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Indianapolis 500 Remaining On ABC Through 2018

The Indianapolis 500 will remain on ABC through 2018 as part of a new, six-year rights agreement that was announced Wednesday.

As part of the agreement, ESPN on ABC will continue to televise four additional races in addition to the Indianapolis 500. Starting next year, ESPN3.com will live stream ABC’s onboard cameras during the Indianapolis 500 and the IndyCar Series.

“The Indianapolis 500 and ABC have been together since 1965 and we are very proud to extend the relationship with this new agreement,” said George Bodenheimer, president of ESPN and ABC Sports. “The 500 is a uniquely American event and a Memorial Day tradition, and we especially look forward to televising the 100th edition of the race in 2016.” Read more

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BBC Introduces 'Grunt-Reducing' Technology at Wimbledon

Maria Sharapova would have a lot more fans (ya know, more than she already does) if watching her play tennis wasn’t as punishing on the ears as it’s easy on the eyes. Sharapova is one of the tennis world’s most notorious grunters, which makes watching her matches a trying affair. To keep you tuned in, the BBC has introduced technology called Wimbledon Net Mix, a device for the radio and Internet that lowers the volume of on-court sounds and raises the noise level of commentators; and they’re using it for the first time at Wimbledon.

The product is available for free on BBC Radio Player. For the time being it only allow listeners to adjust the sound on Centre Court matches.

For those watching on television, mute or changing the channel remain the top options to combat grunting.

 

 

Bill Barnwell Is The Latest Bill Simmons Addition

Bill Barnwell is the latest addition to Bill Simmons‘ new website.

The Football Outsiders managing editor posted his final contribution to his old home today:

I’ll try to make this brief: I’m leaving Football Outsiders to join the new website Bill Simmons is starting in affiliation with ESPN. Although I’ve completed some essays that will appear in the forthcoming Football Outsiders Almanac 2011, this is my final contribution to Football Outsiders.

I joined FO as an intern during 2005, my junior year of college. I never could have possibly imagined that I’d eventually have the opportunity to write about football full-time, as I’ve done for FO during the past three years. It’s been an absolute blessing to see a passion of mine turn into a career. My luck over the past few years has been better than anyone else’s. Read more

Breaking Down The Madden NFL 12 Bracket

The 32 athletes in the running for the Madden NFL 12 cover were announced Monday on SportsNation.

Pardon me while I get my Jay Bilas on for a second while analyzing this bracket:

  • Danny Woodhead is not only the New England Patriots representative, but he’s a #4 seed? America, don’t let him win. Please.
  • I’m not the biggest Tim Tebow fan, but he’s way too low at #11. Touchdown Jesus = sales. Read more

ESPN Spotlights College Coaches In New Commercial

ESPN rolled out a new commercial for their “It’s Not Crazy, It’s Sports” campaign, featuring 27 college basketball coaches.

I wonder if Harvey Updyke will headline the next commercial spot … too soon?

[H/T Fang's Bites]

'Lombardi' Producers Bringing Magic Johnson/Larry Bird Friendship to Broadway

Fran Kirmser and Tony Ponturo, the producers of the Broadway play “Lombardi,” are adding a second sports-themed drama to their roster.

They are working with the NBA on “Magic/Bird,” which will explore the careers and friendship of NBA greats Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Larry Bird.

Eric Simonson, who wrote “Lombardi,” will also pen “Magic/Bird,” based on conversations with the players, who will be closely involved with the creative process.

More information in the official announcement, after the jump.

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Stephen A. Smith Returns To ESPN, Hosting Two Weekday Radio Shows In Los Angeles And New York

Stephen A. Smith is back at ESPN and bigger than ever.

Smith will host two (!) weekday local radio shows and serve as a featured ESPN.com columnist, writing regularly for ESPNLA.com and ESPNNY.com

One show will air on 1050 ESPN in New York from 7-9 p.m. ET and another on 710 ESPN in Los Angeles from 6-8 p.m. PT. Smith will cater the show to the local markets with a focus on NBA during game nights, as 1050 ESPN and 710 ESPN are the flagship stations for the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers, respectively. Read more

Tiger Woods and Golf Digest Part Ways

Golf Digest just saved $1 million per year. “Playing editor” Tiger Woods will no longer pen a monthly column nor appear in the exclusive photos that ran alongside the spread.

Golf Digest and Tiger Woods have mutually agreed to stop his monthly bylined articles,” Jerry Tarde, chairman and editor-in-chief of Golf Digest, told the New York Post. “His last regular column will appear in the February 2011 issue of Golf Digest, at which time he will also leave the masthead. We appreciate the insights Tiger has provided to our readers.”

According to Keith Kelly, the golfer doesn’t want any distractions while he works full-time to retool his swing. If we were Golf Digest, we would be po’ed by his decision for a number of reasons. Read more

Ratings Down For WWE's Tribute to the Troops

WWE’s Tribute to the Troops earned a 0.7 overnight rating (18-49 adult demographic) and 2.3 million viewers on Saturday night.

Those numbers are down slightly from 2009 when the WWE holiday special earned a 0.8 rating and drew 2.4 million viewers.

Along with in-ring appearances from Randy Orton, John Cena and The Big Show, Tribute to the Troops featured performances by Diddy and Trace Adkins. A two-hour version of the show will air Wednesday night on the USA Network.

LeBron's Return Beats NFL In Overnight Ratings

According to Michael McCarthy of USA Today, LeBron James return to Cleveland earned a 5.0 overnight rating, defeating the Philadelphia-Houston game (4.1 overnight rating) on the NFL Network in the process.

The ratings were close but don’t forget that TNT has the household advantage compared to the NFL Network.

In Cleveland, the Heat-Cavs game earned a 25.4 overnight rating compared to 14.9 in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area.

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