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5 Things You Need to Know This Week: Qaddafi, Kardashian, Hulu, and Hair

In this week’s episode of the Internet’s most popular list-based news show dedicated to the media world, we discuss Col. Muammar Qaddafi‘s mastery of disguise, find out the value of a Hulu, and create VMA buzz with human hair.

Oh, and Touré takes over as host.

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Nothing Says March Madness Like Kings Of Leon

Starting on Friday, CBS and Turner Sports will roll out a multiplatform campaign featuring the rock band Kings of Leon in order to promote the NCAA Tournament.

Tournament footage will be weaved into the band’s video, “The Immortals,” and shown on 5,800 movie screens across the country until March 17.

“We are proud to be working with Kings of Leon throughout the tournament and using their powerful song “The Immortals” as a theme of our marketing campaign and coverage,” said Christina Miller, senior vice president of Turner Sports strategy, marketing and programming. “Our extensive multi-platform campaign will help communicate to fans the exciting new changes to the tournament’s coverage, particularly that every single game will be broadcast live nationally for the first time ever, allowing fans to choose which games they want to watch.” Read more

The SportsNewser Interview: Emanuel Steward

How does one of the premier boxing trainers get involved in broadcasting?

For HBO commentator Emanuel Steward, filling in for a conflicted Roy Jones one night turned into a broadcasting career.

Roy Jones was scheduled to broadcast,” Steward said. “He had a fighter on the card and he said he didn’t want to broadcast so they asked me and I filled in for him that night.”

The rest is history as Steward has gone on to split his time between HBO and training the likes of Wladimir Klitschko and Miguel Cotto.

Steward chatted with SportsNewser prior to Saturday’s HBO pay-per-view between Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito. Read more

So You Want to Be a Play-By-Play Man…

In Sunday’s Providence Journal, Bill Reynolds profiles longtime “Voice of the Celtics,”Mike Gorman.

The Dorchester, Massachusetts native and his partner Tommy Heinsohn are one of the longest-tenured broadcast duos in the sports world.

How did he get his start? By making things up on a golf course. He tells Reynolds about covering a tournament in the 1980s where the only phone was in the clubhouse.

“We’d say things like here we are on the 14th fairway,” he said. “We just made it up. But no graduate school with the finest equipment could have given you that kind of experience.”

That’s ingenuity.

Athletes, Citizenship, and The New York Times

In Sunday’s The New York Times, Alison Gregor tells the tale of Erick De Leon, a Mexican-born, Detroit-based boxer who’s racing to get his citizenship so he can compete for the United States in the 2012 Olympics. The 18 year old moved here 12 years ago, but his parents never went through the citizenship process because of the hassle. This is a problem now that the hopes of USA Boxing rest upon De Leon’s shoulders.

The lack of citizenship did not hold back De Leon as he won the national Police Athletic League championship in the 132-pound weight class in 2009, along with the national Golden Gloves titles in 2009 and 2010. But in an Olympic qualifying year, noncitizens are prohibited from fighting in national championships.

De Leon hasn’t lost to anyone in the U.S. in his weight class for three years, and USA Boxing is racing to help him expedite the citizenship process. If he can’t get his papers by the end of the year, he could represent Mexico during the London Olympics. Read more

Len Berman on Baseball's Greatest Players

Here in new York City, the name Len Berman is synonymous with sports. Berman was the face of New York sports coverage at WNBC for nearly two decades, before being pushed out last year.

Jerry Barmash from our sister blog FishbowlNY caught up with Berman, who is releasing a new book, The 25 Greatest Baseball Players of All Time.

Whle Berman is still awaiting the response to his latest book, he already ha a few ideas, should the publisher come calling for a follow-up:

“I’d rather expand on the Greatest Moments in Sports, maybe do other moments,” Berman admits. “…One possibility might be the 25 Greatest Athletes of All Time.”

Check out the full interview, here.