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Champions League Final Earns 1.8 Overnight Rating

The 2011 Champions League Final between Barcelona and Manchester United earned a 1.8 overnight rating on Fox Soccer Channel.

Those numbers were up 64 percent over 2010′s numbers according to a Fox Sports representative.

The preliminary household ratings show that Washington DC, Seattle, New York, Providence, Los Angeles and Austin generated the best local numbers.

The 2009 Champions League Final between Barcelona and Manchester United (on a Wednesday afternoon) earned a 1.0 rating on ESPN.

 

 

 

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Trying to Solve the NFL's Headhunter Problem

The fallout from the weekend’s spate of brutal hits continues to hit newspapers around the country. The New York Post‘s Steve Serby offers another outraged column, while The New York Times William C. Rhoden suggests a 30-yard penalty for vicious hits.

Good idea, expect it won’t fix anything.

Former New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison – who delivered big hits that earned him the reputation as a dirty player – spoke with his NBC colleague Peter King about what will actually motivates a player.

“You didn’t get my attention when you fined me five grand, 10 grand, 15 grand,” Harrison said. “You got my attention when I got suspended… You have to suspend these guys. These guys are making millions of dollars. The NFL [has to say], ‘We’re going to really protect our players. We’re going to suspend these guys, not one game, but possibly two or more games.’”

Suspensions speak. Fines, not so much.

Our personal favorite suggestion was offered up by this idea from Reuters correspondent Simon Evans:

UFC Prelims See An Increase In Ratings

A month after their lowest ratings of the year, the UFC Prelims prior to UFC 119 last Saturday earned a 0.9/1.3 rating on Spike TV.

The live broadcast peaked with 1.36 million viewers according to Spike TV officials, which featured two preliminary-card bouts from Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

The UFC Prelims before UFC 118 drew a series-low 1.1 million viewers.

UFC’s concept of teasing their pay-per-view broadcast with live fights is a great idea that boxing should consider … if they had undercards worth caring about. Read more

Rangers Sign $1.6 Billion Extension With Fox

Fresh off their first playoff birth since 1999, the Texas Rangers have agreed to a 20-year contract extension with Fox Sports Southwest beginning in 2015.

The deal is reportedly worth $1.6 billion and is among the most lucrative in Major League Baseball for a team without their own regional sports network.

USA Today first reported the deal was worth $3 billion, but a Fox spokesman said that amount was “wildly inflated.”

The Rangers current deal is worth roughly $45 million a year, compared to $80 million a year as part of the extension.

Around the Horn & Pardon the Interruption Now In HD

Welcome to the 21st century, Around the Horn and Pardon the Interruption.

The two ESPN shows made their high definition debuts on Monday after moving from their standard definition Atlantic Video studio home of over eight years.

“We have loved our relationship with Washington-based Atlantic Studios, but we really have, for a time, wanted more space and the ability of changing the look of the show,” Around the Horn and Pardon the Interruption producer Erik Rydholm told the Washington Examiner. “I mean both “PTI” — which started in 2001 — and “Around the Horn” — that came a year after — have really not had a makeover or for that matter we have not made the transition to high definition. So really the time to change is here.”

The show looks stunning in HD (The orange just glows from Tony Kornheiser) and is a much needed makeover.

How close were the two shows packing up in Washington and moving to Los Angeles?

“We wanted a state-of-the-art facility and, for a time, we considered moving to the ESPN Los Angeles studios that are located in the LA Live complex across the street from the Staples Center,” Rydholm said. “But then we got a break and we will be moving into the Washington offices and studios of ABC and taking over the a newly renovated space that once was home to “Nightline.”