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WNBA to Honor Katie Couric With Inspiration Award

Katie Couric, the first solo female evening news anchor, will be honored with the 2011 WNBA Inspiration Award, the league announced today. Couric will receive the award at a luncheon in New York City next Tuesday, May 24.

“Katie Couric’s incredible leadership in the news industry along with her selfless efforts to increase cancer awareness and screenings has made her a true inspiration not only in her field but for the millions of women and young people who aspire to do great things just like her,” said WNBA president Laurel Richie. “The WNBA is thrilled to recognize Katie and her outstanding accomplishments with the 2011 WNBA Inspiration Award.”

Will Fans in Cowboys Stadium Watch the Super Bowl on Their iPads?

In’s excellent story detailing the technology at Cowboys Stadium, there’s a brief mention of the effect iPads might have on fandom.

And, of course, this being the first Super Bowl since the introduction of the iPad, fans can not only bring along their favorite Apple-made tablet – the NFL assured there will be no restrictions on bringing the device into the stadium – but they can also use the NFL’s official Super Bowl app, which features virtual 3-D navigation of Cowboys Stadium, as well as a facilities guide that may prove useful for those not wanting to waste a nanosecond searching out the nearest beer stand.

Ah, we can see it now: Fox cuts to the stands after a Green Bay Packers touchdown, only to find a quarter of the fans engrossed in watching the replay on their handheld tablets. (Or, more likely, catching up on the latest ads they missed.)

It’s either depressing or the perfect combination of your living room and live action.

But there’s more. Read more

Regis Philbin on Keith Olbermann: ‘I don’t think he’d get along with Gelman for 10 minutes’

What’s next for Regis Philbin? Will he take a page from Oprah and create his own network? “No, Regis wants to relax a little bit,” he says. Will he pair up with his former co-host (for six months in 1981) Mary Hart: “She is an institution in her own right. That might be fun.”

Whatever it is, don’t call it retirement.

Philbin sat down with B&C editor Ben Grossman this morning at the annual NATPE conference in Miami Beach. “It was kind of awkward and not easy,” said Philbin of telling co-host Kelly Ripa and producer Michael Gelman of his departure. “I was nervous.”

As for possible replacements, Philbin says “it’ll be up to the ABC people and Gelman and Kelly.” But what does he think about Keith Olbermann taking over: “I don’t think he’d get along with Gelman for 10 minutes.”

Philbin, along with the also departing “Entertainment Tonight” co-host Mary Hart and NBC Sports & Olympics chairman Dick Ebersol, was honored last night at the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award dinner. In 1981 Philbin and Hart co-hosted a short-lived NBC daytime talk show that was canceled by then-network head Tartikoff after 6 months.

30 years later, he takes pride in telling the NATPE crowd that when he brought his talents to ABC: “Every day of every week of every year for 28 years we beat NBC at 9 O’Clock. They (the third hour of “Today”) did come back, and last month they had a week where they topped us.”

B&C's Ben Grossman warmed up Regis Philbin with ice cream bars ahead of his interview this morning at NATPE.

Mike Vick Inks Endorsement Deal With Unequal Technologies

Two months ago, Michael Vick was featured in a local car commercial for Woodbury Nissan in Woodbury, N.J. It was the first step in Vick’s comeback as a marketable athlete.

The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback is taking another step in the right direction after signing a two-year contract with Unequal Technologies, the provider of football pads that Vick wore most of last season. Following his rib injury, Vick wore a special vest along with shoulder and thigh pads.

Terms weren’t disclosed but it’s a “sizable” contract according to chief executive officer Rob Vito. The deal will be announced on Thursday according to USA Today. Read more

High Definition Comes to the PBA Tournament of Champions

This weekend marks the 46th annual PBA Tournament of Champions with a record $1 million on the line. But the money isn’t the most exciting part of the event.

For the first time ever, it will be shown in high definition.

Who’s scheduled to appear? “Kelly Kulick, the first woman to ever win a PBA Tour event, will return to defend her title, along with Walter Ray Williams Jr., Jason Couch, Norm Duke, Pete Weber and many more.

Rob Stone and analyst Randy Pedersen will handle booth duty while Kimberly Pressler reports laneside.

Coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.

The New York Times Finds Willie Mays in Harlem

Willie Mays and the World Series-winning San Francisco Giants are coming to New York this weekend and visiting Harlem, the site of the Polo Grounds where the New York Giants played before relocating out West. In anticipation of the trip, The New York TimesWilliam Rhoden goes in search of “Willie Mays’s Harlem,” filming the entire expedition.

The result is a touching piece the shows the famous ballplayer as a humble member of his neighborhood who played stickball with the kids and then bought them ice cream at the local store before heading down the street to patrol centerfield for the Giants.

Fun watching for a Friday afternoon.

ESPN Going All Out For UConn’s Record Run to 89

Get ready for a lot of University of Connecticut women’s basketball coverage on the ESPN Networks.

With the Huskies one victory shy of surpassing UCLA’s 88-game win streak, ESPN2 will televise UConn’s next game on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET) against No. 14 Florida State from the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. The game was originally scheduled to air on ESPNU.

Dave O’Brien and Doris Burke will call the game and former Huskies star Rebecca Lobo will serve as the sideline reporter. The Final Four studio team of Trey Wingo, Kara Lawson and Carolyn Peck will host an hour-long pregame show on Tuesday beginning at 6 p.m. Read more

Yankees-Rangers Game 1 Sets Ratings Record

More than eight million people watched the Texas Rangers bullpen implode Friday night against the New York Yankees on TBS, making it the most watched opening game of a League Champion Series on cable television.

Game 1 of Rangers-Yankees scored a 5.0 rating and 8.11 million viewers, a 19 percent increase over the 2009 NLCS Game 1 between Philadelphia and Los Angeles on TBS.

It was also the second-largest audience for any LCS Game 1 since TBS and FOX started sharing MLB postseason coverage in 2007.

Locally, the game drew a 13.9 rating in the New York market and a 21.9 rating in the Dallas Fort-Worth area.

The NHL and Foursquare Together at Last

Getting checked? So 2009. Checking in? So cool.

Today, the NHL becomes the first professional sports league “with a full-time, dedicated presence on Foursquare.” Fans attending the NHL Face-Off festival in Toronto can check in.

According to a release, “tips and clues available on the Foursquare mobile application will provide ‘insider’ information to fans, and will also point them to secret locations in Dundas Square where NHL representatives will give away prizes such as free subscriptions to NHL GameCenter LIVE.”

But are hockey fans social media mavens? Read more

Got Talent? HBO Seeks New Sports Segment Producer

HBO has been bringing you outstanding sports coverage for years, and now you can be a part of the team that creates the imagery to go with it. The TV company is looking for a new segment producer, who has a strong knowledge of sports journalism, and can pack a punch with his or her production skills.

If you want to land this position, you must have a keen eye for the perfect shot and impeccable graphic/visual sense. Of course, you should also possess top-notch writing, researching and reporting skills, too. This is the big league, so you should be on your game as far as managing projects and budgets, and making sure you hit your scheduled targets.

To be considered, you’ll need a minimum five years of experience producing long-form TV news magazine segments. You should also be super organized, a problem-solver and have unparalleled news judgment to make the cut for this competitive gig. Think you have what it takes? Apply here.