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ESPN Hires Former Cavs Coach Mike Brown

Former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown is the latest addition to the ESPN roster.

Brown has been hired as a NBA analyst and will begin his television stint on Christmas Day for the New York-Chicago telecast on ESPN 3D.

He will also contribute as an ESPN studio analyst throughout the season.

MNF Posts Fifth-Highest Rating of the Season

That headline really says it all, yeah?

ESPN’s Monday Night Football broadcast between the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears earned a “10.8 overnight rating on ESPN Monday night, up 28 percent from Week 15 last year.

You can thank Brett Favre for all that jazz.

The broadcast played strongly in the home markets of the two teams. “The ESPN telecast drew a 15.6 rating in Minneapolis-St. Paul and a 14.2 in Chicago. As usual, the game was simulcast on local broadcast affiliates in both markets, earning a 32.9 on Minneapolis ABC affiliate KSTP and a 26.5 on Chicago ABC affiliate WLS.”

The Top 20 Sports Streaks

In honor of Brett Favre (must we still talk about him?), TampaBay.com’s Tom Jones takes a look at the 20 greatest steaks in sports. He has the traditional ones – Joe DiMaggio, Orel Hershiser, the Boston Celtics, the Los Angeles Lakers – but two caught our eye:

8. UCLA basketball’s 88-game winning streak – The Bruins’ streak from Jan. 23, 1971, to Jan. 19, 1974, includes three national championships. The 1975-76 Indiana Hoosiers are the last team to go undefeated in a season. With deeper competition and longer NCAA Tournaments, it’s against the odds that any men’s team can go through one season undefeated again, let alone nearly three.

And then, way down there:

20. UConn’s 88-game (and counting) winning streak – I’m sure I’ll get angry comments, but this almost didn’t make the list. The reason: Women’s college basketball isn’t that deep. It has only 15 or 20 really good programs. But to UConn’s credit, it is beating the other top programs, and to be fair, no other program has racked up this many victories in a row. In the end, this streak is not as impressive as the UCLA men’s 88-game winning streak, because UCLA faced much better competition more consistently. But please save the angry comments. After all, this streak did make the list.

Cue the yelling.

LeBron Earns Warm Welcome On The NY Back Pages

Welcome to New York, LeBron.

New York Knicks-Boston Celtics Stunner Delivers MSG Its Best Ratings Since 2001

Last night’s NBA matchup between the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics was one of the best games to watch all season. If you missed it, it was capped with a stunning last second shot by Paul Pierce to give the Celtics the lead with 4/10 of a second remaining, followed by three-pointer that would have given the Knicks the win, had it not been beaten by the buzzer by a fraction of a second.

While the game may have ended with a Knicks loss, it was still sweet for MSG, which saw its highest ratings for a Knicks game since October 31, 2001–When Michael Jordan made his return to the NBA with the Washington Wizards.

The game on MSG averaged a 3.61 household rating, or 271,303 homes. Combined with ESPN’s telecast, it averaged a 6.27 household rating in the New York market.

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Mike Vick Lands His First Commercial Endorsement Since His Release From Prison

Michael Vick landed his first commercial endorsement since he was released from federal prison in 2008.

The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback appears in a commercial spot for for Woodbury Nissan in Woodbury, N.J.

According to Tom McMenamin, executive manager of the dealership, the customers “love the spot,” but admits that he was “hesitant” at first. Read more

New York Jets-New England Patriots Draws 16.5 Million to ESPN's 'Monday Night Football'

The ESPN “Monday Night Football” matchup between the New York Jets and New England Patriots was the top program on all of television for the evening. The game drew 16.5 million total viewers and an 11.6 household rating.

That is up from the season average for “MNF” so far, which is averaging a 10.4 household rating and 14.365 million total viewers.

The high ratings Monday are despite the fact that the game was a blowout, with the Patriots crushing the Jets 45-3 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough Massachusetts.

Have You Seen Lee Corso's Head?

It was only a matter of time before a group of college students found the courage to steal one of Lee Corso‘s Gameday props.

ESPN told Oregon State officers that Corso’s giant head had gone missing Saturday afternoon during the Oregon State-Oregon game in Corvallis.

“ALERT: The Lee Corso Gm Day mascot head was stolen in Corvallis..a bad way to end our 1st visit..if u took it, or know who did, plz return,” tweeted ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews on Sunday. “”This isn’t the way we want to remember @GameDayFootball 1st trip Corvallis..be cool Oregon St, and get it back to the show..Stay classy.” Read more

NFL Ratings Continue to Score

What do you get when you combine good teams, big markets, and late drama? Another win for networks broadcasting the NFL.

Both NBC’s Sunday Night Football featuring the Philadelphia Eagles against the New York Giants and CBS’ Indianapolis Colts-New England Patriots game saw ratings jump more than 10 percent from 2009.

The nighttime match up earned the Peacock a 15.9/24 overnight rating, an increase of 31 percent over last year’s Week 11 game (Eagles-Bears, 12.1/19), while the afternoon tilt scored a 16.7/30, “up 12 percent from last year’s 14.9/28 in the metered markets.” (On the year, CBS is averaging 12.8/25, up 10 percent from 2009.)

The Eagles-Giants fixture was the fourth-highest SNF telecast ever, trailing two from earlier this season and the all-time winner, last year’s Giants-Dallas Cowboys game that opened Dallas Cowboys Stadium.

So the US Open Online Is Wonderful

So, because I’m a blogger, I’m in a coffeeshop. An hour ago, a friend emailed me: “The Bagh-man is about to try to break Clement’s serve. Tune in!” Translation: Marcos Baghdatis – the most exciting, charismatic tennis player no one has ever heard of – is in a battle. And there’s nothing better than a Baghdatis dogfight. Appointment viewing. But where? I have a prime seat by the window. I’m not giving that up.

Enter USOpen.org. Read more

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