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BTN Rolling Out BTN2Go In Time For Football Season

BTN (the Big Ten Network) is launching a new multi-platform extension called BTN2Go.

The new feature will include a live feed of all BTN linear network programming, beginning with the start of the 2011 college football season, BTN president Mark Silverman announced Wednesday.

“We’re tremendously excited to launch BTN2Go because, as mobile technology has advanced, this is something fans are asking for,” Silverman said. “Big Ten fans are frequently on the go, and would like to watch BTN while away from home. BTN2Go gives fans that option at no additional cost to them.” Read more

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Bengals Send Email to Season-Ticket Holders Erroneously Telling Them Lockout is Over

Given all their on-the-field success over the years, it’s understandable that the Cincinnati Bengals are eager for the lockout to be resolved and for football activities to resume in earnest. They’re so eager, in fact, that they mistakenly sent out an email blast to season-ticket holders to tell them a new collective bargaining agreement had been signed by both the owners and the players. Here’s the letter:

You Ready for Some Football?

Dear XXXXX,

We are excited to let you know that the NFL has reached a new Collective Bargaining Agreement that allows the entire NFL season to be played this year.

The NFL is the most popular sport in America. Our games are intense, unifying and meaningful to fans in the stadium and to those watching at home. We are thrilled to have a labor deal in place that will provide fans with a decade of certainty and that will allow us to focus all our energies where they ought to be – on the playing field. The upcoming 2011 season will surely be exciting, and football work will begin shortly. Our coaches will begin meeting with players, and the Club will welcome back talented veterans along with exciting rookies from the April NFL Draft, like top picks A.J. Green and Andy Dalton. Whether all of that will take place in Cincinnati or Georgetown, Kentucky, will be decided shortly once we receive the NFL’s operating schedule.

Two years ago, our football team swept the AFC North – one of the toughest divisions in football – and many key components of that team remain, including defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer and a defense that ranked in the top half of the NFL for three straight seasons. The area of the team that will change the most will be the offense with a new direction under offensive coordinator Jay Gruden and new faces at quarterback and wide receiver. The mix of veterans and rookies should return our offense to the top level we need, and we are excited by the challenge.

This year – like others before it – we will focus our energies on returning to the Super Bowl again. That’s what we want and that’s what our fans want, and our franchise has been blessed with great support from fans for decades. Last season we reached a record-setting 57th straight sellout – a string we hope to restart soon – and our games have been the most-watched television program in the local market for the last applicable 96 ratings weeks. This is great football country, and incredibly: 95% of the Cincinnati population watched an NFL game during the 2009 season (third highest ranking among NFL markets).

We are very grateful to our fans, we thank you for your patience during the labor stoppage, and now we look forward to a great season together. Who Dey!

Sincerely,

Katie Blackburn

Marvin Lewis

Long live the Bungles. In all honesty, they should be excited about this season and years to come, because A.J. Green and Andy Dalton were great picks in this year’s draft.

Audio: Minor League Announcer Quits On Air

Qumar Zaman is my new hero.

The Lake County Fielders play-by-play announcer quit on air because the front office owed him money.

This is the same Lake County Fielders that had their manager quit via email because he wasn’t getting paid.

Rich Ehrenreich is the majority owner and actor Kevin Costner owns a small portion of the minor league baseball team that’s based in Zion, Ill.

Rule #1 in life is you don’t mess with people’s money.

[H/T Awful Announcing]

HBO to Televise 'Derek Jeter 3K' Special, Following Yankee's Quest for 3,000 Hits

HBO Sports and Major League Baseball Productions are teaming up to produce a special chronicling New York Yankee Derek Jeter‘s quest for 3,000 hits. Titled “Derek Jeter 3K,” the special will air a few weeks after he gets hit number 3,000.

The special will include archival footage from Jeter’s early seasons, as well as interviews with family, friends and colleagues. MLB and HBO received substantial access to Jeter, according to the announcement:

He has agreed to allow MLB Productions camera crews to follow him on multiple occasions and in a variety of settings, including in his home and during rehabilitation from a calf injury. “DEREK JETER 3K” also will feature exclusive interview footage with the Yankee captain in the ensuing days after he achieves the milestone.

It helps that Jeter is one of the biggest brands in baseball and that he plays for the Yankees. Other milestones for other players probably won’t be getting the same treatment. Nonetheless, HBO–which has seen much success with its “all-access” programs–certainly sees value in following the Yankee captain.

The official announcement is after the jump.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PRODUCTIONS AND HBO® TEAMING UP WITH 12-TIME All-STAR DEREK JETER TO PRODUCE ALL-ACCESS SHOW ON JETER’S QUEST TO REACH 3,000 HITS

Production Currently Under Way on “DEREK JETER 3K,” Set to Air Just Weeks After 3,000th Hit

New York – - HBO and Major League Baseball Productions are teaming up for a new documentary chronicling New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter’s quest for his 3,000th career hit. The one-hour special, titled “DEREK JETER 3K,” will take viewers behind the scenes as Jeter attempts to reach the milestone.

With the cooperation of Derek Jeter and the Yankees, MLB Productions will have extensive access to Jeter both at and away from the ballpark. He has agreed to allow MLB Productions camera crews to follow him on multiple occasions and in a variety of settings, including in his home and during rehabilitation from a calf injury. “DEREK JETER 3K” also will feature exclusive interview footage with the Yankee captain in the ensuing days after he achieves the milestone.

Produced by MLB Productions in collaboration with HBO Sports, “DEREK JETER 3K” will include reflections on Jeter’s entire career, including footage in the MLB Productions archives from his early days with the Yankees through his five World Series Championships. The special will include new interviews with his family and friends as well as Yankees executives, Legends and teammates such as Hal Steinbrenner, Brian Cashman, Joe Girardi, Joe Torre, Curtis Granderson, Mariano Rivera, Dave Winfield, Minka Kelly, Billy Crystal, and many more. The special will debut on HBO a few weeks after the milestone is reached.

In addition to a prime-time premiere and a full schedule of replays, the special also will be available to subscribers on HBO ON DEMAND® and HBO GO.

“It has been a lot of fun working with HBO Sports and MLB Productions to capture this milestone in a special and unique way,” said Jeter. “Hopefully fans will enjoy getting to see a sneak peek at the journey.”

“The buzz we’ve all seen during the buildup to this milestone is a clear indication of how Derek transcends the game on the field, and this is an ideal occasion for us to document what he’s going through on a day-to-day basis,” said Chris Tully, Major League Baseball Senior Vice President, Broadcasting. “We’re extremely grateful to Derek and the Yankees for granting us this level of access, and we’re excited to once again work with HBO.”

“Derek Jeter is known for his grace and excellence both on and off the ball field,” said Ross Greenburg, President, HBO Sports. “This special will provide sports fans with a fascinating view of what Derek Jeter experiences during this memorable moment in baseball history.”

“The 3,000 hit plateau is one of the most recognizable feats in our great game,” said New York Yankees President Randy Levine. “To have the days surrounding Derek’s remarkable achievement chronicled by Major League Baseball Productions and HBO ensures that this historic milestone will be captured with the type of style and professionalism he has become so synonymous with.”

Cuban on Sportscenter: 'Our Fans Punked the Sh*t Out of Miami Fans'

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who’d been uncharacteristically avoiding media maelstroms throughout the 2011 playoffs, emerged from his hyperbaric chamber after the Mavericks won their first NBA title last night, and told ESPN’s Hannah Storm that Mavs fans in attendance for the series finale in Miami “punked the shit out of Miami fans.”

Considering 90 percent of Heat fans were born within the last year, Cuban was essentially picking on infants.

(H/T to Awful Announcing)

ESPN Management Suggested Questions For Those Guys Have All The Fun Author

SportsByBrooks.com reported Thursday that ESPN management had provided scripted questions to ESPN radio hosts for their interviews with Jim Miller, co-author of Those Guys Have All The Fun.

Sports Illustrated reporter Richard Deitsch obtained a statement Friday from ESPN executive editor John Walsh regarding the report:

“In advance of the interviews, we identified areas for questions that would be interesting to our audience, consistent with the main themes of the book and not disparaging to our colleagues. Any live interview can go in any number of directions.”‬

Miller was interviewed on Mike and Mike In The Morning, The Scott Van Pelt Show and The Doug Gottlieb Show and is scheduled next week for The B.S. Report with Bill Simmons.

Why bother speaking to Miller if you’re scared about the direction of the interview?

SportsNewser is also scheduled to chat with Miller next week.

I promise you management won’t script our questions ahead of time.

'5 Things You Need to Know This Week': A Very Special Audience Giveaway

Here’s the second episode of what many consider to be the internet’s best list-based weekly news show, “5 Things You Need to Know This Week.”

This week’s episode includes a very special audience giveaway, gratuitous Gaga, and an update on the biggest loser in the history of “American Idol.”

Be sure to check back next Tuesday (and every Tuesday, forever) for the latest episode!

Atlanta Falcons Show Interest In HBO's Hard Knocks

There’s at least one team showing publicly showing interest in HBO’s Hard Knocks.

Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said Friday that he did not rule out the team being featured this summer during training camp.

“I truly believe that an organization has to be in the right spot to jump into something like Hard Knocks,” Dimitroff said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “I think it sheds a lot of light on our league. This is a league of entertainment. There are some traditionalists that struggle with it, but they have to work against the grain a little bit and see that this is about entertainment. Hard Knocks is a good show for the fan base.” Read more

Northeastern's Faust Wins Nantz Broadcasting Award

Northeastern University junior Alex Faust won the 2011 Jim Nantz Broadcasting Award as the nation’s most outstanding collegiate broadcaster, becoming the first non-senior to win the award in the three-year history of the program. Faust received the award from the Sportscasters Talent Agency of America on May 16 at the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association banquet in Salisbury, North Carolina.

“You know within the first ten seconds Alex is an exceptional sports broadcaster,” says STAA CEO Jon Chelesnik. “His voice, enunciation, energy and pacing are outstanding and he has a good grasp of some of the more advanced sportscasting techniques.”

Faust finished seventh in the voting as a sophomore in 2010.

 

 

Radio Caller Sneaks Into United Center For Bulls-Heat

Fans of The Morning Jones on Sirius 158 know all about the colorful DJ Mike Hitman in Chicago.

The frequent caller of Bomani Jones‘ radio show decided he was going to sneak into Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals Wednesday night at the United Center.

Thanks to a $25 bribe of a United Center employee and a photoshopped media credential, Mike was able to sneak inside the side door – - literally.

His ultimate goal was to get inside the locker room and interview the players. But after some better judgement (and fear of getting caught), Mike settled on just watching the game and enjoying the perks of being a “credentialed” media member.

Nice to see the NBA and the United Center are on their A-game during the playoffs.

Need proof? You can watch videos from last night or listen to Mike as he recaps his time at the Bulls vs. Heat game.

Morning Jones: Mike in Chicago On Sneaking Into United Center

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