07 June 2014

What Steve Ballmer's 2 billion deal for the Clippers means for the NBA

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The saga of Donald Sterling's ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, and its ugly conclusion, appears to have some sort of closure in the wake of the news that former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has agreed to pay $2 billion for the franchise from Sterling's wife, Shelly. This is by far the biggest price paid for an NBA franchise, the previous high being $550 million for the Milwaukee Bucks back in April, and the second highest for any sports franchise, the record being the $2.15 billion sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012.

What does this deal mean for the Clippers and for the NBA? Here are some of my thoughts.

06 June 2014

Fanatic Radio - 6/6/14 - Everybody Cramps

In this week's edition of Fanatic Radio, I host solo once again with Mike on assignment back home in Texas. And fortunately for you the listener, I was fired up. This episodes discusses game 1 of the NBA Finals, where a strong San Antonio victory has been overshadowed now by the idiotic firestorm causes by LeBron James getting strong cramps in his legs that forced him out of the game. We also discuss the Kings taking out the Rangers in overtime of game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final and how game 2 is very important for New York before the series comes to MSG. Also, will California Chrome win the Triple Crown? I make my picks for the Belmont Stakes and some "controversial" comments by USMNT coach Jurgen Klinnsmann, one of which led to an outrageous rant by Michael Wilbon. It's a big show and you can listen below, or over at Blog Talk Radio.

2014 MLB on Fox Announcers & Distribution: June 7th

As the baseball season rolls on into, so do the folks on the MLB on Fox and they will have a trio of games, all from the American League, this Saturday evening in primetime. Those games include the Red Sox and the Tigers getting it on in Motown, the Yankees and the Royals doing it in KC, and the Athletics and Orioles going at it in B'more. Game coverage will begin at 7:00 Eastern following Indians-Rangers on FS1 (announcers here). Continue reading for announcing assignments and distribution splits for Baseball Night in America.

2014 Belmont Stakes Picks

History is on the line this Saturday afternoon out on Long Island at Belmont Park as the Triple Crown is on the line as California Chrome looks to be the 12th Triple Crown winner and the first since 1978. Can California Chrome gain the ultimate prize in United States thoroughbred racing, or will he become the 13th horse since Affirmed won all three to win the first two crowns without getting the third? Here are my picks.

04 June 2014

2014 NBA Finals Predictions

Ever since the tremendous 2013 NBA Finals concluded one year ago, all NBA fans have wanted, beyond their own teams making it, is a Heat-Spurs rematch. Well folks, that be what we have right here. Miami is going for their third NBA championship in a row. San Antonio is trying to rebound from that epic game 6 collapse to win their fifth title in 15 years. Who will be hoisting the Larry O'Brien Trophy this June? Here are my predictions.

03 June 2014

2014 Stanley Cup Finals Predictions

If you are a hockey fan, it simply does not get any better than this: the Stanley Cup Finals. We started with 30 teams on October 1st and now we are down to two: the New York Rangers and the Los Angeles Kings. New York is going for their first Cup since 1994 and their fifth overall. Los Angeles is going for their first since 2012 and their second all time. Who will it be in this best of seven? Here are my predictions.

02 June 2014

2014 Stanley Cup Finals TV Schedule & Announcers

It is what all hockey fans have been waiting for since the NHL season kicked off way back in October, the Stanley Cup Finals. And it is a Finals that the folks at NBC Sports will love, a New York-Los Angeles showdown in the Rangers and the Kings. It kicks off this Wednesday in Los Angeles and all seven games will be on NBC or NBCSN. Continue reading for the television and the announcing schedule for the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals.