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Posts Tagged ‘NBA Playoffs’

Final Numbers Show Preakness Ratings Up Over Last Year

Overnight ratings from Nielsen said ratings for the Preakness on NBC were down 6 percent over last year, but final numbers actually demonstrated that ratings were up five percent from 2010, with the race portion of the broadcast (5:56-6:41 p.m. ET) attracting 8.8 million viewers.

It was the second most-watched Preakness in the last five years, only topped in 2009 when filly Rachel Alexandra – with jockey Calvin Borel – beat Mine That Bird, which Borel had ridden to victory in the Kentucky Derby.

(Source: NBC Sports)

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Portis: McNabb was unprepared for D.C. media

Washington, D.C. is home to sports teams who consistently produce winners, so it’s a given that the media will be very demanding. That, at any rate, is the opinion of former Redskin running back Clinton Portis, who said Donovan McNabb (who previously played in that laid-back cow town called Philadelphia) wasn’t prepared for the pressures of D.C.

“I think with that Washington media being so critical of the team, it’s hard to really have that team bond, because the media, shoot, they’re picking it apart and tearing it apart and being so critical even when the good times come. I don’t think Donovan was ready for that, even coming from Philly. I don’t think he understood the position he was coming into. I think Donovan’s got a lot left in the tank.”

Maybe if he can get out of Philly and land in some backwater like New York or Boston.

(Source for quote: Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post)

ESPN Aired Wrong Doris Burke Tape During Game 3

Doris Burke‘s flub Saturday night during Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals wasn’t her fault.

Instead of going with a live shot, ESPN decided to tape Burke’s segment … and aired the wrong one, according to USA Today:

“At the last minute they decided to tape it. And like it happens in TV when you’re taping, I kept stopping.” Eventually, Burke finished her sideline report on Oklahoma City having loud fans. But, she says, the wrong one aired: “It was a simple as someone hitting the wrong button.” (Said ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys on Sunday: “We just played the wrong tape.”)

And Burke, aware of the online ridicule, isn’t exactly irate. “What I feel badly about is the gentleman in the production truck (who made the mistake) was upset. And I heard somebody back in Bristol was upset. I’m not happy it made it on-air, because we’re better than that. … But I said to the gentleman in the truck, don’t lose any sleep over it. I don’t want anybody upset. We’re all human.” Sometimes, real life is much more mundane than cyberspace.

 

Matthew Barnaby Accused Of Using Racial Slurs During Domestic Incident

More information has been released regarding the domestic incident involving ESPN NHL analyst Matthew Barnaby that landed him behind bars last Friday:

New details made public in the court documents included accusations that Barnaby harassed his wife by swearing at her and used “racial slurs” during a series of harassing phone calls to her male friend.

The complaint provided no details of what racial slurs Barnaby is accused of making. The documents state only that he is accused of harassing the man “via phone calls 20-30 times threatening harm, racial slurs and with no legitimate purpose to contact the victim.”

Amherst Police Officer Thomas M. Brown reported hearing Barnaby using a series of swear words toward his wife during the incident, calling her “worthless” and telling her, “I wish you would die,” according to court documents. Read more

Report: Texas retains right to fire ESPN hires at Longhorn Network

Lest any ESPN commentator takes to the airwaves of the Longhorn Network and says anything distasteful to the ears of the hook ‘em crowd, the University of Texas is retaining the right to fire announcers on the 24-hour network that will start carrying Longhorn athletic events this August.

After a successful Freedom of Information request, the Austin American-Statesman learned some of the firing standards that will be in place at the station, for which ESPN paid $300 million to carry Texas athletic events for 20 years.

According to the contract, “in the event that UT reasonably determines that any on-air talent does not reflect the quality and reputation desired by UT for the Network based on inappropriate statements made or actions taken by such talent and so notifies ESPN, ESPN will cause such talent to be promptly replaced (and will in any event no longer allow them on air following such notice).”

On Tuesday, ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz explained in an email, “This is not common in ESPN agreements because this UT network is so unique/new for us …The provision does not allow for random replacement of commentators or reaction to critical comments… it’s more about potential situations where a commentator makes completely inappropriate comments or gets involved in inappropriate actions.”

For example, don’t make any sexually suggestive comments about Bevo, the Longhorns’ mascot.

Video: Dan Shulman of ESPN announces death of Bin Laden during Mets-Phillies game

Here’s the video of Dan Shulman during Sunday night’s Mets-Phillies game as he announced to viewers that Osama Bin Laden had reportedly been killed.

 

(H/T to Awful Announcing)

Video: Jeff Van Gundy accuses refs of ruining Celts-Heat ending by ejecting Pierce

Count ABC announcer Jeff Van Gundy among the observers who think referees sullied the ending of Game One of the Heat-Celtics series by assessing Paul Pierce a second technical that led to his automatic ejection. Miami won 99-90. Here’s the video of Van Gundy railing on the refs, saying it doesn’t matter what Pierce said to Dwyane Wade because no one heard it.

(H/T to the Sportsgrid)

 

 

 

 

 

Video: Magic coach Stan Van Gundy says of media, ‘Nobody likes you guys.’

You gotta hand it to Stan Van Gundy of the Orlando Magic, who turns a discussion about hard fouls on Magic center Dwight Howard into an opportunity to criticize the media. And it’s hard not to agree with his statement of the sporting press: “Nobody likes you guys.”

Wait, what? Oh, he’s kidding…I think.



(H/T to Ball Don’t Lie)

Is LeBron James Labeled A 'Choker' Because Of Race?

ESPN.com writer Ethan Sherwood Strauss thinks Miami Heat forward LeBron James is labeled a “choker” because of his race.

A title victory protects an athlete. Don’t have a ring? Likability is the next best defense. If fans identify with a star, they’re less inclined to impugn him. Steve Nash has eluded the cruel “choker” tag, despite many playoff exits. My assumption is that sportswriters and fans are more likely to empathize with someone who looks like them. It helps that Nash plays a beautiful game and exudes charisma. So, it makes sense that much of the media narrative surrounding him revolves around how the Suns have failed him — not the other way around. Read more

ESPN’s Mark Jackson calls out ESPN the Magazine for Player X ‘cop out’

In the recent issue of ESPN the Magazine, an anonymous NBA player wrote a column that characterized Boston Celtic Kevin Garnett as a “punk” and a “coward,” and this didn’t sit too well with former NBA player and current ESPN commentator Mark Jackson, who said during yesterday’s Celtics/Knicks game on ABC, “I think it’s a cop-out, as a magazine, to give a source and not give the name. If you’re going to attack Kevin Garnett in that way, then put a name to it or don’t write it. It’s not fair to Kevin Garnett.”

ABC and ESPN are both owned by Disney.

This isn’t the first time the Mag has used anonymous players or coaches to provide insight on behind-the-scenes issues. Instead of using an anonymous player, maybe they should have simply let Anthony Peeler write the column about Garnett. Heaven knows he wouldn’t have pulled any punches on KG.

(H/T to The Sportsgrid)