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President Obama Has Kansas Over Ohio State In NCAA Tournament

We hinted yesterday that President Obama was leaning towards Pittsburgh in his NCAA bracket.

Well, he’s done filling out his bracket, and there’s no wonder he likes the Panthers – - Obama has each of the four No. 1 seeds advancing to the Final Four.

Booooring.

In the national championship, he has Kansas defeating Ohio State.

“Kansas has more firepower,” Obama told Andy Katz of ESPN. Read more

Video: March Madness Is Officially Underway

In case you need a little background noise while working on your brackets today …

“Cold-Blooded!”

(And in case you missed it, check out the SportsNewser interview with Gus Johnson.)

ESPN's Adrian Healey Named Lead Broadcaster For MLS Telecasts

Adrian Healey has been named ESPN’s primary voice for Major League Soccer telecasts beginning this season. Healey will share the booth with former U.S. Men’s National Team captain John Harkes.

Healey’s debut will come in the 2011 MLS season opener when the Los Angeles Galaxy travels to Seattle Sounders FC on March 15 at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

If you followed ESPN’s World Cup coverage, you’re familiar with Healey’s work. He served as a play-by-play commentator for ESPN and ABC in South Africa (2010) and Germany (2006).

Healey has been at ESPN since 2003 and also hosts ESPN Soccernet Press Pass on ESPN’s International English-language networks around the world. Read more

Bus Carrying West Indian Cricket Team Stoned by Angry Fans


The West Indies posted a nine-wicket win over host nation Bangladesh in the Cricket World Cup. Then things got ugly as Bangladeshi supporters stoned a bus carrying the West Indian team.

Chris Gayle, the captain of the victorious squad, provided some commentary while it was happening.

Amazingly, the Bangladesh fans were actually looking for their own countrymen.

“The fans thought that the bus was carrying the Bangladeshi cricket team,” a source told Metro.co.uk. “They were angry with the Bangladeshi team. … No-one has been arrested so far.”

You can send flowers to the West Indies squad if you’re feeling so inclined.

Wrestlemania XXVIII Headed To Miami In 2012

John Cena and the rest of the World Wrestling Entertainment roster are taking their talents to South Beach in 2012.

On Wednesday, the WWE announced that Wrestlemania XXVIII will take place from Sun Life Stadium on April 1, 2012.

Miami-Dade County Commissioner and Chairman of the Miami-Dade Sports Commission Jose “Pepe” Diaz, Miami-Dade Sports Commission Executive Director Mike Sophia, Miami Dolphins CEO Mike Dee, former Dolphins Quarterback and NFL Hall of Famer Dan Marino, and Miami Dolphins limited partner and Grammy Award Winner Emilio Estefan, joined WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon and WWE’s Senior Vice President of Special Events John Saboor at a press conference from the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Read more

The NFL Labor War Will Be Fought Through the Media

Peter King has an extremely long Roger Goodell profile appearing in this week’s Sports Illustrated and he takes the opportunity to preview it in this week’s Monday Morning Quarterback.

One of the bits that didn’t make it into the column is a soundbyte from Goodell about the coming labor negotiations. The commissioner takes a shot across the bow of the Players’ Union.

“The damage will start occurring and escalating by March. I say that on all levels. The owners will be forced to take certain steps, the players forced to go to litigation and perhaps decertification [of the union], and those things that are difficult to unwind. Will fans put money down for season tickets? Will sponsors set aside money to advertise on games they’re not sure will be played? My fear is that players think there won’t be any damage done until we miss games. Not true. Also, what’s your free-agency window going to be if this goes far?”

The battle in the media is going to revolve around each side convincing the fans that the other doesn’t have their best interest in mind. So when Goodell says, “My fear is that players think there won’t be any damage done until we miss games,” he’s really telling the masses that the players are thinking about themselves.

The New York Times Goes Around the Sports World in 11 Photos

Check out this very cool feature from NYTimes.com featuring 11 amazing photos from around the world of sports all taken on Jan. 19.

A few more after the jump. Read more

English Soccer Chooses Money Over Loyalty

Alright! Another sponsor-related soccer controversy.

Less than a year ago, the Football Association (the ruling body of soccer in England) agreed to a four-year sponsorship deal with Fiat. The car company would become the FA’s “official car supplier,” for a price.

Apparently, that price wasn’t high enough. The FA pulled an about-face, striking a deal with Vauxhall, which will pay roughly $7.5 million pounds to replace Fiat.

For backing out prematurely, the FA has to pay around $750,000 to Fiat.

Does Anyone Else Think Michael Wilbon's ESPN.com Tagline Is Ridiculously Long?

Michael Wilbon is a featured columnist for ESPN.com and ESPNChicago.com. He is the longtime co-host of “Pardon the Interruption” on ESPN and appears on the “NBA Sunday Countdown” pregame show on ABC in addition to ESPN. Wilbon joined ESPN.com after three decades with The Washington Post, where he earned a reputation as one of the nation’s most respected sports journalists.

Nice column, though, (In other news, yes, it’s Friday afternoon.)

Foxwoods Only Interested in Sponsoring the Last Five Minutes of New York Knicks Broadcasts

You may feel the urge to gamble if you happen to catch the last five minutes of any game on MSG Network during the next five years. Why? Foxwoods will sponsor the final stages of television broadcasts and will take over signage within the arena.

According to statistics, ratings for New York Knicks and New York Rangers games jump 25 percent during the last five minutes. Those numbers, of course, depend a bit on whether the teams are competitive (win streak!) but a sports-marketing consultant tells The New York Times “the upside far, far outweighs the downside.”

In addition to the increased viewership, the final five minutes appeal to advertisers because consumers are engaged. We would think this might be a negative thing since being engaged with the game at hand would mean the viewer wasn’t going to be distracted by advertising, but whatever, we’re not the marketers. Also, the final five can take forever, meaning Foxwoods will be ever-present for a long stretch of time.

What does the casino get for its reported $1 million per year? Read more

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