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Indiana Pacers Broadcaster Suffers Heart Attack

Indiana Pacers radio analyst Bob “Slick” Leonard suffered a heart attack on Sunday night in New York after the Pacers vs. Knicks game.

The 78-year-old Leonard was rushed to a New York hospital where he received two stents.

According to the Indiana Pacers, he’s in good condition and is expected to return to Indianpolis later this week.

No Deal: NFLPA Decides To Decertify

The NFL Players Association announced today it has informed the NFL, NFL clubs and other necessary parties that it has renounced its status as the exclusive collective bargaining representative of the players of the National Football League.

The NFLPA will move forward as a professional trade association with the mission of supporting the interests and rights of current and former professional football players.

Happy Friday, folks.

Cris Carter, ESPN Discussing New Contract

While the NFL and NFLPA are in the midst of negotiations, ESPN and analyst Cris Carter are in the middle of their own talks.

Carter’s contract with the network is up and the two sides are discussing a new deal.

“ESPN has extended an offer for Cris to continue on NFL Countdown, and we are currently in negotiations,” Maury Gostfrand of Vision Sports Group told the USA Today.

If you’re the NFL Network, do you make a run at Carter?

It can’t hurt, right?

Bus Carrying West Indian Cricket Team Stoned by Angry Fans


The West Indies posted a nine-wicket win over host nation Bangladesh in the Cricket World Cup. Then things got ugly as Bangladeshi supporters stoned a bus carrying the West Indian team.

Chris Gayle, the captain of the victorious squad, provided some commentary while it was happening.

Amazingly, the Bangladesh fans were actually looking for their own countrymen.

“The fans thought that the bus was carrying the Bangladeshi cricket team,” a source told Metro.co.uk. “They were angry with the Bangladeshi team. … No-one has been arrested so far.”

You can send flowers to the West Indies squad if you’re feeling so inclined.

ESPN'S NBA Telecast Beats ABC's

According to Sports Media Watch, Sunday night’s New York Knicks-Miami Heat game earned a 3.3 overnight rating while Sunday afternoon’s Los Angeles Lakers-Oklahoma Thunder tilt checked in at just 2.9.

Why is that unusual?

Well, the former game was shown on cable (ESPN), while the latter took place on network television (ABC). Normally, network broadcasts far outstrip their cable counterparts. Combine that with Sunday night’s Oscars, and it’s surprising that so many people watched the Knicks-Heat.

Both overnights were well ahead of last season, however. Everyone wins.

MLB.com Pulls Quote From Mark Buehrle About Michael Vick

MLB.com published a story on Wednesday about Chicago White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle being passionate about animal rights.

When the topic of quarterback Michael Vick came up, Buehrle didn’t hold back on his thoughts.

“He had a great year and a great comeback, but there were times where we watched the game and I know it’s bad to say, but there were times where we hope he gets hurt,” Buehrle said. “Everything you’ve done to these dogs, something bad needs to happen to these guys.”

Buehrle’s quote though mysteriously disappeared from the story after it was published, leaving many to wonder if the quote was off-the-record or if someone from the White Sox (or Major League Baseball) had it pulled. Read more

Adidas and Spain Extend Sponsorship Agreement

The best soccer team in the world is reupping with the sport’s most dominant brand. Spain and Adidas agreed to extend their partnership through December 2018.

The apparel company, which has outfitted La Roja for the past 30 years, has gotten good marketing value for its money as Spain prevailed in the 2008 European Championship as well as the 2010 World Cup.

“We are very proud and excited to announce the extension of our successful partnership with the RFEF,” Adidas CEO Herbert Hainer said in a statement. “Adidas is the global leader in football and Spain is currently the strongest team in the world which makes this partnership a perfect fit.”

Adidas and Nike continue to battle for market share across the globe. Each brand boasts a significant number of national and club team sponsorships.

In America, Adidas sponsors Major League Soccer, while the Swoosh outfits the United States men’s national team.

ESPN Now in 100 Million Homes

ESPN reached a milestone in February: It’s U.S. household distribution topped 100 million and it’s available in 99.9 million homes. (Expect another press release when that number reaches triple digits as well.

ESPN debuted in 10 million homes in 1979. By comparison, the Oprah Winfrey Network – touted as the largest cable television launch in history – is available in 80 million houses.

Considering the Worldwide Leader is raking in the cash – charging $4.08 per subscriber in 2009 – it’s no wonder they can pay such exorbitant rights fees.

The full release is after the jump Read more

Stephen A. Smith Returns To ESPN, Hosting Two Weekday Radio Shows In Los Angeles And New York

Stephen A. Smith is back at ESPN and bigger than ever.

Smith will host two (!) weekday local radio shows and serve as a featured ESPN.com columnist, writing regularly for ESPNLA.com and ESPNNY.com

One show will air on 1050 ESPN in New York from 7-9 p.m. ET and another on 710 ESPN in Los Angeles from 6-8 p.m. PT. Smith will cater the show to the local markets with a focus on NBA during game nights, as 1050 ESPN and 710 ESPN are the flagship stations for the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers, respectively. Read more

English Papers Have Clearly Never Watched An NFL Pregame Show

While reading up on our favorite new controversy – England’s sexist broadcast team debacle – we stumbled across a gem in the Guardian. The following comes from a story about how soccer commentators across the pond struggle to say anything intelligent.

In American sport the talking heads who fill the gaps between games are emboldened by their masters to be provocative as well as highly detailed in their technical analysis. The result is entertainment plus enlightenment (plus earache, sometimes). Here, in football, there is no ante-room between the end of a playing career and the start of a life in broadcasting, which is television’s fault.

We are laughing!

And then there’s someone defending Andy Gray and Richard Keys. Read more

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