The New York Jets are not a good football team, but the media still eats them up because, sex excluded, nothing sells quite like controversy, and the majority of us in the TV-viewing audience are the media world's version of rubberneckers. We can't take our eyes off of a classic train wreck.
Do you know when your sport is having problems gaining traction in America? When a comedian running an account based on Fox's NFL robot Cleatus is taking shots at your league, it might be time to look at a new strategy when it comes to what exactly you're doing.
Update : The #NHL cancels games thru New Years. Update: No one cares, STILL!
For as harsh as this seems on the surface, it's actually pretty true. Even the most hardcore, die-hard NHL fans are sick and tired of the talks between the league and the players union, and no one is even batting an eye at games getting canceled seemingly after every meeting between the two entities. In a way, the NHL has brought this situation where a make believe robot for the NFL on Fox is making jokes at their expense.
Does anyone remember when Fox *did* care about the NHL, though? Fox had the NHL rights for five seasons from 1994 to 1999, and their coverage of the league was largely forgettable... aside from the glowing puck of course.
Yesterday, ESPN President John Skipper was named Sports Business Journal's most influential executive in sports. While that's an impressive footnote to his resume, Skipper has done something infinitely more important and influential. He's done something previously thought impossible except for an act of God or the coming of the endtimes... or both.
John Skipper has ended TebowMania.
In an accompanying interview in SBJ with John Ourand, Skipper admits ESPN went too far in covering Tim Tebow's travails with the New York Jets. In fact, the ESPN president personally told ESPN producers to dial back their 24/7 Tim Tebow obsession...
ESPN NFL analyst Steve Young was in the middle of making a solid point about the unpredictability of the regular season and the playoffs during the Monday Night Football postgame show within SportsCenter. He was talking about the context of the Patriots blowout of the Texans and what may happen if the teams had a rematch in the postseason. Then he blurted out this...
"But this is the NBA, where the regular season is kind of all over the place..."
I can remember analysts flubbing players, cities, teams, and pretty much everything under the sun. But the actual league itself? This is new territory even for AA. The priceless look on Suzy Kolber's face says it all.
I'm just glad I could get this video out before Rick Reilly got it first on Twitter.
Update: Several people also alerted us to Steve Young making a comment about the Texans thinking "they have the biggest dick in the league." You can catch that video here. I'm almost sure that's what Young says. "Biggest stick" doesn't really make too much sense. Oh well, so many of these clips have an element of ambiguity to them, you can never be positive what someone says on television anymore. Right, Stephen A?
Billionaire birther/celebrity/attention hog Donald Trump attempted to tweet encouragement to the New England Patriots tonight before their big Monday Night Football game against the Patriots. And yet, in a Ted Kennedy turn of fortune, it didn't come out quite right. At least Trump's embarrassing message to "Bob" Belichick didn't go out to his 2 million followers before he could delete it.
Oh wait, of course it did.
As saved for posterity by our friends at Toucher and Rich...
I'm fully expecting Trump to call a press conference tomorrow to announce he is in search of Bob Belichick's original birth certificate.
Louisville head coach Rick Pitino was in a playful mood after a 52 point victory over Missouri-Kansas City on Saturday. At his postgame press conference, Pitino took it upon himself to answer the cell phone of local radio hot Bob Domine. Pitino joked with the mystery caller about meeting up for a drink at a place called Jeff Ruby's.
The Pac 12 Networks have faced a battle to try to get wider distribution since launching earlier this year. While that battle is ongoing, the networks have to face a unique issue their competitors in the industry have encountered.
This weekend Barcelona and Argentina striker Lionel Messi broke one of the most respected records in world sports with his 85th and 86th goals of the 2012 calendar year. German legend Gerd Muller had held the recognized mark with 85 goals scored in 1972. The 86 goals include an incredible 56 scored in 36 La Liga games, 3 in the Spanish Cup, 2 in the Spanish Super Cup, 13 in European play, and 12 internationally for Argentina. Although the European soccer season goes from August-May, the 86 goals scored in the year 2012 (or whatever number Messi eventually finishes with as Barcelona still has 3 games left in 2012) will go down in history along with some of the more famous records held across sports. Enjoy the magisterial genius of Messi with some fitting splashes of Ray Hudson sprinkled in for good measure.
On a night where competition was scarce, the UFC's fifth live show on Fox was the biggest success for the network since the UFC's second Fox show in January. Saturday's card, headlined by a lightweight title fight between champion Benson Henderson and loudmouthed challenger Nate Diaz, drew an overnight rating of 2.8 with 3.41 million viewers. Those numbers crush the 2.25 million viewers for the third UFC on Fox installment in May and the 2.36 million viewers for the fourth installment in August.
When the final ratings come in over the next couple of days, they may be even better for the UFC and Fox due to the show's overrun nearing a half hour, with the Henderson-Diaz main event going all five rounds. The show itself featured four exciting fights, though three were rather uncompetitive decision wins. Perhaps more importantly, the UFC thrust the names of Alexander Gustafsson (who defeated former light heavyweight champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua) and Rory McDonald (who dominated former lightweight and welterweight champion BJ Penn) into the consciousness of casual fans, along with increasing the name value of lightweight champion Henderson.