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'Glee's' Amber Riley to Sing National Anthem at All-Star Game

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 12th 2010 10:20AM
Amber RileyUsually, you immediately know the name of the person selected to sing the national anthem at Major League Baseball's All-Star Game, but that may not be the case this year, Amber Riley has been selected for the honor, according to The Hollywood Reporter. While that name might not ring immediately as familiar, fans of 'Glee' know her as the face and voice behind Mercedes Jones.

It's an intriguing choice, as Riley is not even the lead vocalist for the glee club on the show. That honor goes to first-time Emmy nominee Lea Michele. But Riley has come to shine in the ensemble for her spunky attitude and powerhouse vocals. That strength will be featured as she tackles not only the national anthem, but a set of additional songs beforehand.

Last summer, the All-Star Game scored a solid 14.6 million viewers, which is a great showcase for Riley and 'Glee,' returning to Fox for its second season in the fall. 'The 81st All-Star Game' premieres tomorrow, Tue. Jul. 13, 2010, at 8PM ET on Fox. Riley will be joined by the Canadian Tenors on the Canadian national anthem, and Colbie Calait for 'God Bless America' during the 7th inning stretch.

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Granderson has Stadium Secrets to share

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 20th 2009 1:04PM
curtis_granderson_detroit_tigersLately, Detroit Tiger all-star outfielder Curtis Granderson has been in the news because he might be joining the New York Yankees. However, if Major League Baseball free agency doesn't make him a household name, television might. Granderson has an idea for a reality series that's being shopped around now and it's not like anything else other athletes have pitched.

Granderson's series is called Stadium Secrets and it will be like History Channel's Cities of the Underworld. In fact, it might be suited to the History Channel. Granderson would host the show and lead viewers into the inner recesses and hidden passages of famous stadia around the world -- although it'll probably start with American locations.

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White Sox' Ozzie Guillen joins Fox for World Series

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 22nd 2009 9:01PM
Ozzie_Guillen_SoxThe World Series is just around the corner and Fox has done something to make the coverage a bit more interesting. No, they have dictated that the umpires be replaced with androids, although after the screw-ups from Game Four of the ALCS, that might not be a bad suggestion. Fox Sports has added White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen to the pre and post-game analysis.

Aside from being a World Series winner, Ozzie is a character. He's funny, audacious, occasionally inappropriate, but highly knowledgeable about baseball and entertaining. He won't hold back what he thinks and if you want to hear real inside baseball talk, that's what Ozzie will deliver.

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Baseball called on account of Yom Kippur

by Brad Trechak, posted Sep 3rd 2009 8:33AM
The Passion of the JewYes, it's true. The Jews do control the media. Okay, maybe not in the purest sense of the word, but they exhibit enough influence on the medium to move the time of the Yankees versus Red Sox game from 8 PM to 1 in the afternoon on September 27. This was done to accommodate the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

Considering that Rep. Anthony Weiner, the man who wrote the letter to the Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, is a Congressman from New York, I can see an ulterior motive in his suggestion of the move. Undoubtedly the Congressman didn't want to miss a second of his favorite team against their arch rivals (and I doubt he's a Red Sox fan).

A serious bullet has been dodged. This conflict could have led to potential civil war within many Jewish households on the East Coast. Thank you for your consideration Congressman, and thank you MLB.

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Obama trumps suspended World Series game

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 28th 2008 4:26PM
baseball logoHow long will baseball fans have to wait to watch the end of game five of the World Series between the Phillies and the Rays? Well, it'll be at least another day. Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig has canceled tonight's resumption of the suspended game five.

Oh, and you know that Barack Obama ad that is going to be shown from 8-8:30 on NBC and CBS (but not ABC)? It's also going to be on Fox, too. The World Series game will be pushed back to accommodate the Democratic Presidential candidate.

Don't flip out and cry foul! The TV gods anticipated that there might be a conflict when they sold the time slot to the Obama campaign. In fact, they had the opportunity to turn them down. But Fox was inclined to take the ad revenue.

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Nielsen cable ratings for the week ending October 7

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 10th 2007 1:33PM

MLB logoHere are the weekly cable ratings, by number of viewers.

1. Monday Night Football (ESPN)
2. Baseball - Indians/Yankees Game 3 (TBS)
3. Baseball - Indians/Yankees Game 2 (TBS)
4. Baseball - Indians/Yankees Game 1 (TBS)
5. Baseball - Angels/Red Sox Game 2 (TBS)
6. Baseball - Angels/Red Sox Game 1 (TBS)
7. Baseball - Cubs/Diamondbacks Game 1 (TBS)
8. Baseball - Cubs/Diamondbacks Game 3 (TBS)
9. WWE Monday Night RAW (USA)
10. Baseball - Angels/Red Sox Game 3 (TBS)

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FOX Sports and MLB team up for batting practice

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 2nd 2007 2:42PM

mlb logoQuestion: what's more exciting than watching the home run hitting contest at the All-Star Game? Answer: watching the batting practice for the home run hitting contest at All-Star Game! And online too!

That's what is going to happen at this year's game, which airs July 10 on FOX. FOX Sports and mlb.com are going to have a two-hour webcast before the home run contest starts. It will be hosted by Chris Rose and Harold Reynolds. There is also going to be a red carpet special before that, with coverage of the players arriving at the park.

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Nielsen cable ratings for the week ending June 17

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 21st 2007 8:04AM

Here are the weekly cable ratings, by number of viewers.

1. WWE Monday Night RAW - 10pm (USA)
2. WWE Monday Night RAW - 9pm (USA)
3. Nextel Cup Michigan (TNT)
4. SpongeBob: The Movie (Nickelodeon)
5. WWE Monday Night RAW - 8pm (USA)
6. SpongeBob: The Movie (Nickelodeon)
7. SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon)
8. Army Wives (Lifetime)
9. SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon)
10. Mets/Yankees (ESPN)

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