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ESPN NHL Analyst Arrested For Domestic Violence

ESPN NHL analyst Matthew Barnaby was arrested Friday night and charged with domestic violence in Amherst, New York.

WIVB has the details of the arrest:

“Amherst Police responded to a location at 6:15 p.m. and found serious damage to property. The location is being kept private to protect two female victims, who police say were not injured.

The former right winger was arrested and charged with second degree criminal contempt, harassment, second degree criminal trespass, and second degree criminal mischief. Police say after leaving the location, he made angry phone calls, and Barnaby has also been charged with aggravated harassment via a cell phone. Read more

Tiki Barber’s agent knew early that broadcasting career was doomed

In 2007, as newly retired Tiki Barber was floundering in his bid to become the next Matt Lauer, he and his agent met with Tampa Bay Buccaneers personnel — including then coach Jon Gruden, general manager Bruce Allen and Barber’s twin brother, Ronde — to discuss Tiki coming out of retirement to play running back for the team.

“They talked football and drank a little tequila. Gruden came on strong, telling Barber that Tampa needed him to make a playoff run and that he could take three weeks to get back into shape before playing the second half of the season,” reports Ian O’Connor of ESPNNewYork.com.

Barber’s agent, Mark Lepselter, was all for it.

“I was pushing for it hard,” Lepselter said, “because I already knew things weren’t going in the right direction for Tiki.”

Mind you, this was just a few months into his new duties with “Today” and “Football Night in America.”

Alas, Barber balked at resuming his football career – at least at that point. After his broadcasting career flamed out at NBC (and following a very pubic breakup with his pregnant wife), Barber, 36, is once again pursuing a career on the gridiron.

NFL Wife Writes Touching Article For The Nation

Jaclyn Fujita, the wife of Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, wrote a touching article for The Nation on the realities of being the wife of a pro football player.

Come to find out, it’s not as glamorous as one might think.

“My husband could have lost his life to a staph infection. His NFL doctors and trainers were heating/icing/stemming his knee for a bursa-sac rupture and ignoring all the major signs of infection, while his body was screaming that something else must be wrong. He ended up in an emergency operation weeks after symptoms began. Following five nights in hospital isolation and many weeks beating back the infection, he was ready to play for the city we love and a team we built our life around. He would help them win the coveted Super Bowl Championship. Less than a month later he would be gone, feeling completely expendable and replaceable as if his blood, sweat and tears did not matter. Read more

WWE Seeks Art Director Who's Ready to Rumble

Ready to flex your design muscles? World Wrestling Entertainment is looking for a new art director to work on a wide spectrum of media for the global brand.

In this role, you’ll need to be a hands-on kind of person, who can conceive of creative solutions that will define the look of theatrical key art; home video packaging; TV and consumer product advertising; apparel; retail promotions and more. You should not only be a source of fresh ideas, but possess the ability to execute them as well.

To be considered, you should have five or more years of experience in the entertainment industry, and be proficient in Photoshop and Illustrator. WWE is looking for cutting edge print work, so make sure your portfolio reflects that. Interested? Apply here.

For more openings and employment news, follow The Job Post on Twitter @MBJobPost.

ESPN The Magazine Selects Buster Posey As Their "NEXT" Athlete

ESPN The Magazine has dubbed San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey as their “NEXT” athlete for 2011.

The National League Rookie of the Year hit .305 with 18 home runs in only 108 games.

Joining Posey in their respective sports are Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers, Evander Kane of the Atlanta Thrashers and Patrick Peterson of LSU.

For the most part, ESPN The Magazine has got it right in selecting the next breakout athlete.

Well, minus 2004.

The NBA's Big Year

The NFL isn’t the only sport having a wonderful season in terms of television ratings. NBA broadcasts on TNT are are through the roof as well.

Sports Media Watch (via Turner Sports) reports, “Through 18 telecasts, TNT is averaging a 1.6 U.S. rating and 2.589 million viewers for NBA coverage, up 33 percent in ratings and 43 percent in viewership from last year (1.2, 1.813 mil), and up 60 percent and 71 percent, respectively, from 2008-09 (1.0, 1.518 mil).

The Miami Heat-Boston Celtics match on opening night and the Heat-Cleveland Cavaliers game were the two most-watched regular season telecasts since 1996. LeBron James is the new Michael Jordan, at least when it comes to television ratings. (And Charles Barkley is the new Charles Barkley.)

Michelle Beadle Is Barking Up The Wrong Tree

ESPN’s Michelle Beadle is learning the hard way that Michael Vick has a loyal fanbase.

The SportsNation co-host has been vocal on Twitter regarding the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback comments about wanting another dog.

“Vick wants a dog,” Beadle tweeted on Thursday. “He should NEVER be allowed that gift again.Talking about it on show today. Be ready, mouthbreathers!”

Beadle followed it up with, “And because now I’m REALLY fired up..remember what he did the last time he had a dog. TDs don’t get u a pass.” Along with her tweet was a photo of one of the dogs Vick abused. Beadle stood by her stance on Thursday’s episode of SportsNation. Read more

Well That About Says it All


In all seriousness, this should be fun. Goo luck, Bill.

Need a Quote? Turn to Deion Branch.

Athletes are not known for their wonderful public speaking abilities. They aren’t unintelligent – most of them, anyway – it’s just that they’ve been taught to think roboticly about things like effort, workrate, and desire, so the inevitable soundbites are cliches focusing on those themes.

But every now and again, an athlete surprises reporters with smart, thoughtful commentary. Landon Donovan jumps to mind. So does Charles Barkley.

Apparently, we can add Deion Branch to the list. Read more

Jeff Van Gundy Says He Was Wrong About The Heat

After LeBron James and Chris Bosh arrived in Miami, ABC/ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy was the first to hop on the bandwagon, predicting more than 72 wins for the Heat and a chance at topping the Lakers’ 33-game winning streak.

“They will break the single-season win record [of 72]. And I think they have a legit shot at the Lakers’ 33-game [winning] streak [in 1971-72], as well. And only the Lakers have even a remote shot at beating them in a playoff series. They will never lose two games in a row this year. They have put together a much better roster than anybody could ever have expected. There is now no good way to defend them. They are unguardable. They are indefensible. They are just too good and have added so much shooting and are so versatile that they will score at will.” Read more

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