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Woody Paige Apologizes for 'Mistake' in Lifting Quotes from Sports Business Journal

Woody Paige of The Denver Post and ESPN’s Around the Horn apologized Tuesday for lifting quotes and descriptions without attribution from an April article in Sports Business Journal that were included in Paige’s Sunday column in The Denver Post.

“It was not done maliciously or to take credit for something I didn’t do,” Paige told Michael Roberts of Denver Westword Blogs. However, he adds, “It was my mistake.”

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Shaquille O'Neal Introduces The World To Tout

Shaquille O’Neal introduced the world to Tout.com Wednesday, when the veteran center announced his retirement from the NBA via their social media platform.

The iPhone app allows users to record 15-second video messages that are pushed through through Twitter, Facebook, SMS and email.

“In addition to being one of the greatest basketball players of our time, Shaquille O’Neal is one of the savviest social media influencers out there,” said Michael Downing, founder and CEO of Tout. “We were thrilled that he instantly understood the potential of Tout. Shaq now effectively has his own real-time media network through Tout, instantly updating his nearly four million Twitter followers and two million Facebook fans, determining the programming solely with his iPhone.” Read more

Kevin McHale Leaving Turner Sports For Houston Rockets Head Coaching Gig

NBA TV/TNT analyst Kevin McHale is leaving the studio and making another run as an NBA head coach.

McHale has agreed in principle to become head coach of the Houston Rockets.

“I really enjoyed spending the last two years with Turner Sports, bringing the best NBA coverage possible to the viewers at home,” said McHale. “Even though I’m moving back to the bench I’ll still watch my friends on NBA TV and TNT. Turner’s commitment to the NBA is part of the reason why the league is so special, and I look forward to seeing many of my former colleagues in the future.”

McHale joined the Turner crew in 2009 following his departure from the Minnesota Timberwolves. Read more

Twitter Tiff Among Sportswriters After SI's Tressel Story

In the wake of George Dohrmann‘s Sports Illustrated story about the downfall of Jim Tressel at Ohio State, writers including Jason Whitlock of Fox Sports, Chris Jones of Esquire and Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated weighed in on Twitter, with Whitlock saying, “Sounds like SI Ohio State story is same-old same-old…Typical slave-catcher investigation. Stop the presses.”

Slave-catcher? Who exactly are the slaves here? The mediocre wide receivers like Ray Small who get free educations at Ohio State and trade memorabilia for cash and favors? And who are the slave-catchers? The reporters investigating these players? Eesh. It’s not exactly likening Tiki Barber to Anne Frank, but….

Whitlock wasn’t done, writing, “This is laughable watching SI pretend it brought down Jim Tressel and unearthed something shocking.”

I don’t know, a media outlet marketing its own timely story? Ca-razy?

Esquire‘s Chris Jones took exception to Whitlock’s ranting, saying, “Hilarious that @whitlockjason is shitting on the Tressel story. Man wouldn’t know breaking news if it was asleep on the couch next to him.”

Business Insider has a rundown of the entertaining volleys.

Jones, you might remember, said this about Whitlock back in January on his personal blog: “Well, here’s the stone-cold truth, kids: Jason Whitlock has no soul. He’s neither a good reporter nor a good writer. He’s a bloviator who’s somehow carved out a niche for himself as a kind of anti-establishment figure by making references to The Wire and pretending he’s the second coming of Ralph Wiley, when Ralph Wiley would be fucking mortified to be associated with Whitlock’s brand of self-serving buffoonery.”

In short, Whitlock and Jones do not go bowling together.

 

Video: This Is SportsCenter: Joey Votto

ESPN’s “This Is SportsCenter” commercials will never get old.

Another great spot – - this time starring Joey Votto and Mr. Red.

Exclusive: The Ecstasy Of Defeat Cover Revealed

First on SportsNewser: The Onion is releasing The Ecstasy of Defeat this October and SportsNewser has an exclusive first-look at the finalized cover. Published by Hyperion, the book is a collection of the most memorable Onion sports articles, from the classics to recent news stories such as, “Andy Pettitte Retires To Inject HGH Without Being Harassed About It,” as well as “‘And Now For a Thrilling Tennis Season,’ Nobody In Nation Says.”

 

 

Despite Sweep, New York Playoff Run Ratings Success

The New York Knicks might have tanked on the court against the Boston Celtics, but they were a slam dunk in the ratings category.

Game 4 between the Celtics-Knicks earned a 5.0 overnight rating, 9 percent higher than last year’s Sunday 3:30 p.m. game between Cleveland and Chicago. It was the highest-rated sports show of the day.

The three playoff games that were carried on MSG Network (Game 4 was an exclusive ABC telecast) averaged a 2.96 household rating, up 96 percent (1.51) from the Knicks last postseason appearance in 2004.

And Then They Turned Red Bull Arena Into a Snowboard Park

Well that’s pretty neat. Thanks @wiredplaybook.

NBC Sports Announces New Executive Leadership Team

NBC Sports Group Chairman Dick Ebersol announced the new executive leadership team for his newly formed group, which consists of NBC Sports, Golf Channel, VERSUS, 11 Comcast SportNets and their digital assets.

Former Turner Entertainment Group President Mark Lazarus was hired as President of NBC Sports Cable Group and will report directly to Ebersol. While at Turner Sports, Lazarus was responsible for the network’s acquisition of the rights to the NBA, NASCAR, MLB playoffs, Wimbledon and the British Open.

“People are the most important part of any organization and the experience, talent and leadership ability of this group is second to none,” said Ebersol. “As we formed the new NBC Sports Group by combining the storied history and broad reach of NBC Sports with Comcast’s 24/7 ability to super-serve the fan, it was imperative to create a leadership team that possessed a wide array of experience and expertise across the business. I could not be happier with this group of collaborative leaders and I feel that our division is well positioned going forward.”

Below is the breakdown of the entire NBC Sports executive leadership team: Read more

Is LeBron Responsible For NBA Ratings Increase?

Is LeBron James responsible for the increase in television ratings during the 2010-11 NBA season?

While NBA commissioner David Stern thinks so, the Miami Heat forward disagrees.

“I think it’s great,” James said. “Another NBA season, another great year for everyone. Everyone that’s a part of it. You’ve seen fans love the game of basketball once again. So if I had anything to do with it, which I don’t; there’s too many players, there’s so many great players I don’t think individually I had anything to do with it. Just trying to do my part.”

You’re far too modest, LeBron. Read more

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