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Final Numbers Show Preakness Ratings Up Over Last Year

Overnight ratings from Nielsen said ratings for the Preakness on NBC were down 6 percent over last year, but final numbers actually demonstrated that ratings were up five percent from 2010, with the race portion of the broadcast (5:56-6:41 p.m. ET) attracting 8.8 million viewers.

It was the second most-watched Preakness in the last five years, only topped in 2009 when filly Rachel Alexandra – with jockey Calvin Borel – beat Mine That Bird, which Borel had ridden to victory in the Kentucky Derby.

(Source: NBC Sports)

Who Knew Damon Wayans Resembled Colin Cowherd?

When CBS announced last November they were developing a sitcom on the life of Colin Cowherd, it would have been a safe bet to assume the actor tapped to play the ESPN radio host would have the same skin color.

Wrong.

Damon Wayans (!) has finalized a deal to play Nick Herd in the multi-camera comedy pilot that’s set at a sports radio station. Andy Cadiff will direct the project and Cowherd will serve as a producer.

Wayans is best known for his roles on My Wife and Kids and In Living Color. Maybe if I squint at the right angle, I can make out the physical similarities between Wayans and Cowherd.

I was already skeptical of this project because of the Cowherd factor, but now I would be stunned if it gets a green light.

SI.com Recruits Man Who Hates Soccer to Explain Liverpool FC Sale

Dan Shaugnessy, the Boston Globe columnist who once began a story with the words “I hate watching soccer,” makes an appearance on SI.com to discuss the sale of Liverpool FC to John Henry‘s New England Sports Ventures.

On a very basic level, the decision is okay. Shaugnessy has written columns for SI.com in the past and his story discusses the impact Henry has had on the Boston Red Sox. It’s designed to give Liverpool fans a primer to the man who helped turn around the financial fortunes of Massachusetts’ favorite sports team. (Skip for a second the fact that Liverpool fans don’t read SI.com.) The Globe man can certainly provide this insight.

But here’s a writer who openly campaigns against the beautiful game. Just this summer he said, “This is what i hate about this stupid game of soccer and all these international rules,” railed against injury time, and offered “I’m waiting to write about it. I’ve been busy, but I’m going to rip into it one of these days.”

SI.com has a wonderful roster of writers, soccer and otherwise, who could have penned this column. Why didn’t they choose someone without such an obvious biased? Wherefore art thou, Grant Wahl?

Saturday Night Live Mocks Brett Favre

For once, Saturday Night Live had a funny sketch this week, mocking Brett Favre and his alleged nude photos.

Let’s hope we never see these pairs of Wrangler jeans in stores.

Rangers Sign $1.6 Billion Extension With Fox

Fresh off their first playoff birth since 1999, the Texas Rangers have agreed to a 20-year contract extension with Fox Sports Southwest beginning in 2015.

The deal is reportedly worth $1.6 billion and is among the most lucrative in Major League Baseball for a team without their own regional sports network.

USA Today first reported the deal was worth $3 billion, but a Fox spokesman said that amount was “wildly inflated.”

The Rangers current deal is worth roughly $45 million a year, compared to $80 million a year as part of the extension.

Seth Meyers To Host 2011 ESPY Awards

ESPN was so impressed by Saturday Night Live‘s Seth Meyers‘ job of hosting the ESPYs, the network has already committed to bringing him back for a second year.

Meyers will host the 19th annual ESPYs on July 13, 2011 from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. The Weekend Update anchor joins a list that includes Samuel L. Jackson, Dennis Miller and Jamie Foxx of people that have hosted the ESPYs on more than one occasion.

While parts of the show fell flat, Meyers did a wonderful job with the opening monologue and poking fun at ESPN broadcasting The Decision.

Don’t believe me?

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