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Rich Rodriguez Joins CBS Sports Network

Rich Rodriguez, who was fired at Michigan in January following three disappointing seasons, is joining CBS Sports Network as a color analyst for games with play-by-play man Dave Ryan and will also appear in studio and on the network’s weekly radio show. CBS Sports Network — formerly known as CBS College Sports and different from CBS Sports — airs Mountain West and Conference USA games and is in fewer than 40 percent of homes with televisions, according to the Associated Press.

RichRod was 16-22 with the blue and maize, and Michigan was hit with NCAA sanctions for the first time because of rules violations while he was coach. Matt Millen decimated the Lions during his stint as general manager and now enjoys a career as a broadcaster, so it seems like a future in sports television is bolstered by an ability to cripple a Michigan sports program.

 

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'Highly Unlikely' Hard Knocks Visits Carolina

Carolina Panthers center Ryan Kalil might want to get new sources.

According to Panthers spokesman Charlie Dayton, HBO has not contacted the team about appearing on Hard Knocks.

In addition, a team official said it would be “highly unlikely” the organization would agree to let the network document their training camp.

Kalil started the rumors last week after sending out the following tweet: “Reliable source telling me possible reality sports doc TV series coming to NC after today’s media presence covering Panther POTA’s.”

 

Heat-Mavs Game 6 Scores 15.0 Overnight Rating

Game 6 of the NBA Finals between the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat earned a 15.0 overnight rating, the highest-rated Game 6 on ABC, according to Nielsen.

Sunday’s closeout game was the third highest overnight rating for an NBA game on ABC, trailing Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals (18.2 overnight rating, Lakers/Celtics) and Game 5 of the 2004 NBA Finals (15.5 overnight rating, Lakers/Pistons). The game peaked with a 20.9 rating from 10:30-10:45 p.m. ET.

Ratings were up 22 percent compared to Game 6 last year (12.3 overnight rating) and up 35 percent compared to Game 6 of the 2006 Finals (11.1 overnight rating), when these same two teams met.

Locally, Game 7 was the highest-rated metered market rating ever for an NBA game in both Dallas (39.8) and Miami (36.2).

Report: Trump Trying to Get Tyson for 'Apprentice'

According to Norm Clarke of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, NBC reality game show host Donald Trump is trying to convince boxing legend Mike Tyson, who was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame on Sunday, to join the upcoming season of Celebrity Apprentice. Tyson as the project manager for, well, anything would be interesting to watch. Tyson has reinvented himself in recent years as a self-aware, cuddly caricature of his former menacing self, but the tinge of danger resides within, making him the focus of any scene he’s in — be it The Hangover movies or a boardroom confrontation with The Donald.

 

Video: Ryan Dempster As Harry Caray

There’s a whole generation of baseball fans that aren’t familiar with Harry Caray (Google him and don’t hold his grandson, Chip, against him.), the legendary Chicago Cubs play-by-play announcer.

Cubs starter Ryan Dempster paid homage to Caray Saturday and does one helluva impersonation.

Ortiz, Beckett Blame Media for Plunkings

Considering how much he’s killed the Yankees over the years, it’s surprising David Ortiz had 696 plate appearances against New York and had never been hit by a pitch — until Thursday night, when CC Sabathia plunked him.

Ortiz, who angered Yankees manager Joe Girardi by flipping his bat and admiring a home run on Tuesday night, responded Wednesday by saying, “I don’t care what Joe Girardi says. Take it like a man. I’m done with that.”

Or not.

Sabathia drilled him Thursday in obvious retaliation (Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez had been clipped by Josh Beckett earlier in the game), as the war of words between the two hated rivals once again spilled onto the field. Ortiz made no bones about the beaning during the game, but afterwards he ripped the media.

“I just want to thank [the media]. Not all of you, but some of you, for the stat today about me not being hit,” he said. “I finally got hit. I hope you [expletive] are happy.”

Beckett said, “I’m still trying to figure out if David got hit for something I did or if it was something ESPN stirred up.”

Probably a little bit of both.

Pacquiao-Mosley Draws More Than 1.3 Million Buys

The Showtime pay-per-view fight between Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley generated more than 1.3 million buys, as first reported by Dan Rafael of ESPN.com

It’s Pacquiao’s best pay-per-view performance total to date. His previous high was 1.25 million buys in December 2008 for his upset victory over Oscar De La Hoya.

According to Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, Pacquiao-Mosley generated more than $75 million in television revenue with 700,000 buys coming from cable systems and about 600,000 coming from satellite services.

Pacquiao’s next fight is scheduled for Nov. 12 against Juan Manuel Marquez. The rights to that fight haven’t been awarded to a network yet.

 

 

Preview of Sculpture of Mariners Broadcaster Niehaus

MLB.com has a cool story (with video that can’t yet be embedded, this being MLB) that discusses the ongoing work of sculptor Lou Cella as he completes a rendering of beloved longtime Mariners broadcaster Dave Niehaus, who died Nov. 10. Cella is halfway finished with a clay foundation which will then be cast in bronze. The Mariners plan to install the sculpture in the outfield concourse at Safeco Field sometime in September.

The piece has Niehaus sitting at a broadcast desk with his scorebook opened to the game of Oct. 8, 1995. You might recall that as “The Double” game by Edgar Martinez. Cella used Niehaus’ actual scorebook and the engraving is a clear reproduction of his actual notes and scoring from that memorable day.

Fans will be able to sit next to Niehaus on the bench on the sculpture, as the Mariners want it to be an interactive piece given Niehaus’ open relationship with fans around the Pacific Northwest.

 

Simmons' New Website Grantland Premieres at Noon ET

Bill Simmons‘ eagerly anticipated new website Grantland premieres at noon ET under the ESPN umbrella. The site will feature an impressive assemblage of sports and pop culture writers including Chris Jones of Esquire, Chuck Klosterman of Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs notoriety, Malcolm Gladwell of The New Yorker and Katie Baker (previously of Deadspin).

How will the website premiere? Will it post one new story every half hour? Go live with plenty of fresh content right off the bat? Here’s hoping Rip Torn is not involved in today’s festivities. Actually I take that back — I hope he is involved, because that’s the kind of inane weirdness my Wednesday needs.

At any rate, there’s been plenty of speculation about how well this venture is going to do, thanks to the drama surrounding the possible hiring of Deadspin writer Tommy Craggs and to a recent profile of Simmons in The New York Times Magazine in which he expressed reservations about the undertaking and how he might have decided against it if given a second opportunity.

But all that’s going to quickly be forgotten if Grantland is a success. And considering the stable of writers they have put together, it’d hard to imagine how they could fail. As long as the writers don’t criticize their ESPN godfathers — and really, what’s there to criticize about ESPN? — then this venture will be a groundbreaking paragon of journalistic integrity.

Video: Shaquille O'Neal's Retirement Speech

You aren’t going to find a more entertaining retirement speech than Shaquille O’Neal‘s farewell from the NBA Friday afternoon.

I can’t remember the last time a player has thanked the media during his retirement speech.

I expect a bidding war between ESPN and Turner Sports for O’Neal’s services.

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