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BREAKING – Maryland moves back to the ACC

It’s tough to remember all the comings and goings of conference realignment, so maybe we can give the SI editors for this one.  At this point, I think the Big Ten would rather give up Iowa… I just noticed @SInow thinks maryland is still in the acc cc: @tarheelblog @lebrownlow pic.twitter.com/mJC4AoDbTR — OlioReader (@OlioReader) October 20, 2014 … or Michigan. (H/T The...
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A look at the new direction of HBO’s Real Sports

I’ve long been a fan of HBO Real Sports but have found the 2014 season to be my favorite. When Real Sports debuted this season in January, there were many noticeable changes in terms of content, contributors, on screen look, and overall tone. As the year went on, I became curious about the show’s new direction and what the future may hold. With that in mind, below is an interview...
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The Walking Dead may end the NFL and ESPN’s 27 year winning streak

The Texans visit the Steelers tonight for ESPN’s weekly broadcast of Monday Night Football.  For the wide majority of the last decade, the game would have automatically been a shoe-in for the most watched show in cable television that week.  Since moving to ESPN in 2006, Monday Night Football has enjoyed an unprecedented run of success at the top of the cable world.  For 8...
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News station congratulates Gary Payton for breaking TD record

All this time I thought Peyton Manning broke the TD record, turns out it was Gary PAYTON! Who knew?! #PeytonRecord pic.twitter.com/KlIcFRtZ8V — Ashoka Moore (@AshokaESPN) October 20, 2014 In fairness to KOMO in Seattle, the Broncos probably would have been equally as better off with Gary Payton at quarterback during last year’s Super Bowl. But really, come on.  “Peyton...
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30 For 30 Review – When The Garden Was Eden

Director - Michael Rapaport Length - 90 minutes with commercial (77 minutes without) Installment - #65 of 30 for 30/ESPN Films series Most Similar To - Bad Boys, The Fab Five Grade/Ranking - Mid to high teens out of 65. Review -  For whatever reason, I set the expectation this would be a middle of the road or perhaps even a bottom third 30 for 30 mainly because the two...
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Notre Dame-Florida State is the highest rated college football game of the year

The numbers are out, and ESPN/ABC pulled in big numbers for a regular-season college football game, the Notre Dame-Florida State blockbuster from Saturday night. The game received plenty of attention throughout the week. Moreover, as ABC’s prime-time centerpiece, the contest kicked off at 8:22 p.m. Eastern time following an extended pregame lead-in. All that advance suspense then...
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Sean Payton explodes at reporter in postgame press conference

It’s been a frustrating year to be a Saints fan.  Or a Saints player.  And definitely the head coach.  The perennial playoff team touted as a Super Bowl contender this year now finds themselves at 2-4 after their third crippling loss of the season in the final 2 minutes. Sunday’s loss against Detroit was the worst yet, and that’s really saying something with how this season...
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Sam Rosen mixes up his Carolina sports teams

Sam Rosen is a New York-area legend through his work with MSG and the New York Rangers. His calls of their 1994 Stanley Cup run will, in fact, last a lifetime. He’s also a man with lots of national credentials, calling the NFL and NHL with Fox since they launched their sports division two decades ago. Rosen is filling in for Kevin Burkhardt on Fox’s B-team these next couple of...
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San Francisco radio stations banning Lorde’s Royals until after the World Series

If you’re sick of the song Royals by Lorde, and you live in San Francisco, then today is your lucky day! At least two radio stations in the Bay Area have decided to remove that song from their rotation until after the World Series, where the San Francisco Giants will take on the Kansas City Royals. As you probably know, the song Royals is actually relevant to the baseball team...
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Viewing Picks for October 20, 2014

All Times Eastern College Football BTN Football & Beyond 2014 — Big Ten Network, noon CFB Daily — ESPNU, 1 p.m. College Football Live — ESPN2, 2:30 p.m. Final Verdict — ESPNU, 4:30 p.m. Great8 Plays — ESPNU, 5:30 p.m. ESPNU Championship Drive — ESPNU, 6 p.m. College Soccer Men’s Cal at Stanford — Pac-12 Networks, 10 p.m. Women’s Arkansas-Little Rock at Texas...
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ESPN’s family of networks to air some 1,500 men’s college basketball games in 2014-15

Late last week, ESPN issued a comprehensive and extensive 7,558-word press release outlining each and every game of its 2014-15 college basketball schedule. To spare you from reading each and every word, we’ll do our best to summarize the whole thing. First, the ESPN Family of Networks will air some 1,500 games this season on a whole bunch of platforms including the linear ESPN...
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ESPN and Turner to share in NBA jersey ad revenue

When the new NBA media rights deal was announced, it was not a surprise that ESPN and Turner renewed their deals for billions of dollars. As we looked further into the details, we noted that much of the status quo would remain. ESPN/ABC would stay as the home of the Finals. Turner would still maintain NBA TV and its digital properties plus TNT would continue its weekly Thursday night...
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Your Lou Holtz Moments of Zen

Lou Holtz had quite the revealing performance on ESPN last night, even by his standards.  First there was this moment of brutal honesty… And then, I don’t know what you’d call this… Perhaps his brain was still trying to process what happened to his beloved Fighting Irish. [Vines via cjzero, ] The post Your Lou Holtz Moments of Zen appeared first on Awful Announcing.
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Inside the Numbers: Thursday Night Football vs. NLCS

When you look at the overall numbers, the New York Jets-New England Patriots game on CBS/NFL Network easily beat Game 5 of the National League Championship Series on Fox Sports 1. The combined rating of 10.1 for Thursday Night Football outpaced what Fox Sports 1 garnered, 3.1 for the NLCS series-clinching game. But as most of the 16.1 million viewers who watched TNF went to CBS ...
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Viewing Picks for October 19, 2014

All Times Eastern CFL Edmonton Eskimos at Saskatchewan Roughriders — ESPN3, 4 p.m. College Football Championship Drive: Who’s In? — ESPN, 8:30 p.m. College Soccer Men’s Maryland at Indiana — Big Ten Network, 1 p.m. Oregon State at UCLA — Pac-12 Networks, 8 p.m. Women’s Texas Tech at Texas Christian — Fox College Sports Central, 2 p.m. Eastern Washington at Northern...
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Brett Favre was a no-show for College GameDay

If you saw College GameDay this morning, you may have noticed Ken Griffey, Jr. was the guest prognosticator during the Saturday Selections segment. He was supposed to be joined by former Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets quarterback Brett Favre. Chris Fowler announced that Favre’s plane had mechanical problems and thus, he could not could not make it to GameDay’s...
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Five things fans get out of new TV deal

Ed Note: The following appears courtesy our friends at Crossover Chronicles, Bloguin’s main NBA hub and Philip Rossman-Reich. The NBA agreed to a new television deal which will nearly triple the television rights coming into the league starting with the 2017 season. Ostensibly, there are very few changes. Games will be on ESPN and TNT still. The nights will change very little too...
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Tales from the NBA Preseason: Stacey King has lost his mind

For as much strife as there is over the meaningless nature of the NFL preseason, it doesn’t hold a candle to the meaningless nature of the NBA preseason.  Heck, Gregg Popovich didn’t even bother to show up to coach a game! But don’t tell that to Bulls analyst Stacey King, who compared Jimmy Butler to Michael Jordan for a preseason buzzer beater.  Even by Stacey King’s high...
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Is MLB primed for a World Series ratings bonanza?

This MLB Postseason has brought some great ratings to TBS and Fox Sports 1. Turner had their most-watched Postseason since 2010, despite three sweeps. Fox Sports 1 continually set ratings records this fall. And now, we have a World Series featuring the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants, an intriguing, unique matchup. But “intriguing” and “unique” don’t exactly...
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Viewing Picks for October 18, 2014

All Times Eastern Boxing Fight Night, 2300 Arena, Philadelphia, PA Heavyweights Steve Cunningham vs. Natu Visinia — NBCSN, 9 p.m. World Championship Boxing, Stub Hub Center, Carson, CA World Middleweight Championship Bout Gennnady Golovkin vs. Marco Anthony Rubio — HBO, 10 p.m. CFL Montreal Alouettes at Toronto Argonauts — ESPN3, 4 p.m. Calgary Stampeders at Winnipeg Blue Bombers...
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Watch: Cavs' Tristan Thompson kisses sideline reporter

Last we checked in on Tristan Thompson, he was deciding if he should shoot jumpers with his right hand or left, a somewhat odd dilemma to be having at the NBA level. While he may have been indecisive on how to shoot, that indecisiveness seems to not carry over to his on camera persona where he basically just went for it by planting a smooch on sideline reporter Allie Clifton. As...
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Mike Francesa is ramping up the rhetoric vs Fox Sports 1

Mike Francesa may have been told to stop talking about his Fox Sports 1 simulcast problems, but it doesn’t mean that he won’t complain when given the opportunity. In a rare case of his show was actually airing on Fox Sports 1 on Thursday, Francesa discussed his situation with two callers who complained that they could not watch him every day. Of course, the Sports Pope agreed...
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Chris Webber is part of a group that wants to buy the Hawks

Chris Webber wants to follow in the footsteps of former ESPN broadcaster Magic Johnson and buy a chunk of a sports team. But unlike Johnson, Webber is sticking to basketball, and is reportedly targeting the Atlanta Hawks. He posted a note on Twitter Thursday morning about his ownership interests. pic.twitter.com/gQDnrpdngf — Chris Webber (@realchriswebber) October 16, 2014 The...
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MLB Postseason on TBS, MLB Network, NFL Network, Golf Channel and NBATV Ratings Buzz: October 6-12

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. TBS Postseason RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 MLB ALCS GAME 1: Kansas City at Baltimore Fri 8:00PM-12:55AM 295 3.6 5920 2 MLB ALCS GAME 2: Kansas City at Baltimore Sat 4:00PM- 8:32PM 272 2.6 4250 3 INSIDE THE MLB ...
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NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: October 6-12

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 REGULAR SEASON: Philadelphia at Boston Wed 7:27PM-10:06PM 159 0.6 956 2 NHL REGULAR SEASON: San Jose at Los Angeles Wed 10:06PM- 1:14AM 188 0.3 446 3...
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