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Jared Max on Coming Out: 'This has taken off in a way that I never knew could be this way'

ESPN Radio host Jared Max talks to FishbowlNY about his decision to come out last week. Max revealed that he was gay on his ESPN 1050 radio show last Thursday, and subsequently wrote a letter about about the experience.

Yesterday he told FishbowlNY’s Jerry Barmash:

“This has taken off in a way that I never knew could be this way,” Max says. “I felt things later that day after coming out [that] I never knew I would feel. Life is good… I have such an incredible wealth of friends and love and support and knowledge. I feel like one of the richest men in the world.”

Read the whole interview here.

The New York Post Pounces On Tiger Woods

Leave it to New York Post to work in a sexual reference for Tiger Woods pulling out (no pun intended) from The Players Championship.

Video: Hawks' Josh Smith tells Orlando columnist "In your face!"

Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel didn’t think too highly of the Atlanta Hawks’ chances against the Orlando Magic before Game 6 last night.

No matter how much talent they have, the Hawks are still the Hawks. They are still Team Dummy. They will always do stupid things and take stupid shots. They will always lose their focus and their composure.

Because sooner or later, without fail, you just know the Atlanta Hawks will turn back into the Atlanta Birdbrains.

Well, Team Dummy took care of business, beat the Magic and closed out the series. Whoops.

After the game another member of the media asked Josh Smith of the Hawks what he had to say to Bianchi now. Here’s the priceless clip:



(H/T to Tom Ziller at SB Nation)

Maurice Jones-Drew To Host Late Hits With MJD On SiriusXM

Following the lead of teammate Kirk Morrison, Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew is entering the world of sports talk radio.

The Pro Bowler has signed on to host a weekly talk show on SiriusXM’s 24-hour NFL talk channel.

Jones-Drew will work alongside co-host Bryan McGovern on Late Hits with MJD starting tonight (8:00-10:00 pm ET) and every Tuesday.

“Pocket Hercules” will take calls from listeners around the country, interview personalities from around the league, and discuss current NFL affairs, including the work stoppage, the NFL Draft, the Jaguars offseason, and many other topics. Read more

Sirius XM Providing Live Coverage From 2011 Masters

Sirius XM Radio will offer live hole-by-hole coverage of the 2011 Masters Tournament from Thursday, April 7, through Sunday, April 10, nationwide on XM channel 146 and on Sirius channel 209 with the “Best of XM” programming package.

Coverage from Augusta National will begin at 2:00 pm ET Thursday through Sunday the week of the Masters with live reports from reporters around the course.

Prior to each day’s on-course coverage, John Maginnes will host a special preview show, The Masters Today, Thursday through Sunday from 12:00 to 2:00 pm ET.

Yankees-a-Plenty on Nielsen 'Most Marketable Baseball Players' List

Three New York Yankees made Nielsen’s “Most Marketable Players in Baseball” list, with captain Derek Jeter crushing everyone else. Nielsen measured player marketability using a proprietary statistic, the “N-Score,” which can be applied both nationally and in the player’s local market.

Jeter topped the list with an N-Score of 165, with his teammate Mariano Rivera a distant second at 56. The other Yankee to make the cut was Alex Rodriguez, who placed eighth with an N-Score of 35.

“Derek Jeter is on a tremendous run, with each new endorsement raising his profile with consumers. With a score more than three times his nearest competitor, it’s no wonder he’s been the face for Nike, Gatorade, Fleet Bank, Ford, VISA and more,” said Stephen Master, VP, Nielsen Sports. “While many of the players may not have national visibility, locally their brands resonate at a very strong level, with some having local N-Scores almost 10 times that of their national one.”

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Will Charles Barkley Be On The NCAA Selection Show In 2012?

Is Charles Barkley one and done as part of the NCAA Selection Show?

Richard Deitsch spoke to Turner Sports president David Levy and acknowledged that Barkley was out of his element on Sunday.

“I would work with [CBS Sports president] Sean [McManus] and make sure we both agree on it but from my quick perspective, I don’t think we need six guys on the Selection Show,” Levy told SI.com. “Charles was wrong for the show in the sense that there is so much information that we are trying to get out. Read more

Tom Crean Working NCAA Tournament As Guest Analyst

Indiana University head coach Tom Crean will join CBS Sports’ and Turner Sports’ coverage of the 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship as a guest analyst.

Crean will work in the Atlanta studio alongside host Matt Winer and analysts Seth Davis and Steve Smith during the First and Second Round games on Wednesday-Friday, which will air across TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV.


NHL's 'History Will Be Made' Stanley Cup Campaign Returns… With Added Reach

The NHL is bringing back its Stanley Cup ad campaign, titled “History Will be Made.”

This year, however, a whole lot more people will be watching it, as the campaign will appear across nearly all of the NBCUniversal networks and platforms, including NBC, Versus, CNBC and MSNBC.

As was the case last year, the NHL will be using social media extensively for the campaign, letting fans download the theme music to create their own “History Will be Made” spots.

The first two ads will debut March 13 during NBC’s broadcast of the Chicago Blackhawks-Washington Capitals game, with an additional 20 spots launching by April 13, when the playoffs kick-in. New ads will be produced each day of the playoffs, highlighting a key moment from the previous day’s games.

“There is both quality and power in the History Will Be Made campaign,” said John Miller, who heads the NBC Sports Agency and the NBCUniversal Marketing Council in a statement. “By pooling our creative resources and air time, we believe collectively we can effectively tell the story of the excitement and emotion of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.”

Check out one of the spots from this year’s campaign below, and see more information on the 2011 campaign, after the jump.

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NBA Takes its Ball to Manchester

The NBA, which will stage its first regular season games across the Pond in March, will switch the location of its preseason exhibition from London to Manchester starting in the 2013 season. The capital city has hosted matches the past four seasons.

The game is scheduled for the city’s MEN Arena, which has been the home for the Manchester Storm and Manchester Phoenix ice hockey teams, as well as the Manchester Giants basketball team.

Additionally, the WBNA’s Atlanta Dream and the men’s and women’s national team will play exhibitions at MEN in 2012.

“This comprehensive schedule of premier basketball events will help grow the sport for years to come,” NBA Europe senior vice president Sophie Goldschmidt told the Associated Press. “This partnership shows our ongoing commitment to deepen basketball’s footprint in the country.”

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