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The NBA's Big Year

The NFL isn’t the only sport having a wonderful season in terms of television ratings. NBA broadcasts on TNT are are through the roof as well.

Sports Media Watch (via Turner Sports) reports, “Through 18 telecasts, TNT is averaging a 1.6 U.S. rating and 2.589 million viewers for NBA coverage, up 33 percent in ratings and 43 percent in viewership from last year (1.2, 1.813 mil), and up 60 percent and 71 percent, respectively, from 2008-09 (1.0, 1.518 mil).

The Miami Heat-Boston Celtics match on opening night and the Heat-Cleveland Cavaliers game were the two most-watched regular season telecasts since 1996. LeBron James is the new Michael Jordan, at least when it comes to television ratings. (And Charles Barkley is the new Charles Barkley.)

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Michelle Beadle Is Barking Up The Wrong Tree

ESPN’s Michelle Beadle is learning the hard way that Michael Vick has a loyal fanbase.

The SportsNation co-host has been vocal on Twitter regarding the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback comments about wanting another dog.

“Vick wants a dog,” Beadle tweeted on Thursday. “He should NEVER be allowed that gift again.Talking about it on show today. Be ready, mouthbreathers!”

Beadle followed it up with, “And because now I’m REALLY fired up..remember what he did the last time he had a dog. TDs don’t get u a pass.” Along with her tweet was a photo of one of the dogs Vick abused. Beadle stood by her stance on Thursday’s episode of SportsNation. Read more

Well That About Says it All


In all seriousness, this should be fun. Goo luck, Bill.

Need a Quote? Turn to Deion Branch.

Athletes are not known for their wonderful public speaking abilities. They aren’t unintelligent – most of them, anyway – it’s just that they’ve been taught to think roboticly about things like effort, workrate, and desire, so the inevitable soundbites are cliches focusing on those themes.

But every now and again, an athlete surprises reporters with smart, thoughtful commentary. Landon Donovan jumps to mind. So does Charles Barkley.

Apparently, we can add Deion Branch to the list. Read more

Jeff Van Gundy Says He Was Wrong About The Heat

After LeBron James and Chris Bosh arrived in Miami, ABC/ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy was the first to hop on the bandwagon, predicting more than 72 wins for the Heat and a chance at topping the Lakers’ 33-game winning streak.

“They will break the single-season win record [of 72]. And I think they have a legit shot at the Lakers’ 33-game [winning] streak [in 1971-72], as well. And only the Lakers have even a remote shot at beating them in a playoff series. They will never lose two games in a row this year. They have put together a much better roster than anybody could ever have expected. There is now no good way to defend them. They are unguardable. They are indefensible. They are just too good and have added so much shooting and are so versatile that they will score at will.” Read more

The Best Twitter Account You're Not Following… Fake Bleacher Report

Brilliant. Just brilliant.

Your Moment of Zen, Yankee's Fan Letter Edition

Courtesy of New York Yankee’s beat writer Mark Feinsand. Happy weekend, world.

Easily Follow the Jets Gang on Twitter

Want to be your first friend to know when Braylon Edwards runs afoul with the law? Or what Mark Sanchez is doing during his free time? Or who Darrelle Revis plans to put on Revis Island next? Well, now you can with one easy click.

Check out Connect Jets, which syncs with your Twitter account and let’s you follow all the Jets on the service at once.

There are 18 Jets currently on Twitter, everyone from Matt Higgins (Executive Vice President, New York Jets) to Calvin Pace (“Starting linebacker for the NY Jets. Sneaker Collector. Foodie. Wake Forest Alum. Community Servant. Opinionated individual.”)

If we were Jets fans, this would be awesome. Since we’re not, the hardest part is unfollowing them all.

ESPN2 Offering Special Preview Of ESPN Goal Line

On Saturday from 3:30 – 6 p.m. ET, ESPN2 will offer a special preview of ESPN Goal Line, the college football equivalent of the Red Zone Channel on DirecTV.

The new network features unlimited live cut-ins and highlights from college football games airing on ESPN’s multiple platforms, as well as syndicated and locally-produced games from various Football Bowl Subdivision conference.

Anish Shroff hosts the day-long coverage with college football game and studio analyst Rod Gilmore.

The channel is normally available only on Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Verizon. Read more

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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