-Michelle Beadle has left ESPN for NBC and NBC Sports. And who will replace her on the WWL's SportsNation show? Charissa Thompson word is (pictured above). Here's more photos of Thompson. So where does that leave ESPN's other big name free agent, Erin Andrews?
-(Sherman Report) With the conclusion of the 2011-12 television season this week, NBC’s Sunday Night Football topped all primetime entertainment programming to become the first sports series to finish the full fall-spring TV season as the most-watched show in primetime, according to The Nielsen Company. Sunday Night Football averaged 21.5 million viewers and 20.9 million viewers for its games during the official TV season which ran from Sept. 19, 2011 through May 23, 2012. American Idol ranked second.
-(Medal Detector) Ever since Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones openly discussed her virginity, people have been suggesting that she date Tim Tebow. Why? Because people are immature, and naturally they think that any two virgins who are popular athletes and happen to be above the age of 24 would be perfect for each other. That’s the way the world works.
-(Market Watch) Time Warner Inc.’s (NYSE:TWX) Turner unit is in talks to acquire the Bleacher Report sports website, according to a report Friday by The Wall Street Journal. Founded in 2006, Bleacher Report is perhaps best known for its user-generated content, but in the past couple of years it has been hiring professional writers, notably King Kaufman who joined in January 2011 as manager of Bleacher Report’s writer program. The site had 9.6 million unique visitors last month, said the Journal, citing ComScore data. In mid-April, Business Insider quoted an unnamed source suggesting Bleacher Report would sell for more than $200 million.
-With the greatest weekend in auto racing having concluded ("the greatest spectacle in racing" the Indianapolis 500, the Coca-Cola 600 and History 300 in NASCAR, what better time than to check out Speed Channel correspondent Erin Bates
-(Gossip on This) Kim Zolciak from the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” has her own reality show now called “Don’t Be Tardy for the Wedding,” which follows Zolciak as she prepares for her November 2011 wedding to NFL player Kroy Biermann.
-(SB Nation) HBO is struggling to find an NFL team that wants to let the cameras get up close and personal for the 2012 season of “Hard Knocks.” The New York Post reported on Friday that the network wants to have a team committed by June 1 in order to start preparations to film during training camp.The Broncos, Jets, Falcons, Redskins, Seahawks, Texans and 49ers have all declined an offer or have preemptively declared a lack of interest. So far, the Jacksonville Jaguars are the only team to have publicly expressed a willingness to appear on the show. They may get it by default.
-(Fang's Bites) NHL Network and NHL.com's plans for the Stanley Cup Finals
-(Chicago Radio and Media) Coming this fall, the Sun-Times will add a new magazine to its Sunday paper, entitled Sportsapalooza. The magazine will contain in-depth coverage and statistics for Chicagoland professional sports teams, as well as college and high school sports. Also planned for the fall is a new weekly business section called Money Mondays. This full-color section will contain news, information, profiles, lists, and stories not normally found in regular business sections.
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