Update: Site Maintenance And Improvements

We made a couple of big changes today to the way you experience the website, most notably that we’ve added buttons (you’ll notice them in the bottom left) at the end of each post that allow you to instantly share them on various social networking platforms.  This is a long overdue upgrade and we hope that you will all help us to continue to grow the site by sharing the content you like with your friends, only now you can do it automatically instead of manually copy+pasting a link.  We’ve also made the tags and categories of each post invisible, so as not to overwhelm the post with too much filled-in space.  This was purely for aesthetic reasons.

Please be sure to let us know if you encounter any problems, if you’d like use to add on buttons for other platforms, or if you have any helpful suggestions as we’ll be sure to respond ASAP.

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March Madness Will Now Cost $3.99 To Watch Online, Unless You Verify Through Your Cable Provider

This is weak. With so many cable companies always squabbling with the channels, this puts a lot of fans in a bad position. The official word is that it will be free if you already have TBS and that all CBS games will remain free no matter what, but still.  From Sports Business Journal:

Turner Sports is dramatically reworking its online coverage of the upcoming NCAA men’s basketball tournament to include a distribution plan that features a fee-based component. The new March Madness Live, rebranded from March Madness On Demand, will work primarily on a TV Everywhere-based model in which games will still be available for free streaming online on an authenticated basis. For example, a tournament game shown on TBS can also be seen live and for free online by fans who get TBS on their cable or satellite system, and authenticate themselves through the channel’s website.

Fans who either cannot authenticate, or choose not to do so, can buy a $3.99 all-access pass that includes coverage of all 67 tournament games across all major digital platforms and includes live statistics and social media integration. Tournament games shown on CBS will remain free online at CBSSports.com.

I understand the reasoning behind this but I still hate, Hate, HATE it.

[Sports Business Journal]

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Here Are The NBA All-Star Game Starters

For the East: Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard.

For the West: Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Andrew Bynum.

The rest of the rosters will be named later.

No real surprises except for Carmelo Anthony who has had an awful start to the year, by his standards. I think Chris Bosh actually deserved the nod over him.

I don’t really have any gripes…yet. That will come later when the Nuggets don’t get a single player named to the roster despite having the second best record in the West.

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NBA Players Refuse Latest Offer, Season Likely Lost

No deal says Billy Hunter.  NBAPA makes the choice to become a trade association and will file an anti-trust lawsuit against the NBA.  Confirmed by Darren Rovell and ESPN’s Marc Stein. From Twitter:

Rovell: “BREAKING NEWS: NBA players announce they have rejected the owner’s deal.”

Stein: “Stunning. NBPA rejects NBA’s last offer, file disclaimer of interest to dissolve and take NBA to court. Season (gulp) in real jeopardy now”

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Friday Night Lights Set To Become A Movie

Not to be confused with the once popular book which became a book which became a movie which became a TV series which now becomes a movie again. What? Who cares. Way pumped for this.  From Deadline.com:

After today’s TCA panel for NBC’s Prime Suspect, the series’ executive producer Peter Berg confirmed that a movie version/sequel to his critically acclaimed NBC/DirecTV drama series Friday Night Lights, which recently ended its five-season run, is in active development. The movie is on track and the script is being written, Berg said. “We’re very serious about trying to do it,” he said, with a goal of going into production next year. The project would be produced by Universal Pictures — the studio behind the 2004 movie starring Billy Bob Thornton — and Imagine, with Brian Grazer producing. It would feature the cast of the series led by Emmy nominees Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton.

It will be interesting to see if it take place back in Texas or contiues on with the Taylor’s move to Philadelphia.

[Deadline.com]

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ESPN Classic Picks Up Friday Night Lights

LOVE this. From HollywoodReporter.com:

Friday Night Lights is making yet another move, this time to ESPN.

The critically-acclaimed, ratings-challenged drama will make the leap to the Disney-owned sports networks, ESPN and ESPN Classic, immediately after wrapping its fifth and final season on NBC. The Peabody series ended its run on DirecTV earlier this year.

Beginning on July 12th, ESPN will air the series’ first two episodes back-to-back in primetime, and then roll out a marathon of season one episodes two days later on sister channel ESPN classic. ESPN’s Texas-focused net, the Longhorn Network, will also be airing the show’s five season run.

The irony, of course, is that those associated with the show spent years trying to convince potential viewers that FNL is as much a relationship show as it is a football show. With a move to ESPN, one has to imagine that tune will change.

If you have yet to see the show this would be an excellent time to get started on watching the greatest sports-related TV show of all-time.  It’s also my personal favorite, even more so than other great shows like The Wire or Lost.

[HollywoodReporter.com]

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