The tangles in Shaggy’s brown-and-white hair hint at the 3-year-old Lhasa apso’s life before he landed in Orange County’s animal shelter. He became homeless when his owner had a stroke and couldn’t care for him.
"Every day, dozens of stray and unwanted pets are put down in Central Florida. In Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties, more than 48,000 dogs and cats were euthanized in the past two years, show records reviewed by the Orlando Sentinel. Across the state last year, more than 200,000 shelter animals were euthanized or died before they could be adopted.
Many were old, injured or dangerous. But thousands were unwanted — dropped off because their owner had a baby or was moving or simply got tired of the pet.”
“This has been a rather confusing week, I know. I don’t think, ever, in the history of the Senate, have we had a 21-hour filibuster, and then the persons carrying out the filibuster voted for the issue they were filibustering. I don’t think that’s happened in the history of our country.”—
New York Times: College Football’s Most Dominant Player? It’s ESPN
The extent of ESPN’s influence over college football is literally displayed on the face of your ticket to next week’s game. Tickets to most games are printed with the date and the opponent’s name, but something is missing: the kickoff time. That is because ESPN, under its contracts with conferences, has the right to set kickoff times and wait until 12 days before game day, or in some cases only six, to inform universities.
Every Monday morning during the season, ESPN’s football brain trust meets in a war room in Building 12 on the network’s sprawling campus in Bristol, Conn., to consider options for upcoming games and make sure the hottest teams get the choicest time slots on each of its channels. After decisions are made, calls go out across the country, setting off a scramble on dozens of campuses as universities arrange everything from parking to security to team transportation.
New York Times: N.F.L. Pressure Said to Lead ESPN to Quit Film Project
On Thursday, ESPN, which has spent heavily in recent years to build its investigative reporting team, abruptly ended its affiliation with “Frontline,” a public affairs television series that was weeks from showing a jointly produced two-part investigative project about the N.F.L.’s contentious handling of head injuries. The divorce came a week after the N.F.L. voiced its displeasure with the documentary at a lunch between league and ESPN executives, according to two people with direct knowledge of the situation.
Kelly McBride, a senior faculty member at the Poynter Institute who was the lead writer on a team that served as the ESPN ombudsman in 2011 and 2012, said ESPN was unlike more traditional media outlets.
“At ESPN, there are a lot fewer boundaries and people are responsible for things that are news and things that would normally be part of an entertainment division,” she said. “There certainly is a difference in where your loyalties are.”
What I don’t understand about sports marketing is the singular focus on male fans. That demographic is sewn up already. Shouldn’t they be talking to the group that presents the opportunity for growth? Doesn’t anyone realize that women tend to do the merchandise purchasing in families?
So, what I’d like to see is the NHL looking women in the eye and saying “I see you.” I’m not talking pink jerseys and breast cancer gimmicks. I’m looking for more women broadcasters, an end to misogynist language like “Cindy Crosby,” the “Sedin sisters” and what have you from TV analysts, for a strong condemnation of sexual assault by players/prospect (not spinning sex assault allegations as “adversity” a player works to “put behind him” as an example of character-building would be a good first step), including female fans in NHL marketing without making them a male fan’s girlfriend or wife, and discouraging teams from deploying barely-dressed women to shoot T-shirt cannons under infantilizing names like “Ice Girls.”
Women are fans and always have been. My great-grandmother was a Bruins season ticket holder in the 30s, my mother was a season ticket holder for UMass-Lowell in the 90s, and now I’m a Bruins and UML fan. Why won’t the NHL acknowledge us? Furthermore, why do they work so hard to alienate us?