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David Price Inks Jeter Deal to Hawk 'I Gave Up DJ’s 3K'

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price has inked a deal with Steiner Sports, exclusive seller of New York Yankees memorabilia, to market items touting Price’s role in surrendering Derek Jeter‘s 3000th career hit. Price and Jeter will sign some items that read “I Gave Up DJ’s 3K.”

“I’m over it,” Price said of the hit. “It’s done.”

Why would anyone lose sleep over surrendering the 3000th hit, anyway? It’s not like he surrendered The Shot Heard Round the World.

Price said he didn’t know how many items he would sign. Asked if “lucrative” was a fair description for the deal, he said, “That’s good.”

Good for him, a Rays player making money off the cravings of Yankee fans.

Elton Brand Producing Tupac Biopic

Sixers forward Elton Brand has signed on as a co-producer of Tupac, the upcoming biopic about slain West Coast rapper/poet/actor Tupac Shakur. The movie, which is currently in production, is being directed by Antoine Fuqua, director of Training Day. The role of Tupac has not yet been cast.

As noted by Philly.com, this isn’t Brand’s first foray into Hollywood. The former Clipper co-founded a production company when he played in Los Angeles, and according to a 2006 report from the Los Angeles Times, the company was slapped with four separate lawsuits in a year. Though none alleged any wrongdoing by Brand specifically, the report also claimed Brand spent $250,000 of his own money to settle one lawsuit.

Jim Gray: I'd do The Decision again.

Jim Gray, who served as master of ceremonies for that narcissistic, self-indulgent television debacle known as The Decision by LeBron James, seems quite comfortable in his role as the king of softball questions, telling The Dan Patrick Show he’d do it all over again.

“Would I do the show again? (Host: Yeah.) Yes. We’d all make it better.”

Better? How? Would you hold the event in downtown Cleveland, with you and James in a clear, shatterproof box, as legions of hurt, angry, vengeful fans pounded at the glass and tried to get in? Read more

Alan Smith to Provide FIFA 12 Commentary

Former English soccer player and current broadcaster Alan Smith will provide video game commentary for FIFA 12, EA Sports has announced. Smith joins longtime commentator Martin Tyler for this year’s incarnation of the soccer game.

“Alan will bring a fresh, new perspective and insight to FIFA 12, working alongside the trusted and well-known voice of Martin Tyler,” said David Rutter, senior producer of FIFA 12. “As one of the top-tier broadcasters on the UK football scene, he brings enormous knowledge and expert analysis to the game so that we can deliver the most authentic FIFA experience this year.”

“The natural chemistry that Martin and I have developed working live matches for TV has transferred very well to the virtual broadcast booth,” said Smith. “I’m really looking forward to FIFA fans hearing our work this fall as we bring all the match day emotion and excitement to this year’s game.”

For the first time FIFA 12 will feature two English broadcast teams. The second commentary team of Clive Tyldesley and Andy Townsend will call tournament games. 

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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.

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