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NASCAR On TNT Off To A Strong Start After Three Races

Through TNT’s first three weeks of race coverage, the NASCAR 2011 Sprint Cup Series are averaging 5,097,000 viewers and a 3.1 U.S. HH rating. Those numbers are up 7 percent and 3 percent respectively compared to 2010.

TNT’s coverage of the Toyota/SaveMart 350 Sunday earned a 3.2 U.S. HH rating (+ 17 percent), 5,188,000 total viewers (+16 percent), and 3,743,000 households (+21 percent).

You Might Not Recognize NBA.com After Thursday

With the current collective bargaining agreement set to expire on midnight Thursday, not only will the NBA find itself in the middle of a lockout, but NBA.com will be impacted as well, according to ESPN.com:

“That’s because the moment the clock strikes midnight on the current CBA, all those images and videos of NBA players have to disappear off NBA-owned digital properties. Depending on how you interpret “fair use,” the prohibition could include the mere mention of a player’s name on an NBA-owned site, though different teams have different interpretations of this particular stipulation.

Over the past few weeks, NBA website administrators and support staff have endured two-hour conference calls and countless planning sessions to figure out how to eliminate all these photos, highlights, articles and promotional features from the sites.

There are additional gray areas that are still up for discussion: What about a photo of a Lakers fan wearing a No. 24 Kobe Bryant jersey? What about a retrospective feature on the John Stockton-Karl Malone Jazz teams? Do tweets from the team’s official Twitter feed that mention a player and/or link to an image need to be deleted? How about Facebook posts? Read more

Magic's Van Gundy: Heat Need to 'Stop Crying' About Media Attention

Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy says LeBron James brought on the media thunder with last summer’s “The Decision,” so he and the “Heatles” need to stop complaining about any negative press that comes their way. During a radio interview with 790 The Ticket in Miami, Van Gundy was asked if he felt sorry for LeBron during the NBA Finals, when King James tended to disappear in the fourth quarter.

No I can’t say that. Look I’m not the most empathetic person in the world anyway, but look first of all it’s sports. The thing that would make me feel bad for somebody was some personal issue. I’m not going to feel bad that you are struggling on a basketball court because you only get to within two wins of a championship. Come on there was nothing to feel sorry for. I got a little tired I’ll admit of the whole everybody hates us routine. I thought first of all it’s not true. Okay it’s the same as the Yankees type of thing. There’s just a lot of people interested, so there may be more people who dislike you. There are also more people that like you. There’s a great deal of interest. Second of all they brought it on…LeBron more than anybody. They brought all that scrutiny and attention on yourself. You went out seeking it then don’t cry in the face of it. That to me got to be a very tiresome story line.

 

Video: Dick Enberg Discusses 'Bloody Blue Balls' at Wimbledon

We’ve all heard the saying “yellow and green make blue,” which isn’t actually true, as the combination creates something more akin to lime green. Nevertheless, the faux formula persists in some people’s minds, including a former member of the All England Club, who worried that yellow balls being smashed on green grass would create “bloody blue balls at Wimbledon.” Let’s hear venerable announcer Dick Enberg share the tale yesterday with fellow announcer Chris Evert, who responds, “OK, I’ll leave that one alone.”

HBO's Lederman to Call First Boxing Match

Harold Lederman, a pharmacist by trade and an unofficial ringside boxing scorer for HBO for more than two decades, will call his first fight Saturday night. HBO announcer Max Kellerman‘s wife is expecting a baby, so Lederman will fill in and join Bob Papa to call the Adrien Broner-Jason Litzau bout in Guadalajara, Mexico.

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.

You can also watch this video on YouTube.

Video: Ryan Dempster As Harry Caray

There’s a whole generation of baseball fans that aren’t familiar with Harry Caray (Google him and don’t hold his grandson, Chip, against him.), the legendary Chicago Cubs play-by-play announcer.

Cubs starter Ryan Dempster paid homage to Caray Saturday and does one helluva impersonation.

Pacquiao-Mosley Draws More Than 1.3 Million Buys

The Showtime pay-per-view fight between Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley generated more than 1.3 million buys, as first reported by Dan Rafael of ESPN.com

It’s Pacquiao’s best pay-per-view performance total to date. His previous high was 1.25 million buys in December 2008 for his upset victory over Oscar De La Hoya.

According to Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, Pacquiao-Mosley generated more than $75 million in television revenue with 700,000 buys coming from cable systems and about 600,000 coming from satellite services.

Pacquiao’s next fight is scheduled for Nov. 12 against Juan Manuel Marquez. The rights to that fight haven’t been awarded to a network yet.

 

 

Simmons' New Website Grantland Premieres at Noon ET

Bill Simmons‘ eagerly anticipated new website Grantland premieres at noon ET under the ESPN umbrella. The site will feature an impressive assemblage of sports and pop culture writers including Chris Jones of Esquire, Chuck Klosterman of Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs notoriety, Malcolm Gladwell of The New Yorker and Katie Baker (previously of Deadspin).

How will the website premiere? Will it post one new story every half hour? Go live with plenty of fresh content right off the bat? Here’s hoping Rip Torn is not involved in today’s festivities. Actually I take that back — I hope he is involved, because that’s the kind of inane weirdness my Wednesday needs.

At any rate, there’s been plenty of speculation about how well this venture is going to do, thanks to the drama surrounding the possible hiring of Deadspin writer Tommy Craggs and to a recent profile of Simmons in The New York Times Magazine in which he expressed reservations about the undertaking and how he might have decided against it if given a second opportunity.

But all that’s going to quickly be forgotten if Grantland is a success. And considering the stable of writers they have put together, it’d hard to imagine how they could fail. As long as the writers don’t criticize their ESPN godfathers — and really, what’s there to criticize about ESPN? — then this venture will be a groundbreaking paragon of journalistic integrity.

HBO Pay-Per-View To Carry Prelude to the Dream

Racing fans will get a special treat Wednesday night (8 p.m. ET) when HBO Pay-Per-View plays host to the Prelude to the Dream, a race supporting four of the nation’s top children’s hospitals.

Stars from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series will convene at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.

Drivers will tackle the half-mile clay oval track as part of four separate teams:

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