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NFL Scouting Combine Sets Ratings Record

A record 6.6 million viewers watched the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine Presented by Under Armour on the NFL Network, a 27 percent increase over 2010 (5.2 million viewers) and an 78 percent increase over 2007 (3.7 million viewers).

The NFL Network had their highest numbers ever on Feb. 27 when an average of 406,000 viewers watched seven hours of live coverage featuring quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers.

Online, there were 9.3 million views of NFL.com Combine videos by fans, a 50 percent increase compared to last year.

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The Year In Sports In Just 247 Seconds

Gawker.TV has a great video on their site of the best sports highlights of 2010 in 247 seconds.

Normally, I would post the video, but the Gawker folks aren’t believers of the sharing is caring philosophy.

Regardless, it’s worth a look.

WNBA President Steps Down to Launch Her Own Marketing Firm

Donna Orender wants out of women’s basketball.

The WNBA commissioner, who took over in April ’05, will depart at the end of the year, Sports Business Journal‘s John Lombardo reports.

“In a six-year time frame we made a lot of progress and based on that feeling, the time was right for me to go and do different things,” Orender said.

NBA Senior VP/Team Marketing & Business Operations Chris Granger will run the league on an interim basis while David Stern try to find someone to fill the position.

ESPN Can't Break Into the LA Market

Local is all the rage these days. But can a massive sports media entity force its way into the conversation?

It’s harder than it looks.

Los Angeles Times columnist James Rainey takes a gander at ESPN’s foray into the city’s sports market and comes up with some telling observation. Namely, in the words of one unnamed “insider,” the network expected more than the 2.7 million unique visitors to its Los Angeles-branded site.

Additionally, local sites in Boston, New York, Dallas, and Chicago are struggling to gain a foothold. Read more

NFL Network Recruits Brad Pitt to Narrate New Orleans Saints Doc

NFL Network has recruited movie star Brad Pitt to narrate a new documentary America’s Game: 2009 New Orleans Saints. Pitt has long been active in charity efforts in the Gulf region, which as devastated after Hurricane Katrina five years ago. The NFL says Pitt was chosen to narrate the documentary “because of his humanitarian efforts in the gulf region.”

The doc, not surprisingly, looks at the 2009 season of the New Orleans Saints, as told by players Drew Brees and Jonathan Vilma and head coach Sean Payton.

The addition of Pitt brings some star power to the project, which when combined with the feel-good story of the Saints and New Orleans, could bring in viewers that may not otherwise have tuned in.

America’s Game: 2009 New Orleans Saints, will premiere Wednesday, September 8 at 9 PM ET.

The full press release, with more information about the doc, is available after the jump.

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In Which Bashing Sports Media Figures Becomes Its Own Sport

Over at Indiana University’s National Sports Journalism Center, Eric Deggans examines the downfall of Jay Mariotti and bizarre behavior of Jason Whitlock with an eye toward the sports media’s “catty” takedowns.

For the The St. Petersburg Times TV and media critic, ‘it is small surprise that some of the highest-profile members of the Fourth Estate have now begun to get chewed up in the same buzzsaw once reserved for those making millions on the field.”

And later, “Still, it feels like a theme here. Opinionators whose brash, bold words entertain, amuse and anger, brought low when they go too far, sliced and diced by the very media which pushed them to prominence in the first place.” Read more

NCTC, NFL Strike Carriage Agreement for NFL Network

NFL Network LogoThe National Cable Television Cooperative and NFL Network have signed a long-term carriage agreement. As part of the deal, NCTC members will be able to add NFL Network and NFL RedZone to their channel lineups.

The NCTC is a not-for-profit cooperative that represents cable system providers. 17 of the top 20 cable systems are NCTC members, with some of its larger members including Charter, Cablevision and Cox. Combined they reach approximately 26.7 million households.

The agreement comes just in time for football season, with preseason games already underway, many of them airing on NFL Network.

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