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Tiger Woods and Golf Digest Part Ways

Golf Digest just saved $1 million per year. “Playing editor” Tiger Woods will no longer pen a monthly column nor appear in the exclusive photos that ran alongside the spread.

Golf Digest and Tiger Woods have mutually agreed to stop his monthly bylined articles,” Jerry Tarde, chairman and editor-in-chief of Golf Digest, told the New York Post. “His last regular column will appear in the February 2011 issue of Golf Digest, at which time he will also leave the masthead. We appreciate the insights Tiger has provided to our readers.”

According to Keith Kelly, the golfer doesn’t want any distractions while he works full-time to retool his swing. If we were Golf Digest, we would be po’ed by his decision for a number of reasons. Read more

Mariners Broadcaster Dave Niehaus Dies At 75

Dave Niehaus, the voice of the Seattle Mariners since the team’s inception in 1977, died Wednesday at the age of 75.

Niehaus died of a heart attack at his home in Bellevue, Wash., according to the Mariners.

Niehaus, known for his trademark lines of “My oh My!” and “It will fly away!” received the Ford C. Frick Award in 2008, which is awarded annually for major contributes to baseball broadcasting.

“All of us in this business, guys, this is the toy department of life,” Niehaus said before he received the Ford C. Frick award in Cooperstown, New York “It’s a narcotic. Anyone who is involved in this business, whether it be my end or (the writing) end or the front office end, we’re lucky. We’re lucky people.” Read more

New Jersey Nets Owner Can Backflip a Jetski

The New York Times Magazine publishes a long feature with New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov. It checks in at 8,500 words, most of them awesome.

Chip Brown‘s piece details how the enormous Russian made his billions (in sketchy ways), how he hopes to transform the Nets, and his enjoyment of water sports.

As he leaned back in his chair and closed his eyes a moment – it had been a long day, a hectic summer – I remembered a time in July, when we traipsed down to the Moscow River to a boathouse in the flood plain where he kept a naval strike force of Rickter skis. He squirmed into a padded wet suit and then jumped into the tea-colored water, a side channel off the main flow. The water was warm; God knows what was in it. He was up and away in no time on the Rickter ski, hulking over the tippy hull like an adolescent on a toddler’s bike. You could see the grasshopper in the Lada. At the touch of the throttle, the engine screamed like a furious chain saw, and he came ripping past the dock where a bunch of his friends were standing and then banked sharply, fanning up a tail of spray that sent them all dashing for cover. Out on the open water again, he gunned the craft in a hard circle, then cut back across the wave he’d raised, and the ski shot into the air, climbing the late gold light of a Moscow summer evening until Prokhorov was upside down with the 300-pound machine arcing over his head. He pulled it around full circle, thumping back into the water with a billowy thud. Again and again, he roiled the river and flung the Rickter ski off the waves through back flips and barrel rolls.

The Best Blog You're not Reading: The Journal of Sports Media

There’s not enough thought in the blogging world. We’re all guilty at times. Writing too quickly. The constant need to post. Content, content, content.

Enter the Journal of Sports Media. Although the crew of eight contributors don’t post every day, it’s worth reading when they do.

A rationale reasoning of the Ines Sainz debacle. An interesting take on the perils of using social media in sports reporting. A practical discussion of instant replay.

The JoSM won’t blow you away, but it adds an intelligent perspective. That’s all we ask.

DirecTV Opens 'NFL Sunday Ticket' Up to All

In an unexpected move, DirecTV has opened up its NFL Sunday Ticket broadband package up to everyone, even non-DirecTV subscribers.

The catch? Fans can expect to pay $350 for the privilege of watching all of the NFL games on their computer, iPad or iPhone this season.

Still, it is a vast improvement over previous years, which required a DirecTV subscription with the NFL Sunday Ticket package-an investment of thousands of dollars.

The move puts the NFL slightly more in line with what Major League Baseball offers online via its MLB.tv service. Both Sunday ticket and MLB.tv feature all out of market games live and in high quality, via both computers and mobile devices.

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Roger Clemens Takes to Twitter Following Indictment

Roger ClemensEarlier today Roger Clemens was indicted on perjury charges related to testimony he gave before Congress. Naturally, he responded to the charges the way every celebrity does: by tweeting about it.

Clemens tweeted about the indictment this afternoon, writing:

I never took HGH or Steroids. And I did not lie to Congress. I look forward to challenging the Governments accusations, and hope people will keep an open mind until trial. I appreciate all the support I have been getting. I am happy to finally have my day in court.

Rocket

That is more than 140 characters, luckily he used Twitlonger. Whew. And yes, Clemens signed his tweet “Rocket.”

NBC Hoping Viewers Swim to Michael Phelps This Weekend

Michael PhelpsRemember Michael Phelps? American hero? half-man, half-dolphin? The star swimmer has fallen out of the spotlight somewhat, with the 2008 Beijing Olympics now years behind us. That hasn’t stopped him from swimming of course, and NBC is betting Phelps still has the drawing power than attracted viewers to his races in 2004 and 2008.

This weekend the broadcaster will present taped coverage from the Pan Pacific Championships on Saturday from 2-4 PM and Sunday from 3-4 PM. The Olympics commentary team of Ted Robinson and Rowdy Gaines will be on hand to call the event, which will be held in Irvine, California.

NBC will also televise taped coverage of Diamond League Track & Field Sunday, leading up to its swimming coverage.

Will viewers tune into either one? Probably not, but in these tough times, a little bit of positive nostalgia from 2008 couldn’t hurt.

More NBC/Michael Phelps nostalgia is after the jump. Read more

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