By David Scott Boston Sports Media Watch In truth I can’t really afford to be coming out of my “book nook” for any amount of time, but two ongoing stories in Boston sports media need some assessing and Shots realizes it’s our official duty to analyze both (and some bonus topics for the new year). [...]

By David Scott Boston Sports Media Watch *Gambling UPDATED MONDAY NIGHT – Mostly earneest hat-tips to ESPN for its coverage of this particular game’s far-reaching impact. But we emphasize “mostly.” The morning SportsCenter hotsie-totsie tandem of Josh Elliott and Hannah Storm did more of the insulting footsie playing regarding the gambling element, but the reliable [...]

Shots on Sabbatical

By David Scott Boston Sports Media Watch UPDATE: As I expected, it’s a lot harder to get away from this space than anyone can fathom. I think both of the week’s posts were relevant and newsworthy. I was honestly a bit surprised at how underplayed the Comcast K.O. of CN8 was and not just because [...]

By David Scott Boston Sports Media Watch DEVELOPING. . . Comcast will be laying off the “majority of its 300 employees” currently working on its CN8 Network. Locally, CN8 will cease operations in Boston in early January of 2009 and the markets of Philadelphia (Comcast’s home) and Washington, D.C. will see significant re-structuring. The Brookline-based [...]

By David Scott Boston Sports Media Watch We thought long and hard about temporarily suspending our book-writing sabbatical for the sole purpose of once again pointing out the (recurring, laughable) prima donna ways of the former Boston Sports Guy, Bill Simmons. Really, we did. But when we got the following, carefully crafted three-sentence statement from [...]

Heidi Game Eclipsed by TBS’s ALCS Snafu in “Steve Harvey Game”

By David Scott Boston Sports Media Watch UPDATE: is supposedly now showing the game for free. We’ll see if their servers can handle it. We didn’t have any success logging on. The TBS explanation is included in Bruce Allen’s post on the matter. In what can only be considered a major snafu, TBS’s coverage [...]

By David Scott Boston Sports Media Watch We’ve had to push back the Shots Sabbatical (see prior post) to allow for this entry featuring an email back and forth between Shots and Michael Wilbon regarding Wilbon’s recent on-air at ESPN comments regarding Kimbo Slice specifically and mixed martial arts in general. After a Friday afternoon [...]

By David Scott Boston Sports Media Watch A SHOTS FIELD TRIP TO. . . This has never been the regular series it should be, but every once in a while Shots does leave Hull and venture into the crowded streets of – and around – Boston. It usually ends poorly with a traffic jam or [...]

By David Scott Boston Sports Media Watch The developing East Coast-West Coast feud between Boston’s Gerry Callahan (WEEI 850 AM and the Boston Herald) and Los Angeles’ T.J. Simers (LA Times) is starting to provide a nice sideshow to the Sox-Angels series. Catch yourself up on the Manny Ramirez-fueled matter here and then check out [...]

By David Scott Boston Sports Media Watch In what has to be one of the more humorous apologies in Boston Globe history, the paper today apologized for a photo in Sunday’s paper that depicted Patriots’ back-up quarterback Kevin O’Connell throwing a pass in practice. The apology (third item in “For the Record”) reads: Editor’s note: [...]

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