Scandalous Stuff from Sports, Etc.

Sexploits in Sports: Eric Crawford pointed out that the hottest video on the Internet over the weekend was a peephole shot that might have been sexy ESPN reporter Erin Andrews – naked. Which gave the paper on excuse to include a giant photo of her on his blog, while Crawford wrote about what an invasion of privacy that was.  [Crawford]

McGraw Moves On: That didn’t take long. Diane McGraw sent another e-mail to the Sports Commission board yesterday, alerting them that she would be working on a non-profit project called the Dare to Dream experience. Note that the link she provided referred to a 2006 event. No doubt she’s got a sweet severance package from the GLSC. Oh, yeah, she reminds the board in the letter that she resigned and wasn’t fired. Right. [Dare to Dream]

Local, Local, Local: Looks like ESPN believes in the future of hyper-local sports reporting. It’s launching localized websites in New York, L.A. and Dallas, focused on those cities’ local sports franchises. Maybe the web will be where the best writers end up after all. [LA Times]

If Only We Had a Local TMZ: Then we’d know all about the baby girl, Eva, born yesterday to Elizabeth and Jack Conway. Everybody’s healthy and happy. Having his primary opponent’s campaign strategy in the U.S. Senate race exposed was a nice bonus for Jack. Read about that on [Page One]

Lost His Cool: New interviews with PRP football players at that Aug. 20 practice reveal that coach Jason Stinson lost his cool and was angry with his players on the day Max Gilpin collapsed.  We get it — Stinson’s practice was tough, but the question remains as to whether it was criminal. [Courier]

Finally, Finale: Hoping the Bats game gets done early tonight. I’d hate to miss the finale of Southern Belles, which promises something shocking and scandalous other than the fact that the show exists. It airs at 10 on SOAPnet, Insight 75. UPDATE: Oops. The show’s on Thursday. We’re safe. So come on out tonite to the game. [Courier]

Derby Draw Dropped by ESPN

Another story that got by us Friday involving local media is this one — ESPN is dropping its coverage of the Wednesday night post position selection broadcast during Derby Week.

It looks like the four-letter network is lessening its horse racing coverage. Two weeks ago it announced it would not carry the Kentucky Oaks.

No one around here ever really got into that made-for-TV show down at Fourth Street Live anyway. It required owners of Derby contenders to use some strategy in picking their own post position in order, based on an earlier lottery, in front of live TV cameras.  ESPN tried to make it a big show, but never really pulled it off, even with dramatic signage and a decent crowd.

Now the post position draw will take place at the track, using the same format ESPN used, but without all the interviews and commercial breaks. Maybe some local stations will carry it live, which is as it should be, because few outside Louisville really care. That way it’s not likely to last more than 30 minutes.

As for the Oaks, ESPN’s decision to drop the race is baffling, but indicative that the viewers are losing interest in the sport.

“ESPN still has a great commitment to horse racing,” said ESPN spokesman Mark Mandel, after the network announced it wouldn’t carry the Oaks. Instead, the race will be carried nationally on the Bravo network. Huh?

Bravo apparently caters to ladies, and it’s fillies in the race. But no, that doesn’t make any sense.  Bravo carries shows like Top Chef and Project Runway, not sports.