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Sports Anchor Fired for Supporting 'True Marriage' Taking Case to Canadian Human Rights Tribunal

Former Rogers Sportsnet anchor Damian Goddard claims he was wrongfully terminated for tweeting his support for “true marriage” last month and is taking his case against Rogers to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. Goddard, who hosted the show Connected, entered the conversation on gay marriage by echoing the sentiments of hockey agent Todd Reynolds, who had criticized the Rangers’ Sean Avery after Avery appeared in advertisements supporting gay marriage.

“I completely and wholeheartedly support Todd Reynolds and his support for the traditional and TRUE meaning of marriage,” Goddard tweeted.

Sportsnet fired Goddard soon after, though it didn’t specify the reasons for his termination.

“Mr. Goddard was a freelance contractor and in recent weeks it had become clear that he is not the right fit for our organization,” said Sportsnet spokesman Dave Rashford in a statement.

Goddard is taking issue with that characterization.

“While Rogers has argued that I was not the right fit for the organization, the truth of the matter is that just a week before my dismissal I was given a ringing endorsement for the job I had done up to that point,” Goddard told LifeSiteNews. “Also, a mere hours after I had tweeted in defense of marriage on May 10th, I was called in to work for a meeting. While I was unable to make it in for the meeting, as I was looking after my 4 and 2 year old kids, I was promptly terminated from my position as a Rogers Sportsnet anchor 24 hours after my initial tweet.”

Goddard said he will be releasing an official statement today.

 

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10 Million Watch Game 2 of Heat-Bulls Series

Following the record-setting numbers from Sunday’s Game One matchup between the Bulls and Heat, a broadcast that drew the largest audience ever for a cable-televised basketball contest (11.1 million viewers), Game 2 on Wednesday night made a strong showing as well, attracting 10 million viewers, according to TNT.

 

NBC Sports to Air Kentucky Derby Through 2015

NBC Sports and Churchill Downs have reached an agreement in principle to keep the Kentucky Derby on the broadcast network through 2015. The deal also includes rights to the Kentucky Oaks, which is held the Friday before the Derby.

Terms of the agreement, including the price paid, were not disclosed, but sports Business Daily reports that the deal is worth around $5 million a year.

“I don’t think America truly moves to springtime until the first Saturday in May and I am delighted that we will be bringing this iconic American event to homes across America for five more years,” said Dick Ebersol, chairman of NBC Sports & Olympics in a statement. “We’re excited to extend our relationship with the Derby and our business partnership with Churchill Downs, a partnership that is one of the finest examples of two organizations coming together to build an event.

More information in the press release after the jump.

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Getty Images Photographer Wins Shot of the Season

Mike Hewitt has a new trophy for his mantle: Barclays Shot of the Season Award for 2010. The Getty Images photog caught Darren Bent’s shot deflecting off a beach ball and into Pepe Reina’s goal.

“I remember driving up to Sunderland from my home in Brighton hoping for something dramatic – the beach ball certainly made the trip worthwhile!” he said.

Bradley Ormesher won Barclays Photographer of the Season 2010. Some of his shots are after the jump. Read more

Hell in a Cell: WWE Launches Mobile Magazine

World Wrestling Entertainment has an Official Mobile Magazine. For $2.99 a month, the weekly publication promises to be “stuffed with as much content as your phone can handle,” like interviews with wrestling stars, blog posts and breaking news. Let’s hope your phone can fight back.

The application is the latest in a series of Mozines from startup company ThumbMedia Group in Burbank, CA, which designs and distributes mobile magazines for publishers across multiple platforms. Mozine also created the ad for the application, which ran in the October issue of the print edition. Said ThumbMedia CEO Mike Cartabiano:

We’ve just launched on the iPhone and we’re already #85 on the top 200 paid entertainment applications, which is pretty spectacular. We have – last time I looked – a 5-star rating. We’re happy, they’re happy, it’s been a very seamless process for the WWE team in working with us.

Android and Blackberry editions are coming soon.