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Posts Tagged ‘Madden NFL 12’

Bruins/Lightning Game 7 Set Versus Ratings Record

Last Friday’s Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Boston Bruins and the Tampa Bay Lightning was the most-viewed conference final game since 2002, according to ratings released by Nielsen. The series clincher won by Boston garnered 2.55 million viewers, making it the most-viewed conference final game on cable since the Avalanche played the Red Wings on ESPN in 2002.

The broadcast was also the most-watched conference-final game in Versus network history, and good for sixth-best overall, with only the Stanley Cup Finals posting larger numbers.

 

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Update: Braves' Roger McDowell coach accused of using gay slurs, apologizes

During a press conference that streamed live this afternoon on TMZ.com, attorney Gloria Allred and her client, a father of twin 9-year-old girls, accused Atlanta Braves coach Roger McDowell of directing gay slurs at the father during Saturday’s game in San Francisco. McDowell was accused of making a homophobic remark and then using a baseball bat to simulate gay sex. McDowell also allegedly told the father and two other male fans, “Are you three giving it to each other in the a**?” When the father confronted McDowell from the stands, McDowell reportedly responded by saying, “Kids don’t f**king belong at the baseball park” … and then approached the man with a baseball bat, saying, “How much are your teeth worth?”

Soon after the press conference, McDowell apologized for the incident, saying, “I am deeply sorry that I responded to the heckling fans in San Francisco on Saturday. I apologize to everyone for my actions. ”

A rep for the Braves released an additional statement, saying, “We are concerned by these allegations and the behavior described by a witness today. This in no way represents the Braves organization and the conduct we expect of our employees.”

No word yet from Major League Baseball on what actions, if any, will be taken towards McDowell. And no word, either, on what exactly the fans were saying to him. There are of course two sides to every story, so let’s get the full account before we crucify McDowell alone. Have to imagine he didn’t decide to go ballistic for no reason.

 

 

Boston Victory Means Bill Simmons Is Tweeting Again

The Boston Red Sox defeated the New York Yankees 9-6 Friday afternoon for their first win of the season, which means Bill Simmons is back on Twitter.

Nice curveball by Simmons with an American Idol tweet instead of talking about the Red Sox.

Madden NFL 12 To Emphasize Concussions

The days of returning from a concussion in Madden after only two quarters are over.

Madden NFL 12 will emphasize the seriousness of concussions.

“Concussions are such a big thing, it has to be a big thing in the video game,” John Madden told The New York Times in a telephone interview. “It starts with young kids — they start in video games. I think the osmosis is if you get a concussion, that’s a serious thing and you shouldn’t play. Or leading with the head that you want to eliminate. We want that message to be strong.” Read more

DirecTV's Agreement With YES Network Expires Friday

DirecTV’s agreement with the YES Network expires at 11:59 p.m. Friday, though the two sides are still negotiating on a new deal.

The satellite company released the following statement regarding the YES Network:

“You may have heard that our current contract with YES Network expires April 1. We wanted you to know that DIRECTV is still negotiating with YES Network. Their threats to take down the channel are nothing more than gamesmanship to try and gain leverage in the talks. Obviously their goal is to get DIRECTV customers to pay as much as possible for their network, so these are the games that they play in negotiations. Read more

Sunday's NCAA Regional Finals Scores 8.5 Overnight Rating

Through the first two rounds of the 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, the ratings average-to-date in metered markets is a 6.8/14, up 15 percent from a 5.9/13 for CBS Sports’ 2010 coverage, according to Nielsen.

Sunday’s coverage of the regional finals on CBS delivered a overnight household rating/share of 8.5/17.

Let’s see how a VCU vs. Butler showdown on Saturday night will do in the ratings.

Tampa Bay Are Early Favorites For Hard Knocks

Assuming there’s a NFL season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the leading candidate to be featured on HBO’s Hard Knocks this summer, according to Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com.

According to a league source, the New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders and four other teams also are in the running. An official decision is not expected until later in the spring.

Sorry Raheem Morris and Josh Freeman, but crazy equals ratings, and you have a whole bunch of crazy in Oakland with Al Davis. Plus, the Raiders are legitimately on the rise following their 8-8 season. Read more

Gus Johnson Doing What Gus Johnson Does

“George Mason making the statement: We are back … and ready!”