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Giants-Jets Third Highest Preseason Game On NFL Network

Monday’s rescheduled preseason game between the New York Giants and Jets scored an average of 1.78 million viewers on NFL Network, the third highest viewership for a preseason game in the network’s history.

The 2011 NFL preseason has been a hit for NFL Network with six of the top 10 all-time most-watched preseason games on the network airing this year.

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Time Names Bleacher Report and Grantland Among 50 Best Websites of 2011

The sports website Bleacher Report gets a lot of grief in the sports blogging community. The Sports Pickle, a satire site run by the esteemed D.J. Gallo, recently ran this mock-up of Bleacher Report‘s newly redesigned front page, and it hits on all the perceived shortcomings of the upstart website — spelling errors, annoying slideshows that boost page views, untimely columns about staid topics, stupid columns about stupid topics, etc.

Nevertheless a lot of people read Bleacher Report, which claims to be the 4th-largest sports media site in the U.S. with 20 million monthly readers. Mind you, this traffic is no doubt buoyed by some voodoo search engine optimization, which seems to put BR articles at the top of most sports-related Google searches. Perhaps that helps explain why Time magazine named Bleacher Report one of its Top 50 websites of 2011. Here’s the write-up from Harry McCracken, a name we believe to be real.

At Bleacher Report, the sports reporting isn’t performed by a tiny staff of full-time journalists – it’s done by thousands of fan-contributors, which is why it feels so deep and so passionate. The standard of quality is markedly higher than at some community-created news hubs, where “citizen journalist” can be a synonym for “poorly paid amateur.” Like a sports-themed variant of the Huffington Post, the site has a penchant for wacky lists and sideshows. Many of them, like “50 Bold Predictions for the Rest of the MLB Season,” are nicely done, not just fluffy filler. Read more

Big Lead Sports Jumps To #4 Among Online Sports Properties

Big Lead Sports is moving on up the online sports properties digital ladder.

For the month of July, the independent online sports property surpassed 18 million unique visitors and landed the #4 spot among all online sports properties, according to comScore Media Metrix.

“We are very excited to become a top 4 online sports property,” said Chris Russo, CEO of Big Lead Sports. “The traffic success reflects the strength of our talented journalists who provide unique expertise and an independent perspective to sports coverage.  We believe that we can continue this momentum, given the new relationships we announced in the past month with Amar’e Stoudemire, Sirius XM, and TXN Sports.”

Below are the Top 15 online sports properties for the month of July:

Name Unique Visitors

1. Yahoo! Sports 48,020
2. ESPN 35,646
3. FOXSports.com on MSN 29,898
4. BIG LEAD SPORTS by FSV 18,443
5. Turner-SI Digital 17,442
6. MLB 17,414
7. NBC Sports 11,440
8. NFL Internet Group 11,203
9. CBS Sports 10,083
10 USA Today Sports Media Group 9,182
11. Sporting News on AOL 7,841
12. BLEACHERREPORT.COM 6,890
13. SB Nation 5,843
14. STACK Media 4,955
15. HuffPost Sports 4,396

Armando Galarraga Is Sensitive About His Rotation Spot

The days of Armando Galarraga being some great class act appear to be long gone.

Following a rough start Monday night, the Arizona Diamondbacks starter got into it with reporters in the locker room about his spot in the rotation.

Easy there, Armando. The reporters are just doing their job. If you weren’t 3-4 with a 5.91 ERA, they wouldn’t be asking you the tough questions.

 

ESPN Going All Out For UConn’s Record Run to 89

Get ready for a lot of University of Connecticut women’s basketball coverage on the ESPN Networks.

With the Huskies one victory shy of surpassing UCLA’s 88-game win streak, ESPN2 will televise UConn’s next game on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET) against No. 14 Florida State from the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. The game was originally scheduled to air on ESPNU.

Dave O’Brien and Doris Burke will call the game and former Huskies star Rebecca Lobo will serve as the sideline reporter. The Final Four studio team of Trey Wingo, Kara Lawson and Carolyn Peck will host an hour-long pregame show on Tuesday beginning at 6 p.m. Read more

ESPN Can't Break Into the LA Market

Local is all the rage these days. But can a massive sports media entity force its way into the conversation?

It’s harder than it looks.

Los Angeles Times columnist James Rainey takes a gander at ESPN’s foray into the city’s sports market and comes up with some telling observation. Namely, in the words of one unnamed “insider,” the network expected more than the 2.7 million unique visitors to its Los Angeles-branded site.

Additionally, local sites in Boston, New York, Dallas, and Chicago are struggling to gain a foothold. Read more