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DirecTV Will Carry truTV In HD For NCAA Tournament

DirecTV and Turner Sports finalized a deal yesterday that will allow truTV’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament games to air in HD.

Time Warner Cable and Comcast had previously signed deals with truTV HD and DirectTV was the biggest distributor that didn’t have a carriage deal in place.

And to the 19 million DirecTV subscribers that are waiting for Operation Repo to air in HD, they are committed to the launch of truTV HD later this year.

Cris Carter, ESPN Discussing New Contract

While the NFL and NFLPA are in the midst of negotiations, ESPN and analyst Cris Carter are in the middle of their own talks.

Carter’s contract with the network is up and the two sides are discussing a new deal.

“ESPN has extended an offer for Cris to continue on NFL Countdown, and we are currently in negotiations,” Maury Gostfrand of Vision Sports Group told the USA Today.

If you’re the NFL Network, do you make a run at Carter?

It can’t hurt, right?

Johnny Weir as Lady Gaga?

Over at ThePostGame, Martin Rogers profiles Johnny Weir. The outlandish figure skater sounds a lot like another pop culture icon who just wants to help people fit in.

“I am here for all the freaks and weirdos and people who are misunderstood,” says Weir, with a mischievous smile and a flick of his hair. “All the people who are told they are strange or different. All the people who get picked on and told they are wrong because they do things a different way. If just one person, one child who is made to feel isolated, looks at me and sees that it is okay to be your own person and walk down your own path, then everything I have ever gone through will be worth it. I’m different and I have to be a warrior to be that way. But I have had some success, I hope I have touched the lives of some wonderful people, all by being what I see as myself, but some others people see as different.”

Read up, “monsters.”

ESPN Now in 100 Million Homes

ESPN reached a milestone in February: It’s U.S. household distribution topped 100 million and it’s available in 99.9 million homes. (Expect another press release when that number reaches triple digits as well.

ESPN debuted in 10 million homes in 1979. By comparison, the Oprah Winfrey Network – touted as the largest cable television launch in history – is available in 80 million houses.

Considering the Worldwide Leader is raking in the cash – charging $4.08 per subscriber in 2009 – it’s no wonder they can pay such exorbitant rights fees.

The full release is after the jump Read more

New York Post Takes Cheap Shot At Michael Vick

Should we even be surprised that the New York Post had the gall to do this?

Stay classy, News Corp.

Tiger Woods Masters The @Mentions On Twitter

It appears Tiger Woods is indeed serious about this Twitter thing.

After a couple of random tweets about wearing shorts during phone interviews and enjoying pie (no pun intended), Woods decided to respond to his Twitter followers and tackle some hard-hitting questions.

I bet you didn’t know the following about Tiger:

  • His favorite movie is “Caddyshack.”
  • Outside of Stanford, he roots for the Lakers, Raiders and Dodgers.
  • If he could play another sport, it would be basketball.
  • His favorite golf course is St. Andrews.
  • He ate a steak and baked potato after his foundation meeting.

Information for life.

    Charles Barkley on the LeBron James Nike Ad: 'He's Trying Too Hard'

    Earlier this week we wrote about what NBA on TNT analyst Charles Barkley thought about “The Decision,” and noted that in a new Nike ad, LeBron James seems to take a few swipes at him.

    Yesterday Barkley reacted to the ad, saying “LeBron is trying too hard, Nike is trying too hard. First of all, it probably took three days to shoot that commercial, which is too much.”

    TNT’s Charles Barkley on LeBron James New Nike Commercial from Turner Sports on Vimeo.

    Bob & Brian Griese To Work In The Booth Together

    Bob Griese and his son, Brian, will both work the Minnesota-Purdue football game on Saturday for ESPN2.

    The father-son duo will form a three-man booth with play-by-play announcer Dave Pasch.

    Brian Griese, a former Pro Bowl quarterback with a handful of NFL teams, retired from the league in 2009 and decided to follow his father to the broadcasting booth.

    Earlier in the season, Brian worked his first game at the University of Michigan, where he led the Wolverines to a share of the national championship as a starter and won the Rose Bowl MVP in 1998.

    The fact that Brian followed in his father’s footsteps was unexpected from his father. “I told my three sons, ‘Don’t plan on doing what I did, playing NFL football,” Bob said. “And pick a college for an education, not its football program. If you want to play football, you can walk on.’”

    This has the opportunity to be a very cool thing or a very annoying thing, depending on how much the Grieses presence takes away from Pasch calling the action on the field.

    Either way, it’s worth tuning in for five minutes.

    Mel Kiper Denies Claims In Sports Illustrated Story

    And here comes the fallout from George Dohrmann‘s Sports Illustrated story.

    ESPN is looking into Mel Kiper’s relationship with NFL agent Gary Wichard as described by Josh Luchs in this week’s SI cover story on agent tampering in college football.

    In the article, Luchs claims Kiper worked with Wichard in order to persuade potential clients by using his NFL draft rankings as incentive for players to sign.

    (No wonder those draft ranking arguments with Todd McShay are always so heated).

    “Conversations with players, which are occasionally facilitated by agents, are a valuable way to get to know the players,” Kiper responded in a statement. “These conversations have never compromised my integrity, and my 32-year record supports that.”

    Luchs stood by his claim of Kiper’s involvement on Mike and Mike in the Morning on Wednesday.

    “What Mel did do in these situations, whether he realizes it or not, he allowed himself to be used in the recruiting process,” Luchs said.

    This will likely be the first of many folks to publicly deny the allegations described in Dohrmann’s story.

    Stay tuned.

    Americans Buying Liverpool… Again

    Liverpool, one of the most storied English Premier League franchises (that’s soccer), is on the verge of being sold to John Henry‘s New England Sports Ventures, the company that owns the Boston Red Sox. Current owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett will lose almost $230 million on the sale, but they don’t have a choice since the Royal Bank of Scotland essentially forced the loathed American duo to sell when it shifted the debt with which they purchased the club into the “bad debts” division. (Hicks and Gillett took out more than $375 million in loans to purchase the club in 2007.)

    Since taking over the squad, the two American owners have engendered nothing but hate for both their handling of the club’s finances and their treatment of its loyal fans. There’s even a video (after the jump). Steve McGrath explains in The Wall Street Journal:

    Their tenure has seen the club go from winning trophies to languishing in the bottom three of England’s top football league for the first time since the early 1960′s. They’ve failed to build a promised new stadium that would befit such a successful and historical club. And they’ve behaved unlike any other Liverpool owners before them, their arguments sent out through the media for the whole world to see, affecting the performance of the team and management. But, most importantly, they’ve misunderstood Liverpool football club and its family of fans. They’ve broken promise after promise, shown not one ounce of care for the tradition of the club, damaged its reputation, and their continued unwillingness to sell the club has left it on the edge of administration.

    It’s so bad that Liverpool fans mobbed Hicks when he went to a bank in Manhattan. Here’s hoping the reign of Henry turns out better.
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