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In Expected Move, Judge Rules Against N.J.'s Sports Gambling Bid

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U.S. District Court Judge Michael Shipp on Friday night ruled that the state of New Jersey "cannot partially lift a prohibition on sports betting in an effort to boost the state’s struggling horse racing and casino industries." The decision "was the expected outcome, since the judg...

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"MNF" Ratings Down With Colts' Blowout

ESPN drew an 8.5 overnight rating for the Colts’ 40-24 win over the Giants on “MNF” last night, down 18% from a 10.4 rating for Bears-Packers in Week 9 last year. The 8.5   overnight also is down 11% from a 9.5 rating for Eagles-Saints in ’12. The game drew a 33.0 l ...

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Tony Hawk, Complex Media Launch Skating Website

Skateboarder Tony Hawk is "teaming up with young men's publisher Complex Media for TheRideChannel.com, a website about skate culture," according to Michael Sebastian of AD AGE. The site is a "joint venture" between Complex and Hawk's production company, 900 Films, which is "responsible for the bulk ...

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Durant Film Set To Debut On HBO

HBO's "The Offseason: Kevin Durant" debuts tonight at 10:00pm ET, and Durant's "diverse basketball interests come together" in the documentary, according to Mel Bracht of the OKLAHOMAN. The film provides an "intimate look at the Thunder superstar," and is a "must-see for KD fans." It shows ...

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App Review: Volvo Ocean Race For iPad

The weekly app review takes an international turn this week to follow the Volvo Ocean Race, a nine-month round-the-world sailing event currently in its first leg from Alicante, Spain to Cape Town, South Africa. With sailing teams now in the Roaring Forties section of the Southern Ocean, the race is ...

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CBS Scores Big With Broncos-Pats

Ratings for the second half of the NFL season got off to a strong start yesterday. Week 9 overnight ratings look to be up on the whole, fueled by a much-hyped Broncos-Patriots matchup in the Sunday national window. CBS earned an 18.6 overnight for the Patriots' 43-21 win over the Broncos, marking ...

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Breeders' Cup Overnights Up 25% Over '13

NBC earned a 1.8 overnight rating for the Breeders' Cup Classic from 8:00-9:00pm ET on Saturday for Bayern's close win over Toast of New York and California Chrome, up 25% from a 1.4 for the '13 event. Saturday's overnight is down 18% from a 2.2 for the '12 event, which included a triple OT Notre Da ...

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ASU Radio Voice Stays After School Drops IMG

It will be "business as usual" for Arizona State Univ. radio play-by-play announcer Tim Healey after the school's split with media-rights partner IMG College , as Healey's IMG contract "has been absorbed by ASU for the next six months," according to Paola Boivin of the ARIZONA REPUBLIC. ASU's home ...

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People & Personalities

Giants broadcaster Jon Miller suggested that the Dodgers "should hire a young broadcaster whom Vin Scully could mentor as his eventual successor, much as Red Barber had once done with Scully." In L.A., Steve Dilbeck noted Scully "currently goes all nine innings," but that "doesn't mean" he ...

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Media Notes

Clippers Owner Steve Ballmer said of whether he is considering an over-the-top media-rights package for the team, "We’re partners with Fox in L.A. ... And that’s been a great relationship. But the big question for everybody, whether it’s Fox or the Clippers is, 'What do you do over ...

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World Series Averages 13.8 Million Viewers

The seven-game Giants-Royals World Series finished with an 8.2 rating and 13.8 million viewers, down 8% and 7%, respectively, from the six-game Red Sox-Cardinals series last year. However, Giants-Royals is up 8% and 9%, respectively, from the Giants’ sweep of the Tigers in ’12, which r ...

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