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ESPN 3D Airing 20 Regular Season College Football Games

ESPN 3D will carry 20 regular-season games during the 2011 college football season, double the amount from 2010.

The network’s 3D coverage kicks off Labor Day weekend when ESPN 3D will broadcast UNLV vs. Wisconsin (Sept. 1 at 8 p.m. ET) and Miami vs. Maryland (Sept. 5, 8 p.m. ET).

The Dr Pepper ACC Championship game will cap off ESPN 3D’s regular-season coverage. For the second straight year, ESPN 3D will broadcast the Allstate BCS National Championship Game, along with five additional bowl games as well.

The complete 2011-2012 ESPN 3D schedule is below: Read more

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First Glance: McEnroe/Borg: Fire & Ice

Before Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal, there was Bjorn Borg vs. John McEnroe.

The two tennis stars had an intense rivalry during the ’70s and ’80′s are the subject of HBO’s latest documentary, McEnroe/Borg: Fire & Ice.

The 60-minute special documents the back story of both tennis stars – - from Borg’s youth of growing up in Sweeden to McEnroe and how he developed into the pretentious phenom that fans loved to hate.

At the end of the day, despite their intense rivalry, the two not only shared a deep respect for each other but would eventually form a close friendship.

“The least I could do was to try a little harder when I was playing him,” McEnroe says in the documentary. “I had to be on my best behavior, plus I respected him.”

In order to fully appreciate this documentary, you need to be of a certain age and lived through the McEnroe-Borg rivalry. For the 20-somethings like myself, it might be hard to grasp why this rivalry trumps Federer-Nadal or Andre Agassi-Pete Sampras.

McEnroe/Borg: Fire & Ice airs Saturday night at 10 p.m. ET on HBO.


Dave Morgan Leaving Yahoo! Sports After Five Years

Yahoo! Sports executive editor Dave Morgan is leaving the company in June, according to SportsBusiness Journal.

Morgan, who was at the company for more than five years, was the mastermind behind the success of the sports operation.

Several writers including Michael Silver and Adrian Wojnarowski honored Morgan on Twitter by changing their photo avatar.

Prior to working at Yahoo! Sports, Morgan was the deputy sports editor at the Los Angeles Times.

Bud Selig Taps Tom Schieffer to Run the Los Angeles Dodgers

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig has tapped former Texas Rangers president Tom Schieffer to run day-to-day operations of the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to Sports Business Daily.

Schieffer ran the Rangers from 1991-1999, and went on to serve in the Presidential administration of George W. Bush, as Ambassador to Australia, and later Japan.

He is also the younger brother of the legendary CBS newsman Bob Schieffer.

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Tom Izzo, Jay Wright Joins NCAA Tournament Coverage

Tom Izzo, Jay Wright and Joe Jones will join CBS Sports’ and Turner Sports’ coverage of the NCAA Tournament.

The Michigan State head coach will work as a guest analyst during regional semi-finals on Thursday and Friday, which airs across TBS and CBS. Izzo will be in the Atlanta studio alongside host Ernie Johnson and analysts Seth Davis and Steve Smith.

Wright will work with analysts Charles Barkley, Greg Anthony, Kenny Smith and host Greg Gumbel from the New York studio on Saturday for CBS Sports’ coverage of the regional finals. Read more

Was the Most Expensive Super Bowl Ad Also the Best?

Chrysler ran the first two-minute advertisement in Super Bowl history on Sunday night. The company had to get permission for the spot, which featured Eminem, because most breaks only last 90 seconds. It was the most expensive ad in Super Bowl history since it’s the only one that filled four spots. But did America respond positively?

Well, yes and no.

According to USA Today’s Ad Meter, the Chrysler mini-movie finished 44th, sandwiched between trailers for Fast and Furious and Cowboys and Aliens. Not very good.

But another measure shows more promise. Read more

Club Trillion Takes A Break

Club Trillion, the blog written by former Ohio State walk on Mark Titus, is one of the gems of the Internet. Unfortunately, Titus graduated and needed to make a living – the nerve! – so he landed a book deal.

Apparently, penning a tome about his time at OSU is overwhelming because The Shark
is taking a break from his blog while he finishes the book.

The way I see it, I can either stop doing my blog to focus on my book now, or I can ignore my book and realize six months from now that I’m screwed as a scramble to finish it (Before you ask, no, I’m not capable of writing both at the same time. I’m a terrible at multitasking and I’m terrible at writing, so doing something that involves both doesn’t seem like a very good idea).

He will start a podcast with his friend Andy Keller. It may sound like the Bill Simmons‘ career path, but Titus promises it’s not.

Write quick, Mark. The Internet is a better place with you writing and posting YouTube videos.

NFL Owners Won't Be in the Poorhouse Anytime Soon

Forbes.com’s Maury Brown examines the claim of the NFL league office that it’s hard out there for an owner. His findings? Not really true.

Brown quotes colleague Kurt Badenhausen of Forbes SportsMoney, who writes, “The NFL has never been more profitable by our count with the average team earning $33 million in 2009 in operating profit (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) thanks to huge incomes for teams like the Cowboys, Patriots and Redskins.”

The rest of the facts don’t support the owners claims, either. Read more

Did the NFL Hurts its Negotiating Position?

On Thursday, word leaked that ESPN would pay the NFL almost $2 billion per year for the television rights to Monday Night Football. Win, win, win, right?

Eh, maybe not. There’s that whole labor negotiation thing, and one of the major arguments coming out of the owners camp is that they aren’t making enough money. It gets harder to make that case when the Worldwide Leader hands over a 40-percent increase in fees.

“It’s a good news/bad news situation for the owners,” said one insider told the New York Post. “The owners are crying poor and it’s going to strengthen the Players Association’s stance that the owners aren’t as bad off as they say they are. “The owners are, in essence, demanding that the players take an 18-percent pay cut across the board. For them to turn around and get this [money], they definitely don’t come off looking good in this.”

The deal is good news for the players, who get 60 percent of the fees. But there are a lot of players and not a lot of owners. A lot of 40 percent is much more than a little of 60 percent. Bob Kraft can cry poor all he wants, but it will fall upon deaf ears.

Enjoy these playoffs, ladies and gentlemen. It’s going to be awhile before you see NFL uniforms again.

Major League Soccer Flexes Its (Weak?) TV Muscles

Major League Soccer’s television rights deal with Fox Soccer Channel is up for renegotiation and executives want $20 million per season, an increase of almost seven times the previous deal. If struck, the deal would be a tremendous boon to MLS, which is proving financially viable as it continues to invest in infrastructure and expansion. Sports leagues, anyone will tell you, make their money on television rights.

But will FSC bite? That’s the ($20) million dollar question.

MLS seems to be asking a lot. Their Saturday night broadcasts on FSC drew just 53,000 viewers while ESPN’s audience fell 12.3 percent from the previous season. (Admittedly, ESPN has done a lot to promote the league, although Bill Simmons offered a plan to improve ratings.)

But MLS does have some leverage. Read more

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