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Tonight's Dick Vitale Gala A Huge Draw in Sports World

Tonight’s 6th annual Dick Vitale Gala at the Ritz Carlton in Sarasota, Florida, is attracting huge names in the sports world, including athletes, coaches and commentators. Among the well-known faces expected to drop by the event, which benefits pediatric cancer research, are Jim Calhoun, John Calipari, Christian Laettner, Roy Williams, Erin Andrews, Desmond Howard, Jon Gruden, Gary Sheffield, Dave Cowens, Vince Carter, Tubby Smith and Gary Williams, USA Today reports.

“Cancer comes after you whether you are rich, poor, black, white, Christian or Jewish. It brings you to your knees,” said Vitale. “My life has been blessed and it is my time to give back. I’m 71 and there is no greater feeling than to bring a smile to a child’s face.”

This year’s event will honor Lucy Weber, 18 months; Johnny Teis, 8 and Adrian Littlejohn, 15 months, who all died in the past 12 months.

“The event is sold out at $1,000 a person but we are still looking for help in our battle against cancer,” said Vitale. “Anyone who wants to contribute can call 1-800-4JimmyV or by going to dickvitaleonline.com.”

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Friday's NCAA Ratings Up 17 Percent From 2010

Friday’s coverage of the NCAA Tournament regional semi-finals on TBS and CBS delivered an overnight household rating/share of 7.6/14, up 14 percent from a 6.5/12 from last year’s CBS Sports coverage, according to Nielsen. It’s the highest rating for a Friday regional semi-finals in the metered markets since a 7.8/14 in 2005.

While the first telecast window of games only combined to earn a 5.9/11, the second window delivered a 9.2/16, up 30 percent from a 7.1/13 last year.

The overall tournament average-to-date in the metered markets is a 6.6/14, up 18 percent from a 5.6/12 for CBS Sports’ 2010 coverage according to Nielsen.

Hope for the 2011 NFL Season?

Maybe there won’t be a football work stoppage after all. (Yeah right.)

U.S. District Judge David Doty ruled in favor of the Players Union in the so-called “war chest” case. The judge decried that league executives didn’t do what was best for both the league and the players when negotiating the last round of television contracts, instead taking less money to ensure they would be paid in case of a work stoppage.

The NFL, of course, isn’t worried. Read more

ESPN Announces 14 Big East College Football Telecasts

ESPN announced 14 of its 2011 Big East Conference college football telecasts on Friday, highlighted by two non-conference games featuring LSU and Notre Dame.

All eight Big East teams will be featured at least once in the 14 games that were announced. Pittsburgh leads the way with five appearances followed by four West Virginia games and three each of Connecticut, Louisville and South Florida.

On Sept. 24, ESPN/ABC/ESPN2 will feature West Virginia against LSU and Pittsburgh against the Irish.

Additional Big East games will be announced in the coming months.

Shawn Kemp Comes Out Of Hibernation To Rip Blake Griffin's Final Dunk

There’s at least one person who wasn’t impressed with Blake Griffin‘s dunk over a 2011 KIA Optima at the NBA Slam Dunk Contest.

Former dunking machine Shawn Kemp called out Griffin for his dunk in the finals on KJR in Seattle with Dave Mahler and Ian Furness.

“I’m a big Blake Griffin fan, but that dunk at the contest might’ve been the weakest dunk in the dunk contest that I’ve seen in a long time,” Kemp said. “I love the choir and all that stuff was great, but you at least gotta jump over the car though right.”

Not only did Kemp call the dunk weak, the 14-season veteran claims he could jump over not one, but two cars. Read more

ESPN Set To Invade Texas For Super Bowl XLV

ESPN will have more than 30 on-air commentators in Texas when the network kicks off its week-long Super Bowl XLV coverage on Monday.

Sundance Square in Ft. Worth, Texas, will be ESPN’s home away from home next week as they prepare for more than 90 hours of Super Bowl coverage of domestic television and 55 hours on ESPN Radio. ESPN International will also provide live coverage of the Super Bowl to more than 50 million households in 158 countries and territories.

Jim Rome is Burning, NFL Live, NFL Matchup, SportsCenter, SportsNation, and Sunday NFL Countdown will all originate from Texas throughout next week.

Sugar Bowl Earns 8.4 Overnight Rating

Ohio State’s 31-26 win over Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl earned a 8.4 overnight rating on ESPN, the second-highest overnight rating for college football in the network’s history.

Last night’s overnight is down just three percent (8.7) than last year’s Sugar Bowl between Florida and Cincinnati on New Year’s night. Compared to last year’s Orange Bowl that was played on the equivalent Tuesday night, overnights were up 17 percent (7.2). Read more

NBC Sports to Air Kentucky Derby Through 2015

NBC Sports and Churchill Downs have reached an agreement in principle to keep the Kentucky Derby on the broadcast network through 2015. The deal also includes rights to the Kentucky Oaks, which is held the Friday before the Derby.

Terms of the agreement, including the price paid, were not disclosed, but sports Business Daily reports that the deal is worth around $5 million a year.

“I don’t think America truly moves to springtime until the first Saturday in May and I am delighted that we will be bringing this iconic American event to homes across America for five more years,” said Dick Ebersol, chairman of NBC Sports & Olympics in a statement. “We’re excited to extend our relationship with the Derby and our business partnership with Churchill Downs, a partnership that is one of the finest examples of two organizations coming together to build an event.

More information in the press release after the jump.

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