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Updated: NBC Wins Rights to Next Four Olympics

NBC beat out competing bids from ESPN and Fox Sports and was awarded rights to broadcast the next four Olympics by the International Olympic Committee, the IOC announced today in Switzerland. NBC’s winning bid was $4.38 billion. NBC paid $2.2 billion to air the 2010 and 2012 Games.

Mark Lazarus, chairman of the NBC Sports Group, said “It is a great thrill to know that NBC’s unsurpassed Olympic heritage and unprecedented partnership with the IOC will continue through 2020. The Olympics are a significant part of NBC and the IOC again recognized NBCUniversal’s unmatched ability to promote, market, program and produce the Olympic Games. London, Sochi, Rio and the 2018 and 2020 Games will benefit from our ability to galvanize all the resources of the newly-formed NBC Sports Group to bring the Games to more homes and more platforms than ever.” Read more

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Boston vs. Miami Earns 4.5 Overnight Rating On TNT

TNT’s coverage of Game 2 between Boston vs. Miami earned a 4.5 overnight rating.

While the ratings were up 96 percent (2.3) from last year, Game 1 between Atlanta vs. Orlando was a 43-point blowout.

Locally, the game earned a 16.2 rating in Miami-Ft. Lauderdale and a 11.1 in Boston.

In the nightcap, Game 2 between Memphis vs. Oklahoma City drew a 3.7 overnight rating, which was higher than last year’s 3.6 for Game 2 of the Utah vs. Los Angeles Lakers broadcast.

Locally, the game earned a 19.6 rating in Memphis and an 18.8 in Oklahoma City.

[H/T Sports Media Watch]

‘Tiger Jam’ back in Vegas after skipping year

“Tiger Jam,” Tiger Woods‘ long-time charity music concert, is back on this weekend after taking a year off, and John Mayer and Keith Urban are headlining the event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

“I’m thrilled these two talented musicians are joining us for Tiger Jam,” Woods says on his Web site. “We have had so much success with this event over the last 13 years, raising more than $12 million for programs of my foundation, and we are excited to continue that tradition.”

According to Greg McLaughlin, chairman of Woods’ foundation, last year’s event was canceled because they couldn’t coordinate the schedules of the artists they’d selected to perform. Woods’ representatives denied reports that the cancellation of the event, held in Las Vegas since 1999, had anything to do with his sex scandal or his divorce.

(H/T to Suite 101)

Bruins announcer shouts at Habs player to “get up!”

Bruins announcer Jack Edwards makes no bones about rooting for his team. And when an opposing player takes a hit and — to Edwards’ thinking, anyway — lays down and tries to draw a penalty, that kind of gamesmanship will get the horns. Watch and listen as Edwards yells at the Habs’ Roman Hamrlik (best name in NHL history) to “get up!” after Hamrlik takes what Edwards consider a perfectly clean hit from the Bruins’ Michael Ryder.

(H/T Fang Bites)

Jalen Rose Admits To Being Over Legal Limit

ESPN NBA analyst Jalen Rose released a statement Wednesday regarding his March 11 DUI arrest:

“On March 11th, I was driving to my home when I was involved in a single vehicle automobile accident. I voluntarily submitted to blood alcohol screening because I was confident it was safe for me to drive. Although I was not feeling impaired, the results of these tests indicate that my blood alcohol level was above the legal limit. I regret the decision to drive home that evening and am grateful that no one was hurt in the accident. I apologize to my family, my employer and each and every one of my supporters for my lapse in judgment. I am particularly sorry for disappointing those who trust me to serve as a role model for young people. I accept full responsibility for my actions and look forward to a resolution of the legal matter as soon as possible.”

Food for Thought: The Wednesday Edition

It’s a bit of an apples to oranges comparison, but still pretty crazy. (Although: How much will Facebook be worth when ESPN bids for MNF?)

James Brown: Studio Host, Entreprenuer

Fun facts we learned in The New York Times‘s profile of James Brown, who “invested a six-figure sum to start [Brown Technology], which specializes in database management and information security.”

  • He “sold Xerox and Eastman Kodak copiers to federal agencies in the 1970s and ’80s.”
  • He lost 40 pounds after hitting almost 300 on the scales with the help of a good diet: “His lunch of Greek organic yogurt, maple syrup and raw sunflower seeds awaited him in a small black bag.”
  • He leverages his celebrity, and the executives of the company enjoy football metaphors: “When we get the ball inside the 20, we give it to J. B. and he scores,” Reginald Brown said. “If we call one of our customers and say, ‘J. B. is coming to meet with you,’ who would tell him no?”
  • “He wanted to build a company that would hire disadvantaged workers and dispel images about minority-owned businesses.”
  • Tiger Woods To Appear On Mike & Mike Thursday

    If Tiger Woods joining Twitter wasn’t bizarre enough, the golfer will appear on Mike & Mike Thursday morning.

    Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic aren’t exactly the two guys that pop in my head when I think “tough” interview.

    The media didn’t back down from Woods after returning to the PGA Tour but were often shut down before they were able to finish their long-winded questions on his infidelities and personal life. Read more

    Maybe No One Should Host the 2018 or 2022 World Cups

    In 15 days, FIFA’s embattled executive committee will vote to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. It’s a huge deal – both for the organizing body, which earns 95 percent of its four-year revenue from the tournament, and for the host country, which gains prestige (and cash) associated with holding the world’s most important event – and the end of a long process for each of the nine bidding countries. (Spain/Portugal, England, Russia, and Belgium/Netherlands are competing for the former tournament while the United States, Australia, Qatar, South Korea, and Japan are in the running for the latter.)

    If FIFA’s technical committee is to be believed, however, there are problems with each bid. Read more

    Handicapping the Next NHL Broadcasting Rights Deal

    NBC and Versus’ broadcast rights for the NHL end after this season, and Sports Business Journal‘s Tripp Mickle and John Ourand put together a nice look at the potential bidders.

    Their take? The two networks that currently air games will combine and offer some sort of combined bid. The duo will win, with the Peacock paying the league a fee to broadcast the games. (Currently, NBC pays nothing while Versus dishes out $75 million per season for cable rights.) Fox will also make a run at the league, but it will fall short. ESPN will benefit from the NHL’s desire to be shown on the Worldwide Leader and will get some games as well.

    Versus, which posted its highest ratings ever during the 2010 Stanley Cup, sounds happy to show the NHL on its airwaves. Read more