1. Broadcast Boot Camp to Keep Awful Announcing Replenished For Years To Come (link)
Coming June 18th the NFL will hold a Broadcast Boot Camp where NFL players will learn the tricks of the trade for some of broadcasting’s “finest”.
The on-air talent on hand will include CBS’ James Brown and Gus Johnson, Fox’s Brian Baldinger and Ron Pitts and ABC/ESPN’s Ron Jaworski. Dick Vermeil, the longtime coach and analyst, will play a coach in meetings meant to simulate the pregame briefings coaches give network TV crews.
My favorite part of that article is that Bertrand Berry says his favorite on-air talent is Chris Berman because of his “excitability”. Riiiight.
2. Hockey Even Worse Than I Could Have Imagined In The Ratings Game (link)
Wow…just wow. I just don’t get it. Is it only a matter of time before Hockey is taken off local airwaves?
NBC averaged a 1.1 final Nielsen rating and 1.6 million viewers for its coverage of Game Three of the Ducks-Senators Stanley Cup Finals on Saturday night, marking the lowest-rated night in the network’s history, as well as lowest-rated Stanley Cup Finals game on broadcast TV.
Don Cherry did not help at all. It’s like a train-wreck and you can’t look away (NHL fans….I mean that in the nicest way possible).
Update: These stats are from Game 3 not Game 4. Don Cherry wasn’t on until Game 4……I’ll be sure to grab that data when I see it and compare the two. (Thanks Dave)
3. SI And NBC Combine To Copy Washington Post Live and Others (link)
This has to be one of the worst ideas in internet history…..
SI.com and NBCSports.com have partnered to create “Sidelines,” a daily Web show featuring WFAN’s Chris Russo, NBC’s Jimmy Roberts and comedian Matty Blake. Guests will include SI reporters Peter King, Tom Verducci, Jon Heyman, Seth Davis and Ian Thomsen, as well as analysts from NBC Sports
Do me a favor and watch the video that comes up when you click the link. Grade: D+