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McEnroe: Tennis Needs Hard Knocks Treatment

During a teleconference call Thursday to promote his July 14 World Team Tennis Match against longtime rival Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe said tennis could benefit from the type of Hard Knocks treatment that HBO has used to give fans an inside look at the training camps of NFL teams like the New York Jets.

“We need [intense] marketing to boost interest among casual fans,” McEnroe said. “We need a Hard Knocks for tennis. We need people to see inside [the sport]. to really see what players say and do.”

No doubt this template could be extremely popular — if the tennis players being covered were Maria Sharapova, Ana Ivanovic or Caroline Wozniacki. But watching men hit hundreds of balls in practice, or traveling solo around the world with occasional interactions with their coaches and families? Hard to see how that’d be compelling theater. If the subject were McEnroe back his hey day, screaming at umpires and winning titles, it’d be a different story. But no men’s player nowadays holds that kind of personal interest for casual fans. Well, maybe Andy Rodddick, but a Hard Knocks production would probably need to include large doses of supermodel Brooklyn Decker, his wife, to keep people’s attention.

(H/T Big Lead Sports)

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Nearly 11 Million Viewers Watch Heat-Bulls Game 3

Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals between Chicago and Miami was the second most-watched NBA game in cable history with 10,889,000 million total viewers and a 6.4 U.S. HH rating.

Game 1 of the Heat-Bulls series set the record with 11.1 million total viewers and delivered a 6.2 U.S. HH Rating.

After three games, TNT’s coverage of the Eastern Conference Finals has averaged a 6.2 U.S. HH rating (+35 percent), 10,667,000 total viewers (+42 percent) and 7,231,000 households (+37 percent).

Locally, the game earned a 24.9 HH rating in Miami and a 22.5 HH rating in Chicago.

 

Tar Heels announcer Durham retiring after 40 years

Woody Durham, who has been the play-by-play radio announcer for basketball and football games at the University of North Carolina for four decades, is retiring today. Durham (left, beside Duke announcer Bob Harris) has called more than 1,800 Tar Heels games, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Eric Montross, the network’s color analyst and a former UNC player, said Durham will be remembered as a legendary broadcaster.

“I’ve been honored to work under him. He’s a master of his craft, and that’s the way I just want to remember him, and that’s exactly how we will.”

Durham graduated from UNC in 1963 and took over the play-by-play position eight years later. He called 13 NCAA Final Fours and six national title games, including championship seasons in 1982, 1993, 2005 and 2009. He also did play-by-play for 23 bowl games. He was named North Carolina’s sportscaster of the year 13 times and is a member of the state’s sports hall of fame.