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Vikings-Eagles Earns 15.2 Overnight Rating

Based on the overnight ratings, the NFL might want to look into football on Tuesday night.

Last night’s special edition of Sunday Night Football between the Minnesota Vikings and the Philadelphia Eagles earned a 15.2 overnight rating and 24 share.

It’s an increase of 31 percent compared to last year’s Week 16 game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Redskins, which delivered a 11.6 rating and 19 share.

While Sunday Night Football has been a ratings juggernaut all season, the real test will come on Sunday when St. Louis travels to Seattle (yawn) to determine the NFC West division title.

Former Wide Receiver Torry Holt Joins NFL Network

Former NFL wide receiver Torry Holt has joined the NFL Network as an analyst and will make his debut on Tuesday during the NFL Total Access: Pro Bowl Selection Show.

The seven-time Pro Bowl Selection will serve as a studio analyst on NFL Total Access and other NFL Network shows and specials.

Holt should have no problem making friends at the NFL Network as he’s the fourth member of the St. Louis Rams “Greatest Show on Turf” offense, joining Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner and Trent Green.

NBC Sports Crew Discusses 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic

With the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic less than two weeks away, announcers Bob Costas, Mike “Doc” Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Mike Milbury, and NBC Sports executive producer Sam Flood spoke about the New Year’s Day game between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins.

“This has become an anticipated New Year’s Day event,” Costas said. “At the first one, in Buffalo with Pittsburgh and the Sabres going at it, we benefited from the snow, that snow globe affect that people found so compelling, and also the overtime goal from Sidney Crosby to win it. Then we took it to the iconic baseball stadiums: first Wrigley and then Fenway. Now, although we are in a new stadium and a football stadium, Heinz Field, we have the matchup of Crosby and Ovechkin. Each of these games has had … something different to make it stand out.” Read more

Let’s Not Fall All Over Ourselves Calling Cliff Lee A Working-Class Hero

Monday night, Cliff Lee shocked the world by announcing he was spurning millions offered by the New York Yankees and the Texas Rangers to rejoin a Philadelphia Phillies squad he led to the World Series before departing on terms that were less than Brotherly Love.

The pitcher agreed to a five-year, $120 million contract, a dollar figure that’s somewhere between 20 and 30 percent less than what the Yankees and Rangers offered. SI.com’s Joe Lemire wants to make him a saint.

“And the notion of baseball-player-as-mercenary has taken a hit, as a man who could have made history with the second-largest contract ever given to a pitcher instead rejected that offer to play where he felt most comfortable. It’s a move surely to be wildly popular not just among Philadelphia fans but also throughout baseball – except, of course, in Texas and New York, who are now scrambling for backup plans.”

On one hand, sure. On the other, please, please spare us.

Pardon our Scott Boras-inflected French, but $120 million is still a sh*tload of money. Will Lee’s choice bother people in the Bronx and Arlington? Of course. But will it alter the paradigm of baseball players choosing money over a “good situation?” Heck no. And will it alter the perception of fans? Not even a little bit.

Lee choose between making a ton of money and making a ton of money. Call us when he plays for free.

Tiger Woods To Appear On Mike & Mike Thursday

If Tiger Woods joining Twitter wasn’t bizarre enough, the golfer will appear on Mike & Mike Thursday morning.

Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic aren’t exactly the two guys that pop in my head when I think “tough” interview.

The media didn’t back down from Woods after returning to the PGA Tour but were often shut down before they were able to finish their long-winded questions on his infidelities and personal life. Read more

Maybe No One Should Host the 2018 or 2022 World Cups

In 15 days, FIFA’s embattled executive committee will vote to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. It’s a huge deal – both for the organizing body, which earns 95 percent of its four-year revenue from the tournament, and for the host country, which gains prestige (and cash) associated with holding the world’s most important event – and the end of a long process for each of the nine bidding countries. (Spain/Portugal, England, Russia, and Belgium/Netherlands are competing for the former tournament while the United States, Australia, Qatar, South Korea, and Japan are in the running for the latter.)

If FIFA’s technical committee is to be believed, however, there are problems with each bid. Read more

Sunday Night Football Tops Ratings For Fifth Week

For the fifth straight week, Sunday Night Football was the top rated program on Sunday night, earning an 11.7 overnight rating and 19 share.

San Francisco vs. Philadelphia was eight percent higher than last year’s Sunday Night Football Week 5 contest between Indianapolis and Tennessee (10.8/17).

It was also the second-best NFL primetime overnight during the MLB Divisional Playoffs in eight years, since Green Bay-Chicago did a 12.1/18 on Oct. 7, 2002 on ABC. Philadelphia’s 2-0 victory over Cincinnati last night did a 3.9.

Below are the Top 10 metered markets for Eagles-49ers: Read more

Almost 400,000 People Watched the World Cup at Work Every Day

The results are in, and the World Cup is a hit.

According to ESPN, the tournament averaged 7.2 million viewers per day across ESPN’s host of platforms (television, mobile, Internet, radio, print). Of those, nearly 400,000 watched soccer matches while at work. So much for productivity. But hey, it’s summer, right? (By comparison, 521,000 people streamed the Florida vs. BYU March Madness game last spring, although not all of them were at work.)

Additionally, the world spent 4.9 billion gross minutes on ESPN.com during the 31-day tournament. That translates into 110,000 people per minute.

In total, “160 million Americans (55%) consumed World Cup content across all ESPN platforms during the month-long contest.”

When is the next World Cup again?

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