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Andrew Belleson Is The New Voice Of Wrigley Field

Meet Andrew Belleson, the new voice of Wrigley Field.

The lifelong Cubs fan beat out 3,000 people for the position of public address announcer at Wrigley Field.

Belleson isn’t a rookie when it comes to the position. He worked five years as a public address announcer and radio broadcaster for the Rockford RiverHawks.

Michelle Beadle's SportsNation Super Bowl Ads

Um.

Yeah.

So that happened.

[H/T SportsbyBrooks]

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

NFL Network Goes To Broadway For Opening Intro

If you’re flipping past the NFL Network this weekend and see someone resembling Vince Lombardi, it’s Broadway actor Dan Lauria.

Lauria, who currently stars in the play Lombardi, will open each weekend of NFL Playoff coverage with a special monologue, starting with NFL GameDay Morning on Saturday at 12:00 ET.

If I didn’t know better, I would have just assumed I landed on ESPN if I came across this shtick. A very unique way for the NFL Network to open their playoff coverage with.

ESPN's Ron Franklin Apologizes For His Comments

ESPN announcer Ron Franklin has apologized for his comments directed towards Jeannine Edwards prior to last Friday’s Chick-fil-A Bowl broadcast.

“I said some things I shouldn’t have and am sorry,” Franklin said in a statement. “I deserved to be taken off the Fiesta Bowl.”

Edwards shared her side of the story with USA Today via e-mail earlier today:

“She said Franklin joined a conversation she was having with announcer Rod Gilmore at a production meeting Friday and told her, “Listen to me Sweet Baby, let me tell you something…,” in a condescending tone. When Edwards asked Franklin not to address her that way, she said Franklin replied, “OK, then listen to me a-hole.” Read more

Can 2010 Be Summed Up in a Single Tweet?

This is about as close as it’s going to get.

Comcast SportsNet Seeks Mid-Atlantic Managing Editor

Are you a huge Skins fan? Do you live and breathe by the Orioles’ game schedule? Well, if you live in the Bethesda, Md. area, Comcast SportsNet has just the job for you. The sports network is looking for a new managing editor to plan, create and supervise content for CSNwashington.com and CSNbaltimore.com.

The ideal candidate will be supervising a team of digital media producers, editors and journalists with the goal of creating engaging content that succeeds in informing and entertaining fans of Washington and Baltimore sports teams. You’ll be responsible for driving audience growth, coordinating local digital media editorial efforts and helping the digital team create social media and mobile strategy. Read more

When FIFA Is More Than A Name. Or Maybe Just A Name.

If FIFA wanted to improve its legacy by giving the World Cup to Qatar, they certainly succeeded.

“My husband Nayef Al Shimmari and I decided six months ago to name our daughter Dana,” a mother told a Qatari newspaper. “But last Thursday and when I was in labour I heard that Qatar was picked ahead of many other countries to host the World Cup finals, so my husband and I decided to name her Fifa. We saw that Qataris were truly overjoyed with the historic award and we wanted to contribute to the celebrations in our own way.”

The couple’s two-year-old son is named IOC.

In other soccer media news, Russell Brand will star in a movie “as a veteran alcoholic British player who moves to Texas and causes havoc in the untitled movie.” Think Eastbound and Down meets The Damn United.

The Jets-Patriots Rivalry Is No Joke

Is this a preview of Monday night?

For the sake of UGG Boots, let’s hope not.

It would be hard to sell boots if Tom Brady didn’t have legs.

(And in case you’re wondering, the artist of this colorful photo is 9.)

(H/T Deadspin)

Media Agrees: World Cup Voting Process Features Horrible Skullduggery and Corruption

Hey look: It’s Landon Donovan.

On Thursday, FIFA’s 242-man executive committee (or maybe 23-man) will vote to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cup to two lucky host nations. But who’s is going to win? Well… no one really has any idea.

Why?

Because the Ex-Co is the exact opposite of transparent.

Gabriele Marcotti writing in the Wall Street Journal: “Because it’s a political process by secret ballot, pretty much anything goes when it comes to allegations of skullduggery or conspiracy.”

Simon Kuper for the Financial Times: “The campaign to host these World Cups is much like a conclave of cardinals choosing a pope. It’s a campaign waged mostly behind firmly closed doors, and the very secrecy of the process, and the desperation of the nine bidders to win, invites corruption.”

And there’s this as well, from Kuper:

Only the purest of Exco members – Michel Platini, for instance -will vote strictly on quality of bid and the prospect of new markets. Others will be swayed by more political, but equally legitimate, concerns. Most Exco members want something for their votes: often, a vote for their own country. Mohamed bin Hammam, the Qatari Exco member, put this frankly at last month’s Leaders in Football conference in London. “I will be naturally looking to the interests of Qatar,” he said. “All the bidders are telling me, ‘Okay, if you vote for me I will vote for you.’ That must not be surprising to anybody.” He admitted he wouldn’t necessarily vote for the “best” bid, but one that served Qatar’s interests.

So yes, chaos. It’s an embarrassing situation for FIFA, although no one can do anything to stop the potential corruption.

As the world of soccer descends upon Zurich – Landon Donovan, Morgan Freeman, and Bill Clinton are just some of the ambassadors for the United States bid while Premier Vladimir Putin is there on behalf of the Russian bid – the BBC is breaking its own embargoes and getting in hot water for the timing of one television program. Read more

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