Inside ESPN, NFL Network's coverage of the NFL draft; more Media Circus
We are a nation of draftniks. Last year ESPN's live telecast of the first round of the 2014 NFL draft averaged 9.943 million viewers, the most-viewed NFL draft telecast in the network's 35 years of presenting the event. The NFL Network's first day ...
April 26, 2015
NFL Power Rankings: Where Does Every Team Stand After the Draft?
A good draft class can have a big impact, particularly on a weak team. A bad draft class—or a draft that is so focused on three years down the road that it provides little immediate help (hello, Bengals and Seahawks), can cause some ranking slippage....
May 4, 2015
Bernie: Can STL be the next 'Cleveland' in NFL?
In February 1996, the NFL announced that Cleveland would be returned to the league in 1999, to play in a new stadium. The Cleveland spot would be filled in one of two ways; an existing team would move there, or the league would give the city an ...
June 8, 2015
The first thing employees did upon arriving at their desks was to switch on an Internet proxy service, which hid their I.P. addresses from the places they posted; those digital addresses can sometimes be used to reveal the real identity of the poster ...
June 3, 2015
Is Viking's new ocean ship the best value in cruising?
Viking, notably, is bringing the "no nickel-and-diming" philosophy that runs through the river cruise industry to the world of ocean cruising — and in a big way. On Viking Star, everything from around-the-clock Internet to wine with meals to a shore ...
May 16, 2015
Baseball is struggling to hook kids — and risks losing fans to other sports
Rob Albericci saw the curve coming. He saw his son Austin's Little League baseball team struggle to recruit enough kids to fill a roster. He saw the rising demands of Austin's football team, the growing pressure for kids to focus on a single sport, to ...
April 5, 2015
Paul White: For baseball lifer, game goes on
A year later, there was Baseball Weekly, another winter's focus because the guys who ran our company were appalled that The Sporting News no longer would be printing box scores and said, “We can put together our own publication … can't you?” And ...
May 22, 2015
Last year ESPN’s live telecast of the first round of the 2014 NFL draft averaged 9. 943 million viewers, the most-viewed NFL draft telecast in the network’s 35 years of presenting the event. The NFL Network’s first day coverage also set a record, drawing 2. 4 million viewers. I’d expect the overall average viewership numbers to fall slightly this year given the television competition (May 2 is a loaded sports day) but interest in the draft as a viewership property remains sky-high. The 2015 NFL draft kicks off Thursday at 8:00 PM ET, with live coverage of Round 1 on ESPN and the NFL Network. Rounds 2-3 will air Friday, beginning at 7:00 PM ET. On Saturday, Rounds 4-7 start at noon ET. SiriusXM NFL Radio and ESPN Radio will carry the draft on audio. Live streaming of the NFL Network’s coverage is available on mobile phones via NFL Mobile from Verizon and on tablets, PCs and Xbox One via Watch NFL Network (NFL. com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Once again, neither ESPN nor NFL Network staffers will give away picks in advance on Twitter and others social media services during the opening round.
Jodi Huisentruit overslept on the day she disappeared. On June 27, 1995, when a co-worker at the TV station where she worked in Mason City, Iowa, called to check on her, the 27-year-old Long Prairie, Minn. On the eve of the 20th anniversary of her disappearance, her family, police and a dedicated team of journalists and retired cops continue the quest to solve the cold-case mystery. But it just kept going on and on and on, and now it's been 20 years," said JoAnn Nathe, who said the memories of her younger sister haunt her every day. How could a TV news anchor disappear from a small town in Iowa without a clue. Mason City police have received thousands of tips on Huisentruit's disappearance over the years, and they continue to trickle in. Police Lt. Rich Jensen said the department still gets one to three a month. "We expect that with the 20th anniversary, we will get more," Jensen said. We're hoping that there will be a day we're in the courtroom, and somebody will be held accountable. Huisentruit arrived at CBS affiliate KIMT-TV in Mason City after stints at stations in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Alexandria, Minn. "Maybe she was just exhausted," said Nathe, who lives in Sauk Centre, Minn. WALK FOR JODI "Finishing Jodi's Journey," a walk to remember missing TV news anchor Jodi.