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The Most Popular FishbowlNY Posts for The Week

Here’s a look at the FishbowlNY posts that made the most buzz this week.

LeBronSI1) Sports Illustrated Sets Web Traffic Record with LeBron James Essay

2) LeBron James Announces Cleveland Return Via Sports Illustrated

3) Newspaper Reporter Listed as ‘Endangered Job’

4) David Plotz Resigns as Editor of Slate

5) Oprah Will Send You a Birthday Card for $200

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Morning Media Newsfeed: World Cup Sets Ratings Records | Plotz Resigns From Slate

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World Cup Shatters Facebook Engagement Records (LostRemote)
The World Cup set single-event Facebook engagement records within the tournament’s first week. Now, with the tournament over, it is official: the 2014 World Cup is the most talked-about event in Facebook history. From June 12-July 13, 350 million people generated 3 billion World Cup-related interactions. AllFacebook These numbers make the 2014 World Cup the most-talked-about sporting event in the social network’s history. The tournament’s final match, which resulted in 280 million interactions from 88 million users, was the top sporting event in Facebook’s history. Capital New York All told, 26.5 million people watched the match Sunday via either ABC or Univision, making it the most-watched men’s World Cup final ever. ABC drew an average of 17.3 million viewers according to Nielsen Fast National ratings, the best numbers ever for a World Cup final, and the third best for any World Cup game. The two games that beat it were U.S.-Portugal from earlier in this year’s tournament (18.2 million viewers), and the 1999 Women’s final between the U.S. and China (17.9 million viewers). Deadline Hollywood Both ABC/ESPN and Univision had their best World Cup ever this year, with ESPN/ABC up 39 percent in viewership over the 2010 World Cup and up 96 percent over the 2006 World Cup. Over the 64 games of this year’s tournament, Univision was up 34 percent from its total audience from 2010. Variety The combined 26.5 million for Germany’s 1-0 victory is a larger audience than the deciding game for the most recent World Series on Fox (19.2 million) and NBA Finals on ABC (18.0 million), and also tops the BCS Championship game in college football on ESPN in January (25.6 million).

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Sports Illustrated Sets Web Traffic Record with LeBron James Essay

FishbowlNY called it. When LeBron James announced his decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers via an essay on Sports Illustrated’s site, we said SI.com would be setting records. Lo and behold, it did. James’ piece attracted 6.1 million unique visitors to SI.com, good for its most UVs ever.

James’ essay beat out the old record holder — Richard Sherman’s column on MMQB — by almost two million UVs. Sherman’s article, posted in late January, netted 4.3 million UVs.

Turns out having the best player in the NBA write for you is a good thing. Who knew? Aside from us, we mean.

Morning Media Newsfeed: SI Scores LeBron James Scoop | The View Considers Cupp

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LeBron James Announces Cleveland Return Via Sports Illustrated (FishbowlNY)
Everyone in the sporting world — and many others outside of it — were awaiting word on where LeBron James would play next season, and Sports Illustrated got the scoop Friday. In an article by James (as told to SI’s Lee Jenkins), James explained his reasons for returning to Cleveland to play for the Cavs. LostRemote After the story went up, James posted on Instagram a photo of himself with the caption “I’m Coming Home.” #GoodforLebron and #Cleveland also started trending on Twitter quickly. TVSpy Cleveland CBS affiliate WOIO reported the news at 12:25 p.m. Friday, just after James’ announcement was posted to SI.com. “The newsroom is abuzz right now,” Paul Orlousky said. The station remained in coverage through the 1 p.m. hour. PRNewser Jenkins reportedly helped James write the essay Thursday night, and the mag didn’t let any of its advertisers know about what will almost surely be the biggest traffic driver in recent history. HuffPost “My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball,” James told Jenkins. “I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now.” James, an Akron, Ohio native, was selected by the Cavs with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft. After reaching the NBA Finals just once in those seven seasons, James infamously announced that he would be joining the Miami Heat in July 2010 during a televised interview dubbed “The Decision.” Both James’ choice of team and his choice of venue for the announcement led to a virulent backlash in Ohio that included fans burning his jersey and a public repudiation from Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert.

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LeBron James Announces Cleveland Return Via Sports Illustrated

This is what you call one hell of a get. Everyone in the sporting world — and many others outside of it — was awaiting word on where LeBron James would play next season, and Sports Illustrated got the scoop.

In an article by James (as told to SI’s Lee Jenkins), James explained his reasons for returning to Cleveland to play for the Cavs:

It holds a special place in my heart. People there have seen me grow up. I sometimes feel like I’m their son. Their passion can be overwhelming. But it drives me. I want to give them hope when I can. I want to inspire them when I can. My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now.

You can bet this essay is going to break some of SI’s page view records.

Congrats to everyone at the magazine. You should all get to call it a day.

ESPN Source: Knicks-Phil Jackson Deal is ‘Pretty Much Done’

HuffPostLivePhilJacksonA few weeks ago, we shared a plaintive, open letter to the New York Knicks from a lifelong fan currently living in London. When Nick Geltner posted that letter, he could not possibly have imagined a better answer to his prayers.

According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, the Phil Jackson-New York Knicks president of operations deal is now all but completed, though an official announcement might have to wait until next week. That announcement will surely send Los Angeles Lakers fans off the other coastal edge; purple-and-gold supporters have been hoping (against hope) that Phil would come to the rescue of his fiancée’s tattered team.

From the top of this afternoon’s ESPN item:

Jackson and the Knicks are expected to finalize a deal that will give the legendary coach control of the club’s front office by the end of this week, according to a league source.

“Everything is pretty much done,” the source said. “There are just some little things here and there that need to be worked out, but the Knicks are very confident that this is essentially done.”

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AP Names LeBron James ‘Male Athlete of The Year’

LeBron James GThe Associated Press has named LeBron James its Male Athlete of The Year. James is only the third NBA player to ever win the award, joining Michael Jordan and Larry Bird.

James definitely deserves the honor. In 2013, he won his second consecutive NBA championship and his fourth MVP award. Still, James told the AP that he saw himself as bigger than just basketball:

I’m chasing something and it’s bigger than me as a basketball player. I believe my calling is much higher than being a basketball player. I can inspire people. Youth is huge to me. If I can get kids to look at me as a role model, as a leader, a superhero … those things mean so much, and that’s what I think I was built for. I was put here for this lovely game of basketball, but I don’t think this is the biggest role that I’m going to have.

James received 31 votes to win, beating out Peyton Manning (20 votes) and Jimmie Johnson (7). Carmelo Anthony, JR Smith and Andrea Bargnani did not receive any votes.

LeBron James Featured on Sports Illustrated Cover for 20th Time

This week’s Sports Illustrated features LeBron James on the cover for the 20th time. James’ first SI cover came when he was just 17. The magazine dubbed him “The Chosen One,” and he has certainly lived up to that hype.

We should also note that Michael Jordan has appeared on the cover of SI 50 times, so James only has 31 to go to beat him.

[Editor's note: As a handsomely balding man myself, yes I did notice James' hairline and no, I will not be making a joke about it. Bald is beautiful. Because it has to be, dammit.]

Santa Clarita Man Arrested for Threatening to Massacre Kids on ESPN’s Website

Eric Yee, a 21-year-old former Yale University student from Santa Clarita, was arrested on Tuesday for threatening comments he made under a story on ESPN’s website. According to the LA County Sheriff’s Department, Lee Yee apparently threatened to lead an Aurora, Colorado-style massacre on Valencia schoolchildren in the comment section of an ESPN story about Lebron James‘ new line of $270 shoes. ESPN turned his comments over to authorities after a moderator became sufficiently alarmed.

Yee is being held by the LA County Sheriffs Department on $1 million bail after deputies found several guns in his home.

The actual language Lee Yee used was scrubbed from ESPN and hasn’t been released to the public. We’re not sure if Yee’s threat was legit. Nor, apparently, are investigators. They’re currently checking to see if he ever made similar threats online.

No matter Lee Yee’s motivation, there is a lesson in his story for all you Internet trolls out there: simmer down.

Gambling Conflict Forces Bill Simmons to Withdraw NBA MVP Vote

ESPN.com columnist Bill Simmons isn’t shy when it comes to broadcasting his sports gambling picks.

Gambling is normally a topic of discussion on his The B.S. Report podcast, which if fine and dandy unless you end up having a direct impact on the final outcome.

Earlier this year, Simmons said on his podcast that he was betting on LeBron James to win the 2012 NBA MVP award.

Little did Simmons or ESPN know that the NBA would send him a voting ballot for the 2011-12 NBA season — which he filled out last week on The B.S. Report. On the podcast, he voted for James (duh) as MVP.

It appeared this blatant conflict of interest was going to fly under the radar until Business Insider grilled ESPN about their gambling policy:

“Bill had never received a ballot before and didn’t find out he had one until two-thirds of the season had passed. By that time he had made multiple MVP bets, two of which he had discussed on podcasts. He ended up withdrawing his MVP vote to avoid the perception of any conflict.”

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