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NBC Olympics Slates Anchors, Correspondents for 2012 Games

NBC Olympics has announced its anchors and correspondents for the upcoming 2012 games in London.

Not surprisingly, Bob Costas will be anchoring NBC’s primetime coverage. This will be Costas’ 10th Olympics, and ninth as primetime host. The network’s weekend and weekday daytime programming will be led by the team of Al Michaels and Dan Patrick. Michaels of course called the famous “Miracle on Ice” game at the Lake Placid Olympics in 1980. It will be his second Olympics for NBC. The games will be Patrick’s first as anchor, though he served as a correspondent in Vancouver.

The late-night action will be led by Mary Carillo, who is making her 11th Olympics appearance, and third-straight as late night anchor. She will also serve as a correspondent for the games.

Other correspondents will include Ryan Seacrest, former gymnastics coach Bela Karolyi and–making his Olympics broadcasting debut–the bad boy of tennis John McEnroe.

NBC News correspondents and NBC Sports contributors will be named closer to the games.

Keith Olbermann, Dan Patrick Reuniting for ‘Big Show’ 20th Anniversary

It was 20 years ago that sports television changed forever. ESPN’s “SportsCenter” debuted the anchoring duo of Keith Olbermann and Dan Patrick, and “The Big Show” was born. Now, The Paley Center is reuniting them (again) for a 20th anniversary retrospective.

Moderated by Jim Miller, who co-wrote the recent ESPN book Those Guys Have All the Fun, the panel will be held April 5 at the Paley Center in New York.

Patrick still covers sports on radio, television and in print, while Olbermann spends much of his time hosting his politically-focused “Countdown” on Current TV. Olbermann also has a baseball blog on MLB.com. The pair ere reunited on NBC’s “Football Night in America” a few years ago, though as Olbermann left NBC, so did the reunion.

Amar'e Stoudemire to Publish Children's Book Series

New York Knicks star Amar’e Stoudemire has signed a book deal with Scholastic to publish a book series for middle-grade readers. STAT: Standing Tall and Talented will launch in August 2012 and be based on the life of Stoudemire, the six-time All-Star whose nickname is Stat.

“Amar’e Stoudemire is a NBA megastar and a New York hero. He is passionate about reading and education and we are proud to partner with him to publish a new chapter book series that will inspire more kids to embrace reading through Amar’e's story,” said Debra Dorfman, a vice president at Scholastic.

According to Scholastic, the first book in the series, STAT #1: Home Court, will introduce an eleven-year-old Amar’e Stoudemire. He plays sports with his friends, takes his school work seriously, and helps out with his dad’s landscaping company. He also loves skateboarding in the park. But when some older boys start bullying his friends, Amar’e has to step in and use his athletic ability and intelligence to save the day.

“I am excited to create my book series with Scholastic,” Stoudemire said. “They are the best in the business so I trust them with my stories. I decided to write for children because although I am an avid reader now, I wish I had read more as a child. I hope that together with Scholastic, we can creatively inspire a new generation to read.”

Hope Solo Signs Endorsement Deal With Gatorade

Goalie Hope Solo signed a multi-year marketing deal with Gatorade, according to Sports Business Daily.

This is the second major endorsement deal for a player from the U.S. women’s national soccer team. Following a second place finish in the Women’s World Cup, Solo, along with Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan, inked an endorsement deal with Bank of America.

“Being on the cover of Sports Illustrated helped her awareness with the general public,” Richard Motzkin of Wasserman Media Group told SBJ. “She has an opportunity to become well-known not just in the soccer scene, but in the public mainstream as well.” Motzkin has represented Solo for 10 years.

Gatorade is no stranger when it comes to sponsorships with the U.S. women’s national team. The beverage company has sponsored the ladies since 1999 and they signed Wambach to an individual deal in 2004.

Jalen Rose Is Having A Bad Week With The Law

ESPN NBA analyst Jalen Rose can’t catch a break this week.

The same day he was sentenced to 20 days in jail for driving while intoxicated, Rose was issued a speeding ticket in Clawson, Mich.

The 38-year-old was clocked going 46 miles per hour in a 25 mph zone, according to Clawson police chief Harry Anderson.

He’s scheduled to report to the Oakland County Jail on Tuesday. Rose’s attorney, Keith Davidson, said he might appeal Wednesday’s decision before then.

 

Comedy Central Cancels Onion SportsDome, Sports Show With Norm Macdonald

Comedy Central has canceled Sports Show With Norm Macdonald and Onion SportsDome after just one season, according to Deadline.com

Onion SportsDome premiered with 1.5 million viewers and Sports Show drew 1 million.

The network’s attempt at capturing the sports audience came up short to say the least.

Outside of the occasional chuckle here and there, both shows just weren’t that funny.

Stick to what you know, Comedy Central.

 

 

 

Keith Olbermann the Subject of ESPN Book Excerpt

Former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann is the subject of an excerpt from the upcoming book chronicling the history of ESPN Those Guys Have All the Fun. Olbermann put ESPN’s signature program, “SportsCenter,” on the map along with co-anchor Dan Patrick.

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I remember when Olbermann said to me, “Do you know how much this job is worth?” And I said no. He said, “It’s worth a million fucking dollars.” Keith looked at it as a businessman, saying, “Do you know what they’re making off of this?”

Our sister blog SportsNewser has more on the book.

MLS Cup Will Once Again Be Televised Opposite Sunday Night Football

Last year the MLS Cup was televised on a Sunday night at the same time as an Eagles-Giants game, which basically assured that all the casual fans would be tuning in to watch football (the American kind) on NBC. Well, MLS has apparently not learned it’s lesson, because this year’s MLS Cup will once again be televised on a Sunday night (Nov. 20). And guess who’s playing football that evening? Why, that’d the Eagles and Giants again.

I guess it’s slightly better than playing opposite a Red Sox-Yankees playoff game. Slightly.

Major League Soccer Talk had last year’s grim assessment.

The TV ratings are in for the 2010 MLS Cup. And according to Sports Media Watch, the overnight TV rating was 0.5, the lowest overnight rating since at least the late 1990′s.

The 0.5 TV rating was down 44% from last year’s MLS Cup between Real Salt Lake and L.A. Galaxy. In the 2010 MLS Cup, Colorado Rapids defeated FC Dallas 2-1 in extra time in front of a not even sold-out crowd at Toronto’s BMO Field. The 0.5 TV rating was down 28% from the 2008 MLS Cup between Columbus and New York.

Then again, if there’s an NFL lockout, maybe the numbers for the MLS Cup won’t be as bad.

(H/T to Brotherly Game)

 

NBA On TNT Scores Record Ratings During 2010-11

During the 2010-11 regular season, the NBA on TNT averaged a 1.6 U.S. household rating (+45 percent from a 1.1 in 2010), 2,453,000 total viewers (+42 percent vs. 1,723,000), and 1,826,000 households (+39 percent vs. 1,315,000).

This season’s audience was 30 percent larger than Turner’s second-best regular season audience from 1,885,000 in 1995-96 and scored growth in all key demos:

A18-34 +49% (810,000 vs. 544,000)

A18-49 +47% (1,378,000 vs. 937,000)
A25-54 +42% (1,221,000 vs. 857,000)
M18-34 +43% (567,000 vs. 396,000)
M18-49 +45% (970,000 vs. 667,000)
M25-54 +40% (855,000 vs. 609,000)

Johnny McEntee Is The Latest YouTube Sensation

I don’t care if this is fake or not, some of these tricks are amazing.

Where can I get a Johnny McEntee jersey?

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