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NBC To Air WrestleMania: The World Premiere

For the third straight year, NBC will air an hour-long WrestleMania special.

WrestleMania: The World Premiere airs Saturday, Aug. 13 at 9 p.m. ET, and feature highlights from WrestleMania XXVII this past April.

The highly anticipated pay-per-view event in front of 71,617 fans at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta marked the WrestleMania return of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and featured a main event between John Cena and The Miz for the WWE Championship.

 

 

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ESPN Names Dari Nowkhah Host of ESPNU

ESPNews anchor Dari Nowkhah has been named the new host of ESPNU’s studio desk in Charlotte, N.C., and will assume his new role on the 24-hour college sports network on July 27.

Since joining ESPN in 2004, Nowkhah has served as host of College Football Overdrive, College Football Live and SEC Network studio shows, as well as regularly anchoring SportsCenter. This past January Nowkhah and Mel Kiper Jr. debuted ESPN Radio’s weekly Dari and Mel Show (Saturday’s 8 a.m. – noon ET).

“I’m a college sports junkie and to be a host on a network devoted entirely to college sports, well, that’s just a dream come true,” said Nowkhah of his new position.

“We are ecstatic to have Dari joining the ESPNU family,” said Dan Steir, ESPNU senior coordinating producer. “His knowledge and passion for college sports, combined with his ability to engage viewers are going to be a great addition to the network”.

Reason #35 Why I Don't Listen To Mike & Mike In The Morning

Yes, that’s ESPN’s Mike Greenberg dressed as Justin Bieber.

No, I have nothing else witty to add. The photo speaks for itself.

[H/T Deadspin]

Kobe's Apology Tour Hits The Dan Patrick Show

Dan Patrick landed Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant this morning to discuss his homophobic comment towards referee Bennie Adams.

“It was just stupid and ignorant,” Bryant said. “In this situation, seeing how many people were affected, it helps you understand the weight that comes from that word. That’s why it’s very important for me to communicate how sorry I am to use the word.”

Bryant hasn’t talked to Adams yet about Tuesday’s incident.

“The next game he calls for us I’ll definitely make a point to reach out to him,” Bryant added. Read more

MLB Launching Digital Campaign To Honor Jackie Robinson

In honor of Jackie Robinson Day, Major League Baseball is launching a new digital campaign called “IAM42.”

www.IAM42.com is designed for fans to make a personal connection with Jackie Robinson through online video sharing and social networking outlets.

The site, which launches Friday, features personal video tributes from more than 60 current players and legends to honor the 64th Anniversary of Robinson’s historic moment, including Baseball Hall of Famers Ernie Banks, Lou Brock and Andre Dawson; and MLB All-Stars Jason Heyward, Prince Fielder, David Price, Mariano Rivera and David Wright. It will be updated throughout the year leading up to the 65th anniversary of Jackie Robinson Day on April 15, 2012. Read more

Fox Sports To Carry 40 Big 12 Football Telecasts Starting In 2012

The Big 12 Conference and Fox Sports reached a 13-year agreement for the exclusive cable rights to 40 regular season football games, along with a variety of Olympic sports events and conference championships.

According to the Sports Business Daily, the deal is worth an average of $90 million per year.

The new deal takes effect with the 2012 football season and nearly doubles the number of regular season games under its current agreement. A majority of the telecasts will be shown on Fox Sports Net and several other games will be scheduled on FX as part of its recently announced college football slate. Read more

Sporting News, AOL Enter New Content Agreement

Starting on Mar. 1, the Sporting News and AOL will enter a new content agreement, “delivering a “best-of-breed” sports destination with compelling multi-media content and unsurpassed user experience, and the premier sports advertising environment on the web.”

The editorial control on the Sporting News remains the same but it will add national columnists from AOL’s FanHouse and add North American Soccer coverage to its core day-to-day offerings.

For AOL users, there will be a link from the AOL homepage to the relaunched Sporting News website where you will be able to keep up with your favorite FanHouse writers and columnists. The new URL after the site relaunches will be www.aol.sportingnews.com.

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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.)

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

MLB Bringing Silver Slugger Awards to TV

Major League Baseball is taking its annual Silver Slugger Awards to the television set. MLB Network will air the 2010 Silver Slugger Award announcement show live Thursday, November 11, starting at 6 PM ET.

The event is part of the network’s off-season original programming push, which is seeking to give baseball fans a stockpile of original content to enjoy in the gap between the end of the World Series, and when pitchers and catchers report next Spring.

The league has been leveraging MLB Network, presenting awards and events like the MLB draft in a way that haven’t been presented in years prior. Adding the Silver Sluggers to that list makes sense. Hardcore baseball fans will find it must-see TV, while the event aspect broadens the appeal.

Also on tap for the coming months are new episodes of MLB Network series’ “Prime 9″ and “MLB Network Countdown,” as well as original documentaries.

More information, after the jump.

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