How the media almost outnumbered the scouts on Tim Tebow Baseball Day at USC

FullSizeRenderI’m the skeptic with the red, white and blue L.A. Angels cap, as my iPhone fries in the heat trying to capture comments from Tim Tebow about an hour after he did his workout in front of about 100 media members and scouts, who all got to be talent evaluators for the day. While Dedeaux Field at USC was the home base for this sprint/field/hitting exhibition, the rest of the nation seemed to be more than just curious about how this would play out.
Here’s our take.
Others worth taking a look at:
= Yahoo!Sports (Tim Brown)
= The New York Times
= ESPN
= USA Today
= The New York Post
= The Washington Post
= And Skip Bayless with Fox Sports behind him
And as of Tuesday night, he’s still trending on Twitter.

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Sunday media: How Josh Lewis, Kenny Albert became the Rand McNally of sports broadcasters

0828_SPO_LDN-L-MEDIA-0828And you thought O.J. Simpson was the only broadcaster who used to zip through airports because he had some hookup with a certain rental car company?
What hurts most for guys like Josh Lewin and Kenny Albert these days is what air travel doesn’t align with their broadcast schedule.
Lewin starts his new job with UCLA football this coming Saturday, but before he gets there, his travel itinerary looks like this:
= Thursday, Sept. 1: After calling the Mets-Miami 7:10 p.m. EDT game from CitiField in New York on Wednesday night, he’s on a 6 a.m. flight from New York to San Diego and call the Chargers-49ers exhibition game that night at Qualcomm Stadium, 7 p.m. PDT.
= Friday, Sept. 2: A 6 a.m. PDT flight out of LAX back to New York, call Mets’ home game against Washington that night, 7:10 p.m. EDT.
= Saturday, Sept. 3: A 5 a.m. EDT flight from New York to Houston, landing at 7:20 a.m. CDT, followed by about a 100-mile drive north to College Station, Tex., with an anticipated 9:20 a.m. arrival for 2:30 p.m. kickoff CDT for UCLA-Texas A&M contest.
= Sunday, Sept. 4: A 7 a.m. CDT flight back to New York to call Mets-Washington game, which, because ESPN has it for “Sunday Night Baseball,” has an 8:08 p.m. EDT first pitch. Travel that night with the team charter to Cincinnati to call Mets-Reds game on Labor Day, which has an early 1:10 p.m. EDT first pitch.
“Boom,” Lewin punctuates it after rattling off the schedule.
Here’s more on how he pulls it off at this link ...

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It’s Out of the Question: How long before Tebow lands on the Dodgers’ roster?

0827_SPO_LDN-L-QUESTIONS-0827It almost seems unnatural, the Tim Tebow, the former Heisman winner and NFL quarterback deemed mechanically disinclined from throwing a football, is all the sudden ready to reinvent himself as a professional baseball player.
Is it all a ruse? Would he be better served playing independent league baseball rather than putting on an elaborate tryout for scouts (and the media) in L.A. on Tuesday?We question the motivation here, at this link …

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Weekly sports media notes version 08.25.16: On NBC’s Olympic wrapup, ESPN’s “Sports Reporters” experiment and more …

A dancer performs during the closing ceremony in the Maracana stadium at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil last Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

A dancer performs during the closing ceremony in the Maracana stadium at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil last Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

“Peacock should not be proud of coverage”
— Headline from Aug. 14, 1992, Daily News sports media column.

Yeah, we wrote that 24 years ago. How time flies when things don’t really change.
Ty Duffy from TheBigLead.com, who may not have even been born when I wrote that story years ago, wrote this that we tend to agree with:
“The Olympics are an imperfect fit now. We’re only on the precipice of a sea change. The cable model is on its last legs. It’s not clear what the future will look like or whether Internet streaming will be able to replace the revenue generated from a traditional TV audience. The event feels far more like its butting against the future, than being at the forefront of it.”

We have more on that and more at this link …

 

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