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MSG Execs and Skate Pros to Ring NASDAQ Bell

In conjunction with the launch of MSG Action Sports tomorrow afternoon, executives of the Madison Square Garden Company will join with some skateboarding professionals to ring the closing bell on Thursday’s NASDAQ in the Times Square complex from 3:45 to 4 p.m.

MSG Action Sports is a division of MSG Sports that will produce a variety of action sports and lifestyle events. It’s first event is a MegaRamp ASA Triples BMX and skateboarding competition that will be held in Times Square from 3 – 5 p.m.

 

 

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After Mendenhall 9-11 tweets, teammate Clark says 'social media is ruining the world'

After his teammate Rashard Mendenhall attracted a firestorm of criticism for going on Twitter and saying some questionable things about 9-11 and Osama bin Laden, Steelers safety Ryan Clark went on the radio and said “social media is ruining the world.”

First, here are Mendenhall’s comments about 9-11: “We’ll never know what really happened. I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style.”

Looks like someone has seen “Loose Change” and been rather impressed with the “findings.”

Then here are his comments about bin Laden’s death and the widespread joy that greeted the news: “What kind of person celebrates death? It’s amazing how people can HATE a man they have never even heard speak. We’ve only heard one side.”

Needless to say, a lot of people took exception to these opinions. Clark, for his part, put some of the blame on Twitter, which gives everyone the ability to quickly (and sometimes regrettably) share their knee-jerk reactions.

“Facebook and Twitter are probably going to be responsible for more divorces than infidelity coming up here soon,” Clark said. “(Mendenhall) didn’t claim that those opinions were shared by anyone else but himself. That was what he chose to put out there. I knew he was going to catch a lot of flak for it, I knew there was going to be a lot of backlash toward those comments, but he’s entitled to put whatever he wants to put on his Twitter page. The thing you have to know these days, though, if you do put those type of things out there, people are going to comment on them. It’s going to make news. It’s going to be a big deal when you do something that controversial. A long as he can stand by his statements then he’s free to do whatever he wants.”

Well, Mendenhall chose to erase the tweet about a plane being able to take down a skyscraper, but his comment about bin Laden’s death remains on Twitter.

(Source: Pro Football Talk)

Reason #35 Why I Don't Listen To Mike & Mike In The Morning

Yes, that’s ESPN’s Mike Greenberg dressed as Justin Bieber.

No, I have nothing else witty to add. The photo speaks for itself.

[H/T Deadspin]

Video: Josh Elliott Says Goodbye To SportsCenter

In case you missed it Friday, Josh Elliott signed off from SportsCenter for the final time.

Elliott starts his new role at Good Morning America on May 2.

[H/T Business Insider]

MLB Launching Digital Campaign To Honor Jackie Robinson

In honor of Jackie Robinson Day, Major League Baseball is launching a new digital campaign called “IAM42.”

www.IAM42.com is designed for fans to make a personal connection with Jackie Robinson through online video sharing and social networking outlets.

The site, which launches Friday, features personal video tributes from more than 60 current players and legends to honor the 64th Anniversary of Robinson’s historic moment, including Baseball Hall of Famers Ernie Banks, Lou Brock and Andre Dawson; and MLB All-Stars Jason Heyward, Prince Fielder, David Price, Mariano Rivera and David Wright. It will be updated throughout the year leading up to the 65th anniversary of Jackie Robinson Day on April 15, 2012. Read more

Fox Sports To Carry 40 Big 12 Football Telecasts Starting In 2012

The Big 12 Conference and Fox Sports reached a 13-year agreement for the exclusive cable rights to 40 regular season football games, along with a variety of Olympic sports events and conference championships.

According to the Sports Business Daily, the deal is worth an average of $90 million per year.

The new deal takes effect with the 2012 football season and nearly doubles the number of regular season games under its current agreement. A majority of the telecasts will be shown on Fox Sports Net and several other games will be scheduled on FX as part of its recently announced college football slate. Read more

Friday's NCAA Ratings Up 17 Percent From 2010

Friday’s coverage of the NCAA Tournament regional semi-finals on TBS and CBS delivered an overnight household rating/share of 7.6/14, up 14 percent from a 6.5/12 from last year’s CBS Sports coverage, according to Nielsen. It’s the highest rating for a Friday regional semi-finals in the metered markets since a 7.8/14 in 2005.

While the first telecast window of games only combined to earn a 5.9/11, the second window delivered a 9.2/16, up 30 percent from a 7.1/13 last year.

The overall tournament average-to-date in the metered markets is a 6.6/14, up 18 percent from a 5.6/12 for CBS Sports’ 2010 coverage according to Nielsen.

The NBA's Big Year

The NFL isn’t the only sport having a wonderful season in terms of television ratings. NBA broadcasts on TNT are are through the roof as well.

Sports Media Watch (via Turner Sports) reports, “Through 18 telecasts, TNT is averaging a 1.6 U.S. rating and 2.589 million viewers for NBA coverage, up 33 percent in ratings and 43 percent in viewership from last year (1.2, 1.813 mil), and up 60 percent and 71 percent, respectively, from 2008-09 (1.0, 1.518 mil).

The Miami Heat-Boston Celtics match on opening night and the Heat-Cleveland Cavaliers game were the two most-watched regular season telecasts since 1996. LeBron James is the new Michael Jordan, at least when it comes to television ratings. (And Charles Barkley is the new Charles Barkley.)

Jeff Van Gundy Says He Was Wrong About The Heat

After LeBron James and Chris Bosh arrived in Miami, ABC/ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy was the first to hop on the bandwagon, predicting more than 72 wins for the Heat and a chance at topping the Lakers’ 33-game winning streak.

“They will break the single-season win record [of 72]. And I think they have a legit shot at the Lakers’ 33-game [winning] streak [in 1971-72], as well. And only the Lakers have even a remote shot at beating them in a playoff series. They will never lose two games in a row this year. They have put together a much better roster than anybody could ever have expected. There is now no good way to defend them. They are unguardable. They are indefensible. They are just too good and have added so much shooting and are so versatile that they will score at will.” Read more

MLB Bringing Silver Slugger Awards to TV

Major League Baseball is taking its annual Silver Slugger Awards to the television set. MLB Network will air the 2010 Silver Slugger Award announcement show live Thursday, November 11, starting at 6 PM ET.

The event is part of the network’s off-season original programming push, which is seeking to give baseball fans a stockpile of original content to enjoy in the gap between the end of the World Series, and when pitchers and catchers report next Spring.

The league has been leveraging MLB Network, presenting awards and events like the MLB draft in a way that haven’t been presented in years prior. Adding the Silver Sluggers to that list makes sense. Hardcore baseball fans will find it must-see TV, while the event aspect broadens the appeal.

Also on tap for the coming months are new episodes of MLB Network series’ “Prime 9″ and “MLB Network Countdown,” as well as original documentaries.

More information, after the jump.

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