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'10 NFL Divisional Weekend Most Watched Ever

After the NFL’s record-setting Wild Card Weekend, it’s no surprise that the 2010 NFL Divisional Weekend did well in the ratings.

An average of 35.1 million viewers watched NFL games last weekend, the most ever for an NFL Divisional Weekend, surpassing the previous record set in 1993 (34.2 million). It’s a six percent increase from last season’s 33 million viewers.

Sunday’s New York Jets-New England Patriots game topped the list of four games with 43.5 million viewers, the most-watched Divisional Playoff game ever.

For the first time ever, all four Divisional Playoff games averaged more than 30 million viewers and were the four most-watched shows on television last week. Read more

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Another WPS Team Takes A Break

The Women’s Professional Soccer league lives on but it will do so without one of its seven remaining franchises.

The Chicago Red Stars will suspend operations for the 2011 season after failing to meet funding requirements set forth by the struggling league. The WPS will play its reduced schedule with only six squads.

Red Stars part-owner Arnim Whisler told the Associated Press that some investors were “scared away”

The team will attempt to return in 2012, which is great… except for the fact that the entire league may not exist beyond this year. They may get a boost from the Women’s World Cup this summer, but success in the international game might not translate to ticket sales and sponsorship money for WPS.

In the meantime, the Red Stars management hopes to find places for its players to play.

“We will work with our players to help them find teams quickly while the free market is in full swing,” Whisler said.

That’s a lovely sentiment, but there’s currently a glut of female soccer talent who need jobs. The Red Stars are the fourth team to disband in the past year, leaving a flooded market. The best (read: most marketable) couple players – members of the United States national team – will land jobs, but the rest of the roster will struggle to latch on to a club.

Bob Costas to Narrate MLB Network's 'The Pitching Paradigm'

MLB Network’s Bob Costas has been tapped to narrate a documentary for the channel about pitching,”MLB Network Behind the Seams: The Pitching Paradigm.”

The hour-long doc, which is from MLB Productions,will air Friday, September 18 at 7 PM .

Among the interviewees: Braves manager Bobby Cox, Yankees managerJoe Girardi, Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia, Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum and Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan.

The doc will lead i to the network’s studio show, “MLB Tonight,” followed by its Saturday Night Baseball game of the week.