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Media Musings: It's Back

Media Musings has returned. It’ll be a smorgasbord of media chatter from the industry that will run irregularly. It will contain rumors and innuendo. Email me: jmcintyre@thebiglead.com. Anonymity is assured.

After our story last week on Bill Simmons likely being added to NBA Countdown, we got this question from a few people: What’s the next step for Chris Broussard? Can he go back to being an NBA information guy, or has he had so much fun morphing into a personality – like bantering on First Take – that he can’t go back to what he excelled in initially, writing and reporting? Maybe the three-headed monster of Broussard, Ric Bucher and Marc Stein could win the NBA news battle against Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Broussard spent six years covering the NBA at the New York Times, but like others who have gone from writers to personalities at ESPN – Michael Smith and Jemele Hill (who is now a sideline reporter) come to mind – sometimes, the lure of being on television is just too great. The money’s probably not bad, either.

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Doug Gottlieb‘s move to CBS this summer landed him a new radio show, made him a significant presence on the network’s college basketball coverage and got him a television show. Sources say while the format is still in doubt – the lack of creativity in the genre probably means it’ll look something like Jim Rome’s show or PTI – two names have emerged as possible wingmen for Gottlieb: Jason Whitlock of Fox Sports and Bomani Jones of Around the Horn. According to a source, Jones has another option – some sort of role on Dan LeBatard‘s afternoon show on ESPN2, “Dan LeBatard is Highly Questionable.” A source at ESPN said the show is considering tinkering with its format, and possibly adding Jones in an unspecified capacity. No, I have no idea what that might mean for Dan LeBatard’s father.

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Trenni Kusnierek is leaving Wisconsin for Boston. She announced she’s going to Comcast as an anchor/reporter beginning September 10th. Just in time for the Red Sox postseason push. A couple years ago, Kusnierek was previously a host at the MLB Network, and most recently she had a radio show in Wisconsin.

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Funniest, non-Kentucky email I received about Pete Thamel’s move to Sports Illustrated: “Dangerous move, chemistry-wise. How will he get along with Pablo Torre?” For the four of you who follow both of them on twitter, they had a memorable squabble in 2010.

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