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Mike Florio, Darren Rovell Getting Shows On Versus

Versus (NBC Sports Network starting Jan. 2) is launching two original shows next month featuring Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk and Darren Rovell of CNBC, according to Variety.

The PFT editor will host an hourlong NFL roundup show on Friday evenings, where Florio will provide his analysis on upcoming games, players and league trends. The untitled show will air from 6-7 p.m. during the NFL season.

Rovell will follow up Florio with a half-hour show looking at sports business – a topic he’s been known for since his days at ESPN.

In addition, Versus reportedly has a weeknight hourlong sports roundup show in the works. Read more

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Stephen Colbert Has Control of MLB Twitter Feed Today

Comedian and political commentator Stephen Colbert has control of Major League Baseball’s Twitter feed today, and has already written, “I can’t wait to see Ken Burns‘ nine-part documentary about my control of baseball’s twitter feed,” and “Am I the only person who thought @MLB was the twitter handle of Matt LeBlanc?”

No, Colbert did not hack into MLB’s system. He won a bet, beating MLB in the Beat The Streak contest. This is where fans pick one player they think will get a hit each day, in hopes of putting together a streak that bests Joe DiMaggio‘s all-time hit streak record of 56 consecutive games. The reward is $5.6 million.

MLB also rolled out a side game, featuring Colbert. If he could put together a longer streak than MLB itself, he’d win control of their Twitter feed for a day. Colbert won — with a hitting streak of two.

In short, MLB is the Mario Mendoza of its own contest.

ESPN Launches Sports Bar & Grill Social Game

Have you ever dreamed of running your own sports bar & grill? Yeah, me neither; everyone knows the majority of them fail within three years. But ESPN apparently believes that owning a sports bar is a goal for many, as they’ve just paired with Samsung to introduce a new social media game on Facebook called ESPN Sports Bar & Grill.

The game gives fans a virtual destination to run their own sports bar and grill, win over loyal customers, decorate walls with sports paraphernalia, show simulated live and on-demand games via flatscreens, get real-time scores and news, interact with friends and their sports bar and grills and more, according to ESPN’s press release.

Fans are challenged with all the day-to-day management duties of a real sports bar and grill owner. The more patrons served and kept happy, the bigger the buzz, popularity and success of the bar and grill. By earning more, owners can purchase enhancements to their sports bars to level up faster, including expansion, flatscreen TVs, the Samsung Galaxy Tabâ„¢ and TVs, posters, signs, arcade games, sports memorabilia, tables, chairs, bar stools and more. For players under the age of 21, the game experience will be customized to serving food and non-alcoholic beverages.

(Disney….)

In short, it’s Farmville for guys and/or sportscentric women. If that’s your bag, have at it. Hard to see how something like this won’t be popular, especially since Chris Berman‘s well-known comment, “You’re with me, leather,” is the chorus that greets all visitors to the game.

Not true, actually. But wouldn’t that be fun if it were?

“Following the success of ESPNU College Town, we pulled out all the bells and whistles for the launch of ESPN Sports Bar & Grill, our most integrated and real-time connected game developed to date,” said Raphael Poplock, Vice President, Games and Partnerships at ESPN. “We’re excited to continue our collaboration with Playdom in the development of sports-themed social games that reach a broad audience of both casual and passionate fans.”

Go here to join the fun on Facebook: http://apps.facebook.com/espnsportsbar/.

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UNC Names Angell as Heir to Durham

North Carolina has named Jones Angell as the new radio voice for Tar Heels’ football and basketball, succeeding the legendary Woody Durham who retired in April after 40 years at the mic for UNC.

“I am incredibly honored and excited to become the next play-by-play voice for Carolina athletics,” said Angell, who has been the school’s play-by-play baseball announcer for the last eight seasons. “The guys on the broadcast with me are so good at what they do. Having them there will make this transition much easier.”

Angell graduated from UNC in 2001. In addition to his baseball work, he has been a host and color analyst for the Tar Heel Sports Network the last six years.

He said replacing Durham is not his goal. Read more

Riggleman Roasts WaPo's Boswell

Former Nationals manager Jim Riggleman has had an interesting last 24 hours. After telling the Nationals’ brass that he’d quit after yesterday’s game if he didn’t receive a contract extension, and holding true to his word after such job security was not extended, Riggleman, 58, hit the town last night and enjoyed some adult beverages in the company of some attractive coeds. Then today he joined Bruce Murray on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Radio and let everyone know what he thinks of sports columnist Thomas Boswell of The Washington Post.

“I read that nonsense Tom Boswell writes, and I’ll say this: Tom Boswell has tried to be the impetus behind me not being the manager here for a long time. He is a master of the half-truth. A half-truth can be more dangerous than a lie. He prints just enough nonsense that can paint a picture.

“But he’s become such a snake and such an impetus to have me out of there, [and] he’s just written so many snide remarks. That type of stuff from such a well-respected columnist throughout the country, to get away with that nonsense, I’m just bringing it to your attention, that that’s the kind of stuff that gets written that is totally false.”

Murray then asked whether Riggleman thought the Nats’ front-office was overly influenced by Boswell’s writings.

“No. Not at all,” Riggleman said. “I think that the people who buy The Post and read it, you know, they see some of that stuff. And there’s just enough truth in there to get somebody’s attention, but he never tells the full story. He’s never interviewed me, he never talks to me and asks me these questions. He just writes negativity.

“And in his own words, he grew up at the knee of the great Earl Weaver. And nobody respected Earl Weaver more than I did. I’m a Marylander, I loved the Orioles and Earl Weaver. And he loves Earl Weaver, he thinks Earl Weaver invented the game, and that the Oriole Way is the way to go, and let’s get an Oriole in here. Never mind Jim Riggleman. He never thought I was the right guy for the job, and he likes to think he was the impetus of me not being here. But his opinion is so non-respected around that ballpark that I shouldn’t even be mentioning his name.”

The Oriole Way? I don’t think you should be mentioning that, either.

(Source: Dan Steinberg of The Washington Post)

Tiger's Agent Leaving IMG, Maybe Taking Star Client With Him

Tiger Woods‘ agent Mark Steinberg is leaving IMG, the global sports fashion and media company, and might be bringing his star client with him, the Wall Street Journal reports.

IMG has represented Woods since he became a professional, and Steinberg has guided the ascent to his perch as one of the world’s wealthiest and most marketable athletes. However, in the wake of an alleged sex scandal and divorce, Woods is far less profitable than he used to be when his annual income was roughly $100 million a year. Multiple companies have dropped their endorsement deals with him.

Meanwhile, a person familiar with the situation said Steinberg’s contract was set to expire next month and the company decided not to renew the contract. Steinberg was among the highest paid employees at IMG, with a salary topped only by that of the company’s chairman, Ted Forstmann.

Steinberg could not be reached for comment. Glen Greenspan, a spokesman for Woods, did not return a message seeking comment.

Steinberg can take Woods and Annika Sorenstam with him if he continues to work as an agent, but a non-compete agreement will prevent him from taking other IMG clients, according to a person close to the situation.

 

Fox Sports Catches Former President George W. Bush Almost Getting Hit By Foul Ball

Former President (and Texas Rangers owner) George W. Bush attended last night’s game between the Rangers and Chicago White Sox, and what a memorable visit it was. Bush was nearly clocked by a foul ball hit by Adrian Beltre.

White Sox catcher AJ Pierzynski tried to make the catch, almost falling into Bush’s lap in the process.

Update: Video after after the jump!

Pierzynski told ESPN.com:

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Boxing Announcer Nick Charles Calls His Final Fight

Boxing announcer Nick Charles called his final broadcast Saturday for HBO, working alongside Bob Papa in the Mikey Garcia vs. Matt Remillard fight on Boxing After Dark.

Charles, 64, is battling Stage 4 bladder cancer and reportedly only has weeks to live. Thanks to Joe Posnanski‘s story in Sports Illustrated on Charles, it opened the door for one last opportunity to call a fight.

HBO boxing executive producer Rick Bernstein read the story about Charles and told HBO Sports president Ross Greenburg he was going to use him on the BAD card.

“Why am I doing this tonight? To inspire others to do what you love,” Charles said during the telecast.

A touching moment to say the least.

Hannah Storm Signs Multi-Year Extension With ESPN

ESPN anchor Hannah Storm will expand her role with the network after signing a multi-year extension.

Along with her duties on SportsCenter with Josh Elliott and hosting ESPN’s NBA coverage, Storm will report on-site from marquee events such as the Super Bowl, NBA Finals, Wimbledon and the US Open.

“Hannah brings a wealth of experience, hard work and professionalism into every assignment,” said Norby Williamson, Executive Vice President, Production. “She will continue to help drive the success of the morning SportsCenter and her added presence will strengthen our big event coverage.”

You Can Blame Dave For The Knicks Losing Streak

We all know about the Madden curse.

But the Letterman curse?

The New York Knicks haven’t won since Ama’re Stoudemire‘s appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman last week, losing four straight.

This isn’t the first time the Knicks have struggled after appearing on the late night talk show. Isiah Thomas, Larry Brown and Mike D’Antoni all sat down with David Letterman and went on to losing seasons.

To be fair, how much is Letterman’s doing and how much of that is the Knicks being sorry?

I’m leaning towards the latter. Read more

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