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Peter King: No Hard Knocks This Year

Peter King of Sports Illustrated reports on Twitter that HBO will not film Hard Knocks this summer, a victim of the lingering lockout.

“No ‘Hard Knocks’ this year. I repeat: No ‘Hard Knocks.’

The cancellation of the popular training camp documentary series comes on the heels of the NFL’s cancellation of the Hall of Fame game between the Bears and Rams.

Sources on both sides of the labor impasse have said the end of the lockout is imminent, but fine details need to be hammered out before the lockout threatens the first week of preseason games.

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Sugar Bowl Earns 8.4 Overnight Rating

Ohio State’s 31-26 win over Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl earned a 8.4 overnight rating on ESPN, the second-highest overnight rating for college football in the network’s history.

Last night’s overnight is down just three percent (8.7) than last year’s Sugar Bowl between Florida and Cincinnati on New Year’s night. Compared to last year’s Orange Bowl that was played on the equivalent Tuesday night, overnights were up 17 percent (7.2). Read more

SBD: Page Thompson Stepping Down at Golf Channel

Sports Business Daily’s John Ourand reports that Golf Channel president Page Thompson will be stepping down “by the end of the year.”

Ourand reports that Thompson told staff that he will be moving back to Philadelphia before Comcast, which owns Golf Channel, gets final regulatory approval to acquire NBC Universal. NBC Sports & Olympics chairman Dick Ebersol was spotted taking a tour of Golf Channel, which is based in Orlando, earlier this year.

It sounds like Thompson may be in line for a new gig at Comcast, though what that job is remains to be seen. he had been leading the network for the last three years.

Update: B&C‘s Jon Lafayette confirms that Thompson will be getting a more senior job at Comcast.

What Lies In Store for Soccer on Television?

This summer’s World Cup smashed all previous records for television (and Internet) viewership. Ratings for English-language telecasts in the United States jumped 41 percent from four years ago. The results, predictably, spawned a whole slew of “soccer made it” stories, filled with breathless reports from the front lines (read: bars across the country). So now what?

Well… there’s good news and bad. First, the good. ESPN and Fox Soccer Channel both report that ratings for their English Premier League telecasts are increasing. The Manchester United-Newcastle United match drew 412,000 viewers, the highest number ever for a Monday fixture. FSC saw numbers for the EPL’s opening weekend jump 46 percent and figures from October 2009 through May 2010 are up 68 percent from the same time period the previous year.

The problem? Read more

Networks Scramble to Cover Brett Favre Announcement

When it comes to retirement, you can never take football players at their word. Moments ago, Brett Favre announced that he will be returning to the Minnesota Vikings for a second season as their quarterback.

NFL Network carried the feed, which was picked up by ESPN (of course) as well as MSNBC and HLN.

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Cablers To Cover A-Rod Newser

arod_2-17.jpgThis time last year, the cablers were covering former New York Yankee Roger Clemens denying steroid use to Congress. Today they’ll cover admitted steroid user Alex Rodriguez as he reports to spring training.

CNN, FNC, MSNBC and HLN will air the 1:30pmET news conference live, although may not take it in its entirety if A-Rod answers all of what will likely be a barrage of questions. Yankee manager Joe Girardi, many of his teammates and a few hundred reporters will be in attendance.

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