Sunday, February 28, 2010

Mama and Abbie!

Here's one of the reasons for the lack of posts these day...

NBC Olympics through Day 16



From NBC Sports -

185 MILLION PEOPLE HAVE WATCHED THE OLYMPICS ON THE NETWORKS OF NBC UNIVERSAL THROUGH 16 DAYS

Surpasses Total Games Viewership for Torino, Nagano, Albertville

20.6 Million Average Viewers Saturday Night on NBC in Primetime, Four From Comparable Saturday at 2006 Winter Games

65 Million People Watched the Olympics Saturday on the Networks of NBC Universal, 12 Million More Than the Comparable Day at the 2006 Winter Games.

VANCOUVER - February 28, 2010
- 185 million Americans have watched the Vancouver Olympics on the networks of NBC Universal through 16 days of the Games; four million more than watched the first 16 days of the 2006 Winter Games (181 million), according to data available today from The Nielsen Company.

With 185 million viewers, the Vancouver Games (with still one day remaining) move past the Torino Games, Nagano Games and Albertville Games. When the final viewership numbers are available tomorrow, Vancouver will likely surpass the Salt Lake City Games (187 million ) and will trail only the *tabloid-fueled Lillehammer Games as the most-watched Winter Olympics in history.

MOST WATCHED WINTER OLYMPICS IN HISTORY:
1. Lillehammer, 1994 204 million (Entire Games)
2. Salt Lake City, 2002 187 million (Entire Games)
3. Vancouver, 2010 185 million (through 16 days - One day remaining)
T4. Torino, 2006 184 million (Entire Games)
T4. Albertville, 1992 184 million (Entire Games)
T4. Nagano, 1998 184 million (Entire Games)

*Fueled by the tabloid coverage of the Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding scandal.

OLYMPICS DOMINATE PRIMETIME COMETITION: Through 16 nights the Olympics on NBC are drawing more than two million more viewers than the other three major networks combined (10 percent advantage). The Vancouver Olympics are averaging 24.5 million viewers in primetime, more than doubling Fox, tripling CBS and quadrupling ABC over that span.

OLYMPICS ON NBC 24.5 million
Fox/CBS/ABC combined: 22.2 million (10 percent advantage)
Fox 9.6 million (155 percent advantage)
CBS 7.2 million (240 percent advantage)
ABC 5.4 million (354 percent advantage)

SATURDAY NIGHT UP 25 PERCENT FROM COMPARABLE NIGHT IN 2006; DOMINATES PRIMETIME: Saturday night’s coverage drew 20.6 million viewers, four million more than the comparable night at the 2006 Winter Games (16.5 million, up 25%).

· Last night the Olympics averaged 20.6 million viewers, more than six million more than the combined delivery of the other three major networks (ABC, CBS, Fox: 14.0 million), beating the three together by 47 percent.

16-DAY AVERAGE IS 4 MILLION MORE THAN 2006: The 24.5 million average viewers through 16 nights of the Vancouver Games is four million more and 19 percent higher than the average viewership of the 2006 Winter Games through 16 nights (20.6 million).

The national household rating of 11.7/21 for Saturday night is up two full ratings points and 21 percent higher than the comparable night at the 2006 Winter Games (9.7/17). The 13.9/23 average household rating-to-date is 13 percent higher than 2006 (12.3/20).

NBC OLYMPICS MOBILE: 82 MILLION PAGE VIEWS: NBC Olympics Mobile platforms (Mobile Web Site and iTunes App), through 16 days have amassed 82 million page views, 47 million more than the total number of page views for the entire 17-day Beijing Games (34.7 million).

· There have been 1.9 million mobile video streams in 16 days, more than six times the total number for the entire 17-day Beijing Games (301k).

· By the time the Opening Ceremony broadcast started at 7:30 p.m. on Feb 12, NBC Olympics Mobile already generated more page views than the entire 2006 Winter Games (1.0 million).

NBCOLYMPICS.COM HAS MORE THAN TRIPLE THE USERS OF THE ENTIRE 2006 WINTER GAMES: Through 16 days, NBCOlympics.com has delivered 44.1 million total unique users, 31 million more unique users and 232 percent higher than the entire 17 days of the 2006 Winter Games (13.3 million).

· NBCOlympics.com’s 682 million page views through 16 days is more than double the total for the 17 days of the 2006 Winter Games (331 million).

· Through 16 days, NBCOlympics.com has seen 43.2 million video streams serving more than 3.3 million hours of video, nearly 35 million more than the total number of video streams from the 2006 Winter Games (8.4 million).

NOTE: All data for NBCOlympics.com and NBC Olympics Mobile is provided by Omniture.

METERED MARKET RATINGS BY TIME ZONE (16-Day Average):
Mountain Time Zone 18.9/31
Central Time Zone 15.5/24
Pacific Time Zone 15.3/28
Eastern Time Zone 14.8/23

TOP 25 METERED MARKETS (16-Day Average):
1. SALT LAKE CITY, 22.0/37
2. DENVER, 21.4/35
3. MILWAUKEE, 21.1/33
4. SEATTLE, 19.7/36
5. MINNEAPOLIS, 19.2/33
6. ST. LOUIS, 18.5/29
7. COLUMBUS, 18.0/28
9. SAN DIEGO, 17.9/30
T10. PORTLAND, 17.8/33
T10. WEST PALM BEACH, 17.8/26
12. KANSAS CITY, 17.6/27
13. OKLAHOMA CITY, 17.2/26
14. NASHVILLE, 17.1/25
15. FT.MYERS, 17.0/27
16. TULSA, 16.9/25
17. AUSTIN, 16.8/27
18. CLEVELAND, 16.7/26
19. PROVIDENCE, 16.5/27
T20. BOSTON, 16.4/29
T20. PHOENIX, 16.4/27
22. CINCINNATI, 16.3/25
T23. CHICAGO, 15.8/25
T23. SAN FRANCISCO, 15.8/30
T23. DETROIT, 15.8/25
T23. SACRAMENTO, 15.8/28
T23. INDIANAPOLIS, 15.8/26
T23. RICHMOND, 15.8/24

TOP 25 METERED MARKETS FOR SATURDAY, FEB. 27:
1. SEATTLE, 17.1/31
2. SALT LAKE CITY, 16.9/30
3. FT.MYERS, 16.7/25
4. TULSA, 16.5/26
5. MILWAUKEE, 16.0/28
6. PORTLAND, 15.8/28
7. CLEVELAND, 15.7/25
8. ST. LOUIS, 15.2/26
9. DENVER, 15.0/28
10. SAN DIEGO, 14.8/23
T11. BOSTON, 14.4/25
T11. CINCINNATI, 14.4/23
13. COLUMBUS, 14.3/23
14. PITTSBURGH, 13.8/21
T15. SAN FRANCISCO, 13.6/27
T15. OKLAHOMA CITY, 13.6/21
T17. MINNEAPOLIS, 13.5/26
T17. AUSTIN, 13.5/24
19. SACRAMENTO, 13.4/23
20. WEST PALM BEACH, 13.3/20
21. TAMPA, 13.2/21
T22. ORLANDO, 13.1/21
T22. HARTFORD, 13.1/22
T22. KANSAS CITY, 13.1/22
T22. ALBUQUERQUE, 13.1/20
T22. KNOXVILLE, 13.1/18

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Red Sox unveil "Fenway South"



Now this looks sweet!

It's the artist rendition for the new spring training home for the Red Sox in Lee County. An 11,000 seat stadium that will have a Green Monster and yes, Monster Seats, six practice fields and all the fun any big league team could want, complete with a 50,000 square-foot clubouse!



Here's more from the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald.

2012 is your start date!

MLB Network to air 78 Spring Training Games



From MLB Network -

MLB NETWORK TO AIR 78 SPRING TRAINING GAMES

Spring Training Schedule Features 45 Live Games, Includes All 30 MLB Clubs

Secaucus, N.J. – MLB Network today announced its Spring Training game schedule, which will include 78 games featuring 45 live games and all 30 Major League clubs at least three times. MLB Network’s Spring Training game schedule begins on Tuesday, March 2 at 1:00 p.m. ET with the Atlanta Braves at New York Mets live from Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie, FL. On March 4 at 7:00 p.m. ET, MLB Network will air a rematch of the 2009 World Series as the defending champion New York Yankees face the Philadelphia Phillies. All games will be carriage of local telecasts, including local announcers. MLB Tonight, MLB Network’s signature studio show during the regular season, returns live every weekday on Monday, March 1 at 6:00 p.m. ET.

“Spring Training games are the first chance to see how the Clubs revamped during the offseason,” said Tony Petitti, president and CEO of MLB Network. “With 78 Spring Training games on our schedule this year, in addition to our 30 Clubs in 30 Days series, MLB Network will provide the most comprehensive coverage for fans to catch up on their teams before Opening Day."

The full MLB Network Spring Training broadcast schedule appears below.

MLB NETWORK SPRING TRAINING BROADCAST SCHEDULE
*Indicates live broadcast
All times ET and subject to change, check MLBNetwork.com for updates
Unless otherwise announced, games will be blacked out in each club's home television territory

March 2

1:00 p.m.* Atlanta Braves @ New York Mets

March 3

1:00 p.m.* Pittsburgh Pirates @ New York Yankees

March 4

1:00 p.m.* St. Louis Cardinals @ New York Mets
7:00 p.m. New York Yankees @ Philadelphia Phillies
11:00 p.m. Chicago White Sox @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

March 5

1:00 p.m.* Tampa Bay Rays @ New York Yankees
7:00 p.m. Cleveland Indians @ Cincinnati Reds

March 6

1:00 p.m.* Toronto Blue Jays @ New York Yankees
7:00 p.m. Chicago White Sox @ Los Angeles Dodgers

March 7

1:00 p.m.* Boston Red Sox @ Baltimore Orioles
7:00 p.m. Oakland Athletics @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

March 8

1:00 p.m.* Philadelphia Phillies @ New York Yankees
7:00 p.m. Seattle Mariners @ Milwaukee Brewers

March 9

1:00 p.m.* Houston Astros @ New York Mets
7:00 p.m.* Philadelphia Phillies @ Atlanta Braves
11:00 p.m. Colorado Rockies @ Los Angeles Dodgers

March 10

3:00 p.m.* Arizona Diamondbacks @ Los Angeles Dodgers
7:00 p.m.* Baltimore Orioles @ Pittsburgh Pirates

March 11

1:00 p.m.* Boston Red Sox @ New York Mets
7:00 p.m.* Atlanta Braves @ New York Yankees

March 12

1:00 p.m.* New York Yankees @ Washington Nationals
7:00 p.m. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim @ Cleveland Indians

March 13

1:00 p.m.* Minnesota Twins at Philadelphia Phillies
7:00 p.m. Pittsburgh Pirates @ Boston Red Sox

March 14

1:00 p.m.* Boston Red Sox @ Minnesota Twins
5:00 p.m. Cleveland Indians @ San Diego Padres
9:00 p.m. New York Yankees @ Pittsburgh Pirates

March 15

1:00 p.m.* Toronto Blue Jays @ Detroit Tigers
5:00 p.m. Cleveland Indians @ Milwaukee Brewers
10:00 p.m.* Kansas City Royals @ Chicago White Sox

March 16

1:00 p.m.* Florida Marlins @ Atlanta Braves
5:00 p.m. San Francisco Giants @ Cleveland Indians
10:00 p.m. Detroit Tigers @ Philadelphia Phillies

March 17

1:00 p.m.* Atlanta Braves @ Florida Marlins
5:00 p.m. Chicago White Sox @ Los Angeles Dodgers
10:00 p.m.* Texas Rangers @ Seattle Mariners

March 18

1:00 p.m.* Houston Astros @ Detroit Tigers
7:00 p.m.* Tampa Bay Rays @ New York Yankees
11:00 p.m. Milwaukee Brewers @ Texas Rangers

March 19

1:00 p.m.* St. Louis Cardinals @ Florida Marlins
7:00 p.m.* New York Yankees @ Tampa Bay Rays
11:00 p.m. Chicago Cubs @ Chicago White Sox

March 20

1:00 p.m.* Philadelphia Phillies @ Detroit Tigers
5:00 p.m. Cincinnati Reds @ San Francisco Giants
10:00 p.m. Arizona Diamondbacks @ Seattle Mariners

March 21

1:00 p.m.* Baltimore Orioles @ Philadelphia Phillies
5:00 p.m. Texas Rangers @ San Diego Padres
10:00 p.m. Colorado Rockies @ Kansas City Royals

March 22

4:00 p.m.* Colorado Rockies @ Cincinnati Reds
9:00 p.m. Cleveland Indians @ Chicago Cubs

March 23

4:00 p.m.* Chicago Cubs @ Kansas City Royals
9:00 p.m. Boston Red Sox @ Minnesota Twins

March 24

4:00 p.m.* Arizona Diamondbacks @ Chicago White Sox
10:00 p.m.* Seattle Mariners @ San Diego Padres

March 25

4:00 p.m.* Texas Rangers @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
10:00 p.m.* Oakland Athletics @ San Francisco Giants

March 26

4:00 p.m.* Oakland Athletics @ Chicago Cubs
9:00 p.m. Kansas City Royals @ Los Angeles Dodgers

March 27

1:00 p.m.* Washington Nationals @ New York Mets
5:00 p.m. San Francisco Giants @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
10:00 p.m. Texas Rangers @ Milwaukee Brewers

March 28

1:00 p.m.* Minnesota Twins @ Boston Red Sox
5:00 p.m. Cleveland Indians @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
9:00 p.m. Chicago Cubs @ Seattle Mariners

March 29

7:00 p.m.* Tampa Bay Rays @ Boston Red Sox
11:00 p.m. Arizona Diamondbacks @ San Diego Padres

March 30

4:00 p.m.* Los Angeles Dodgers @ Colorado Rockies
9:00 p.m. St. Louis Cardinals @ New York Mets

March 31

4:00 p.m.* Arizona Diamondbacks @ Colorado Rockies
9:00 p.m. Houston Astros @ Atlanta Braves

April 1

4:00 p.m.* Colorado Rockies @ Chicago Cubs
10:00 p.m.* Oakland Athletics @ San Francisco Giants

April 2

6:00 p.m.* St. Louis Cardinals @ Minnesota Twins
10:00 p.m.* Oakland Athletics @ San Francisco Giants

April 3

2:00 p.m.* Toronto Blue Jays @ Houston Astros
6:00 p.m. Boston Red Sox @ Washington Nationals
10:00 p.m. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim @ Los Angeles Dodgers

April 4

3:00 p.m.* Seattle Mariners @ San Francisco Giants

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Classic - Al Trautwig on "Lost"

Well, when he's not calling the Olympic action for NBC the past two weeks, Al Trautwig is watching "Lost" on ABC and blogging about it on MSG.com!

This is classic stuff! And yes, I'm an avid "Lost" fan!









Great stuff!

CBS College Hoops This Weekend as Easy as 1, 2, 3



From CBS Sports -

CBS SPORTS’ “ROAD TO THE FINAL FOUR” HEATS UP WITH NATION’S TOP THREE TEAMS ON SATURDAY, FEB. 27 AND SUNDAY, FEB. 28

No. 1 Kansas Takes on Oklahoma State on Saturday and No. 18 Michigan State Takes on No. 3 Purdue on Sunday to Highlight Weekend Line-up


CBS Sports’ ROAD TO THE FINAL FOUR heats up with three of the nation’s top ranked teams taking the court on Saturday, Feb. 27 (12:00-6:00 PM, ET) and Sunday, Feb. 28 (2:00-6:00 PM, ET). Saturday’s live action tips off with regional coverage as *No. 2-ranked Kentucky takes on Tennessee and Notre Dame battles *No. 11-ranked Georgetown (12:00 NOON, ET). A national ACC match-up between North Carolina and Wake Forest follows (2:00 PM, ET). The day concludes with a Big 12 showdown between *No. 1-ranked Kansas playing Oklahoma State (4:00 PM, ET).

Sunday’s doubleheader tips-off with a live Big East national broadcast, as Louisville takes on Connecticut (2:00 PM, ET). The weekend’s action wraps up with national coverage when *No. 14-ranked Michigan State takes on *No. 3-ranked Purdue (4:00 PM, ET).

AT THE HALF, CBS Sports’ halftime studio show hosted by Greg Gumbel, along with Greg Anthony and Sports Illustrated’s Seth Davis, provides all the day’s news, scores and highlights live from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City. Eric Mann produces and Bob Matina directs. Harold Bryant is Vice President, Production, CBS Sports.

(*AP poll rankings as of 02/22/10)

Following are the talent and production assignments for this weekend’s action:

Saturday, Feb. 27 - Tripleheader
12:00-2:00 PM, ET
Kentucky at Tennessee
Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel

Notre Dame at Georgetown
Tim Brando/Mike Gminski

2:00-4:00 PM, ET
North Carolina at Wake Forest
Kevin Harlan/Dan Bonner

4:00-6:00 PM, ET
Kansas at Oklahoma State
Dick Enberg/Bob Wenzel

Sunday, Feb. 28 - Doubleheader
2:00-4:00 PM, ET
Louisville at Connecticut
Gus Johnson/Bill Raftery

4:00-6:00 PM, ET
Michigan State at Purdue
Verne Lundquist/Clark Kellogg

NBC Olympics Notes - USA vs. to air LIVE everywhere on Friday


A newsy note from NBC's Olympic coverage. This should quiet the media critics for about three seconds. I kid..I kid..I kid!

FRIDAY’S USA SEMIFINAL MEN'S HOCKEY GAME LIVE IN ALL TIME ZONES; 3 P.M. ET/12 NOON PT ON NBC

VANCOUVER - February 24, 2010
- The USA semifinal men's hockey game against the
winner of the Czech Republic vs. Finland will be broadcast live in all time zones on NBC this Friday at 3 p.m. ET.

USA vs. Czech Republic/Finland winner:
3 p.m. ET, 2 p.m. CT, 1 p.m. MT, 12 noon PT

NOTE: The Czech Republic vs. Finland is live today on CNBC starting at 10 p.m.
ET/7 p.m. PT

Francona on WEEI - Great Stuff

Red Sox manager Terry Francona made his first stop of the season on WEEI this morning with Dennis and Callahan live from Spring Training. As you'll see and hear from WEEI, it's vintage Francona as he shows exactly why he's perfectly fit to run this team in this town.

Check it out.

Mosi Tatupu passes away at age 54



Sad news this morning as former Patriots running back Mosi Tatupu has passed away at the age of 54. The cause of death is not known at this time.

Mosi was always a fan favorite in Foxboro and one of the guys I liked, along with Steve Grogan and Mike Haynes, on those Patriots teams in the late 70's and 80's. Who could ever forget "Mosi's Mooses" right?

Mosi, after getting drafted out of USC, played for the Pats from 1978 to 1990 before retiring after a few games with the Rams in 1991.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Mosi's family and friends.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Tony Kornheiser Suspended over Hannah Storm Remarks



So this is what it's come to - ESPN has suspended Tony Kornheiser two weeks from PTI: Pardon the Interruption for his remarks on his radio show about Sportscenter anchor Hannah Storm and her attire (see above).

Here's what Tony had to say -

Kornheiser: “Hannah Storm in a horrifying, horrifying outfit today. She’s got on red go-go boots and a catholic school plaid skirt … way too short for somebody in her 40s or maybe early 50s by now…She’s got on her typically very, very tight shirt. She looks like she has sausage casing wrapping around her upper body … I know she’s very good, and I’m not supposed to be critical of ESPN people, so I won’t … but Hannah Storm … come on now! Stop! What are you doing? … She’s what I would call a Holden Caulfield fantasy at this point.”

Kornheiser’s apology…

“I apologize unequivocally. … I was wrong. This is sort of what I do, and I’m sorry for it. … Not the first time and won’t be the last time but I apology for it this time.”

Listen for yourself at Mofo Politics.com.

NBC rolls along with Olympics Ratings



From NBC Sports -

171 MILLION PEOPLE HAVE WATCHED THE OLYMPICS ON THE NETWORKS OF NBC UNIVERSAL THROUGH 11 DAYS

25.5 Million Average Audience For First 11 Nights; Nearly 5 Million More and 24% Higher Than 2006 Winter Games

71 Million Watched Networks of NBC Universal on Monday

VANCOUVER - February 23, 2010
- 171 million Americans have watched the Vancouver Olympics on the networks of NBC Universal through the first 11 days of the Games; three million more than watched the first 11 days of the 2006 Winter Games (168 million), according to data available today from The Nielsen Company.

NBCU’s Monday broadcasts were seen by 71.0 million total viewers, a million more and two percent higher than the comparable Monday from the 2006 Games (69.8 million).

11-DAY AVERAGE IS NEARLY 5 MILLION MORE THAN 2006; BEST SINCE TABLOID-FUELED LILLEHAMMER GAMES: The 25.5 million average viewers for the first 11 nights of the Vancouver Games is the most for a non-U.S. Winter Olympics since the *tabloid-fueled Lillehammer Games (39.7 million). The 25.5 million is nearly five million more and 24 percent higher than the average viewership of the first 11 nights from Torino in 2006 (20.6 million). The night averaged 20.9 million viewers, and the Games have now surpassed 20 million viewers in primetime each night thus far (11 straight nights).

*Fueled by the tabloid coverage of the Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding scandal.

MOST DOMINANT WINTER OLYMPICS TO DATE VS. COMPETITION: Through 11 nights, NBC’s Olympics coverage is more dominant over the competition than any Winter Olympics on record (dating back to the advent of Nielsen people meters, Calgary 1988).

· The 11-night primetime average of 25.6 million is 22 percent higher than the combined delivery of Fox, CBS and ABC (21.0 million).

· The most dominant prior Winter Olympics was Salt Lake City, which through 11 nights led the three-network competition by 20 percent (Olympics - 29.4 million, Combined three networks - 24.6 million).

OLYMPICS DOMINATE PRIMETIME AGAIN: The average viewership of 20.9 million last night for NBC’s primetime, on a night that faced original programming including The Bachelor on ABC and 24 on Fox, is less than two million below the 22.5 million for the comparable night at the 2006 Winter Games that featured alpine skiing’s men’s giant slalom. The giant slalom will be featured in primetime tonight on NBC.

· Head-to-head (8-10 p.m.) the Olympics nearly doubled the viewership of an original two-hour episode of The Bachelor on ABC (21.0 million vs. 11.2 million, up 88 percent).

· Head-to-head (9-10 p.m.) the Olympics had nearly 13 million viewers more than an original episode of 24 on Fox (21.6 million vs. 8.7 million, up 148 percent).

The 14.3/24 average household rating to-date is two full ratings points and 16 percent higher than 2006 (12.3/19). The national household rating of 12.5/20 for Monday night is the first time during these Games that the rating is down over the comparable night at the 2006 Winter Games (13.6/21, the highest rated night to date of the Torino Games).

NBC OLYMPICS MOBILE SURGES: NBC’s Olympics Mobile platforms (Mobile Web Site and iTunes App), through just 11 days have amassed more than 58.2 million page views already surpassing the total number of page views for the entire 17-day Beijing Games (34.7 million) by 68 percent.

· There have been 1.4 million mobile video streams in just 10 days, more than four times the total number for the entire 17-day Beijing Games (301k).

· By the time the Opening Ceremony broadcast started at 7:30 p.m. on Feb 12, NBC’s Olympics Mobile had already generated more page views than the entire 2006 Winter Games (1.07 million).

NBCOLYMPICS.COM HAS MORE USERS THAN ENTIRE 2006 WINTER GAMES: In just eight days, NBCOlympics.com has delivered 32.8 million total unique users, nearly 20 million more unique users and 147 percent higher than the entire 17 days of the 2006 Winter Games (13.3 million).

· NBCOlympics.com’s 441 million page views through 11 days already surpass the total for the 17 days of the 2006 Winter Games (331 million).

· NBCOlympics.com has delivered 28.9 million video streams to date - nearly 24 million more and 467% higher than Torino’s first 10 days (5.1 million).

NOTE: All data for NBCOlympics.com and NBC Olympics Mobile is provided by Omniture.

TOP SPORTS ON NBCOLYMPICS.COM (by page views)
1. Figure Skating, 12.0 million
2. Hockey, 3.6 million
3. Alpine Skiing, 1.3 million
4. Curling, 829k
5. Bobsled, 550k

TOP 10 ATHLETES SEARCHED ON NBCOLYMPICS.COM
1. Apolo Ohno - Short Track Speedskating
2. Tanith Belbin - Figure Skating
3. Lindsey Vonn - Alpine Skiing
4. Meryl Davis - Figure Skating
5. Shaun White - Snowboarding
6. Bode Miller - Alpine Skiing
7. Evan Lysacek - Figure Skating
8. Johnny Weir - Figure Skating
9. Julia Mancuso - Alpine Skiing
10. Tessa Virtue - Figure Skating

METERED MARKET RATINGS BY TIME ZONE (11-Day Average):
Mountain Time Zone 19.6/32
Central Time Zone 16.0/25
Pacific Time Zone 15.9/29
Eastern Time Zone 15.4/24

TOP 25 METERED MARKETS (11-Day Average):
1. Denver, 22.5/36
2. Salt Lake City, 22.4/37
3. Milwaukee, 22.3/34
4. Seattle, 20.4/38
5. Minneapolis, 20.2/34
6. St. Louis, 19.4/30
7. Columbus, 19.0/29
8. San Diego, 18.7/31
9. West Palm Beach, 18.5/27
10. Portland, 18.4/34
11. Kansas City, 18.2/27
12. Cleveland, 17.8/28
13. Nashville, 17.6/25
14. Oklahoma City, 17.5/26
T15. Phoenix, 17.2/28
T15. Tulsa, 17.2/25
T17. Boston, 17.1/30
T17. Austin, 17.1/28
T17. Ft. Myers, 17.1/27
20. Providence, 17.0/28
21. Cincinnati, 16.7/26
22. Sacramento, 16.6/29
23. Indianapolis, 16.5/27
T24. Washington D.C., 16.4/27
T24. Detroit, 16.4/26
T24. Richmond, 16.4/25

TOP 25 METERED MARKETS FOR MONDAY, FEB. 22:
1. Salt Lake City, 21.8/36
2. Denver, 19.8/31
3. Oklahoma City, 19.5/28
4. Kansas City, 19.3/27
5. St. Louis, 19.0/29
6. Tulsa, 17.9/26
7. Ft. Myers, 17.8/27
8. Minneapolis, 17.5/29
9. Milwaukee, 17.4/27
10. Austin, 17.0/26
11. Nashville, 16.6/24
12. West Palm Beach, 16.6/24
13. Phoenix, 16.5/26
14. Buffalo, 15.8/25
15. Detroit, 15.5/24
16. Indianapolis, 15.2/25
17. San Diego, 15.0/26
T18. Seattle, 14.9/30
T18. Albuquerque, 14.9/22
20. Chicago, 14.8/23
T21. Portland, 14.7/28
T21. Columbus, 14.7/23
23. Cincinnati, 14.5/23
24. San Francisco, 14.4/29
T25. Cleveland, 14.2/23
T25. Providence, 14.2/24

Monday, February 22, 2010

Undertaker Pyro Accident Videos



Here's a couple of videos on last night's pyro accident involving The Undertaker at the WWE Elimination Chamber PPV. UT suffered first and second degree burns while still wrestling and losing his World Title in the match.

From World Wide Star Hip Hop -



From TMZ -









CBS adds UCLA/Arizona State and Michigan/Michigan State



From CBS Sports -

CBS Sports has announced its Wildcard college basketball games for Saturday, March 6 and Sunday, March 7 (4:00-6:00 PM, ET, both days). On Saturday the Pac-10 Wildcard game will feature UCLA at Arizona State. Spero Dedes and Bob Wenzel handle the call. Sunday’s Big Ten Wildcard game will feature Michigan at Michigan State. Kevin Harlan and Dan Bonner will call the game. Both games will be broadcast nationally.

NBC dominates again!



From NBC Sports -

87 MILLION WATCH OLYMPICS SUNDAY ON THE NETWORKS OF NBC UNIVERSAL

87 Million is Biggest Single-Day Audience To Date For Vancouver Games, 16 Million More than Comparable Day for 2006 Winter Games

69 Million Total Viewers Watched the Olympics in Primetime on NBC and MSNBC

8.2 Million Average Viewers Watched Canada-USA Hockey on MSNBC

VANCOUVER - February 22, 2010
- NBCU’s Sunday Olympic broadcasts were seen by 87 million total viewers, the most viewers for any day so far for the Vancouver Games, 16 million more and 22 percent higher than the comparable Sunday from the 2006 Games (72 million), according to data available today from The Nielsen Company.

The primetime coverage on NBC and MSNBC that included figure skating’s original dance and alpine skiing’s men’s super combined on NBC and the USA-Canada hockey game on MSNBC had 69 million total viewers, the best viewership for the comparable Sunday night since the *tabloid-fueled Lillehammer Games (79 million).

*Fueled by the tabloid coverage of the Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding scandal.

8.2 MILLION AVERAGE VIEWERSHIP FOR WATCH USA-CANADA HOCKEY GAME ON MSNBC: An average audience of 8.22 million watched the USA hockey team defeat Canada, 5-3, nearly matching the best average viewership for a program on MSNBC. (Election Night Coverage, 8.23 million on Nov. 4, 2008).

· The hockey game on MSNBC received a national household rating of 4.3, the third highest-rated program in MSNBC’s history behind the Democratic Presidential debate (2/26/08, 4.9 rating) and the analysis following the debate (4.4 rating).

To date, more than half of all Americans (167 million) have watched the Vancouver Olympics on the networks of NBC Universal through the first 10 days of the Games; three million more than watched the first 10 days of the 2006 Winter Games (164 million).

10-DAY AVERAGE IS NEARLY 6 MILLION MORE THAN 2006; BEST SINCE TABLOID-FUELED LILLEHAMMER GAMES: The 26.0 million average viewers for the first 10 nights of the Vancouver Games is the most for a non-U.S. Winter Olympics since the Lillehammer Games (39.4 million). The 26.0 million is nearly six million more and 27 percent higher than the average viewership of the first 10 nights from Torino in 2006 (20.4 million).

OLYMPICS DOMINATE PRIMETIME AGAIN: The average viewership of 23.3 million last
night for NBC’s primetime is four million more than and 21 percent above the comparable night of the 2006 Winter Games (19.2 million).

· The Olympics won Sunday night in another dominating performance that faced a full slate of original competition including 60 Minutes, Amazing Race, Undercover Boss and Cold Case on CBS; Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Desperate Housewives and Brothers and Sisters on ABC; The Simpsons, The Cleveland Show and American Dad on Fox.

· Head-to-head (9-10 p.m.) the Olympics had nearly 14 million more viewers than an original episode of Desperate Housewives on ABC (24.7 million vs. 10.9 million, up 127 percent). On this comparable day at the 2006 Winter Games, Desperate Housewives out-drew the Olympics head-to-head by seven percent (23.4 million vs. 21.9 million).

· Head-to-head (10-11 p.m.) the Olympics nearly tripled the viewership of an original episode of Brothers and Sisters on ABC (21.1 million vs. 7.9 million, up 167 percent). On this comparable day at the 2006 Winter Games, an original episode of Grey’s Anatomy on ABC out-drew the Olympics head-to-head by 31 percent (24.4 million vs. 18.6 million).

MOST DOMINANT WINTER OLYMPICS TO DATE VS. COMPETITION: Through 10 nights, NBC’s Olympics coverage is more dominant over the competition than any Winter Olympics on record (dating back to Calgary in 1988).

· The 10-night primetime average of 26.0 million is 25 percent higher than the combined delivery of Fox, CBS and ABC (20.8 million).

· The most dominant prior Winter Olympics was Salt Lake City, which through 10 nights led the three-network competition by 23 percent (Olympics - 29.6 million, Combined three networks - 24.1 million)

The national household rating of 13.2/21 for Sunday night is an increase of 14 percent over the comparable Saturday night in Torino in 2006 (11.6/18). The 14.5/24 average household rating to-date is more than two ratings points and 20 percent higher than 2006 (12.1/19).

NBC OLYMPICS MOBILE SURGES: NBC’s Olympics Mobile platforms (WAP site and iTunes App), through just 10 days have amassed more than 54.3 million page views already surpassing the total number of page views for the entire 17-day Beijing Games (34.7 million) by 56 percent.

· There have been 1.3 million mobile video streams in just 10 days, more than four times the total number for the entire 17-day Beijing Games (301k).

· By the time the Opening Ceremony broadcast started at 7:30 p.m. on Feb 12, NBC’s Olympics Mobile had already generated more page views than the entire 2006 Winter Games (1.07 million).

NBCOLYMPICS.COM HAS MORE USERS THAN ENTIRE 2006 WINTER GAMES: In just eight days, NBCOlympics.com has delivered 29.5 million total unique users, according to Omniture, more than 16 million more unique users and 122 percent higher than the entire 17 days of the 2006 Winter Games (13.3 million).

· NBCOlympics.com has delivered 26.2 million video streams to date - nearly 22 million more and 471% higher than Torino’s first 10 days (4.6 million).

METERED MARKET RATINGS BY TIME ZONE (Nine-Day Average):
Mountain Time Zone 19.7/32
Pacific Time Zone 16.2/29
Central Time Zone 16.1/25
Eastern Time Zone 15.6/25

TOP 25 METERED MARKETS (10-Day Average):
1. Milwaukee, 22.8/35
2. Denver, 22.7/37
3. Salt Lake City, 22.4/38
4. Seattle, 21.0/38
5. Minneapolis, 20.5/35
T6. St. Louis, 19.4/30
T6. Columbus, 19.4/30
8. San Diego, 19.1/32
9. Portland, 18.8/34
10. West Palm Beach, 18.7/27
11. Cleveland, 18.1/28
12. Kansas City, 18.0/27
13. Nashville, 17.7/26
14. Boston, 17.6/31
T15. Phoenix, 17.3/28
T15. Providence, 17.3/29
17. Oklahoma City, 17.2/26
T18. Austin, 17.1/28
T18. Tulsa, 17.1/25
T18. Ft. Myers, 17.1/27
T21. Sacramento, 17.0/30
T21. Cincinnati, 17.0/26
23. Washington D.C., 16.8/27
24. Richmond, 16.7/25
25. Indianapolis, 16.6/27

TOP 25 METERED MARKETS FOR SUNDAY, FEB. 21:
1. Salt Lake City, 21.3/35
2. Milwaukee, 20.0/29
3. Denver, 19.5/30
T4. Kansas City, 18.0/25
T4. Oklahoma City, 18.0/25
6. Seattle, 17.6/30
7. San Diego, 17.0/27
T8. Columbus, 16.5/23
T8. Albuquerque, 16.5/23
T10. Minneapolis, 16.1/26
T10. Portland, 16.1/28
T10. West Palm Beach, 16.1/23
T10. Ft. Myers, 16.1/25
14. San Francisco, 16.0/28
15. Cincinnati, 15.9/23
T16. Hartford, 15.7/23
T16. Providence, 15.7/24
T18. Sacramento, 15.6/25
T18. Austin, 15.6/24
20. Cleveland, 15.5/23
21. St. Louis, 15.4/22
T22. Indianapolis, 15.3/23
T22. Tulsa, 15.3/21
T24. Detroit, 15.1/22
T24. Phoenix, 15.1/23
T24. Orlando, 15.1/22

Sunday, February 21, 2010

U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! Team USA upsets Canada!



If you missed it, shame on you!

Team USA upsets Canada on the ice tonight, 5-3 to wrap up the preliminary round. Ryan Miller stood on his head late as the US made it's early third period two-goal lead stand up despite the Canadians rallying to make it a one-goal game with just a couple of minutes left in the final stanza.

Hands down, the most electrifying atmosphere on the ice since Lake Placid! The only bad thing was that the only way you got to see the whole thing was on cable on MSNBC. NBC joined in on free tv near the end of the third period.

Kudos to MSNBC/NBC to showing the game on cable with no commercial imterruptions too! Made for great intensity and an oustanding call by Doc Emrick!

Can't wait for the medal round!

Cena wins, then loses WWE Title Tonight

At the Elimination Chamber PPV, John Cena wins the WWE Title in the night's first match, beating Triple H for the championship.

Just one problem - Vince McMahon sends Batista into the chamber for an impromptu title match. Yes, of course, Batista wins!

Looks like Batista vs. Cena for Wrestlemania with Bret Hart and McMahon in the respective corners.

WWE Elimination Chamber PPV Predictions



It's time to go to the extreme WWE style tonight as the Elimination Chamber PPV hits the air with not one, but two elimination title matches.

There's only four advertised matches, but that should change with at least one more match being added (either Edge vs. Batista or Miz/Show vs. MVP/Henry). Here's our fearless TCN previews on the last PPV stop to Wrestlemania.

Vacant WWE Divas Title Match: Maryse vs. Gail Kim
Gail Kim has been an absolute bust on her return to the WWE. Maryse could be a superstar if they ever gave her more than two minutes to work. She clearly is the Diva on the way up here.
Winner: New Divas Champion Maryse

IC Title Match: Drew McIntyre vs. Kane
If the WWE is truly about pushing the young guys these days, then this is a no-brainer. Kane remains a fan favorite sans title while McIntyre gets the push.
Winner: I-C Champion Drew McIntyre

SD Elimination Chamber (World Title On The Line): The Undertaker vs. Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk vs. John Morrison vs. R-Truth vs. Rey Mysterio
I fully expect John Morrison to be pulled or "attacked" in the back, letting a spot open for Shawn Michaels. It really boils down to three people - Undertaker, Jericho and HBK. Michaels wants the Dead Man and will get him tonight and will make him lose the title. In the end, it's Jericho that walks away with the title allowing him to face Edge at Wrestlemania in what could be a Match of the Year candidate and a feud that could last a good amount of time as the battle over who is "Mr.Smackdown" unfolds. It'll also allow HBK to face UT at Wrestlemania next month too.
Winner: New World Champion Chris Jericho

RAW Elimination Chamber (WWE Title On The Line): Sheamus vs. Triple H vs. Randy Orton vs. Ted DiBiase vs. John Cena vs. Kofi Kingston
This one really is the lesser of the two title matches on the card and that's disappointing. It's not that it won't be a decent match. It's just that the outcome really isn't that much in doubt. We throw out Orton and DiBiase since they'll be involved with each other at Wrestlemania (even throwing in Cody Rhodes too). Kingston has no chance onf winning and John Cena is set to help out Bret Hart against Vince McMahon and Batista. Odds on here is that Batista causes Cena to get beat tonight as well with some well-placed interference. So, it's down to Triple H and Sheamus. Unless Sheamus is the champ, he has no business getting a rematch at Wrestlemania, so we're left to presume a Sheamus shaky defense with HHH getting a title shot one-on-one in Phoenix next month.
Winner: WWE Champion Sheamus

Now, if I was booking for the WWE, here's how I would've laid it out for Wrestlemania. In tonight's Chamber matches, I would've had Triple H winning the Title and the Undertaker (without HBK in the match) coming home victorious. Then, tomorrow night on RAW, I'd have UT come out and challenge HBK with this - if you want me at Wrestlemania, then you have to go through the new WWE Champion to get it. HBK, of coure, accepts and we get HBK vs. Triple H for the title at Wrestlemania.

HBK, at all costs, defeats his DX teammate, forcing UT to come out. After a balls-to-the-wall match, HBK ends the Dead Man's streak and becomes the Undisputed World Champion, now holding both the WWE and World Titles. But, alas, this is not where Wrestemania ends.

Chris Jericho, who earlier in the night wins a Money in the Bank Match (over Christian, Sheamus, John Morrison, Rey Mysterio and CM Punk) becomes the ultimate opportunist and turns HBK's spotlight dream into a nightmare with a quick 1-2-3 to return to the mountain top of the WWE. Yet, we're still not done as Edge, a loser earlier in the night to UT, spears Jericho straight to Hell to end the show!

It's on again! Coming out of Wrestlemania, we get Jericho vs. Edge for the title, HBK vs. Triple H and the wonder if UT will ever wrestle again.

I know, it won't happen, but that's how I would've booked it starting months ago.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Nantz and Faldo on Tiger Woods Apology



From CBS Sports -

CBS Sport’s Jim Nantz and Nick Faldo on Tiger Woods during the Network’s coverage of the World Golf Championships: Accenture Match Play Championship on Saturday, February 20.

JIM NANTZ:
It is interesting Nick because everyone has to have an opinion on it and judge the way they look at it whether it was heartfelt or not. I do believe it was a bit scripted and robotic at times. But clearly remorseful, in just about every single category right down the line.

NICK FALDO: I can’t imagine Tiger ever thought in his career he was going to have to stand up to the world and be humiliated and have to apologize.

NANTZ: I really thought that going into it there was a chance he would add some insight on when he’s coming back…I don’t think even now he even knows. I felt all along that Augusta would be in the cards. Now I don’t see anything imminent as far as his return.

FALDO: I agree with you. I already thought Augusta made sense. You can go there, the privacy the week before to prepare yourself. You have the patrons I am sure that would look after him. He would feel a little more secure because he is stepping into a new environment. An environment where he has no idea how the public are going to receive him.

FALDO: For me if you want to get back to the fairway and be a part of the family, it could be done. Personally I think he can jump on his private plane, get back out here and maybe it wouldn’t do him too much harm to come back out on tour and show everybody he’s human. Come and play, take what he gets. If he plays badly, he plays badly. He has to start all over again. But I can also understand with Tiger...his whole career he only wants to come to the golf course when he is 100% ready because all he wants to do is win.

Is he going to be capable of being this new Tiger? Tiger Woods the golfer when he plays again will he be motoring around the golf course with the same kind of vibe and attitude that he had before?

FALDO: I can’t imagine that would happen. To go to the golf course you have to have pretty good self-esteem. When you are standing there basically the world is looking at you. And it really was with Tiger. What he’s done off the golf course he can never erase that, that is with him for the rest of his life. So how he rebuilds everything and comes back out as a golfer he almost has to become a saint.

Saturday NBC Ratings News at Olympics


From NBC Sports -

MORE THAN HALF OF ALL AMERICANS, 157 MILLION, WATCH FIRST EIGHT DAYS OF VANCOUVER GAMES

26.2 Million Average Audience For First Eight Nights; Nearly 6 Million More and 27% Higher Than 2006 Winter Games

70 Million Watched Networks of NBC Universal on Friday; 10 Million More Than Middle Friday From The 2006 Winter Games

Mobile Usage Through 8 Days Already Surpasses Entire Beijing Games

VANCOUVER - February 20, 2010
- More than half of all Americans (157 million) have watched the Vancouver Olympics on the networks of NBC Universal through the first eight days of the Games; five million more than watched the first eight days of the 2006 Winter Games (152 million) according to data available today from The Nielsen Company.

NBCU’s Friday broadcasts were seen by 70 million total viewers, 10 million more and 17 percent higher than the middle Friday from the 2006 Games (60 million).

EIGHT-DAY AVERAGE BEST SINCE TABLOID-FUELED LILLEHAMMER GAMES: The 26.2 million average viewers for the first eight nights of the Vancouver Games is the most for a non-U.S. Winter Olympics since the *tabloid-fueled Lillehammer Games (38.3 million). The 26.2 million is nearly 6 million more and 27 percent higher than the average viewership of the first eight nights from Torino in 2006 (20.7 million).

*Fueled by the tabloid coverage of the Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding scandal.

OLYMPICS DOMINATES PRIMETIME AGAIN: After dominating performances throughout the Games in primetime, dealing American Idol its first defeat in six years on Wednesday and nearly tripling the audience of Grey’s Anatomy on Thursday, the Olympics drew 23.3 million viewers last night, which was nearly double the combined delivery of the other three major networks (CBS, Fox, ABC combined: 12.5 million).

The national household rating of 13.4/23 for Friday night is an increase of 20 percent over the first Friday night in Torino in 2006 (11.2/19). The 14.7/24 average household rating to-date is more than two full ratings points and 20 percent higher than 2006 (12.3/20).

NBC OLYMPICS MOBILE SURGES: NBC’s Olympics Mobile platforms (WAP site and iTunes App combined), through just eight days have amassed more than 43 million page views already surpassing the total number of page views for the entire 17-day Beijing Games (34.7 million). NOTE: There is not comparison to the 2006 Winter Olympics because there was no mobile platform.

NBCOLYMPICS.COM HAS MORE USERS THAN ENTIRE 2006 WINTER GAMES: In just eight days, NBCOlympics.com has delivered 25.4 million total unique users, according to Omniture, nearly 12 million more unique users and 91 percent higher than the entire 17 days of the 2006 Winter Games (13.3 million).

· NBCOlympics.com has delivered 21.8 million video streams to date - nearly 15 million more and 473% higher than Torino’s first eight days (3.8 million).

OLYMPICS DOMINATE YAHOO BUZZ INDEX:
Top Five Search Terms on Yahoo for Friday, February 19:
1. Winter Olympics
2. Lindsey Vonn
3. American Idol
4. Shaun White
5. IRS

METERED MARKET RATINGS BY TIME ZONE (Seven-Day Average):
Mountain Time Zone 20.0/33
Central Time Zone 16.5/26
Pacific Time Zone 16.4/30
Eastern Time Zone 15.8/25

TOP 25 METERED MARKETS (Eight-Day Average):
1. Denver, 23.2/38
2. Milwaukee, 22.8/36
3. Salt Lake City, 22.7/38
4. Seattle, 21.3/39
5. Minneapolis, 21.2/36
6. St. Louis, 20.0/31
7. Columbus, 19.7/31
8. San Diego, 19.4/33
9. West Palm Beach, 19.3/28
10. Portland, 18.9/35
11. Nashville, 18.4/27
12. Cleveland, 18.3/29
13. Boston, 18.0/32
14. Kansas City, 17.9/27
15. Phoenix, 17.6/29
T16. Austin, 17.5/28
T16. Providence, 17.5/29
18. Washington D.C., 17.4/28
19. Ft. Myers, 17.3/28
T20. Sacramento, 17.1/31
T20. Oklahoma City, 17.1/26
T20. Tulsa, 17.1/26
23. Cincinnati, 17.0/26
T24. Indianapolis, 16.9/27
T24. Richmond, 16.9/26

TOP 25 METERED MARKETS FOR THURSDAY, FEB. 19:
1. Denver, 22.4/38
2. Salt Lake City, 21.7/38
3. Milwaukee, 19.5/31
4. Minneapolis, 19.4/35
5. West Palm Beach, 19.3/29
6. Columbus, 18.9/30
7. St. Louis, 18.7/32
8. San Diego, 18.3/31
9. Portland, 18.1/33
10. Seattle, 17.9/35
11. Ft. Myers, 17.8/30
T12. Kansas City, 17.5/27
T12. Tulsa, 17.5/25
14. Oklahoma City, 17.2/27
15. Nashville, 17.1/26
16. Hartford, 16.8/27
17. Phoenix, 16.5/26
T18. Cleveland, 16.3/26
T18. Cincinnati, 16.3/27
20. Boston, 16.2/29
21. Austin, 16.1/26
22. Providence, 15.9/26
23. Detroit, 15.6/26
24. Greenville-Spartanburg, 15.5/24
25. Norfolk, 15.4/23

This made me laugh!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Thoughts on Tiger



Well, 11am on Friday came and went. And yes, the sun did set like it does everyday. Now, did I watch Tiger Woods apology? Like most of America who either watched or listened online, on radio or on tv, I sure did.

Below is ESPN.com's video of today's statement from Tiger in Florida. But first a few thoughts.

* - If it were me, I would've said nothing. EVER! He owes us nothing while owing his family everything. It's to them he needs to answer to, not us, not the media, not the world.

* - There's nothing he can gain from what he did today. There will be those who think it was fake, rehearsed and a waste of time. Yet, there will be others who think Tiger was contrite and trying to move forward.

* - By doing anything, he gets scrutinized for everything. How he looked, what he wore, how he spoke, why did he read, where was Elin, why no questions, why tears, why no tears. It will all be unscrupulously picked apart for weeks.

* - The only real surprise, if you can call it that, was that Tiger announced that he's NOT heading back to the course at a specific time and date. Most had expected he would say a comeback would be coming before the Masters in April.

* - Lastly, if I was Tiger, I would NEVER talk about this again in public. Simply put, he doesn't have to do it. Like every other news cycle in America, it too would eventually die out when it's not fed. It may not suit the media that way, but the World is too happy to move on most of the time.

Now, if you didn't see it, here's the full statement.

CBS on Tiger Woods


From CBS Sports -

CBS SPORTS GOLF ANALYSTS REACT TO TIGER WOODS APOLOGY

NICK FALDO

(On Tiger regaining the public’s trust with his statement):
One of the things he said when he spoke about Elin is, it is not words, and it is actions. And I think that is the most important thing. He has to come out on tour and show everybody how he is and his whole demeanor to everybody. The bottom line is; he wants to be liked again. That will take a while. People form an opinion of somebody and it doesn’t matter what you do, whether you give them a million dollars to that person or tens of millions to charity…people can still…stick with the same opinion. It is going to take time. A long time I think for people to turn around and actually like him again.

(On dealing with the media covering you family): You really don’t feel why your children should be sucked into this but that’s Hollywood isn’t it? Look at the paparazzi , they follow Tom Cruise and the Beckham’s everywhere...and want to take photos of the kids ….He is going to have to deal with that….He has changed his whole world. He had a wonderful world - and this is what I think it is hurting him. His whole world started in the parking lot at the course. Cameras were on him, how’s your day Tiger? And you go play golf and then he said goodbye…Now his world starts outside his hotel. It is different and as he said caused totally by him

DAVID FEHERTY

I’ve never seen him appear so vulnerable. There are a lot of people who wanted to hear a lot more. There are a lot of people who wanted to ask questions. But this is a private citizen. He is not a John Edward. The American public does not pay his wages. He didn’t have to do this. There is a sense of frustration among the media here that they didn’t get to ask those questions. I was very impressed with what he said. He has always been fiercely protective of his family…I have seem him turn thunderous in the face if anyone approaches them with anything less then respect. He said also that every one has reason to be critical, not everyone, we’re not perfect….we were all wondering here in the golf community when is he going to come back, it seems fairly clearly from this statement that he’s made that Elin Woods, who is an extraordinary woman. Anyone who had the privilege of being around her knew that before this happened. I think she’ll make that decision.

IAN BAKER-FINCH

All in all he addressed every aspect of the entire situation and I thought extremely well. the only thing now we can all speculate on in the golfing world is when he will come back to play…My gut feeling is that he definitely won’t be back until he is ready to perform at a high level. If that takes a year that is when he’ll come back. If it takes 6 months that is when it will be.

Friday Olympics News - Half of America Watching



From NBC Sports -

HALF OF ALL AMERICANS, 152 MILLION, WATCH FIRST SEVEN DAYS OF VANCOUVER GAMES

26.6 Million Average Audience For First Seven Nights; Nearly 6 Million More and 27% Higher Than 2006

77 Million Total Viewers Watched Thursday’s Coverage on the Networks of NBCU

24.8 Million Watched NBC on Thursday Night; More Than 5 Million More and 28 percent Higher Than First Thursday in 2006 Winter Games

VANCOUVER - February 19, 2010
- Half of all Americans (152 million) have watched the Vancouver Olympics on the networks of NBC Universal through the first seven days of the Games; six million more than watched the first seven days of the 2006 Winter Games (146 million) according to data available today from The Nielsen Company.

NBCU’s Thursday broadcasts were seen by 77 million total viewers, 14 million more than the first Thursday from the 2006 Games (63 million), on a night that faced original competition including Survivor on CBS and Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice on ABC.

SEVEN-DAY AVERAGE BEST SINCE TABLOID-FUELED LILLEHAMMER GAMES: The 26.6 million average viewers for the first seven nights of the Vancouver Games is the most
for a non-U.S. Winter Olympics since the *tabloid-fueled 1994 Lillehammer Games (37.5 million). The 26.6 million is nearly six million more and 27 percent higher than the average viewership of the first seven nights from Torino in 2006 (20.9 million).

*Fueled by the tabloid coverage of the Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding scandal.

OLYMPICS DOMINATES PRIMETIME: A night after defeating American Idol by 12 million viewers, Thursday night’s Olympic coverage (8-11:31 p.m.) drew 24.8 million viewers, more than five million more viewers and 28 percent higher than the first Thursday night of the 2006 Winter Games (19.4 million), on a night that faced original competition including Survivor on CBS and Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice on ABC.

· Head-to-head last night (8-9 p.m.), the Olympics more than doubled the viewership of Survivor (24.2 million vs. 11.9 million). On the comparable night at the 2006 Winter Games, Survivor led the Olympics by eight percent (17.0 million to 15.8 million).

· Head-to-head last night (9-10 p.m.) the Olympics nearly tripled the viewership of Grey’s Anatomy (28.4 million vs. 10.2 million). At the 2006 Games, Grey’s Anatomy out-drew the Olympics on three separate nights.

· On this comparable night at the 2006 Winter Games, three programs - Survivor, Dancing With the Stars and CSI (tie) - drew more viewers than the Olympics.

The national household rating of 14.5/24 for Thursday night is an increase of 22 percent over the first Thursday night in Torino in 2006 (11.9/19). The 14.8/24 average household rating to-date is more than two full ratings points and 19 percent higher than 2006 (12.4/20).

NBC OLYMPICS MOBILE PAGE VIEWS: NBC Olympics Mobile app, the No. 1 free sports app in the iTunes store, generated another 4.7 million page views yesterday, and has generated 32.6 million page views since the Games began.

NBCOLYMPICS.COM HAS MORE USERS THAN ENTIRE 2006 WINTER GAMES: In just seven days, NBCOlympics.com has delivered 22.6 million total unique users, according to Omniture, more than nine million more unique users than the entire 17 days of the 2006 Winter Games (13.3 million).

The site has also delivered 18.2 million video streams to date - nearly 15 million more and 452% higher than Torino’s first seven days (3.3 million).

METERED MARKET RATINGS BY TIME ZONE (Seven-Day Average):
Mountain Time Zone 20.1/33
Pacific Time Zone 16.7/30
Central Time Zone 16.7/26
Eastern Time Zone 16.0/25

TOP 25 METERED MARKETS (Seven-Day Average):
1. Denver, 23.3/38
2. Milwaukee, 23.2/36
3. Salt Lake City, 22.9/38
4. Seattle, 21.7/40
5. Minneapolis, 21.5/36
6. St. Louis, 20.2/31
7. Columbus, 19.8/31
8. San Diego, 19.5/33
9. West Palm Beach, 19.3/28
10. Portland, 19.0/35
T11. Cleveland, 18.6/29
T11. Nashville, 18.6/27
13. Boston, 18.2/32
14. Kansas City, 17.9/27
T15. Washington D.C., 17.7/29
T15. Phoenix, 17.7/29
T15. Austin, 17.7/29
T15. Providence, 17.7/30
19. Sacramento, 17.5/31
20. Ft. Myers, 17.2/27
T21. Chicago, 17.1/27
T21. Indianapolis, 17.1/28
T21. Cincinnati, 17.1/26
T21. Oklahoma City, 17.1/25
T21. Tulsa, 17.1/26
T21. Richmond, 17.1/26

TOP 25 METERED MARKETS FOR THURSDAY, FEB. 18:
T1. Denver, 24.1/38
T1. Salt Lake City, 24.1/41
3. Minneapolis, 21.8/37
4. Milwaukee, 20.7/32
T5. Seattle, 20.6/39
T5. St. Louis, 20.6/33
T7. San Diego, 19.5/33
T7. West Palm Beach, 19.5/29
T9. Oklahoma City, 18.8/29
T9. Richmond, 18.8/28
11. Columbus, 18.7/30
12. Providence, 18.0/30
13. Chicago, 17.7/28
T14. Phoenix, 17.6/30
T14. Portland, 17.6/34
16. Hartford, 17.4/28
17. Washington, D.C., 17.3/29
T18. Boston, 17.0/32
T18. Indianapolis, 17.0/30
20. Austin, 16.9/28
T21. Nashville, 16.7/25
T21. Cincinnati, 16.7/27
23. Louisville, 16.5/25
T24. Kansas City, 16.1/25
T24. Tulsa, 16.1/24

White Sox meet Reality in new MLB Network Series



From MLB Network -

CHICAGO WHITE SOX FRONT OFFICE TO BE FEATURED IN MLB NETWORK REALITY SERIES THE CLUB

Original Series from MLB Productions to Follow White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, General Manager Ken Williams & Manager Ozzie Guillen

Secaucus, N.J.
– MLB Network today announced that Chicago White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, General Manager Ken Williams and Manager Ozzie Guillen will be featured in The Club, an original reality series produced for MLB Network by MLB Productions that will air this summer. As a follow up to 2009’s The Pen featuring the Philadelphia Phillies’ bullpen, The Club will follow Reinsdorf, Williams and Guillen with unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to a Major League Baseball club’s front office. The Club is scheduled to premiere on MLB Network on Sunday, July 4 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Throughout each episode, The Club will focus on the realities and challenges both on and off the field for the men who run one of MLB’s most storied franchises. Beginning this month through to the Trade Deadline on July 31, MLB Productions’ cameras will capture footage at the club’s Spring Training camp in Arizona, during roster meetings, on Opening Day, on the road for away games and to get a look at Reinsdorf, Williams and Guillen away from the ballpark. The series will also feature personnel who work within the front office, including Assistant General Manager Rick Hahn, Pitching Coach Don Cooper and Batting Coach Greg Walker.

“The success of The Pen last season showed that fans want to learn more about their favorite teams, players and managers on and off the field,” said Tony Petitti, president and CEO of MLB Network. “This season we’ll give fans unprecedented access to one of the most dynamic managers and front office staffs in Major League Baseball.”

“The core of our baseball operations staff has been together now for many years,” said Ken Williams, White Sox general manager. “The White Sox can be described pretty accurately as a family, even down to the unique relationships we all enjoy with one another. We understand that fans want a glimpse inside a baseball club’s front office, want to see how decisions are made and want to watch as a spring training roster comes together to form a team. We hope The Club provides that type of insight into the White Sox this summer for baseball fans.”

The Club is produced by MLB Productions. Gary Waksman is the Lead Producer, Robert Haddad is the Coordinating Producer, and David Check is the Executive Producer. Throughout production, Haddad will post video blogs following each shoot to the MLB Productions website.

“It’s our goal to come up with new ways to give fans behind-the-scenes access to Major League Baseball clubs and its players,” said David Gavant, Executive in charge of Production and Vice President, MLB Productions. “With The Club, our second reality-based series, we will give viewers an exclusive look into the daily lives of the White Sox front office staff both on and off the field.”

The Club is the fifth series produced for MLB Network by MLB Productions, following Prime 9, Baseball Seasons, Triumph & Tragedy and The Pen.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

NBCOlympics.com tops the charts


From NBC Sports -

NBCOLYMPICS.COM ON MSN LEADS ALL COMPETITORS THROUGH FIRST WEEKEND OF VANCOUVER GAMES

More Than 177 Million Page Views is 5 Times That of Yahoo, The Nearest
Competitor

VANCOUVER -February 18, 2010
- Through the first weekend, “NBCOlympics.com on MSN” has generated more than 177.4 million page views, five times and 414 percent more than Yahoo’s Olympic site (34.5 million page views). And, visitors to NBCOlympics.com spend more time on the site and view more pages than visitors to Yahoo’s Olympics site.

On average, visitors to NBCOlympics.com spend 8.2 minutes per visit, 64 percent more than the five minutes on average for Yahoo users, and visitors to NBC’s Olympics website average 27.5 pages per visit, more than seven times Yahoo’s 3.8 average pages per visitor.

Additional digital highlights include:

· The 177.4 million page views for NBCOlympics.com for the week ending Feb. 14, 2010 is 126 million more page views (up 244 percent) for the comparable time for the 2006 Winter Games (Feb. 6 - Feb. 12, 2006).

· There have been 6.5 million unique visitors to NBCOlympics.com from Feb. 6 - Feb. 12, 2010 (only including three days of the actual Olympics), according to data released today by ComScore. That places NBC’s Olympics website second behind Yahoo’s Olympic section (9.2 million unique visitors) and well ahead of the third place Olympic site of AOL (1.2 million).

· Since the beginning of the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games on Friday, Feb 12, NBCOlympics.com has seen 13.7 million video streams serving nearly 800,000 hours of video, nearly 11 million more (up 372 percent) from the first six days of the 2006 Winter Games.

*NOTE: Data released by ComScore today includes only three days of the Vancouver Olympics as well as four days of non-Olympics activity. NBCOlympics.com is an Olympics specific website.

Vote for Hockey's Best!



Take time out from the Winter Olympics to vote!

Madison Square Garden is celebrating local players from the NY Rangers, NY Islanders, and NJ Devils with the "Best On Ice" promotion. MSG wants to know who sports fans think are the best local hockey players are in each position. Now, take it to the polls! Represent your favorite players in MSG's "Best On Ice" polls by making your picks in the following categories:

Best Local Forward
Best Local Defenseman
Best Local Goalie

Fans can also leave a comment and sound off with other hockey fans and discuss NHL greats featuring Marian Gaborik, Patrick Elias, Matt Moulson, and more!

Vote now on MSG.com!

Team USA Soundtrack



Need a little music to get you through the Winter Olympics? Well, AT&T is helping out Team USA with a soundtrack including the likes of Mariah Carey, Sugarland and Train.

Just click here to get the CD from Team USA.

Here's the full Artist List:

3 Doors Down - Shine
The All-American Rejects - Move Along
(Remix by Chad Hugo of The Neptunes)
David Banner - In the Zone
Mariah Carey - 100%
Gloriana - The World is Ours Tonight
Green River Ordinance - Rise Up
Honor Society - Can't Box Me In
Hoobastank - Never Be Here Again
Puddle of Mudd - Shook Up the World
Rascal Flatts - Unstoppable (Olympics Mix)
Sugarland - Wide Open
Train - The Finish Line

CBS Weekend: NCAA Hoops and PGA



After the Tiger Woods "presser" on Friday, there will be golf, as well as NCAA hoops, on CBS this weekend. So, yes it won't be all Tiger and all-Olympics this weekend.

*OGILVY, WESTWOOD, FURYK, McILROY, POULTER, GARCIA, ELS AMONG FIELD AT "WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS: ACCENTURE MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP” THIS WEEKEND ON CBS SPORTS

Defending champion *Geoff Ogilvy, Lee Westwood, Jim Furyk, Rory McIlroy, Paul Casey, Ian Poulter, Sergio Garcia and Ernie Els are among the world’s top players competing at the WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS: ACCENTURE MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP this week as CBS Sports broadcasts the star-powered tournament on Saturday, Feb.20 and Sunday, Feb. 21 (2:00-6:00 PM, ET; both days), live from the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Dove Mountain, Ariz. CBS Sports will broadcast the semifinal matches on Saturday and the final and consolation matches on Sunday.

Jim Nantz, 2009 National Sportscaster of the Year, his fifth overall, now in his 25th year covering golf for CBS, serves as anchor of CBS Sports’ golf coverage. Sir Nick Faldo, winner of six major championships and more than 40 tournaments worldwide, serves as lead analyst. Ian Baker Finch calls the action at the 17th hole and Gary McCord at the 16th hole. Peter Kostis and David Feherty serve as on-course reporters. Lance Barrow is Coordinating Producer and Steve Milton is Director of CBS Sports’ golf coverage. Harold Bryant is Vice President, Production, CBS Sports.

Ogilvy is in the hunt at the World Golf Championships: Accenture Match Play Championship where he has won two of the last four tournaments. Last year Ogilvy defeated Casey, 4 and 3, to improve his overall record to 17-2. In four previous starts in this tournament, Ogilvy has won 19 matches and lost only two. He first won in 2006 and was the runner-up to Henrik Stenson in 2007. For the second consecutive year, the 64 top-available players from the Official World Golf Ranking teed off in the single elimination tournament on Wednesday (17). In addition to Ogilvy, Westwood, Furyk, Casey, McIlroy, Poulter, Garcia and Els, the field includes Ryo Ishikawa, Martin Kaymer, Sean O’Hair, Retief Goosen, Stewart Cink, Camilo Villegas, Zach Johnson, Luke Donald, Mike Weir, Tim Clark, Adam Scott, Y.E. Yang, Nick Watney and Matt Kuchar.

*Field competing as of time of press release.

CBS SPORTS’ WEEKEND OF COLLEGE BASKETBALL HIGHLIGHTED BY *NO. 3 VILLANOVA VS. *NO. 19 PITTSBURGH AND *NO. 9 OHIO STATE VS. NO. 11 MICHIGAN STATE ON SUNDAY, FEB. 21

CBS Sports’ college basketball schedule continues on Saturday, Feb. 20 (12:00 NOON-2:00 PM, ET) with regional coverage featuring ACC and SEC match-ups as North Carolina takes on Boston College and Florida plays Ole Miss. On Sunday, Feb. 21 (12:00 NOON-2:00 PM, ET) *No. 3-ranked Villanova battles *No. 19-ranked Pittsburgh in a Big East showdown and *No. 9-ranked Ohio State challenges *No. 11-ranked Michigan State in a Big Ten match-up.

Gus Johnson and Greg Anthony call the action from Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Mass. for the North Carolina-Boston College game. Steve Scheer produces and Bryan Lilley directs.

Tim Brando and Mike Gminski are courtside at Tad Smith Coliseum in Oxford, Miss. for the Florida-Ole Miss contest. Ken Mack produces and Suzanne Smith directs.

On Sunday, Verne Lundquist joins CBS Sports’ lead college basketball analyst Clark Kellogg to handle the call from the Peterson Events Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. for Villanova-Pittsburgh. Bob Dekas, CBS Sports’ coordinating producer for college basketball, produces and Bob Fishman directs.

Ian Eagle and Bill Raftery handle the call from Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing, Mich. for Ohio State-Michigan State. Bob Mansbach produces and Mark Grant directs.

AT THE HALF, CBS Sports’ halftime studio show, hosted by Greg Gumbel and Sports Illustrated’s Seth Davis, provides all the day’s news, scores and highlights live from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City. Vin DeVito produces and Jim Cornell directs. Harold Bryant is Vice President, Production, CBS Sports.

In addition, Florida-Ole Miss, Villanova-Pittsburgh and Ohio State-Michigan State will be streamed lived on CBSSports.com





*AP Poll as of 2/15/10

NBC flexes Blackhawks/Red Wings


From NBC Sports -

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS HOST DETROIT RED WINGS ON NBC SPORTS’ “GAME OF THE WEEK” SUNDAY, MARCH 7, AT 12:30 P.M. ET

NEW YORK - Feb. 18, 2010
- The Sunday, March 7, Detroit Red Wings at Chicago Blackhawks game has been flexed as NBC Sports’ “Game of the Week” and will be played at the United Center at 12:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. CT, the National Hockey League and NBC Sports announced today.

This rivalry - no two NHL teams have played more regular-season games against each other - is once again in full bloom after Detroit got the better of Chicago last year in both the 2009 Western Conference Final and 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Wrigley Field.

This season, Chicago has been led to the top of the Central Division and second place in the Western Conference by their young dynamic Olympic duo of American Patrick Kane and Canadian Jonathan Toews. The Red Wings counter with their own talent-laden roster, including Olympians Henrik Zetterberg, Brian Rafalski, Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk. A fixture at the top of the standings for the past two decades and the two-time defending Western Conference champions, the Red Wings will head to Chicago in unfamiliar territory: battling for a
playoff spot.

FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING

At least 13 days prior to the scheduled game, one game is selected for broadcast on NBC. All NBC games will be broadcast on Sundays and all games will be presented in HD. Games not flexed to NBC will be available to the teams’ regional carriers and remain at the originally announced start time. The March 7 match-up was first announced on the Thursday, Feb. 18, edition of “NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman” on NHL.com and SIRIUS XM Radio airing from 6-7 p.m. ET.

Olympics beats Idol



From NBC Sports -

OLYMPICS BEATS IDOL

Head to Head: Olympics 30.1 Million, Idol 18.4 Million

29.4 Million Watched NBC Last Night, Nearly 12 Million More Than First Wednesday of 2006 Winter Games

VANCOUVER - February 18, 2010
- The Olympics on NBC last night broke American Idol’s six-year unbeaten streak (since 2004). When going head-to-head against Idol (9-10 p.m.), the Olympics drew nearly 12 million more viewers (30.1 million vs. 18.4 million) for an advantage of 64 percent. Head-to-head (9-10 p.m.), the Olympics out-rated Idol by 63 percent (17.0 vs. 10.4) among households and 30 percent among Adults 18-49 (9.0 vs. 6.9) based on data provided today by Nielsen Media Research.

On the night (8-11:17 p.m.), NBC’s Olympic broadcast - featuring the greatest single day in Winter Olympics history as Team USA captured six medals - drew an average audience of 29.4 million, more than 11 million more than the first Wednesday of the 2006 Winter Games (17.9 million), and a household rating of 16.7/27, up 48 percent from the comparable day at the 2006 Winter Games (11.3/18).

Some Additional Highlights:

· First time that Idol was defeated in P2+ (average viewership) and Adults18-49 since May 17, 2004.

· First time Idol has been defeated among households since April 15, 2004.

· On the comparable Wednesday night at the 2006 Winter Games when going head-to-head (8-9 p.m.) Idol more than doubled the average audience of the Olympics (28.9 million to 14.3 million), out-rated the Olympics by 7.4 rating points (16.5 vs. 9.1 among households) and nearly tripled the Olympic delivery in the Adults 18-49 demo (12.0 vs. 4.1).

· Last night, the Olympics out-rated American Idol in 53 of 55 metered markets. By comparison, on the first Wednesday of the 2006 Winter Games, when going head-to-head, the Olympics only out-rated Idol in five of 55 markets.

METERED MARKET RATINGS BY TIME ZONE (Six-Day Average):
Mountain Time Zone 20.0/33
Pacific Time Zone 16.9/30
Central Time Zone 16.7/26
Eastern Time Zone 16.1/25

TOP 25 METERED MARKETS (Six-Day Average):
1. Milwaukee, 23.7/37
2. Denver, 23.2/38
3. Salt Lake City, 22.6/38
4. Seattle, 21.9/40
5. Minneapolis, 21.4/36
6. St. Louis, 20.1/31
7. Columbus, 20.0/31
8. San Diego, 19.5/33
9. Portland, 19.3/35
10. Cleveland, 19.2/30
11. West Palm Beach, 19.2/28
12. Nashville, 18.9/27
13. Boston, 18.4/32
14. Kansas City, 18.2/27
15. Sacramento, 17.9/32
T16. Washington D.C., 17.8/29
T16. Austin, 17.8/29
T18. Phoenix, 17.7/29
T18. Providence, 17.7/29
20. Ft. Myers, 17.6/28
21. Tulsa, 17.3/26
22. Cincinnati, 17.2/26
23. Indianapolis, 17.1/27
T24. Detroit, 17.0/28
T24. Chicago, 17.0/27

TOP 25 METERED MARKETS FOR WEDNESDAY, FEB. 17:
1. Denver, 29.3/45
T2. Minneapolis, 27.1/44
T2. Milwaukee, 27.1/41
4. Salt Lake City, 27.0/42
5. Seattle, 26.7/46
6. San Diego, 24.7/39
7. Portland, 22.3/39
8. Washington, D.C., 22.1/34
T9. Boston, 21.9/36
T9. St. Louis, 21.9/32
T9. West Palm Beach, 21.9/30
12. Cleveland, 21.8/33
13. Columbus, 21.4/32
14. Ft. Myers, 21.0/31
T15. Detroit, 20.6/32
T15. Kansas City, 20.6/29
T15. Austin, 20.6/32
18. Nashville, 20.4/29
19. Chicago, 20.2/31
20. Cincinnati, 20.2/29
21. Providence, 20.1/33
22. Sacramento, 20.0/34
23. Phoenix, 19.7/31
24. Jacksonville, 19.6/29
25. Richmond, 19.1/29

NBC Universal, broadcasting its record 12th Olympics the most Olympics broadcast by any network, will present more than 835 hours of Vancouver Olympic Winter Games coverage - representing the most total hours ever for a Winter Olympics, more than the last two Winter Olympics combined, and the most live hours ever for a Winter Games. The Vancouver Games are the first Winter Olympics to be presented entirely in high definition.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Tiger Talks on Friday



Yes, it's true - Tiger Woods is alive and will be talking publicly for the first time on Friday about his future and past sexcapades. Of course, it will be to a select few "friends, colleagues and ahem, reporters" at 11am on Friday (eastern time) and with no questions taken, but it will be beamed around the World on live television on every imaginable network!

Here's the full statement from Tiger's website -

"Tiger Woods will be speaking to a small group of friends, colleagues and close associates at 11:00 a.m. EST on Friday at the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Tiger plans to discuss his past and his future, and he plans to apologize for his behavior.

While Tiger feels that what happened is fundamentally a matter between him and his wife, he also recognizes that he has hurt and let down a lot of other people who were close to him. He also let down his fans. He wants to begin the process of making amends, and that's what he's going to discuss.

His remarks will be open to a press pool for live coverage. It is NOT a news conference."

Here's a few links to discuss on the matter:

ESPN.com

SI.com

Breitbart

Nascar on Fox hits California



From Fox Sports -

NASCAR Is California Dreaming For Auto Club 500 Presented By NAPA Sunday on FOX

Hammond: Junior’s Late Charge Showed Desire and Father’s Determination

Pit Reporters Put It In Overdrive to Set Scene During Unprecedented Daytona Delay

NASCAR ON FOX RACING FROM FONTANA
– Week two of the 2010 NASCAR on FOX season rolls into California this Sunday, Feb. 21 (2:00 PM ET) for the Auto Club 500 presented by NAPA. Fresh off his surprise victory in a grueling Daytona 500, Jamie McMurray leads a star-studded field as the Sprint Cup Series heads west. Dale Earnhardt Jr. hopes his late charge to a second-place finish in the 500 is an omen of things to come this season. Coverage starts with FOX NASCAR SUNDAY host Chris Myers, along with analysts Darrell Waltrip and Jeff Hammond from the Hollywood Hotel, FOX Sports’ traveling prerace set providing up-to-the-minute reports and live interviews with drivers, crewmen and officials shaping the day’s action. Once the green flag drops, race announcer Mike Joy will be alongside analysts Waltrip and Larry McReynolds to call all the twists and turns on the track while Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Krista Voda and Matt Yocum patrol the pits for up-to-the-second reports on teams and pit stops.

For instant updates during the week and race from the entire NASCAR on FOX crew, follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/NASCARONFOX.

HAMMOND: MCMURRAY NOT THE ONLY WINNER OF DAYTONA 500 – NASCAR on FOX analyst Jeff Hammond looks at who else had a successful run the 52nd running of the Daytona 500. Excerpts below and to read more logon to FOXSports.com:

http://msn.foxsports.com/nascar/story/nascar-daytona-500-a-success-for-many-drivers-021610

Dale Earnhardt Jr. – “Junior and crew chief Lance McGrew have to be happy with their performance in the Daytona 500. Junior started on the outside of the front row and finished second. In his post-race comments, he seemed genuinely disappointed that he didn’t win the race and that was refreshing. I compare his run at the end Sunday’s Daytona to his father's run at Talladega all those years ago. Junior showed desire, muscled his way up through there and made some good moves. He got some help at just the right time and in just the right places to go from tenth to second in only one lap.”

Martin Truex Jr. – “Martin has to be thrilled coming off his first race with a new team, new car manufacturer and new crew chief. Granted, he watched the car he left win the 500, but Martin had a great run and had a chance to win. He definitely left Daytona starting his 2010 season off on the right foot.”

PIT REPORTERS PUT IT IN OVERDRIVE DURING UNPRECEDENTED DAYTONA DELAY – This past Sunday’s Daytona 500 was filled with exciting racing, a record number of race leaders, a fantastic finish and unfortunately a pothole that stymied the action for over two hours. Those delays gave the NASCAR on FOX broadcasters an opportunity to showcase their talents and ability to think on their feet. As expected, NASCAR on FOX pit reporters Dick Berggren, Steve Byrnes, Krista Voda and Matt Yocum were leaned on heavily to grab interviews, gather information and fill viewers in on how drivers & crew chiefs were dealing with the unprecedented delay. Between the two red flags stoppages, pit reporters and producers hustled to garner an astounding 45 interviews with 34 different people, not including NASCAR Chairman Brian France’s visit to join race announcer Mike Joy and analysts Larry McReynolds & Darrell Waltrip in the booth for some insight into how the asphalt issue was being resolved. “We were challenged to strike a balance between the fun the drivers were having on the track and the severity and unfortunate part which was nobody’s fault. Each race, we’re determined to bring out the personalities of these drivers and from the Hollywood Hotel to my colleagues in the pits and to our production folks, we succeeded in doing that Sunday,” said NASCAR on FOX pit reporter Steve Byrnes.

NBA TV Trade Deadline Special


From NBA TV -

NBA TV Airs Trade Deadline Special on Thursday, Feb. 18

NBA Insider David Aldridge and Former GM Kevin McHale Serve as Show’s Analysts


NBA TV will provide comprehensive coverage of the NBA trade deadline on Thursday, Feb. 18 as teams make their final moves of the season to bolster their rosters. NBA GameTime: Trade Deadline Special will air from 2 – 3:30 p.m. ET and feature host Rick Kamla, NBA Insider David Aldridge and former general manager and current NBA TV analyst Kevin McHale. The trio will follow all the news and transactions and as well as provide analysis of trades and the impact on teams across the league.

In addition, NBA.com will provide breaking news, updates and analysis of all transactions as the trade deadline looms.

"Of Course" set for Online Debut



From Fox Sports -

Skadaddle Media Tees It Up With New Animated Golf-Themed Web Series, OF COURSE, Set To Debut on March 1

Sausalito-Based Social Engagement Studio Partners with FOXSports.com on MSN for Distribution



SAUSALITO, Calif. — February 17, 2010
— Skadaddle Media, Inc., a social engagement studio which develops creative and entertaining programs, campaigns, events and original content that emotionally and authentically connect with consumers and other audiences, today unveiled its latest venture, an animated golf Web series, OF COURSE. The new online property, scheduled to debut on March 1, 2010, on FOXSports.com on MSN, one of the world’s most popular sports Web sites, was formally announced today by Todd Lieman, founder and co-president of Skadaddle Media.

Conceived, written, and produced by Skadaddle Media co-founders Lieman and Jon Wank, OF COURSE is a new animated, Flash-based series of five-minute Webisodes that offers a genuine, humorous and highly-entertaining look into what happens – and more importantly, what is discussed by men – on the golf course. Every other week, OF COURSE chronicles the comical golfing escapades of four guys, each with his own personality, quirks, and Achilles heels. Like traditional cable and television programs, OF COURSE will consistently spotlight and follow storylines specifically designed for each cast member, and introduce additional characters, either on an ad hoc or recurring basis. In the weeks between OF COURSE “premiere episode” installments, Skadaddle Media will create special 30-60-second video-diary vignettes, similar to those found in today’s reality shows, that feature humorous rants, poignant commentaries, and insightful perspectives from the four main characters and supporting cast members.

“Although OF COURSE is designed to be funny, controversial, and entertaining, the real charm and appeal of the series lie in true-to-life undercurrents and those blink-and-you’ll-miss-them moments of intimacy that consistently pervade the golf course experience – from the characters’ interactions and relationships with women, to their wagers, smack talk, joking, cigar smoking, and alcohol consumption,” said Lieman. “Skadaddle Media’s agreement with FOXSports.com on MSN to distribute OF COURSE represents a welcome culmination of dedicated research, creative development, production, and the realization of a vision to deliver a ‘Web series unlike any other’.”

“As one of the world’s premier online destinations for sports news and information, FOXSports.com on MSN is continuously searching for creative, innovative, and entertaining content that further differentiates the site from other online properties, improves overall user demographics, increases traffic and click-through rates, and presents our advertising partners with a broader range of proven, targeted interactive marketing opportunities,” said Ed Bunnell, senior vice president of content and programming at FOXSports.com. “OF COURSE, which clearly meets all of these criteria, is an ideal and welcome addition to FOXSports.com on MSN. This new Web series, which enhances our core golf and sports entertainment content portfolio, is sure to attract a distinctive and engaged audience.”

Meet the OF COURSE Cast

Bender:
Bender is afraid of his wife. Tall, lanky, and uncoordinated, he has newborn twins. Bender’s wife, Whitney, ALWAYS calls during the round.

Doug: Bender’s business partner, Doug is the centerpiece of the foursome. He is married with a child, but he is hiding a big secret. When his golf game is on, he can become very cocky and arrogant.

Eric: Eric (“Dish”) is a freelance computer geek who lives with Jennifer, his African-American girlfriend. Eric is full of useless trivia and the other guys have a great deal of fun at his expense.

Tim: In his early 40s, Tim is no closer to getting married than he was in his early teens. Tim never cares what he shoots, and he rarely keeps accurate score…on the course. He always hits on the beverage cart girl.

OF COURSE: Recorded Live and On Location

Beyond the originality of its core concept, OF COURSE is also unique in that every episode of the series is recorded live and on location during actual rounds of golf played at Eagle Falls Golf Course (http://www.eaglefallsgolf.com), affiliated with, and located immediately adjacent to, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino (http:///www.fantasyspringsresort.com) in California’s Palm Springs Valley. This radically-different approach is used to maintain the authentic production quality and integrity of the series.

OF COURSE: Preview The Excitement

Although OF COURSE officially debuts on FOXSports.com on MSN on Monday, March 1, 2010, the series has already developed a bit of buzz and a sizeable online following. With limited external promotion, OF COURSE’s Facebook page has grown to more than 1,500 fans since its launch just a few weeks ago. To view the series trailer, please visit the official OF COURSE Web site at http://ofcoursegolf.com.