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NBC’s Kentucky Derby Plans

This afternoon thousands of dapper people will file into Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. They will sip mint juleps, wear funny hats and make “trifecta” wagers after pretending to read the book on handicapping.

Yes, the Kentucky Derby is here, and NBC, which paid good money for the TV rights, is planning wide-ranging coverage, including contributions from NBC News and The Weather Channel.

Al Roker was at Churchill Friday for a “Today” segment, as well as “Wake Up with Al” on Weather Channel. His colleague Stephanie Abrams will continue coverage on Weather Saturday morning. “Today” correspondent Dylan Dreyer will report from the hallowed grounds on Saturday and Sunday, previewing and recapping the event, respectively. Brian Schachtman, CNBC’s sports business reporter, filed reports from Churchill Friday, and will continue all day today.

E! news is also planning coverage. The fancy hats may cover people’s heads, but they won;t cover themselves, you know.

Bob Costas will lead the coverage, along with:
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Bomani Jones' Farewell From The Morning Jones

Tuesday morning marks the final day of The Morning Jones on The Score Sirius 158.

Hosted by Bomani Jones, the sports radio host and Around the Horn regular shared his thoughts on the end of a successful 18-month run:

“On a personal level, it’s hard for me to be terribly sad. That’s largely because I know, when things are right, I’ll be able to work with everyone again. And, if things go as I hope they will eventually, we’ll be able to do the same thing we’ve been doing, just better.

The guys at Serious Sports, whom I’ve worked on videos with for the last two years, are still in Raleigh and still ready to work together. Shannon Penn and I can’t get together every Saturday morning, but we figured out how to get together to make those mockumentaries work. I’ll still hit Petey Green up for beats. Corey will one day be a big famous boxing commentator, and I’ll hope to still be relevant enough to, at the very least, book him as a guest. And Mike will still run the streets of Chicago.

Sacha, of course, will always be the kaaaaang. There’s always room for royalty. Read more

Are We Reaching the Saturation Point with Steve Nash…


Or is he one of the rare athletes who makes everything better? (Leaning toward the latter…)

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

George Dohrmann's SI Story Is A Must Read

George Dohrmann of Sports Illustrated has one of the most important sports stories of the year in this upcoming week’s issue.

In the cover story, Dohrmann profiles former NFL agent Josh Luchs, who goes into great detail on providing dozens of college football players with thousands of dollars, free trips and meals. Such notable players named in the article were New Orleans Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey, New York Jets wide receiver Santoio Holmes and former Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden.

It’s hard not to get sucked into this story after reading the opening paragraph:

I will never forget the first time I paid a player.

There are moments you will always remember, like your first kiss or your first home run or the day you met your wife. For me, the first time I broke an NCAA rule to try to land a client is just as indelible.

It was before the 1990 football season, and I flew from Los Angeles to Denver and drove to the University of Colorado to try to meet with Kanavis McGhee. He was a big, pass-rushing linebacker who was expected to be a high pick in the 1991 NFL draft. I was 20 years old — the youngest agent ever certified by the NFL Players Association — and had less than a year’s experience, but for whatever reason I convinced myself that I had a shot with him.

That sound you just heard was the NCAA banging their head on the table as they try brace from the fallout of what could be the first of many agents stepping forward to discuss the dirty side of the industry.

Sunday Night Football Still Unstoppable

Sunday night’s tilt between the New York Giants and the Chicago Bears was a brutally terrible football game, but that didn’t stop America from watching Sunday Night Football in record numbers. An average of almost 21 million people saw the Giants 17-3 victory, the most for an October primetime game since 22.0 million checked out the Tampa Bay Buccaneers battle the Minnesota Vikings in 2000.

Viewership for the first four weeks of the season is up 10 percent from last season and 29 percent from 2008. Ratings should continue to be high. Next week’s Philadelphia Eagles versus the San Francisco 49ers features two large markets and one excellent storyline (the return of Michael Vick), while the three following matches are marquee ones (Indianapolis Colts v. Washington Redskins; Vikings v. Green Bay Packers; Pittsburgh Steelers v. New Orleans Saints). Dick Ebersol will continue printing money.

Facts and figures after the jump. Read more