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ESPN RISE is Renamed ESPN High School

ESPN RISE, a multiplatform brand launched in 2008 to produce and air content relevant to high school sports fans, has been renamed ESPN High School.

“ESPN is committed to providing the best high school sports content for fans while creating specific high-quality content and tools for the athlete themselves,” said Glenn Rosenbloom, vice president and general manager, ESPN High School. “By renaming this business, it clearly defines our mission and brings this property into better alignment with the rest of the ESPN networks and content platforms.”

The new brand will roll-out across ESPN platforms throughout August.

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Cover of SEC Football Media Guide is No. 5 Jersey

In case the No. 5 jersey on the cover of the SEC football media guide was too subtle, the cover also includes the helpful line, “Home of FIVE consecutive BCS National Champions.”

Can you name all five? I’ll give you a hint: Vanderbilt is not one of them.

Seriously, props to the SEC for a little bragging. It’s all in good fun.

Video: Rick Carlisle Doesn't Know Who Jason Whitlock Is

The postgame press conferences during the NBA Finals have been just as entertaining as the action on the floor.

On the heels of the awkward Gregg Doyel/LeBron James exchange, Jason Whitlock and Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle had an interesting back-and-forth following Game 4.

Journalists are now 0-for-2 during the NBA Finals. Just ask your question and move on.

 

Sugar Ray Leonard Alleges Sexual Abuse By Olympic Coach In New Book

In his forthcoming autobiography, “The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring,” which will be published in June by Viking, former boxing great Sugar Ray Leonard alleges that he was sexually abused as a young fighter by an unnamed “prominent Olympic boxing coach,” the New York Times reports.

Leonard writes that when the coach accompanied him as a 15-year-old and another young fighter to a boxing event in Utica, N.Y., in 1971, he had the teenagers take a bath in a tub of hot water and Epsom salts while he sat on the other side of the bathroom. They suspected “something a bit inappropriate” was occurring but did not want to question a strong male authority figure.

Several years later, Leonard describes sitting in a car in a deserted parking lot across from a recreation center, listening intently as the same coach, said to be in his late 40s, explained how much a gold medal at the 1976 Olympics would mean to his future.

He was flattered, filled with hope, as any young athlete would be. But he writes: “Before I knew it, he had unzipped my pants and put his hand, then mouth, on an area that has haunted me for life. I didn’t scream. I didn’t look at him. I just opened the door and ran.”

He adds that when he first decided to discuss the incident in the book, which is co-authored with Michael Arkush, he offered a version in which the abuser stopped before there was actual contact.

“That was painful enough,” Leonard writes. “But last year, after watching the actor Todd Bridges bare his soul on Oprah’s show about how he was sexually abused as a kid, I realized I would never be free unless I revealed the whole truth, no matter how much it hurt.”

Through his publisher, Leonard, who turned 55 on Tuesday, declined to comment (to the Times), saying that he will begin doing publicity for the book in June.

Even victims can be smart businessmen.

Ross Greenburg Not Fired From HBO Sports

BoxingScene.com reported Friday morning that longtime HBO executive Ross Greenburg had been fired by the network and his replacement was Yahoo executive vice president Ross Levinsohn.

Unfortunately for the boxing website, that report was simply not true. Both Levinsohn and HBO spokesman Ray Stallone denied the reports, which forced BoxingScene.com to release the following statement:

As I noted in an earlier statement, this week I was advised by two people who I consider to be reliable and knowledgeable that Ross Levinsohn would succeed Ross Greenburg as President of HBO Sports. On Friday morning, I communicated that information to Rick Reeno, who posted it on this website. Read more

Surprise: NFL Draft Ratings Down From 2010

Coverage of the 2011 NFL Draft on ESPN and the NFL Network combined for a 5.1 rating and 7 million viewers. Those numbers were down 22 percent and 16 percent respectively from 2010.

Despite the ratings slide, it’s still the second-most watched first round behind last year’s 8.3 million.

While you could make the claim that the NFL Draft faced stiff competition between the NBA Playoffs and NBC’s The Office, it’s the first sign that fans are tired of the back-and-forth between the NFL and the players.

Just ask Roger Goodell, who was greeted Thursday night with a round of boos from the crowd.

 

Tom Brady, Under Armour Team Up For NFL Draft Chat

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Under Armour are teaming up for a consumer promotion during the NFL Draft using Facebook.

Under Armour will host the first-ever Tom Brady Draft Chat on April 29, a lengthy conversation and Q&A session with a limited group of fans. Fans looking to participate will have to visit Under Armour’s Facebook page through April 24 and submit photos of themselves “Getting Charged Up.”

Under Armour Founder and CEO Kevin Plank will select 12 winners, each of whom will be allowed to invite a guest to join him/her at the Draft Chat.

NFL analyst Boomer Esiason will moderate the chat, which also will be broadcast live on Under Armour’s Facebook page and on Ustream.tv, via the URL www.ustream.tv/underarmour. Read more

ESPN Offering Facebook Fans Sneak Preview Of The Fab Five

For fans anticipating The Fab Five documentary (March 13 at 9 pm on ESPN), you can catch a sneak preview Tuesday night on ESPN’s Facebook page.

Following the extended clip, former Michigan guard Jalen Rose will host a live video chat and Q&A with fans.

The ESPN NBA analyst was outspoken this morning on First Take when discussing the documentary and Duke University.

“For me, Duke was personal,” Rose said. “I hated Duke. And I hated everything I felt Duke stood for. Schools like Duke didn’t recruit players like me. I felt like they only recruited black players that were Uncle Toms.”

Let’s see how long it takes before Coach Mike Krzyzewski responds to Rose and drops a “no comment.”

Dan Snyder Is Off Limits On The Tony Kornheiser Show

If you’re expecting Tony Kornheiser or his guests to be critical of Washington Redskins owner Daniel Synder, think again.

John Feinstein explained that the radio host and Pardon the Interruption co-host put the squabash on bringing up Snyder.

“Someone asked an interesting question last week: Do I know the questions I’m going to be asked when I go on the radio. The answer is: not usually. I can guess based on what’s going on what I might be asked about but I don’t usually specifically talk to the host or the producer beforehand.

The only exception to that in the past was when I was still on NPR where I actually wrote my own questions because none of the producers there knew the difference between a hockey puck and a basketball. (On the day Bob Knight was fired I called in to explain that I needed to be on the next morning and the producer who answered the phone said, “so why was he important? Did he coach Michael Jordan or something?”) Read more

NFL and ESPN to Start Negotiating for Monday Night Football?

ESPN snagged the Monday Night Football broadcast rights in 2006 for over $1 billion per year, and the network doesn’t want to let the franchise go. According to Pro Football Talk, the Worldwide Leader will begin negotiating with the National Football League this week when the owners meet in Chicago. ESPN will have an exclusive period of one to two months to negotiate, after which other suitors can get involved.

Don’t expect it to get to that point, however. ESPN has the cash, the desire, and the branding. Now that it has the NFL, it’s not giving the sport up.

Ironically, while Fox, CBS, and NBC are killing it in the ratings so far this season, MNF is down 5.7 percent from last year (although up 14 percent from 2008). That will change tonight, however, as the New York Jets-Minnesota Vikings matchup should draw viewers in massive numbers.

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