Red Sox return home to face Marlins

In the first time in quite some time there were no Boston teams in action, or a NBA or NHL playoff game, which made for a pretty quiet Monday in sports. The airwaves were mostly all Red Sox, getting reaction from Buster Olney’s series of blog posts from over the weekend on the “toxic” in the Red Sox clubhouse. The team returns home to Fenway Park tonight for nine games in nine days against the Marlins, Braves and Blue Jays.

The Red Sox weren’t the only discussion point on Monday, there was a little US Open talk mixed in. Felger & Mazz did a golf segment where Felger ranted about what the game is today and how there are too many winners, no elite players and no true rivalries. He noted in the last 15 majors there have been 15 different winners. All this came after Felger didn’t even know who won the Open and couldn’t even get Webb Simpson’s name right even though he and Mazz interviewed him after his Deutsche Bank Championship win last September. Pretty hard to take a guys’ golf thoughts serious when he had no idea who won the US Open the day before.

Speaking of Felger, he and Rob Bradford had an intense debate on the state of the Red Sox on Sports Tonight last night.

Saved situation in Sox’ bullpen- Peter Abraham looks at a much improved Red Sox bullpen.

Lowdown on Lester- Scott Lauber has an up and down, frustrating start to the season for Jon Lester.

Buchholz more vital than ever in Sox rotation- Tim Britton says there has never been a time where Clay Buchholz has been more important to the team than he is right now.

Grumbling, stumbling- John Tomase looks at the Red Sox’ season thus far with a few observations looking at the teams’ “sour” clubhouse.

Valentine proven to be expert talent evaluator- Sean McAdam says Bobby Valentine is still one of the best talent evaluators in the game.

Red Sox: ‘Toxic’ or treatable- Gordon Edes takes a bit of a sarcastic route to say it is too early to call the Red Sox clubhouse “toxic.”

Julien Edelman impresses Blue Jays coaching staff in weekend workout in Toronto- Christopher Price has Patriots wide receiver Julien Edelman helping out a friend over the weekend in Toronto with work outs before their game on Saturday. During batting practice Edelman reportedly belted five home runs.

Roger Clemens belongs in Hall of Fame- Chad Finn says despite being a “lying, cheating scoundrel, as delusional as he is duplicitous and half as smart as he thinks he is, divided by three,” Clemens still belongs in the Hall of Fame.

Injected butt innocent*- Gerry Callahan is not a fan of the ruling in the Clemens trial, which came to an end yesterday.

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Red Sox Take Series In Wrigley, Trouble Brewing?

The Red Sox took a 7-4 win in Chicago last night, as Franklin Morales, standing in for Josh Beckett, struck out nine Cubs in an impressive start. While Boston has won their last two series, in Miami and Chicago, and gotten back to .500 on the season, Buster Olney says that the Red Sox are a team deep in dissension right now. No real specifics are given, but Olney calls the clubhouse “toxic” and says that if the Red Sox don’t make the postseason, all of the exasperation and frustration is going to spill out spectacularly.

Not Surprising: Curt Schilling On Leave From ESPN – Ken Fang has a quick post on the former pitcher taking some time off from his analyst position at ESPN to focus on his legal issues.

The making of Franklin Morales: His path to the Red Sox and effectiveness – Alex Speier looks at the lefty finally showing the spectacular stuff that has always teased observers of his career. More on Morales from Peter Abraham and Gordon Edes.

Time for a Sox youth movement – John Tomase is ready to scrap everything and play the kids.

After whirlwind day, Kalish comes through for Sox – Sean McAdam has the young outfielder giving the Red Sox a boost after his callup. More on Kalish from Nick Cafardo and Brian MacPherson.

Josh Beckett smart to ignore media – Kirk Minihane notes that Beckett has absolutely nothing to gain by talking to the media.

What we learned this spring: 2012 Patriots starting to come into focus – Christopher Price looks at what we can glean from the Patriots’ spring workouts.

Belichick doesn’t alter gameplan for anybody – I’m not even sure where to begin on this one.

LaDainian Tomlinson will announce his retirement today. LT is a guy who certainly made an impression among New England fans, whether it was describing himself as “classy” or berating the Patriots for dancing his teammates dance on HIS field,  sulking on the sideline in his parka and helmet while his QB played on a torn ACL, saying that if the Patriots aren’t cheating they aren’t trying, or leading the Jets in a “we physical, they finesse” before the Jets lost the Patriots 45-3.

Others have different Patriots/LT memories:

That was  a loss, of course, so it’s fitting.

Cranking Out Some Friday Megalinks

Ok, linkage at my BSMW site has been really scarce over the last month and a half and I apologize for that. My schedules have been quite busy and it’s been tough to sit down for the time it takes to gather the links. I hope that changes over the next month or so.

Here are the Weekend Viewing Picks for you.

National

Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch speaks with the people at the Poynter Institute who are the ESPN Ombudsman.

Nate Davis at USA Today’s The Huddle has the Miami Dolphins not so enthusiastic about being on Hard Knocks this season.

Michael Hiestand of USA Today talks with ESPN’s Sean McDonough who will undergo brain surgery later this year.

Ira Boudwell of Bloomberg Businessweek says ESPN is getting out of the high school sports business saying it’s not broad enough.

Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski says this week’s blowout between David Stern and Jim Rome proves that the NBA Commissioner needs to go.

John Ourand of Sports Business Daily says Fox Sports San Diego is launching an ad campaign against Time Warner Cable which has still not picked up the regional sports network.

Good Morning America’s and former ESPN SportsCenter host Robin Roberts says she will beat the rare blood disorder that will require a bone marrow transplant.

Michael O’Connell of the Hollywood Reporter notes that the NBA Finals are pacing ABC to good ratings this week.

At Broadcasting & Cable, Tim Baysinger writes that this week’s Dream Team documentary gave NBA TV its best viewership ever.

Mike Reynolds at Multichannel News says GolTV scored with this week’s soccer international friendly match between Brazil and Argentina.

Toni Fitzgerald of Media Life reports that NBC will debut two new sitcoms right smack dab in the middle of the Olympics.

Ed Sherman at the Sherman Report looks at the geriatric broadcasting team calling the NBA Finals for ESPN Radio.

Glenn Davis at SportsGrid notes that even after the winning the Stanley Cup this week, the Los Angeles Kings still aren’t getting respect from the local media.

Former Deadspin editor A.J. Daulerio returns to his former stomping grounds to do a massive takedown of Jay “The Rat” Mariotti.

Also from Deadspin, John Koblin writes that there doesn’t seem to be a clamoring for Erin Andrews beyond ESPN.

Jason Dachman of Sports Video Group says NBA TV and NBA Entertainment are appealing to the hardcore basketball fan for their Finals coverage.

Jason McIntyre of The Big Lead says Sports Illustrated could be laying off part of its staff.

Matt Yoder at Awful Announcing has tweets from people who hated Chris Berman on the U.S. Open yesterday.

Sports Media Watch notes that this year’s Stanley Cup Final did not resonate with viewers.

SMW also has some various ratings news and notes.

CNBC’s Darren Rovell writes that Brooklyn Nets gear is selling very well.

MediaRantz tells us that Sean Salisbury will be getting a new internet radio gig.

UPDATE, 4:30 p.m.: Time for more linkage here.

East and Mid-Atlantic

At SB Nation, BSMW Fearless Leader Bruce Allen writes about golfer David Duval taking a turn in the broadcast tower at the U.S. Open.

Bill Doyle of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette discusses Johnny Miller holding court for NBC at the U.S. Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco this week.

Newsday’s Neil Best talks with ESPN college baseball analyst Kyle Petersen who will be introducing many Long Islanders to the College World Series today.

Phil Mushnick of the New York Post goes after the Yankees for pricing out fans from the “Beautiful People” seats at Yankee Stadium.

Jerry Barmash at Fishbowl NY notes that SNY will unveil the all-time Mets team at a gala event on Sunday.

Ken McMillan of the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record says the US Women’s National Soccer Team will be on TV and the web this weekend.

Ken says local Time Warner Cable subscribers will have access to the new Pac-12 Networks this summer.

Ken Schott at the Schenectady Gazette says NBC Sports Group has announced the 2012 Summer at Saratoga schedule.

Pete Dougherty at the Albany Times Union talks with Jim Rome who marks his 16th year in New York’s Capital Region.

Pete says one of harness racing’s famous races changes networks this year.

Keith Groller of the Allentown (PA) Morning Call profiles a local cable TV sports reporter who is filling a double role this summer.

Keith has more on her in his blog.

In Press Box, Dave Hughes of DCRTV.com writes that a decision on the Washington Nationals TV rights has been delayed.

South

Barry Jackson from the Miami Herald has some NBA Finals Game 2 postgame reaction as well as Jon Barry saying he’s not a Miami Heat Hater.

David Barron of the Houston Chronicle says Fox Sports Houston was well-prepared and staffed for Wednesday’s perfect game thrown against the Astros by Matt Cain of the San Francisco Giants.

Mel Bracht at The Oklahoman writes that ESPN on ABC was all over the non-foul call against the Thunder’s Kevin Durant during Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

The Oklahoman rounds up what sports reporters are saying on Twitter about the NBA Finals.

Midwest

John Kiesewetter at the Cincinnati Enquirer says an all-star high school football game will be shown locally this weekend.

Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes that ESPN is dropping its high school sports operation.

Bob criticizes Jim Rome for his questioning of NBA Communist China Sympathizer David Stern.

Paul M. Banks at Chicago Sports Media Watch says Cubs announcers Len Kasper and Bob Brenly were silent when comedian Jeff Garlin brought up trading Alfonso Soriano.

Paul Christian of the Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin notes the rare occurrence of the U.S. Open and the NBA Finals going head-to-head on TV this Father’s Day.

Dan Caesar from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that viewers of Fox Sports Midwest may need a scorecard to tell who’s in the Cardinals TV booth over the next few days.

Dan notes that next week will mark a decade since the passing of Jack Buck and Cardinals pitcher Darryl Kile.

West

Chadd Cripe of the Idaho Statesman says this fall’s Boise State-Southern Mississippi game will get the Fox treatment.

Scott D. Pierce of the Salt Lake Tribune says Utahans are nervous about getting the Pac-12 Networkcomparing it to their experience with the ill-fated the mtn.

John Maffei of the North County Times writes that Fox Sports San Diego has set its sights squarely on Time Warner Cable.

Jim Carlisle at the Ventura County Star says ESPN’s NBA Countdown show seems to work fine without a host.

Jim talks with NBC’s Johnny Miller about the U.S. Open.

Jim has his weekend viewing picks.

Melissa Rohlin of the Los Angeles Times says Game 2 of the NBA Finals drew a good overnight number for ABC.

Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News talks with former Kings voices about the Stanley Cup victory.

Tom has some more in his blog.

Canada

The Toronto Globe and Mail’s Bruce Dowbiggin blames both Jim Rome and David Stern for their ugly exchange this week.

The Toronto Sports Media Blog says the NBA and NHL Commissioners are taking it on their chins this week.

And that’s going to do it.

Red Sox/Cubs, U.S. Open Highlight Sports Weekend

The Red Sox are in Chicago to take on the Cubs for a weekend series at Wrigley Field. Expect plenty more of Theo Epstein throughout the weekend as the former Red Sox GM faces his former team for the first time.

Also on tap is the U.S. Open, taking place at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. NBC and ESPN have the coverage of the event.

The Patriots wrapped up the offseason portion of their team activities by canceling the final practice of minicamp. Next stop, training camp. Get all the Patriots stories this morning at PatriotsLinks.com.

A few media-related links this morning for your perusal and discussion:

In NBA coverage, TNT team beats ESPN group – Chad Finn loves Mike Breen and thinks that Mike Felger’s Celtics bashing really isn’t all that responsible for his show’s May ratings loss to WEEI. He has a few other media items as well.

Inside Look: How The Boston Celtics Win in Social Media and Digital – Celtics Senior Director of Interactive Media Peter Stringer talks to Brian Solis about the winning strategies the Celtics employ in the digital world.

David Duval’s Roller Coaster Career Goes Through Broadcast Booth – In my SB Nation Boston media column, I’ve got former World #1 golfer David Duval taking an involuntary break from his clubs to serve as an analyst on ESPN’s coverage of the U.S. Open this weekend.

D.A. rules at the top of the Hub – John Molori talks to 98.5 evening host Damon Amendolara about coming to Boston sports radio as an outsider, and about his golf passion.

ESPN’s Sean McDonough to have surgery on bone near brain – Michael Hiestand of USA Today has former Red Sox broadcaster Sean McDonough needing to undergo brain surgery for a rare condition.

Doubront leads Red Sox to second straight win

After losing five straight games the Red Sox have bounced back with wins on back-to-back nights after crushing the Marlins 10-2 Wednesday night. Felix Doubront took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, where it was snapped by a Jose Reyes solo home run, but even so Doubront pitched possibly his best game of the year. He allowed just two runs on three hits, while striking out nine. It was also the first time the Red Sox scored double digit runs since May 13.

With the Red Sox traveling to Chicago to take on the Cubs this weekend, Theo Epstein is back in the spotlight with the Boston media. Epstein appeared on Felger & Mazz yesterday touching on a variety of subjects in a lengthy interview. He also appeared on Dennis and Callahan this morning, and did a lengthy Q&A with Dan Shaughnessy in the Globe.  Also, a few Red Sox media members traveled to Chicago ahead of the team to speak with the former Red Sox general manager in his new office on Wednesday.

How success bred a monster: Theo Epstein considers his Red Sox legacy- Alex Speier has a number of thoughts from Epstein touching on a number of subjects, both from his time in Boston and now with the Cubs.

Theo Epstein’s unhappy ending- John Tomase focuses on Epstein’s departure from Boston.

Wednesday was the second day of Patriots mini-camp. Despite the rainy weather the team still held practice outdoors. Tom Brady spoke to the media for the first time, which was a big topic for the local media.

Tom Brady sticks with the program- Mike Reiss has mechanics still being key for Brady, and how he will remember his late mentor Tom Martinez.

Tom Brady tunes up- Jeff Howe also takes a look at how important mechanics are for the Patriots QB.

Brady adjusting to Lloyd’s unique skills- Tom E. Curran says newly signed wide receiver Brandon Lloyd is not the type of received Brady is used to and will have to get used to Lloyd’s ability to made plays on balls thrown his way.

Why Brandon Lloyd might be one of the most rare receivers in recent Patriots’ history- Christopher Price looks at the first impressions of Lloyd in a Patriots uniform.

Belichick won’t read into ‘unwritten’ rule – Alex Prewitt’s notebook in the Globe has the Patriots coach denying any breach of the unwrittens in claiming Jake Ballard off waivers.

Wednesday mini-camp observations- Andy Hart has his usual in-depth look at what took place during Wednesday’s second day of mini camp.

Celts’ future begins with current roster – Mark Murphy has a positional breakdown of the current roster.

Celtics Hatred Catches Up With Michael Felger

In the latest ratings numbers for the month of May, WEEI enjoyed a strong bounce-back month, fueled by the playoff run of the Boston Celtics. Chad Finn has the breakdowns per show, but the essence is that while Toucher and Rich defeated Dennis and Callahan yet again, Mutt and Merloni came out ahead of Gresh and Zo and Ordway and Holley defeated Felger and Mazz as well.

There’s no doubt that Felger’s incessant bashing and ridicule of the Celtics is directly responsible for his show losing this month’s ratings, just as WEEI’s total dismissal of the Bruins led to their own downfall last year.

Now, I have little doubt that as the summer goes on, the 98.5 shows will regain the top spots, as the Red Sox stumble around in last place and the Patriots start up training camp at the end of next month, but it’s interesting that Felger was essentially willing to take a ratings loss in one month of ratings to simply satisfy his own predilections, and didn’t care about the possible repercussions to his station and sponsors. That’s an Ordway-like ego at work there.

I found myself listening to Ordway and Holley much more in the last month, not so much because they were offering great insight (Though Michael Holley seems to have finally hit his stride on that show.) but to escape the constant barrage of Celtics hatred in that timeslot up the dial. I clearly wasn’t alone.

The Mutt and Lou success is fairly shocking. I didn’t think Gresh and Zo were doing much in the way of Celtics bashing – they were OK – but I think Mutt and Lou trotted out some strong Celtics/NBA guests during the month which really helped them enjoy their first successful month.

This is only a one-month snapshot, it should be interesting to see what the quarterly ratings look like when they come out next month.

Some items of interest:

Which way should the Red Sox go?  – A blog post from Peter Abraham yesterday which I applaud heartily. This team needs a major shakeup. I’m onboard.

Kevin Youkilis about good to go – Michael Silverman has Youkilis sounding like he’s ready to move on.

Voices line up for Red Sox announcer job – Beth Teitell in the Globe talks to some of the candidates.

Situation must be right if he is going to return – Steve Bulpett has sources close to the Kevin Garnett/Celtics situation saying that KG could be open to a return, but wants to see what pieces Danny Ainge is able to put together first. KG would like to know who he’s playing with before committing to a return.

Celtics in good hands with Doc – Jackie MacMullan says that whatever the Celtics roster looks like next season, they’ve got the right coach in place.

Joseph Addai fills important role – Mike Reiss has the former Colt already stepping into a leadership role with his fellow running backs.

Looking at the Ballard move – Greg A Bedard warns us not to overreact to the Patriots claiming Giants TE Greg Ballard, but I love it – it’s such a Belichick move to make.

Tuesday mini-camp observations – Andy Hart provides his usual thoroughly detailed recap of yesterday’s Patriots practice.

NHL could be looking at a shortened season – Joe Haggerty reports on what could be another ugly labor fight for the NHL starting on September 15th.

105.5 WEEI FM Springfield has announced an exclusive partnership with the University of Massachusetts (UMass), making it the official home of UMass football and men’s basketball.   The five-year agreement kicks off with the 2012 UMass football season, which begins on August 30th at the University of Connecticut.

Red Sox lose fourth straight

With the Celtics season ending over the weekend, Boston’s full attention is now on the Red Sox, and that may not be such a good thing. The team lost their fourth straight, and seventh out of eight with their 4-1 loss to the Marlins Monday night in Miami. During the tough recent stretch the team actually has gotten decent starting pitching, the issue has been lack of hitting. Of the teams’ last seven losses they have scored three runs or less in four of those games.

Josh Beckett struggled early Monday night, but settled down and retired 15 of the final 16 batters he faced. In the first two innings Beckett allowed four runs on six hits, which was enough for him to take the loss. For the second straight game Beckett did not speak to reporters following the game. While I don’t agree with Beckett not talking after his last two starts, and think he owes it to the fans/reporters, let’s remember it was just over a month ago that most of the Boston media was hammering him for his “golf outing” and “what he does on his 18 off days a year is his business” comments.

Once again members of the Red Sox had issues with the umpiring. After being ejected for arguing a call after striking out Friday night, Kevin Youkilis once again got into it with an umpire Monday night. Youkilis was barking at the home plate umpire from the dugout about his previous at bat and needed to be ushered down the steps by Nick Punto.

The Red Sox have spent a great deal of time blaming the umpires over their recent rough stretch of play, and that starts at the top with their manager Bobby Valentine who was ejected from Sunday’s game and then spent a considerable time before Monday’s game talking about the poor umpiring.

Bats fail to do much damage- Michael Silverman has just how much the Red Sox hitters are struggling of late.

How Dustin Pedroia put concerns about his thumb in rear-view mirror- Rob Bradford has a look at Dustin Pedroia and how he is determined to snap out of his recent slump.

Red Sox need to look inward, not at umpires, to straighten out offensives woes- Didier Morais says complaining about the umpiring is the last thing the Red Sox should be doing right now.

Depth of bullpen should help weather loss of Hill- Brian MacPherson says with the teams’ depth in the bullpen they should be able to get by with Rich Hill being out the next month.

An equal exchange- Nick Cafardo looks back at the trade the Marlins and Red Sox made sending Josh Beckett to Boston and Hanley Ramirez to South Florida.

 

Huge Offseason On Tap For Celtics

The Celtics season came to an end on Saturday night, and now begins a fascinating time to watch the decisions that Danny Ainge and the Celtics will make before the team begins training camp in less than four months.

At one point, it was believed that there was a three-year window, after which the team would be in revert back to a lottery-bound franchise. They got five years out of the era, and it may not be done yet.

Danny Ainge has his critics in the Boston media (Hello, John Dennis!), but he has positioned this franchise to continue to be able to be a contender, provided he can put the right pieces together. They’ve got two first-round picks in a deep draft, and with a ton of money coming off the books, the ability to sign free agents or make trades this summer. They’ve got Doc Rivers, who players seem to want to play for. They’ve got Rondo, who makes teammates better and gets them easy baskets. They’ve got Avery Bradley coming back. (When he’s not boxing, apparently.)  Despite being a cold-weather city, Boston has a lot going for it in terms of being an attractive destination for players.

Much hinges on Kevin Garnett, and whether 1) he wants to keep playing, and 2) if he’ll take a greatly reduced salary to allow the team to add pieces around him. In the past few weeks I’ve read media reports of interest from New Jersey, Orlando, the Lakers and Spurs, but I feel fairly sure that if he’s playing, he’s playing here, mostly because of Doc Rivers.

Saturday night was tough to watch. In some ways, it was predictable, you knew the Celtics would put up a fight, and I feared they would fade late. The postgame was even tougher. Doc Rivers’ press conference was very emotional. You had to love the defiance of Rajon Rondo, refusing to admit his team lost steam in the end, you got the impression Ray Allen had played his last game with the Celtics.

Then you had the media schoolmarms wagging their finger at Rondo and KG not sticking around to glad-hand with the likes of Dwyane Wade and LeBron James.  Larry Bird didn’t stick around to give hugs and kisses to opponents. I hated when Kevin McHale hugged up Isaiah Thomas when the Pistons finally broke through against the Celtics in 1988.

Sportsmanship is more than just sticking around for a cursory handshake. It’s about playing the game right, respecting your opponent and leaving everything on the floor. The Celtics did that. For someone to immediately focus on raw emotions following a game which could be the last together for a proud group of warriors is the Twitter version of trolling for attention.

Pick up all the Celtics headlines today from CelticsLinks.com.

A few select stories from today:

Eastern Conference Finals Game 7 on ESPN Sets New NBA Cable Record with 9.1 Overnight Rating – Locally, the game scored a 21.7 rating.

Hard to analyze C’s Big 3 – Steve Bulpett has Danny Ainge talking about his expectations and hopes for this group, and what the future holds.

Big calls to make on Three – Gary Washburn looks at the decisions looming.

Celtics enter an era of change – Scott Souza has the team looking at a busy summer.

One more time! – Michael Muldoon want to take another run at it.

Celtics adrift in summer dreams – Peter May thinks the options might be limited for the Celtics.

A couple media-related items.

The NFL and me – In the Globe’s Jobs/Diversity Boston insert yesterday, Shalise Manza Young talks about being on the Patriots beat, and what she feels her role is among the rest of the media.

Haggerty vs Minihane – After their Twitter fight last week, the pair went at it on the CSNNE airwaves as well.

Now that the Red Sox have achieved their goal of breaking the Portland Trailblazer’s record for consecutive sellouts (wink, wink) can we end the charade?

LeBron.

That’s all you need to know, right?

The Heat star had 45 points – 30 in the first half as the Heat rolled over the lackluster Celtics 98-79 to force a game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday night.

This seemed like a Sports Guy “reverse lock” game if there ever was one. After all of the media had been picking and praising Miami, after game five, everything turned, and just about everyone – media, fans – had the Celtics closing things out last night at home, with the mentally fragile Heat wilting at the Garden.

Now the tide will shift the other way – very few people will predict that the Celtics can win another game in Miami. We’ll see. This is why they play the games.

Get all the Celtics coverage at Celticslinks.com.

For 1992 squad, Dream Team was perfect name – Chad Finn looks at the NBA TV documentary “The Dream Team.”

NBC Hopes For Triple Crown In Belmont Stakes – My SB Nation Boston media column was rendered rather moot this morning when news came out that I’ll Have Another has been scratched. Still, you can read and see what NBC Executives were hoping a Triple Crown could mean.

A quick reminder about the upcoming 11th annual Tradition which benefits The Sports Museum, on Wed. June 27 at 5:30 PM.

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award will go to three-time Cy Young award winner and member of the 2004 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox, Pedro Martinez. Alexi Lalas, Soccer Hall of Famer, trailblazer and founding player of the New England Revolution will receive the Soccer Legacy Award. Jeremy M. Jacobs, chairman and chief executive officer of Delaware North Companies for four decades, philanthropist and longtime owner of one of the NHL’s most storied franchises, the Boston Bruins, will be presented with the Hockey Legacy Award. The epitome of excellence and the backbone of the 1980’s Boston Celtics, Robert Parish, will be the recipient of the Basketball Legacy Award. Title IX pioneer, Yale oarswoman, two-time Olympian and star of the award winning documentary “A Hero for Daisy”, Chris Ernst, will be honored with the Special Achievement Award. Former New England Patriot, known as the locker room leader and hard-hitting Super Bowl safety, Rodney Harrison will receive the Football Legacy Award.

Tickets are $200 for general admission and $300 for reserved seating. All net proceeds benefit The Sports Museum. For more information, to purchase tickets and for sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.sportsmuseum.org

From ESPN:

Eastern Conference Finals Game 6 on ESPN Generates Highest Overnight Rating for NBA Game Ever on Cable

Thursday night’s NBA Eastern Conference Finals Game 6 on ESPN – the Miami Heat defeated the Boston Celtics to even their series at 3-3 – generated an 8.2 overnight rating, the highest overnight for an NBA game ever on cable (records back to 2003), according to Nielsen. The 8.2 for Game 6 surpasses the previous record, a 7.9 for Game 4 of this series, as the best overnight ever.

The 8.2 overnight rating is up 49 percent compared to the most recent Game 6 on ESPN – Boston/Orlando in the 2010 Eastern Conference Finals – which posted a 5.5.

In Miami, Game 6 delivered a 22.0 rating, the highest-rated NBA playoff game on ESPN in the market. In Boston, the game averaged a 20.5, the second highest-rated NBA game on ESPN in the market.

ESPN will televise Heat-Celtics Game 7 on Saturday, June 9, at 8:30 p.m. ET.  The Finals on ABC will begin Tuesday, June 12 at 9 p.m.