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NFL Sunday Ticket Is Coming To Your PlayStation 3

Starting this season, NFL fans that don’t have DirecTV can now get the NFL Sunday Ticket on their PlayStation 3.

Be prepared to shell out $339.95 for the PS3 service and DirecTV customers that are subscribed to the Sunday Ticket will have to pay an additional $50 to use their gaming console as an additional receiver.

“It’s our attempt to open up the universe a bit to people that can’t get DirecTV – students, people who live in big apartment buildings and people who live in New York City – and it’s a new revenue stream for us,” DirecTV senior director of product management Alex Kaplan told Multichannel News.

The one advantage DirecTV customers have is they can make monthly payments throughout the NFL season instead of coming up with $340.


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New ESPN Series Focuses on Communities Renovating HS Athletic Facilities

Beginning in September, a new series from ESPN, RISE UP, will focus on four communities that came together to renovate their high school athletic facilities. The show will debut on Tuesday, September 7, and run for the following three Tuesdays, with all episodes airing at 7 p.m. ET. The series will be hosted by ESPN college football analyst Chris Spielman and mechanical engineer and television personality Deanne Bell.

Countrysinger Kenny Chesney co-wrote and will record the theme song for the series.

The schools and communities highlighted in the series are:

  • Wellston High School in Wellston, OH
  • The Dorchester Education Complex in Boston, MA
  • Ingraham High School in Seattle, WA
  • Walter H. Dyett High School in Chicago, IL

“I am pleased to be part of a team dedicated to giving back and serving schools that have a desire to excel both on the field and off,” said Spielman. “Our goal is to provide these students with the proper tools and equipment to give them an opportunity to succeed. I believe what you give will grow, what you keep you will lose.”

Video: Nick Saban Loves The Media (Lies!)

College football fans know Nick Saban loathes the media. With a passion.

But the Alabama head coach told Colin Cowherd that he loves the media.

Riiiiight. Sure you do, Nick.

I hope you and the SEC reporters have a great season together since you’re so in love. The honeymoon will be over before the season opener against Kent State.

[H/T SportsGrid]

ESPN Radio Rides Young Listeners to Vie with WFAN in NYC

WFAN is the No. 1 sports talk radio station in New York City, but ESPN’s Mike and Mike (Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic) beat out Boomer and Carton (Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton) to win the 18-34 male demographic for the first time during April, an indication that the World Wide Leader could be poised to challenge the longtime stranglehold of WFAN in the Big Apple.

ESPN Radio General Manager David Roberts told the (N.Y.) Daily News that the ability to attract younger listeners is encouraging.

(Those numbers) could also indicate that listeners who didn’t grow up assuming WFAN is synonymous with sports talk in New York might be open to alternatives – particularly one tied to the country’s best-known sports media brand, ESPN.Roberts acknowledges that right now, WFAN is still on top. It can, he says, become a contest.

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

Video: Sacramento Kings Announcers Emotional During Possible Final Game In Arco Arena

It was an emotional scene Wednesday night at Arco Arena (Nobody is buying the whole Power Balance Pavilion name) following what appears to be the final game for the Sacramento Kings.

Announcers Grant Napear and Jerry Reynolds give their final signoff while trying to fight back the tears.

MLB.com's At Bat App Gets Opening Day Update

MLB.com’s At Bat application for mobile devices is getting an Opening Day update today.

There are a number of improvements to the iPad, iPhone and Android versions of the app, and include added functionality and new features.

Some of the biggest features are free MLB.tv access for the month of April, sponsored by Volvo, allowing users to watch any out-of-market MLB game on their device live.

Key plays and pivotal moments, as well as live look-ins to games, all blackout-free.

Archives games, letting users see any 2011 game on-demand.

In addition, the iPad app gets a redesigned Gameday pitch-by-pitch look, with images of every ballpark now used for the screen instead of a generic stadium. The images are from the video game MLB ’11 The Show

On the iPhone and Android apps, check-in functionality with venue information has been added to the app, giving users bonus features when they check-in at the ballpark.

More information in MLB.com’s press release, after the jump.

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truTV To Air College All-Star Game On Friday

truTV will air the 2011 College All-Star Game on Friday, April 1 from Houston. Dave Ryan will call the action alongside Greg Anthony starting at 5:30 p.m. ET.

Prior to the game, the NCAA Tip-Off show will air with Arizona head coach Sean Miller joining Greg Gumbel, Seth Davis and Steve Smith in the studio.

The game will feature such seniors as Dwight Hardy (St. John’s), Jacob Pullen (Kansas State), Kenneth Faired (Morehead State), Kalin Lucas (Michigan State), and Brad Wanamaker (Pittsburgh).


Time Selects Their Favorite 140 Twitter Feeds

Time magazine selected 140 Twitter feeds that they think are shaping the conversation on the web. Of the 140 accounts, 11 have connections to the sports world:

Of the 11, I follow (Insert shameless Twitter plug here @marcowill) only four people on this list – - Nash, Ochocinco, O’Neal and Simmons. Even if you don’t like sports, Simmons is a must follow on Twitter. Read more

Despite Final Four, Jay Bilas Stands By His VCU Hate

Jay Bilas was serious when he said Virginia Commonwealth University shouldn’t be in the NCAA Tournament.

The ESPN analyst spoke to Michael Hiestand of USA Today and he still thinks the Rams aren’t worthy, despite advancing to the Final Four:

“He still doesn’t think VCU, in the Final Four, deserved to be in the tournament.

The night the NCAA field was announced, Bilas led an on-air ESPN chorus – with Dick Vitale and Hubert Davis – arguing left-out teams such as Virginia Tech and Colorado should have been in before VCU and Alabama at Birmingham. Their inclusion, he said, failed “the laugh test.” Read more

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