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Oy Vey: WLKY Doesn't Help Kentucky Stereotypes

Only in Kentucky…

[H/T Darren Rovell]

Charles Barkley Is A Little Late Doing "The Dougie"

While I thought the Oregon mascot and Skip Bayless officially killed “The Dougie,” it made a triumphant return last night on the set of Inside the NBA.

Anything Charles Barkley does will always make my day better.

Like A Billion People Watched the New York Jets Beat the New England Patriots

Well, maybe not quite that many but would you settle for a lot of millions? Like 43.5 million?

According to a release from CBS Sports, that number “is projected to be the highest viewer average and most-watched Divisional Playoff game on any network (dating as far back as CBS records exist, 1987-88).”

Viewership was up 22 percent from last year’s game between the Jets and the San Diego Chargers and the household rating/share of 24.2/42 was up 20 percent.

CBS had a big weekend elsewhere as well. Read more

Bill Simmons Solves MLS Cup's Ratings Problem

Ratings for MLS Cup, Major League Soccer’s championship match, fell in 2010. According to Sports Media Watch, “The Rapids’ championship-winning victory over FC Dallas earned a 0.5 overnight rating on ESPN Sunday night, down 44 percent from last year (RSL/LA: 0.9, ESPN), and down 29 percent from 2008 (CMB/NY: 0.7, ABC).”

In his Tuesday afternoon chat, Bill Simmons provided a solution:

You need to stop putting your semifinal and Final playoff games head to head against Sunday night NFL. it’s a suicide mission. Schedule those games for Tuesday nights when there’s no football and you’re only going against NFL. You will never, ever, not EVER gain traction in America in any conceivable way by going head to head against the NFL. It’s idiotic. it couldn’t be dumber. That MLS Cup final was really exciting (especially the last 20 minutes of extra time, and yes, I was toggling between that and the Eagles game) and nobody saw it.

But going against the NFL is only part of the problem. Read more

What Would a Lockout Mean for the NBA? (And NBA on TV?)

In addition to “The Decision,” a possible NBA lockout following the 2010-2011 season was a topic of discussion at Turner Sports’ NBA on TNT lunch earlier today.

TNT NBA analyst Charles Barkley got the discussion started, after a reporter noted that New York Knicks fans that want to buy tickets when the Miami Heat come to town have to also buy tickets for a number of lesser games… as well as Rangers tickets.

“Fans have been getting screwed a long time, its nothing new,” Barkley said. “This is going to be a big year in sports. I think we have the best commissioner in sports [the NBA's David Stern], and he has to find a way to not have a lockout. Because to me, whether you are the NFL or NBA, I think it would be catastrophic to have a lockout in the middle of a recession.

“The average NBA star makes $5 million, we can’t say to people that guys making $10 or $15 million dollars are going to lock out or go on strike, the same thing with the NFL. That would be the tipping point, I truly believe that.”

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Super Bowl to Bump Oscars?

The NFL plans to move to 18 regular season games starting with the 2012-2013 season. “I think it’s a win-win all around,” New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft said. (Except for the players whose bodies will be crushed even more by playing two additional games. But that’s a story for another blog.)

This means bad news for a vital cultural icon. The Oscars, obvi.

According to Variety, the annual “kudofest” will conflict with the Super Bowl and, therefore, need to move to another night. As you well know, the NFL championship is massive – watched by 106.5 million people last year, the biggest audience of all time – while the Oscar audience is, um, dwindling.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences sounds resigned to its fate. Bruce Davis, the group’s exec director told Variety that “We’re always happy to talk to the sports entities, but this is a going to be a tough one. It’s hard for them to take us into consideration.”

Davis knows that when the 800-pound gorilla that is the NFL wants to do something, all you can do is get out of the way.

The Oscars would likely move to a Monday night, which isn’t unprecedented. The telecast switched to Sunday evening in 1999 but had been on the first workday for decades. Clear your Monday nights in February 2013. Or don’t.

‘Nightline’ Snags Floyd Landis Interview

ABC News’ ‘Nightline” has the first television interview with former professional cyclist Floyd Landis tonight. Landis made waves in the sporting world earlier this year when he claimed that he witnessed fellow Tour de France rider Lance Armstrong use drugs designed to improve athletic performance.

A tipster says ABC News correspondent Neal Karlinsky “worked it for months to get the interview.”

Chris Wragge Is Out of His Mind

chris-wragge_8-24.jpgThis week, CBS’ Chris Wragge is starting his day at 3:45am as he fills in for Harry Smith on “The Early Show.” Wragge ends his day after anchoring the 11 O’Clock news for WCBS-TV in New York, and smack in the middle he anchors the hour-long 5pm news.

TVNewser caught up with him during a few spare minutes to see how he’s holding up. “I’ve done this a couple of times for just a few days,” he said. “But this time it’s a little bit much.”

For the rest of this week, Wragge will be doing all three programs along with various other duties he’s been assigned: “This week is a little bit different. I have to shoot a promo for The Barclays for CBS on the golf course tomorrow. So I’ll probably sleep in the car. Wednesday, I have a CBS News shoot that’s September 11th related. (Sighs) We’ll get through it.”

We asked him how he does it. Diet and exercise appear to be key: “Gotta have a good diet. I start building up the week before like a runner training for a marathon or Lance Armstrong for the Tour De France.”

“I gotta tell you, this is a tremendous opportunity and I’m extremely flattered,” he adds. Wragge is very aware of the fortune he has. “It takes me two-three weeks to recover, but no one else in the country has that kind of opportunity. Especially when you consider what’s happening to a lot of people in this industry.”

After the jump, you can actually see a breakdown of Wragge’s entire day and it’s enough to make us want to pass out just reading it.

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Leroy Sievers Loses Battle with Cancer

Sievers_8.16.jpgNPR’s Leroy Sievers, the former Nightline executive producer whose battle with cancer was documented on his NPR blog, died last night.

Sievers was one of Ted Koppel‘s executive producers at Nightline, and later moved with Koppel to the Discovery Channel where he oversaw the 2007 documentary “Our Children’s Children’s War,” which aired in March 2007. Sievers, along with Lance Armstrong and Elizabeth Edwards, was prominently featured in Koppel’s “Living with Cancer” broadcast, which aired on Discovery in May, 2007.

Sievers was first diagnosed with colon cancer in 2006. By June of this year it had spread to his brain, shoulder blades, liver, pelvis and lungs.

Related:, The “Heart of Nightline”

Matthews, Armstrong To Host Presidential Forum

armstrong_7.25_2.jpg Lance Armstrong and Chris Matthews are teaming up to make sure the candidates for president don’t forget to, in Armstrong’s words, “discuss the No. 1 killer in this country:” cancer. It’s part of the two-day Livestrong Presidential Cancer Forum to be held in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Matthews and Armstrong will host the 2-hour forums. Democrats will take part on Monday, August 27; the Republicans on Tuesday, August 28. “Working on a cure for cancer should be a national priority,” said Matthews. “I look forward to working with Lance to bring more attention to this cause.”

Forbes reports at least five candidates have confirmed their attendance, including John Edwards, Gov. Bill Richardson, Tommy Thompson, Sen. Sam Brownback and Mike Huckabee.

Click continued to read the press release…

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