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Vick documentary in works

Michael Vick has agreed to let Bombo Sports & Entertainment do a documentary about his life. Bombo CEO Bob Potter said the 70- to 90-minute biopic on Vick, who served time in federal prison for his involvement in a dog-fighting ring, will not gloss over the unsavory details of Vick’s past.

“I am a dog owner, so this won’t be a sugar-coating, but it should be a good film about an athlete who is fantastically talented and really polarizing at the same time,” Potter told Sports Business Daily.

Potter hopes the documentary, which does not yet have a director, can be released in time for the 2011 NFL season and perhaps air on ESPN.

Ratings For Stanley Cup Playoffs Off To Strong Start

The Stanley Cup Playoffs are off to a great start in the ratings category.

Versus set a network record by averaging 534,328 viewers during their opening night triple-header Wednesday. It was the best opening night in its six year of Stanley Cup Playoffs coverage and it was a 12 percent increase over last year.

North of the border, CBC saw a 29 percent increase over last year, averaging 1.58 million viewers for its two opening night playoff broadcasts.

Locally, Game 1 of Washington-New York posted a 6.2 rating on Comcast SportsNet in the D.C. market, the second-highest Capitals rating in network history. In Pittsburgh, Penguins-Lightning delivered a 16.2 rating on ROOT Sports and Red Wings-Coyotes earned a 9.4 on Fox Sports Detroit.

NBA Analyst Jalen Rose Returning To ESPN Saturday

ESPN/ABC NBA analyst Jalen Rose will make his return to the network Saturday.

He was suspended by the network following his DUI arrest last month in Michigan.

Rose will work the ESPN NBA studio show.

Rams Scout Charged With Public Nudity, Intoxication

Think you had a great night?

I bet you can’t top Luke Driscoll‘s Thursday evening.

The 33-year-old St. Louis Rams scout was arrested early Friday morning for urinating on a building in downtown Indianapolis.

According to Metro police, Driscoll exposed his genitals to a female officer and his speech was “very slurred’ at the time.

He was charged with public nudity and public intoxication.

CBS Sports, Turner Sports Unveil TV Schedule For 2011 March Madness Tournament

CBS and Turner Sports revealed the preliminary TV schedule for the 2011 March Madness tournament.

For the first time, games will be spread across four networks, with CBS, TBS, TNT and TruTV all airing games live.

To accommodate the new TV partners, games will have staggered start times, and expanded programming hours, encouraging viewers to flip to another game once the one they are watching ends. Games will start as early as noon ET, and continue live through midnight ET.

The Final Four and the National Championship will remain on CBS, while the First Four games will appear on Turner’s TruTV March 15 and 16.

Game and studio productions will be seamless across the networks, using the same talent lineup, graphics and music packages.

Much more information, including the schedule, is after the jump.

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Super Bowl XLV Most-Watched Show In U.S. Television History Among Hispanic Viewers

Tired of Super Bowl XLV stories yet?

Nope? Good.

Super Bowl XLV reached an average of 10.0 million Hispanic viewers on Fox, making it the most-watched show in U.S. television history among Hispanic viewers, according to The Nielsen Company.

The previous record holder was the 2010 World Cup Final between Spain vs. Netherlands with 8.95 million Hispanic viewers.

Super Bowl XLV is also the first Super Bowl to top the finale of the hit telenovela series Destilando Amor (8.88 million Hispanic viewers). Read more

ESPN Set To Invade Texas For Super Bowl XLV

ESPN will have more than 30 on-air commentators in Texas when the network kicks off its week-long Super Bowl XLV coverage on Monday.

Sundance Square in Ft. Worth, Texas, will be ESPN’s home away from home next week as they prepare for more than 90 hours of Super Bowl coverage of domestic television and 55 hours on ESPN Radio. ESPN International will also provide live coverage of the Super Bowl to more than 50 million households in 158 countries and territories.

Jim Rome is Burning, NFL Live, NFL Matchup, SportsCenter, SportsNation, and Sunday NFL Countdown will all originate from Texas throughout next week.

FOX 11 Reporter Crashes During Motocross Demo

FOX 11 reporter Phil Shuman learned the hard way this morning that he should leave the motocross to the professionals.

Shuman was reporting live from Dodger Stadium when he went for a ride and crashed (Jump ahead to about the 2:20 mark) on the downside of a hump … while on air.

Outside of a bruised shoulder (and ego), Shuman wasn’t seriously injured.

Will Anyone Watch College Gameday on Saturday?

ESPN’s College Gameday returns on Saturday with Tennessee’s women’s and men’s basketball teams taking on the Vanderbilt Commodores at 12 p.m. and 8 p.m., respectively. Here’s a question: Will anyone be watching, especially the men’s game?

The women’s game might draw okay ratings (for a women’s college bball game) because it has a couple things going for it. Tennessee is ranked No. 6. The game isn’t directly against the NFL playoffs. The women’s basketball audience is small, but presumably dedicated.

The men’s game, however, is another story completely. The Volunteers, who began the season ranked in the top 20, have struggled and aren’t very good. Their colorful coach, Bruce Pearl, will miss the game due to suspension. Vanderbilt is terrible.

But worst of all, the game will compete directly with the Green Bay Packers-Atlanta Falcons playoff game. If given the choice, any sports fan without an affiliation to Tennessee or Vanderbilt would watch that instead of a middling college basketball game.

Conclusion: Rece Davis, Jay Bilas, Digger Phelps, Hubert Davis, Bob Knight, Dan Shulman, and Dick Vitale will be talking to very few viewers. Not that it will change anything, of course.

NFL Owners Won't Be in the Poorhouse Anytime Soon

Forbes.com’s Maury Brown examines the claim of the NFL league office that it’s hard out there for an owner. His findings? Not really true.

Brown quotes colleague Kurt Badenhausen of Forbes SportsMoney, who writes, “The NFL has never been more profitable by our count with the average team earning $33 million in 2009 in operating profit (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) thanks to huge incomes for teams like the Cowboys, Patriots and Redskins.”

The rest of the facts don’t support the owners claims, either. Read more

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