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weei-fmWEEI sports radio host Kirk Minihane has been suspended without pay for a week by Entercom Communications, the station’s parent company, for disparaging on-air comments he made about Fox Sports reporter Erin Andrews during two recent programs.

Minihane’s suspension was announced Friday night by Entercom president and chief executive David Field, just hours after Fox Sports informed him it was pulling all advertising from the company’s more than 100 stations nationwide, including WEEI.

“Kirk Minihane’s statements regarding Erin Andrews were offensive and deplorable,” Field said. “It is clear by the response from our listeners, advertisers, and employees that Kirk’s efforts to apologize and make this right have been insufficient and ambiguous. We want to make it unequivocally clear that his comments were unacceptable and do not reflect Entercom’s values and standards.”
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Smith-Stephen Last May, Chris (Mad Dog) Russo said he was unable to find a black host “who is worthy of doing a national (sports) talk (radio) show.” It appears his, and the people running SiriusXM’s “Mad Dog Radio” channel, search is over.

Stephen A. Smith will soon leave ESPN-98.7 FM and take his verbal stylings to SXM’s “MDR,” where he will host his own show, according to satellite radio sources. Smith currently co-hosts a 1 p.m.-3 p.m. program with Ryan Ruocco on 98.7.

The sources said there was no consideration of pairing SAS with Russo. Smith’s new show will probably air from 1 p.m.-3 p.m., which will put him in direct competition with Ruocco on ESPN 98.7. Smith would serve as a lead-in to Russo’s “Mad Dog Unleashed” soiree and force SXM to juggle its current “MDR” lineup.

On one level, Smith’s apparent decision to move to SXM is surprising. It was only two weeks ago when Smith, on the air, suggested his radio days were numbered. “Ryan Ruocco can have the show,” SAS said at the time. “I have enough on my plate (with TV opportunities).

Still, the idea of Smith working freestyle in the uncensored world of satellite radio is fascinating. SAS has gone right up to the line, and sometimes crossed it, as he did on Friday on ESPN’s “First Take” when he went on a rant concerning Ray Rice’s two-game suspension and implied some women should be blamed for domestic violence.

How much further will he push it working without a seatbelt on “MDR?”

Smith’s departure from ESPN-98.7 will leave a void. Not only is he the station’s only black voice hosting a daily show, Smith also has built a loyal core of listeners. His partnership with Ruocco jelled slowly but ultimately produced a compelling, and often controversial, sound.

Smith’s NBA insights and inside look at the league, particularly the Knicks, are a key ingredient of a show that will be missed.

Read more at the NY Daily News where this story was originally published.

sec networkTime Warner Cable reached an agreement Wednesday with ESPN to carry SEC Network, leaving DirecTV as the only major cable or satellite provider in the Kansas City area without rights to air the channel.

DirecTV issued a release earlier in July calling discussions with ESPN “productive,” however, and an agreement with the satellite company is expected before the channel launches Aug. 14.

ESPN also reached an agreement with Bright House Networks on Wednesday.

“We know we have customers who want the SEC-ESPN Network, and are pleased to bring it to them,” Andrew Rosenberg, senior vice president of content acquisition for Time Warner Cable, said in a release. “This deal will help ensure that fans and alumni of SEC universities won’t miss any important games.”

The addition of Time Warner and Bright House means the SEC Network will be available in more than 60 million households. The network, which will carry at least 45 football games this season, already had reached agreements with other cable and satellite providers, including Comcast, Google Fiber, Dish Network, Cox Communications and AT&T U-Verse.

Time Warner customers can find SEC Network on the digital standard tier. Comcast has proposed acquiring Time Warner for $45 billion, but that deal must still be approved by regulators.

ESPN, which owns the SEC Network, is hoping to charge $1.40 per subscriber per month in the 11 states that have an SEC team and 25 cents outside the conference’s footprint, according to Sports Business Daily.

Financially, the network could double revenue distributions from the SEC to member schools, which was $21 million per school last year.

The SEC Network will air 24 hours a day and plans to broadcast more than 100 men’s and 60 women’s basketball games and 75 baseball games along with its football schedule. Missouri’s football debut on the network is Sept. 13 when Central Florida visits Columbia.

Read more at the Kansas City Star where this story was originally published.

Gary Miller has returned to KCNC-Channel 4 (temporarily), and Tom Mustin is leaving the station (permanently) to enter the business world.

Les Shapiro, Charles Johnson and Tom Nalen have stopped talking on 102.3 FM ESPN Radio.

Executives at KMGH-Channel 7 are looking for a sports anchor to replace Lionel Bienvenu, who is now hosting the station’s weekday afternoon news show.

Read more at the Denver Post where this story was originally published.

marshall universityHis first season as play-by-play sportscaster at Marshall University had remarkable results.

Steve Cotton was announcing one highlight after another during the football season of 1996 as the Thundering Herd enjoyed repeated lopsided victories, a conference championship and a 15-0 record culminating with the NCAA Division I-AA National Championship.

He says Coach Bob Pruett’s initial season was a great launch to a career move where he followed respected broadcasters such as Frank Giardina (now with Sports Spectrum), Bill Roth (Virginia Tech), Wes Durham (Atlanta Falcons) and Stan Cotten (Wake Forest).
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Big Ten Network adds Eric LeGrand

July 25, 2014
Courtesy of NJ.com

Big-Ten-NetworkFormer Rutgers football players Shaun O’Hara, Eric LeGrand and Ray Lucas will be part of the on-air Big Ten Network lineup this season, the network announced on Wednesday.

O’Hara, a former Scarlet Knights offensive lineman who earned three NFL Pro Bowl nods during his distinguished Giants career, will be in the Big Ten Network booth as a game analyst while LeGrand, the former Scarlet Knights defensive lineman who has become nationally recognized in his fight to recover from a paralyzing spinal cord injury, and Lucas, the former Rutgers quarterback who spent seven years in the NFL, will serve as football studio analysts.

The Big Ten already has Rutgers’ Sept. 6 game against Howard, the Sept. 13 tilt versus Penn State and the Oct. 4 contest against Michigan scheduled to air on its network this season. It’s possible that the network will air other Rutgers football action this fall, with TV arrangements set to be announced six-to-12 days in advance of games.

Bob Wenzel, who has the distinction of being the last coach to guide the Rutgers men’s basketball team to the NCAA Tournament in 1991, is also joining the Big Ten Network team as both a studio and game analyst.

In addition, the network announced that Josh Lewin, the voice of the New York Mets and San Diego Chargers, will do play-by-play basketball, while Tina Cervasio, a sideline reporter for the New York Knicks and New York Red Bulls, will also report from the sideline for Rutgers games.

The Big Ten Network previously announced that 24 hours of coverage will be dedicated to some of the most memorable Scarlet Knights games on Aug. 1.

The “Rutgers Day” lineup includes a 60-minute show welcoming the Scarlet Knights to the Big Ten. Host Dave Revsine will be joined in studio by Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, while Big Ten Network football analyst Gerry DiNardo discusses the history and future of Rutgers football and basketball analyst Jim Jackson shares his thoughts on Scarlet Knights hoops.

Rutgers Athletic Director Julie Hermann, football coach Kyle Flood, men’s basketball coach Eddie Jordan, women’s basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer and LeGrand will also be featured on the show that airs at 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. on the same day the Rutgers football team opens preseason camp.

Read more at NJ.com where this story was originally published.

weei-fmWEEI host Kirk Minihane, who called Erin Andrews a “gutless bitch” on air last week, sparked controversy upon his return to the airwaves yesterday with further comments about the Fox Sports reporter.

But Minihane, who upon returning to the “Dennis and Callahan” show from a scheduled vacation Wednesday suggested that if Andrews “weighed 15 pounds more she’d be a waitress,” will not be punished.

Phil Zachary, the vice president and market manager at Entercom Boston, WEEI’s parent company, said in an email that Minihane would not be suspended and has learned some “hard lessons.”
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Mack Brown added to ESPN lineup

July 25, 2014
Courtesy of USA Today

Mack Brown mapped out his career plan at a young age: He wanted to be a football coach first – and he was, from 1973 through last season – before either moving upstairs, as an athletic director, or into television, as a college football analyst.

Seven months after the final game of his coaching career, one highlighted by the 2005 national championship, Brown will join ESPN in August as a college football analyst, providing studio work across the network’s football-themed platforms and, on Saturdays, starring as one-third of ABC’s College Football Countdown program.

Countdown, which airs as the lead-in to both ABC’s afternoon and prime-time kickoffs, will team Brown and former Florida State quarterback Danny Kanell with host John Saunders.
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Sports director, anchor and reporter Simone Eli, who just left Fox 10 WALA Mobile, Alabama, started today at KPRC 2 today as the station’s new weekend sports anchor/reporter.

Eli tells me she is excited about being in Houston.

“We’re really excited that we got her out of Mobile and we think she will be a great asset,” KPRC senior executive producer Rick McFarland tells mikemcguff.com. “Not only does she have great sportscasting experience, but I think people are going to be interested in watching her.”

Previously Eli worked as a sports photographer/reporter for BCSN/WTOL 11 in Toledo, Ohio from August 2012 – May 2013 according to her LinkedIn.

She graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2012. While a student, Eli played on the Women’s Division 1 basketball team. On her personal website, Eli wrote she played on teams that won three Mid-American Conference Championships in 2010, 2011 and 2012, appeared in two NCAA Tournaments and made two WNIT Tournament appearances. In one of those WNIT appearances her team advanced to the Sweet-16.

Eli wrote she is currently finishing her Master’s of Education in Human Movement, Sports and Leisure Studies.

Read more at Mike McGuff where this story was originally published.

Pac-12Pac-12 Networks coverage of the 2014 college football season will once again feature a bevy of veteran broadcasters and notable Pac-12 standouts to give fans more expert analysis and high-quality coverage across both live game and studio shows.

Former Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti, who served as a guest analyst on the Networks’ 2014 spring football coverage, will begin his first full season as a studio analyst. He will contribute to Pac-12 Football Weekly, plus pregame, halftime and postgame shows, joining Rick Neuheisel, Ronnie Lott, Curtis Conway, Jake Plummer, Glenn Parker, Yogi Roth and Anthony Herron to round out the Networks’ analyst lineup for its third season of live football coverage.
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