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Reggie Miller's Terrible No Good Month Continues

First, Ray Allen broke Reggie Miller‘s all-time record for three-point shots made. The former Indiana Pacer was appreciative and appropriately congratulatory, but you have to know it burned him up inside.

The newest sleight, however, is worse. Miller won’t be on the finalist list for the 2011 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class. According to sources, he fell short of the 18 of 24 votes needed from the Honors Committee, a secretive group “consisting of Hall of Famers, basketball executives, members of the news media and other contributors to the game.”

New York Knicks president Donnie Walsh reacted to the news in the same manner the general public did. Read more

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Have You Heard This One Before? NFL Talks Break Down.

The meeting between the NFL and the NFLPA was canceled after the owners rejected the union’s latest offer and stormed out. The Internet is exploding with various takes on the matter. But really, who cares?

We’re not sure what’s worse: The fact that we aren’t going to have football for a long time or the fact that every minor step towards (or away from) a conclusion will be breathlessly reported by the media. (And yes, we’ll include ourselves in that maw.)

Nice podium, though.

The Most-Watched Super Bowl Ever?

TV By The Numbers has the preliminary numbers for Super Bowl XLV, and they are making Fox executives smile.

“Super Bowl XLV earned a 47.9/71 metered market rating/share last night on FOX, tying it with Super Bowl XXI in 1987 as the highest-rated ever in the metered markets,” Robert Seidman reports. “FOX’s 47.9/71 is +3 percent better than the 46.4/68 posted a year ago.”

Pittsburgh and Milwaukee both posted 59.7 ratings, the second-highest in a single market, and large markets around the country contributed huge numbers.

New York delivered a 42.6/63 last night, the best rating in New York for a non-Giants Super Bowl in 28 years. Los Angeles notched a 40.1/71, their best in 13 years for a non-Rams or Raiders Super Bowl. Chicago posted a 51.4/73, which actually beat the rating for the Bears in Super Bowl XLI (50.2) and is the best ever in the market for a non-Bears Super Bowl.

Now if only the quality of the broadcast matched the massive viewing audience…

Another Look at NBC and the Olympics

We’ve been here before, but The New York Times examines whether NBC will retain the broadcast rights for the 2014 and 2016 Olympic Games.

Comcast, which is spending $30 billion to purchase General Electric a 51 percent stake in NBC Universal from General Electric, needs to decide if it makes sense to spend money on a property that could lose millions.

The early indications are that they will.

“I don’t think Comcast wants its first move with its new partner to be a negative one and to lose something NBC has had for years,” Barry Frank, an executive vice president of IMG who has negotiated Olympic deals in the past, tells The Times.

What about the challenge from ESPN? Read more

ESPN The Magazine, Marvel Team Up For NBA Issue

ESPN The Magazine and Marvel Comics teamed up to illustrate story lines for all 30 NBA teams in their upcoming hoops preview issue, which hits newsstands on Friday.

“We’ve always wanted to do something with comics and we’re huge fans of Marvel, said Gary Belsky, ESPN The Magazine Editor-in-Chief. “We started thinking [this] would be a good way to do the previews and had a sense that now that [Marvel and ESPN are both] within the same corporate family [as part of Disney], it might make it easier. Once we reached out, we realized they do stuff like this all the time, so we didn’t have to wait, but the benefit of the [acquisition] was that it made us start thinking.”

Despite a pretty cool concept, there’s already one city unhappy with their panels.

Cleveland Cavaliers fans (surprise, surprise) are upset over a scene titled “The Unamazing Cavaliers,” which features LeBron James walking away in a Miami Heat jersey as he leaves his #23 Cavs uniform in a trash can.

Just another kick in the gut for the folks in the state of Ohio. Read more

General Manager Shaq?

Shaq (failed actor, failed rapper) is realizing his post-career plans should probably include basketball. The newest idea: New Jersey Nets general manager.

“I would have liked to see the new owner get with the guy who built the arena and keep the Nets there,” he said earlier this week. “I don’t want to see the team go to Brooklyn. Maybe the two heads can get together, they can do that and I can come down there and become general manager.”

His current team – the Boston Celtics – probably wouldn’t be too happy if he left to GM their Eastern Conference rivals, but the Big Aristotle isn’t ready to depart yet. (He might be soon, however, if Nate Robinson keeps dunking on him.)

Shaq might not be the best judge of talent but he has one part of the GM job down already: He certainly knows how to handle the media.

Professional Bull Riders Taps Dockery Clark as CMO

Dockery Clark has herself a new ride. The former senior brand director of sports and entertainment marketing for Miller Brewing Company and MillerCoors will join Professional Bull Riders as chief management officer.

In her previous position, Clark worked to secure sponsorships with National Football League, NASCAR, Team Penske (#2 Miller Lite Dodge), the World Series of Poker, New York Fashion Week, the Ultimate Fighting Championships, and others. (Really, Miller sponsors New York Fashion Week?)

“The PBR is a compelling sports brand with highly-skilled and highly-marketable athletes,” she said in a statement. “I’m passionate about what the PBR stands for and excited to promote the brand globally and help us win in a very competitive marketplace.”

Clark has one built-in advantage: PBR already has a sweet logo.

The Best Blog You're Not Reading: This Is American Soccer

In our new Friday afternoon series, we will bring you an excellent sports media-related blog you’ve probably never heard because you don’t spend all day, every day wander the backwaters of the Internet. In the first edition, This Is American Soccer.

Adam Spangler, previously an editor at Vanity Fair, launched TIAS with the goal of giving “a glimpse into the soul of American soccer by capturing moments in time – digital stamps to let those who follow understand the world’s most popular sport in a malnourished American enviroment.” And he’s succeeding, thanks to brilliant longform journalism, investigations into the sport’s youth movement, interviews with figures such as Spike Lee.

Longform sports writing in this country is dying, but Spangler’s keeping it alive at TIAS. We wish him the best.

Live blogging the Whitlock radio spot

Selected soundbytes from today’s radio spot. Let’s see how this goes:

Thanks Kansas City
“Whatever level of national success was a byproduct of rabid support I had here.”
Apologizes for arrogance, bombast.
“What you’re about to hear it not bitterness or bombast or arrogance. It’s disappointment. It’s devastation. It’s regret.”
“I love America. I love democracy.”
Other than being in the military, the best way you can serve this country is by being a journalist. Would never be in the military because he’s against killing. Read more