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The Ongoing Saga of Scott Raab

On Tuesday, we told you about Esquire writer Scott Raab who found himself banned from the Miami Heat’s games after writing a column on Esquire.com that perhaps said some negative things about LeBron James, ie the “Whore of Akron.”

What exactly happened? Even Raab’s not sure.

Tim Frank [The NBA's head of media relations] has refused to issue me the NBA’s credential, citing a policy that does not actually exist, at least as far as I can tell. I’ve profiled NBA players for national magazines for more than twenty years; I’m in Miami filing daily for Esquire.com; I’m also writing a book about LeBron and Cleveland and Miami and me, to be published by HarperCollins in early 2012. Still, I can’t get an NBA credential because – well, I don’t know.

Raab plans to go the Friday’s game and sit in the stands. Wish him luck. We’ll keep you informed about the results.

Show Your Team Spirit as the NBA's New Web Editor

If you’re a sports fan who knows his or her way around HTML and CMS, we have the perfect job for you. The NBA is currently looking for a Web editor to be the liaison between team reps and the league in order to create, produce and publish features on multiple team sites. Sounds like a slam dunk to us.

If hired, you’ll be responsible for coordinating league-wide initiatives and maintaining best practices for the NBA’s editorial, technology, and business priorities. Of course, you’ll be updating content on a regular basis, including news, features, photos, video, and audio. Some event coverage may be necessary, but we hardly think writing about the Finals and All-Star Weekend will be a chore.

The ideal candidate will have three years of Internet publishing experience with a background in writing. You should be familiar with publishing tools and HTML coding, and be computer savvy — yes, this means social media know-how, too. Those who aren’t passionate about the game need not apply. Interested? Apply here.

NFL and ESPN to Start Negotiating for Monday Night Football?

ESPN snagged the Monday Night Football broadcast rights in 2006 for over $1 billion per year, and the network doesn’t want to let the franchise go. According to Pro Football Talk, the Worldwide Leader will begin negotiating with the National Football League this week when the owners meet in Chicago. ESPN will have an exclusive period of one to two months to negotiate, after which other suitors can get involved.

Don’t expect it to get to that point, however. ESPN has the cash, the desire, and the branding. Now that it has the NFL, it’s not giving the sport up.

Ironically, while Fox, CBS, and NBC are killing it in the ratings so far this season, MNF is down 5.7 percent from last year (although up 14 percent from 2008). That will change tonight, however, as the New York Jets-Minnesota Vikings matchup should draw viewers in massive numbers.

Chad Ochocinco's Accidental Charity: A Phone Sex Hotline

Chad Ochocinco was just trying to help the kids.

The Bengals’ wide receiver released a limited edition cereal box sold at Kroger supermarkets. A portion of the proceeds benefit Feed the Children, and the charity’s number was printed on every box of Ochocinco’s (a low fat food!).

Except… the digits (1-800-HELP-FTC) direct callers to a phone sex line. Feed the Children’s number is 1-888-HELP-FTC. Whoops.

Robert Bailey, president of Rosenhaus Sports, which represents Ochocinco, said Feed the Children accidentally gave the 800 exchange instead of 888.

The boxes are being recalled from the shelves and new ones – featuring the correct number – will be available soon. Poor Chad. Even when he tries to help the message gets lost in translation.

UFC Prelims See An Increase In Ratings

A month after their lowest ratings of the year, the UFC Prelims prior to UFC 119 last Saturday earned a 0.9/1.3 rating on Spike TV.

The live broadcast peaked with 1.36 million viewers according to Spike TV officials, which featured two preliminary-card bouts from Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

The UFC Prelims before UFC 118 drew a series-low 1.1 million viewers.

UFC’s concept of teasing their pay-per-view broadcast with live fights is a great idea that boxing should consider … if they had undercards worth caring about. Read more

Baseball Payrolls Get New York Times Infographic Treatment

The New York Times is back with another smart, tasteful, and helpful graphic.

On the heels of its stunning women’s tennis video comes “Putting a Price Tag on Winning,” a snapshot plotting the payroll of baseball teams against their expected and real success. It’s a cool way to think about baseball teams, especially in light of Deadspin’s MLB Confidential investigation of teams’ finances.

Unlike the women’s tennis video, however, the price tag graphic ran in Sunday’s sports section as a half-page graphic. As a result, the Internet version lacks the dynamic functionality of a true NYTimes.com feature. They could have done a lot more with the graphic if it were a web-only. The graphic as it stands isn’t bad; it just feels incomplete, a throwback to the days when newspapers simply put their print content online.

Your winners: The Florida Marlins, the St. Louis Cardinals, and the NYT.com tech team, which didn’t have to do much in order to get this thing online.

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