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SportsNation to Film Live Before US-Mexico Soccer Match in Philly

For the first time ever ESPN’s SportsNation will originate at a soccer match. Co-host Michelle Beadle and guest host Taylor Twellman will lead a 4 p.m. ET live broadcast prior to Wednesday night’s men’s match at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia between the United States and Mexico. The match starts at 9 p.m. and marks the debut of new U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who replaced the recently fired Bob Bradley.

Twellman is a former MLS striker and U.S. National Team player.

Alexi Lalas, who competed against Klinsmann as a player, says fans are eager to see what changes in philosophy he brings to the U.S. team.

“This is the start of a new era. He (Klinsmann) wants to show that he is building on the past and doing new things going forward. There is a lot of curiosity and some mystery surrounding Jurgen Klinsmann with what he is going to do for and with the U.S. national men’s team program.

“Whatever he does, it all kicks off with a match against USA’s biggest rival – Mexico. I want to see how the Klinsmann era starts off on and off the field.”

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DirecTV Has The 2011 Masters Tournament Covered

With the start of the 2011 Masters Tournament today, DirecTV’s coverage officially kicks into full swing.

Leading up to today, DirecTV ran the 2010 Official Masters film and 2011 Masters Preview show on The 101 Network. Starting later this afternoon, you can watch all the action from Augusta National on channels 701-707, which combines ESPN’s and CBS Sports’ live coverage.

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New York Knicks-Boston Celtics Stunner Delivers MSG Its Best Ratings Since 2001

Last night’s NBA matchup between the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics was one of the best games to watch all season. If you missed it, it was capped with a stunning last second shot by Paul Pierce to give the Celtics the lead with 4/10 of a second remaining, followed by three-pointer that would have given the Knicks the win, had it not been beaten by the buzzer by a fraction of a second.

While the game may have ended with a Knicks loss, it was still sweet for MSG, which saw its highest ratings for a Knicks game since October 31, 2001–When Michael Jordan made his return to the NBA with the Washington Wizards.

The game on MSG averaged a 3.61 household rating, or 271,303 homes. Combined with ESPN’s telecast, it averaged a 6.27 household rating in the New York market.

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World Poker Tour, Fox Sports Net Strike Deal to Shuffle Up For Three More Years

Fox Sports Net and the World Poker Tour have inked a three-season deal that will keep the poker program on the RSNs.

The agreement will see WPT events airing Sunday nights at 8 and 11 PM, with replays throughout the week. The two companies are also partnering on a promotional campaign that will drive viewers to the programming during the season.

There are also some new additions to the telecasts:

Kimberly Lansing will be joining the program as anchor, joining play-by-play commentators Vince Van Patten and Mike Sexton.

There will also be a new analyst, to-be-named, who will host a recurring segment called “The Raw Deal.”

“FSN is excited to remain the home for The World Poker Tour, which continues to deliver great ratings for our affiliates. WPT is one of the most respected brands in poker and will only grow stronger with the tremendous innovations they are bringing to the show in the new season,” said FSN VP of Programming David Sussin. “Our network has long been a showcase for the best poker on television, and we are very happy WPT will continue that tradition.”

While the World Poker Tour was an innovator in the televised poker field, the World Series of Poker on ESPN has largely taken over the reigns as the top poker programming on TV. Still it was the WPT that first put small cameras in the table to show players’ cards, changing how the game was televised forever.

The full release, with more details including a new stop on the tour, is after the jump.

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Versus Adding 13 NHL Games This Season

Versus, which has been the national home of NHL games since 2005, plans to add more games to its lineup this season. According to Tripp Mickle in today’s Sports Business Daily, Versus will televise an additional 13 NHL games this season, bringing the total to 78.

The Comcast-owned network plans to complement its hockey game coverage by adding 30 “Hockey Central” pregame shows before the NHL telecasts.

When it acquired the rights to NHL games, Versus was betting that it would be proving its worth as a viable competitor to ESPN and Turner Sports once Major League Baseball and National Basketball Association rights came up. Of course, the deep pockets and even deeper relationships between Turner, ESPN and the leagues nipped that fear in the bud.

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TV News Reporters Torn Between Politics and a Pitcher

Strasburg061110.jpgLater today, Washington Nationals rookie pitcher Stephen Strasburg will make his second start against the Cleveland Indians. Strasburg is the toast of DC, striking out 14 batters in his major league debut last Tuesday.

Tuesday was also an election day, with 12 states holding primaries. This caused something of a conundrum for the DC-based TV news anchors and reporters that also happen to big baseball fans.

The Washington Post‘s Dan Steinberg caught up witha few of them, including Fox News’ Bret Baier, who was hoping to go the game… until he realized he would have to be in New York covering the primaries.

“There was so much pent-up anxiety about his start, so many expectations,” Baier said Wednesday night while watching the Nats beat the Pirates in a considerably tamer environment. “It was a big deal. I definitely wanted to be here.”

He also spoke to “Meet the Press” anchor David Gregory, who actually made it to the ballpark. Gregory seemed to confirm our hypothesis from last week about the public’s interest in the primary, versus the pitcher:

“Many more people were talking to me about Strasburg than primary results.”

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Cablers Cover the Primaries, But Did Viewers Care?

MSNBCPrimary061010.jpg Did you hear? Tuesday night was a big election night. 12 states had primary elections, and the cable news channels were practically falling over themselves to cover it. Even Fox Business Network covered the “business impact” of the elections for some reason.

The only major network to break away from politics and the elections for an extended period was CNN, which had “Larry King Live” focusing on the Joran Van Der Sloot arrest and had oil spill coverage in its other hours. CNN sister network HLN, which typically has apolitical fare, also ran its normal lineup.

While all of the networks covered other news during the night, politics was clearly the focus.

Clearly the cable news channels thought this was a big deal, but did the viewers?

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