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MLB will allow Pete Rose to participate in All-Star Game events

Well, since he’s technically a TV personality now, I guess we can go all-in with reporting on Pete Rose. The new Fox MLB analyst will be allowed to participate in July’s All-Star Game festivities in Cincinnati, which Reds owner Bob Castellini stated was his preference earlier this year. This week, I wondered whether or not Rose would be taking one step closer to reinstatement...
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The Time Warner-Comcast merger falling apart hurts the hopes of Dodgers fans

There won’t be a mega-merger between Time Warner and Comcast, causing customers across the country to celebrate the immediate lack of an uber-cable provider in this country. But one group of people that won’t be celebrating are fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers, whose best hope of gaining access to Time Warner’s SportsNet LA this year has gone up in smoke. A merger between the...
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Viewing Picks for April 25, 2015

All Times Eastern Arena Football Arizona Rattlers at Los Angeles KISS — CBS Sports Network, 10 p.m. Australian Rules Football Port Adelaide Power vs. Hawthorn Hawks — Fox Soccer Plus, 5:30 a.m. BoxingWorld Championship Boxing, Madison Square Garden, New York, NYIBF/IBO/WBA/WBO World Heavyweight Championship Wladimir Klitschko vs. Bryant Jennings — HBO, 10 p.m. Inside Mayweather...
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Steve Carell, Emma Stone to star in Bobby Riggs-Billie Jean King film

The 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, billed as “Battle of the Sexes,” is apparently the hottest sports movie property in Hollywood. Just over a month after HBO announced it was making a film about the match — with Paul Giamatti starring as Riggs and Elizabeth Banks portraying King — Fox Searchlight has a competing project in development, with...
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Hawk Harrelson shines during White Sox-Royals brawl

On Thursday night, the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals engaged in our first full-fledged basebrawl of the year. When all was said and done, five players were ejected, including each team’s starting pitcher (though each’s evening was essentially already complete). Over on CSN Chicago, Hawk Harrelson and Steve Stone were on the call, and Harrelson was in his element on...
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AA Podcast #116 – Brandon Stroud, UPROXX

WWE has made a lot of news in the sports world recently with Brock Lesnar announcing his re-signing with the company on ESPN, SportsCenter showing WrestleMania, and so many websites now covering the industry on a regular basis. With that in mind we welcome one of the best and funniest pro wrestling writers around, Brandon Stroud of With Spandex and Uproxx. Topics include… – His...
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Sports and Entertainment Ratings Buzz: April 13-19

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. NBA on TNT Tuesday, April 14, 2015 “NBA Pre-Game Show” (8:00-8:14 p.m.) 0.6 household rating, 912,000 viewers -10% from 1.008 million on 04/15/14 San Antonio Spurs @ Oklahoma City Thunder (8:14-11:18 p.m.) 0.9 household rating, 1.288 million...
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NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: April 13-19

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. NBCSN Top 10 (and Select) Programs RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 NHL WESTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS: Montreal at Ottawa Sun 7:00PM-10:15PM 195 0.5 835 2 NHL WESTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS: Chicago at Nashville Fri 9:45PM-12...
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ESPN Ratings Buzz: April 13-19

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. ESPN Top 10 (and Select) Programs RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 NBA PLAYOFFS-1ST RD: Dallas at Houston Sat 9:31PM-12:14AM 163 2.2 3281 2 NBA PLAYOFFS-1ST RD: Milwaukee at Chicago Sat 7:00PM- 9:31PM 151 1.8 2660 3 NBA PLAYOFFS...
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Mets almost even with Yankees in viewership

It’s been a while since the Mets have been good. Fans have been starved for a winner and have had to endure years of bad teams. But that has changed thus far this season with the Mets riding an 11 game winning streak going into Friday’s action against their cross-town rivals, the Yankees. During the winning streak, the Mets fans have responded by watching the games on SNY in...
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More Details Emerge On 5 Hour OJ Simpson 30 For 30

On Tuesday, we shared the news that it appeared that ESPN was looking to do a 5 hour (you heard that right) 30 for 30 on OJ Simpson. Details were scant at the time but since then Awful Announcing has learned more about the project, most specifically the film’s director. We’ve heard Ezra Edelman is at the helm for this ambitious project at this time and that ESPN looked to Edelman...
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ESPN’s Identity Crisis emerges again in Floyd Mayweather coverage

There’s an ongoing identity crisis at ESPN between serious sports journalism and everything that doesn’t meet that standard (whether that’s embracing debate or puff pieces), as we saw again this week with the radically different ways the network’s shows covered Tim Tebow. Perhaps even a better example of ESPN’s journalistic dilemma is their SportsCenter coverage of an...
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Grant Hill got railroaded by some random fan at the broadcast table

Who says life isn’t rough as a broadcaster? Grant Hill was enjoying a snack at halftime of Bulls-Bucks on NBATV last night when this jerk just barrels right into him. That’s a former NBA All-Star! And then the guy has the nerve to do one of those “sorry-not-sorry” things as he’s just walking away. Where’s your manners, America! The post Grant Hill got railroaded by some...
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In ironic development, the ESPYs are moving away from ESPN

The ESPN Awards show created by ESPN and bearing ESPN’s name will no longer be televised by ESPN. ESPN announced this week that that 22 years after its inception (seriously, the ESPYs have been around longer than Marcus Mariota has been alive) the ESPYs would be moved to network primetime and air on Disney relative ABC. Here’s the news from a network press release: The ABC...
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Viewing Picks for April 24, 2015

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football Richmond Tigers vs. Melbourne Dragons — Fox Sports 2, 5:30 a.m. St. Kilda Saints vs. Carlton Blues — Fox Soccer Plus, 9 p.m. Essendon Bombers vs. Collingwood Magpies — Fox Sports 2, 12:30 a.m. (Saturday) BoxingPremier Boxing Champions, UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL Dirrell vs. Jack; Jacobs vs. Truax; Garcia vs. Stevenson — Spike, 9...
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Two sports media personalities are hosting new Travel Channel shows

Not one, but two sports media personalities are spreading their wings into the travel industry with two new shows on the Travel Channel. First, NBC’s Kyle Martino just got done with a trip to the UK with the network’s Premier League coverage.  Now he’s going to really be piling up the frequent flyer miles.  Martino has been named the co-host of a new Travel Channel show 36...
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Fox Sports Go to offer a second screen for the NFL Draft

It doesn’t have the rights to the NFL Draft, but Fox figures it can offer the next best thing than actually being inside the Auditorium Theater in Chicago for the 1st Round. For the entire 1st round, Fox will offer an online experience through its Fox Sports Go app called “Fox Sports Live 2015 NFL Draftcast.” Utilizing Fox NFL Insider Jay Glazer, reporter Peter Schrager and...
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American Idol winner to sing Fox’s Women’s World Cup theme

In a case of extreme corporate synergy, Fox is really pullimg out the stops to promote June’s FIFA Women’s World Cup. On Wednesday, Fox had US Women’s National team stars Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach appear on American Idol to give American Idol hack host Ryan Seacrest a U.S. team jersey and to make a very special announcement which you can see below: Yes, the winner of this...
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AA Podcast #115 – Chris Webber

It’s NBA Playoffs time and we’re joined once again by NBA on TNT and NBATV analyst Chris Webber. The former All-Star has seen quite the rise in his broadcast career over the last 12 months as he’s now the lead NBA game analyst for Turner Sports working this postseason with Marv Albert. We chat with Chris about his broadcast career and the NBA Playoffs. Topics include… ...
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NFL Network’s extensive draft coverage is really extensive

If you have had a chance to watch NFL Network’s “Caught in the Draft” series, you have seen how the NFL Draft has evolved from a smoke-filled meeting at a hotel ballroom to an orchestrated made-for-TV event that is covered by two networks. With this year’s NFL Draft, a.k.a. the “Annual NFL Player Selection Meeting,” moving out of New York for the first time and being...
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Dish Network will not be offering UFC 186

The latest outlet that Dish Network is going to war with? The UFC. Dish won’t be offering this weekend’s (admittedly weak looking) UFC 186 pay-per-view after failing to come to an agreement with the UFC on renewing their distribution contract. Here’s the official statement from the UFC. Due to contractual issues, DISH Network will not be offering UFC 186: Johnson vs. Horiguchi...
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Fox Sports adds a cavalcade of announcers to round out its golf coverage

We’re now just less than a couple months away from Fox Sports’ first airing of golf’s US Open.  But that’s only part of the mega-contract Fox signed with the USGA.  All totaled, Fox Sports will air over 300 hours of golf throughout the late spring and early summer including the major open championships as well as amateur events. Chances are if you’ve picked up a golf...
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Minor League Baseball will once again air on CBS Sports Network

Last season, CBS Sports Network aired 15 Minor League Baseball games on Thursday nights throughout the season. The series must have been a success, because in 2015, the series will return for a ten-game schedule. The only teams to appear more than once over the ten games are the El Paso Chihuahuas (AAA affiliate of the Padres) and the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (AA affiliate of...
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Chris Rock articulates the decline of black Americans in baseball

HBO’s Real Sports continued with its theme of comedians and other talent associated with the channel ending the show with a commentary.  This time, it was comedian Chris Rock opining about the decline of black Americans in baseball.  Rock throws out several statistics, shares some profound insights, and throws in a few good jokes for good measure as well.  It’s too bad MLB...
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Viewing Picks for April 23, 2015

All Times Eastern College Baseball Georgia at Auburn — SEC Network, 7 p.m. Texas A&M at LSU — ESPNU, 7:30 p.m. San Francisco at BYU — BYUtv, 8 p.m. College Baseball Live — ESPNU, 7 p.m. College Football CFB Daily: Spring Blitz — ESPNU, 5:30 p.m. College Football Live — ESPNU, 6 p.m. College LacrosseWomen’sACC Tournament, Köckner Stadium, University of Virginia...
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