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We have two guests on this edition of Sports Media Weekly.
We begin the show by looking at how differently CBS sports handled the death of Cowboys practice squad player Jerry Brown, who was killed while in a car driven by Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent. We all agreed that CBS handled this event better than one week earlier when the network waited five minutes to discuss the murder/suicide involving Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher.
We then take a look at a proposal floated by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to expand the number of teams to make the playoffs, and the media implications that go along with it.
We discuss how the once-mighty Big East has fallen as its seven basketball-only teams threaten to leave the conference.
We examine the curtailing of ESPN’s fascination with Tim Tebow and how the WWL was not alone in riding the Tebow bandwagon.
We look at the end of an era as The Sporting News halts its print edition and we look back at the career of Larry Merchant, who is stepping down from covering boxing for HBO Sports.
Our other guest is SMW favorite Michelle Beadle, formerly of ESPN, now of Access Hollywood and NBC Sports. We talk to Michelle about her experience at last night’s concert in support of the victims of Super Storm Sandy in New York City, her first Olympic assignments with NBC, and we get the scoop on the new daily studio show she will host on the NBC Sports Network beginning in late January…