New details made public in the court documents included accusations that Barnaby harassed his wife by swearing at her and used “racial slurs” during a series of harassing phone calls to her male friend.
The complaint provided no details of what racial slurs Barnaby is accused of making. The documents state only that he is accused of harassing the man “via phone calls 20-30 times threatening harm, racial slurs and with no legitimate purpose to contact the victim.”
Amherst Police Officer Thomas M. Brown reported hearing Barnaby using a series of swear words toward his wife during the incident, calling her “worthless” and telling her, “I wish you would die,” according to court documents. Read more
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The embargo has been lifted on Those Guys Have All The Fun and EW.com has more details on the upcoming ESPN book that hits shelves May 24:
- “The company would have Christmas parties up at some horrible place in Bristol [Conn., where ESPN is based],” says former general counsel Andy Brilliant. “A couple of them were drunken orgies…. It became like a big frat party. There were a lot of drugs being done in the bathroom. There was quite a bit of screwing going on afterward, a lot of it extramarital. But everybody went back to business the next workday.”
- “There was screwing in the hallways,” says onetime reporter Sal Marchiano of ESPN’s early days. “Okay, maybe not in the hallways, but there were a couple of stairwell stories…. There were drugs in the building, that I knew. There was one guy who dealt pot.” Read more
In an effort to keep up with NBC’s Olympic bid offer, ESPN might supplement its TV rights proposal with the additional marketing strength of Disney, Sports Business Daily reports.
Think Mickey Mouse with the Olympic rings. That’s what ESPN is considering…A deal being considered would make Disney a member of The Olympic Partner (TOP) program, the International Olympic Committee’s marquee sponsorship group, and grant the entertainment company licensing and intellectual property rights. Disney and ESPN executives haven’t made a final decision about how such a deal would be structured, and it’s unlikely the company would pay the $100 million over four years that other TOP partners pay. But senior sources close to the company’s bid believe a Disney sponsorship would distinguish it from its broadcast competitors during rights negotiations by marrying the Olympic rings with Disney’s immense global entertainment assets and familiar content popular with youth across the globe.
In 2003, during the last Olympic rights bidding, NBC’s parent company GE agreed to a $200 million deal to become a TOP sponsor for the 2005-08 and 2009-12 quadrenniums. That $200 million commitment was added to the $2 billion NBC bid for the 2010 and 2012 Olympics, bringing the total value of the deal to $2.2 billion and dwarfing other bids.
The International Olympic Committee will hold bidding for the 2014 Sochi and 2016 Rio de Janeiro TV rights package on June 6-7 in Lausanne, Switzerland. Organizers have said they expect to match or exceed the $2 billion that NBC paid in 2003.
Lest any ESPN commentator takes to the airwaves of the Longhorn Network and says anything distasteful to the ears of the hook ‘em crowd, the University of Texas is retaining the right to fire announcers on the 24-hour network that will start carrying Longhorn athletic events this August.
After a successful Freedom of Information request, the Austin American-Statesman learned some of the firing standards that will be in place at the station, for which ESPN paid $300 million to carry Texas athletic events for 20 years.
According to the contract, “in the event that UT reasonably determines that any on-air talent does not reflect the quality and reputation desired by UT for the Network based on inappropriate statements made or actions taken by such talent and so notifies ESPN, ESPN will cause such talent to be promptly replaced (and will in any event no longer allow them on air following such notice).”
On Tuesday, ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz explained in an email, “This is not common in ESPN agreements because this UT network is so unique/new for us …The provision does not allow for random replacement of commentators or reaction to critical comments… it’s more about potential situations where a commentator makes completely inappropriate comments or gets involved in inappropriate actions.”
For example, don’t make any sexually suggestive comments about Bevo, the Longhorns’ mascot.
Count ABC announcer Jeff Van Gundy among the observers who think referees sullied the ending of Game One of the Heat-Celtics series by assessing Paul Pierce a second technical that led to his automatic ejection. Miami won 99-90. Here’s the video of Van Gundy railing on the refs, saying it doesn’t matter what Pierce said to Dwyane Wade because no one heard it.
Atlanta Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell has been placed on administrative leave while they investigate allegations he made homophobic comments and sexual gestures towards fans at AT&T Park in San Francisco last weekend.
General manager Frank Wren hopes to conclude the team’s investigation this weekend. Manager Fredi Gonzalez doesn’t think McDowell will lose his job as a result.
“In my opinion, it shouldn’t. It really shouldn’t,” Gonzalez said. “I’m sure there’s some hoops he’s going to go through, some apologizing, which he should have to go through. But for a person to lose their job, I wouldn’t think so. I hope it doesn’t.”
You gotta hand it to Stan Van Gundy of the Orlando Magic, who turns a discussion about hard fouls on Magic center Dwight Howard into an opportunity to criticize the media. And it’s hard not to agree with his statement of the sporting press: “Nobody likes you guys.”
Wait, what? Oh, he’s kidding…I think.
Can you imagine Rex Ryan sending the Jets’ defensive coordinator out to brief the New York press in advance of a big game? Well, that’s essentially what Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho did before his team’s 1-1 draw with Barcelona, having assistant Aitor Karanka take to the dais in his stead. Some members of the Spanish press were not amused, and many of them refused to play along. Mourinho felt the press had disrespected his assistant, so when the game was over and a writer from AS asked a question, Mourniho turned the table and said, “Are you the director of AS? If not, I can’t reply. According to your philosophy, if you won’t speak to my number two, I will speak only to the directors.”
The Telegraph said his “transparent intention” was to shift the focus and pressure away from his team and onto himself. Rex Ryan would be proud.
Last month, Packer told USA Today that CBS was “interested in maximizing its revenues rather than finding a “better way to show the tournament,” an indirect shot at Turner Sports involvement in the revamped March Madness coverage.
This is going to be a fascinating three weeks. The action off the court might be better than the actual tournament.
The previous record was set in 2009 and last night’s event saw increases of 23 percent in total viewers (6,554,000), 14 percent in households (4,466,000) and 13 percent in ratings (3.9 U.S. HH).
Compared to 2010, the 2011 NBA All-Star Saturday Night was up 49 percent in total viewers ((8,090,000 vs. 5,441,000), 43 percent in households ((5,100,000 vs. 3,563,000) and 42 percent in US HH rating (4.4 vs. 3.9).
Between 10:30-11 p.m. ET, the telecast peaked with nearly 10.4 million total viewers and 6.4 million households watching the end of the Slam Dunk Contest that featured Blake Griffin jumping over a 2011 Kia Optima.