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Detroit Lions Reporter Tom Kowalski Dies At 51

Detroit Lions reporter Tom Kowalski died suddenly Monday morning, according to his fiancee, Diane Wolan.

The 51-year-old Kowalski covered the Lions for Booth Newspapers and MLive.com. He was found unresponsive at his home and was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Kowalski started for Booth Newspapers in 1997 after covering the Lions for the Oakland Press. His last story for MLive.com was posted online Monday morning.

“My heart broke this morning when I heard the news. I love Tom Kowalski,” said Bill Emkow, executive editor at MLive.com. “He was my friend. I trusted him, and I know he trusted me. He is the first reporter that bought into what we were doing with MLive.com. I needed someone to buy into what we were doing online, and he was the huge star for Booth. I don’t know why he listened to me, but he helped make MLive what you know it as today.”

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ESPN Releases College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon Schedule

One of the days that I’ve circled on my calendar the last three years is ESPN’s College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon.

The network has delivered another fantastic lineup starting Tuesday, Nov. 15 at midnight ET.

The ESPN family of networks will broadcast 19 games including two women’s games for the first time. ESPN3.com will carry two exclusive games along with a simulcast of every ESPN and ESPN2 telecast. Read more

Video: Youkilis Pairs Up With Biz Markie

The walk-up song for Kevin Youkilis has long been “Just a Friend” by Biz Markie, a little play on words as “Youuuuuu got what I need” easily becomes “Youkkkk….got what I need.” It was probably just a matter of time until someone got the two together for a little duet, which is what Boston area car dealer Herb Chambers did in a new ad for his dealership.

Gymnast Alicia Sacramone Signs Endorsement Deal with Under Armour

Gymnast Alicia Sacramone has signed with Under Armour sports apparel, becoming the first gymnast to land an endorsement deal with the Baltimore, MD-based outfit. Sacramone, a member of the silver medal-winning U.S. Olympic team in 2008, is one of the most successful gymnasts in U.S. history and is currently tied for the highest career tally of World Championship medals for American gymnasts, including three golds, four silvers and two bronzes. She has been named USA Gymnastics’ Sportswoman of the Year four times.

“Alicia’s commitment to training and her determination to perform at the highest level makes her an inspiration to young athletes across the world and an ideal fit for the Under Armour Brand,” said Tori Hanna, director of women’s sports marketing for Under Armour. “While her numerous medals and accolades are a clear reflection of her talent, it is her indomitable spirit that sets her apart as a natural choice to become the first Under Armour athlete on the gymnastics floor.”

Sacramone joins other athletes who have signed with Under Armour, including swimmer Michael Phelps, skier Lindsey Vonn, women’s soccer player Lauren Cheney and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

“I’m honored to join the Under Armour family, as Under Armour’s emphasis on training and its dedication to the next generation of athletes aligns perfectly with my core values,” said Sacramone. “I’ve always admired Under Armour apparel for its performance and style and now, to get the chance to work alongside such a high caliber of world champion athletes, it’s just an unbelievable opportunity.”

ESPN Debuting New Baseball Tonight Studio

Baseball Tonight is debuting a new 5,000-square-foot studio during this evening’s 10 p.m. broadcast. The state-of-the-art studio is the largest sport-specific studio at ESPN and includes an expansive demonstration area, allowing plenty of room for John Kruk to demonstrate how to go from first to third on routine singles.

The new studio houses 19 40-inch LCD monitors and seven 70-inch LCD, all of which can feed separate video streams. The anchor desk contains three seamless monitors which can include graphics, headshots and logos. There are two LED displays (8 feet, 6 inches by 12 feet, 6 inches), which can showcase standings, results and editorially-driven graphics.

“The new set is cutting edge, functional and a unique blend of contemporary and traditional design, much like the game,” Jed Drake, ESPN senior vice President and executive producer. “We’re excited by the opportunities it offers to enhance the viewer experience.”

Not sure why they released the Front Row video above, because all it shows is Kruk, Bobby Valentine and others traipsing through an unfinished work site.

Photos: WWE SummerSlam VIP Party

The WWE and The Creative Coalition teamed up for an exciting kickoff party centered around WWE SummerSlam and the “be a STAR” initiative.

STAR stands for “Show Tolerance and Respect,” and The Creative Coalition has joined forces with the WWE to unveil a new anti-bullying campaign.

For a wrestling geek like myself, Thursday night at The Andaz Hotel was heaven on earth, as the biggest names from the WWE were out and about.

CM Punk, John Cena, Edge, Christian, The Miz, Mark Henry, Jack Swagger, Triple H, Alberto Del Rio, Sheamus, Dolph Ziggler, Maryse and Alicia Fox were just some of the sports entertainers that partied the night away.

Above are some photos from the red carpet – and since it’s Friday and I’ll be at SummerSlam, I have John Cena defeating CM Punk thanks to the assistance of Triple H.

 

BBC Posts Online Planner for Watching 2012 Olympics on Website

In a bid to help fans plan their viewing schedules for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the BBC has posted an online planner, while also announcing that fans watching online will have full control over what events they watch.

With up to 12 sports taking place simultaneously on many days of next year’s Olympic Games, it will be the corporation’s most ambitious coverage of an Olympics to date with more than 2,000 hours of live sport on the BBC website.

The BBC has launched an online guide to help people plan their viewing, highlighting “ones to watch” and “medal events”. It will be updated with more information including when and where British teams and individuals will be competing.

Dave Gordon, the BBC’s head of major events, said: “If you want to spend all day watching the water polo or fencing or taekwondo or swimming, or any combination of the 26 sports, for the first time you can. The choice is yours rather than ours.

That’s pretty cool (even if the games aren’t for a year).

“As host nation broadcaster, this online guide is the first step in realising our commitment to making every sport from every venue where it’s happening on every day of the games available to the British public.

“From the start of the early morning action until the end of competition just before midnight, there will be live BBC Sport online coverage. You can look at the big picture each day, planning for those not to be missed events.”

Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest Returning To ESPN

ESPN will televise the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest Monday at 12 p.m. ET.

For the eighth consecutive year, ESPN will have all the action from Coney Island, N.Y. with Paul Page providing commentary along with Major League Eating’s Shea brothers (Rich and George) and Renee Herlocker.

(Word of advice: Tune in at 12:45 in time for the 10-minute contest.)

Prior to the men’s event, ESPN3.com will carry the first-ever Women’s Championship at 11:30 a.m.

Over the last five years, Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest has averaged a 1.1 rating and nearly 1.5 million viewers.

Yes, 1.5 million viewers. Only in America.

 

 

 

 

Celts Announcer Heinsohn to Exhibit Own Paintings

Tommy Heinsohn is known best in his post-playing days as a game announcer for the Celtics, whom he helped lead to eight NBA titles during his Hall of Fame playing career. But the 6-7 Heinsohn has fostered an interest in painting since grammar school, and is now exhibiting some of his work at an art gallery in Rockport, Massachusetts.

“I used to be the one to draw the Christmas scenes in colored chalk on the blackboard for the nuns,” Heinsohn told the Gloucester Times.

When he was later attending The College of the Holy Cross, Heinsohn made a rendering of Joe Welch, who was on the cover of Life magazine during the McCarthy hearings. A Jesuit priest took notice of Heinsohn’s work and encouraged him to continue with painting. Read more

Bleacher Report Appoints Board of Directors Member, Sales Directors

Bleacher Report continues to grow.

The venture appointed Patrick Keane, the former Associated Content CEO who sold the company to Yahoo for $100 million, to its board of directors.

“Patrick’s experience at Associated Content, Google, and CBS brings a unique collection of digital media perspective to what Bleacher Report is building,” Brian Grey, Bleacher Report CEO, said in a statement. “We are excited to engage Patrick with our brand on a strategic level and look forward to working closely with him to help shape the future direction of Bleacher Report as the next-generation digital publishing platform.”

The company also recruited two new sales directors. Read more