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Vin Scully Returning For The Dodgers In 2012

The greatest play-by-play broadcaster of all-time will return for at least one more season.

Vin Scully announced Friday during the Los Angeles Dodgers-Colorado Rockies telecast that he would return for his 63rd season.

His announcement comes the same week after Los Angeles Times columnist T.J. Simers discovered Dodger season-ticket holders were sent a survey to evaluate Scully’s announcing abilities in six categories.

I guess he passed with flying colors.

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HBO to Televise 'Derek Jeter 3K' Special, Following Yankee's Quest for 3,000 Hits

HBO Sports and Major League Baseball Productions are teaming up to produce a special chronicling New York Yankee Derek Jeter‘s quest for 3,000 hits. Titled “Derek Jeter 3K,” the special will air a few weeks after he gets hit number 3,000.

The special will include archival footage from Jeter’s early seasons, as well as interviews with family, friends and colleagues. MLB and HBO received substantial access to Jeter, according to the announcement:

He has agreed to allow MLB Productions camera crews to follow him on multiple occasions and in a variety of settings, including in his home and during rehabilitation from a calf injury. “DEREK JETER 3K” also will feature exclusive interview footage with the Yankee captain in the ensuing days after he achieves the milestone.

It helps that Jeter is one of the biggest brands in baseball and that he plays for the Yankees. Other milestones for other players probably won’t be getting the same treatment. Nonetheless, HBO–which has seen much success with its “all-access” programs–certainly sees value in following the Yankee captain.

The official announcement is after the jump.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PRODUCTIONS AND HBO® TEAMING UP WITH 12-TIME All-STAR DEREK JETER TO PRODUCE ALL-ACCESS SHOW ON JETER’S QUEST TO REACH 3,000 HITS

Production Currently Under Way on “DEREK JETER 3K,” Set to Air Just Weeks After 3,000th Hit

New York – - HBO and Major League Baseball Productions are teaming up for a new documentary chronicling New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter’s quest for his 3,000th career hit. The one-hour special, titled “DEREK JETER 3K,” will take viewers behind the scenes as Jeter attempts to reach the milestone.

With the cooperation of Derek Jeter and the Yankees, MLB Productions will have extensive access to Jeter both at and away from the ballpark. He has agreed to allow MLB Productions camera crews to follow him on multiple occasions and in a variety of settings, including in his home and during rehabilitation from a calf injury. “DEREK JETER 3K” also will feature exclusive interview footage with the Yankee captain in the ensuing days after he achieves the milestone.

Produced by MLB Productions in collaboration with HBO Sports, “DEREK JETER 3K” will include reflections on Jeter’s entire career, including footage in the MLB Productions archives from his early days with the Yankees through his five World Series Championships. The special will include new interviews with his family and friends as well as Yankees executives, Legends and teammates such as Hal Steinbrenner, Brian Cashman, Joe Girardi, Joe Torre, Curtis Granderson, Mariano Rivera, Dave Winfield, Minka Kelly, Billy Crystal, and many more. The special will debut on HBO a few weeks after the milestone is reached.

In addition to a prime-time premiere and a full schedule of replays, the special also will be available to subscribers on HBO ON DEMAND® and HBO GO.

“It has been a lot of fun working with HBO Sports and MLB Productions to capture this milestone in a special and unique way,” said Jeter. “Hopefully fans will enjoy getting to see a sneak peek at the journey.”

“The buzz we’ve all seen during the buildup to this milestone is a clear indication of how Derek transcends the game on the field, and this is an ideal occasion for us to document what he’s going through on a day-to-day basis,” said Chris Tully, Major League Baseball Senior Vice President, Broadcasting. “We’re extremely grateful to Derek and the Yankees for granting us this level of access, and we’re excited to once again work with HBO.”

“Derek Jeter is known for his grace and excellence both on and off the ball field,” said Ross Greenburg, President, HBO Sports. “This special will provide sports fans with a fascinating view of what Derek Jeter experiences during this memorable moment in baseball history.”

“The 3,000 hit plateau is one of the most recognizable feats in our great game,” said New York Yankees President Randy Levine. “To have the days surrounding Derek’s remarkable achievement chronicled by Major League Baseball Productions and HBO ensures that this historic milestone will be captured with the type of style and professionalism he has become so synonymous with.”

Atlanta Falcons Show Interest In HBO's Hard Knocks

There’s at least one team showing publicly showing interest in HBO’s Hard Knocks.

Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said Friday that he did not rule out the team being featured this summer during training camp.

“I truly believe that an organization has to be in the right spot to jump into something like Hard Knocks,” Dimitroff said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “I think it sheds a lot of light on our league. This is a league of entertainment. There are some traditionalists that struggle with it, but they have to work against the grain a little bit and see that this is about entertainment. Hard Knocks is a good show for the fan base.” Read more

Pelada Shoots, Scores

At its core, soccer is the most social of games. You need little to play – some semblance of a ball, two “posts” for goals – but it does require bodies. Solo kickabouts rarely last.

Luke Boughen and Gwendolyn Oxenham prove this point in Pelada, a documentary that follows the two former college stars as they travel the world, searching for pickup games. They find them everywhere, from a prison in Bolivia to a town square in China.

The film, which played its world premiere at South by Southwest in March and scored positive reviews from outlets included The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, and the BBC, held its New York premiere Tuesday night at Legend’s Restaurant and Bar. SportsNewser spoke with Oxenham before the screening about the definition of success, the drudgery of promotion, and kinda, sorta being a movie star. Read more