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Mo Rivera, Floyd Mayweather, Mulcahy on Rutgers in Big Ten

Sorry about lack of blogging today. I'm off because I'm working Sunday. Sue me!

About 1.4 million people bought the pay per view showing of the May 1 fight between Floyd Mayweather and Sugar Shane Mosley, and the telecast grossed $78.3 million, second only for a non-heavyweight fight to the $137 million for the 2007 Mayweather-Oscar de la Hoya bout.

Had a chance to watch the "E:60" segment on Mariano Rivera that debuts on ESPN tonight.

No new blockbuster information about Mo, at least not that I'm aware of. But it was kind of cool to see him give Tom Rinaldi a tour of the beach in Panama where he learned to play the game.

Verizon has been added to DirecTV on the list of outlets that will offer the 3D telecasts of the Yankees' games in Seattle July 10 and 11. Talks with Cablevision - which owns Newsday - and other local cable companies are ongoing.

WFAN's Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts were pretty rough on AP sports editor Terry Taylor in an interview today regarding the decision to re-vote on the Defensive Rookie of the Year Award.

I tend to agree with them. It's a weird precedent. I'd vote for Cushing, if I had a vote.

Interesting stuff from former Rutgers AD Robert Mulcahy in a chat w/Sirius XM's Chris Russo Monday:

Russo: “If there’s a negative for Rutgers playing Big Ten football, Bob, what would it be?” 

Mulcahy: “I don’t think there’s a negative.  I think they match up then with Penn State and I think it does a lot of things. First of all, all of the Big Ten schools are AAU Universities, which Rutgers is, they’re land grant schools, which Rutgers is, and there’s a prestige that the Big Ten has and I think this would up the prestige of Rutgers a great deal.”
 
Russo: “All right. Is it negative for Rutgers leaving Big East basketball?”
 
Mulcahy: “I don’t think so.  It could be but here’s the deal, Chris.  Football is the prime motivator of what happens with these schools.  I’ve noticed how the student spirit changed when we won, how kids came up to me who were on campus and said, ‘I’m now proud to go home and tell other students who we are and what we are.’  People in New Jersey, they’re all riding around with “R’s” on the back of their car, and it’s changed the whole perception of the University in New Jersey.”

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