Harvey Levin Confirms TMZ Sports Site To Launch

Brian Stelter of the the NEW YORK TIMES reports Harvey Levin confirming that TMZ Sports is a go:

AOL’s exit is expected to make it easier for Mr. Levin to introduce another idea, TMZ Sports, and brings a new phase for TMZ’s advertising sales, which have not kept up with the site’s popularity. … Warner Brothers says the site will begin early next year.

Joba Chamberlain's Mom

(Joba’s mom could stand an Ambien before the ribbon-cutting)

In my introduction of TMZSports.com to you last week, I illuminated the incestuous business relationships that created an opening for such an entity. Levin noted the same to Stelter in the Times:

Levin sees a lot of what he calls agenda reporting in sports, he also sees an opening for coverage by an outsider, free of potential conflicts of interest, like league licensing deals.

Levin also observed the century-old coddling of sports celebs by the sports media: Read more…

All Of ESPN’s Tiger News Created By TMZ, Radar

For now, the maddening tabs have mostly turned away from Tiger Woods and his gaggle of alleged mistresses. Thanks to the gossips, not to mention new and old media, the story’s lifespan was expanded about two weeks too long. And if Brittany Murphy hadn’t died, it might still be getting the pseudo news treatment.

Tiger Woods Yacht Docked At Old Port Cove Marina North Palm Beach Florida

One of the outlets responsible for that unnatural extension is People.com, which reported last Sunday that Woods had taken his yacht to the Bahamas “for a few days” this week with friends and “golfing buddies.”

At the time, I called out the golfing buddies part of the report from Linda Marx, but thanks to two people who have actually staked out the boat 24/7 of late, we now know the entire People report was wrong. Read more…