US Tennis TV is Stale

We live in a world where a little kindness can go a long way.  Complaining is the norm.  I am about to go with the grain, and I don’t particularly like doing so.  Yet, I think tennis as presented in the US by ESPN and NBC and, to a lesser extent, the Tennis Channel could…

Sinclair Broadcast Group Owning the Tennis Channel Raises Issues

In January 2016, the Sinclair Broadcast Group bought Tennis Channel for $350 million.  Sinclair Broadcast Group is currently embroiled in a scandal in which anchors at its many television stations read strikingly similar statements lobbing salvos against more mainstream news sources in the US.  Sinclair did not publicize its role in crafting or promoting these…

ESPN’s Layoffs, Print Media Downturn, and Blogs like Mine

 “Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.” – John F. Kennedy, 1961 Unintended consequences are often jarring.  I personally value print media.  Yet, when ESPN announced deep cuts to its staff in April I could not help but think about the impact websites, podcasts, blogs, and apps have had on the media….

Krickstein’s Own 30 for 30

Prologue: Jimmy Connors as Scarface The recent This is What They Want ESPN 30 for 30 documentary focusing on Jimmy Connors certainly portrayed Connors as a guy who is comfortable with who he is.  It reminded me of the “I’m the bad guy” speech from Scarface (a wildly overrated film in my view): So… what…

BBC vs. ESPN/ABC Wimbledon Coverage

I watched the Wimbledon final live via a feed provided by ESPN.com.  Oddly, this feed was not ESPN’s broadcast feed.  Instead ESPN’s website linked to a stream from the BBC broadcast.  Later in the day, ABC broadcast an edited match on free television in the USA.  Rebroadcasting the match in a format suited to time…

Review of ‘Unmatched’ ESPN’s 30 for 30

ESPN’s 30 for 30 Takes on Navratilova and Evert Review of Unmatched Directed and Produced by Lisa Lax and Nancy Sterm Winters It was by accident that I got to watch this great sports documentary.  Considering that Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova won 36 combined singles Grand Slam titles and faced one another 80 times,…