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McEnroe: Tennis Should Get Rid of Warm-Ups

Tennis great John McEnroe, NBC’s lead analyst at Wimbledon, thinks the sport would benefit from eliminating pre-match warm-ups and letting the first ball hit be the first serve. Speaking to Michael Hiestand of USA Today, McEnroe said, “Some people might knock it having no warm-ups. But there’s more at stake in boxing – people’s lives are on the line – and you don’t see them jabbing each other a little bit before the fight.”

Maybe because punching people causes damage to both parties, whereas hitting a tennis ball back and forth tends to be less bloody. Really, it’s hard to see how eliminating warm-ups would benefit tennis at all. Would the tension be higher? I guess. But the first time a player pulls a hamstring, commentators would be bemoaning the absence of suitable warm-ups. It’s commendable that McEnroe wants to find ways to increase the popularity of his sport, but looking to boxing for inspiration seems like a non-starter.

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McEnroe: Tennis Needs Hard Knocks Treatment

During a teleconference call Thursday to promote his July 14 World Team Tennis Match against longtime rival Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe said tennis could benefit from the type of Hard Knocks treatment that HBO has used to give fans an inside look at the training camps of NFL teams like the New York Jets.

“We need [intense] marketing to boost interest among casual fans,” McEnroe said. “We need a Hard Knocks for tennis. We need people to see inside [the sport]. to really see what players say and do.”

No doubt this template could be extremely popular — if the tennis players being covered were Maria Sharapova, Ana Ivanovic or Caroline Wozniacki. But watching men hit hundreds of balls in practice, or traveling solo around the world with occasional interactions with their coaches and families? Hard to see how that’d be compelling theater. If the subject were McEnroe back his hey day, screaming at umpires and winning titles, it’d be a different story. But no men’s player nowadays holds that kind of personal interest for casual fans. Well, maybe Andy Rodddick, but a Hard Knocks production would probably need to include large doses of supermodel Brooklyn Decker, his wife, to keep people’s attention.

(H/T Big Lead Sports)

TVNewser Bracket Challenge 2011: It’s On

The time has come. The very first March Madness games are underway, and with them, comes the 2011 TVNewser bracket challenge.

Last year we had executive producers from across the TV news landscape make their picks, with “BBC World News America” EP Rome Hartman emerging victorious.

Hartman is back this year to defend his crown, but we opened the field up to all senior executives, executive producers and talent.

One thing we learned: “The Early Show” crew sticks together, and CNBCers love their college basketball.

Who are our players? Find out after the jump.

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Jim Nantz Guest-Hosting B&C HOF

CBS Sports anchor Jim Nantz will serve as a special guest-host during the 2010 Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame ceremony, joining MC Regis Philbin. Nantz and Philbin will be presenting awards to 10 inductees, as well as NBC’s “Today,” which is the TV show being inducted this year. Among the inductees is CBS News & Sports president Sean McManus.

ABCNews.com Set to Name VP, Managing Editor

TVNewser is hearing ABC will be announcing a new VP and managing editor of ABCNews.com later today.

EP of ABCNews.com Chris Sheridan left last month to take a producing job at ESPN, leaving an opening at the site.

We hear one position will be filled from inside ABC and the other from outside the network.

Sheridan Leaves ABCNews.com for ESPN

TVNewser has obtained an email from ABCNews.com announcing that EP Chris Sheridan, is leaving his post as EP of the site to join ESPN.

He will be a producer with the team launching the new nine hours of SportsCenter, as well as work on SportsCenter.com debuting later this summer.

Sheridan previously worked at MSNBC and NBC as well as at other posts within ABC before joining ABCNews.com in June 2007.

Deirdre Michalopoulos, who was recently promoted to managing editor of ABCNews.com, is responsible for day to day editorial content and production of the site. A new EP will be named soon.

Sheridan’s email to his staff, after the jump…

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