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Armen Keteyian Returning To HBO's Real Sports

Armen Keteyian is returning to the monthly HBO Sports magazine program Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel on April 19 as a corespondent.

Keteyian has spent the last five years exclusively at CBS News and will continue in his role as chief investigative correspondent.

“Armen is a world-class journalist who made significant contributions to REAL SPORTS for almost ten years,” said Rick Bernstein, executive producer, HBO Sports. “We are thrilled to have him returning to the show.”

Keteyian was a contributor on Real Sports from 1997-2006, where he won two Sports Emmy awards. In 1999, Keteyian received a Sports Emmy for his segment on the public financing of Chase Field in Arizona and in 2002 for his profile on Amar’e Stoudemire.

Ratings Down For Opening Day Coverage Of Masters

Thursday’s coverage of the 2011 Masters Tournament on ESPN Thursday averaged 2,550,000 viewers with a 2.1 rating based on fast nationals, according to the Nielsen Company.

Ratings was down sharply from last year’s 4,936,000 viewers and 4.0 national household rating, which featured the return of Tiger Woods.

“What happened last year was an anomaly,” said John Wildhack, ESPN executive vice president, programming acquisition and strategy. “Tiger’s return was not just sports page news, but front page news around the world.”

Heidi Watney Might Want To Sample The Food First

NESN reporter Heidi Watney is clearly not a fan of chicken and waffles.

I wonder what Bill Simmons thinks about this clip … oh wait, the Red Sox haven’t won a game yet.

[H/T The Big Lead]

John Sterling: The King Of The Home-Run Call

Love him or hate him, New York Yankees announcer John Sterling has a unique style that helps him stand out from other radio broadcasters.

When Suzyn Waldman isn’t cutting him off in the booth, Sterling is probably belting out one of his many trademark home-run calls.

New York magazine breaks down the seven type of home run calls from Sterling:

1. RHYMES
Sterling tends to rely on rhyming when presented with a boring name that he can’t really work with: Russell Martin, Andruw Jones, etc. Having said that, Brett Gardner – whose last name is an actual word – deserves better, don’t you think?
Examples:
• “Russell has muscle!” (Russell Martin)
• “Robbie Cano, don’cha know?” (Robinson Cano) Read more

The Road To Wrestlemania 28 Has Already Started

Vince McMahon has done it again.

Less than 24 hours after his marquee pay-per-view, Wrestlemania 27, the main event for Wrestlemania 28 was announced on Monday Night Raw.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will compete for the first time since 2004 when he takes on the babyface John Cena from Sun Life Stadium in Miami.

In Vince’s eyes, it’s never too early to start promoting Wrestlemania, so “The Rock” appeared on The Tonight Show Tuesday to discuss his upcoming (and by upcoming, I mean April 1, 2012) match against Cena.

Derek Jeter Tops MLB's Best Selling Jersey List

For the first time ever, Major League Baseball has released their best selling jersey sales for 2010.

The NBA and NFL have released their jersey sales info for years now, but MLB held out until this year.

Darren Rovell of CNBC has the Top 10 list, which was recorded by Majestic, the official jersey maker for MLB.

10. Tim Linceum

9. Alex Rodriguez Read more

The Fab Five Is A Slam Dunk For ESPN Films

ESPN’s The Fab Five earned a 2.1 rating, making it the network’s highest rated documentary to date, according to the Nielsen Company.

The two-hour look at the University of Michigan basketball team of the early 1990s was seen by an average of 2,088,000 households and 2,746,000 viewers (P2+).

The Fab Five topped Pony Exce$$ and The U, which both posted a 1.8 rating.

The Fab Five captured the essence of the ESPN Films’ mission as we launch a new series of documentaries following the excellence established by the acclaimed ’30 for 30′ initiative,” said Keith Clinkscales, ESPN senior vice president, ESPN Enterprises. “Our director Jason Hehir, capably worked with our own Jalen Rose and Executive producer Connor Schell‘s team to deliver an unfiltered look at the team that changed college basketball forever.”

ESPN Is So Powerful it Can Turn Back Time

On March 4, ESPN posted a press release announcing events that happened on March 3. That’s power, folks.

WWE Raw Coming To Brazil Starting March 2

World Wrestling Entertainment and Esporte Interativo have agreed to a one-year agreement that will bring WWE RAW to Brazilian Free TV beginning on March 2.

Esporte Interativo is Brazil’s largest sports channel and will bring the WWE’s longest-running TV program to more than 33 million television households in Brazil.

“This new agreement is part of WWE’s further extension into Latin America with Brazil being the linchpin,” said Andrew Whitaker, Executive Vice President of International for WWE. “We look forward to working with Esporte Interativo in bringing the WWE brand to viewers in Brazil.”

NBC and the Olympics, Continued

When we last checked on NBC and the Olympics, the general consensus was that the Peacock would keep the Games.

Now, however, it sounds like that might not be the case. In a Thursday conference call, Steve Burke, the new CEO of NBC Universal, mentioned that the network would have to be smart about its spending, pointing out that the Vancouver Games cost NBC around $220 million.

“We’re here to be disciplined,” he said. “Our job is to increase value.” Read more

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