August 7th, 2014

UK basketball heads to Bahamas with a different class of hype

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — University of Kentucky basketball is not a place where subtlety thrives. Everything that happens there, from player haircuts to uniform changes, is a big deal.

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August 4th, 2014

UK hoops with some snazzy new uniforms for Bahamas trip

Via The UK athletics Twitter account …

June 27th, 2014

Midday update: Louisville tops NBA Draft television markets

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Russ Smith responded in a forceful and determined way after watching the teams he worked out for take passes on him during the NBA Draft. In fact, he said he had resigned himself to going undrafted when the Philadelphia 76ers took him with the 47th pick, then traded him to New Orleans. Now, he says, he’s determined more than ever before. Read my column about it here.

— Rick Bozich did the heavy lifting on the NBA Draft for WDRB Thursday night — read his wrap-up of Julius Randle, James Young and Noah Vonleh. Click to read

— The NBA Draft earned a 7.2 rating for ESPN in the Louisville market, a 12 share, according to The Nielsen Co.,  which not only was the best sports rating of the day in the city, but the highest rating for any of the metered markets nationally. The rating represents nearly 50,000 households in the Louisville market. Oklahoma City was the No. 2 market nationally, followed by Memphis, Raleigh-Durham and Cleveland. The Draft’s 3.1 overnight was its highest ever for ESPN, up 19 percent from a year ago. More from this ESPN release.

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April 14th, 2014

Willie Cauley-Stein Tweets that he’s returning to Kentucky

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Willie Cauley-Stein announces via Twitter this evening that he’s returning to the University of Kentucky for his junior season. It’s a big deal for Kentucky’s title hopes next season. Cauley-Stein, who wasn’t around for the stretch run after injuring his ankle in UK’s Sweet 16 win over Louisville, is the biggest defensive game-changer in the college game, and should be even more effective in his third college season. Story to come.

April 11th, 2014

Letter from University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino, asking a Federal judge for mercy in sentencing former University of Kentucky star and Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer. It was one of 29 letters unsealed by the court this week. Farmer is serving 27 months in prison for abuses during his time in office. READ MORE at WDRB.com

April 9th, 2014

With tournament run, Kentucky changed story on its season

Eric Crawford recaps the University of Kentucky basketball season, and considers how its postseason turnaround changes the legacy of this young team, and its coach.

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April 6th, 2014
April 6th, 2014

March Madness hits multi-year ratings low with move to cable

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Sports Media Watch breaks down the boon that the Final Four move has been to cable television, but notes that it has not brought more viewers to the event as a whole. Viewership for Saturday’s late game is down by 800,000 viewers from last year, despite ratings for three cable networks being combined. The championship will be carried by CBS this year, but moves to TBS next season.

READ THE FULL STORY at SPORTS MEDIA WATCH

(For a breakdown of overnight ratings from the Louisville market, click here.)

April 6th, 2014

BOZICH: Massimino, Rafftery offer thoughts on UK-UConn

April 6th, 2014

Twitter: UConn’s game plan for Kentucky

April 6th, 2014

Nielsen ratings in Louisville for Kentucky’s win over Wisconsin

It was a Final Four broadcast unlike any other. Last night’s national semifinal games weren’t seen on CBS — much to the chagrin of all local CBS affiliates. But the numbers in Louisville were still large.

In overnights provided by The Nielsen Co., on the main telecast, on TBS, the game in the Louisville market drew a 24.6 rating, 37 share (approximately 167,280 households). The “teamcast” on TNT with Rob Bromley and Rex Chapman on the call turned in an also-robust 11.3 rating, 17 share. The Wisconsin-centered broadcast on Tru drew a 1.5, 2 share. Overall, the game drew a 37.4 rating, 56 share (approximately 254,320 households).

It wasn’t what the game probably would’ve done on CBS. UK’s regional final win over Michigan on CBS drew a 55.6/64. Its win over U of L on CBS did a 50.6 rating, 73 share in the Louisville market.

Last night’s other semifinal, between UConn and Florida, drew a 13.3 rating, 24 share on TBS, and 19.4 rating, 35 share overall.

Local CBS affiliates get one more payday with this season’s championship game — before that game moves to TBS next season.

April 6th, 2014
He’s got that clutch gene.
Wisconsin forward Sam Dekker on Aaron Harrison making the game-winning shot in Kentucky’s 74-73 national semifinal victory.
April 6th, 2014

WDRB | James Young an unsung hero in UK’s Final Four win

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He had a game-high 17 points, but his performance may have been overshadowed by Aaron Harrison’s end-game heroics. Still, James Young was a major factor in the University of Kentucky advancing to Monday’s NCAA title game, and Wildcats’ coach John Calipari expects more of him against Connecticut.

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Sports writing from Eric Crawford of WDRB.com in Louisville, Ky.

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