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Barstool Sports Editor Pulls Pics of Brady's Son After Visit from State Police

Barstool Sports editor David Portnoy pulled photos of Tom Brady‘s naked 20-month-old son off his website after a visit from Massachusetts state police, who told him the pictures were causing unnecessary headaches for a lot of people. A lot of people had called to complain, and the state attorney general’s office opened a preliminary investigation as to whether posting the pictures constituted child exploitation.

“I’ve never had cops knock on my door for anything in my life,” Portnoy said in an interview with the Boston Globe yesterday. “That is not a coincidence that this is one of the first times I’ve taken something down.”

The pictures showed the baby frolicking on the beach with his mother, Gisele Bundchen. Portnoy did not take the photos, but drew fire for his decision to post them alongside commentary about the size of the boy’s genitalia. That didn’t sit well with many readers, nor with the producer at WEEI radio station in Boston. Portnoy had been a regular on-air guest, but was dropped after posting the pictures.

“What he did was completely irresponsible,” Jason Wolfe, the station’s vice president of programming, wrote on Twitter. “It’s not about whether he was allowed to do it or not. It’s about common decency. And he showed none.”

Lawyers said Portnoy would probably not face child pornography charges because he did not appear to have “lascivious intent” in posting the picture. Some said that posting the images may have violated the child’s privacy rights, depending on where the photographs were taken.

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Video: The Return Of "Boom Goes The Dynamite"

The “Boom Goes The Dynamite” reporter, aka Brian Collins, was featured on Comedy Central’s Tosh.O Tuesday night.

The YouTube sensation hasn’t done a sports report since his infamous debut in 2005.

A great laugh to start your hump day.

NHL Begins Search For International Media Rights

The National Hockey League announced a tender process Monday for international media rights to live NHL games throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa.

The open bidding process will run from May 17 to June 8 and the foreign rights would run from 2011-12 through 2014-15 seasons.

According to the NHL, 26 percent of its players come from outside of North America. Since 2007, the NHL has staged more than 35 exhibition and regular season games in Europe attended by over 400,000 fans.

 

 

News Corp and Exor might join forces to take over Formula-One

According to Reuters, Rupert Murdoch‘s News Corp and Exor, the Italian company that controls Ferrari, are looking to build a consortium that will take over Formula One racing.

Formula One, which runs its races across the world, is owned by private equity firm CVC and managed by the sport’s long-time supremo Bernie Ecclestone, who is 80 years old.

Exor and News Corp “confirm they are in the early stages of exploring the possibility of creating a consortium with a view to formulating a long-term plan for the development of Formula One,” the two companies said on Tuesday in a joint statement.

In the next few weeks, Exor and News Corp said they planned to talk to potential minority partners and the main operators involved, adding there is no certainty a proposal will be made to the current owners of Formula One.

In April, we reported that News Corp had talks with Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim about forming a consortium to acquire control of Formula One.

“This is a project in early stage form. The main point is that Exor and News Corp will be co-leads in a project exploring options on how to run Formula One,” a source close to the situation had told Reuters earlier on Tuesday.

Boston vs. Miami Earns 4.5 Overnight Rating On TNT

TNT’s coverage of Game 2 between Boston vs. Miami earned a 4.5 overnight rating.

While the ratings were up 96 percent (2.3) from last year, Game 1 between Atlanta vs. Orlando was a 43-point blowout.

Locally, the game earned a 16.2 rating in Miami-Ft. Lauderdale and a 11.1 in Boston.

In the nightcap, Game 2 between Memphis vs. Oklahoma City drew a 3.7 overnight rating, which was higher than last year’s 3.6 for Game 2 of the Utah vs. Los Angeles Lakers broadcast.

Locally, the game earned a 19.6 rating in Memphis and an 18.8 in Oklahoma City.

[H/T Sports Media Watch]

WPS Unveils The 2011 Uniforms


Women’s Professional Soccer might not survive much longer, but the league will look good while going down in flames (or surviving, who knows!)

WPS and PUMA launched the uniform line for the 2011 season at an event on Thursday. Players including Alex Scott, Leslie Osborne, Tasha Kai, and Allie Long were on hand to show off the new kits.

“For three straight years now, we’ve seen the best of sport performance and style come together on the field with PUMA’s custom WPS uniforms,” WPS CEO Anne-Marie Eileraas said in a statement. “This year’s team kits are no different. In this World Cup year, PUMA’s founding partnership with WPS and its on-going support of women’s soccer is crucial to the growth of the game both in the U.S. and internationally, given the league’s global appeal as the best soccer league for women in the world.”

While we wish the uniforms were a bit more like the NFL-as-soccer-jerseys, we like what PUMA’s done.

Maybe No One Should Host the 2018 or 2022 World Cups

In 15 days, FIFA’s embattled executive committee will vote to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. It’s a huge deal – both for the organizing body, which earns 95 percent of its four-year revenue from the tournament, and for the host country, which gains prestige (and cash) associated with holding the world’s most important event – and the end of a long process for each of the nine bidding countries. (Spain/Portugal, England, Russia, and Belgium/Netherlands are competing for the former tournament while the United States, Australia, Qatar, South Korea, and Japan are in the running for the latter.)

If FIFA’s technical committee is to be believed, however, there are problems with each bid. Read more