CRAWFORD MORNING LINE | T-Will arrested on gun charge, TV weekend and more
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Well, this doesn't look good. The Seattle Times reported this morning that former University of Louisville star and current Boston Celtics back-up guard Terrence Williams was arrested over the weekend for allegedly brandishing a gun during a child visitation.
According to the Times, the mother of Williams' 10-year-old son has accused him of brandishing a firearm and making threats during an argument in a downtown Kent, Wash., parking lot at about 1:55 p.m. Sunday. Williams was taken into custody without incident later at a different location, the police report said. [Read the Seattle Times story here.]
After bouncing around, and then out, of the NBA, Williams came back from a stint in China to average 4.6 points and 1.6 assists in 24 games last season with the Celtics, who have signed him for the 2013-14 season, but the contract is not guaranteed.
Williams had actually earned praise from Celtics teammates for his work ethic, and seemed to perhaps be on his way to re-establishing himself. This incident won't help.
IF CABLE IS 'UNBUNDLED,' WHAT ABOUT MEGA-CONFERENCES?
Hey, remember all that conference realignment stuff that was based on putting together college programs in big cable markets to drive the efforts of conferences to extort sell cable systems with big subscriber bases on their "product?" You remember those considerations that led conferences to take schools based on how many cable subscribers their geographic region represented rather than their actual athletic merit (i.e., Rutgers to the Big Ten, etc.)
This morning, USA Today takes a look at a bill John McCain has introduced that would encourage cable companies to "unbundle" their channels, giving subscribers the opportunity to buy only what they watch, not a dozen or more random channels attached to the one they want to get.
In other words, the Big Ten Network, instead of getting the entire New York/New Jersey cable market because it took Rutgers, would get only those viewers there who actually bought the network based on their viewing habits. In other words, the gravy train would be packing up and leaving the tailgate party.
With the long-term granting of media rights that has gone on in several leagues, it's unlikely such a development in cable TV would unbundle these large conferences right away, but it certainly could shift the paradigm on which they were formed.
LOCAL TV: PREAKNESS WINS THE WEEKEND
The big sports TV event in Louisville over the weekend was, not surprisingly, the Preakness Stakes from Pimlico. Even the one-hour pre-race coverage on NBC blew away anything else in the market over the weekend, including the NBA playoffs. Neither playoff game over the weekend drew even a quarter of the audience of the Preakness, but both games were a solid second on an otherwise light weekend for sports. The numbers (remember, these are numbers for the Louisville market only. NOTE - Saturday's NASCAR All-Star race was on SPEED TV, and I don't have numbers for that network.)
SATURDAY FINAL RATINGS FOR THE LOUISVILLE DMA
Preakness Stakes race segment (NBC) 16.0 rating/29 share
Preakness pre-race coverage (NBC) 10.7/21
NBA Playoffs Pacers-Knicks (ESPN) 3.7/6
WDRB Sports at 10:45 (WDRB) 2.1/4
UFC Fight Night (FX) 1.7/3
PGA Byron Nelson Golf (NBC) 1.2/2
MLB Reds-Phillies (FOX) 1.2/2
NHL Redwings-Blackhawks 0.6/1
SUNDAY OVERNIGHT RATINGS FOR THE LOUISVILLE DMA
NBA Playoffs Grizzlies-Spurs (ABC) 3.9/8
WDRB Sports at 10:45 (WDRB) 3.6/6
Byron Nelson golf (CBS) 2.1/4
MLB Tigers-Rangers (ESPN) 0.8/1
NHL Rangers-Bruins (NBC) 0.7/1
Sportscenter at 11 p.m. (ESPN) 0.6/1
MLB Dodgers-Braves (TBS) 0.4/1
X Games Barcelona (ESPN) 0.4/1
-- University of Louisville junior guard Shoni Schimmel has been named to the U.S. Women's World International Games team. "This is a great opportunity for Shoni to play against some of the best competition in the world throughout the summer," U of L coach Jeff Walz said in a release. "It's an honor to have her represent USA Basketball and the University of Louisville." The games will be held July 8-15 in Kazan, Russia. Schimmel will report to Colorado Springs for training beginning in late June.
-- Congrats to the Bellarmine men's golf team, which will begin play in the NCAA Division II championships today in Hershey, Pa. The Knights are in the 20-team field for the fourth time.
-- UK's softball team is an NCAA super regional for only the second time in school history after advancing through its own regional in Lexington. The No. 12 ranked Wildcats (41-19) will travel to Tempe, Ariz., to face No. 5 Arizona State in a best-of-three series.
-- Oh, and one more thing. The University of Louisville picked up another Big East Championship. The baseball Cardinals will head to the conference tournament as the No. 1 seed with the nation's longest winning streak, 16 games. Baseball America gave a shout-out to the Cards as one of the nation's hottest teams.
LINK OF THE DAY
A touching story from WDRB's Sterling Riggs titled, "Healing Waters," from the Home of the Innocents.
[Click here to see it.]
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