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First UFC on FOX Card Only One Hour

Hours after formally announcing their new deal with FOX, details were released about the first UFC card on the broadcast network.

The UFC on FOX card on Nov. 12 from the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. will feature only two fights and last one hour, allowing sports fans to watch the Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez fight on pay-per-view from Las Vegas.

“We’ll be out of there before Pacquiao even walks to the ring,” UFC chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta told the Las Vegas Sun. “This is going to be a perfect night for any fight fan. Get together with your friends, watch two big fights in the UFC and then change the channel to ride into the Pacquiao pay-per-view.”

 

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Big Lead Sports Jumps To #4 Among Online Sports Properties

Big Lead Sports is moving on up the online sports properties digital ladder.

For the month of July, the independent online sports property surpassed 18 million unique visitors and landed the #4 spot among all online sports properties, according to comScore Media Metrix.

“We are very excited to become a top 4 online sports property,” said Chris Russo, CEO of Big Lead Sports. “The traffic success reflects the strength of our talented journalists who provide unique expertise and an independent perspective to sports coverage.  We believe that we can continue this momentum, given the new relationships we announced in the past month with Amar’e Stoudemire, Sirius XM, and TXN Sports.”

Below are the Top 15 online sports properties for the month of July:

Name Unique Visitors

1. Yahoo! Sports 48,020
2. ESPN 35,646
3. FOXSports.com on MSN 29,898
4. BIG LEAD SPORTS by FSV 18,443
5. Turner-SI Digital 17,442
6. MLB 17,414
7. NBC Sports 11,440
8. NFL Internet Group 11,203
9. CBS Sports 10,083
10 USA Today Sports Media Group 9,182
11. Sporting News on AOL 7,841
12. BLEACHERREPORT.COM 6,890
13. SB Nation 5,843
14. STACK Media 4,955
15. HuffPost Sports 4,396

Is Bill Parcells The Latest ESPN NFL Analyst?

With the NFL right around the corner, ESPN has gone on an analysts hiring spree, signing Eric Mangini, Hugh Douglas and Damien Woody.

It appears the Worldwide Leader has their eyes set on at least one more big name, according to USA Today:

“ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys says ex-coach Bill Parcells is still “likely” to be added as an analyst, primarily to appear on big-event coverage like the the postseason and NFL Draft and making occasional regular-season appearances rather than taking on a weekly schedule.”

ESPN has had a better offseason than the Philadelphia Eagles.

 

Versus Airing Glenn Burke Story About First Openly Gay Player

Last fall Comcast SportsNet Bay Area premiered the biopic Out: The Glenn Burke Story, about the former Dodgers and A’s player who was the first openly gay baseball player. Versus will now be airing the movie nationwide on Tuesday, August, at 10 p.m. ET.

Burke’s sexuality was known by his teammates and club officials during his career, which ended in 1979, but it only come to the public’s attention during an interview in 1982. Some believe he was run out of the league because of his homosexuality, while others point to his .237 career average as the chief reason.

Following a car accident in 1987, Burke began abusing drugs and alcohol, and his life spiraled so out of control that he eventually became homeless. He died from complications associated with AIDS in 1995.

“It would be nice if viewers look at this film and take a personal assessment of their whole level of acceptance, not necessarily dealing just with the gay issue but acceptance overall,” said documentarian Doug Harris.

Sir Alex Ferguson Tells Reporter to 'F*ck Off'

Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson took exception to this story written by Daily Mail reporter Bob Cass in which a source says Ferguson is frustrated with the contract negotiations with Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder and is prepared to move on. So when the two crossed paths after Man U’s friendly win over Barcelona, Ferguson accosted Cass and said, “You and your paper can fuck off.”

I love the British for instances like this. Not only does a coach feel comfortable saying something that would lead SportsCenter in this country, but the reporter shrugs it off and goes about his business like it’s no big deal.

Desmond Howard Trashes The NCAA

The NCAA backlash has been gaining momentum and ESPN college football analyst Desmond Howard is the latest to speak out about the current state of collegiate athletics:

USA Today has Howard’s scathing comments:

“Any system that’s designed to utilize the likeness of anyone, and they can’t get a cent…is wicked, is exploitive and is bound to fail,” Howard said. “And that’s what we’re seeing right now. That’s why it is so off-balance. It’s going to get worse before it gets better. The road that they’re traveling is a road of failure and self-destruction. Because there’s no balance.”

Howard asked why players get zip from jersey sales and other commercial use of their images — while college football and basketball coaches pocket millions in salary and other goodies and school/conferences get billions for their TV, radio and other media rights. Read more

ESPN To Reair Rodriguez-Wolak Battle From Friday Night Fights

ESPN’s Friday Night Fights is re-airing their July 15 main event between Delvin Rodriguez and Pawel “Raging Bull” Wolak on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Classic. It will be the first non-regularly scheduled reair for ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.

“These two fighters exemplified what professional boxing athletes should be: conditioned, determined and passionate about their sport,” said Doug Loughrey, ESPN director of programming and acquisitions. “These boxers gave 100% of themselves by consistently over-coming adversity not only for those in attendance, but a worldwide audience on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. Their combined performance is exactly what makes this sport so great. We are already looking at schedules for this fall for a potential rematch on ESPN.” Read more

Video: Memorial Service Held For Daryl Hawks

A memorial service was held Wednesday for sportscaster Daryl Hawks, who died while on assignment in Atlanta for NBC Chicago.

Funeral services for the 38-year-old were held last week in Williamsville, New York. The cause of death is still unknown.

Orlando Sentinel Columnist Prostrates His City Before Howard

One day after Dwight Howard took to Twitter to complain that the Orlando Sentinel was trying to run him out of town with a series of articles questioning his plans for the future, Sentinel columnist Mike Bianchi offered a pantheon-level kiss-up to the city’s golden goose.

Dwight, believe me, there is nothing we want more than for you to stay in Orlando. I mean, seriously, what would occupy the Sentinel’s pages if you left? We can only write so much about Tim Tebow’s latest underwear commercial.

Dwight, why are you tweeting bad things about the hometown paper? We’ve always written 99.9 percent good things about you (OK, there was that one George Diaz column two years ago when he agreed with Bill Simmons about you not being an alpha dog.)

But what about that nice front-page story a few weeks ago about you winning the Community Involvement Award for being one of the most giving, charitable athletes in all of sports? Or how about the story about you having the greatest smile in sports? Or the one about how you brightened up the final days of a dying woman’s life?

I wrote a couple of weeks ago that you are an even greater defensive force than the iconic Bill Russell. Diaz wrote that you, not Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, should win the league’s MVP. Our tech people even designed a webpage – PleaseStayDwight.com – at OrlandoSentinel.com. Does this sound like a newspaper that is trying to run you out of town?

Yes, we have dedicated a lot of stories, blogs and commentary to your pending free-agency, but so has ESPN and a lot of other places. What do you expect? We are a one-horse sports town and you are our Secretariat. Let’s face it, there is no more important issue in the Orlando sports than whether you re-sign with the Magic.

Hey, don’t forget to follow up with some roses and a nice bottle of pinot.

Hillis vs. Vick for cover of Madden 12

Peyton Hillis of the Browns, who last season became the first white running back to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season since Craig James in 1985, will face Michael Vick, the first No. 1 pick to go to prison for running a dog-fighting ring, in a vote-off to become the face of Madden 12 from EA Sports.

Voting runs between now and April 25 on ESPN’s SportsNation. Hillis beat Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers 61 percent to 39 percent in third-round voting, while Vick beat Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson 59 percent to 41 percent. Every NFL team (except the Seahawks) had one player representative in the field of 32. Instead of a player, Seattle put forth its 12th man, i.e., the fans, who thought so much of the honor that they lost in the first round of voting to San Francisco linebacker Patrick Willis.

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