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Heat-Mavs Game 5 Earns 12.6 Overnight Rating

Game 5 of the NBA Finals on ABC between the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks earned a 12.6 overnight rating.

Those numbers are down slightly from last year’s Game 5 between Boston and Los Angeles, which earned a 12.8 overnight rating. It still ranks as the second-highest rated Game 5 in the last seven years.

Thursday’s broadcast peaked with a 16.3 rating from 11:30-11:45 p.m. ET. Read more

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Matthew Barnaby Served With Orders Of Protection

ESPN NHL analyst Matthew Barnaby was served with two new court orders of protection that prevents him from any “offensive” conduct against his estranged wife and directing him to “stay away” from her boyfriend.

Barnaby was arrested on May 13 and charged with felony criminal mischief, criminal contempt, criminal trespass, harassment and aggravated harassment following a domestic disturbance at his former residence in upstate New York.

He’s due back in court on July 8 but there are talks about a possible pre-trial resolution to the criminal case. If convicted, Barnaby faces up to four years in prison.



Beat Writers Are Already Giving Up On New York Mets

How bad are things over in Flushing?

New York Daily News reporter Andy Martino wrote this lede for Tuesday’s Mets-Astros game:

“Blah blah blah blah rain blah blah blah Niese blah blah Astros blah blah Mets got spanked. Blah blah, 6-1. We really don’t know what else to tell you about this one. But we will try:”

Only 145 games to go.

[H/T SportsGrid]

NBC Sports Announces New Executive Leadership Team

NBC Sports Group Chairman Dick Ebersol announced the new executive leadership team for his newly formed group, which consists of NBC Sports, Golf Channel, VERSUS, 11 Comcast SportNets and their digital assets.

Former Turner Entertainment Group President Mark Lazarus was hired as President of NBC Sports Cable Group and will report directly to Ebersol. While at Turner Sports, Lazarus was responsible for the network’s acquisition of the rights to the NBA, NASCAR, MLB playoffs, Wimbledon and the British Open.

“People are the most important part of any organization and the experience, talent and leadership ability of this group is second to none,” said Ebersol. “As we formed the new NBC Sports Group by combining the storied history and broad reach of NBC Sports with Comcast’s 24/7 ability to super-serve the fan, it was imperative to create a leadership team that possessed a wide array of experience and expertise across the business. I could not be happier with this group of collaborative leaders and I feel that our division is well positioned going forward.”

Below is the breakdown of the entire NBC Sports executive leadership team: Read more

Ronde Barber Now a TV Football Analyst… For The Onion's New Comedy Central Show

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ronde Barber has lined up a side gig as an in-studio NFL analyst… for The Onion‘s upcoming Comedy Central series “The Onion Sportsdome”

Barber will serve as an “OSN analyst” for the series when it debuts January 11. Suffice it to say his appearances have been pre-taped.

In a clip released by Comedy Central, Barber talks to OSN anchor “Mark Shepard” about the surprising revelation that former New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison went his entire career without realizing he was playing an organized sport:

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Shannon Sharpe Appears on CBS Pregame Despite Potential Legal Trouble

Could this be the beginning of the end for CBS’s NFL Today co-host Shannon Sharpe?

According to the New York Post:

A woman named Michele Bundy, believed to be Sharpe’s girlfriend, was granted a temporary restraining order against him on Thursday in Atlanta’s Fulton County Superior Court. The dispute has been classified as a “family violence” case, though it is not known why Bundy filed for the restraining order.

Phil Mushnick reports women have filed 10 civil complaints against Sharpe since 1994.

The former Denver Broncos star, who appeared on the CBS show Sunday, joined the network in 2004. He appeared on the pregame show Sunday, with network brass saying that no charges had been filed.

ESPN Airs Real 'Friday Night Lights,' Bothers Locals

Sometimes, seeing how the TV sausage is made is not the most pleasant experience. Take the example of the fine folks of Folsom, California which hosted ESPN last week when the network televised a high school matchup between Folsom and nearby Grant.

The coaches, players and local media were excited… until they got a taste of what TV is all about:

“The national exposure is great for the kids and the fans, but being told exactly what you could have on your sideline, like water buckets, is new to me,” Grant coach Mike Alberghini said. “During a game, I’m in a tunnel vision of thought and anger, but this was (different).

It may be new to him, but that is how ESPN-and most other TV networks-operate. Did the network inconvenience some people? Perhaps, but what ESPN did was not all that bad.

A commenter on the story nailed it:

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The SportsNewser Interview: Mike Leach

Mike LeachFormer Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach will be joining the CBS College Sports Network broadcast booth as an analyst for the 2010-2011 season. SportsNewser spoke to Leach about his new job at a CBS Sports kickoff event.

SportsNewser: What are you hoping to bring to CBS College Sports Network this season?

Mike Leach: I guess the biggest reason they brought me on was for another point of view. It is kind of like as you go through life you cant experience everything unless you utilize a variety of peoples eyes. I think I am here to help do that. I am lucky because I have got a great team around me, [play-by-play man] Roger Twibell has a lot of experience, so I have the opportunity to work with them. I am trying to learn a lot and develop my skills to do it. This is a whole different thing.

How do you think you will handle the transition from coaching to TV?
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CNN Changes its Tune With Spitzer/Parker Debate Show

SpitzerParker_6.23.jpgWhile naming Eliot Spitzer and Kathleen Parker as hosts of a new 8 p.m. “roundtable” program on CNN was expected, it is still a transformational moment for the network, which has long positioned itself as being about journalism, not opinion.

“It won’t be straight down the middle, it won’t be non-biased, it will be structured just the way you would have a discussion with anybody interested in having a civil, rational conversation,” Parker, a Washington Post columnist told TVNewser soon after the announcement.

While CNN is certainly not abandoning the field of journalism, the new program will not be based on firsthand reporting, though the final format is still being developed.

Spitzer, the former New York governor who resigned from office after his involvement in a prostitution scandal, says that the program will present their opinions and the opinions of guests, but that “we are not going to present them in a way that is bombastic and unrelenting.”

In a memo to employees Wednesday, CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein defended the decision to hire commentators for one of the network’s most valuable and prestigious timeslots. Specifically, Klein argued that while Spitzer and Parker are commentators, they will base their comments on facts:

[O]ur new hosts’ backgrounds and perspectives bear obvious differences. But they agree on at least one thing: that honest, vigorous, wide-ranging debate and discussion – driven by facts, not hysteria – is the best means of uncovering the solutions America craves.

Of course, political commentators have traditionally not let facts get in the way of a good point, as CNN’s “Crossfire” showed. In one of his first orders of business as CNN’s new boss in 2005, Klein canceled “Crossfire” telling the New York Times he wanted to move CNN away from “head-butting debate shows.”

But the new show does seem to contradict what Klein told advertisers at its upfront presentation in April:

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