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Mary Carillo Joins Tennis Channel

Mary Carillo, who left ESPN in the middle of last year’s United States Open because of an undisclosed dispute, is joining the Tennis Channel for the French and U.S. Opens, where she will provide analysis, play-by-play, interviews and features. Carillo, who won a 2006 Sports Emmy Award and has been a commentator since retiring from tennis in 1980, will be paired on air with John McEnroe, a childhood friend with whom she won the 1977 French Open mixed-doubles championship.

“Tennis Channel just continues to impress everyone with the passion and knowledge they bring to covering this sport, and I really wanted to be a part of that,” said Carillo. “I’ve done things with them several times in the past but never as a member of their broadcast team. It will be great to get going with them at the French Open and contribute to the quality of work they’re producing.”

In 2010 Carillo became the first female recipient of the Dick Schaap Award for Outstanding Journalism. The WTA Tour, the governing body of women’s professional tennis, has twice awarded her its “Broadcaster of the Year.”



Need A Reason To Follow Mike Wilbon On Twitter?

Left to right: Tony Kornheiser, Michael Wilbon and Thomas Boswell in 1987.

Wilbon also wrote a column on his decision to finally join Twitter.

Keep the photos coming, Mike!

Ratings Down For Opening Day Coverage Of Masters

Thursday’s coverage of the 2011 Masters Tournament on ESPN Thursday averaged 2,550,000 viewers with a 2.1 rating based on fast nationals, according to the Nielsen Company.

Ratings was down sharply from last year’s 4,936,000 viewers and 4.0 national household rating, which featured the return of Tiger Woods.

“What happened last year was an anomaly,” said John Wildhack, ESPN executive vice president, programming acquisition and strategy. “Tiger’s return was not just sports page news, but front page news around the world.”

Heidi Watney Might Want To Sample The Food First

NESN reporter Heidi Watney is clearly not a fan of chicken and waffles.

I wonder what Bill Simmons thinks about this clip … oh wait, the Red Sox haven’t won a game yet.

[H/T The Big Lead]

Derek Jeter Tops MLB's Best Selling Jersey List

For the first time ever, Major League Baseball has released their best selling jersey sales for 2010.

The NBA and NFL have released their jersey sales info for years now, but MLB held out until this year.

Darren Rovell of CNBC has the Top 10 list, which was recorded by Majestic, the official jersey maker for MLB.

10. Tim Linceum

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Was Robin Roberts’ Tiger Woods interview too soft?

Tiger Woods is making the media rounds — appearing last night on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and this morning on “Good Morning America” in an interview with Robin Roberts. The pitch the networks got: promote the new Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 videogame and get an interview with Tiger.

After a question about how Woods is handling not winning a major for the last year, the story spent the next minute-and-a-half promoting the videogame.

That’s the trade of the trade: promote a celebrity product get a celebrity interview. But sit-downs with Tiger Woods are very rare — ABC News hasn’t interviewed him since before the scandal — and considering the public mess his private life became just one year ago, viewers should expect the story to include questions that “go there.” (ABC News would not comment to us about what went in to the booking process.)

The sub-banner throughout the story read “Facing life as a single dad.” That question came more than 3 minutes in: “How is it for you to be a single dad and balancing the career?” Roberts asked.

“It’s work, there’s no doubt. It’s work. It’s tough, but it’s enjoyable,” said Woods. “We have a great time together and that’s what’s important. Family’s first.”

Then it was back to golf and Woods’ “ability to come back” and challenge Jack Nicklaus‘ record.

“Robin has interviewed Tiger several times in the past,” says an ABC insider defending the sit-down. “This was part of an ongoing conversation ‘GMA’ has had with the golfer, a

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Tiger Woods on ‘Good Morning America’

“Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts sat down with Tiger Woods to discuss his new Masters video game. But she also got him to open up being a single dad and balancing his family and career. The interview airs tomorrow morning. Woods also appears on Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive” tomorrow. Tonight, he’s on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”

The Fab Five Is A Slam Dunk For ESPN Films

ESPN’s The Fab Five earned a 2.1 rating, making it the network’s highest rated documentary to date, according to the Nielsen Company.

The two-hour look at the University of Michigan basketball team of the early 1990s was seen by an average of 2,088,000 households and 2,746,000 viewers (P2+).

The Fab Five topped Pony Exce$$ and The U, which both posted a 1.8 rating.

The Fab Five captured the essence of the ESPN Films’ mission as we launch a new series of documentaries following the excellence established by the acclaimed ’30 for 30′ initiative,” said Keith Clinkscales, ESPN senior vice president, ESPN Enterprises. “Our director Jason Hehir, capably worked with our own Jalen Rose and Executive producer Connor Schell‘s team to deliver an unfiltered look at the team that changed college basketball forever.”

WWE Raw Coming To Brazil Starting March 2

World Wrestling Entertainment and Esporte Interativo have agreed to a one-year agreement that will bring WWE RAW to Brazilian Free TV beginning on March 2.

Esporte Interativo is Brazil’s largest sports channel and will bring the WWE’s longest-running TV program to more than 33 million television households in Brazil.

“This new agreement is part of WWE’s further extension into Latin America with Brazil being the linchpin,” said Andrew Whitaker, Executive Vice President of International for WWE. “We look forward to working with Esporte Interativo in bringing the WWE brand to viewers in Brazil.”

Fox To Air Three Saturday Night Games In May

Fox will air three consecutive Saturday nights of regionalized Major League Baseball coverage during the month of May.

May 14 will feature Boston-New York Yankees, May 21 is an Interleague matchup between the New York Mets and Yankees, and May 28 will feature six games – the most MLB games for Fox in a single TV window. Normally, three games are featured in a Fox afternoon window.

“This is going back to the days of Baseball Night in America on the Baseball Network,” Fox Sports President Eric Shanks said on the baseball lineup that’s expected to be formally announced on Monday. Read more