“ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys says ex-coach Bill Parcells is still “likely” to be added as an analyst, primarily to appear on big-event coverage like the the postseason and NFL Draft and making occasional regular-season appearances rather than taking on a weekly schedule.”
ESPN has had a better offseason than the Philadelphia Eagles.
“Any system that’s designed to utilize the likeness of anyone, and they can’t get a cent…is wicked, is exploitive and is bound to fail,” Howard said. “And that’s what we’re seeing right now. That’s why it is so off-balance. It’s going to get worse before it gets better. The road that they’re traveling is a road of failure and self-destruction. Because there’s no balance.”
Howard asked why players get zip from jersey sales and other commercial use of their images — while college football and basketball coaches pocket millions in salary and other goodies and school/conferences get billions for their TV, radio and other media rights. Read more
Mike “Doc” Emrick is ending his career as the New Jersey Devils play-by-play announcer to take a full-time position with NBC/Versus.
Emrick let New Jersey fans know Thursday via a letter posted on the Devils’ website:
To the marvelous fans of the New Jersey Devils:
A good friend advised me several years ago that before any major decision, you should look in the mirror and look at your birth certificate.
Since my contracts with MSG, VERSUS, and NBC all expired late this spring, this was another of those times. I discovered that the birth certificate couldn’t be changed and it showed me to be 65 in a few days. Read more
The Pac 10 is no more; long live the Pac 12. Today, July1, the athletic conference officially welcomed two new member schools, Colorado and Utah, pushing the league total to a dozen universities. The conference last expanded in 1978, when Arizona and Arizona State came aboard and joined California, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Washington and Washington State.
“This is a very exciting day and a historic moment for our conference, for college athletics and for Colorado and Utah,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said. “Our conference was built on a pioneering spirit and through innovation that has contributed to some of the most valuable advancements in this country and the world. Colorado and Utah share those core values and instantly enhance the strength of our conference both academically and athletically.”
The Carrier Classic 11-11-11 featuring Michigan State and North Carolina will likely take place aboard the USS Carl Vinson in downtown San Diego, the same aircraft carrier that carried Osama bin Laden‘s body to sea.
“Now that the Carl Vinson is back safe and sound and America is now well-aware of the important mission that was tasked to the Carl Vinson, we find it to be a source of pride that this ship will make history twice in 2011,” said Mike Whalen of the Morale Entertainment Foundation.
A site survey is planned for early next week and there’s a 99 percent chance the game will be on the Carl Vinson, according to Whalen.
ESPN will broadcast the first men’s college basketball game to be played on the deck of a United States military aircraft carrier.
Last year the MLS Cup was televised on a Sunday night at the same time as an Eagles-Giants game, which basically assured that all the casual fans would be tuning in to watch football (the American kind) on NBC. Well, MLS has apparently not learned it’s lesson, because this year’s MLS Cup will once again be televised on a Sunday night (Nov. 20). And guess who’s playing football that evening? Why, that’d the Eagles and Giants again.
I guess it’s slightly better than playing opposite a Red Sox-Yankees playoff game. Slightly.
Major League Soccer Talk had last year’s grim assessment.
The TV ratings are in for the 2010 MLS Cup. And according to Sports Media Watch, the overnight TV rating was 0.5, the lowest overnight rating since at least the late 1990′s.
The 0.5 TV rating was down 44% from last year’s MLS Cup between Real Salt Lake and L.A. Galaxy. In the 2010 MLS Cup, Colorado Rapids defeated FC Dallas 2-1 in extra time in front of a not even sold-out crowd at Toronto’s BMO Field. The 0.5 TV rating was down 28% from the 2008 MLS Cup between Columbus and New York.
Then again, if there’s an NFL lockout, maybe the numbers for the MLS Cup won’t be as bad.
In case you were wondering if sports writers could be objective observers who dispassionately covered LeBron James in the wake of “The Decision,” we get news that nine of these jackwagons left the best player on the second-best team in the Eastern Conference off their MVP ballots. Derrick Rose won the award going away, garnering 113 first place votes, while Dwight Howard of the Magic finished second. James, who was second in the league in scoring to Kevin Durant, averaging 26.7 PPG on 51 percent shooting, finished third — thanks largely to nine Mensa members who felt he wasn’t among the five most valuable players in the league.