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Rice Apologies For "Biggest Mistake" Of His Life, Calls Suspension Out Of His Control

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 31 / 14

Ravens RB Ray Rice today for the first time publicly commented on the two-game suspension the NFL gave him for his domestic violence arrest in February, calling it something he did not "have any control over." Rice said, "That’s higher authorities. That’s something that the courts, the N...

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ESPN Draws 4.1 Overnight For Germany Rout

Despite Germany scoring five goals in the first 29 minutes on its way to a 7-1 rout of Brazil yesterday, ESPN drew a record overnight Nielsen rating for a FIFA World Cup semifinal match. The net earned a 4.1 overnight from 4:00-6:00pm ET. No men's World Cup semifinal has ever aired on ABC. The ...

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Iowa State-Texas To Air On Cyclones.TV

Iowa State Univ. AD Jamie Pollard's "desire to air additional football games on athletic program specific TV channels led to the Oct. 18 Iowa State at Texas game to air on the Longhorn Network and Cyclones.tv," according to Bobby La Gesse of the AMES TRIBUNE. The contest will "air on the networ ...

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Media Notes

Astros Owner Jim Crane this week said that U.S. Bankruptcy judge Marvin Isgur "isn’t going to give" CSN Houston a "third strike when it comes to reorganization delays." In Houston, David Barron noted Isgur last week "granted attorneys for the Astros-Rockets-Comcast partnership a seco ...

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Syracuse Cuts Ties With IMG

Syracuse Univ. has "terminated its multi-million dollar agreement" with IMG, according to Dave Tobin of the Syracuse POST-STANDARD. IMG's contract with SU "had extended through" the '20-21 season, but the school "sent a letter to sponsors last week, notifying them that SU's contract with IMG was ter ...

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NBC Sports Keen On Howard Returning As Analyst

NBC Sports execs "liked what they heard" from U.S. G Tim Howard during his work as an EPL analyst last season , and following his on-field performance in the FIFA World Cup , the network is "keen to have him return" when the season begins in August, according to Richard Deitsch of SI.com. How ...

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Texas A&M Secures 12th Man Web Domain

Texas A&M Univ. officials yesterday announced the "procurement of the domain" www.12thMan.com, which was "transferred on June 30 as the new home for aggieathletics.com, the university's original site for all things sports-related," according to Jordan Overturf of the Bryan-College Station EAGLE. ...

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ESPN's Latest "Body Issue" Hits The Web

The annual ESPN The Magazine "Body Issue" hits newsstands Friday but debuted online today . The issue includes Michael Phelps, Venus Williams, Rangers 1B Prince Fielder and Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch, among others ( THE DAILY ). The issue was featured on ABC's "Nightline" last night, with the net's ...

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App Review: Wimbledon For iPhone

Much like the event itself, Wimbledon for iPhone is pleasing to the eye, and delivered in the context of an English garden. The app offers schedules, live scores, results, news and video, but a quirky user interface dampens the experience. Develop ...

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ESPN Sees Lower Wimbledon Final Overnights

ESPN drew a 1.9 overnight rating for coverage featuring Novak Djokovic’s five-set win over Roger Federer yesterday, down slightly from a 2.0 rating for Andy Murray’s straight sets win over Djokovic last year. The 1.9 is down sharply from Federer’s four-set win over Murray in &rsq ...

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World Cup Quarterfinal Audience Up On TV

ESPN over the weekend drew its two best audiences on record for FIFA World Cup quarterfinal matches on either ESPN or ABC. Brazil-Colombia on Friday is now the most-viewed quarterfinal on record with a 3.6 final rating and 6.35 million viewers. ESPN drew its second-best quarterfinal audience with ...

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