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NBC To Air WrestleMania: The World Premiere

For the third straight year, NBC will air an hour-long WrestleMania special.

WrestleMania: The World Premiere airs Saturday, Aug. 13 at 9 p.m. ET, and feature highlights from WrestleMania XXVII this past April.

The highly anticipated pay-per-view event in front of 71,617 fans at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta marked the WrestleMania return of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and featured a main event between John Cena and The Miz for the WWE Championship.

 

 

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Barkley apologizes for saying D’Antoni should be fired

During the pregame for Game 2 of the Celtics-Knicks series on Tuesday, Charles Barkley criticized the coaching of the Knicks’ Mike D’Antoni and said, “That’s why they are going to have a new coach next year.”

But during halftime of Thursday’s Heat-Sixers game, Barkley backtracked, saying it’s inappropriate to speculate on someone else’s employment.

“I have a rule; I try to always be honest and fair on TV. I screwed up the other night when I said something about Mike D’Antoni that wasn’t cool. I want to apologize to Mike D’Antoni and Donnie Walsh. When you’re on television, you should never talk about someone getting hired or fired. That’s inappropriate. I made that mistake. I want to apologize personally to Mike D’Antoni and Donnie Walsh. I’ve got a great respect for Donnie Walsh and Mike D’Antoni. I want to apologize. That’s all I can do.”

(Source: Newsday)

Milwaukee Loves it Some Green Bay Packers

The AFC Championship posted some impressive national ratings, but the Green Bay Packers-Chicago Bears game might have done better, at least in terms of local viewership.

Bob Wolfley at the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that the game earned a 57.0 share in overnights. Better yet, “a whopping 85 percent of the sets on at the time were tuned to the game.”

So basically, if you were watching television in Milwaukee Sunday afternoon, you were watching one thing: The Pack beat up Da Bears.

Impressively, the 2007 NFC Championship game between the Packers and the New York Giants earned a 58.5 rating, although only a 78 share.

(H/t Fang’s Bites)

Andrea Kremer Chimes In On Women Sideline Reporters

NBC sideline reporter Andrea Kremer chimed in on the Ron Franklin/Jeannine Edwards incident, telling USA Today reporter Michael McCarthy that the vitriol towards women sideline reporters is out of control.

“The vitriol that is spewed forth about women, women in sports TV, female sideline reporters is just so out of control,” said Kremer. “It always boils down to: Why are there women sideline reporters? What do they really do? Inane questions that are so antiquated, so passé. It’s not what it’s about. The focus should be on the performance of a Jeannine Edwards. The focus should be on: What did Pam Oliver contribute to the telecast? It should be about the analysis a Suzy Kolber brings, not whether Joe Namath‘s trying to kiss her one day. The focus always gets off the performance and contributions that we bring. I don’t understand that. People are assailing Jeannine Edwards. Why?” Read more

The NBA's Big Year

The NFL isn’t the only sport having a wonderful season in terms of television ratings. NBA broadcasts on TNT are are through the roof as well.

Sports Media Watch (via Turner Sports) reports, “Through 18 telecasts, TNT is averaging a 1.6 U.S. rating and 2.589 million viewers for NBA coverage, up 33 percent in ratings and 43 percent in viewership from last year (1.2, 1.813 mil), and up 60 percent and 71 percent, respectively, from 2008-09 (1.0, 1.518 mil).

The Miami Heat-Boston Celtics match on opening night and the Heat-Cleveland Cavaliers game were the two most-watched regular season telecasts since 1996. LeBron James is the new Michael Jordan, at least when it comes to television ratings. (And Charles Barkley is the new Charles Barkley.)

Michelle Beadle Is Barking Up The Wrong Tree

ESPN’s Michelle Beadle is learning the hard way that Michael Vick has a loyal fanbase.

The SportsNation co-host has been vocal on Twitter regarding the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback comments about wanting another dog.

“Vick wants a dog,” Beadle tweeted on Thursday. “He should NEVER be allowed that gift again.Talking about it on show today. Be ready, mouthbreathers!”

Beadle followed it up with, “And because now I’m REALLY fired up..remember what he did the last time he had a dog. TDs don’t get u a pass.” Along with her tweet was a photo of one of the dogs Vick abused. Beadle stood by her stance on Thursday’s episode of SportsNation. Read more

Well That About Says it All


In all seriousness, this should be fun. Goo luck, Bill.

Need a Quote? Turn to Deion Branch.

Athletes are not known for their wonderful public speaking abilities. They aren’t unintelligent – most of them, anyway – it’s just that they’ve been taught to think roboticly about things like effort, workrate, and desire, so the inevitable soundbites are cliches focusing on those themes.

But every now and again, an athlete surprises reporters with smart, thoughtful commentary. Landon Donovan jumps to mind. So does Charles Barkley.

Apparently, we can add Deion Branch to the list. Read more

Jeff Van Gundy Says He Was Wrong About The Heat

After LeBron James and Chris Bosh arrived in Miami, ABC/ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy was the first to hop on the bandwagon, predicting more than 72 wins for the Heat and a chance at topping the Lakers’ 33-game winning streak.

“They will break the single-season win record [of 72]. And I think they have a legit shot at the Lakers’ 33-game [winning] streak [in 1971-72], as well. And only the Lakers have even a remote shot at beating them in a playoff series. They will never lose two games in a row this year. They have put together a much better roster than anybody could ever have expected. There is now no good way to defend them. They are unguardable. They are indefensible. They are just too good and have added so much shooting and are so versatile that they will score at will.” Read more

The Best Twitter Account You're Not Following… Fake Bleacher Report

Brilliant. Just brilliant.

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