Saturday, March 09, 2002
Sports network ESPN’s original movie debut this weekend features a red-sweater-clad Brian Dennehy tossing around swears and chairs in his portrayal of controversial college basketball coach Bobby Knight. Does this fictional account of a newsmaker ESPN frequently covers taint the journalistic integrity of the sports news station? Bob asks ESPN ...
Saturday, February 23, 2002
Olympics highlights have been noticeably absent on TV sports news. That’s because NBC has strict guidelines on what can - but mostly cannot - be shown on other networks. Bob chats with intellectual property lawyer David Wittenstein about what happens when sports become newsworthy.
Saturday, August 04, 2001
Baseball purists recoil at televised coverage, claiming glib announcers, exploding graphics, and jarring sound effects treat the on-field action as a mere afterthought. Of course, baseball purists are a bitter lot. Still, for many committed fans, the game is best maintained unchanged, and, as Rex Doane reports, old-time radio announcers ...
Saturday, August 04, 2001
One baseball tradition that has stood the test of time is bad advertising during radio broadcasts. Every other commercial seems crammed with baseball references - from “Hit a home run with (your product here)” to “Don’t strike out with those other guys.” But wait -- you mean you’re not compelled ...
Saturday, June 16, 2001
In the last six months of the NBA season, bad boy ballplayer Allen Iverson has gone from basketball’s troublemaker to most valuable player. Sportscasters across the country have told the tale of Iverson’s transformation. Bob takes a look at Iverson’s media makeover.
Saturday, April 28, 2001
Until recently, bass fish have managed to maintain a low media profile. But when ESPN acquired BASS (Bass Anglers Sportsman Society), bass fishing hit the big time. On The Media’s Producer-at-Large Mike Pesca has the story.
Saturday, April 14, 2001
Birdsong makes a nice backdrop for a tense golf tournament, but when CBS was caught overdubbing bird sounds in its golf broadcasts last year, bird watchers busted the network. Bob talks to Ken Hullinga of the American Birding Association about bird watching and golf TV.
Saturday, February 24, 2001
As North Carolina mourns its favorite son (and the rest of the world discovers just who that was), Nascar - the sport of driving fast cars into walls - is forced to look itself in the mirror. Mike Pesca wonders if it likes what it sees there.
Saturday, January 27, 2001
About one quarter of all Americans will have watched some football this superbowl weekend. So we’re a football culture right? Well as a society we like football, but the culture part is another story. Bob talks to Samuel Freedman, a professor at the Columbia School of Journalism, about why football ...