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Surprise: NFL Draft Ratings Down From 2010

Coverage of the 2011 NFL Draft on ESPN and the NFL Network combined for a 5.1 rating and 7 million viewers. Those numbers were down 22 percent and 16 percent respectively from 2010.

Despite the ratings slide, it’s still the second-most watched first round behind last year’s 8.3 million.

While you could make the claim that the NFL Draft faced stiff competition between the NBA Playoffs and NBC’s The Office, it’s the first sign that fans are tired of the back-and-forth between the NFL and the players.

Just ask Roger Goodell, who was greeted Thursday night with a round of boos from the crowd.

 

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Laurel J. Richie Named WNBA President

Marking executive Laurel J. Richie has been appointed President of the WNBA, NBA Commissioner David Stern announced Thursday.

Richie will assume the day-to-day operations of the women’s basketball league on May 16 and she will report to NBA Deputy Commissioner and COO Adam Silver.

“The WNBA is comprised of the best female basketball players in the world and I’m looking forward to working with these talented women as they strive to achieve their professional goals both on and off the court,” said Richie. “I am fortunate to have worked with an organization as inspiring as Girl Scouts, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to build upon the successes of the WNBA and help grow this league into a world-class business.” Read more

Will NBC Retain the Olympic Games?

Bidding for the 2014 and 2016 Olympic rights begins next year and Mediapost’s David Goetzl takes a look at whether new NBC owner Comcast will place a high priority on keeping the Games on the Peacock.

His conclusion? Absolutely.

Comcast will spend whatever it takes to keep the Olympics on NBC when bidding for the 2014 and 2016 Games kicks off next year. ESPN may force it to pay more, but Comcast will top ESPN’s bid on every round as the International Olympic Committee considers each side’s latest offers.

Part of the Comcast takeover deal was that the new owners wouldn’t alter the network’s big-time sports efforts. In short, new NBCU CEO Steve Burke can’t afford to lose the Games, even if they might lose money. (A consulting firm predicts the 2014 Games will break even, while the 2012 ones will lose $100M.)

Goetzl mentions that ESPN will eventually stop bidding because “the consistently top-rated Olympic events appeal to women, a group not in the ESPN wheelhouse.” But wait, didn’t the Worldwide Leader just launch a site for women? Read more

Why the NFL Will Never Be the World's Game

One more NFL story before we call it a West Coast day.

Sportsnewser friend Simon Evans, a Reuters columnist who lives in Miami but hails from England, offers his thoughts on why the NFL has struggled to breakthrough in Europe. (And it’s not just because they keep sending craptastic football games to London.)

The crux of his argument:

In the early 1990s American sports executives knew that there was potential in the technological, economic and cultural forces of modern globalization to spread professional sports outside of their traditional markets – the NFL and the NBA and to a lesser extent the NHL and Major League Baseball have all tried to exploit overseas markets with varying degrees of success. But what those executives didn’t expect was the boomerang effect – while they have been trying to sell basketball in Beijing and gridiron in Great Britain, soccer has snuck in America’s backdoor while American capital has been put into English clubs Manchester United, Aston Villa and Liverpool.

He has a point. NFL Europa was a miserable failure. The hype that the Super Bowl is “the greatest show on Earth”? Read more