Blog by: George Thomas and Ron Ledgard
In action and words, LeBron James through his foundation and the now infamous Sports Illustrated essay, has shown that he’s seeing a bigger picture for himself in life.
There are the charitable works, but he wants to have success in the world of entertainment, too. He gets his first shot Oct. 4 when Starz premieres Survivor’s Remorse, a six-part comedy series based on the start of his NBA career.
Jessie Usher will play Cam Calloway, the James character in the series, a recent signee to a pro basketball team in Atlanta, Ga.
James and his childhood friend Maverick Carter both serve as executive producers of the series. It may not be James’ only foray into the world of entertainment. Comedian Kevin Hart, recently in town to promote a film, told Cleveland.com’s Clint O’Connor that he’s currently working on writing the script for movie for him and James to star.To read more or comment...
It’s as simple as Will Brinson of CBSSports.com writes it in his report about the NFL’s best-selling jerseys:
"The Browns didn't just draft a quarterback. They drafted a freaking marketing machine: Johnny Manziel's No. 2 Browns jersey is the NFL Shop's top-selling jersey through the first portion of 2014's fiscal year."
And that’s what’s scaring a lot of individuals, including this writer, who isn’t quite prepared to join in on Manziel Mania. People talk and downplay the hype that LeBron James recently created. However, at least James has accomplished things in his chosen sport.
Four-time MVP, two-time champion, Olympic champion…yada…yada…yada. He earned the hype. And that’s the problem with this Manziel thing. The borderline hysteria, powered by ESPN when Manziel played at Texas A&M, hasn’t been earned – at least not in the NFL.To read more or comment...
In a further sign that the maelstrom that surrounds the nickname of the Washington D.C. NFL franchise is coming to a head, McManus said that he won’t dictate to his game’s announcers whether to use the word “Redskins” which is viewed by many Native American nations to be racist.
“Generally speaking, we do not tell our announcers what to say or not say,” he said.. “ Up to this point, it has not been a big issue for us. Last year, it was simmering; now it's reaching a hotter level. But we probably will not end up dictating to our announcers whether they say Redskins or don't say Redskins. We leave that up to them and our production team. There are times when something becomes important enough that we talk to them, and between now and the start of football season we'll decide what is the right thing to do.”
I suspect a chat will be had between now and then.To read more or comment...
Cable kidsnet Nickelodeon bills it as the awards show where sports meets slime, that green goo that’s been a staple of the channel since its inception.
Getting slimed evolved into a badge of honor over the years on the station’s Kid’s Choice Awards and now its fans can choose the first former or current jock who receives that treatment tonight at 8 as young voters across the land choose who to recognize in categories as “best male athlete” and “best female athlete” among others.To read more or comment...
Football is indeed king for the present and given the overnight television ratings ESPN’s coverage of The NFL Draft, it may be always.
The worldwide leader pulled a 6.8 overnight rating for its coverage of the league’s annual talent cattle call. That is up a whopping 48 percent over coverage of last year’s first round.
Several factors may have contributed to the significant ratings lift, but chances are the fate of Johnny Manziel – a.k.a Johnny Football, who the Browns selected at No. 22 – played a huge role in the program’s fortunes. The Texas A&M quarterback tumbled through the first round before the Browns gifted the Philadelphia Eagles with a third round draft choice to move up four slots to take Manziel.
That’s great news for the NFL, but possibly not so much for fans that had a major gripe with this year’s draft being moved into May when it’s traditionally held in late April. Some called the wait this year too long. Now NFL commissioner Roger Goodell may have what he views as a case to keep the draft in May.To read more or comment...