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Thursday, July 19, 2018


NBA reporter Shams Charania leaving Yahoo Sports

Shams Charania

Shams Charania may soon be dropping his #Shamswows for another media outlet.

Charania’s contract with Yahoo Sports is expiring this summer, and the outlet confirmed that the NBA reporter will not be back with them.

“Yes, we can confirm Shams’ departure for later this summer,” Yahoo’s Geoff Reiss said in a statement, via Awful Announcing. “We take pride in how far Shams has come in his 3 years at Yahoo Sports. He has been a great member of our Yahoo Sports team, breaking news and giving fans great perspective. We made the decision to walk away from negotiations. We will continue to discover and develop emerging talent as our track record proves.”

New York Post media reporter Andrew Marchand mentions The Athletic and NBC Sports as potential landing spots for the 24-year-old.

Charania has truly emerged in the sports media business. He was hired by Adrian Wojnarowski to be a part of “The Vertical” at Yahoo. After Woj left for ESPN, Charania found himself competing with Woj and often keeping up if not beating Woj on breaking news stories.

Now one of the preeminent NBA reporters, the addition of Charania would be a big boost for any media outlet.

FIFA addresses TV shots of hot female fans at World Cup

Sweden fan

A FIFA executive says the organization has talked with broadcasters about reducing the amount of shots of hot women at the World Cup.

An anti-discrimination group called Fare Network has raised a point about sexism at the World Cup, which includes the harassment of female reporters while on TV, as well as multiple shots of female fans in the crowd.

According to FIFA diversity boss Federico Addiechi, they have discussed the matter with broadcasters.

“We’ve done it with individual broadcasters. We’ve done it with our host broadcast services,” Addiechi said, via the BBC.

He said the organization will look into reducing cutaways to female fans.

“This is one of the activities we definitely will have in future – it’s a normal evolution.”

Although it is not a TV matter, one similar subject that gained headlines was when Getty Images took down a photo gallery of “the hottest fans at the World Cup” and apologized.

This type of activity from TV networks is nothing new. In fact, this sort of thing helped launched one woman’s career. But many would agree that these types of shots are mostly unnecessary.

Report: Jeff Fisher will call at least one NFL game on FOX

Jeff Fisher Rams

Jeff Fisher is going to have to wait at least another season if he is ever going to be a head coach in the NFL again, but it sounds like he has found another way to stay around the league in the short-term.

Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reports that Fisher is scheduled to be a part of FOX’s NFL coverage for the 2018 season, though it’s unclear how significant his role will be. At the minimum, the former Los Angeles Rams coach is set to serve as an analyst for the Sept. 30 game between the New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars alongside play-by-play announcer Dan Hellie. Marchand notes that more opportunities could open up for Fisher, but for now that is the only gig he has lined up.

Fisher was reportedly eyeing some of the coaching vacancies that opened up in the NFL at the end of last season, but there are no indications that he was considered for any of them. The 60-year-old is said to be looking for revenge if he ever gets another head coaching job in the NFL, but his 165 losses are tied for the most in league history. It would not be a surprise if his NFL head coaching days are over.

Rob Gronkowski’s girlfriend says she had tryout at ESPN

Camille Kostek, the girlfriend of Rob Gronkowski, said on Tuesday that she had a tryout at ESPN.

Kostek posted a photo on Instagram that showed her on the “SportsCenter” set at ESPN. She tagged her location for the post as “ESPN,” which is located in Bristol, Conn.

“I’ve spent years in studios in CT from my high school days on HKTV to my college years anchoring for TV22. Now I’m back to put my skills to the test in studio in my home state WASSSSUP CT !!,” she wrote as her caption.

Kostek is a former New England Patriots cheerleader and currently is a model for SI. She has been an aspiring sports broadcaster for years.

Kostek and Gronk have been on and off since at least 2015, though the most recent signs have pointed to them being back together.

Twitter hopes Gene Steratore is not the next Mike Carey at CBS

Longtime NFL official Gene Steratore revealed last week that he is retiring after 15 seasons with the league, but fans will still be hearing plenty from him in 2018. They just hope he’s better at his new job than former fellow NFL official Mike Carey was at his.

On Tuesday, CBS announced that Steratore will join the network as a rules analyst for NFL and NCAA basketball coverage. As most of you probably remember, Carey served in the same role until CBS was basically forced to part ways with him in 2016. Twitter hasn’t forgotten what a disaster Carey’s time was with the network.

The good news for Steratore is that Carey set the bar extremely low, at least at CBS. FOX Sports hit a home run when they started the rules analyst movement with Mike Pereira, and other networks have not been able to match them. Carey was often wrong about replay challenges (although CBS disputed that), and his delivery wasn’t great either.

Steratore has plenty of experience with NFL controversies, so he should be able to provide plenty of entertaining insight during broadcasts.

Hawks GM explains how team benefited from Twitter leaks

The parade of reporters prematurely leaking picks to their Twitter followers made for an especially entertaining sideshow during this year’s NBA draft. But remarkably enough, one team was actually able to benefit from all the hoopla.

In an appearance Friday on 95.7 The Game in San Francisco, Atlanta Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk revealed that the Hawks were about to trade up for a Milwaukee Bucks’ pick to ensure that they got at least one of their two preferred prospects. However, when news leaked that the Bucks would not be taking either player with their pick, Atlanta was able to pull out of the deal.

“Last night, for instance, we had the 19th pick, and we’re coming down and we’re actually talking to Milwaukee on the 17th pick, talking about trading up to get a guy we like,” said Schlenk. “There’s were a couple of guys we felt really good about on the 19th pick, obviously [Maryland guard] Kevin [Huerter] was one of them, and it leaked who Milwaukee was going to take.

“So, all of a sudden, we were able to pull back out of that deal and keep the draft pick instead of packaging picks to move up because we knew that, two guys on the board we felt really good about and only one team in between us,” Schlenk added. “So that was beneficial to us last night.”

The Bucks wound up taking Villanova guard Donte DiVincenzo at No. 17 in a pick that was indeed revealed to Twitter by Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports minutes before it was formally announced on the podium by commissioner Adam Silver. The San Antonio Spurs then drafted Miami guard Lonnie Walker IV at No. 18, clearing the way for the Hawks to take Huerter at No. 19.

We definitely enjoyed some good laughs as a result of the picks getting leaked early during Thursday’s draft. It is quite interesting though that the leaks had a very real impact on the leverage of some of the involved parties as well.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski skirts draft policy in hilarious fashion

Adrian Wojnarowski

Adrian Wojnarowski defied a supposed agreement between top NBA reporters not to tip draft picks in hilarious fashion on Thursday.

According to an article from Awful Announcing on Tuesday, ESPN, Turner and Yahoo all agreed not to have reporters tip draft picks on social media. The purpose of the agreement was to create more suspense for a better TV-watching experience.

Despite the report, Woj kept tipping draft picks via his Twitter account. He just created his own loophole to skirt the matter by coming up with different ways to imply a pick rather than use the specific language “will select.”

Some of the terms Woj used instead were:
– fixated on
– has a laser on
– unlikely to resist
– enamored with

Folks on social media were enjoying the game and couldn’t wait to see what terminology Woj would come up with next.

Take a look:


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