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SmackDown Airing Live Aug. 30 On Syfy

For the first time since moving to Syfy, WWE SmackDown will air live on Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 8:00 p.m. ET from the INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita, Kan.

SmackDown has been a huge success for SyFY, averaging 3.1 million total viewers for 2011 to date.

The live edition of SmackDown will air in its regular time slot on Friday, Sept. 2 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

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ESPN Acquires Australian Sports Site Footytips

ESPN continues to build up their international portfolio following the acquisition of ExtraCorp Pty. Ltd, owners of Australia’s largest sports tipping and fantasy games platform in footytips.com.au.

Launched in 1997, the website offers social tipping competitions for 20 of the biggest sports in Australia, including the Australian Football League and the National Rugby League.

ExtraCorp employs 15 people, who will join the ESPN family in Australia. Financial terms were not disclosed. Read more

NHL Network Hires ESPN Vet as Executive Producer

Mark Preisler, previously executive producer at Sportscenter, is skating to NHL Network as executive producer where he’ll “be involved with all aspects of the Network’s programming and production.”

“The NHL is thrilled to have Mark join our team,” Charles Coplin, NHL executive vice president of content, said in a release. “The NHL Network is a vitally important platform that allows our millions of our fans across North America to follow their favorite teams and players. We look forward to the broadcast experience that Mark will bring to the Network to bring our fans even closer to the action and tell the great stories of our players in greater depth.”

Prior to seven years at Sportscenter, Preisler spent two years as senior coordinating producer for Baseball Tonight.

The full release is after the jump. Read more

ESPN Sets Record Ratings Thanks To BCS Games

ESPN posted its highest-rated and most-viewed day in the network’s 31-plus year history on January 1, thanks to the Rose Bowl and Fiesta Bowl.

ESPN averaged a 4.3 rating (6,301,000 viewers, P2+; 4,259,000 homes) on New Year’s Day, breaking its previous old record set on Sept. 14, 2009 (3.4 rating; 4,456,000 viewers; 3,396,000 homes) when they aired a Monday Night Football doubleheader. Read more

Andrea Kremer Chimes In On Women Sideline Reporters

NBC sideline reporter Andrea Kremer chimed in on the Ron Franklin/Jeannine Edwards incident, telling USA Today reporter Michael McCarthy that the vitriol towards women sideline reporters is out of control.

“The vitriol that is spewed forth about women, women in sports TV, female sideline reporters is just so out of control,” said Kremer. “It always boils down to: Why are there women sideline reporters? What do they really do? Inane questions that are so antiquated, so passé. It’s not what it’s about. The focus should be on the performance of a Jeannine Edwards. The focus should be on: What did Pam Oliver contribute to the telecast? It should be about the analysis a Suzy Kolber brings, not whether Joe Namath‘s trying to kiss her one day. The focus always gets off the performance and contributions that we bring. I don’t understand that. People are assailing Jeannine Edwards. Why?” Read more

Rick Reilly Really Likes the Words "Tiny," "Large," "Very," and "Nice"

We’ve mentioned the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective before, but they’ve really outdone themselves with their latest post.

Ben Blatt uses a couple complicated formulas to compare the writing styles of luminaries Bill Simmons, Jason Whitlock, and Rick Reilly.

Blatt wonders if he can determine the author of a column based on word usage. The results: His equation goes six-for-six in predicting who wrote a given column. In fact, the formula overwhelmingly points out the correct author.

But that’s not the best part of the study. Read more