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Heat-Mavs Game 6 Scores 15.0 Overnight Rating

Game 6 of the NBA Finals between the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat earned a 15.0 overnight rating, the highest-rated Game 6 on ABC, according to Nielsen.

Sunday’s closeout game was the third highest overnight rating for an NBA game on ABC, trailing Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals (18.2 overnight rating, Lakers/Celtics) and Game 5 of the 2004 NBA Finals (15.5 overnight rating, Lakers/Pistons). The game peaked with a 20.9 rating from 10:30-10:45 p.m. ET.

Ratings were up 22 percent compared to Game 6 last year (12.3 overnight rating) and up 35 percent compared to Game 6 of the 2006 Finals (11.1 overnight rating), when these same two teams met.

Locally, Game 7 was the highest-rated metered market rating ever for an NBA game in both Dallas (39.8) and Miami (36.2).

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Brian Kingrey Is MLB 2K11's $1 Million Winner

For the second year in a row, a video gamer has won $1 million by pitching a perfect game in MLB 2K11.

Brian Kingrey of Hammond, Louisiana, won the “Perfect Game” Challenge after shutting down the Houston Astros with Roy Halladay. He only needed three attempts and two hours to win the money.

The 25-year-old teacher is not even a baseball fan – - which makes his perfect game even more impressive. Read more

Joakim Noah Apologizes For Hurling Gay Slur At Fan

Learning nothing from Kobe Bryant, Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah was caught on camera yelling at gay slur at a fan during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

“A fan said something, and I said something back,” Noah said on the first quarter incident, “I apologized. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I got caught up. I didn’t mean any disrespect to anybody.”

I think Bryant can tell you what’s going to happen next, Joakim.

 

ESPN dropping poker following indictments of gambling sites

In the wake of last Friday’s federal indictment of gambling sites including PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, a dragnet that seized millions of dollars of what the U.S. government considers illegal gambling profits, ESPN has announced it’s dropping poker advertisements and shows from its regular programming. The Disney-owned company airs “The World Series of Poker,” among many other poker shows, and has been a chief facilitator of the sport’s spike in popularity over the last decade.

“We are aware of the indictment only through what has been announced publicly,” Bristol, Connecticut-based ESPN said yesterday in an e-mailed statement. “For the immediate future, we are making efforts to remove related advertising and programming pending further review.”

Tom Brady, Under Armour Team Up For NFL Draft Chat

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Under Armour are teaming up for a consumer promotion during the NFL Draft using Facebook.

Under Armour will host the first-ever Tom Brady Draft Chat on April 29, a lengthy conversation and Q&A session with a limited group of fans. Fans looking to participate will have to visit Under Armour’s Facebook page through April 24 and submit photos of themselves “Getting Charged Up.”

Under Armour Founder and CEO Kevin Plank will select 12 winners, each of whom will be allowed to invite a guest to join him/her at the Draft Chat.

NFL analyst Boomer Esiason will moderate the chat, which also will be broadcast live on Under Armour’s Facebook page and on Ustream.tv, via the URL www.ustream.tv/underarmour. Read more

ESPN Offering Facebook Fans Sneak Preview Of The Fab Five

For fans anticipating The Fab Five documentary (March 13 at 9 pm on ESPN), you can catch a sneak preview Tuesday night on ESPN’s Facebook page.

Following the extended clip, former Michigan guard Jalen Rose will host a live video chat and Q&A with fans.

The ESPN NBA analyst was outspoken this morning on First Take when discussing the documentary and Duke University.

“For me, Duke was personal,” Rose said. “I hated Duke. And I hated everything I felt Duke stood for. Schools like Duke didn’t recruit players like me. I felt like they only recruited black players that were Uncle Toms.”

Let’s see how long it takes before Coach Mike Krzyzewski responds to Rose and drops a “no comment.”

Bill Simmons Ramping Up For His New Website

ESPN columnist Bill Simmons recently chatted with Michael McCarthy of USA Today about his new website that’s launching in May.

According to “The Sports Guy,” the site will be two-thirds sports; one-third pop culture. The plan is to hire 8-12 writers and editors and Chuck Klosterman, Molly Lambert, Chris Ryan and Katie Baker are already on board.

Below is an excerpt of the interview:

Tell us about the new site.

We’re hoping the slate of the writers coming out of the gate, not just the ones we hire full-time, but the people contributing once a week, once a month, or once every couple of months, will be really be special. I felt like there was a void for a site like this. Read more

Bart Scott Body Slams His Wrestling Critics

New York Jets linebacker Bart Scott could care less what you thought about his role on TNA Impact last Thursday.

ESPN.com asked Scott what he thought about his wrestling critics:

“It would be like going on ‘Dancing With the Stars. Did I have to check (with the Jets) when I ate Wise potato chips? (An endorsement he did last fall.) Did (Mark) Sanchez have to check when he threw a Pepsi bottle in a Pepsi commercial? Do you have to check when you shoot a Dicks commercial and have to run across the floor? (A Darrelle Revis commercial.) At what point does it bear conversation?” Read more

Tiger Woods and Golf Digest Part Ways

Golf Digest just saved $1 million per year. “Playing editor” Tiger Woods will no longer pen a monthly column nor appear in the exclusive photos that ran alongside the spread.

Golf Digest and Tiger Woods have mutually agreed to stop his monthly bylined articles,” Jerry Tarde, chairman and editor-in-chief of Golf Digest, told the New York Post. “His last regular column will appear in the February 2011 issue of Golf Digest, at which time he will also leave the masthead. We appreciate the insights Tiger has provided to our readers.”

According to Keith Kelly, the golfer doesn’t want any distractions while he works full-time to retool his swing. If we were Golf Digest, we would be po’ed by his decision for a number of reasons. Read more

Heisman Ratings Lowest In Four Years For ESPN

While ESPN scored a ratings victory last Saturday night with their final 30 for 30 documentary, Pony Excess, the same can’t be said about the Heisman Trophy ceremony.

Ratings and viewership hit a four-year low as ESPN drew a 2.3 U.S. rating and 3.784 million viewers. That’s down 34 percent in ratings and 37 percent in viewership from last year (3.5, 5.990 million). It was ESPN’s lowest rated Heisman Trophy presentation since 2006 (2.0, 2.950 million).

Below is a breakdown of the ratings and viewership numbers since 2000: Read more

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