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NBC Taps Jim Bell to Lead 2012 Olympics Coverage

NBC Sports & Olympics has tapped “Today” executive producer Jim Bell to lead its 2012 coverage of the London Olympic Games. Bell spent 16 years at NBC Sports & Olympics before joining the iconic morning program in 2005. He will work closely with NBC Olympics president Gary Zenkel and NBC Sports & Olympics chief Mark Lazarus, and will also continue to serve as EP of the news program.

“Jim’s unique background in both sports and news at NBCUniversal makes him the perfect choice to lead our London Olympics production,” said Lazarus in a statement. “He knows the people at NBC Sports, the intricacies of the Olympics, and how to work within NBCUniversal. Jim’s leadership combined with the extensive experience of our existing Olympic production team — led by head of production Bucky Gunts, coordinating producer Molly Solomon, creative director Mark Levy, and executive editor Joe Gesue — has us well positioned to present the London Olympics in a manner consistent with the high standards that viewers have come to expect from NBC.”

More information after the jump.

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Radio Host Finebaum to Write for SI.com

Radio host Paul Finebaum, a former columnist for al.com who last year wrote that Vanderbilt should be kicked out of the SEC for not being competitive in football, is joining SI.com as a columnist. He reported the news on Twitter, saying his first column will run Thursday. Perhaps his first piece will address the ongoing story involving USA Today oddsmaker Danny Sheridan, who recently went on Finebaum’s radio show claiming to know who paid Cam Newton‘s father, Cecil, so that the 2010 Heisman Trophy Winner would attend Auburn. Sheridan has refused to name the alleged “bag man,” claiming his source within the NCAA would lose their job. The NCAA, for their part, says Sheridan’s claims are without merit.

Finebaum’s popular radio show is syndicated throughout the southeast and can also be heard on Sirius XM Radio (Channel 91).

Bill Buckner on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' This Sunday

Once upon a time, the mere mention of Bill Buckner‘s name would make Red Sox fans turn pale. But time heels all wounds (especially when your team wins two World Series), and Sox fans aren’t particularly bothered when Buckner’s name comes up nowadays. It’s even gotten to the point where Buckner can have a good laugh at the iconic moment when Mookie Wilson‘s ground ball rolled through his legs in the 1986 World Series. The former Red Sox first baseman is making a guest appearance on this Sunday’s episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm (1o p.m. ET on HBO). The theme of this week’s episode is haunted pasts, and Buckner will reportedly help Larry David get past a scarring softball incident from his past.

Good for Buckner. Everyone knows that ground ball wasn’t his fault anyway; the guy could barely walk and he shouldn’t have been on the field in that situation! Former Red Sox manager John McNamara should have been the one vilified for not putting Dave Stapleton in as a defensive replacement!

(OK, some Red Sox fans aren’t completely over it.)

 

Video: Alec Baldwin and John Krasinski in Another New Era Video

The Red Sox and the Yankees begin another series in their hate-filled rivalry tonight, so that means it must be time for another Alec Baldwin-John Krasinski video from New Era. In this installment — the fifth in a six-video campaign — Baldwin, a diehard Yankees fan, and Krasinski, a diehard Red Sox fan, are communicating via Skype when Baldwin decides he’s going to burn a handful of tickets to Red Sox home games. Why does he do this? Because doing so is supposed to make a Red Sox fan like Krasinski apoplectic. In burning the tickets, Baldwin inadvertently burns down his apartment building (which is supposed to be hilarious), and then has to go on the lam, so he goes to Krasinski’s apartment to hide out. I think Yankee fans would have rather seen Baldwin burn Curt Schilling’s bloody sock.

Bomani Jones' Farewell From The Morning Jones

Tuesday morning marks the final day of The Morning Jones on The Score Sirius 158.

Hosted by Bomani Jones, the sports radio host and Around the Horn regular shared his thoughts on the end of a successful 18-month run:

“On a personal level, it’s hard for me to be terribly sad. That’s largely because I know, when things are right, I’ll be able to work with everyone again. And, if things go as I hope they will eventually, we’ll be able to do the same thing we’ve been doing, just better.

The guys at Serious Sports, whom I’ve worked on videos with for the last two years, are still in Raleigh and still ready to work together. Shannon Penn and I can’t get together every Saturday morning, but we figured out how to get together to make those mockumentaries work. I’ll still hit Petey Green up for beats. Corey will one day be a big famous boxing commentator, and I’ll hope to still be relevant enough to, at the very least, book him as a guest. And Mike will still run the streets of Chicago.

Sacha, of course, will always be the kaaaaang. There’s always room for royalty. Read more

Ron Artest Will Compete In Dancing with the Stars

After back-and-forth rumors, Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest will compete in the 13th season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

Artest is still interested in playing for Cheshire Jets of the British Basketball League. If Artest really can’t dance like he claims, he will be free to play basketball by Oct. 1.

He will be joined by David Arquette, Chaz Bono, Elisabetta Canalis, Kristin Cavallari, Nancy Grace, Rob Kardashian, Carson Kressley, Ricki Lake, J.R. Martinez, Chynna Phillips and Hope Solo on the season premiere Sept. 19.

So much for getting those A-listers.

 

Jags Coach Visits Ailing Bills Reporter

Allen Wilson of The Buffalo News has been battling chronic leukemia for more than three years. The longtime Buffalo sports columnist is being treated at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, where he’s awaiting a bone-marrow transplant. He was recently visited by an unexpected guest: Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio.

Del Rio was in Buffalo for a preseason game against the Bills, and when he heard about Wilson’s condition through a mutual friend, he paid Wilson a surprise visit. Bucky Gleason, a fellow reporter for The Buffalo News, said Del Rio’s gesture was much appreciated, and he thanked him in his Sunday column.

I planned to wait around for Del Rio after his news conference Saturday night to tell him how much he meant to several people, but work pulled me away. Deadlines are deadlines. What can I say?

Well, Jack, thank you for your care and class. Thank you for being one of many sports figures who visit hospitals or volunteer their time without asking for anything in return. Thank you for being much like the person you visited, a big man, a kind man, a teddy bear.

You don’t know me, but I think the world of you no matter your record. Guys like you deserve a Super Bowl. We’re rooting for something greater.

And it just a got a little dusty in here.

 

Keith Jackson and Dhani Jones to Host Shows on Big Ten Network

Hall of Fame broadcaster Keith Jackson and former Michigan star and Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Dhani Jones will host respective shows on the Big Ten Network this fall, the channel announced today. Jackson will host a program called “Big Ten Icons” that looks at iconic coaches from Big Ten history. Last year “Big Tens Icons” (also hosted by Jackson) looked at the top 50 student-athletes in conference history. Jones will host “BTN LiveBIG,” one of the network’s six new shows this fall, which will spotlight current and former members of the Big Ten community who have given “big” to the world at large, including Tony Dungy (of Minnesota), Charles Woodson (of Michigan) and Devin Harris (of Wisconsin).

Jones’ show will premiere Monday, Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. and run for eight episodes. Jackson’s show will premiere later in the fall, run into the winter, and air Tuesdays at 8 p.m.

BBC to Erect Three 600-inch HD TV Screens For London Olympics

The BBC has commissioned three custom-built, 600-inch public television screens that will air live footage of next year’s summer Olympics in London. The three televisions are under construction in Japan and will utilize the Japanese-innovated “Super Hi-Vision,” which will have a picture that is 16-times clearer than regular high definition. The Japanese public service broadcaster NHK is teaming up with the BBC to showcase this new technology. The televisions will be positioned in Bradford, England; Glasgow, Scotland; and in London.

Sirius XM Radio Inks New College Deal

Sirius XM Radio will continue to be the home of all things college sports after the announcement of a multi-year broadcasting agreement Monday with Learfield Sports and IMG College.

SiriusXM will carry live regular season college football and men’s basketball games from the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Big East, Pac-12, and Army along with select broadcasts of women’s basketball, baseball and hockey. Read more

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