After the coffee. Before eating something other than Sal & Carmine's pizza.
The Skinny: My diet has taken a turn for the worse since getting to New York. I'll need an extra long run in
Daily Dose: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is a big fan of ESPN but he said Thursday doesn't think every cable subscriber should have to pay for the pricey sports channel. ESPN fired back that the sports empire "delivers more value to more consumers through more platforms than any other programmers" and that McCain's proposed a la carte model for cable TV means people will "pay more and get less." Industry insiders don't give McCain's bill much of a chance of getting off the ground.
'Gatsby' is good but 'Iron Man' is great.
Later Dawg! Randy Jackson, the last original judge on Fox's
Pay for play. If you're a sports fan who uses your mobile phone to watch a lot of ESPN, there may be good news for you when it comes to monthly data caps. According the the Wall Street Journal, ESPN has had talks with a major wireless character about helping to cover costs of data usage for its mobile phone audience. In a nutshell, ESPN would do this so watching its content on mobile doesn't eat up a viewer's monthly data cap and cause their bills to skyrocket. Sounds pretty tricky to pull off, though at it could raise eyebrows among regulators if it appears that mobile companies are playing favorites with data caps.
Will Bauer be back? Keifer Sutherland is in talks to make new episodes of
Thankless job. While all the attention is on what new shows will be announced to advertisers next week by the broadcast networks, the real pressure is on the sales people who have to try convince Madison Avenue to spend big on shows they've never seen! At
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