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Fox Sports Chief Named to Board of Stats LLC

Eric Shanks, chief operating officer of Fox Sports Media Group and overseer of Fox Soccer, SPEED, Fuel TV and, has been named as the fourth board member of Stats LLC, a leading provider of sports statistics and content.

Shanks joins Tom Curley and Ken Dale of the Associated Press and Gary Ehrlich of Fox Sports Enterprises to complete the board of STATS, which is co-owned by the Associated Press and News Corp.

“STATS is one of the most innovative companies in sports today,” said Shanks. “I feel privileged to join this exciting and dynamic team, and look forward to providing my expertise wherever possible.”

STATS chief executive officer Gary Walrath said, “We are fortunate to have the leadership, vision and tremendous expertise of Eric Shanks as we continue to advance STATS’s mission to revolutionise the way sports contests are viewed, understood and enjoyed.”

All-Star Game Earns Lowest Overnight Rating Ever

The 2011 Major League Baseball All-Star Game earned a 7.9 overnight rating Tuesday night on Fox, the lowest overnight rating ever for the game.

According to SportsBusiness Daily, the 7.9 overnight rating is down 13.2 percent (9.1 overnight) from 2010 and down 24 percent (10.4 overnight) from the 2009 game.

Locally, St. Louis let the local metered markets with a 17.8 rating, followed by Philadelphia with a 14.7 rating.



Video: Justin Timberlake in Capital One Cup ESPYs commercial

At next Wednesday’s ESPYs, Justin Timberlake is presenting the Capital One Cup to the top men’s and women’s collegiate athletic programs in the country across 13 sports. The winners, which have already been announced, are the University of Florida (men) and Stanford University (women). Each will receive $200,000, money earmarked for student-athletes going on to graduate school.

In advance of this presentation, Capital One put together a 6-minute video that features Timberlake playing men’s and women’s sports (because cross-gender stuff is always hilarious) and repeatedly getting hit in the groin with various errant shots, itself a sublime comedic staple.

J.J. Barea Takes Swipe At Kobe Bryant In Billboard

This Sprite billboard was spotted in Puerto Rico, the home country of Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea.

What does it say in English?

“Only my ribs hurt, but for Kobe, it’s his ego.”


[H/T The Basketball Jones]

Sports Host "Papa Joe" Chevalier Dies At 62

Former Sporting News Radio host Armand “Papa Joe” Chevalier died Friday from complications of a stroke at Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las Vegas. He was 62.

Chevalier suffered a stroke in March that resulted in paralysis to his right side but didn’t affect his speech.

“I don’t know if he had given up or what,” said Art Chevalier, Joe’s brother. “He just wasn’t eating enough, wasn’t sleeping enough to keep going after it.

The Papa Joe Show was nationally syndicated on the Sporting News Radio Network until 2005.


Denver Post Reporter Accused of Keying Truck

Natalie Meisler, who covers college sports for The Denver Post, has been accused of keying a man’s truck following an argument Sunday over a parking space in Denver. Meisler, 60, was issued a summons for criminal mischief after police investigated the man’s claims.

According to the 7News of Denver, Meisler and Robert Knight, 43, both had designs on the same parking spot. Knight reportedly had his turn signal on to indicate dibs, but Meisler pulled her green Honda Civic into the spot. When Knight beeped and pointed, indicating he had called it for himself, Meisler reportedly flailed her arms and uttered an obscene comment. Nevertheless, she allegedly relented and pulled out of the spot, allowing Knight to park his brand-new silver Toyota Tacoma pickup.

Then came the alleged mischief.

As Knight’s wife shopped in Whole Foods, Knight sat with his children in the back seat of the parked truck, the police report said.

“Knight heard a grinding sound, turned around and saw Meisler ducked down … on the outside of Knight’s vehicle at the right rear passenger door,” the police report said. “He said that he could see her hands moving back and forth near the vehicle.”

Knight later told police he didn’t think Meisler could see people were in the truck because it has tinted rear windows. Knight told police he got out of the truck and demanded, “What the (expletive) are you doing?”

Knight said Meisler replied, “You’ve just assaulted me. It’s your word against mine,” according to the police report. Knight said he never touched the woman. But he added that “his Tacoma was brand new and that he was very upset,” the report said.

Knight called 911 and police said an officer spotted Meisler running east near a Barnes and Noble store. An officer stopped Meisler and said he had to talk to her about a disturbance at the Whole Foods parking lot.

Meisler said a man had been abusive to her, calling her “a stupid (expletives),” and assaulted her by grabbing her upper left arm, the police report said. “Meisler said that she did not know why.”

The officer asked the woman if it was possible that she had a dispute about a parking spot before the situation escalated.

Meisler said that she remembered driving into a parking spot, and that there had been a big truck in the area at the time. Meisler did not say anything about a conflict, the police report said.

After the officer issued Meisler a summons, she asked for a police escort back to her car at Whole Foods, because “this guy was harassing, was stalking” her, the police report said. The officer told Meisler the other driver had already left and she was not given an escort.

Criminal mischief is a misdemeanor if the damage is less than $500. Meisler was contacted by 7News and reportedly refused to comment.

Chris Evert Joins ESPN As Tennis Analyst

Former tennis great Chris Evert will join ESPN to serve as an analyst for the network’s Wimbledon and US Open coverage.

“I am really excited about working again in tennis as an analyst,” said Evert. “I’ve been away from TV for 10 years because my priority was raising my three boys, and now that they are older it is the right time to join the exceptional tennis team at ESPN. I have many friends there and enjoy watching their coverage so I look forward to getting back behind the microphone.”

Evert makes her debut on June 20 at Wimbledon, where she will work both in the studio and calling matches.

“Chris Evert is an iconic figure, and with more than 100 hours on our plate at Wimbledon and the US Open, fans will benefit from Chris’ insights, experience and passion for the game,” said Norby Williamson, ESPN executive vice president, production. ‘ESPN is proud to welcome Chris to the most experienced and credible tennis team on television.”


Jay Mariotti's Preliminary Hearing Set For June 28

A preliminary hearing is scheduled on June 28 for former ESPN personality Jay Mariotti.

Mariotti was charged last month with three felonies – - stalking, domestic violence and assault – - stemming from an incident with his ex-girlfriend.

The 51-year-old appeared in court Wednesday morning with attorney Shawn Chapman Holley, best known for representing actress Lindsay Lohan.

Mariotti pleaded no contest to one count of misdemeanor domestic violence last year and was placed on three years’ probation and required to perform 40 days of community service.






Sarah Silverman + Joe Buck = Six Minutes Of Awkwardness

Joe Buck is brutal.

As you were…

[H/T The Big Lead]

Jean Pascal, Bernard Hopkins Mix It Up At Presser

It’s been a while since we’ve had a good boxing press conference, but Jean Pascal and Bernard Hopkins delivered Monday in Montreal.

Pascal, 28 (and young enough to be Hopkins’ son) questioned whether the 46-year-old veteran was using performance-enhancing drugs and demanded a blood test.

The one thing you don’t want to do is question Hopkins. Both fighters had to be separated after some pushing and shoving. Read more