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WSJ study deems Harlan and Wilcots to be wordiest NFL announcer duo

The NBA on Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday will give international fans the chance to watch more live games and programming than ever. Fans in 100 countries and territories -- twice as many as last year -- will receive up to 13 live games in 11 languages across Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia as part of "Slam Dunk Monday." Fans in Latin America will be able to watch live MLK Day programming for the first time on ESPN International, which will also broadcast to countries in Asia. The NBA will support its broadcast partners by promoting the game telecasts through localized Facebook messaging in many markets (NBA).

EYE ON A RETURN: Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said that the promotion's "return to CBS, which previously aired two Strikeforce cards in 2009 and 2010," is "being preliminarily discussed as a potential piece of the broadcast puzzle." In L.A., Loretta Hunt noted Coker believes the single-elimination heavyweight tournament Strikeforce is holding this year "carries enough cache to revisit a potential run on CBS, which hasn't broadcasted a Strikeforce event since April after the main event erupted into a scuffle involving fighters and cornermen." Strikeforce said that "broadcasting the tournament semifinals on CBS to optimize a pay-per-view finale sounded like 'a great plan,' and would be discussed with Showtime officials this week" (LATIMES.com, 1/10).

WORD GAME: The WALL STREET JOURNAL's David Biderman "looked at every major NFL announcing outfit and counted how many words-per-minute the play-by-play and color men said," and the CBS crew of Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots ranked No. 1. The analysis "studied the first 15 minutes of every game from Week 1." Harlan and Wilcots "amassed 189.2 words per minute," while NBC's Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth, the "preeminent present-day announcer team, were the quietest at 137.33 words per minute" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 1/13).

BULLISH ON MIKES: USA TODAY's Gary Mihoces reports some PBR riders are "wearing wireless microphones clipped to their protective vests" this season. The microphones "debuted last weekend at the PBR's season-opening event" at MSG, and they will be worn by "selected riders" during this weekend's Sacramento Invitational, which Versus will televise on Saturday and Sunday at 8:00pm ET (USA TODAY, 1/13).

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