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Canada to Host 2015 Women's World Cup

The awarding of the 2018 and 2022 men’s World Cup was a farce and a sham). In stark contrast, giving Canada the right to host the 2015 Women’s World Cup went off like a dream. It helped, probably, that no one else bid to have the tournament in their country.

Zimbabwe, which was the only other nation competing, withdrew on Wednesday citing a lack of infrastructure.

FIFA also awarded the men’s U-20 tournament to Turkey in 2013 and New Zealand in 2015.

Germany will host this summer’s women’s World Cup. Presumably, their infrastructure is intact.

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Sportsman Channel Recruits Senior Vice President/Creative Director

The Sportsman Channel – All Fishing. All Hunting. All the time. – taps Michael Magnotta as its new senior vice president/creative director. He departs Versus, following his former boss Gavin Harvey who is Sportsman’s CEO.

Harvey had some nice things to say about his once and future charge:

“Michael brings tremendous experience, insight and creativity to Sportsman. He is one of cable TV’s most accomplished creative executives, winning dozens of industry awards for outstanding work ranging from tune — in promos to show opens to network rebrands. Michael was an invaluable leader during the extensive and complex process of repositioning, renaming, and rebranding Outdoor Life Network (OLN) to VERSUS. He will make a powerful contribution to our position as the category leader.”

Before jumping into the sports world, Magnotta served as the creative director at Bravo and the Independent Film Channel.

Two Harvard Stats Geeks Land Gigs With Pro Basketball Teams

We’ve mentioned the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective before. They are the group that tackles problems such as “Who wrote this column: Bill Simmons, Rick Reilly, or Kevin Whitlock?” and “Should a football team give up free touchdowns?

It’s all fun and games, until the students land jobs with major teams.

According to the Harvard Crimson, sophomore John Ezekowitz and junior Jason Rosenfeld scored gigs with the Phoenix Suns and the Shanghai Sharks, respectively, in part based on their work for HSAC.

It’s perhaps not a huge surprise that the Sharks would be interested in taking advantage of every available statistic. They are owned by Yao Ming, who plays for the Houston Rockets. The Rockets, in turn, employ general manager Daryl Morey who Simmons nicknamed “Dork Elvis” for his ahead of the curve analysis. (See Michael LewisThe No Stats All-Star for an example.) But still, it’s very cool to see the pair get an opportunity to change the game.

Pretty soon, these kids are going to rule the sports world. Assuming, of course, they don’t already.

Sunday Night Football Tops Ratings For Fifth Week

For the fifth straight week, Sunday Night Football was the top rated program on Sunday night, earning an 11.7 overnight rating and 19 share.

San Francisco vs. Philadelphia was eight percent higher than last year’s Sunday Night Football Week 5 contest between Indianapolis and Tennessee (10.8/17).

It was also the second-best NFL primetime overnight during the MLB Divisional Playoffs in eight years, since Green Bay-Chicago did a 12.1/18 on Oct. 7, 2002 on ABC. Philadelphia’s 2-0 victory over Cincinnati last night did a 3.9.

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Jim Nantz Guest-Hosting B&C HOF

CBS Sports anchor Jim Nantz will serve as a special guest-host during the 2010 Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame ceremony, joining MC Regis Philbin. Nantz and Philbin will be presenting awards to 10 inductees, as well as NBC’s “Today,” which is the TV show being inducted this year. Among the inductees is CBS News & Sports president Sean McManus.

Ochocinco Hosts Raw, More Interested In Jets-Ravens

Fresh off his 12 catches for 159 yards against the New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco spent his off day as guest star of WWE’s Raw on Monday night.

Ochocinco got a warm welcome from the Cincinnati crowd as he entered the ring to cut the opening promo until the WWE’s United State Champion, “The Miz,” interrupted the festivities.

The former Real World: Chicago reality star (Mike Mizanin) and Ohio native insulted Ochocinco and Bengals fans, referring to them as the “Bungles” following their 38-24 Week 1 loss.

After “The Miz” told Ochocinco his number 85 represents the number of dropped passes he would have this season, Chad got a chance to use his signature phrase, “Child, please.”

Ochocinco ended the opening segment by selecting an opponent for ‘The Miz,” rival Daniel Bryan. Read more