British Open breakdown; ESPN's ombudsman unplugged
Critics took ABC to task for its coverage of the British Open
It's time for the ESPYs to air live again, not 96 hours after the show is taped
Don Ohlmeyer talks about his new job as ESPN ombudsman
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ABC took some major hits from some major publications -- including critics at USA Today and Toronto's Globe and Mail -- for its coverage of the British Open. Golf.com's Dick Friedman, a former writer and editor for TV Guide and a longtime golf editor at Sports Illustrated, also offered his highs and lows of both TNT's and ABC's coverage. ABC earned a 3.9 overnight Nielsen rating (thanks, Tom Watson) for the final-round coverage, according to the Sports Business Daily. The rating is up 11.1 percent from last year's final round and down 4.9 percent from 2007's final round.
Terrific reporting from ESPN's John Barr (and the network's NFL Live show) on the recently released amateur video that showed Adam (Pacman) Jones showering exotic dancers with money inside a Las Vegas strip club in February 2007. This column is particularly appreciative of NFL Live host Trey Wingo: During a discussion on the program with analysts Darren Woodson and Tim Hasselbeck, Woodson incorrectly said someone had been killed during the Jones incident at the club. Not so, corrected Wingo, who pointed out that no one had been killed but a bouncer at the club had been paralyzed. (Wingo called the footage "amazing and disturbing.") Of course, not everyone was pleased with the timing of the ESPN story, as shown here by ProFootballTalk.com's Mike Florio.
Producers from both the Howard Stern Show and Dan Patrick Show showed great hustle in booking Spurs forward Richard Jefferson as a guest last week. Jefferson's explanation regarding why he backed out of his wedding to his ex-fiancee, Kesha Ni'Cole Nichols, made for fascinating radio.
Much like we chastised NBC for showing tape-delayed matches at Wimbledon, the incentive to tune into the ESPYs (unless one is asked to watch it for EW.com) is seriously reduced 96 hours after the event takes place. Why not air the event live on the Wednesday it's filmed, and then re-air it on Sunday with some additional behind-the-scenes footage, bloopers and exclusive interviews?
THEY SAID IT, PART I
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THEY SAID, PART II
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SPORTS MEDIA TWEETS OF THE WEEK
"I was Watson's age 20 years ago -- still drinking a lot, practically buying Elaine's. I thought I was immortal. What's the big deal about 59?"
"There's a rumor afoot that Nike will confiscate all footage from the British Open and pretend Tiger wasn't even here."
"Random thought: While at lunch at Subway, I wondered what sandwich Michael Phelps would order. But I'm pretty sure he likes his chips baked."