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Friday's NCAA Ratings Up 17 Percent From 2010

Friday’s coverage of the NCAA Tournament regional semi-finals on TBS and CBS delivered an overnight household rating/share of 7.6/14, up 14 percent from a 6.5/12 from last year’s CBS Sports coverage, according to Nielsen. It’s the highest rating for a Friday regional semi-finals in the metered markets since a 7.8/14 in 2005.

While the first telecast window of games only combined to earn a 5.9/11, the second window delivered a 9.2/16, up 30 percent from a 7.1/13 last year.

The overall tournament average-to-date in the metered markets is a 6.6/14, up 18 percent from a 5.6/12 for CBS Sports’ 2010 coverage according to Nielsen.

Sierra Leone's New Jersey Is Either Amazing or Absolutely, 100 Percent Terrible

As we saw earlier this week, soccer jersey sponsorship is big business.

Which leads us to Sierra Leone’s new kits, designed by Hummel. They are either wonderfully wonderful or tragically awful. You really can’t be ambivalent about them.

Look at that lion! It’s like a graphic found on a Cheap Gametime Beer in the Thursday afternoon Dick Joke Jamboroo, no?

Perhaps the better question: Where would they rank on a list of Oregon’s football uniforms?

NBC Shuffles Versus Lineup

Versus is jumping on board with the renewed interest in hockey, expanding coverage and generally putting in a good shift.

The Comcast outlet, however, is seeing some changes now that the NBC brass are involved. The latest: No. 2 play-by-play man Joe Beninati is out.

The news sparked anger in the Washington D.C. area, but Beninati will remain Washington Capitals play-by-play man on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic.

Mike Emrick remains the network’s No. 1 choice, while “inside the glass” reporter Pierre McGuire will join Versus’ coverage from the Peacock.

The SportsNewser Interview: Frank Deford

Tuesday night on HBO’s Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel, corespondent and legendary sports writer Frank Deford profiles University of Connecticut women’s basketball head coach Geno Auriemma.

Auriemma has developed quite the reputation over the years as being a fiery coach. Deford hopes his feature on the Huskies coach will show that there’s more to Auriemma than meets the naked eye.

Deford chatted with SportsNewser the weekend on his role at HBO and his outspoken comments on the now infamous trick play at Driscoll Middle School.

SportsNewser: What can people expect from your report on Geno Auriemma?

Frank Deford: I think it’s a look at Auriemma. I think most people see him, as they do so many coaches, when he’s on the court. He looks like a very frenetic fellow then. What we have tried to point out is there’s many more layers to Geno Auriemma than what you see on the court. If you think about it, it would be hard for him to continue to get players, especially young women, if he were some nutcase. In fact, the players like him a great deal and find him to be almost an uncle type figure.

How much time did you spend with Auriemma?
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NFL Broadcast Teams For Week 10

Things are looking bleak for fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Sunday’s home game against the Carolina Panthers will be blacked out, and the team has said all eight home games — and potentially even a home playoffs game — could be blacked out as well.

Paging Roger Goodell

Also blacked out this weekend is Buffalo hosting Detroit. And really, can you blame Bills fans at this point?

Below are the broadcast teams for Week 10 of, “Where In The World is Gus Johnson?” Read more

What If San Francisco Threw a Parade and Everyone Got to March?


Or maybe that’s just how it seemed.

San Francisco Giants49ers fans lined the streets today for the World Series parade. At least, those Giants supporters who weren’t allowed to participate in the parade. Quite honestly it seemed like everyone from season ticket holders and KNBR 680 employees to the Emerald Nuts mascot and a bunch of UPS drivers got involved. And, of course, Tim Lincecum. It was absurd. Also, awesome. This is one happy city. And new hats. So many people with new Giants hats.

Some highlights after the jump. Read more

NFL Looking Into Deadspin Report On Brett Favre

The NFL said on Friday it’s looking into a report published on Deadspin involving quarterback Brett Favre during his stint with the New York Jets.

The self-proclaimed “Woodward and Bernstein of athlete dong,” published a video on Thursday that included voice mails and nude photos allegedly from Favre to Jenn Sterger, co-host of The Daily Line on Versus and a former Jets employee.

According to Deadspin, the voice mails and pictures were acquired from a third party and Sterger, for obvious reasons, doesn’t want to discuss the topic.

“We are reviewing the matter,” said NFL league spokesman Greg Aiello.

Leave it to a New York Post reporter to bring up the Deadspin report to Favre during the end of his weekly press conference on Thursday. Read more

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