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Yankees-Red Sox Scores 3.5 Overnight Rating

Sunday’s ESPN Sunday Night Baseball scored a 3.5 overnight rating, the network’s highest-rated MLB telecast since 2009 (3.7 rating for Yankees vs. Red Sox on Aug. 23).

Ratings were up 119 percent over last year’s comparable game (1.6 overnight rating) between St. Louis and Milwaukee.

Locally, the 4-0 Red Sox victory delivered a 17.8 metered market rating in Boston, ESPN’s highest-rated MLB regular season game in the market since Yankees vs. Red Sox on Apr. 26, 2009 (20.7 rating).

SNY Goes Off The Air On Dish Network

While DirecTV and the YES Network try to reach an agreement on a new deal, SNY, home to the New York Mets, is off the air on the Dish Network.

Negotiations are going on between the two sides, but it appears the New York Mets season opener Friday night against the Florida Marlins is in jeopardy.

Dish Network released the following statement:

“Regional sports channels like SportsNet NY have become one of the pay-TV industry’s fastest-growing expenditures, making our negotiations with content providers increasingly difficult. Our customers are our No. 1 priority, and they look to us to offer the most channel choices and compelling programming, all at the best value. That’s why we work hard for fair deals. Read more

Andrew Belleson Is The New Voice Of Wrigley Field

Meet Andrew Belleson, the new voice of Wrigley Field.

The lifelong Cubs fan beat out 3,000 people for the position of public address announcer at Wrigley Field.

Belleson isn’t a rookie when it comes to the position. He worked five years as a public address announcer and radio broadcaster for the Rockford RiverHawks.

Tiger Woods Takes His Talents To Apple App Store

PGA golfer Tiger Woods entered the mobile app world on Wednesday with “Tiger Woods: My Swing.”

Woods teamed up with developer Shotzoom on the app, which is intended for golfers of all skill levels. For $9.99 in the Apple App Store, golfers looking to improve their game will receive the following:

  • Enhanced video capture
  • Side-by-side swing comparison with Tiger Woods
  • Advanced golf swing analysis and how-to demonstrated by Woods
  • Ability to see progress over time
  • Sharing and feedback tools tied to friends and community members
  • Exclusive updates from Woods Read more

ESPN's Jay Bilas Rips NCAA Selection Committee

ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas is normally a sourpuss the night of the NCAA Basketball Championship Selection Show, but he reached a whole new level of pessimism on Sunday night.

“I wonder if some people on the committee know whether the ball is round,” Bilas said on ESPN regarding the selections for the 68-team tournament. “That sounds harsh. But I’m wondering. These were bad decisions. They’re indefensible.”

Until the NCAA expands to a 346-team tournament, you’re going to have schools that were snubbed by the selection committee. This year’s list included Virginia Tech (shocker), Colorado, Boston College, Alabama and St. Mary’s. Read more

Blake Griffin Pays Homage To Mars Blackmon

Considering Blake Griffin wasn’t alive when “Mars Blackmon” was created, the Los Angeles Clippers forward does a decent job as “Mars Blake Man.”

The Rock's WWE Return Averaged 5.7 Million Viewers

Finally, The Rock has returned to boost the ratings of Monday Night Raw.

Dwayne Johnson’s 20-minute speech at the conclusion of Raw on Monday night averaged 5.70 million viewers from 11:00-11:20 p.m. EST. Compared to the first hour of the show, it’s an increase by one million viewers.

Overall, Raw‘s rating was down 4.9 percent (3.14 million) from last week, but the USA Network staple see a huge spike from now until Wrestlemania XXVII. Read more

NFL Makes Another Offer For Displaced Super Bowl Fans

With a lawsuit pending, the NFL has increased their offer to the 400 fans displaced by problems with temporary seats at Super Bowl XLV.

According to spokesman Brian McCarthy, the NFL e-mailed fan on Tuesday offering either $5,000 or reimbursement for “actual documented” Super Bowl expenses, whichever figure is higher.

The NFL is finally getting it right.

Too bad scalpers don’t hand out receipts, though.

NASCAR Wins a Ratings Battle, Still Waging War

NASCAR posted a decent showing on Saturday night, helping Fox win the weekend. The Spring Budweiser Shootout won its timeslot in all four 30-minute blocks, beating repeats of CSI, Wipeout, NCIS, and whatever else ABC, CBS, and NBC threw out there.

So that’s the good news. Now for some bad.

The sport has an identity problem. According to The New York Times, it doesn’t have a polarizing figure.

That may be at the heart of what ails Nascar today. In 10 years, no one has been able to replace what [Dale] Earnhardt brought to the sport. As Nascar enters the season-opening Daytona 500 on Sunday after another year of dipping television ratings and faltering attendance, some point to the loss of Earnhardt, even now, as the reason for the decline in interest.

But isn’t this all a little ridiculous? Read more

Two Options For Displaced Super Bowl XLV Fans

Ticketgate 2011 has reached Day 3 and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced Tuesday that there are two options for the roughly 400 fans who were without a seat for Super Bowl XLV.

1. One free ticket to next year’s Super Bowl game plus a cash payment of $2,400 (three times the face value of the Super Bowl XLV game ticket held by the individual). The ticket to next year’s Super Bowl game is transferable.

[OR]

2. One free ticket to a future Super Bowl game of the fan’s choice, including next year’s if so desired, plus round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations provided by the NFL. This offer will be personalized in the ticketholder’s name and is not transferable.

It sounds like Roger got my memo about offering airfare and hotel accommodations. But a non transferable ticket?

See you in court.

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