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Video: Plaxico Burress On Real Sports

Plaxico Burress sits down with Bryant Gumbel on HBO’s Real Sports Tuesday to discuss the nightclub incident that landed the New York Jets wide receiver in jail for nearly two years.

I hope Burress actually took something away from his time behind bars and can succeed on the football field once more.

Sportswriters from Various Publications Propose New Website The Classical

A group of sportswriters with varied and impressive resumes are together hoping to launch a new daily web publication called The Classical, which “will deliver several regular columns, a host of quick, random goodness, and a fun, smart community for talking about the sports world….We will make no attempt to be comprehensive, or even to offer a reliable guide to the world of sport at a given moment. We will not try to be a smarter version of what you can find elsewhere. Instead, The Classical will be a running, wide-ranging conversation between us and our readers about baseball, basketball, soccer, football and fighting, and about things that aren’t sports, too. Our model in this regard is The Awl, a site for which many of us have written and which all of us love.”

The writers involved include Tim Marchman, who’s written for Sports llustrated; Bethlehem Shoals, who’s the co-founder of Free Darko and has written for GQ, Sports Illustrated and Deadspin; and Lang Whitaker, who is SLAM Magazine‘s editor-at-large.

The gist of this site will probably remind many of Bill Simmons‘ new website Grantland. Unlike Simmons’ vehicle, however, The Classical (origin of name unknown) is not flush with ESPN cash. In fact the site will only get moving if its raises $50,000 on Kickstarter by September 29. As of 1 p.m., $3K had been raised.

Good luck, folks.

HBO To Air 90-Minute Hard Knocks Special

Football fans won’t have five-weeks of Hard Knocks this summer, but HBO is airing a 90-minute special celebrating the past ten years of the sports documentary on Aug. 31 at 10:00 p.m.

“We know football fans are hungry for compelling NFL programming and we think they’ll love the 10th anniversary special,” said Rick Bernstein, executive producer, HBO Sports.

According to HBO, the Hard Knocks special will feature moments from previous seasons that featured the Baltimore Ravens (2001), Dallas Cowboys (2002, 2008), Kansas City Chiefs (2007), Cincinnati Bengals (2009), and the New York Jets (2010) along with new interviews and never-before-seen out-takes. An official title for the show will be announced in August.

“The first 10 years of Hard Knocks has been the ultimate fly-on-the-wall NFL training camp experience,” said Steve Sabol, president of NFL Films. “We look forward to taking a look back at those shows and reintroducing the fans to those characters who made the decade of Hard Knocks so memorable.”

 

Awful Announcing Down to Final Four to Succeed Joe Morgan

It’s down to the final four in Awful Announcing’s 32-person contest to decide who will succeed former Sunday Night Baseball announcer Joe Morgan on AA’s Mt. Rushmore of awful announcers, joining Pam Ward, Dick Vitale and Tim McCarver. On one side of the bracket we have Chris Berman versus Craig James, and on the other we have Colin Cowherd versus Joe Buck. (Is Cowherd really an announcer? He hosts an ESPN radio show and SportsNation, two programs that are eminently avoidable. He doesn’t cover live sporting events. That’s not to say he’s not awful, but he’s awful for other reasons.)

I think we can trace James’ presence in the final four to the controversy involving ESPN college football writer Bruce Feldman, who was “not” suspended by ESPN for ghostwriting Mike Leach‘s new book, Swing Your Sword, which was highly critical of ESPN’s coverage of Leach’s ouster at Texas Tech — a falling out that was directly related to Leach’s alleged treatment of James’ son, Adam.

Voting for the semifinals ends Wednesday.

FIFA: 1 Billion People Saw Part Of World Cup Final

FIFA announced Monday that the 2010 World Cup final was seen by at least 1 billion people.

FIFA research shows that 909.6 million television viewers watched at least one minute of the match between Spain and the Netherlands.

When you factor in fans who watched online and in public viewing places, that figure is more than 1 billion.

The 2008 Beijing Olympics opening ceremony retains its spot as the most-watched televised event in the world with 984 million people tuning in for at least part of the four-hour ceremony.

The 2010 FIFA World Cup was show in every single country and territory on Earth. Coverage of the competition reached over 3.2 billion people around the world (46.4 percent of the global population), based on viewers watching a minimum of over one minute of coverage. Those numbers are up eight percent compared to the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Read more

Video: Tiger Woods' New Japanese Commercial

While he’s not playing in The Open Championship next week, the endorsements are rolling back in for Tiger Woods.

And by endorsements, I mean for Vantelin Kowa, a Japanese pain relief sports cream.

 

NBA Players Locked Out, NBA.com Goes Old School

The NBA has locked out its players, and as a result NBA.com looks mighty different than usual. Picture pods that would normally feature Kobe Bryant or LeBron James instead feature NBA commissioner David Stern, along with some classic shots of John Stockton and the Milwaukee Bucks.

The headlines feature league officials, coaches and former players, but no current NBA stars are mentioned by name.

SBNation has a good roundup of what is on the team websites.

Red Sox Expand Into Spanish-Language Social Media

The Boston Red Sox yesterday became the seventh Major League Baseball team to create both Spanish Twitter and Facebook accounts, an effort to reach Spanish-speaking fans who follow a team that fields 11 Spanish-speaking players. The Sox also created a web page, RedSox.com/beisbol, that includes translations of stories from MLB.com, video interviews with players, segments from “El Reporte De Los Red Sox,” the team’s official weekly Spanish-language television show, and cultural events, the Boston Herald reports.

“Taking this communication online was the next logical step” to reach Spanish-speaking fans, said Susan Goodenow, Red Sox senior vice president of public affairs and marketing.

As of this morning, the new Twitter account – @RedSoxBeisbol – had 633 followers, and the Facebook page had 168 “likes.”

NHL Network, NESN To Broadcast Bruins Parade

The NHL Network will telecast NESN’s live HD coverage of the Boston Bruins’ Stanley Cup victory parade Saturday at 10 a.m. ET.

NHL.com will also stream the parade, which starts at TD Garden and ends at Copley Plaza in downtown Boston. NHL Network will show an encore presentation of the parade at 1 p.m. ET.

Starting Friday, the NHL Network will carry a special entitled Path to the Cup, which will broadcast each Bruins’ game in the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Read more

Wimbledon Finals To Be First 3D BBC Broadcast

The BBC will broadcast the men’s and women’s singles finals at the 2011 Wimbledon Championships live in 3D.

It will mark the first 3D broadcast in BBC history. The free-to-air broadcast will be available to anyone who has access to a 3D TV set and to BBC’s HD channel. Read more

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