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‘Today’ Wins Week Two of London Games, While Minding the Gap

For the second week of the London Summer games, NBC’s “Today” show averaged just shy of 6 million viewers, on par with week one but down from the 6.2 million the show drew for the second week of the Beijing games. According to Nielsen Fast National data, “Today” was watched by 1.6 million more viewers than ABC’s “Good Morning America.” During the Beijing games, that gap stood at 2.4 million viewers.

Final numbers will be released Thursday.

And before the they left London, the “Today” team said goodbye to three longtime staffers. Bucky Gunts, who was a longtime director for the show, and who more recently has been working with NBC Olympics, signed off after last night’s Closing Ceremony. Gunts, who won a primetime Emmy for his direction of the Vancouver Opening Ceremony in 2010, has been with NBC for 30 years. Also, Jack Bennett, “Today’s” director of operations and Sue Stogel, who’s been with the show 27 years, made the London Summer Games their final tour of duty.

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Domo Arigato: MLB to Stream Games on YouTube Japan

Quick Hit: Major League Baseball has long held a tight grip on its video content online. Overseas, however, is a different story. In a breakthrough deal, YouTube Japan will stream all MLB games 36 hour after they air, as well as highlight packages from every game during the 2009 and 2010 season. Earlier this year YouTube announced a deal to stream live cricket matches from the Indian Premier League.

Former ‘Today’ Director Bucky Gunts Wins Primetime Emmy

Former NBC “Today” director Bucky Gunts took home a primetime Emmy award last night for his direction of the opening ceremonies during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Our sister blog SportsNewser has more information, including video of presenter Ricky Gervais poking some fun at Gunts’ expense.

UNC to Hold 7:30 P.M. Press Conference

This story is going to get bigger before it disappears: UNC uncovered academic infractions and is holding a press conference Thursday night to address the issue.

A report from Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill’s WTVD says multiple players on the football team are involved, with other sources placing the number as high as nine (or higher). ESPN’s Joe Schad believes the investigation centers around whether players “including standouts” had papers written by a former tutor.

Head coach Butch Davis previously coached at Miami and endured the wrath of the NCAA although it wasn’t his fault. His predecessor Dennis Erickson committed several violations and the team was banned from postseason. In late 2006, Davis came to a struggling UNC program and led them to bowl games in 2008 and 2009.