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NBA TV Pulling Out the Big Guns for Miami Heat Preseason

The Miami Heat – you know, that little squad with Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, and a host of other dudes – play their first game on October 5 and NBA TV will be there.

Marv Albert will handle the play-by-play while hall of famer Kevin McHale and five-time NBA All-Star Chris Webber ride shotgun. Cheryl Miller lands the role of sideline reporter.

The tremendous trio (LeBron et al, not Alberts, etc.) won’t play the entire game, but the world will tune in regardless.

NBA TV, now in its 12th year, is available in 53 million U.S. homes and will feature up to 275 live games this year. Only 270 of them will feature the Heat.

TNT will televise the Heat’s first real game, an away tilt with the Boston Celtics on October 26.

HBO Goes 24/7 With the NHL

HBO, which has lost a bit of its grasp on the sports documentary market thanks to the success of ESPN’s 30 for 30 series, announced it will give the 24/7 treatment to the National Hockey League’s “Winter Classic” between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals, two teams who hate each other.

Ross Greenburg, president, HBO Sports:

“Taking our reality series 24/7 into the world of the National Hockey League is a perfect fit. The 24/7 franchise is fashioned on larger-than-life personalities, engaging storylines, and unrestricted access. With Sidney Crosby leading the Penguins and Alex Ovechkin leading the Capitals, we have all the ingredients for a dynamic show that will take viewers deep inside professional hockey and set the stage for the Winter Classic.”

Isn’t this basically Hard Knocks: NHL? Read more

Quicklink: San Diego Chargers Blacked Out for the First Time Since 2004

Want to watch the San Diego Chargers-Jacksonville Jaguars game from your house near the ocean in Pacific Beach? Too bad.

The San Diego Chargers say their home opener Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars will be blacked out on local TV because they fell more than 7,000 tickets short of reaching a sellout.

NFL Wins the Weekend

After epic opening-game ratings (thanks, no doubt, to a groundswell of promotion), you had to think the NFL’s first weekend would score well with the viewers. But this well?

According to a release from the NFL and Neilsen, the kickoff weekend was the most-watched one in 23 years (when the ratings service started keeping track of such things).

Twenty-eight million viewers saw the Fox national game, breaking last year’s record of 25.1 million, while 16.2 million viewed CBS’s 1 p.m. match.

The games did even better locally. Read more

Is Larry King Headed to a Sports Network?

With a firm exit date in sight, outgoing CNN host Larry King is apparently weighing his options. We have already reported that King may be plotting a return to radio with Ryan Seacrest, but it looks like the broadcasting legend may seriously be eying another TV gig… as a sports host.

Broadcasting & Cable’s Ben Grossman caught up with King at a Los Angeles Angels game, and dropped this little nugget in his column:

We had a nice chat, and he told me he doesn’t feel that old, and is in fine health outside of a sore hip once in a while and a little shortness of breath here and there. But he has no interest in leaving TV. He wants to do a series of specials (including one from the Middle East), and he is also very interested in some sort of show focused on sports. For the latter, he has talked to networks including ESPN, HBO and the MLB Network.

This is not completely out of left field (zing!) as King was a guest on MLB Network’s “MLB Tonight” after he announced his retirement:

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Kurt Warner Catches Pass from NFL Network

Kurt Warner will be doing more than dancing with the stars this year.

NFL Network, which recruted Joe Theismann, signed up the two-time MVP and Fox colorman to its growing lineup of analysts. He’ll make his debut on the network in Wednesday night’s two-hour NFL Total Access: 2010 Season Preview.

“Kurt’s accomplishments on the field speak for themselves,” Eric Weinberger, executive producer NFL Network, said in a statement. “We welcome him as he transitions from a Hall of Fame-caliber playing career to broadcasting, where he joins our roster of all-pro analysts.”

Warner, who went from supermarket shelf stocker to Super Bowl XXXIV winner, isn’t new to the television game. He served on NFL Network’s Arena Football Friday and called the Arena Bowl in August. He already knows the value of a soundbyte, quipping ” “This season I look forward to talking about the hits and not taking them for the first time.”


SBJ: Super Bowl Ad Spots Nearly Sold Out

If football ad sales are any indication, the ad recovery the business is seeing this year is the real deal. As we reported last week, ad sales look to be strong for the upcoming 2010-2011 season, but we had no idea they would be this strong.

Sports Business Journal‘s John Ourand reports that Fox has sold out nearly all of its Super Bowl spots at around $3 million a pop.

So far, CBS, NBC, ESPN and NFL Network all say they are at least 90% sold for the season, which is still a few weeks away from starting.

So what is behind the strong comeback? All of the networks seem to agree on that one:

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The SportsNewser Interview: Ian Eagle

Few play-by-play men are as versatile as Ian Eagle. The sportscaster is the voice of NFL and NCAA mens basketball games on CBS, and has also called US Open tennis matches and PGA golf for the broadcast network.

For the upcoming season, CBS is pairing Eagle with analyst Dan Fouts in the broadcast booth.

SportsNewser spoke to Eagle at an NFL on CBS press event earlier this week about his new broadcast partner, and how being a sportscaster has evolved over the last decade.

SportsNewser: Are you looking forward to working with Dan Fouts in the broadcast booth?

Ian Eagle: Every analyst I have worked I have learned something new from them. Mark May, when I originally came to CBS in 1998, Solomon Wilcots, who I worked with for eight years, so I had the offensive lineman, the safety, then I worked with Rich Gannon so I had the quarterback perspective, and now with Dan Fouts a new perspective as well. I am really excited. He is a hall of famer, and the man has an impressive beard, there are a lot of positives there. I can’t grow a beard, so I respect that. The reality, in all seriousness, is that now more than ever you are judged as a team. Fans will say, ‘I like these guys’ or ‘I don’t like these guys.’ Being in sync and building that chemistry, which I think with Dan will build very quickly.

Are there any matchups or games you are looking forward to in particular this season?

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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 service. Both Sunday ticket and feature all out of market games live and in high quality, via both computers and mobile devices.

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Deadspin Posting Internal MLB Financial Documents, the sports blog owned by Gawker Media, has apparently obtained internal financial documents from a number of Major League Baseball teams. As is the Deadspin way, editor Tommy Craggs is posting the documents online for all to see. Craggs says analysis will come later “another set of statements,” but for now it is just the raw data, presuming it is the real deal, of course.

The financials of major sports teams are usually kept very private. Once in a while a big business deal will become public, with some leaked figures, but the amount of data obtained by Deadspin is staggering by comparison.

You can be sure SportsNewser will be combing through the documents and will highlight any major TV or media deals.

Deadspin’s posts are, for all intents and purposes, unprecedented in the sports journalism field. You can call it the “Wikileak-ification” of the media. Read more