Author: Brooks Melchior

NCAA’S HUDSON RULING REINFORCES EMPTY STOREFRONT ROLE

Late yesterday, TOLEDO BLADE columnist David Briggs wrote the following. Same as the guy who tells his boss he is not as dumb as he looks, or says a more successful rival football coach was a phenomenal winner but a magnet for controversy, Jim Harbaugh is a master of the backhanded observation. For instance, the Michigan coach suggested at Big Ten media days that athletes should be able to transfer without restrictions because maybe then they would stop lying about being depressed. It was a clear and reckless shot at Toledo native James Hudson — the former Wolverines lineman who transferred to Cincinnati late last season — and a curious bit of hypocrisy, leaving us with the same response as Hudson himself. …

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SHOOTING THE 3: ROB PEREZ, ACTION NETWORK SENIOR PRODUCER

Besides killing Twitter dead, Rob “@WorldWideWob” Perez graduated from the University of North Carolina then got into the ticketing business, first with the New Orleans Hornets before storming the shores of the secondary market with his own website. From there he crashed the content biz, kicking in the door at Fox Sports, Cycle, ESPN, with podcast called Buckets and now as a Senior NBA Producer for The Action Network. …

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SHOOTING THE 3: JIM CALLIS OF MLB.COM’S MLB PIPELINE

Shooting The 3 is an exclusive SportsbyBrooks.com feature in which a sports media figure fields three questions posed by SbB. Today’s sports media figure is Jim Callis of MLB.com’s MLB Pipeline and MLB Network. University of Georgia graduate Jim Callis, who is baseball’s top expert on prospects and the MLB Draft, started working at BASEBALL AMERICA in December, 1988, where he covered prospects and the Draft for the better part of 25 years – excepting a three-year stint at STATS, Inc. …

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SEC POLICY OF HIDING GAME OFFICIAL IDENTITIES NEEDS FIXING

Thanks to the rapid legalization of sports wagering across the United States in recent months, legally betting on college football is about to become a way a life for millions of Americans. Because no major college football player is financially compensated nor provided guaranteed healthcare in writing, the sport has always been extremely vulnerable to game fixing. Not to mention the fact that the most popular college football league, the Southeastern Conference, has long practiced a deliberate policy of hiding the identities of game officials. …

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SHOOTING THE 3: JAY CRAWFORD OF WKYC-TV IN CLEVELAND

Shooting The 3 is an exclusive SportsbyBrooks.com feature in which a sports media figure fields three questions posed by SbB. Today’s sports media figure is Jay Crawford of WKYC-TV in Cleveland. On his way to becoming a national sports media star, Ohio native and Bowling Green Alumnus Jay Crawford polished his on-air craft at television stations in Tampa, Columbus, Hartford and Hazard, Kentucky. In 2003 Crawford made the jump to ESPN and over the next 15 years was as high profile an on-air talent as there was at venerable sports network, launching groundbreaking shows like Cold Pizza and First Take while also piloting innumerable episodes of the network’s flagship SportsCenter. …

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