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Bob Costas Talks To Bill O’Reilly, And Dedicates Show To Guns

As promised, last night NBC Sports anchor Bob Costas appeared on Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor” to talk about his commentary during the “Sunday Night Football” game this week. Costas is also dedicating a large portion of his NBC Sports Network show tonight to gun violence. Guests, including Charles Barkley and John McEnroe talk about guns and gun violence.

Costast told host Bill O’Reilly:

“I don’t back up on anything I said, but I think it might’ve been more effective if I said, ‘Look, if we’re looking for perspective on this, we’re going to have a serious discussion within sports, an ongoing discussion… about domestic violence, about the culture of the game itself, about the easy access to guns, about steroids, drugs and alcohol.’”

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Gymnast Alicia Sacramone Signs Endorsement Deal with Under Armour

Gymnast Alicia Sacramone has signed with Under Armour sports apparel, becoming the first gymnast to land an endorsement deal with the Baltimore, MD-based outfit. Sacramone, a member of the silver medal-winning U.S. Olympic team in 2008, is one of the most successful gymnasts in U.S. history and is currently tied for the highest career tally of World Championship medals for American gymnasts, including three golds, four silvers and two bronzes. She has been named USA Gymnastics’ Sportswoman of the Year four times.

“Alicia’s commitment to training and her determination to perform at the highest level makes her an inspiration to young athletes across the world and an ideal fit for the Under Armour Brand,” said Tori Hanna, director of women’s sports marketing for Under Armour. “While her numerous medals and accolades are a clear reflection of her talent, it is her indomitable spirit that sets her apart as a natural choice to become the first Under Armour athlete on the gymnastics floor.”

Sacramone joins other athletes who have signed with Under Armour, including swimmer Michael Phelps, skier Lindsey Vonn, women’s soccer player Lauren Cheney and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

“I’m honored to join the Under Armour family, as Under Armour’s emphasis on training and its dedication to the next generation of athletes aligns perfectly with my core values,” said Sacramone. “I’ve always admired Under Armour apparel for its performance and style and now, to get the chance to work alongside such a high caliber of world champion athletes, it’s just an unbelievable opportunity.”

Iowa Announcer Gary Dolphin Diagnosed With Cancer

Gary Dolphin, Iowa’s play-by-play radio announcer for football and men’s basketball, announced yesterday that he’s been diagnosed with prostrate cancer. Dolphin, 60, said the cancer was detected early and he expects to fulfill his job duties this year, his 15th with Iowa.

“My doctors are confident they’ve caught the cancer in the early stages and I will attack it aggressively with radiation treatment,” said Dolphin. “Barring unforeseen circumstances, I expect to fulfill all my responsibilities to the University and Learfield Sports, where football and basketball are concerned.

“In the meantime I would appreciate the prayers and well wishes from Hawkeye fans all over the country. I’d also like to urge ALL males, age 50 and above, to have the simple PSA blood test performed. It could save their life.”

Dolphin has the support of his bosses.

“We’ll be with Dolph every step of the way through his treatment of this disease,” said Chuck Schroeder, general manager of Hawkeye Sports Properties. “Gary is a huge part of Hawkeye Sports Properties and the Hawkeye Radio Network. We have great confidence that he’ll be ready when we go on the air in a few short weeks.”

 

 

NFL Rolling Out New TV Campaign This Weekend

The NFL’s new TV commercial hits airwaves this weekend, but USA Today has a link to watch a sneak preview of the new 30-second spot as part of the “It’s Good to be Back. Back to Football,” campaign.

The commercial is from Grey Advertising and will air for three weeks on NBC, CBS, Fox, ESPN and NFL Network.

According to NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy, this is the earliest the NFL has launched a commercial campaign to promote a new season.

 


Clone Gets A Jim Rome Tattoo On His Calf

Growing up as a sports junkie in Los Angeles, I loved Jim Rome.

But as much as I wanted to be like the sports talk show host, I would never consider getting a tattoo of Rome on my body.

Rack this dude.

[H/T SportsGrid]

Video: Yao Ming's Retirement Gets The NMA Treatment

You know Yao Ming‘s retirement is a major news story when he gets the Taiwanese news animation treatment.

Love the animated version of Charles Barkley kissing the ass of a donkey.

[H/T The Big Lead]

Fox Sports Chief Named to Board of Stats LLC

Eric Shanks, chief operating officer of Fox Sports Media Group and overseer of Fox Soccer, SPEED, Fuel TV and FoxSports.com, has been named as the fourth board member of Stats LLC, a leading provider of sports statistics and content.

Shanks joins Tom Curley and Ken Dale of the Associated Press and Gary Ehrlich of Fox Sports Enterprises to complete the board of STATS, which is co-owned by the Associated Press and News Corp.

“STATS is one of the most innovative companies in sports today,” said Shanks. “I feel privileged to join this exciting and dynamic team, and look forward to providing my expertise wherever possible.”

STATS chief executive officer Gary Walrath said, “We are fortunate to have the leadership, vision and tremendous expertise of Eric Shanks as we continue to advance STATS’s mission to revolutionise the way sports contests are viewed, understood and enjoyed.”

Friday Night Lights Coming To ESPN

The NBC/DirecTV football drama Friday Night Lights is headed to ESPN starting Tuesday night.

The first two episodes from the first season will air Tuesday on ESPN at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET.

ESPN Classic will become the home of Friday Night Lights starting with a Season 1 marathon on July 14 and 15. Starting on July 21, the show will air on ESPN Classic every Thursday night at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET.

“We were attracted to it because the quality of the show is so strong and it has such a passionate and loyal following,” Connor Schell, vice president and executive producer, ESPN Films and ESPN Classic, told TheWrap.com. “It’s just incredible long form storytelling in and around sports.”

 

Judge Orders Jay Mariotti To Stand Trial

Jay Mariotti was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on three felony charges – stalking, domestic violence and assault – stemming from an incident with his ex-girlfriend.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mark Windham found enough evidence to require the 52-year-old former ESPN personality to proceed with trial.

In addition to the three felony charges, Mariotti faces two misdemeanor counts of disobeying a domestic court order.

Mariotti is due back in court on July 12.

Mexico vs. Honduras Top Primetime Sports Telecast Ever On Univision

Wednesday’s Mexico vs. Honduras CONCACAF Copa Oro (Gold Cup) semifinal match was the top primetime sports telecast ever on Univision.

The broadcast averaged 7.1 million viewers (P2+) and 4.5 million adults in the 18-49 demo.

Nearly 11 million people watched all or part of the broadcast. It ranks at the #3 sports telecast in Univision history, behind the 2010 World Cup final and Mexico vs. Argentina (2010 World Cup Match on June 27).

 

 

 

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