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ESPN New York Radio Host Reveals He's Gay

ESPN New York 1050 host Jared Max revealed Thursday that he’s gay.

“Are we ready to have our sports information delivered by someone who’s gay? Well, you know what, we are gonna find out,” Max said. “Because for the last 16 years I’ve been living a free life among my close friends and family, and I’ve hidden behind what is a gargantuan-size secret here in the sports world. I am gay.”

The 37-year-old is the host of Maxed Out In The Morning. Max admitted to suffering through depression and suicidal thoughts while keeping his sexuality a secret.

“I don’t share this news with you today to get a reaction or to make news, of being a New York sportscaster working on an all-sports radio station,” Max said. “I do this today because it seems to me there’s never been a better time.”

Robin Meade to host Concert for Storm/Flood Relief

HLN’s Robin Meade has been tapped to co-host “Music Builds: The CMT Disaster Relief Concert,” airing live on CMT tomorrow night at 9pmET. HLN will re-broadcast the special, which is being held at the Grand Ole Opry, Sunday at 9pmET.

ESPN’s Erin Andrews and comedian Ron White co-host the evening meant to raise awareness and funds for those affected by the recent storms, tornadoes and ongoing flooding across the south. All money raised will go to American Red Cross Disaster Relief efforts.

Video: Beckham and Sofia Vergara in Diet Pepsi spot

I guess we can overlook the fact that this Diet Pepsi commercial starring David Beckham and Sofia Vergara pretty much steals its inspiration directly from a scene in “Back to School,” i.e., when Rodney Dangerfield‘s driver (played by Burt Young) raises a sign next to the limo that reads “Bruce Springsteen,” which causes all the kids to abandon the long line at registration, allowing Rodney and his contingent to stroll right up. Adding the element of Twitter just makes it contemporary.

(H/T to Game On)

Philly columnist: Media should shut up about booing fans

Are you someone who boos a lot at sporting events? Do you boo when your favorite team has the audacity to fall behind in the first inning? Or when a future Hall of Famer goes into a prolonged slump? If so, that’s all well and good according to Philadelphia Inquirer columnist John Gonzalez, who takes exception to columnists and TV announcers who chastise fans for booing at questionable times.

“Many media types I know hold the fans in contempt. It’s sad when, say, a cheese-heavy local baseball blogger thinks he knows it all but fails to see himself for what he is: a glorified stenographer with a bloated ego and a sweet gig. It’s the misguided elitism that rankles. Reporters don’t consume sports the same way fans do, and few of them have made much of an effort to understand your perspective….Boo whomever you like. Or don’t. It’s up to you. Just don’t let anyone dictate the terms of your passion. They aren’t you, and they shouldn’t pretend that they always know what’s right.”

Passively accepting the commentary of, say, Bob Costas is for lemmings from the Midwest, Gonzalez says.

“Context is important. Let’s not forget where all this supposedly unsavory conduct occurs. We don’t live in St. Paul, Minn., or St. Louis. The fans there are Stepford automatons, blinking and cheering and slobbering on cue. It’s frightening. Many of the people (in Philadelphia) take pride in being the opposite of the typical mindless water-and-sprout mutants filling seats in stadiums across the country. Philadelphians have long seen themselves as open, honest brokers – fans who will tell you exactly what they’re thinking instead of what you might want to hear.”

So in conclusion: Philadelphia fans can tell you what they’re thinking (even when you don’t want to hear it), but Philadelphia announcers cannot.

– Photo Los Angeles Times

TruTV Expands Sports Slate

Turner’s TruTV, which televised a number of NCAA March Madness basketball games this year, is adding to its roster of sports programs.

At its upfront presentation in New York last night, Tru announced a slate of new programming, and sports and competition series played a big part of it.

NFL Films is producing a new unscripted series for the network, “Semi-Pro” (working title). The series follows a team of semi-pro football players as they practice, play and hit the bars after the game.

“Semi-Pro” is the second series to come to TruTV from NFL Films. Last year the channel televised “NFL Full Contact,” which was a behind the scenes look at an NFL game.

Another sports-themed series coming to Tru this year is MotoClash (wt), which is from producers Tony Scott and Ridley Scott. The series chronicles World MotoClash, the longest motorcycle race in the world.

Other competition series include “Guinness World Records” (wt) which has a pair of brothers traveling the country trying to help people break Guinness world records.

Finally, TruTV has acquired off-network rights to the ABC series “Wipeout,” which will debut on Tru this Fall.

More information on these and the other pickups, after the jump.

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Juju Chang Moving To ‘Nightline,’ ESPN’s Josh Elliott To Become ‘GMA’ Newsreader

Breaking: Changes are afoot at ABC’s “Good Morning America,” as Juju Chang will soon leave the program to join “Nightline” as a correspondent and fill-in anchor, while ESPN “SportsCenter” anchor Josh Elliott joins the morning show as its newsreader.

The changes are the first major moves since James Goldston took over as senior EP of “GMA” in February.

“In her new position, Juju will play a leading part in a number of the 13 primetime hours that Nightline will produce this summer,” wrote ABC News president Ben Sherwood in an email to staff. “She will also make major contributions to 20/20, World News and GMA – as she has throughout her 23 year career at ABC News.”

The news was first reported by the NY Post.

Elliott will join fellow ESPN alum Robin Roberts on the morning show, along with ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, who contributes regular pieces to the program. Both ESPN and ABC are owned by the Walt Disney Company.

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First Night Of NCAA Coverage Earns 1.0 Household Rating

The truTV experiment is off to a great start.

Last night’s doubleheader coverage of the First Four of the 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship averaged a metered market household rating of 1.0.

UNC Asheville vs. Arkansas-Little Rock delivered a.9 metered market household rating, while UAB vs. Clemson averaged a 1.1 overnight metered market household rating.

I knew I wasn’t the only person who knew how to find truTv thanks to Operation Repo.

Fox Sports To Broadcast Inaugural Pac-12 Football Title Game

Looking to rebound after losing the Bowl Championship Series, Fox Sports and the Pac-10 Conference have reached a one-year agreement for Fox to broadcast the inaugural Pac-12 Football Championship Game.

The game is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, December 3, 2011 at the home stadium of the team with the best conference record, with kickoff planned at 3:30 p.m. ET. Read more

The Jets-Patriots Rivalry Is No Joke

Is this a preview of Monday night?

For the sake of UGG Boots, let’s hope not.

It would be hard to sell boots if Tom Brady didn’t have legs.

(And in case you’re wondering, the artist of this colorful photo is 9.)

(H/T Deadspin)

Rick Reilly Really Likes the Words "Tiny," "Large," "Very," and "Nice"

We’ve mentioned the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective before, but they’ve really outdone themselves with their latest post.

Ben Blatt uses a couple complicated formulas to compare the writing styles of luminaries Bill Simmons, Jason Whitlock, and Rick Reilly.

Blatt wonders if he can determine the author of a column based on word usage. The results: His equation goes six-for-six in predicting who wrote a given column. In fact, the formula overwhelmingly points out the correct author.

But that’s not the best part of the study. Read more

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