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Jake Tapper Honored With 2014 Patriot Award

Jake-Tapper-CNN-2CNN’s Jake Tapper is among the recipients of 2014 Congressional Medal of Honor Society Patriot Awards.

Other honorees are Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, CBS Golf Commentator David Feherty, and actor Mark Wahlberg.

“As a convention committee, we nominated all awardees last year and are thrilled they have been approved by the Society’s board of directors for their outstanding achievements within their fields and for their commitments to the US military,” said Joe Thompson, co-chairman of the Knoxville Medal of Honor Convention Committee.

Tapper will be honored with a “Tex” McCrary Award for Excellence in Journalism, with special recognition for his book “The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor,” which tells the story of a deadly American battle in Afghanistan.

The awards will be handed out in September at a convention in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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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.”

 

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).

 

 

 

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts on NBCU's Olympic Bid: 'One of the most unique, stressful, dramatic and ultimately rewarding experiences I have had'

This morning Fortune held a breakfast discussion with Comcast CEO Brian Roberts. Not surprisingly, NBCUniversal’s successful bid for 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020 Olympics were a big topic of discussion. Roberts candidly discussed their strategy for bidding and how they plan to turn a profit.

Roberts called the bidding experience “One of the most unique, stressful, dramatic and ultimately rewarding experiences I have had.”

Roberts said that the finances could clearly be worked out, noting that NBC has had the Olympics for 20 years, and would only be losing money for two of the games (Vancouver and London). The challenge was figuring out how to maximize revenue from the three big buckets: advertising, money from cable and satellite providers, and affiliates, as well as ensuring that the rights were all-encompassing enough to take advantage of technological change that may occur over the next decade.

“We had to find a way that they could be satisfied with what they were getting; and we could absolutely feel that we could make money into the future. The only way we could see to do that was to go long. Their stated bidding rules were not for anything but one quad, two games. They said ‘If you don’t offer for two we won’t consider anything else.’

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ESPN Golf Analysts React On The Death Of Seve Ballesteros

Legendary golfer Seve Ballesteros died Saturday from complications of a cancerous brain tumor at the age of 54.

A trio of ESPN analysts shared their thoughts on the life of Ballesteros:

Andy North, two-time U.S. Open Champion – “I played quite a bit of golf with him over those years. He was really a special player. He had such a flare for the game. He was one of those players that the fans just bond to. They loved the way he played. He was aggressive, he was entertaining to watch. And I think that of all the players I played with, he probably had the best imagination of anybody I ever saw. He was fun to watch even when you were playing with him. Read more

The NBA Cares. Just Not About its Employees.

Peter Vecsey offers up a heartbreaking column detailing the trials of former Detroit Pistons vice president of publicity Matt Dobek, former Boston Celtics assistant coach Clifford Ray, and former all star Connie Hawkins.

All three received unfair treatment from front offices hoping to save a few bucks. Dobek’s case was the most severe; he took his own life.

On Aug. 21, Matt Dobek, a strict Catholic and devout family man with a legion of faithful friends, hung himself in his family garage. It was a day before his mother’s birthday. He was deeply depressed at no longer being the Pistons’ vice president of publicity. In May, Pistons’ officials had abruptly fired him – fraudulently accusing him of leaking another employees’ pending firing – as well as three other staff members who had pledged allegiance to the franchise for a combined century-plus. Read more

Tiger Woods Delivers First Public Statement: ‘I’m Deeply Sorry’

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Tiger Woods delivered his first public statement today from PGA Tour headquarters in Ponte Verde Beach, Florida and addressed the recent scandal surrounding his personal life that forced him to take a leave of absence from professional golf. “For all that I have done, I am so sorry,” Woods said. “I have a lot to atone for”

Woods denied that there were any episodes of domestic violence in his marriage and said part of his recovery will involve a return to Buddhism, which “teaches that a craving for things outside ourselves causes an unhappy and pointless search for security.” Woods faith was the subject of a controversy involving FNC anchor Brit Hume last month.

Woods gave some rationale for his decision not to take questions: “I understand people have questions. I understand the press wants me — wants to ask me for the details and the times I was unfaithful… Please know that as far as I’m concerned every one of these questions and answers is a matter between Elin and me.”

He also took the opportunity to criticize the way he had been treated by the press: “My behavior doesn’t make it right for the media to follow my 2 1/2-year-old daughter to school and report the school’s location. They staked out my wife and they pursued my mom. Whatever my wrongdoings, for the sake of my family, please leave my wife and kids alone.”

Only two pool cameras were present. It appears the feed from the main camera was lost during the statement and the secondary feed, which showed Woods’ mother and other family members, had to be used for the conclusion.

> 11:30am: While the cable networks continue coverage, the broadcast nets did limited analysis. NBC, with Matt Lauer anchoring from Vancouver with analysis from NBC Sports’ Jimmy Roberts, wrapped up at 11:21. ABC was next to wrap up at 11:22, as George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts analyzed the remarks with entertainment reporter Chris Connelly. CBS, with Katie Couric and CBS golf analyst David Feherty, from the site of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona, wrapped up at 11:23. And FOX coverage, anchored by Rick Folbaum with analysis from FOX Sports’ Chris Rose wrapped up at 11:23.

More notes after the jump…

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