Posted on: May 6, 2008 11:29 pm
Edited on: May 6, 2008 11:32 pm

Nearing the two-month mark

Well it's the beginning of May, and I'm nearing my two-month anniversary of my boycott against ESPN broadcast products. It's hard to avert my eyes when I'm at sports bars, still it must be done. I think I'm better for it, and I am also happier.

The other day I was talking with members of an Indy Racing League team. They told me Fox Sports produced a Sports Science show, not just a spot, about IndyCars. Fox needed race footage from ESPN. Fox asked for it, and the four-letter network charged an exorbitant price because it's "in a pissing match" with Fox. Naturally, Fox balked at the larger-than-normal price. This featured Sports Science show would be a win-win scenario for the IRL and ESPN, but those in charge at the four-letter obviously don't see it that way.

Last month I posted that Robin Miller complained about the lack of IRL coverage on ESPN. I took his word for it and said there should be a symbiotic relationship between the two. The above example confirms my suspicion that there isn't.

It's logical to expand this thinking. If the four-letter did this to one league, it's bound to happen to others - like the NHL.

Boycott start post - http://auxlepli.blogspot.com/2008/0

Indy Racing League - http://www.indycar.com/
Sports Science - http://msn.foxsports.com/sportscien

Robin Miller - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_

ESPN rant post - http://auxlepli.blogspot.com/2008/0
Category: Auto Racing
Posted on: March 21, 2008 3:01 pm

ESPN Badness, FSN Goodness

Bad as in not good, not bad as in good.
So I've been pretty quiet about the boycott. All is going well on that front, as I'm now into my second week.
There is one other thing, or should I say person, who I miss. That's Coach Knight. I'd love to hear his analysis on there. I've read he does a great job. Still, it's not enough to change my resolve.
Anyway the other night I was listening to a Red Wings game online as I watched the Pacers game on FSN Indiana. That was a good night. The Wings won after trailing, Henrik Zetterberg scored three unanswered goals and the Pacers won. A rare feat for them these days.
Watching FSN that night reminded me, FSN Final Score is much better than SportsCenter. With FSN's highlight show, the talking heads aren't the story. Also the show makes it a point to show all highlights, not just the ones hockey-haters choose.
More badness from ESPN, and it pains me to write that it's about its website, the one thing I like about ESPN.
Check out this link.
Observant people, and I must thank a LetsGoWings.com member for bringing it to my attention, will notice the photo caption is wrong.
It reads, "New Jersey Devils defenseman Sheldon Brookbank, left, congratulates Colorado Avalanche goalie Martin Brodeur ..."
Wow! When did Brodeur start playing for the Avs? I missed that trade.
Could be an honest mistake. Everybody makes them. I do. You do. Nobody is perfect. Most publications have a mistake in them somewhere, especially ones that deal with news and ones on deadlines.
Then again, as I posted on the Lets Go Wings, it's probably the photographer's error. Still I would think somebody at the "world-wide leader" would catch it. The page was posted nearly a week ago, and it's still that way.
On the other hand maybe it's not the photographer's mistake. The photographer who took it an AP photographer, and the AP is very reputable.
I could live with it being ESPN's mistake, I like that. It's easy to understand too since it's ESPN and hockey.
This isn't the first ESPN, hockey mistake that was brought to my attention or that I've noticed on my own. It is ESPN after all, and most people who work there don't seem to give a hoot and holler about hockey. It's been proven again.

To see the full blog with photos, check this link, http://auxlepli.blogspot.com/2008/0
The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com