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John Miller to Create Sports Agency Inside NBC

NBC-Comcast is getting a little bit closer to creating a sports juggernaut.

John Miller, the former CMO of NBC Universal Television Group, will helm “The NBC Sports Agency” as soon as the Comcast merger closes. The group will be similar to “The NBC Agency,” which Miller created and ran from 1999-2010, and serve as the go-to agency for all sports-related advertising at the Peacock.

“Over the last 25 years, John Miller has become one of the most legendary figures in television promotion and marketing,” Dick Ebersol, chairman, NBC Universal Sports & Olympics, said in a release. “In a business where people often talk about synergy yet rarely achieve it, John, as Chairman of the NBC Marketing Council, has demonstrated to all of us how we can come together for the betterment of all. NBC Sports’ big-event strategy, which has produced record audiences for the Olympics, NFL, NHL and horse racing, is predicated on this marketing strategy. And now John will be masterminding that coordination for NBC Sports, as well as creating campaigns for our partners and advertisers.”

The full release is after the jump, as is a video of Miller explaining the move.

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Andrea Kremer Chimes In On Women Sideline Reporters

NBC sideline reporter Andrea Kremer chimed in on the Ron Franklin/Jeannine Edwards incident, telling USA Today reporter Michael McCarthy that the vitriol towards women sideline reporters is out of control.

“The vitriol that is spewed forth about women, women in sports TV, female sideline reporters is just so out of control,” said Kremer. “It always boils down to: Why are there women sideline reporters? What do they really do? Inane questions that are so antiquated, so passé. It’s not what it’s about. The focus should be on the performance of a Jeannine Edwards. The focus should be on: What did Pam Oliver contribute to the telecast? It should be about the analysis a Suzy Kolber brings, not whether Joe Namath‘s trying to kiss her one day. The focus always gets off the performance and contributions that we bring. I don’t understand that. People are assailing Jeannine Edwards. Why?” Read more

Michael Jordan Puts LeBron James on Notice

Because it’s Friday and you’re feeling lazy, sit back and enjoy this Michael Jordan-LeBron James mashup.

Here’s some background on the footage, which crossed LBJ’s “Rise” with a commercial MJ filmed at a basketball camp in 2008. The original Jordan advert after the jump.

(Courtesy of David Cho)

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NFL Today Story Leaves James Brown Choked Up

In case you wondered what story on The NFL Today had host James Brown all choked up, you can watch it for yourself.

The story is about Carolyn Henry Glasby, the mother of former NFL wide receiver Chris Henry. She made the decision to donate his organs following his death, helping a slew of individuals in the process.

Bill Walton To Work Select Boston Celtics Telecasts

Former ESPN color commentator Bill Walton will work a handful of Boston Celtics games this season for Comcast SportsNet.

Working alongside play-by-play stud Mike Gorman, Walton will join the Celtics on their two West Coast trips in early 2011 and provide color analysis on the following telecasts:

Boston @ Portland: January 27

Boston @ Phoenix: January 28

Boston @ Golden State: February 22 Read more

SNF Tops World Series By 13 Percent In Overnights

Remember when I said football was king in the United States?

Well, it certainly appears that way after last night’s overnight ratings.

Going head-to-head with Game 4 of the World Series, NBC’s Sunday Night Football earned a 11.8 overnight rating and 18 share, making it the No. 1 program on Sunday night for the eighth straight week.

Rangers-Giants on Fox earned a 10.4 rating and 16 share from 8:30-11:30. Last night marked the first time that SNF on NBC went head-to-head against World Series. Read more

Harvard Student Group Tackles Your Favorite Sports Problems

Those Harvard kids sure do know their sports. Well, at least some of them do. Specifically, we refer to the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective, a “student organization dedicated to quantitative analysis of sports strategy and management.” They produce some of the smartest sports analysis this side of Bill James.

On Monday, graduate advisor and former HSAC president Daniel Granoff published a post discussing the rash of errors in the first round of baseball. It’s not our favorite post – preferring others such as the always popular subject of giving up touchdowns and an explanation of the men’s tennis ranking system – but it’s packed with solid stats.

Errors of every sort came pouring in; no play was routine. The Giants, Braves, Phillies and Reds combined to produce a total of 37 runs in their series. Of those, 12 were unearned from a total of 15 errors. That means 32.4% of the runs scored in the two National League Division Series were the results of errors. Compare this to the regular season, where only 8% of the total runs were unearned.

The takeaway: If you want to get smarter, read this site.

ESPN Targeting Female Demographic With espnW

ESPN plans on targeting the female demographic with a new-sub brand called espnW.

“It really is a specific and dedicated platform to women in the form of a website,” said Laura Gentile, vice president of espnW, who spoke to SportsNewser on Friday. “It will start off as a blog this fall and evolve into a full-fledged website next spring with a mobile site and a pretty large presence on Twitter and Facebook. It’s really digital, mobile and social at its core right out of the gate.”

espnW has been in the works for over two years now as ESPN has noticed that women athletes and fans are underserved. espnW will look to capitalize on that huge void. Read more

CBSSports.com to Stream "SEC on CBS"

Football is coming to your computer and smart phone. Again.

CBSSports.com plans to stream CBS’s coverage of the SEC. It will also be available on the CBS Sports Mobile iPhone app. Florida at Tennessee kicks off the endeavor on Sept 18 at 3:30 P.M., ET. In total, 15 games will be shown during the 12-week season.

To the release:

The SEC ON CBS game of the week will be offered free of charge on CBSSports.com and allow viewers the ability to access a scoreboard feature with in-game statistics as well as track college football scores and standings from around the country. Additional options include live chat, video preview segments and breaking news from various CFB reporters’ Twitter accounts around the country.

A partial schedule after the jump.
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Bill James Defends Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens

National treasure Bill James takes to the pixels of Slate with an article about Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and Babe Ruth. The basic premise breaks down like this:
1) The most famous Yankee would have taken steroids if given the opportunity because he corked his bat, ate lots of hot dogs, and drank prodigiously.
2) Americans inherently disobey rules, and this is one of the things that makes this country great.
3) Lay off of Bonds, Clemens, and the rest of the steroid generation, and let them be “arrogant and charming and irresponsible.” Instead, chase the people causing real damage to society, the banks.

Um, okay? Read more

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