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Have You Heard This One Before? NFL Talks Break Down.

The meeting between the NFL and the NFLPA was canceled after the owners rejected the union’s latest offer and stormed out. The Internet is exploding with various takes on the matter. But really, who cares?

We’re not sure what’s worse: The fact that we aren’t going to have football for a long time or the fact that every minor step towards (or away from) a conclusion will be breathlessly reported by the media. (And yes, we’ll include ourselves in that maw.)

Nice podium, though.

John Miller to Create Sports Agency Inside NBC

NBC-Comcast is getting a little bit closer to creating a sports juggernaut.

John Miller, the former CMO of NBC Universal Television Group, will helm “The NBC Sports Agency” as soon as the Comcast merger closes. The group will be similar to “The NBC Agency,” which Miller created and ran from 1999-2010, and serve as the go-to agency for all sports-related advertising at the Peacock.

“Over the last 25 years, John Miller has become one of the most legendary figures in television promotion and marketing,” Dick Ebersol, chairman, NBC Universal Sports & Olympics, said in a release. “In a business where people often talk about synergy yet rarely achieve it, John, as Chairman of the NBC Marketing Council, has demonstrated to all of us how we can come together for the betterment of all. NBC Sports’ big-event strategy, which has produced record audiences for the Olympics, NFL, NHL and horse racing, is predicated on this marketing strategy. And now John will be masterminding that coordination for NBC Sports, as well as creating campaigns for our partners and advertisers.”

The full release is after the jump, as is a video of Miller explaining the move.

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You Can Blame Dave For The Knicks Losing Streak

We all know about the Madden curse.

But the Letterman curse?

The New York Knicks haven’t won since Ama’re Stoudemire‘s appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman last week, losing four straight.

This isn’t the first time the Knicks have struggled after appearing on the late night talk show. Isiah Thomas, Larry Brown and Mike D’Antoni all sat down with David Letterman and went on to losing seasons.

To be fair, how much is Letterman’s doing and how much of that is the Knicks being sorry?

I’m leaning towards the latter. Read more

HBO Replaying Hard Knocks On Saturday

In case you haven’t figured out why everyone outside the state of New York hates the Jets, HBO is replaying all five episodes of Hard Knocks starting at 3 p.m. (EST) Saturday on HBO2.

The MVP of Hard Knocks was head coach Rex Ryan, who was the inspiration for Bruce Boudreau‘s potty mouth on 24/7.

Just imagine if we knew about Ryan’s foot fetish while the HBO cameras were rolling…

NHL and McDonald's Renew Partnership

The NHL and McDonald’s announced they are continuing their relationship through the 2010-2011 season. In 2008, the the fast food chain became the league’s official quick service restaurant in the United States. It had already held that position in Canada.

As part of the deal, McDonald’s will be the title sponsor for Hockey Day In America, the six-hour broadcast on NBC, and sponsor the 2011 NHL All-Star Game.

“The quick service restaurant category is an important one to reach a broad audience, and as McDonald’s major sports League partner, the possibilities of what we are able to achieve together are limitless,” Keith Wachtel, NHL senior vice president of integrated sales, said in a release. “It’s a marriage between two great brands that will provide unique activations as well as community support.”

The full release is after the jump. Read more

The SportsNewser Interview: Frank Deford

Tuesday night on HBO’s Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel, corespondent and legendary sports writer Frank Deford profiles University of Connecticut women’s basketball head coach Geno Auriemma.

Auriemma has developed quite the reputation over the years as being a fiery coach. Deford hopes his feature on the Huskies coach will show that there’s more to Auriemma than meets the naked eye.

Deford chatted with SportsNewser the weekend on his role at HBO and his outspoken comments on the now infamous trick play at Driscoll Middle School.

SportsNewser: What can people expect from your report on Geno Auriemma?

Frank Deford: I think it’s a look at Auriemma. I think most people see him, as they do so many coaches, when he’s on the court. He looks like a very frenetic fellow then. What we have tried to point out is there’s many more layers to Geno Auriemma than what you see on the court. If you think about it, it would be hard for him to continue to get players, especially young women, if he were some nutcase. In fact, the players like him a great deal and find him to be almost an uncle type figure.

How much time did you spend with Auriemma?
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NFL Broadcast Teams For Week 10

Things are looking bleak for fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Sunday’s home game against the Carolina Panthers will be blacked out, and the team has said all eight home games — and potentially even a home playoffs game — could be blacked out as well.

Paging Roger Goodell

Also blacked out this weekend is Buffalo hosting Detroit. And really, can you blame Bills fans at this point?

Below are the broadcast teams for Week 10 of, “Where In The World is Gus Johnson?” Read more

The Great Boston Sports Radio Battle

The Boston sports radio market is undergoing some serious change. Namely, the upstarts from 98.5 Sports Hub are killing WEEI’s The Big Show, the long-time drive-time leader.

Felger and Massarotti, the FM station’s signature show, saw its share in the 25-54 year old male category – so the dudes who listen to sports radio – jump 24 percent from September to October while its competitor stayed static.

George Cain, a guest contributor on Boston Sports Media Watch, offers four reasons why he believe this happened.

One item specifically caught our eye. Read more

What If San Francisco Threw a Parade and Everyone Got to March?


Or maybe that’s just how it seemed.

San Francisco Giants49ers fans lined the streets today for the World Series parade. At least, those Giants supporters who weren’t allowed to participate in the parade. Quite honestly it seemed like everyone from season ticket holders and KNBR 680 employees to the Emerald Nuts mascot and a bunch of UPS drivers got involved. And, of course, Tim Lincecum. It was absurd. Also, awesome. This is one happy city. And new hats. So many people with new Giants hats.

Some highlights after the jump. Read more

Ratings: World Series Finale Disappoints

The final game of the 2010 World Series last night drew a 10.6/16 metered market rating last night, down double digits from the same game last year disappointing, and placing Fox third for the evening, behind ABC and CBS, which programmed “Dancing with the Stars” and its Monday comedy block respectively.

As is often the case, the teams playing have an impact on the ratings. Last year’s series between the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies simply had broader appear than a Texas-San Francisco matchup.

Still, preliminary ratings put the 2010 Series up slightly compared to the 2008 Series, which was between the Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays.

Final ratings will be out later today.

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