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Update: TNT Pregame Show Will Be Moved Inside Following Fans' Run-In With Barkley

TNT has confirmed that the Tuesday’s Game 4 pregame show will be moved indoors following a contentious scene between fans and TNT analyst Charles Barkley during Sunday’s broadcast, when Barkley flipped off hecklers and one fan threw a towel at the outspoken Barkley.

“We are going to go inside,” a network representative told the Sun Sentinel, citing the logistical difficulties of such an open-air broadcast.

Barkley, speaking on WQAM Monday afternoon, appeared to welcome the confrontational approach.

“You know those people can yell and scream but they don’t have the hair on their (butt) to grab me,” he said. “They don’t have enough hair on their (butts) to walk up to me man to man and say, ‘Let’s do this.’

“All that yelling and screaming just makes me laugh, man.”

Barkley found Sunday’s scene amusing.

“They were telling me I suck,” he said. “They were telling me I never won a championship. Like, ‘Come on, give me something better than that, dude.’

“I always laugh at that statement, ‘You didn’t get a ring. ‘I’m like, dude, you work at McDonald’s. My life’s a lot better than yours. You relax.’ ”

Really, Charles? Making fun of people for working at McDonald’s? Undignified comment coming from the Round Mound of Rebound.

 

Atlanta Thrashers Not On The Radar Of The AJC

How big of a news story is the Atlanta Thrashers relocating to Winnipeg?

Not big enough to bump the Atlanta Braves, who got swept by the Arizona Diamondbacks, from the lead story on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution website.

Latest sports headlines?

It’s been real, Atlanta. Enjoy Winnipeg, Evander Kane.

[H/T SB Nation]

Ralph Lauren wins case vs. U.S. Polo Association's right to use horseman logo

Ralph Lauren‘s Polo logo has become so synonymous with his brand that the U.S. Polo Association has been denied the right to use a horseman logo in marketing its own products.

In a lawsuit filed in November, the USPA claimed that Ralph Lauren was ‘attempting to monopolize the depiction of the sport of polo’.

But federal judge Robert Sweet failed to find favour with the organisation, ruling that the USPA’s double horseman marque would cause ‘customer confusion’ when used with the word ‘polo.’

He noted that the first Polo Ralph Lauren fragrance went on sale in 1978, and that the logo and the words have been used in tandem in the company’s branding ever since.

He said: ‘There is…clearly room in our vast society for both the USPA parties and the PRL [Polo Ralph Lauren] parties to engage in licensing activities that do not conflict with one another, and nothing contained in this opinion should be construed as precluding such activities.

(Source: The Daily Mail-UK)

Heat-Bulls Game #2 Scores 7.4 Overnight Rating

Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals drew a 7.4 overnight rating Wednesday night on TNT. That overnight rating ties Sunday’s 7.4 overnight, which was the biggest cable TV audience for an NBA game.

Ratings are up 30 percent from Game 2 of last year’s Eastern Conference Finals between Boston and Orlando.

And in case you’re wondering if the city of Cleveland is interested in this series, 11.4 percent of the local households watched – - the third-highest rated market behind Chicago (24.6 percent) and Miami (22.4 percent).

 

Video: Finnish Hockey Announcer Marvels at Behind-the-Net Goal

During Friday’s IIHF World Championship game between Finland and Russia, Finland’s Mikael Granlund pulls off a stunning behind-the-net goal after lifting the puck, keeping it to his stick and slinging it past the Russian goalie. The Russian defenders are left wide-opened and gaping, while Finnish announcer Antero Mertaranta marvels at the shot. We think. We don’t speak Finnish, but he seems to be speaking the international language of “Holy crap!”

 

(H/T to Awful Announcing)

Spanish Press Out Ryan Giggs as Player Who Had Affair with Imogen Thomas

Manchester United’s Ryan Giggs was named by the Spanish press and other outlets as the married soccer player who had a longstanding affair with model Imogen Thomas, a revelation that a judge in the United Kingdom had barred from publication.

Unfortunately for Giggs, that provision doesn’t extend to publications in other countries.

As Deadspin reported yesterday, “The (British) tabloids who’ve had this for weeks and months are royally pissed that they don’t get the scoop, but then this is the same industry that’s in trouble for hacking the voicemails of celebrities, including Wayne Rooney. So, pick your sides.”

 

WatchESPN App Now Available On Android Devices

Starting today, the WatchESPN App is now available on Android phone and tablet devices to Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Verizon FiOS TV subscribers who receive ESPN’s linear networks as part of their video subscription.

The free App provides users with remote access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3.com. During college football and basketball seasons, ESPN Goal Line and ESPN Buzzer Beater will also be available.

The WatchESPN App first launched last month in the Apple Store for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

 

Boston vs. Miami Earns 4.5 Overnight Rating On TNT

TNT’s coverage of Game 2 between Boston vs. Miami earned a 4.5 overnight rating.

While the ratings were up 96 percent (2.3) from last year, Game 1 between Atlanta vs. Orlando was a 43-point blowout.

Locally, the game earned a 16.2 rating in Miami-Ft. Lauderdale and a 11.1 in Boston.

In the nightcap, Game 2 between Memphis vs. Oklahoma City drew a 3.7 overnight rating, which was higher than last year’s 3.6 for Game 2 of the Utah vs. Los Angeles Lakers broadcast.

Locally, the game earned a 19.6 rating in Memphis and an 18.8 in Oklahoma City.

[H/T Sports Media Watch]

Bruins announcer shouts at Habs player to “get up!”

Bruins announcer Jack Edwards makes no bones about rooting for his team. And when an opposing player takes a hit and — to Edwards’ thinking, anyway — lays down and tries to draw a penalty, that kind of gamesmanship will get the horns. Watch and listen as Edwards yells at the Habs’ Roman Hamrlik (best name in NHL history) to “get up!” after Hamrlik takes what Edwards consider a perfectly clean hit from the Bruins’ Michael Ryder.

(H/T Fang Bites)

CBS College Sports Network Is No Longer

Just a reminder that CBS College Sports Network officially rebrands today as CBS Sports Network.

CBS first announced the name change in February and plans to leverage its other sports properties with the network, including CBS Sports, Showtime Sports, CBSSports.com and MaxPreps.com.

The name change takes effect tonight with the Bracket Breakdown show, which airs immediately following the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship game broadcast on the CBS Television Network.

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