Of course, the major draw for this show is Miles trying to coach a program in need of saving. Watching his progress on a week-to-week basis should be an entertaining experience for audiences at home.From The Kansas City Star:“We think this story is unique,” said Nick Dawson, ESPN’s vice president of programming and acquisitions. “We’ve done a lot of all-access series with teams at the top. This is an opportunity to explore a program that has struggled in recent years.“That combination with bringing in a head coach who has had success at the top and is a very interesting character…makes it a very interesting story.”This project will be broadcast by Big 12 Now, which will be available on the ESPN+ subscription service.ESPN expects the first episode to air in August.Kansas owned a 3-9 record under David Beaty last season. We’ll see if Miles can quickly turn the program’s fate around in the season opener against Indiana State.[The Kansas City Star] LEXINGTON, KY – OCTOBER 13: Head Coach Les Miles of LSU Tigers looks up in the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium October 13, 2007 in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 43-37. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Kansas football hasn’t been exactly thriving in recent years, but the hire of Les Miles could help revitalize the program. To make matters even better, Jayhawk fans across the country will have a behind-the-scenes look at him coaching the Jayhawks.Miles signed a five-year deal to coach Kansas toward the end of last season. The hope is that he can slowly build the team up to a respectable level in the Big 12.With the upcoming season almost here, ESPN announced its latest project that involves Kansas’ football program.There will be episodes ranging anywhere from 20-25 minutes that show the Jayhawks’ preparation during the preseason and regular season.
by Michael Gormley, The Associated Press Posted Mar 30, 2013 7:42 pm MDT ALBANY, N.Y. – A formal complaint filed with New York’s lobbying board asks it to investigate whether Artists Against Fracking, a group that includes Yoko Ono and other A-List celebrities, is violating the state’s lobbying law, according to the document obtained by The Associated Press.The Independent Oil & Gas Association, an industry group that supports gas drilling, filed the complaint Tuesday with the state’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics.The complaint is based on an AP story that found that Artists Against Fracking and its members, including Ono, her son Sean Lennon, actors Mark Ruffalo and Robert De Niro and others, aren’t registered as lobbyists and therefore didn’t disclose their spending in opposition to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to remove gas from underground deposits.“The public has been unable to learn how much money is being spent on this effort, what it is being spent on, and who is funding the effort,” said Brad Gill, executive director of the Independent Oil & Gas Association of New York. “I understand the power of celebrity that this organization has brought to the public discussion over natural gas development, but I do not understand why this organization is not being required to follow the state’s lobbying law.”The group confirmed it filed the complaint but didn’t comment further.Artists Against Fracking, formed by Ono and Lennon, says its activities are protected as free speech. The group was created last year amid the Cuomo administration’s review to determine whether to allow hydraulic fracturing to remove gas from vast underground shale formations in southern and central New York.Gov. Andrew Cuomo continues his review as public opinion has shifted from initial support based on the promise of jobs and tax revenue from drilling in economically depressed upstate New York to mixed feelings because of concerns over potential environmental and health effects.Seven months after Artists Against Fracking was formed, the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute on March 20 found that New York voters were for the first time opposed to fracking, 46 per cent to 39 per cent.“There’s no doubt the celebrities had an effect,” Quinnipiac pollster Maurice Carroll said. “As far as I can tell, they made all the difference.”A spokesman for Artists Against Fracking said the group and its individual members don’t have to register as lobbyists.“As private citizens, Yoko and Sean are not required to register as lobbyists when they use their own money to express an opinion and there’s also no lobbying requirement when you are engaged in a public comment period by a state agency,” spokesman David Fenton said.“If the situation changes then, of course, Artists Against Fracking will consider registering,” Fenton said. “Up to now, there has been no violation because they are entitled to do this as private citizens with their own money.”On its website, the group implores readers: “Tell Governor Cuomo: Don’t Frack New York.” Celebrities supporting the group have led rallies and performed in the song “Don’t Frack My Mother,” also carried on the Internet.Ethics commission spokesman John Milgrim didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday. By law, the commission doesn’t confirm or deny pending investigations.New York’s former lobbying regulator, attorney David Grandeau, said he believed the group and the supporting artists, including musicians Paul McCartney and Lady Gaga and actress Anne Hathaway, should be registered and required to disclose details on their efforts to spur public opposition to gas drilling.“When you are advocating for the passage or defeat of legislation or proposed legislation and spend more than $5,000, you are required to register,” Grandeau said Friday. “Just because you are a celebrity doesn’t mean that lobbing laws don’t apply to you. Your celebrity status does not protect you in Albany.”Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and developer Donald Trump are among the high-profile figures who clashed with the commission when Grandeau was regulator. The biggest penalty for failure to follow the lobbying law resulted in a $250,000 fine against Trump and others over casinos in 2000. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Gas trade group seeks lobbying probe of Artists Against Fracking over fracking