- NBC Sports has slated its Olympics coverage for MSNBC and CNBC. MSNBC will broadcast up to 20 different sports, including basketball and soccer, over 155 hours from 9am-6pmET weekdays and more on weekends. CNBC will carry 73 hours of boxing from 5-8pmET weekdays, with six hours of live coverage on weekends. The London games open July 27 with preliminary matches on MSNBC beginning July 25.
- New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning made his first trip to CNN this morning, interviewed on “Starting Point” talking about his nonprofit Build Our Kids Success. On his brother Peyton Manning‘s move to Denver, Eli says, “I was with him last week for a little bit shooting a Reebok commercial. He’s doing great and loving it out there and working hard and excited to be playing football again.”
- NBC’s Ann Curry is in Cannes, France today giving viewers an inside look at the star-studded Cannes Film Festival. Curry reported live from Cannes this morning and will co-anchor split live shows tomorrow and Friday.
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- President Obama will be making his first trip to NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” next week. The show will tape live from the University of North Carolina, with musical guest Dave Matthews. The booking is also a coup for Fallon, which becomes the first non-news program to book President Obama this election cycle, now that Mitt Romney is all but assured the GOP nomination. Fallon is soliciting questions for the President via Twitter, so ask away!
- BBC America hosted its annual upfront party last night in New York, and it was more bacchanal than boring. Fire breathers, ring-dancers and men and women in fanciful and frightening costumes were abound. More details at our sister site FishbowlNY.
- Fox News Channel anchor Shepard Smith will be returning to his alma mater Ole Miss. Smith will be emceeing a dinner in honor of Giants quarterback Eli Manning, who is also an Ole Miss alum, as well as a friend of Smith’s. The Ole Miss M-Club Alumni Chapter is organizing the event, which will also have Eli’s brother Peyton Manning and father Archie Manning in attendance.
With the NFL lockout resolved, the 2012 Fiesta Bowl has been moved up from Jan. 5 to Jan. 2.
The BCS originally left the evening of Jan. 2 free in case the NFL had to push their season back due to the lockout.
The Fiesta Bowl will now be played right after the Rose Bowl, which is on Jan. 2 next year because New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday.
Erin Andrews has probably had her share of intoxicated men heckle her over the years.
But there are some topics that are just off topic – - including the 2009 peephole video.
A fan at the College World Series brings up the video while trying to get the attention of Andrews (2:25 mark), and the ESPN reporter handled the situation well.
There are other ways of getting her attentions, fellas.
[H/T Larry Brown Sports]
ESPN’s Monday Night Football broadcast between the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears earned a “10.8 overnight rating on ESPN Monday night, up 28 percent from Week 15 last year.
You can thank Brett Favre for all that jazz.
The broadcast played strongly in the home markets of the two teams. “The ESPN telecast drew a 15.6 rating in Minneapolis-St. Paul and a 14.2 in Chicago. As usual, the game was simulcast on local broadcast affiliates in both markets, earning a 32.9 on Minneapolis ABC affiliate KSTP and a 26.5 on Chicago ABC affiliate WLS.”
Four teams – the Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts – voted to decertify the NFL Players Association. The Washington Redskins were planning to vote on Friday.
The move gives the players leverage if and when they fail to reach an agreement with NFL management. NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith, who is traveling around explaining the situation to teams and players, called the move “purely procedural” and “a non-story until March.”
It is, however, the same tactic the players used to great effect in 1993. A total decertification of the union would give individual players the ability to sue the league for anti-trust issues.
NFLPA assistant executive director of external affairs George Attalah hopes the players and the league can come together.
“It’s important that everyone understands that we will be committed to collective bargaining,” he told ESPN. “Negotiations remain the best path to a fair and long-term deal.”
Now, what about that 18-game schedule?
Read more after the jump…
Did you see that?
Today marks the final airing of MSNBC’s Olympic Update, which aired for two weeks from 5-7pmET. While enjoying strong ratings from an Olympic coverage lead-in, it amassed largely negative press. Terms like “Amateur Hour,” and “Mean-Girl insults,” were used, as were statements like, “The two seem to have worse chemistry than Barber and Eli Manning.” MSNBC message boards were full of negative reviews as well.
As an example of the uncomfortable chemistry, here’s a bit from yesterday’s show:
Wolfe: What do you tell people that your nickname is?
Hall: My nickname is T-nice because all the crew members say I’m so nice.
Wolfe: No, no, no. Let me explain what your nickname is. TP, my friend. Tight Pants Tamron. TP-Tamron.
Hall: Tight pants. I’m going to kill you. Tight Pants Tamron. Well, let me tell you, today I lived up to my name. You have no idea, thank you very much.
Wolfe: Oh, we have some idea.
Hall: Yeah. Well, I — you know, I’m not going to comment because it’ll be on a blog and we’ll have to deal with it later.
Indeed. Also, apparently Wolfe is known as J-Date and Barber is Tik-ster.
But the most talked about moment of the last two weeks relates to a segment featuring Brian Williams and a discussion about “total medal count.” Newsday and the New York Daily News have stories today about the YouTube hit.
“Tiki and Jenna were discussing total medal count versus gold medal counts and Tiki’s words were unclear,” said an MSNBC statement about the matter.
Keep that in mind, while clicking continued to see the Barber clip…