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5 Things You Need to Know This Week: Obama's Golf Summit, Pippa Middleton, and Ninja Costumes

Here it is everybody! This week’s episode of “5 Things You Need to Know This Week,” which includes an interview with Speaker of the House John Boehner, a discussion about Chris Cuomo’s stash of nudie photos, and a very special musical performance.

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Audio: Jack Edwards' Rant On Alex Burrows

Only Jack Edwards could compare Alex Burrows biting Patrice Bergeron’s finger to breast feeding.

Yes, breast feeding.

Just listen.

Video: Memorial Service Held For Daryl Hawks

A memorial service was held Wednesday for sportscaster Daryl Hawks, who died while on assignment in Atlanta for NBC Chicago.

Funeral services for the 38-year-old were held last week in Williamsville, New York. The cause of death is still unknown.

ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Online Add New Series

SportsNewser was in attendance at ESPN’s annual upfront presentation in New York, as ESPN unveiled a slate of new programming for ESPN2, the Spanish-language ESPN Deportes and for the network’s digital properties.

The centerpiece was a new afternoon lineup for ESPN2. The channel will add two new half-hour programs in “Dan Le Batard is Highly Questionable,” hosted by Miami-based sports columnist Dan Le Batard, as well as “Numbers Don’t Lie,” which is designed to appear to fantasy players and stat freaks by looking at the sports stories of the day in a new way.

“Numbers Don’t Lie” will run at 3:30 PM, with Le Batard’s program airing at 4 PM. To make way for the new shows, “SportsNation,” which has become ESPN2′s signature show, will move to 5 PM.

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Game #1 Bulls vs. Heat Most-Viewed Game In Cable History

TNT’s coverage of Game #1 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals between the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls was the most-viewed game in the history of cable television with 11.1 million total viewers and a 6.2 U.S. HH rating.

The previous best was 10,829,000 total viewers for the 2003 NBA All-Star Game, which was Michael Jordan‘s last All-Star Game.

The 2011 NBA Playoffs has been a ratings success for TNT, averaging a 3.1 U.S. HH Rating (+29%), 4,989,000 Total Viewers (+33%) and 3,630,000 Households (+30%). Read more

MLS Cup Will Once Again Be Televised Opposite Sunday Night Football

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.

(H/T to Brotherly Game)

 

Pat Summerall’s Grandson Looks To Enter Broadcasting

It must be difficult to enter the same profession as your world-renowned grandfather. Add in the fact that 18-year-old Pat Summerall shares the same name as his grandfather and, well, those are big shoes to fill. The young Summerall hails from Philadelphia and will be a freshman at Baylor University this fall. He will study communications and marketing in Waco, Texas, less than a two-hour drive from the Southlake, Texas, home of his grandfather and his grandfather’s wife, Cheri.

“When I was on my college search, they suggested that I check out TCU and Baylor,” young Pat Summerall said of the elder Summeralls. “They kind of always wanted to have one of the grandchildren go to school near them. I applied to both of those schools, and when I took a visit, I ended up loving Baylor. And having family that close by was a major pull factor to go to Baylor.”

“I’m glad he picked Baylor because it’s close to where we live,” elder Summerall, 80, told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

“If he weren’t a broadcaster,” the teen said, “I probably wouldn’t look into it. A lot of that world is how you can get started. Any kind of help you can get is good in that world, because it’s really hard to get started.

“I thought: Why not give it a shot? I like sports, and people have told me I have a good skill set for it.”

Yankees accidentally leak personal data of 20,000 season-ticket holders

A spreadsheet containing the personal data of more than 20,000 New York Yankee season-ticket holders was accidentally distributed in a mass email by a team ticket representative, according to a report on Deadspin.com. The spreadsheet contains account numbers, names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses for season-ticket holder in “non-premium” seats, and was sent to nearly 2,000 people who normally receive an informational newsletter from this ticket rep.

Whoops.

No credit card information or social security numbers were compromised, and the ticket rep has not been fired (yet). The Yankees followed up with an email to all season-ticket subscribers. It reads:

“We are writing to inform you about an accidental electronic distribution of information that you have previously supplied to the New York Yankees.

Monday evening, April 25, 2011, an employee of the Yankees sent an e-mail to several hundred Yankees Season Ticket Licensees. The e-mail mistakenly attached an internal Yankees spreadsheet that listed the following information associated with your New York Yankees account:

• Your name, and the address, phone number(s), fax number, and e-mail address that you previously provided to the Yankees.
• Your seat numbers, Yankees account number, Yankees account representative name, and the ticket package code associated with your account.

NO OTHER INFORMATION WAS INCLUDED IN THE DOCUMENT THAT WAS ACCIDENTALLY ATTATCHED TO THE APRIL 25TH E-MAIL. THE DOCUMENT DID NOT INCLUDE ANY BIRTH DATES, SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS, CREDIT CARD DATA, BANKING DATA OR ANY OTHER PERSONAL OR FINANCIAL INFORMATION.

Please note, immediately upon learning of the accidental attachment of the internal spreadsheet, remedial measures were undertaken so as to assure that a similar incident could not happen again.

The Yankees deeply regret this incident, and any inconvenience that it might cause.

Sincerely,

[Your Personal Ticket Rep]
Account Executive, Season Ticket Sales & Service
27-Time World Champions
New York Yankees
Yankee Stadium Ticket Office
One East 161st Street
Bronx, New York 10451″

TNT's NBA Playoff Coverage Off To Record Start

TNT’s coverage of the 2011 NBA Playoffs is the most watched and highest rated postseason to date in cable television history.

Through 19 games, the network’s coverage has averaged a 2.7 U.S. HH rating (+29 percent, 2.1 U.S. HH Rating in 2010), 4,259,000 (+33 percent, 3,194,000 in 2010) total viewers and 3,136,000 households (+29 percent, 2,432,000 in 2010).

TNT has delivered strong double-digit growth across all key demos, including:

  • A18-34 +39%Â   (1,426,000 vs. 1,026,000)
  • A18-49 +39%Â   (2,456,000 vs. 1,774,000)
  • A25-54 +34%Â   (2,175,000 vs. 1,662,000)
  • M18-34 +37%Â   (1,009,000 vs. 739,000)
  • M18-49 +40%Â   (1,770,000 vs. 1,265,000)
  • M25-54 +37%Â   (1,551,000 vs. 1,136,000)

Hillis vs. Vick for cover of Madden 12

Peyton Hillis of the Browns, who last season became the first white running back to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season since Craig James in 1985, will face Michael Vick, the first No. 1 pick to go to prison for running a dog-fighting ring, in a vote-off to become the face of Madden 12 from EA Sports.

Voting runs between now and April 25 on ESPN’s SportsNation. Hillis beat Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers 61 percent to 39 percent in third-round voting, while Vick beat Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson 59 percent to 41 percent. Every NFL team (except the Seahawks) had one player representative in the field of 32. Instead of a player, Seattle put forth its 12th man, i.e., the fans, who thought so much of the honor that they lost in the first round of voting to San Francisco linebacker Patrick Willis.

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