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GPB resurrects CBS Atlanta’s old sports crew

Public broadcasting is not where folks normally think of sports. But Georgia Public Broadcasting is launching an upgraded weekly high school sports show co-hosted by two former CBS Atlanta broadcasters who lost their jobs when the station outsourced its sports department to 790/The Zone.

index“GPB Sports Central” starts tonight at 7:30 p.m. hosted by four people, including former CBS Atlanta hosts Gil Tyree (right) and Mark Harmon. It replaces “Prep Sports Plus” and is a major step up. “This is a total studio deal, ESPN quality,” said I.J. Rosenberg, executive producer and sports director at GPB. It encores on Fridays at 11 p.m. and Saturday at noon with final scores.

He runs Score Atlanta, a sports marketing company which also covers high school sports. (He also helps out the AJC.) “It’s the last horizon,” he said. College and pro sports are covered much more extensively but “high school is wide open.”

Rosenberg, whose kids attend Centennial High School and participate in sports there, disagrees with the notion that high school draws a very narrow audience . “People care about the whoever they play. And you draw tremendous recruiting interest.”

This is part of a major expansion in GPB’s commitment to high school sports after record ratings airing last year’s High School Championship football games. It will also continue its 17-year broadcast partnership with the Georgia High School Association for coverage of the Football, Cheerleading and Basketball state championship games on GPB Television and online at gpb.org.

There will also be a live chat show each Wednesday at 8 p.m. at gpb.org/sports featuring Georgia High School coaches mixing it up with bloggers, writers and fans. The Website will also air a weekly high school football game on Friday nights.

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August 25th, 2010
6:01 pm

What an enormous waste of taxpayer money.

Vod Kanockers

August 25th, 2010
6:40 pm

We want Pete “Snake” Davis!

Patrick

August 25th, 2010
8:37 pm

@1 The waste of taxpayer money isn’t GPB covering high school sports. No, the waste comes from taxpayer money that goes to support and fund all these school sports activities, from the middle school level all the way to college level.

It has nothing to do with education. It’s all about ego and raising cash from the alumni to build ever bigger stadiums, at least when they aren’t paid for by the taxpayers.

Karton Fultecher

August 25th, 2010
10:05 pm

Rosenberg has failed at everything he has touched in Atlanta.
A bully and a mean nasty guy.
Good for Gil and Mark.

Oh Brother!

August 26th, 2010
9:47 am

Actually, high school sports are supported by their booster clubs now more than ever. The schools put very little money into it and rake in a boatload from ticket and concession sales – that ironically – the boosters actually handle during the games. You have a point on middle school sports, but those programs usually only consist of football, basketball, and cheerleading and actually fit into the school budget. Local businesses and wealthy parents put up a lot of cash to these high schools in order to run their top sport programs.

Kal

August 26th, 2010
3:02 pm

Actually, the schools don’t pay the entire freight of an athletic program Money from the gate as well as support from the alumni and others plus the families have to pay for the uniforms, etc.

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August 26th, 2010
3:53 pm

I didn’t mean what a waste it is for GPB to cover high school sports. I meant what a waste that GPB even exists.