Too bad you missed this, like 304,232,394 other Americans, on NPR: “Bill talks with Nik Richie of TheDirty.com and author and sportswriter Buzz Bissinger about whether bloggers should have the same responsibilities to tell the truth as journalists do.”
I’m posting today from an insufferably-hot Miami. This is where the legend of Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson was born - thanks largely to the public relations efforts of MIAMI HERALD columnist Dan Le Batard. Leading up to Ferguson’s appearance last Saturday on CBS, Le Batard had written (and talked) extensively about the fighter’s long and storied MMA career (all two fights of it!).
Le Batard is currently on leave from the Herald, but I was still very interested to read the paper’s take on Miami’s most-famous MMAer after the Saturday night broadcast. One problem though, the newspaper didn’t send anyone to Newark to cover the event - instead running wire copy about Ferguson’s victory. Miami’s major print outlet couldn’t send a single staffer to cover an event so touted by it’s (former) top sports voice?
Oh wait, we forgot. Those prohibitive flight costs. NOW we understand.
Speaking of ignoring Ferguson, I find it highly amusing that much of the MMA media blew off the fight (or underreported it). I suppose many of them were afraid to lose access to UFC fighters (and the good graces of UFC President Dana White).
The irony is that those same media members want MMA to go mainstream, but refused to wholeheartedly cover the biggest media moment in the history of the sport. What they fail to realize is that White only wants MMA to go mainstream if the UFC is out front. If he isn’t in control, then the *sport* be damned.
I’ve been a little perplexed about the positive reviews that Gus Johnson has been receiving from his work on CBS’ fight night. Apparently I’m the only person who thought the entire production was way overscripted - rendering Johnson much stiffer than we’ve seen him on previous broadcasts. Everyone over there needs to relax and let Gus & Co. do their thing.
Although I did enjoy the “alien life form” comment from Mauro Ranallo.
On the ratings front, CBS earned an 2.7 overnight number for the MMA presentation. The LOS ANGELES TIMES reports that a few major markets delayed the broadcast and midsize market Greensboro completely blew it off.
DAILY VARIETY really puts the show in perspective though, by noting that, “the event averaged 4.3 million viewers from 9:00-11:00pm ET, leaving CBS ‘neck and neck’ with NBC’s coverage of Red Wings-Penguins Stanley Cup Finals Game Four.”
“Neck and neck” with NHL TV ratings? With that news, I’m guessing we’ll soon see MLS and WNBA as counter programming on ABC/ESPN.