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ESPN 3D Airing 20 Regular Season College Football Games

ESPN 3D will carry 20 regular-season games during the 2011 college football season, double the amount from 2010.

The network’s 3D coverage kicks off Labor Day weekend when ESPN 3D will broadcast UNLV vs. Wisconsin (Sept. 1 at 8 p.m. ET) and Miami vs. Maryland (Sept. 5, 8 p.m. ET).

The Dr Pepper ACC Championship game will cap off ESPN 3D’s regular-season coverage. For the second straight year, ESPN 3D will broadcast the Allstate BCS National Championship Game, along with five additional bowl games as well.

The complete 2011-2012 ESPN 3D schedule is below: Read more

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Baltimore Sun Writer Says O's Announcers Too Easy on Team

David Zuwarik of The Baltimore Sun can deal with the Orioles’ losing. After all, he’s used to it. But as the media critic for the newspaper, he says he’d fed up with the media members who cover the team and sugarcoat its failures.

I find myself yelling at the TV when Rick Dempsey or one of the other post-game folks starts pulling punches about how awful this team is.

It was pathetic to hear analysts telling me Friday night that we should be proud of Kevin Gregg, the Orioles’ so-called closer, for throwing in and in and in on David Ortiz. According to MASN, this was a sign of life and determination on the part of the Orioles — showing just the kind of toughness they needed to play in the AL East. Heck, maybe, it would even be the spark to get them going.

Zuwarik feels the reason players like Vladimir Guerrero come to Baltimore is because the media gives under-performing players a free pass. He says the Orioles beat writer for The Sun, Jeff Zrebiec, is excluded from this group because he does call out the team.

If Baltimore talk shows hosts and analysts went after ball players here when they are lazy or stupid or fail in the clutch the way our media counterparts in New York or Boston do, I bet we’d get a much better effort out of them.

Mainly, what it appears that guys like Guerrero do when they come to Baltimore is put on weight. Maybe less buffet and more pressure to perform is what we need. And a media that at least tried to demand accountability from these high-priced, under-performing athletes could help with that.

The Orioles don’t need more media critics. They need more pitching. The Orioles are 10th in the majors in team batting average, but dead last in team ERA. That said, Guerrero has seemingly hit the wall at age 36, slugging a paltry .385 with just seven home runs in the first half.

Video: ESPN's Bob Ley Reciting Jay-Z's 'Blow the Whistle'

Who would have suspected that ESPN’s Bob Ley was a spoken word superstar just waiting for the right vehicle to unleash his hidden talent? The inspiration he needed was apparently Jay-Z‘s ‘Blow the Whistle,’ which Ley recites with the appropriate tenor of streetwise diss during an Outside the Lines segment today, helpfully providing some background on DeShawn Stevenson‘s war of words with LeBron James. I feel confident in saying it’ll be the most enjoyable thing you’ll hear all day.

(H/T to Awful Announcing)

TNT's 2011 NBA Playoffs Most Watched In Cable History

TNT’s coverage of the 2011 NBA Playoffs was the most-watched in cable television history, capped off by a 6.3 U.S HH rating and 10.4 million total viewers for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat.

The network set records for ratings and viewership, averaging a 3.5 U.S. HH Rating (+25 percent), 5,534,000 total viewers (+29 percent), and 3,999,000 households (+26 percent) during their 40-game coverage.

In addition, the Heat-Bulls series was the most-watched Conference Finals in cable television history, averaging a 6.2 U.S. HH rating, (+29% year-over-year), 10,413,000 Total Viewers (+33%) and 7,190,000 Households (+30%).

“This was one of the most thrilling seasons in NBA history, leading to record-breaking ratings and enormous success for TNT,” said David Levy, president of sales, distribution and sports, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. “From the tip-off of our 52-game regular season to All-Star Weekend to TNT’s coverage of 40 Playoff games, this NBA season was about setting new records and creating winning nights of television. Through a multiplatform strategy, we also achieved more than great ratings. We used all of our television, broadband and mobile assets to connect everywhere our audiences watch the NBA, building the largest possible viewership across all platforms.”


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David Kahn Thinks The NBA Draft Lottery Is Rigged

Leave it to former sports journalist David Kahn to accuse the NBA draft lottery of being rigged.

The Minnesota Timberwolves president implied just that after the Cleveland Cavaliers won the top overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.

The Cavaliers had the feel good story of the evening as Dan Gilbert‘s 14-year-old son, Nick, represented the organization. He suffers from Neurofibromatosis (NF), a nerve disorder that causes tumors to grow anywhere in the body at any time.

In the eyes of Kahn, Nick’s touching story helped the Cavs land the No. 1 pick:

“This league has a habit, and I am just going to say habit, of producing some pretty incredible story lines,” Kahn said. “Last year it was Abe Pollin‘s widow and this year it was a 14-year-old boy and the only thing we have in common is we have both been bar mitzvahed. We were done. I told Kevin: ‘We’re toast.’ This is not happening for us and I was right.”

Clearly, you need to come up with a better angle for next year’s lottery, David.

In the meantime, there’s another David waiting for you on hold – - and have your checkbook ready.


Dave Morgan Leaving Yahoo! Sports After Five Years

Yahoo! Sports executive editor Dave Morgan is leaving the company in June, according to SportsBusiness Journal.

Morgan, who was at the company for more than five years, was the mastermind behind the success of the sports operation.

Several writers including Michael Silver and Adrian Wojnarowski honored Morgan on Twitter by changing their photo avatar.

Prior to working at Yahoo! Sports, Morgan was the deputy sports editor at the Los Angeles Times.

NBC Chicago Sports Anchor Found Dead At 38

NBC Chicago sports anchor Daryl Hawks was found dead Thursday morning in Atlanta.

Hotel employees discovered the 38-year-old in his room at approximately 9:30 a.m. after he missed a wake-up call. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Hawks was in Atlanta to cover Game 6 of the Bulls vs. Hawks series.

“We are all stunned right now. Daryl was a great member of our sports team, and was so excited about covering the Bulls during this playoff run,” said Frank Whittaker, NBC Chicago station manager and vice president of news. Read more

Forbes: Jimmie Johnson Most Influential Athlete

Well, this is an interesting way to hold a survey about the most influential athletes, not least because the word “influential” can be defined in any numbers of ways. Forbes decided to rank its most influential using these parameters:

E-Poll and Nielsen Media Research surveyed over 1,000 adults as to the athletes they considered influential, while also assessing their likeability and awareness levels. Only those known to at least 20% of the respondents were considered. (That eliminated boxer Manny Pacquiao, who scores the highest influence numbers of anyone but who’s familiar to only 12% of the population. What does it say about boxing that its most exciting champion toils in near anonymity?) Talent is just part of what makes an athlete “influential” to the public. Endorsements and media attention, along with off-the-field image all factor in. In short, has the player raised interest in the sport he plays? The polling shows certain qualities help a player win influence with the public: being intensely competitive without ostentation, and valuing winning above calling attention to yourself. And (mostly) avoiding big controversies off the field.

Winning without ostentation? Geez, why don’t they just come out and say it: Win while looking white. Because that’s what they’re driving at, right? Winning the “right” way? Obviously. Why? Because within these guidelines, three of the top 10 most influential were — ding, ding, ding — NASCAR drivers, including Jimmie Johnson at No. 1.

No doubt Jimmie’s had a tremendous influence on my life, both as a Fox football commentator and a contestant on “Survivor.” What, that’s former Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson? Oh.

Well, I guess the 1,000 people they surveyed lived somewhere where NASCAR is huge – like south of Richmond, Virginia, and east of Texas.

I kid (sort of). I know that NASCAR is a hugely popular sport. And while I’ll never understand its attraction, I went to college in Tennessee, so I know people are genuinely attracted to this strange sport predicated on drive fast-turn left. But come on, Jimmie Johnson is the most influential athlete in the world? I wouldn’t know him if I ran him over with my car.

Oh, and in case you were wondering about the relevance of this list, Shaquille O’Neal is listed as more influential than LeBron James. Does Shaq hang out at NASCAR tracks? Because that’s the only way this whole list makes sense.

‘Tiger Jam’ back in Vegas after skipping year

“Tiger Jam,” Tiger Woods‘ long-time charity music concert, is back on this weekend after taking a year off, and John Mayer and Keith Urban are headlining the event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

“I’m thrilled these two talented musicians are joining us for Tiger Jam,” Woods says on his Web site. “We have had so much success with this event over the last 13 years, raising more than $12 million for programs of my foundation, and we are excited to continue that tradition.”

According to Greg McLaughlin, chairman of Woods’ foundation, last year’s event was canceled because they couldn’t coordinate the schedules of the artists they’d selected to perform. Woods’ representatives denied reports that the cancellation of the event, held in Las Vegas since 1999, had anything to do with his sex scandal or his divorce.

(H/T to Suite 101)

Bud Selig Taps Tom Schieffer to Run the Los Angeles Dodgers

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig has tapped former Texas Rangers president Tom Schieffer to run day-to-day operations of the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to Sports Business Daily.

Schieffer ran the Rangers from 1991-1999, and went on to serve in the Presidential administration of George W. Bush, as Ambassador to Australia, and later Japan.

He is also the younger brother of the legendary CBS newsman Bob Schieffer.

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