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Tim Tebow Joins ‘Good Morning America’ as Contributor

TebowRobertsWith football dominating much of the news this week, “Good Morning America” is adding another former NFL star to its roster.

Tim Tebow will join “GMA” as a contributor on Monday, September 15, the network announced today. Tebow will launch the “Motivate Me Monday” series for the morning show, spotlighting individuals and their “amazing stories of triumph,” according to the network.

The former Florida Gator, who is also an analyst for ESPN’s SEC Network, will appear in-studio and in towns across America as part of the “GMA” series.  Tebow’s addition adds to the morning show’s athletic ranks. Former New York Giants star—and co-host of “Live! with Kelly and Michael”—Michael Strahan joined the show earlier this year.

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‘Today’ Back on Top in the Mornings

A week after breaking the “Today” show’s 852-week win streak, “Good Morning America” slipped back to second place last week, according to just-released Nielsen ratings.

“Today” drew 5.253 million viewers  to “GMA’s” 5.010 million for the week of April 16. Also some good news for “CBS This Morning.” The perennial third-pace show is up in households, Total Viewers, and A25-54 compared to the same week last year, but still a distant third with 2.527 million viewers. We’ll have the complete Morning Show ratings coming up later.

“GMA” won the week of April 9, 2012 — the first time they’d done so since December, 1995 — during a week that saw Matt Lauer on vacation and two big name guests on “GMA”: Tim Tebow and, as George Stephanopoulos acknowledged on “The View” Tuesday, Sherri Shepard. Also on “The View,” Barbara Walters asked the GMA anchors, “How do you continue, what do you feel you all have to do?”

“It think we have to keep doing what we’re doing,” said Robin Roberts. “And that’s having a lot of fun.” Watch, after the jump…

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‘GMA’ Can Thank Sherri Shepherd and Tim Tebow For Helping Break ‘Today’ Show’s 16-Year Winning Streak

If the numbers hold up, “GMA” will beat the “Today” show in total viewers for the first time in more than 16 years. “Today’s” winning streak in younger viewers will be extended to 884 weeks as the show drew 254,000 more A25-54 viewers than “GMA.”

“GMA’s” projected win comes as the show took just two of the five days last week: Wednesday and Friday, and as newly re-signed Matt Lauer took a vacation from “Today.” “Good Morning America” has been winning Wednesday because of the “Dancing with the Stars” afterglow. Last Wednesday that included an in-studio interview with Sherri Shepherd who got the boot Tuesday night. On Wednesday, “GMA” had a 366,000 viewer lead on “Today.” The ABC show has also been winning a Friday here and there. And last Friday the 13th was a good won for the show as it included Robin Roberts‘s interview with New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow and his mom and outdrawing “Today” by 333,000 viewers.

Let’s break down the numbers for the week of April 9, which add up to a 13,000 viewer projected win for “Good Morning America.”

Day Show Total Viewers Viewer Lead
Monday Today 5.008M 186,000
GMA 4.822M
Tuesday Today 5.484M 334,000
GMA 5.150M
Wednesday Today 5.219M
GMA 5.585M 366,000
Thursday Today 5.194M 98,000
GMA 5.096M
Friday Today 4.752M
GMA 5.085M 333,000

FBN Special on NFL News

Fox Business Network is going into insta-special mode this afternoon.

Gerri Willis will host “Crunch Times: Tim Tebow, Sean Payton, and the Business of the NFL” tonight at 8pmET/PT. The special will take an in-depth look at the league’s volatile post-season leading up to the NFL draft and how the news that Peyton Manning is going to Denver, Tim Tebow has been traded to the New York Jets and the one-season suspension of New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, will impact the teams’ bottom lines. Willis will be joined by FBN’s Connell McShane, Sandra Smith, and Dennis Kneale to explain the financial impact of the recent moves within the NFL.

Ric Flair Threatens Lawsuit Against Grantland.com

Shane Ryan of Grantland.com wrote a depressing piece on legendary wrestler Ric Flair that detailed his long list of legal and financial woes.

While Flair (born Richard Fliehr) can’t argue a majority of the story because it’s based on court documents, his camp took exception to one line that Ryan wrote:

That’s what he’s called on the paychecks from Total Nonstop Action, a second-tier outfit where he’s still compelled to perform despite suffering from alcoholic cardiomyopathy, and where almost everything he earns goes toward old debts: lawyers, ex-wives, the IRS, former business partners, and anyone who made the mistake of lending him money. Read more

ESPN College GameDay Announces First Three Sites

College football season is just around the corner, and ESPN has announced where its GameDay crew will be descending for its first three games of the 2011 season. On Sept. 3, the crew will head to Arlington, Texas, for the Oregon-LSU matchup in the Cowboy Classic. In the USA Today Coaches Poll released Thursday, Oregon was ranked No. 3 and LSU was ranked No. 4.

On Sept. 10 they head to Ann Arbor, Michigan, for the annual Michigan-Notre Dame game. Notre Dame is No. 18 in the coaches poll, while Michigan is currently unranked.

And on Sept. 17 they head to Tallahassee, Florida, for the Florida State-Oklahoma game. Oklahoma is No. 1 in the coaches poll right now, while FSU is No. 5.

Hot damn, those are some good match-ups.

Once again the show will feature host Chris Fowler and analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard during the 10-noon hours. Erin Andrews will anchor the first hour on ESPNU at 9 a.m., and contribute reports, interviews and features throughout the latter two hours. Reporter Tom Rinaldi will also provide features on a weekly basis, and new this year, current ESPN analyst and former NFL player David Pollack will join in a contributing role.

ESPN's Beadle Questioned by Bosses About Alleged Unseemly Behavior at ESPY's

Deadspin is reporting that ESPN SportsNation co-host Michelle Beadle was called into the principal’s office by Bristol brass and questioned about her behavior at an ESPY’s after-party two weeks ago, when ESPN co-workers alleged that Beadle was drinking heavily, using drugs and making inappropriate comments to Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, including the comment, “I just wanna get fucked.”

According to Beadle, John Walsh, ESPN’s executive vice president, had asked (Vice President of Content Integration and Strategic Planning) Marcia Keegan to meet with Beadle to address the rumors. Keegan told Beadle that co-workers had accused her of being drunk and using drugs at the ESPY after-parties. Keegan also asked if she had said anything inappropriate to Rodgers at a nightclub where the two had been seen together.

“I saw and talked to Aaron the first night I was there,” Beadle said. “I don’t know the guy or anything, but we [she and her girlfriends] were hanging out with him. But Marcia told me that she heard I had apparently blurted out in front of him, ‘I just wanna get fucked’ very loudly.”

Annoyed and incensed at this point, Beadle demanded that Keegan tell her which of her Bristol colleagues had spread the rumors. She wanted to get a lawyer, she told Keegan, and sue whomever it was for slander. Keegan did not tell her, and Beadle calmed down and resumed her Bristol duties, certain that this incident was behind her. Until, of course, (Deadspin) heard about the rumors and received confirmation that she had been approached by one of her bosses about it.

Still, a source who was present at some of those ESPY after-parties maintains that Beadle had gotten obnoxiously hammered and that at one point she put the moves on Aaron Rodgers. Rebuffed, she went on to fuck his teammate Clay Matthews instead, the source said.

“That’s insane,” Beadle said. “I live a much more interesting life in other people’s minds.”

Stay tuned.

CBS Sports Names 140 Must-Follow Athletes on Twitter

CBS Sports has compiled an interesting list of the 140 must-follow athletes on Twitter, tweaking the definition of “athlete” to include most people in the sports world, including coaches, owners and Kate Upton, the Sports Illustrated swimsuit model. Is Upton an athlete? Uh, do you really want to quibble? Just follow her and be quiet.

To make this list of must-follow athletes, the tweeter needed to be interactive, informative, charitable, funny and (for the most part) not oblige his or her followers’ requests for retweets because the athlete is the “fan’s favorite player.” Athletes, coaches, and owners were eligible to make the list.

Al Davis of the Raiders did not make the cut. Jameson Fleming, who compiled the list, does a commendable job of selecting representative tweets from many of the athletes and explaining the reasons why they’re worth a follow. Sports media personalities like Bill Simmons and Jason Whitlock were not included, which is fine because Upton was included.

Pacers Release Broadcaster Stacy Paetz

The Indianapolis Star is reporting that the Indiana Pacers and Fox have decided not to renew the contract of studio host and sideline reporter Stacy Paetz, an Indiana native who has been part of the Pacers broadcasting team since 2004. Jamie Berns, the Pacers vice president of entertainment, said they will immediately start looking for a replacement.

(Photo: Indianapolis Star)

 

Tampa Bay Are Early Favorites For Hard Knocks

Assuming there’s a NFL season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the leading candidate to be featured on HBO’s Hard Knocks this summer, according to Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com.

According to a league source, the New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders and four other teams also are in the running. An official decision is not expected until later in the spring.

Sorry Raheem Morris and Josh Freeman, but crazy equals ratings, and you have a whole bunch of crazy in Oakland with Al Davis. Plus, the Raiders are legitimately on the rise following their 8-8 season. Read more

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