We’ve been fortunate enough to have people like Linda Cohn, Andrea Kremer, Chris McKendry, Alex Flanagan, Jeanie Zelasko and Colleen Dominguez share their stories on Mother’s Day past — how does momhood work in the sports media business, finding balance the work and parenting schedules so they feel they’re doing the right things at the right time?
It takes a sports village to raise a family, as it turns out. Moms network, share strategies, compare and contrast methods before doing their video homework or draw up interview questions.
Thanks to ESPN’s new “Sunday Night Baseball” analyst Jessica Mendoza and her mother, Karen, for spending some time with us to talk about their relationship and how lessons learned impact Jessica and her stay-at-home husband Adam as they care for their 6-year-old Caleb and 2-year-old Caden in Moorpark, with the grandparents not too far away still in Camarillo.
Medoza will spend Mother’s Day at Yankee Stadium on Sunday doing the Red Sox-Yankees game, and then be at Dodger Stadium on May 15 for the Dodgers-Cardinals telecast on ESPN.
What’s worth posting now:
== The Sunday ESPN “SportsCenter” Mother’s Day related story focuses on Peggy Nibert, wife of Presbyterian College basketball coach Gregg Nibert, and the foster parenting they’ve done over the years — taking in children that have been abused with injuries and broken bones since 2006. Tom Rinaldi has the story that starts with the 7 a.m. edition of “SportsCenter” and airs throughout the day.
BTW: The NCAA.com posted a 7-minute story on this in 2015 and another nice piece on this was done by AmericanSportsNet.com.
== And all these thoughts of mothering reminds us of a piece we still enjoy reading from Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated last summer talking to various TV sports talent and their pregnant pauses as they become visible on camera with a baby on board.
== With his Poynter.org column, Ed Sherman gets into more about the #MoreThanMean video that’s been getting millions of views. Says ESPN’s Sarah Spain: “Part of the issue, which is just as unfortunate, is just having women talk about the abuse, for whatever reason, is not as powerful as seeing the reaction of the men in the video.
“There is a larger discussion about whether women are believed by society. When we talk about it, it gets dismissed as a women just being upset or getting carried away. As much as it stinks that the power needs to come from a man’s reaction, it is what makes the video so striking.”
== As the Rams are deciding whether to go with the iHeartRadio family as its Southern California flagship station (which would include games on the FM and AM side) as opposed to taking a deal with ESPN’s 710 affiliate, the Padres said this week they’re heading to the FM dial, the modern rock KBZT-FM 94.9 starting in 2017. They’re currently heard on XEPRS-AM 1090, aka the Mighty 1090.
== More public posturing and playing to the masses with the Dodgers-SportsNet LA distribution … c’mon. Frontier still hasn’t figured out how to get old Verizon FIOS customers off their old system yet. Think that’s their top priority at the moment?
== NBC isn’t horsing around with its coverage of the 142nd Kentucky Derby, which should sync up air at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday (KNBC-Channel 4). NBCSN’s pre-race events start at noon and it shifts over to NBC at 1 p.m.
(The race will be strategically sandwiched between two NHL playoff games as well — Game 5 of St. Louis-Dallas at 10 a.m., and then Game 5 of Pittsburgh-Washington at 4:15 p.m., both on Channel 4. If the Blues-Stars game run into OT, it’ll be continued on NBCSN until its conclusion.)
The net says it has the “most comprehensive coverage in Kentucky Derby history,” with an excess of 50 cameras, including a new 360-degree robotic camera on the infield and an 80-foot high camera on the Churchill Downs video board. Finally, too, will be a camera on race caller Larry Collmus.
Bob Costas and Tom Hammond are the hosts with analysts Randy Moss and Jerry Bailey, handicappers Bob Neumeier and Eddie Olczyk, reporters Laffit Pincay III, Kenny Rice, Donna Brothers and Jay Privman, plus Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski in as the fashion experts and Rutledge Wood, who is part of NBC’s NASCAR coverage, included as a social media reporter using a 55-inch touch screen in the paddock area to show all the trends happening. Yes, It’s come to this. Rob Hyland is the coordinating producer, Drew Esocoff is the director and Sam Flood is the exe producer overseeing everything.
NBC will, of course, do the May 21 Preakness and June 10 Belmont.