Talking Points: Visit from Eastern Washington Eagles today

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What’s the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:

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Eastern Washington is sharing its football success with us here on the west side.

Eagles head football coach Beau Baldwin will be speaking at the Jantzen Beach Red Lion Hotel in Portland today, and he’s bringing the national championship trophy with him.

The visit is part of EWU’s “Road to the Championship” appearances across the region.

The presentation is free for the general public. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

Happy hour is from 6-6:30 p.m., and then there will be a presentation and dinner from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

For more information, or to register (EWU alumni) visit http://alumni.ewu.edu.

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The Olympics long have appealed disproportionately to viewers outside the hardest core of sports fans — the Games do particularly well among women — but in recent years, many avid sports viewers have drifted away altogether.

Much of that loss of cachet is a backlash against NBC’s strategy of saving ratings-friendly events for tape delay, when they can be packaged for dramatic effect and prime-time audiences.

That approach won’t fly given modern media realities, and it has led to intense interest in this week’s IOC bidding, in which Fox, ESPN and NBC are making pitches for 2014 and ‘16. (Fox has said it will bid for 2018 and ‘20, as well.) A decision could come today.

Fox and ESPN have promised to show everything live but also would repackage highlights for prime time. If NBC is ready to go live, which many believe it will, it would be nice to have them back, given their long association with the Games.

— Newsday