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sjclash - June 19, 2007 08:00 PM (GMT)
How is the American sports media going to react when Beckham attends award shows like the ESPY espn awards and is swamped by international media while the local stars like Peyton Manning and Dale Jr. are overshadowed? Will the local sports writers realize that there is something to this game and start giving it some unbiased coverage after witnessing the media frenzy?

fotographer - June 19, 2007 09:08 PM (GMT)
just like they probably do with most sports media icons.
give them tons of press, start doing sappy stories and behind the scenes stuff, and get people so annoyed at hearing nothing but becks.
Or they will play this the way they should.
Give it the proper coverage, but avoid overdoing it.. nay, the US press is no different that the UK press.
but it should be fun.. especially when Jim Rome has to cover the becks arrival :D

jtgulls - June 19, 2007 10:00 PM (GMT)
Usually, when the American media sees international media going crazy over a soccer story, the American media just digs in and mocks both soccer and the international media even more. Same will happen this time, although Sports Center reporters will be told to tone it down a bit since ESPN is now in bed with MLS.

Local sportswriters will enjoy taking their pot shots at "Beckhammania".

MJ_in_Pitt - June 19, 2007 10:10 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (jtgulls @ Jun 19 2007, 06:00 PM)
Sports Center reporters will be told to tone it down a bit since ESPN is now in bed with MLS.

I really don't think that's going to be the case. If ESPN was going to put out a memo, they'd have already done it by boosting coverage of international football on all their big shows, radio included.

Monday morning on Mike & Mike they talked up a story as being one of the most important sports stories of the year as having happened on Sunday. They come back from commercial and actually say the story took place in Madrid. I'm thinking to myself, "Here it comes, a good Real Madrid and Beckham story."

Nope.

Turns out Kobe Bryant was in Madrid on vacation or something and had a meeting with the owner of his team ... blah, blah, blah.

One of the local ESPN Radio guys in Pittsburgh is a HUGE Liverpool supporter and talks about them whenever he can. (He's a regular at the football pub too.) All of the other local guys on the station make fun of him for liking soccer.

jtgulls - June 19, 2007 10:32 PM (GMT)
MJ, I don't think they will increase international coverage, they probably won't increase MLS coverage to a level it deserves. However, it will a get a small bump in coverage and the SPorts Center guys will probably be told to play it straight - that is, report without mocking.

The rest of the network, including radio will continue with normal service - general neglect and mocking of soccer.

As to Mark Madden, he's great - terrific energy. I still think that ESPN/ABC made a mistake by not sending him to Germany to be the "man at the match", getting his take on the World Cup. He would have been hilarious and word of mouth would have made his segments can't miss viewing. He's sharp and quick witted, able to change flows and energize an audience. His rasslin' mic skills are something that coverage of soccer in America could truly use.

When the other two guys had him on their show, it was an entertaining segment because he wrested control of the show from them.

MJ_in_Pitt - June 19, 2007 10:55 PM (GMT)
This just in ... on ESPN's Pardon the Interruption ...

"Who's going to be a bigger disappointment, Beckham or (some American football player who's name I already forget)?"

Beckham, because as both of the host agreed "no one cares about the sport."

MJ_in_Pitt - June 19, 2007 10:56 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (jtgulls @ Jun 19 2007, 06:32 PM)
As to Mark Madden, he's great - terrific energy. I still think that ESPN/ABC made a mistake by not sending him to Germany to be the "man at the match", getting his take on the World Cup. He would have been hilarious and word of mouth would have made his segments can't miss viewing. He's sharp and quick witted, able to change flows and energize an audience. His rasslin' mic skills are something that coverage of soccer in America could truly use.

When the other two guys had him on their show, it was an entertaining segment because he wrested control of the show from them.

How about Madden for Pete's next interview? That would be wild!

Twiggster - June 20, 2007 12:11 AM (GMT)
And welcome to the forum, SJ! :D
Interesting first post. Keep them coming please?

MJ_in_Pitt - June 20, 2007 12:19 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (Twiggster @ Jun 19 2007, 08:11 PM)
And welcome to the forum, SJ! :D
Interesting first post. Keep them coming please?

SJ, sorry about that! Didn't even notice it was your first post!
Welcome and way to start off with a good discussion.

wren - June 20, 2007 12:34 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (jtgulls @ Jun 19 2007, 02:00 PM)
Sports Center reporters will be told to tone it down when football ratings rival those of poker.

fyp jt.

welcome aboard sjclash. and mj, the day they run a positive football story on pti is the day leeds win the premiership! :)

MJ_in_Pitt - June 20, 2007 12:45 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (wren @ Jun 19 2007, 08:34 PM)
and mj, the day they run a positive football story on pti is the day leeds win the premiership! :)

Oh, I certainly wasn't expecting anything positive. Just reporting the "news" as it happens.

Twiggster - June 20, 2007 12:48 AM (GMT)
Wren, I would rather be a true supporter of Leeds, than a "glory fan".
Enjoy it while it lasts, glory boy! When Roman pulls the plug, you will break our record of success turned sour.
Oh how I will laugh! ;)

fotographer - June 20, 2007 12:48 AM (GMT)
I want to see JIM ROME (confessed football hater) have to do a piece on Becks, or better yet since both he and Becks are in L.A, have espn force Rome to do a one on one. :D :D

whoshotsam - June 20, 2007 01:52 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (fotographer @ Jun 19 2007, 08:48 PM)
I want to see JIM ROME (confessed football hater) have to do a piece on Becks, or better yet since both he and Becks are in L.A, have espn force Rome to do a one on one. :D :D

Maybe he'll have a Jim Everett moment with Becks.

SteveInAnnapolis - June 20, 2007 02:06 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (MJ_in_Pitt @ Jun 19 2007, 05:55 PM)
This just in ... on ESPN's Pardon the Interruption ...

"Who's going to be a bigger disappointment, Beckham or (some American football player who's name I already forget)?"

Beckham, because as both of the host agreed "no one cares about the sport."

Doesn't mean much to me....

They both suck and so does the liberal rag of a newspaper they work for.

PPPhhhhftttttt

wren - June 20, 2007 02:15 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (Twiggster @ Jun 19 2007, 04:48 PM)
Wren, I would rather be a true supporter of Leeds, than a "glory fan".
Enjoy it while it lasts, glory boy! When Roman pulls the plug, you will break our record of success turned sour.
Oh how I will laugh! ;)

havin the usual dig twiggsy. i'd be blue if we were sitting where leeds is right now and you know it. ;)

and in case you haven't noticed, roman HAS pulled the plug. united and liverpool are now the ones trying to buy the league! :D :D :D

jtgulls - June 20, 2007 05:17 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (MJ_in_Pitt @ Jun 19 2007, 04:56 PM)
How about Madden for Pete's next interview? That would be wild!

Or better yet, how about Madden & Pete as tag team partners against Jim Rome and another hater?

yep, I think Pete would really get offf on all the energy Madden has for the sport - if he can get past his support for Liverpool.

MJ_in_Pitt - June 20, 2007 03:40 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (jtgulls @ Jun 20 2007, 01:17 AM)
QUOTE (MJ_in_Pitt @ Jun 19 2007, 04:56 PM)
How about Madden for Pete's next interview?  That would be wild!

Or better yet, how about Madden & Pete as tag team partners against Jim Rome and another hater?

yep, I think Pete would really get offf on all the energy Madden has for the sport - if he can get past his support for Liverpool.

I called Madden's show back around the time of the karaoke-golf club incident! Mark had a good laugh talking about it for a few minutes.

I'd be afraid Madden would end up just taking a swing at Rome!

fotographer - June 20, 2007 03:53 PM (GMT)
news flash.. hot off the press

Jim Rome, of burning with Rome and the radio show The jungle (what ever)
has been told by ESPN that he will doing a 5 part in-dept interview with Becks after his arrival in Los Angeles.
It is also rumored that Jim Everett, a long time fan of Becks will be sitting in on the show :D

MJ_in_Pitt - June 20, 2007 04:00 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (fotographer @ Jun 20 2007, 11:53 AM)
news flash.. hot off the press

Jim Rome, of burning with Rome and the radio show The jungle (what ever)
has been told by ESPN that he will doing a 5 part in-dept interview with Becks after his arrival in Los Angeles.
It is also rumored that Jim Everett, a long time fan of Becks will be sitting in on the show :D

That's just insulting to Beckham.

fotographer - June 20, 2007 04:13 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (MJ_in_Pitt @ Jun 20 2007, 08:00 AM)

That's just insulting to Beckham.

no, no no, dont you know that rome's kid play the game that he hates.. and besides I do believe that rome is coming out of the ??? to let everyone know that he is really a football fan at heart, but had to put up a front to appease the fans of going left, and 3 strikes your out. :D

RaDragon - June 20, 2007 04:15 PM (GMT)
Becks can take the heat. Him and Posh were "interviewed" years back by Ali G (i.e., Sascha Baron Cohen) for a Comic Relief fundraiser.

[ e d i t ]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTGIGXbH6iY :lol:

fotographer - June 20, 2007 04:18 PM (GMT)
I vote for Ali G to be the lead reporter for all Galaxy games.
second , anyone?

RaDragon - June 20, 2007 04:27 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (fotographer @ Jun 20 2007, 09:18 AM)
I vote for Ali G to be the lead reporter for all Galaxy games.
second , anyone?

I vote for that, too. He's been in Los Angeles and I'm sure he and his GF wouldn't mind living here for a while.

fotographer - June 20, 2007 04:30 PM (GMT)
I think we should start a nationwide effort. lets send out massive emails to all the MLS suits and of course ESPN and FSC .

wait, not only that but Ali G first interview will be with Jim Rome. (I even impress myself sometimes)

MJ_in_Pitt - June 20, 2007 04:35 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (RaDragon @ Jun 20 2007, 12:15 PM)
Becks can take the heat. Him and Posh were "interviewed" years back by Ali G (i.e., Sascha Baron Cohen) for a Comic Relief fundraiser.

[ e d i t ]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTGIGXbH6iY :lol:

I love when Ali G says since Becks is the top footballer he gets to date Posh and wonders if Scary Spice dates a guy from Scuny! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

fotographer - June 20, 2007 04:38 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (MJ_in_Pitt @ Jun 20 2007, 08:35 AM)

I love when Ali G says since Becks is the top footballer he gets to date Posh and wonders if Scary Spice dates a guy from Scuny! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Brilliant!!!!!

hakapolita - June 20, 2007 05:07 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (fotographer @ Jun 20 2007, 08:18 AM)
I vote for Ali G to be the lead reporter for all Galaxy games.
second , anyone?

I'll vote for that, but only if we can get Borat to do the side line reporting. :lol: :lol:

pexbo - June 20, 2007 08:55 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (sjclash @ Jun 19 2007, 01:00 PM)
How is the American sports media going to react when Beckham attends award shows like the ESPY espn awards and is swamped by international media while the local stars like Peyton Manning and Dale Jr. are overshadowed?  Will the local sports writers realize that there is something to this game and start giving it some unbiased coverage after witnessing the media frenzy?

No. In fact, the US media is currently preparing the following headline:

“MLS fails, Beckham hardest hit”

All we can do is stick together and remain positive and hopeful for MLS success. Screw mainstream media…

fotographer - June 20, 2007 11:04 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (hakapolita @ Jun 20 2007, 09:07 AM)

I'll vote for that, but only if we can get Borat to do the side line reporting. :lol: :lol:

I second having Borat on the side lines and well, mayabe he can even suit up for the galaxy. :D

Twiggster - June 20, 2007 11:12 PM (GMT)
What are the odds on Pete (WHO? :D ), already working on a 2G's exclusive interview with beckham? ;)

fotographer - June 20, 2007 11:19 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (Twiggster @ Jun 20 2007, 03:12 PM)
What are the odds on Pete (WHO? :D ), already working on a 2G's exclusive interview with beckham? ;)

Twiggs, nice new image... lovely... I think I can watch it all day ;)
you didnt hear, the 2 g's are really far down the list
here is an list of interviews I was forwarded by a close personal friend of becks.

1. Jim Rome
2. Ali G
3. Entertainment tonight
4. the view
5. Hollywood gossip show
6. Judge Judy
7. Espn (various hosts in cities that have MLS)
8. Jay Leno
9. david Letterman
10. The golf channel
11. TNT
12 Bravo
13. AMC
14. fox reality tv
15 FINALLY 2G's

Twiggster - June 21, 2007 12:47 AM (GMT)
But the other interviewers dont say "FCUK", like Pete (WHO?) does! :lol:

Liggie - June 21, 2007 12:51 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (fotographer @ Jun 20 2007, 08:13 AM)
no, no no, dont you know that rome's kid play the game that he hates.. and besides I do believe that rome is coming out of the ??? to let everyone know that he is really a football fan at heart, but had to put up a front to appease the fans of going left, and 3 strikes your out. :D

I remember CNNSI.com's Grant Wahl mentioned he was speaking to Rome about this. IIRC, Rome said, "I love my little boy more than I hate the sport."

I'll certainly give Rome credit for that, participating in something he hates because his son loves it.

-- Mike

P.S. I remember that Ali G interview. Always good to see celebrities or power brokers who can laugh at themselves.

fotographer - June 22, 2007 03:36 PM (GMT)
mike, dont get me wrong, I truly enjoy the Jim Rome show.
I grew up listening to him in Santa Barbara, CA. (local show)
He used to on here in the ATL, but the local sports radio station decieded that they could get by all the time by talking Braves, bulldogs and ACC football. (what a bore fest)
Having sirius, hoping that he will be on soon, but than again, problem, he would on the same time as the 2 G's. Tough choice I wonder who would win??

RaDragon - July 16, 2007 03:38 PM (GMT)
More Becks media reaction: Full text here

QUOTE
About 700 media credentials were granted for Friday's "presentation" of David Beckham as a member of Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy at the team's 27,000-seat Home Depot Center.

Of course, "member of the Galaxy" is the least of Beckham's titles as he enters the American sports marketplace.

Ambassador.

Pioneer.

Savior.

Multimillion dollar gamble.

Whether the ticket- and jersey-buying public will be as interested as the media to take notice of Beckham's entry into the American soccer scene will ultimately determine whether this move was a watershed moment for a once-struggling professional sports league or just another failed attempt to get Americans on the soccer bandwagon.

jtgulls - July 16, 2007 06:02 PM (GMT)
A couple of Chicago columnists write about SHOCK! the beautiful game:

Do not read Mariotti unless you're prepared for a true hater AND PLEASE do not respond to him. He loves to get people angry at him, thrives on it.

We're still not interested
David Beckham and MLS are going to learn the hard way: When sports beckons, Americans choose wisely -- and it's never soccer

July 14, 2007
BY JAY MARIOTTI Sun-Times Columnist
Just so no one is confused here, David Beckham's attempted hijacking of the American psyche has nothing to do with soccer or sports. Come on, blokes, it's a bloody money grab. It's about systematically shoving the fame of Becks and his wife, Posh Spice, down the piehole of a nation inundated with enough celebrities.

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/mariotti/46...T-jay14.article

From Tribune's Mike Downey, a comparison of Chicago & LA's new additions:

New player, owner may spice up feeble Fire


David Beckham, 90210, is the hot property of California at this hour.

Everybody I know out there is talking about him. He is bigger than Schwarzenegger, cooler than Kobe and hotter than Paris, Lindsay and most of the Jessicas.

http://chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sp...l=cs-columnists

henry5 - July 16, 2007 06:55 PM (GMT)
I hate Mariotti like I hate Jim Rome.

Didn't realize I was such a hater... :unsure:

jtgulls - July 16, 2007 07:05 PM (GMT)
QUOTE (henry5 @ Jul 16 2007, 12:55 PM)
I hate Mariotti like I hate Jim Rome.

Hank, Mariotti really knows how to get under people's skins. When he was in Detroit, he loved to taunt Bulls fans with remarks like Jordan would never win a championship and he was all show and nothing else when the title was on the line. Then he moved to chicago and became the biggest MJ booster.

Our sports radio stations here call him the "windsock" because he'll write whatever is the popular opinion, as you can see from the recent Beckham article.

jtgulls - July 16, 2007 07:18 PM (GMT)
Paging Peter Brown. Paging Mr. Brown.

Pete, do you have the link to that article you cited during Divers & Cheats 27?




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