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Ric Flair Threatens Lawsuit Against Grantland.com

Shane Ryan of Grantland.com wrote a depressing piece on legendary wrestler Ric Flair that detailed his long list of legal and financial woes.

While Flair (born Richard Fliehr) can’t argue a majority of the story because it’s based on court documents, his camp took exception to one line that Ryan wrote:

That’s what he’s called on the paychecks from Total Nonstop Action, a second-tier outfit where he’s still compelled to perform despite suffering from alcoholic cardiomyopathy, and where almost everything he earns goes toward old debts: lawyers, ex-wives, the IRS, former business partners, and anyone who made the mistake of lending him money. Read more

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Sister of Former Seton Hall Coach Gonzalez Ranks 10 Worst Sportswriters

Former Seton Hall basketball coach Bobby Gonzalez, who was fired in March 2010 for a pattern of behavior both on and off the court that angered school officials (and who was later arrested for shoplifting in a bizarre incident), created a lot of ink for sportswriters during his tumultuous four-year tenure at the helm of the Pirates. Gonzalez’ sister, Linda, has now penned a blog post called “Here It Is: America’s Top Ten Worst, Least Credible, Most Conflicted Sportswriters (Do not try this at home and keep away from children),” a missive that probably won’t help her brother get his next coaching gig.

The worst sportswriter according to Linda Gonzalez is Pete Thamel of The New York Times, of whom she writes,

“Probably got beat up every day in grammar school for that lazy eye and now wants to take out his personal rejections on the world. Got to love the pictures of him from nonstop.com. Thamel is no more than a low-life domestic word terrorist, with no respect for human life, crawling around on his belly to better bite people in the heel to bring them down. He’s making a living at getting basketball coaches fired. Why? Politics wouldn’t have him, too many big words and complex issues.He’s made it his mission in life to bring down coaches he doesn’t like. He’s already cost hundreds of people their living, destroyed the lives of players and players families, and cost states millions of dollars in educational assets. He is unfair, unbalanced, inaccurate, misleading to the point of making things up, a danger to his newspaper and to the public at large. If this were an old wanted list, he would be Baby Face Nelson. No conscience. His only interest is inspiring widespread hate. Wants fame and blows his own horn every chance he gets. He’s exactly the opposite of everything a reporter should be. Wants to be a TV star too. Partners up with anyone who will boost his self-image. For all that he isn’t, he’s #1. Prediction fantasy: somebody no one ever heard of, who’s life was ruined indirectly by him lies in wait and runs him down on a New York street some dark and foggy night. Unfortunately, as in the world of pipe smoking crack dealers, Kevin Armstrong, whose star suddenly fell at the New York Daily News for partying too heavy and failing to join his fellow pack journalists at a local photo op, jumps in to quickly replace him.

Some other excerpts from her Top 10:

2. Pat Forde: “Forde is a conflicted, two-faced individual and the worst mistake ESPN has ever made in its history.”

3. Jeff Goodman: “The CBS job is a good move for Goodman since working with such writers as Gregg Doyel – one of the best in the business- will force him into some kind of self-awareness of his shortcomings.”

4. Lenn Robbins: “Prediction fantasy: Robbins finally comes out of the closet and runs away with a well known SNY sports newscaster. Unfortunately, they are followed by twitter addicts who will never let them be alone. They decide to use their popularity for good and end up serving as co councilmen in San Francisco writing pamphlets for gay pride.

6. Gary Parrish: “Parrish is bored, hates sports, hates sports people. He deals with his boredom by bullying and picking on people who have no idea who he is.”

Yeah, it’s quite a read. And quite a boost to Bobby Gonzalez’s job prospects.

 

Madden NFL 12 To Emphasize Concussions

The days of returning from a concussion in Madden after only two quarters are over.

Madden NFL 12 will emphasize the seriousness of concussions.

“Concussions are such a big thing, it has to be a big thing in the video game,” John Madden told The New York Times in a telephone interview. “It starts with young kids — they start in video games. I think the osmosis is if you get a concussion, that’s a serious thing and you shouldn’t play. Or leading with the head that you want to eliminate. We want that message to be strong.” Read more

Gus Johnson Doing What Gus Johnson Does

“George Mason making the statement: We are back … and ready!”

Jenna Lee Talks FBN, FNC, & Football

Fox News Channel’s Jenna Lee currently serves as a co-anchor of “Happening Now,” FNC’s 2-hour midday program, alongside Jon Scott.

Lee, along with Nicole Petallides, was the first anchor to appear on Fox Business Network when it went on the air Oct. 15, 2007. She co-hosted “Fox Business Morning” and was also a part of the show “Money for Breakfast.”

The football fan’s father is former NFL quarterback Bob Lee. TVNewser talked with Lee about her transition from FNC to FBN, how she got on air, and of course, football.

TVNewser: You moved from FBN to FNC in July. What has been the biggest challenge in the transition?

Jenna Lee: The biggest challenge in the transition is just being able to work different journalistic muscles. When I was on Fox Business, everything was toned to what was happening in the business world, which is really great, because obviously business and the economy remains one of the biggest stories out there. But then when I moved over to Fox News, suddenly I’m dealing with a whole bunch of different news all at one time, which includes politics obviously and also breaking news as well. And it was a challenging part of the job, because at the end of the day, I could just feel it: You feel the fact that you’re moving all these muscles to try to cover all of these different stories. But it’s also been one of the most rewarding parts of the job, because it’s truly what I love to do, which is follow the breaking news and be able to talk about other topics beyond business like health and politics. It’s a double-edged sword: it’s been challenging, but it’s also been one of the greatest parts of the transition.

TVNewser: You began your TV career in financial journalism, working as a writer and segment producer at NY1, how did you make the move on air?

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Katie Couric Honors Drew Brees at Sportsman of the Year Event

CBS Evening News Anchor Katie Couric introduced New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees last night at the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year event in Manhattan. Brees was honored for taking his team, and his beleaguered city, to the Super Bowl. Couric:

“This night was about much more than football. It was a new beginning for a city that still desperately needed to a second chance — and in Drew Breesus, they saw the second coming. You gave a reason for all of us to believe. Very simply put, Drew — on and off the field — you kick ass.”

SportsNewser has more on Brees’ selection as Sportsman of  the Year.

Here’s Couric’s interview with Brees earlier this year just before the Super Bowl.

(h/t Politico Playbook)

Sirius XM Radio And NFL Announce Extension

The NFL and Sirius XM Radio announced on Tuesday a five-year extension of their satellite broadcasting and marketing agreement.

Sirius XM will continue to carry every NFL game live nationwide through the Super Bowl in 2016. The satellite network has been the official radio partner of the league since 2004.

“We are pleased to continue our partnership with Sirius XM,” said Steve Bornstein, the NFL’s executive vice president of media. “They have been an excellent partner and have become part of NFL fans’ daily lives, not only on game day, but also throughout the year.”

In addition, Sirius NFL Radio (Channel 124), the first and only 24/7 radio channel dedicated entirely to the NFL, will continue on the airwaves.

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'FarmVille Meets Fantasy Sports:' CBS Takes Fantasy Football to Facebook

CBSSports.com has long had its own fantasy football league, but now the company is expanding its fantasy presence to a new platform: Facebook.

The network is launching “Franchise Football,” a new variation of fantasy football, which will be available exclusively on the social networking site. Calling it “FarmVille meets Fantasy Sports,” the game will have users selecting real players who will play statistically accurate simulated games. Users can earn virtual cash or “reputation points” depending on how their virtual team plays.

“Fantasy sports is really one of the original social networks so it’s a natural for CBSSports.com to extend these games into the world of social media,” said Jason Kint, Senior Vice President and General Manager, CBSSports.com. “Franchise Football will serve as a great extension of our award-winning fantasy football games on CBSSports.com, giving casual players and fanatics alike an avenue to participate in the game on a year round basis.”

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Katie Couric Interview with Super Bowl MVP New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees

Brees_2.7.jpgCBS Evening News anchor and managing editor Katie Couric sat down with New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees ahead of tonight’s game.

Segments were seen Friday on “The Early Show” and on “Evening News” as well as during CBS Sports pregame coverage. The entire interview was also Couric’s weekly CBSNews.com show @katiecouric.

The full interview after the jump…

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