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Video: Michael Strahan Supports Gay Marriage

Fox Sports analyst and former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan is the latest athlete to film a video for the Human Rights Campaign in support of marriage equality.

“I have plenty of gay friends, and I don’t judge them,” Strahan told The New York Times. “I want them to have all the same rights I have, and all the opportunities I have to be in a relationship, a great relationship, with the person that they’re in love with.”

If someone wants to look at it that way, if it makes someone who is African-American feel more comfortable and want to join and get behind it, that’s great,” he added. “I look at it as a human rights type of situation more than anything else.”

 

 

Video: Stephen A. Smith Hints There's Something Going On With LeBron James' Personal Life

Here we go again.

Stephen A. Smith hinted Thursday morning that he heard something is going on in LeBron James‘ personal life, which might explain his poor outing in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

Sound familiar? *Cough, Gloria James, cough*

Based on Smith’s recent track record (he broke the LeBron story last year), you have to believe him at this point. But why bring it up if you aren’t willing to dive into the topic?

[H/T SportsGrid via The Big Lead]

 

Tiger's Agent Leaving IMG, Maybe Taking Star Client With Him

Tiger Woods‘ agent Mark Steinberg is leaving IMG, the global sports fashion and media company, and might be bringing his star client with him, the Wall Street Journal reports.

IMG has represented Woods since he became a professional, and Steinberg has guided the ascent to his perch as one of the world’s wealthiest and most marketable athletes. However, in the wake of an alleged sex scandal and divorce, Woods is far less profitable than he used to be when his annual income was roughly $100 million a year. Multiple companies have dropped their endorsement deals with him.

Meanwhile, a person familiar with the situation said Steinberg’s contract was set to expire next month and the company decided not to renew the contract. Steinberg was among the highest paid employees at IMG, with a salary topped only by that of the company’s chairman, Ted Forstmann.

Steinberg could not be reached for comment. Glen Greenspan, a spokesman for Woods, did not return a message seeking comment.

Steinberg can take Woods and Annika Sorenstam with him if he continues to work as an agent, but a non-compete agreement will prevent him from taking other IMG clients, according to a person close to the situation.

 

Sirius XM Radio Adds Three Local ESPN Radio Shows

Starting today, Sirius XM Radio subscribers can hear three of ESPN’s biggest local sports talk shows.

ESPN New York’s Mike Lupica Show and Michael Kay Show along with ESPN Chicago’s Waddle and Silvy can be heard of Sirius channel 93 and XM channel 210.

“New York and Chicago are two of America’s greatest sports hubs and fans of these cities’ teams reside all over the country,” said Steve Cohen, SiriusXM’s SVP of Sports Programming. “Whether it’s the Bulls’ run through the playoffs, Yankees and Mets baseball, or another local team making headlines, there is a constant sports buzz in these two cities. That makes for excellent sports talk, and we’re thrilled to be able to offer these great shows to all of our listeners, allowing them to follow the local story lines all year long.”

 

New York Mets Catcher Quits Twitter Due To Fans

If Josh Thole of the New York Mets thought the media in the Big Apple was critical, think again.

The struggling catcher quit Twitter this week after fans took to the social media tool to express their feelings on his slow start.

“I thought this was supposed to be fun,” Thole told The Star-Ledger Wednesday. “They’re ruthless on there.”

The tweets ranged from the usual colorful name-calling to my personal favorite – - hitting advice.

Based on his .239 average and .577 on-base-plus-slugging percentage, Thole could use all the advice he can get at this point.

[H/T Larry Brown Sports]

 

Jim Bowden Returns To ESPN As SweetSpot Blog Analyst

Former MLB general manager Jim Bowden is returning to ESPN.

Bowden will write for ESPN.com’s SweetSpot Blog Network and provide multimedia analysis across ESPN’s digital platforms. He will also be a contributor to ESPNLosAngeles.com.

Bowden was the youngest GM in MLB history when the Cincinnati Reds hired him at age 31.

After a stint at ESPN, Bowden returned to baseball as the first GM of the Washington Nationals, where he remained until the 2009 season.

Bowden will continue to co-host his Inside Pitch radio show on Sirius XM satellite radio.

 

 

Video: Rex Ryan's cameo on 'CSI: New York'

Jets head coach Rex Ryan and Jets general manager Mike Tanenbaum make a cameo on this Friday’s episode of “CSI: New York.” Neither embarrass themselves during this segment, but the best line definitely belongs to show star Gary Sinise, who ends the encounter by saying to a colleague, “Let’s go get a snack,” a nod to Ryan’s notorious tagline from HBO’s “Hard Knocks” series.

(H/T to Bob’s Blitz)

NBC chairman Ebersol joins NHL commish Bettman for Sirius talk

NBC Chairman Dick Ebersol will be today’s guest on NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman on NHL.com and SIRIUS XM Radio at 6 p.m. ET. The two will discuss the 10-year television deal that the league signed with NBC earlier this week.

“There is absolutely nothing that fits the NBC Sports Group better on all platforms than the National Hockey League, between the national cable rights, the broadcast rights and the digital rights,” Ebersol said during an NHL conference call yesterday.

NBC will televise 100 regular season games per year, and then (for the time ever) provide fans with national distribution of all Stanley Cup playoff games, including exclusive coverage starting with the conference semifinals.

(Source: Fox News)

It's Opening Day! What Are You Watching?

It is Major League Baseball’s Opening Day, and we have the iPad loaded with MLB.com’s At Bat app ready to go here in the SportsNewser office.

Which games are you watching? And what channels are you watching them on? Let us know about your baseball-related sports media thoughts in the comments.

Below, check out ESPN’s lineup of Opening Day games today

1 p.m. Detroit at N.Y. Yankees
4 p.m. San Diego at St. Louis
8 p.m. San Francisco at L.A. Dodgers

Boxing Announcer Nick Charles Calls His Final Fight

Boxing announcer Nick Charles called his final broadcast Saturday for HBO, working alongside Bob Papa in the Mikey Garcia vs. Matt Remillard fight on Boxing After Dark.

Charles, 64, is battling Stage 4 bladder cancer and reportedly only has weeks to live. Thanks to Joe Posnanski‘s story in Sports Illustrated on Charles, it opened the door for one last opportunity to call a fight.

HBO boxing executive producer Rick Bernstein read the story about Charles and told HBO Sports president Ross Greenburg he was going to use him on the BAD card.

“Why am I doing this tonight? To inspire others to do what you love,” Charles said during the telecast.

A touching moment to say the least.

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