“First, says Rose, his comments about Duke preferring to recruit “Uncle Tom’ African-American athletes were said from his former perspective as a high school athlete; not as a 38-year old man. He’s irritated that one comment is overshadowing the rest of the documentary.
“I know a lot of people are trying to circumvent a great documentary that was two hours of quality content and paraphrase a statement that I made and look at the headline but not read the story. That’s basically when I talked about my recruiting as a high school student as it related to Duke. I just want to make sure I verify how I felt about that. I was clearly talking about a framework from 1991-1993, not about 2011.” Read more
Lakers vs. Heat was the third most watched game on cable this season in total viewers, households and ratings, trailing only Miami vs. Boston on Opening Night (7.3 million total viewers, 4.6 U.S. HH rating) and Miami vs. Cleveland on Dec. 2 (7.1 million total viewers, 4.2 U.S. HH rating).
In the nightcap of TNT’s doubleheader, New York vs. Dallas delivered 2.4 million viewers and a 1.6 U.S. HH rating.
Packer was on Sports Radio 610 in Texas Friday morning and the topic of Barkley came up:
“I would have no problem debating Charles Barkley [on college basketball] … I have probably forgotten more about college basketball … than Charles Barkley ever knew existed.”
That’s the best you could come up with?
Barkley has already admitted his college basketball shortcomings. C’mon, Billy.
[H/T The Big Lead]
Most folks are split down the middle on Cam Newton‘s future in the NFL.
ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper did just that on Wednesday while hosting a conference call with the media.
“He was a one-year wonder. Akili Smith was a one-year wonder,” Kiper said.” “If you hit (on Newton), you could have a sensational quarterback for ten years. (But) if you miss, it sets you back three, four, five years.”
In case you need a refresher on how bad Smith was, the former No. 3 overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft was 3-14 as a starting quarterback and his touchdown-to-interception was 5:13.
Jeez, Mel. Tell us how you really feel about Cam.
On March 4, ESPN posted a press release announcing events that happened on March 3. That’s power, folks.
The cat is out of the bag for tonight’s reveal of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover on the Late Show With David Letterman.
“I saw it from my office window,” Wardlaw told the Huffington Post. “I work at a media agency called Starcom Worldwide. They unveiled the billboard for a few minutes to tape it for the Letterman Show and then covered it back up. I guess they didn’t cover it fast enough!”
Happy Valentine’s Day, fellas.
The best soccer team in the world is reupping with the sport’s most dominant brand. Spain and Adidas agreed to extend their partnership through December 2018.
The apparel company, which has outfitted La Roja for the past 30 years, has gotten good marketing value for its money as Spain prevailed in the 2008 European Championship as well as the 2010 World Cup.
“We are very proud and excited to announce the extension of our successful partnership with the RFEF,” Adidas CEO Herbert Hainer said in a statement. “Adidas is the global leader in football and Spain is currently the strongest team in the world which makes this partnership a perfect fit.”
Did the National Football League start losing the lockout rhetoric war with its treatment of those 1,250 fans on Super Bowl Sunday?
On some level, the battle between the league and the Players Union will come down to which side can persuade the fans it has a better case. (Yes, this is all about money, but the fans can exude some level of pressure to get a deal done as well.) If that’s the case, the NFL’s case took a hit on Sunday.
William Rhoden warns the behemoth, writing:
You can disrespect fans only so much before they turn on you. A few more episodes like what happened in Arlington, coupled with a nasty lockout and the newly fashionable personal seat licenses, and the N.F.L. empire could begin a decline in popularity.
While that argument falls flat, the league is treading on thin ice. Read more
“This is the first step to Stephen A getting back in the ESPN family, which means he’ll will also be doing television at some point,” a source told Raissman.
Smith left his radio gig at Fox Sports Radio at the end of last year. He previously hosted a radio show on ESPN 1050 with Brandon Tierney between 2005-2008.
While a return to radio wouldn’t be a huge surprise for the brash and outspoken Smith, I’m curious to see in what capacity ESPN would use him on television.
Too bad Rasho Nesterovic isn’t still in the NBA.
Bill Simmons is engaged in a marathon chat right now on ESPN.com. He’s taking the typical questions about the NFL conference championships, the NBA, and various pop culture themes, but a couple readers asked about the 30 for 30 series and where it’s going. Some of the information is out there in various places, but some was new to us.
The collected facts below.
We have some superior projects in the works right now – our goal is to run between 6-8 sports docs per year on par with the best “30 for 30″ docs. And there are so many good ideas and good filmmakers that I think we can pull it off. Four good ones that I can mention are definitely coming down the pike: The Fab Five, Bartman, Renee Richards and the 86 Masters. The Bartman one is going to be incredible.
Scott in Phoenix said he’d like to see a documentary on the Portland Jail Blazers. Read more