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Sports Illustrated Predicts Atlanta Over San Diego In Super Bowl XLVI

After his successful Super Bowl prediction last season, Sports Illustrated‘s Peter King predicts the Atlanta Falcons will defeat the San Diego Chargers 24-20 in Super Bowl XLVI.

Below is a complete list of King’s predictions for the 2011 season:

AFC EAST AFC NORTH AFC SOUTH AFC WEST
1. Patriots (12 – 4) 1. Steelers (10 – 6) 1. Colts (10 – 6) 1. Chargers (11 – 5)
2. Jets (10 – 6)* 2. Ravens (10 – 6)* 2. Texans (9 – 7) 2. Chiefs (8 – 8)
3. Bills (7 – 9) 3. Browns (8 – 8) 3. Jaguars (7 – 9) 3. Raiders (7 – 9)
4. Dolphins (6 – 10) 4. Bengals (3 – 13) 4. Titans (6 – 10) 4. Broncos (5 – 11)

 

NFC EAST NFC NORTH NFC SOUTH NFC WEST
1. Eagles (10 – 6) 1. Packers (11 – 5) 1. Saints (10 – 6) 1. Rams (9 – 7)
2. Cowboys (9 – 7) 2. Lions (10 – 6)* 2. Falcons (10 – 6)* 2. Cardinals (7 – 9)
3. Giants (9 – 7) 3. Bears (8 – 8) 3. Buccaneers (8 – 8) 3. Seahawks (6 – 10)
4. Redskins (5 – 11) 4. Vikings (6 – 10) 4. Panthers (4 – 12) 4. 49ers (5 – 11)

*Wild-card team Read more

Eric LeGrand Joins Rutgers' Radio Broadcast Team

Former Rutgers player Eric LeGrand is joining the Rutgers football broadcast booth.

LeGrand was paralyzed last year from the shoulder down after making a tackle against Army on a kickoff play. The 20-year-old is now an inspirational story as he’s determined to walk once again.

“I think it’s really cool,” head coach Greg Schiano said. “He’s going to do post (game), pre (game) and halftime. So we’re going to get our E-rock report.”

Giants-Jets Third Highest Preseason Game On NFL Network

Monday’s rescheduled preseason game between the New York Giants and Jets scored an average of 1.78 million viewers on NFL Network, the third highest viewership for a preseason game in the network’s history.

The 2011 NFL preseason has been a hit for NFL Network with six of the top 10 all-time most-watched preseason games on the network airing this year.

Row 44 Bringing Live MLB Games To Southwest

Southwest Airlines customers will soon be able to watch their favorite baseball team 30,000 feet in the air.

Row 44 Inc., Southwest’s in-flight broadband Internet provider, signed a deal with Major League Baseball that will allow the airline giant to stream audio and video broadcasts to passengers’ Wi-Fi enabled devices.

“Major League Baseball is such a part of the fabric of America — and has always been more than a professional sports organization,” said Howard Lefkowitz, Row 44′s chief commercial officer. “It is an honor that they’ve chosen to undertake this innovation with Row 44 — becoming the first sports league to offer in-flight live streaming video of its games. This partnership is the first in a series that underscore Row 44′s commitment to creating a unique broadband entertainment experience for our airline partners and their customers.”

Southwest is slated to have their entire fleet wired by 2013.

 

NBC To Air Every Olympic Event Live In Some Form

Busy day for 2012 Olympic news as NBC also announced Tuesday they will show every event live – including streaming raw video online.

NBC is still sticking to their backwards approach of airing taped competition during their primetime broadcasts, but at least the network is providing an alternative for those that want to watch the Games in real-time.

“That’s what our approach on the Olympics has been and what it will continue to be,” said Mark Lazarus, chairman of the NBC Sports Group.

Earlier today, NBC announced Jim Bell would serve as executive producer of the 2012 Olympics and Dick Ebersol would return to the network as a “senior adviser,” with a special focus on NBC’s NFL and Olympics coverage.

 

Bomani Jones' Farewell From The Morning Jones

Tuesday morning marks the final day of The Morning Jones on The Score Sirius 158.

Hosted by Bomani Jones, the sports radio host and Around the Horn regular shared his thoughts on the end of a successful 18-month run:

“On a personal level, it’s hard for me to be terribly sad. That’s largely because I know, when things are right, I’ll be able to work with everyone again. And, if things go as I hope they will eventually, we’ll be able to do the same thing we’ve been doing, just better.

The guys at Serious Sports, whom I’ve worked on videos with for the last two years, are still in Raleigh and still ready to work together. Shannon Penn and I can’t get together every Saturday morning, but we figured out how to get together to make those mockumentaries work. I’ll still hit Petey Green up for beats. Corey will one day be a big famous boxing commentator, and I’ll hope to still be relevant enough to, at the very least, book him as a guest. And Mike will still run the streets of Chicago.

Sacha, of course, will always be the kaaaaang. There’s always room for royalty. Read more

Ron Artest Will Compete In Dancing with the Stars

After back-and-forth rumors, Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest will compete in the 13th season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

Artest is still interested in playing for Cheshire Jets of the British Basketball League. If Artest really can’t dance like he claims, he will be free to play basketball by Oct. 1.

He will be joined by David Arquette, Chaz Bono, Elisabetta Canalis, Kristin Cavallari, Nancy Grace, Rob Kardashian, Carson Kressley, Ricki Lake, J.R. Martinez, Chynna Phillips and Hope Solo on the season premiere Sept. 19.

So much for getting those A-listers.

 

Sirius XM Radio Inks New College Deal

Sirius XM Radio will continue to be the home of all things college sports after the announcement of a multi-year broadcasting agreement Monday with Learfield Sports and IMG College.

SiriusXM will carry live regular season college football and men’s basketball games from the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Big East, Pac-12, and Army along with select broadcasts of women’s basketball, baseball and hockey. Read more

Detroit Lions Reporter Tom Kowalski Dies At 51

Detroit Lions reporter Tom Kowalski died suddenly Monday morning, according to his fiancee, Diane Wolan.

The 51-year-old Kowalski covered the Lions for Booth Newspapers and MLive.com. He was found unresponsive at his home and was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Kowalski started for Booth Newspapers in 1997 after covering the Lions for the Oakland Press. His last story for MLive.com was posted online Monday morning.

“My heart broke this morning when I heard the news. I love Tom Kowalski,” said Bill Emkow, executive editor at MLive.com. “He was my friend. I trusted him, and I know he trusted me. He is the first reporter that bought into what we were doing with MLive.com. I needed someone to buy into what we were doing online, and he was the huge star for Booth. I don’t know why he listened to me, but he helped make MLive what you know it as today.”

Jaime Jarrin Returning For His 54th Season In 2012

With Vin Scully announcing his return to the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday night, all eyes were on Spanish radio broadcaster Jaime Jarrin to see if he would return to the booth next season as well.

Just two days later, Jarrin announced he would return in 2012 for his 54th season as the Spanish voice of the Dodgers.

“The Dodgers have invited me back for another season, so you will have to be by my side again,” Jarrin told partner Fernando Valenzuela during Sunday’s Dodgers-Rockies game. “I love what I do. It’s something I love and it brings me great joy to work alongside you and Pepe Yniguez.”

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