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July 4, 2014 Updates

How did you identify Woj as the ideal vehicle for this, beyond the obvious he-is-the-dude-for-this-stuff reasons? Woj is the man when it comes to NBA rumors, [and] we know that everyone knows who he is. His Twitter avi is recognizable, and so is that very long last name. Everything just fit perfectly, honestly, so we went with that. But of course we're fans of him, we follow Woj on Twitter and I know I always find myself stalking through his last few tweets to see if I missed anything during the day. SB Nation

July 3, 2014 Updates
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Recently retired forward Shane Battier has reached a multiyear agreement to join ESPN as a men's college basketball analyst. Battier won an NCAA title at Duke in 2001, when he was named the most outstanding player in the Final Four. He just wrapped up his 13th NBA season, the last three of which were spent with the Miami Heat, with whom he won two championships. ESPN.com

June 29, 2014 Updates

The Louisville TV market turned in the highest ratings share for Thursday night's NBA draft on ESPN, posting a 7.1 ahead of Oklahoma City (6.3), Memphis (5.4) and Raleigh-Durham (5.2). Thursday's draft was ESPN's highest-ever rated draft overall with a 3.1 overnight rating nationally, up 19 percent from last year's 2.6. In 2013, Louisville also led all markets by rating share, a percentage measurement of TVs tuned to a program. Louisville Courier-Journal

June 27, 2014 Updates

The NBA draft delivered its highest rating on ESPN, surpassing the mark set 11 years ago when LeBron James was the No. 1 pick. The telecast Thursday had a 3.1 overnight rating, according to Nielsen. That's a 19 percent increase from last year's 2.6 mark. The previous record for the draft was a 2.7 overnight in 2003, the first year the network televised it. James was the first pick that year in a top five that included Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Boston Herald

Well, the dust has settled and Woj was the clear winner of the Thursday night scoops battle. He managed to get the word out about 15 of the 30 first round picks in the draft, compared to just eight for ESPN’s Chad Ford (and one for ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne for good measure). Twitter user Kevin Draper put together a handy dandy chart of the first round. Awful Announcing

June 25, 2014 Updates
June 24, 2014 Updates

There is some debate about whether players should wait until the NBA’s new TV deal kicks in to sign their mega-contracts, since the individual player max is tied to the cap — which goes up hand-in-hand with league revenue. But turning down guaranteed long-term money is a gamble, and no one is quite sure when exactly the cap will make a huge leap. Grantland

June 17, 2014 Updates
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Humphries, Celtics teammate Jerryd Bayless and the six others spent three days in classrooms and in roundtable, on-camera chats, just like the real thing on ESPN. As a sign of how intriguing this could become, ESPN’s Gerry Matalon, the conglomerate’s on-air talent chief, attended as an observer. Humphries, in a navy blue jacket and skinny gray tie, sat in front of a screen displaying the logos of the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat and attempted to be animated and precise. He gestured with both hands and stared down the camera. Boston Herald

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