The Ticker: ‘Real Sports,’ Weather, O’Donnell

By Alex Weprin 

  • Tuesday is the season finale of HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,” and the venerable sports newsmagazine is forgoing its usual format for a round-table look at the year that was. Gumbel will join panelists Bernard Goldberg, Mary Carillo, Andrea Kremer, Frank Deford and Jon Frankel in discussing sports in 2012. The panel will also include Armen Keteyian, who is leaving “Real Sports” to join “60 Minutes of Sports” on Showtime next year.

  • Not content to simply name winter storms, The Weather Channel is launching a Winter Storm Index called “Storm: Con,” which will grade winter storms on severity in a 1-10 scale. 1-5 aren’t too bad, but if a 6-10 is coming… watch out.