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MLB.com Bans Customized Chapter 11 Dodger Jerseys

Dodger fans looking to take out their frustration with a customized Chapter 11 baseball jersey won’t be able to purchase one from MLB.com.

The custom jersey provides users with the following message: “”Your current entry cannot be processed. Language deemed inappropriate, derogatory, or profane will not be accepted. Please create a new entry.”

Where’s your sense of humor, Bud Selig?

[H/T Larry Brown Sports]

 

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Bruins/Lightning Game 7 Set Versus Ratings Record

Last Friday’s Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Boston Bruins and the Tampa Bay Lightning was the most-viewed conference final game since 2002, according to ratings released by Nielsen. The series clincher won by Boston garnered 2.55 million viewers, making it the most-viewed conference final game on cable since the Avalanche played the Red Wings on ESPN in 2002.

The broadcast was also the most-watched conference-final game in Versus network history, and good for sixth-best overall, with only the Stanley Cup Finals posting larger numbers.

 

Carson Palmer on 'Media Hiatus'

Sports Illustrated writer Jim Trotter ran into disgruntled Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer at the Drew Brees‘ Cox Celebrity Golf Classic in San Diego last week, so naturally Trotter wanted to ask Palmer about his current relationship with the Bengals, who have steadfastly refused to honor Palmer’s request to be traded from the dysfunctional franchise. Palmer reportedly said nothing to Trotter beyond the assertion that he’s still on “media hiatus.”

Palmer can’t be traded during the current lockout, so his comments would serve little purpose. Still, it would have been nice to hear his opinions on Chad “Mr. One and Half Seconds” Ochocinco. That handle refers, of course, to how long he lasted during his professional bullriding debut. Get your minds out of the gutter, people.

(H/T to Cincinnati.com)

Update: Braves' Roger McDowell coach accused of using gay slurs, apologizes

During a press conference that streamed live this afternoon on TMZ.com, attorney Gloria Allred and her client, a father of twin 9-year-old girls, accused Atlanta Braves coach Roger McDowell of directing gay slurs at the father during Saturday’s game in San Francisco. McDowell was accused of making a homophobic remark and then using a baseball bat to simulate gay sex. McDowell also allegedly told the father and two other male fans, “Are you three giving it to each other in the a**?” When the father confronted McDowell from the stands, McDowell reportedly responded by saying, “Kids don’t f**king belong at the baseball park” … and then approached the man with a baseball bat, saying, “How much are your teeth worth?”

Soon after the press conference, McDowell apologized for the incident, saying, “I am deeply sorry that I responded to the heckling fans in San Francisco on Saturday. I apologize to everyone for my actions. ”

A rep for the Braves released an additional statement, saying, “We are concerned by these allegations and the behavior described by a witness today. This in no way represents the Braves organization and the conduct we expect of our employees.”

No word yet from Major League Baseball on what actions, if any, will be taken towards McDowell. And no word, either, on what exactly the fans were saying to him. There are of course two sides to every story, so let’s get the full account before we crucify McDowell alone. Have to imagine he didn’t decide to go ballistic for no reason.

 

 

ESPN, Big East Discussing Media Rights Extension

ESPN and the Big East Conference are in talks to extend their media deal, according to John Ourand and Michael Smith of Sports Business Journal.

The current deal ends after the 2013 college football season and the extension that’s being discussed would more than triple the conference’s current media rights fee.

On average, ESPN currently pays the Big East $36 million annually for all of its sports. The early numbers for a new deal are in the $110 million to $130 million range annually according to sources. Last July, ESPN and the ACC agreed on a 12-year broadcast rights agreement deal worth $155 million annually.

ESPN is clearly trying to act fast before they face competition from the likes of Fox, Turner and Comcast/NBC. The Big East and ESPN have been partners since 1979 and I expect the two to continue their relationship … for the right price.

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

Sunday's NCAA Regional Finals Scores 8.5 Overnight Rating

Through the first two rounds of the 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, the ratings average-to-date in metered markets is a 6.8/14, up 15 percent from a 5.9/13 for CBS Sports’ 2010 coverage, according to Nielsen.

Sunday’s coverage of the regional finals on CBS delivered a overnight household rating/share of 8.5/17.

Let’s see how a VCU vs. Butler showdown on Saturday night will do in the ratings.

Was Robin Roberts’ Tiger Woods interview too soft?

Tiger Woods is making the media rounds — appearing last night on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and this morning on “Good Morning America” in an interview with Robin Roberts. The pitch the networks got: promote the new Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 videogame and get an interview with Tiger.

After a question about how Woods is handling not winning a major for the last year, the story spent the next minute-and-a-half promoting the videogame.

That’s the trade of the trade: promote a celebrity product get a celebrity interview. But sit-downs with Tiger Woods are very rare — ABC News hasn’t interviewed him since before the scandal — and considering the public mess his private life became just one year ago, viewers should expect the story to include questions that “go there.” (ABC News would not comment to us about what went in to the booking process.)

The sub-banner throughout the story read “Facing life as a single dad.” That question came more than 3 minutes in: “How is it for you to be a single dad and balancing the career?” Roberts asked.

“It’s work, there’s no doubt. It’s work. It’s tough, but it’s enjoyable,” said Woods. “We have a great time together and that’s what’s important. Family’s first.”

Then it was back to golf and Woods’ “ability to come back” and challenge Jack Nicklaus‘ record.

“Robin has interviewed Tiger several times in the past,” says an ABC insider defending the sit-down. “This was part of an ongoing conversation ‘GMA’ has had with the golfer, a

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Tiger Woods on ‘Good Morning America’

“Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts sat down with Tiger Woods to discuss his new Masters video game. But she also got him to open up being a single dad and balancing his family and career. The interview airs tomorrow morning. Woods also appears on Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive” tomorrow. Tonight, he’s on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”

The NBA Cares. Just Not About its Employees.

Peter Vecsey offers up a heartbreaking column detailing the trials of former Detroit Pistons vice president of publicity Matt Dobek, former Boston Celtics assistant coach Clifford Ray, and former all star Connie Hawkins.

All three received unfair treatment from front offices hoping to save a few bucks. Dobek’s case was the most severe; he took his own life.

On Aug. 21, Matt Dobek, a strict Catholic and devout family man with a legion of faithful friends, hung himself in his family garage. It was a day before his mother’s birthday. He was deeply depressed at no longer being the Pistons’ vice president of publicity. In May, Pistons’ officials had abruptly fired him – fraudulently accusing him of leaking another employees’ pending firing – as well as three other staff members who had pledged allegiance to the franchise for a combined century-plus. Read more