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NBA Referee Sues AP Reporter Over Tweet

NBA referee Bill Spooner filed a lawsuit on Monday against Associated Press reporter Jon Krawczynski for a tweet made on Jan. 24 when Minnesota hosted the Houston Rockets.

During the second quarter of the Timberwolves-Rockets game, Spooner called a foul on Anthony Tolliver of Minnesota. Timberwolves head coach Kurt Rambis was upset about the call and asked Spooner how he would get those points back.

Shortly after, Krawczynski tweeted, “Ref Bill Spooner told Rambis he’d “get it back” after a bad call. Then he made an even worse call on Rockets. That’s NBA officiating folks.”

Spooner, 54, is seeking in excess of $75,000 for “defamation per se to his professional and business reputation, a declaratory judgment that the Twitter publication constitutes defamation and an injunction requiring the removal of defamatory statements from the Defendants’ Internet postings.” Read more

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ESPN's Howard Bryant Arrested For Domestic Assault

ESPN senior writer Howard Bryant was arrested on Saturday and was charged with assaulting his estranged wife and hitting a police officer who tried to subdue him in Buckland, Mass.

Five witnesses gave statements that claimed Bryant was arguing with a woman and eventually choked and pushed her into a car. After the police arrived, Bryant reportedly struck an officer in the chest with his elbow. It took four police officers three minutes before they could subdue Bryant.

“We are gathering information about it,” spokesman Josh Krulewitz told Jeanette DeForge of The Republican.

Bryant was released on $5,000 bail and is expected to be arraigned on Monday in Greenfield District Court.

The former Washington Post writer was hired by ESPN in 2007 and is a contributor to ESPN.com and ESPN the Magazine.

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.

Eagles Postgame Live Sets Ratings Record After Philadelphia's Comeback Victory

After DeSean Jackson clowned his way into the endzone on Sunday against the New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles fans switched to Comcast SportsNet’s Eagles Postgame Live in record numbers.

Eagles Postgame Live scored a record-breaking 5.2 household rating (155,000 households), making it the most watched Eagles postgame show in the network’s 14-year history. It peaked at a 6.9 rating (205,300 HH) at 5 p.m. Read more

New York Post Basically Ignores World Cup News


(Oh boy, that’s Morgan Freeman’s music.)

On Thursday, FIFA will award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to two separate nations. This is massive news. The New York Times has George Vecsey and Jere Longman on the case. Reuters is covering the proceedings in great detail. Australia’s Herald Sun wants in. Literally thousands of outlets are printing stories about what’s going down in Zurich, Switzerland.

And then there’s the New York Post. Read more

SB Nation Gets Paid

Is this the equivalent of a young upstart phenom signing his first big contract?

All Things D reports that SB Nation raised $10.5 million in Series C funding. Khosla Ventures led the round. The collection of 290 sports and news sites had previously raised $13 million.

Kara Swisher believes SB Nation will be valued in the $60-$90 million range.

Markos Moulitsas, of Daily Kos fame, and others founded the startup in 2003 which has thrived recently under the leadership of Jim Bankoff.

(H/t Fang’s Bits.)