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Barry Bloom and Thomas Harding of were robbed at gunpoint early Tuesday morning outside Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

A young man dressed in red stole $500 in cash from Bloom and $100 from Harding, along with credit cards.

“I thought the guy was a fan as he approached, but he said, ‘We can do this the easy way or the hard way,’” Bloom told Hall of Fame baseball writer Hal McCoy. “I started to walk away and he began yelling at me and pulled this big gun that looked like a Glock. He said, ‘Put your wallets on the ground.’ We did and he picked them up and ran off.”

Who carries $500 in their wallet, let alone when they are at work? That robber hit the meda jackpot.

If someone robbed me, they would be lucky to get $20 from me.


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ESPN/ABC Delivers Impressive Ratings For NBA Playoffs First Round

During the first round of the NBA Playoffs, ESPN averaged a 2.7 rating, 2,708,000 household impressions and 3,667,000 viewers – - the network’s highest-rated and most-viewed first round ever, according to Nielsen.

ESPN’s eight telecasts scored a 20 percent improvement in viewership (3,048,000 for nine telecasts in 2010), an 18 percent increase among households (2,295,000 in 2010) and a 17 percent ratings gain (2.3 in 2010).

ABC’s first round coverage averaged a 3.5 rating, 4,083,000 household impressions and 5,640,000 viewers to become the highest-rated and most-viewed first round on the network since 2004. The network’s four first-round broadcasts were up 31 percent in viewership (4,305,000 viewers in 2010) and up 25 percent over a 2.8 rating and 3,258,000 households last year.

In key demos, ESPN and ABC also delivered double-digit growth: ESPN – up 21 percent among men 18-34 (2.9 vs. 2.4); 23 percent in men 18-49 (2.7 vs. 2.2); and 24 percent in men 25-54 (2.6 vs. 2.1); ABC – up 20 percent in men 18-34 (3.0 vs. 2.5); 29 percent in men 18-49 (3.1 vs. 2.4); and 24 percent in men 25-54 (3.1 vs. 2.5).


TruTV Expands Sports Slate

Turner’s TruTV, which televised a number of NCAA March Madness basketball games this year, is adding to its roster of sports programs.

At its upfront presentation in New York last night, Tru announced a slate of new programming, and sports and competition series played a big part of it.

NFL Films is producing a new unscripted series for the network, “Semi-Pro” (working title). The series follows a team of semi-pro football players as they practice, play and hit the bars after the game.

“Semi-Pro” is the second series to come to TruTV from NFL Films. Last year the channel televised “NFL Full Contact,” which was a behind the scenes look at an NFL game.

Another sports-themed series coming to Tru this year is MotoClash (wt), which is from producers Tony Scott and Ridley Scott. The series chronicles World MotoClash, the longest motorcycle race in the world.

Other competition series include “Guinness World Records” (wt) which has a pair of brothers traveling the country trying to help people break Guinness world records.

Finally, TruTV has acquired off-network rights to the ABC series “Wipeout,” which will debut on Tru this Fall.

More information on these and the other pickups, after the jump.

Read more's At Bat App Gets Opening Day Update’s At Bat application for mobile devices is getting an Opening Day update today.

There are a number of improvements to the iPad, iPhone and Android versions of the app, and include added functionality and new features.

Some of the biggest features are free access for the month of April, sponsored by Volvo, allowing users to watch any out-of-market MLB game on their device live.

Key plays and pivotal moments, as well as live look-ins to games, all blackout-free.

Archives games, letting users see any 2011 game on-demand.

In addition, the iPad app gets a redesigned Gameday pitch-by-pitch look, with images of every ballpark now used for the screen instead of a generic stadium. The images are from the video game MLB ’11 The Show

On the iPhone and Android apps, check-in functionality with venue information has been added to the app, giving users bonus features when they check-in at the ballpark.

More information in’s press release, after the jump.

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Dwyane Wade And Chris Bosh Turn Off The TV

In case you wondered why Chris Webber didn’t think twice before mocking the Miami Heat last night, it’s because Dwyane Wade and others have turned off their televisions.

When Wade was asked by the Sun Sentinel if he knew who Marquette was playing in the first round of the Big East Tournament, the guard had no idea.

“I don’t even know who they open up with in the Big East Tournament,” Wade said. “That’s not good. I’ve totally shut it down. I don’t want to hear anything. I want to focus on what it takes for us to get this ship right again.” Read more

Versus Airing March 3 UFC Telecast In 3D

Have you ever wondered what the octagon would look like in 3D?

You can find out on March 3 as Versus is planning to produce their first UFC Event in 3D from the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville at 9:00 p.m. ET.

The telecast, sponsored by Comcast Xfinity, will have a different production crew and equipment than a normal UFC HD production. Todd Harris and Kenny Florian will call the action for the 3D broadcast. Read more

NHL Network Hires ESPN Vet as Executive Producer

Mark Preisler, previously executive producer at Sportscenter, is skating to NHL Network as executive producer where he’ll “be involved with all aspects of the Network’s programming and production.”

“The NHL is thrilled to have Mark join our team,” Charles Coplin, NHL executive vice president of content, said in a release. “The NHL Network is a vitally important platform that allows our millions of our fans across North America to follow their favorite teams and players. We look forward to the broadcast experience that Mark will bring to the Network to bring our fans even closer to the action and tell the great stories of our players in greater depth.”

Prior to seven years at Sportscenter, Preisler spent two years as senior coordinating producer for Baseball Tonight.

The full release is after the jump. Read more

Universal Sports Plans Tribute To Bud Greenspan

Olympic documentarian Bud Greenspan passed away on Christmas Day at his home in New York City after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

In honor of his career, Universal Sports will pay tribute with Nine Nights of Glory. Starting on New Year’s Day, the network will air a different award-winning Greenspan Olympic film for nine consecutive nights.

“Bud Greenspan represented the spirit of the Olympics and his films captured the amazing accomplishments of Olympic athletes from all nations,” said David Sternberg, CEO of Universal Sports. “We are honored to pay homage to such a distinguished filmmaker. His passing is a major loss to the Olympic movement, but he will live on forever through the majesty of his documentary films.”

Below is the entire schedule. Read more