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NBC To Air Every Olympic Event Live In Some Form

Busy day for 2012 Olympic news as NBC also announced Tuesday they will show every event live – including streaming raw video online.

NBC is still sticking to their backwards approach of airing taped competition during their primetime broadcasts, but at least the network is providing an alternative for those that want to watch the Games in real-time.

“That’s what our approach on the Olympics has been and what it will continue to be,” said Mark Lazarus, chairman of the NBC Sports Group.

Earlier today, NBC announced Jim Bell would serve as executive producer of the 2012 Olympics and Dick Ebersol would return to the network as a “senior adviser,” with a special focus on NBC’s NFL and Olympics coverage.

 

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Nothing Says 600 Home Runs Like Condoms

It’s not everyday a baseball player hits 600 home runs.

It’s also not everyday that a guy gets his teammates 600 condoms as a result.

Both of these scenarios came to fruition for Jim Thome in the last 24 hours.

“As a congratulatory gift for Thome’s incredible feat, NuVo sent the Minnesota Twins 600 condoms,” the condom company said in a release. “NuVo hopes this offering to the team will help keep the Twins players and their partners safe during their celebrations!”

That should be just enough to get the Twins through their next road trip.

 

ESPN 980 Issues Apology For Sean Miller Report

The buzz in the college basketball world Saturday was University of Arizona head coach Sean Miller was replacing Gary Williams at the University of Maryland.

ESPN 980 in Washington DC tweeted that the deal was done according to sources.

Miller eventually declined the deal and the station’s director of programming, Chuck Sapienza, issued an apology:

Over the weekend, one of our staff members received inaccurate information about the coaching search at the University of Maryland. The source utilized was someone we have used many times in the past and their accuracy, up until yesterday, was stellar. I apologize for the mistake, and am embarrassed by it. Read more

Despite Brain Tumor, Steve Sabol Back At NFL Films

In this week’s “Monday Morning QB,” Peter King wrote about his trip to NFL Films to visit an ailing Steve Sabol.

Sabol, 68, is fighting a brain tumor and aphasia. Despite chemotherapy and radiation treatments, Sabol remains positive according to King:

“Now don’t think that Sabol can’t talk well. He can. The voice is strong and unmistakably Sabol. He sounds 90 percent of the time precisely like the voice of NFL Films that you have all grown to know and respect so much. But there are times, when he gets tired or emotional or spent, when his speech is garbled. He sounded great to me in our 45 minutes together, but he said two or three times, “You should have heard me yesterday. Almost perfect.” Read more

ESPN2 Now In 100 Million Homes

A mere two months after ESPN crossed the 100 million subscriber mark, ESPN2 will cross the hurdle on April 1. Starting Friday ESPPN2 will be available in 100,004,000 homes, just shy of the bigger sibling’s 100,122,000 homes.

Of course, ESPN has a much higher subscription fee, which helps explain why it’s distribution has slowed, while ESPN2′s has soared. ESPN brings in over $4 per subscriber per month, while ESPN2 brings in around $054 per month, according to SNL Kagan.

ESPN2 is the hub of much of ESPN’s NASCAR coverage, as well as its tennis coverage.

Tom Izzo, Jay Wright Joins NCAA Tournament Coverage

Tom Izzo, Jay Wright and Joe Jones will join CBS Sports’ and Turner Sports’ coverage of the NCAA Tournament.

The Michigan State head coach will work as a guest analyst during regional semi-finals on Thursday and Friday, which airs across TBS and CBS. Izzo will be in the Atlanta studio alongside host Ernie Johnson and analysts Seth Davis and Steve Smith.

Wright will work with analysts Charles Barkley, Greg Anthony, Kenny Smith and host Greg Gumbel from the New York studio on Saturday for CBS Sports’ coverage of the regional finals. Read more

Hope for the 2011 NFL Season?

Maybe there won’t be a football work stoppage after all. (Yeah right.)

U.S. District Judge David Doty ruled in favor of the Players Union in the so-called “war chest” case. The judge decried that league executives didn’t do what was best for both the league and the players when negotiating the last round of television contracts, instead taking less money to ensure they would be paid in case of a work stoppage.

The NFL, of course, isn’t worried. Read more

C.C. Sabathia Makes Cap'n Crunch the New Tequila

C.C. Sabathia lost 25 pound because “I stopped eating Cap’n Crunch every day. … I used to eat that stuff by the box.” It’s a nice anecdote from the Yankees’ star who has long struggled with his weight, although as Darren Rovell points out, Sabathia “Could have made $ if he said what he WAS eating!”)

It’s also a statement disputed by some, most notably the Yankees’ brass. Last week, Brian Cashman said he didn’t believe it was true, telling ESPN.com “I saw him (last week) at the B.A.T. dinner and he didn’t look like he lost 30 pounds to me. Maybe half that amount.”

The jury is still out on who is correct. Maybe we can have Lendale White, who dropped weight by kicking his tequila habit, do an official weigh-in?

The bigger (ha!) story here is that Sabathia might opt out, but cereal and alcohol is so much more fun, you know?

Like A Billion People Watched the New York Jets Beat the New England Patriots

Well, maybe not quite that many but would you settle for a lot of millions? Like 43.5 million?

According to a release from CBS Sports, that number “is projected to be the highest viewer average and most-watched Divisional Playoff game on any network (dating as far back as CBS records exist, 1987-88).”

Viewership was up 22 percent from last year’s game between the Jets and the San Diego Chargers and the household rating/share of 24.2/42 was up 20 percent.

CBS had a big weekend elsewhere as well. Read more

Former Wide Receiver Torry Holt Joins NFL Network

Former NFL wide receiver Torry Holt has joined the NFL Network as an analyst and will make his debut on Tuesday during the NFL Total Access: Pro Bowl Selection Show.

The seven-time Pro Bowl Selection will serve as a studio analyst on NFL Total Access and other NFL Network shows and specials.

Holt should have no problem making friends at the NFL Network as he’s the fourth member of the St. Louis Rams “Greatest Show on Turf” offense, joining Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner and Trent Green.

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