time of game: 5 hours, 42 minutes. Or the equivalent of three games pitched by former White Sox ace Mark Buerhle. This elicited some hysterical reactions on Twitter from White Sox experts and local sports media. Time for one of my tweet fueled stories...

Brian Urlacher Retires: Best Twitter Reactions

Brian Urlacher Retires: Best Twitter Reactions
Around 10 AM this morning, former Chicago Bears legend and middle linebacker Brian Urlacher announced his retirement on Twitter. Obviously, Twitter blew up shortly afterward. Urlacher was THE trending topic; not just for Chicago Bears, NFL and sports news, but news in general. Urlacher will have his place on the Bears Mt. Rushmore of all time players. #54 will also go down as one of the greatest linebackers in NFL history. Given his storied career, it’s a shame that he went out the way he did. His final season will unfortunately be remembered for: the Bears second half collapse which cost the team a playoff berth, Urlacher’s rant against the fans, media, Lovie Smith detractors, and the insult of a contract that the Bears offered him. It doesn’t do justice to all that he accomplished. He accomplished a bit off the field too: Paris Hilton, Jenny McCarthy etc. Let’s look at how social media reacted to the Urlacher retirement announcement...

NBA Draft Combine hits Chicago: recap, synopsis, news and notes

NBA Draft Combine hits Chicago: recap, synopsis, news and notes
The NBA Draft Combine was held here in Chicago this past Thursday and Friday. Almost every player likely to get picked in the 2013  NBA Draft came to the Windy City for workouts in front of NBA scouts and interviews with the local and national media.

During the interview sessions, the draft combine reporter gets up close and personal with every former college basketball star soon to hear their name called on draft night. Each player gets his own table in the conference room and journalists rotate like speed daters to obtain quality face time with everyone. Conversation is much more in-depth here than at post-game press conferences. It's about the big picture here -- no time to waste on the boringly banal queries from newspaper beat writers forming out their pedestrian game recap articles.

On top of the media grilling, the draft combine includes tougher inquisitions from the league's teams. Four years ago, Arizona's Chase Budinger, picked 44th by the Detroit Pistons, currently balling for the Minnesota Timberwolves, said he faced a psychological aptitude test from our hometown Bulls. He had to arrange blocks to match a picture they presented. A lot of reporters toss boring, easy softball questions ("if you could have dinner with anyone in history who would it be?" "what's your favorite late night snack?)", but the professionals on NBA payrolls pull no punches. They're investing major paper, long dough in their selection. That means doing due diligence. Even players' personal lives are in bounds. At the NBA Draft combine, teams want to know if players are single, married, have kids, baby mommas, baby momma drama etc. Multiple players said they had to reveal if they had a "friend with benefits." Are we talking to a league front office? Or is this your prom date's father?
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Tribune's Mark Gonzales talks White Sox, TWTW and more (exclusive)

Tribune's Mark Gonzales talks White Sox, TWTW and more (exclusive)
Lots of trending topics to discuss with the Chicago White Sox this week. And Mark Gonzales, Chicago Tribune White Sox beat writer is the best person to discuss them with. If you don’t do so already, make sure you read his work regularly. He’s the best source to keep up on the Sox. You can follow Mark Gonzales on Twitter here...

Hawk Harrelson calls Boers and Bernstein "gutless" "Mariotti wannabes" On Air

Hawk Harrelson calls Boers and Bernstein "gutless" "Mariotti wannabes" On Air
Whenever I consume a Chicago White Sox broadcast it’s radio only. Hawk Harrelson is the reason why. Steve Stone is a MLB genius, but Harrelson is not even remotely close to being tolerable. I elaborate on this point in further detail here. WSCR 670 The Score midday co-hosts Terry Boers and Dan Bernstein are perhaps the most polarizing figures in Chicago sports media. Lots of people love ‘em, lots of people dislike them. It seems we have a war of words going on: Boers and Bernstein vs. Hawk Harrelson...

Harry Teinowitz discussed his ESPN 1000 Firing on 670 The Score

Former WMVP AM 1000 co-host Harry Teinowitz was on WSCR 670 The Score this morning to discuss his dismissal from ESPN. Teinowitz was on with Mac & Spiegs. I typed out some of the highlights of what was said, and if/when The Score posts audio, I will link it. Teinowitz discussed some Bulls and Blackhawks today, but we know the number one discussion topic that drew people in. When pink-slipped, Teinowitz was given that standard corporate/human resources/public relations b.s. “we want to move in another direction.”

He asked why?

“Well, you’ve been here the longest,” he claims they said.

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Cubs and City to Announce Renovation Deal; Ricketts does Media Circuit

Cubs and City to Announce Renovation Deal; Ricketts does Media Circuit
It’s the Cubs home opener! Baseball opening day is always a wonderful experience for tourists, bandwagon types and raging alcoholics. However, the buzz around Wrigley Field isn’t about baseball (and why should it be have you seen what this team looks like?) but business operatons and local politics instead. A deal to renovate Wrigley Field is likely to be announced sometime this afternoon. CBS 2's Jay Levine broke it first saying the Chicago Cubs and city officials have reached a deal to make changes to the landmark stadium. Since Chicago Cubs Chairman  Tom Ricketts is BFF with Wrapports Chairman Michael Ferro (who own the Chicago Sun-Times) I thought the Bright One would break this first. Maybe when the ink dries they still will. The hold-up now is with Mayor Rahm Emanuel; Ricketts is waiting for Rahm to be ready so both he and Ricketts can make the announcement together. And knowing what I know about MLB and their history with issuing press releases- we'll get the official word from the baseball club about 2 days after the news is published at every major outlet. There is a huge public relations battle being fought right now between the Wrigleyville rooftop owners and the Chicago Cubs. In their last press release, the rooftops association looked desperate and defensive. It wasn't just Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts making the media rounds today. A few members of the Ricketts family did the local media circuit. I just embedded the tweets, because the links are there if you want to watch/listen to the Ricketts get their message out there. Basically, the Ricketts family was to Chicago media this morning what the Plumlee family is to Duke basketball- you can’t escape them...