Sports Station Takes ‘Idol’ Approach To Reporting

Like most sports fans, you’ve probably found yourself yelling at the dolts on the local sports radio station at one time or another. Whether it’s a talk show host railing against new media, bloviating against Milton Bradley, or just flat-out yelling about god knows what, there comes a point where you find yourself staring in disbelief at the Blaupunkt in the dash, yelling “I could do better than that!”

SNL Superfans

(Hard-hitting Chicago sports journalism.)

In honor (or not) of last night’s “American Idol” finale, now’s the chance for fans to put their money where their mouth is, as a Chicago sports radio station is giving fans the opportunity to win an on-air reporter job in a month-long Idol-meets-”Dream Jobtrainwreck competition. What could possibly go wrong?

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LA Times: UFC Install Soviet-Style Media Policy?

While the UFC grows in stature and popularity, it appears to be attempting to control as much of the message about UFC as possible. Certainly, having its own reality show helps since UFC President Dana White can control every frame of the presentation. Showing events through pay-per-view also helps keep all of the messengers in-house.

UFC 84

MOVABLE BUFFET, a Vegas blog from the LA TIMES, noticed other restrictions when trying to get credentials to cover UFC 84 and was less than pleased. According to Richard Abowitz of MOVABLE BUFFET, the restrictions would limit what he could write, when he could write it, and where the writing could be distributed. It led to quite the tête-à-tête:

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