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Michelle Beadle Bolting ESPN For NBC

ESPN “SportsNation” co-anchor Michelle Beadle is reportedly leaving the Worldwide Leader in Sports for greener pastures at NBCUniversal.

Jim Miller, who wrote ESPN bio Those Guys Have All The Fun, has some details on the deal:

Look for Beadle to appear during NBC’s Olympics broadcasts this Summer. In addition, don’t be surprised if she turns up with some regularity on “Today.”

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ESPN Airing One-Hour Special on New Statistic Called Total Quarterback Rating

ESPN is airing a one-hour special at 5 p.m. ET Friday called Year of the Quarterback SportsCenter Special: The Total Quarterback Rating, which will introduce and explain a new NFL quarterback statistic designed to supplant the NFL Passer Rating. The Total Quarterback Rating is measured on a 100-point scale, which automatically makes it better than the asinine 158.3-point scale used in the NFL Passer Rating system. Beyond that nod to round, fan-friendly numbers, the new system doesn’t unduly reward the dink-and-dunk, high-percentage West Coast passes that turned Steve Young into the highest-rated passer in league history.

“The Total Quarterback Rating is designed to be a single comprehensive stat that demonstrates effective quarterback play, and we’re excited to introduce it to fans on ESPN this season,” said Jeff Bennett, senior director of the ESPN Stats & Information Group. “The position is played so differently now than when the NFL Passer Rating was adopted in 1973. We created QBR to account for all the important categories as well as the game situations in which plays are made to help tell the entire story about a quarterback’s performance. If you want one stat that measures the totality of a quarterback’s performance, it’s QBR.”

Also included in devising this new statistic were Super Bowl-winning quarterback Trent Dilfer, Super Bowl champion head coach Jon Gruden and Ron Jaworski, who helped the nerds to understand the mindset and the demands placed upon the modern NFL quarterback. (Noticeably absent? ESPN’s Steve Young, the grand poobah of the old system.)

“Total QBR is based on all of a quarterback’s plays (rushing, passing, sacks, fumbles, interceptions, penalties, etc.), and it calculates the per-play net impact of the quarterback on the ability to score. Each play is weighted by the situation (i.e., down and distance, field position, time during the game) and its importance to the game’s outcome. For example, a completed five-yard pass on 3rd-and-3 would increase a quarterback’s QBR more than a five-yard completion on 3rd-and-15 because the former continues the drive and thus improves the team’s chance of scoring. Also, plays in closely contested games carry a greater value than plays in less competitive situations.

Division of credit is another important Total QBR principle because it assigns a percentage to how much credit a quarterback should get for a positive play – or blame for a negative play. With Dilfer’s input, the group identified other key data to incorporate into the formula, including how far a pass travels in the air, where the ball was thrown on the field, the yards after catch, and whether the quarterback was facing defensive pressure, among other factors.

QBR is based on analysis of 60,000 plays over the past three years. Using the data from the plays, values have been identified for assigning credit or blame for every play involving the quarterback. The overall system measures a quarterback’s performance using a 100-point system, compared to the existing NFL Passer Rating which has a perfect score of 158.3. A rating in the high 90s is exceptional, while a season-long 65-plus rating is Pro Bowl caliber. A season rating of 50 is considered average.

In short, you’ll be glad that computers exist to compute these events, saving you from figuring it out for yourself.

WatchESPN App Now Available On The iPad

The WatchESPN App is now available on the iPad as of Friday.

The app gives Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Verizon FiOS TV subscribers live access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and

Earlier this month, WatchESPN rolled out on Android devices.


SI Drops The Hammer On Lance Armstrong

Sports Illustrated has new details on the case against Lance Armstrong in this week’s issue.

Below are excerpts from Selena Roberts and David Epstein‘s article, which claims Armstrong had three tests with unusually high testosterone-epitestosterone levels.


According to Dr. Donald Catlin’s estimate, his lab at UCLA performed more than two dozen tests of Armstrong between 1990 and 2000. In May 1999, USA Cycling sent a formal request to Catlin for past test results – specifically, testosterone-epitestosterone (T:E) ratios – for a cyclist identified by a source with knowledge of the request as Lance Armstrong. Three results indicated high T:E ratios, specifically: a 9.0-to-1 ratio from a sample collected on June 23, 1993; a 7.6-to-1 from July 7, 1994; and a 6.5-to-1 from June 4, 1996. Read more

Slate Takes on Hypocrisy in the NFL

Tom Scocca has a point when he writes about the hit on Austin Collie over the weekend.

The premise behind the fines and announcements is that there is a correct, safer way to play pass defense, if only the players would be willing to learn it. Instead, the message that the Colts-Eagles crew sent was that the protections are a sham. If a defensive back is going to be judged by some made-up retroactive standard – by something he didn’t even do – then James Harrison is right. Reform is a farce, and the only responsible thing for a defensive player to do is to get out there, pop somebody, and let the zebras and the league suits sort it out.

It’s about someone in the media said as much, especially given the amount of press we’ve collectively given the issue. The NFL has a problem. Read more

“Black in America” Packs Time Warner Center

obrien_7-16b.JPGThe 10th floor theater at the Time Warner Center was packed with hundreds of guests last night for a preview of CNN’s new Black in America series — so much so, two overflow rooms were needed.

Before the crowds watched a 30-minute preview of three upcoming specials, Time Warner chairman Dick Parsons addressed the audience. “I think they had an ulterior motive asking me here, but I can’t figure out what it is, other than that I’m black in America,” he joked.

“It’s time to start looking at things in a new prism,” he said about the documentaries.

Angela Burt-Murray, Essence editor-in-chief called the project the most “comprehensive” in media history and O’Brien called the 18-months of work, a “labor of love.”

“We needed to get our facts right but we needed to get our stories right too,” she said. “Two very different things.”

At a reception following the screening, CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein told TVNewser Black in America is getting high marks at its screenings and through an email campaign. “You can’t force people to do it. It was organic,” he said. “Viewers are responding to it. It’s been surprising and encouraging.”

A glance at the storylines, who was there, and more, after the jump…

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