Said Levy: "We are still working out the details on that but I will tell you this: Both CBS and ourselves have tremendous talent. What we want to make sure is that the look and feel of the programming is consistent whether it is on TBS, TNT, TruTV or CBS. We will have specific branding, and part of that specific branding may be our talent. We will use the best talent across platforms. You might see some Turner talent on CBS. You might see some CBS talent on Turner. That will be discussed between [CBS sports head]
"My role is to put people in the best possible positions to succeed and to protect ESPN and to serve sports fans," said ESPN's vice president of production
"She is committed to her work. She is professional, and
If we've learned anything about the Twitter policies of sports entities, it's that they often resemble a plot on
NBC Sports.com baseball blogger
On Friday, SI.com called MLB vice president of public relations
"To the best of my knowledge there has been no separate policy for reporters," he said. "The policy that went out for all MLB people is the same across the board."
Courtney did say that messages posted by MLB employees in the social media space on non-baseball accounts should meet a certain standard. "My position on something like that would be if I'm Pat Courtney at MLB or I'm Pat Courtney at Gmail or Pat Courtney New Jersey Guy, I'm still an employee of MLB. There's no differentiation between those things to the extent you are still an employee here and the positions and things you say."
I asked Courtney about what some would consider a double standard for MLB on-air talent such as
Courtney said MLB encourages its writers to be individuals in the social media space and that the organization wants its writers to gain a following among fans. There is no arguing that MLB Advanced Media has been at the forefront of social media among sports entities, and the reason the MLB Network gained credibility so quickly is that it didn't shy away from the seamy parts of the game, be it steroids or drugs, and hired independent voices such as
Last month James called the Alabama spring game and remains part of the regular rotation for ESPN's
"Our news-gathering apparatus is separate from the event production team. I think fans understand that and they understand there is credibility with ESPN. There are checks and balances that we have here in the infrastructure that allow us to parse things out. The fact that Craig is employed here, you have to take some steps such as no Texas Tech games, but I am very confident in the people who are making those day-in, day-out decisions.