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Gymnast Alicia Sacramone Signs Endorsement Deal with Under Armour

Gymnast Alicia Sacramone has signed with Under Armour sports apparel, becoming the first gymnast to land an endorsement deal with the Baltimore, MD-based outfit. Sacramone, a member of the silver medal-winning U.S. Olympic team in 2008, is one of the most successful gymnasts in U.S. history and is currently tied for the highest career tally of World Championship medals for American gymnasts, including three golds, four silvers and two bronzes. She has been named USA Gymnastics’ Sportswoman of the Year four times.

“Alicia’s commitment to training and her determination to perform at the highest level makes her an inspiration to young athletes across the world and an ideal fit for the Under Armour Brand,” said Tori Hanna, director of women’s sports marketing for Under Armour. “While her numerous medals and accolades are a clear reflection of her talent, it is her indomitable spirit that sets her apart as a natural choice to become the first Under Armour athlete on the gymnastics floor.”

Sacramone joins other athletes who have signed with Under Armour, including swimmer Michael Phelps, skier Lindsey Vonn, women’s soccer player Lauren Cheney and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

“I’m honored to join the Under Armour family, as Under Armour’s emphasis on training and its dedication to the next generation of athletes aligns perfectly with my core values,” said Sacramone. “I’ve always admired Under Armour apparel for its performance and style and now, to get the chance to work alongside such a high caliber of world champion athletes, it’s just an unbelievable opportunity.”

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Ndamukong Suh Glad Lions Turned Down Hard Knocks

Ndamukong Suh is glad the Detroit Lions front office turned down an offer to appear on HBO’s Hard Knocks.

“I don’t know if we’d be a good fit. I think it would be great for the city to see what we’re doing and so forth, but, in my personal opinion, I don’t really like the limelight … especially when I’m in a workout,” Suh said on a CBSSports.com podcast. “That’s probably one of the most annoying things that you sometimes have to encounter. I’m actually kinda glad we (declined to offer), because I’d like to keep nice and quiet, keep everything in-house, then we’ll show what we’ve got on that football when we get out there that first game.”

Considering the numbers of teams that have reportedly turned down HBO’s offer, it makes you wonder if the future of Hard Knocks is in jeopardy.

 

New York Mets Catcher Quits Twitter Due To Fans

If Josh Thole of the New York Mets thought the media in the Big Apple was critical, think again.

The struggling catcher quit Twitter this week after fans took to the social media tool to express their feelings on his slow start.

“I thought this was supposed to be fun,” Thole told The Star-Ledger Wednesday. “They’re ruthless on there.”

The tweets ranged from the usual colorful name-calling to my personal favorite – - hitting advice.

Based on his .239 average and .577 on-base-plus-slugging percentage, Thole could use all the advice he can get at this point.

[H/T Larry Brown Sports]

 

Fox Sports Announcer Joe Buck Fighting Viral Ailment

In case Joe Buck sounds a little off during Saturday’s St. Louis-Cincinnati broadcast, it’s because the Fox Sports announcer is fighting a viral ailment.

A virus developed in the nerves of Buck’s left vocal cord shortly after the Super Bowl in mid-February. While he isn’t expected to miss any time, Buck is still a month away from full recovery.

“And I don’t plan on missing any until I really have to,” Buck said. “I just have to plow through it. I’m not damaging it or hurting it by talking. I’m just waiting for it to fire like it’s supposed to.”

Buck had a scheduled break last week and gets another next weekend.

“I’m just taking it week to week. I’m improving, it’s trending up. It hasn’t slowed me down from talking, just ask my kids.”

NHL Network Promotes 24/7 Penguins/Capitals in Curious Manner

The good news is that HBO Sports plans to promote 24/7 Penguins/Capitals: Road To The NHL Winter Classic with a 12-minute preview that debuts on November 20 that will be repeated a total of 19 times on HBO and HBO2.

The less good news: The premiere will take place at 12:15 a.m. If you can’t make the Nov. 20th airing – and who will? – you can check out the segment at HBO on Demand starting on Nov. 29th.

And what is the series? It’s an all-access look at both squads.

The Capitals are guided by Bruce Boudreau, while the Penguins’ head coach is Dan Bylsma. The two Eastern Conference rivals led by superstars Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby will meet in the NHL’s Bridgestone Winter Classic on New Year’s Day at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

Schedule after the jump.
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Tony Ponturo Getting Lifetime Innovator Award at PromaxBDA Sports Media Marketing Awards

Former Busch Media Group CEO Tony Ponturo will receive the lifetime innovator award at the 2010 PromaxBDA Sports Media Marketing Awards. At Anheuser-Busch, Ponturo formed and managed relationships with essentially every major sports league and event, managing the brand’s presence at the Super Bowl, Olympics and FIFA World Cup, among others.

He is also the producer of the just-opened play “Lombardi” on Broadway.

“Tony Ponturo has been integral in shaping the entire sports and entertainment landscape over the last two decades,” said Jonathan Block-Verk, president and CEO of PromaxBDA. “His career at Anheuser-Busch is legendary and celebrating his body of work, and contribution to this industry, at the inaugural Sports Media Marketing Awards will be a true privilege for our organization.”

Ponturo will receive the award November 18 in New York City.

SportsNewser is a media partner of the PromaxBDA Sports Media Marketing Awards.

More information, after the jump.

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NHL Preseason Now With More Television

More hockey? Sure.

The NHL announced its preseason broadcast schedule, and it’s significantly more extensive than last year’s. How so?

“This is the most comprehensive coverage of the pre-season ever on the Network with 40 hours of live game broadcasts and 78 hours total of live and delayed broadcasts,” read a release.

The puck drops with a tripleheader on September 21. The Philadelphia Flyers battle the New Jersey Devils followed by the Ottawa Senators vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs, and then the Vancouver Canucks against the Calgary Flames. The regular season begins on October 7.

The rest of the schedule is after the jump.

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Manny Ramirez's Return to Boston Causes Ticket Price Spike

The Boston Red Sox are dead and gone from the playoff race, but there’s a reason to go to Fenway Park: Manny Ramirez returns with the Chicago White Sox for a three-game set starting Friday.

Ticket prices are up 14 percent since the Windy City club traded for the former Red Sox slugger. While Friday night’s average price is just $88 – well below the season average of $119 – Sunday’s affair will cost $139 per seat. That’s a lot of money to watch two bad baseball teams play a meaningless game in September. (Yes, the White Sox are only 3.5 games out, but they aren’t catching Minnesota.)

For Bostonians, the opportunity to boo Manny is worth the extra cost, apparently. Increased ticket prices. Just Manny being Manny.

Hawkins on “New Black Overclass” Doc: “This is in Line With What We Do at CNBC”

baby_2-25.JPGWhere can you see basketball star LeBron James, hip-hop artist Baby and controversial NFL receiver Terrell Owens discuss wealth? On CNBC tomorrow night at 9pmET.

Wall Street Journal reporter and CNBC contributor Lee Hawkins hosts, “Newbos: The Rise of America’s New Black Overclass,” which profiles these and other superstars with the term he’s dubbed the “black overclass.”

“There was an interest from the beginning from Mark Hoffman and Jonathan Wald in doing this project because they found it to be very interesting,” Hawkins tells TVNewser. “This is in line with what we do at CNBC. We study wealth. It didn’t matter that only this time it was pertaining to African Americans.”

Through the profiles, Hawkins chronicles how the “overclass” has amassed and kept their wealth or, in some cases, nearly lost it all. “Let’s face it, money is a proxy for success in America,” says Hawkins. “When people who haven’t traditionally had money or access to credit, they’re going to splurge. This is one of the great problems with our society — a culture of consumption.”

And then there’s King James — putting up big numbers on the court and when it comes to money management. “For a person his age to have that level of understanding of the importance of his brand, how every action he makes affects his bottom line, is very impressive,” he says.

And what about Hawkins, who is hosting his first documentary for CNBC. Is there enough diversity in the TV business?

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