Notes to post before the weekend:
== From a text exchange Wednesday morning with ESPN reporter Shelley Smith, the subject of Sunday’s Mother’s Day column who later was hospitalized with stroke-like symptoms while covering the Golden State-San Antonio NBA Western Conference Finals Game 1 in Oakland:
Smith said doctors found a small blood clot in her brain as well as two others in her chest that can be treated with blood thinning medication.
“It was a scary 15 minutes,” she said. “I couldn’t talk or move my right arm or leg. And then it passed. Lucky I was right next to the Warriors’ training room. They were amazing.”
She said she expects to give out more information soon on a Facebook post soon.
“Mother’s Day was definitely a trip this year,” she said. “You never know how strong you are until you have to be strong.”
It appears she’ll be heading home today and wants to get back up to speed as the NBA Finals begin.
== A fog-and-phony-type show that took place this week in New York called the Upfronts, where networks pitch their hopes and dreams to advertisers in hopes of the reciprocation of financial support, prompted a column about it by The New York Times entitled “ESPN Is Betting on Big Personalities to Restore Its Fortunes.”
The newspaper didn’t actually interview ESPN boss John Skipper about that building toward the future in light of their recent dismantling of their human resources. Nobody in the media was allowed to talk to Skipper.
But in summarizing what’s at stake here and how crazy things can be framed, the story ended describing how the ESPN presentation was capped off by longtime anchor Kenny Mayne, “fitted with feathery wings and calling himself the Angel of Advertising,” coming onto the stage from above as other ESPN talent scattered to get out of his way. His grand entrance — with his white hair complimenting his wardrobe — led to a momentary tussle with the wires that had suspended him on both sides of his waist, and led to him remarking: “It’s a metaphor for the strength of cable. Look at it that way.”
Is this in Mayne’s contract? Perhaps if he doesn’t do it, he doesn’t have a contract like many of his recent fallen friends.
What happened amidst all that was ESPN announcing: Continue reading “Sports media notes version 05.17.17: An update on ESPN reporter Shelley Smith, a Kristine Leahy self-inflicted wound (wait, she’s a reporter?), and more” »