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Viewing Picks for August 26, 2016

All Times Eastern Arena FootballArena Bowl XXIX, Gila River Arena, Glendale, AZ Philadelphia Soul at Arizona Rattlers — ESPN, 7 p.m. Australian Rules Football Adelaide Crows vs. West Coast Eagles — FS1, 6 a.m. Geelong Cats vs. Melbourne Demons — FS2, 11:30 p.m. Bundesliga Bayern Munich vs. Werder Bremen — FS1, 2:30 p.m. Bundesliga Match Day — FS1, 2 p.m. CFL Winnipeg Blue...
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Warriors leaving KNBR after 32 years for FM station, flagship status

The Golden State Warriors have been on KNBR (680 AM) for more than a generation. But after 32 consecutive seasons (and 40 overall), the team is moving to a new radio home on the FM side of the dial. By moving to FM 95.7 The Game, the Warriors now have their own flagship station and will no longer have their broadcasts bumped to another station in favor of San Francisco Giants games...
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FS1 debuts promo for Skip and Shannon Undisputed, with Bayless arguing at movies

When Hollywood studios want to build anticipation and excitement for an upcoming blockbuster, creating a wave of positive buzz, they release a trailer online or give it a special TV spot, like Disney did for its next Star Wars movie, Rogue One, during prime time Olympics coverage a couple of weeks ago. Fox Sports 1 appears to be hoping for the same effect, releasing a trailer for...
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Will we see a woman calling NFL games anytime soon?

Over at SI.com, Richard Deitsch published a column Wednesday in which he spoke with women in sports broadcasting about the possibility of a woman calling NFL games on television in the near future. The tone of the quotes seemed to be guarded optimism, as the women interviewed pointed to slow progress they’ve observed in getting women on football broadcasts. The latest...
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Charissa Thompson tells absurd story about cutting Larry David’s hair

You know how some celebrities cultivate personas in front of the camera that seem totally different from how they are off-screen? Larry David is apparently not one of those celebrities. Speaking Wednesday night on Fox Sports Live with Jay and Dan, Fox’s Charissa Thompson talked about her friendship with the Seinfeld creator and Curb Your Enthusiasm star, specifically the time...
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Stan Verrett to replace John Saunders on ABC college football set

The death of John Saunders earlier this month was not only profoundly sad for everyone at ESPN, it also left several holes on the airwaves for the network to fill on short notice. On Thursday, ESPN announced that Stan Verrett will take Saunders’ spot on the ABC college football set. Saunders held the position since 1992. Here’s what Verrett said about his new gig, via an ESPN...
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Want to launch a new online sports property in 2016? Good luck with that

Let’s say you wanted to start a brand new sports blog network right now. You think ESPN is stale, Deadspin is dying, SB Nation is static, and Barstool Sports is whatever the hell Barstool Sports is. So you come up with some interesting site ideas, you package everything together, you launch your network and now you’re ready to start growing your audience and monetizing your properties...
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What does NBC need to change about their Summer Olympics coverage?

Seemingly everyone had a bone to pick with NBC’s Olympic coverage this year. While we could rehash all the various controversies and criticisms once again (you can view a few here, here, and here in case you really want a refresher) we’ve decided to be constructive today. We polled our staff and asked a simple question – what’s the one thing you would change about NBC’s...
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How a GIF of Aly Raisman’s floor routine got me permanently banned from Twitter

I thought the only people to get permanently banned from Twitter were Leslie Jones’ online bully and terrorists. Apparently those who post a GIF of Aly Raisman Olympic floor routine also fall into the same category. It all started when I saw a GIF of her sublime first pass on the floor routine two weeks ago on the front page of Reddit. Wanting to share what an awesome moment...
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Mike Francesa’s horse “Mongo Nation” shows in first Saratoga race

WFAN radio host Mike Francesa has a famous “Mongo Nation” legion of fans, so of course he decided to name one of his horses after them. It turns out to have been a pretty good name: his two-year-old filly “Mongo Nation,” ridden by Joe Bravo, finished third in her maiden race, which took place at Saratoga Wednesday. That’s somewhat against the odds, too, as a bet on Mongo...
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Viewing Picks for August 25, 2016

All Times Eastern CFL BC Lions at Ottawa Redblacks — ESPN2, 7:30 p.m. College Football College Football Live — ESPN, 1:30 p.m. College SoccerWomen’s Michigan vs. Notre Dame — Big Ten Nework, 7 p.m. Washington State vs. Santa Clara — Pac-12 Network/Pac-12 Washington, 10 p.m. CONCACAF Champions LeagueGroup A, Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, Trinidad and Tobago WConnection vs...
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Philly radio host fired after racist mocking of competitor’s fake racist caller

There’s been a firing over white Philadelphia radio producer Kyle Egan posing as a black caller to his own station for years, but it’s come at a competing radio station. Egan works for 97.5 The Fanatic, and that’s where he called in as racist stereotype “Dwayne From Swedesboro” to afternoon host Mike Missanelli (who was reportedly unaware of the real identity of “Dwayne”...
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Chip Kelly: “If we’re going to use hypotheticals, we should cancel the season”

San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly is not a fan of hypothetical questions. On Wednesday, Kelly was asked about the team’s quarterback situation, which appears somewhat in flux with Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert both vying for the starting job. Kaepernick has missed the first two preseason games with a shoulder injury, and a reporter asked Kelly about who he plans to...
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Majority of Olympic streaming was done on laptops, not mobile

We know from NBC’s many press releases that streaming was a big deal for the Rio Olympics. Despite lower ratings, NBC called the 2016 Summer Games “The Most Successful Media Event in History” stating that the online consumption for the Olympics was the the largest ever with over 3.3 billion minutes (live, replays and highlights combined). In addition, NBC cited that there...
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Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen once looked like a young Bill Walton

It’s late in the 2016 Major League Baseball season and that means after well over 100 nights of working together, broadcasts can get just a little bit more light-hearted and slap-happy.  That appears to be what happened last night as the Mets gave all the meme lovers out there a wonderful gift in unearthing a college picture of their play by play announcer Gary Cohen.  He looks...
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Former Gawker & Deadspin editor A.J. Daulerio’s redemption tour has begun

Much have been made and written of the demise of Gawker Media and while most of it focuses on the cross-section of money and journalism or what might become of former owner Nick Denton, there’s one figure at the center of the whole story who might be simultaneously ruined and saved all at once: A.J. Daulerio. Daulerio, for those who haven’t been paying attention, is the former...
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Should I Listen To This? – NPR’s Only a Game

Welcome to Should I Listen To This?, where we deep-dive into a podcast to find out what it’s about, what works, what doesn’t, and whether or not you need to make the all-important decision to hit subscribe and add it to your rotation. Know a podcast you’d like us to consider? Send an e-mail and we’ll add it to the audio pile. Podcast: Only a Game Network: NPR ...
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Three straight Asian Olympics will force changes in NBC’s coverage

Now that the Olympic flame has been extinguished in Rio, it’s time to look back on NBC’s coverage of a property that is so important to not only their sports plans, but plans in general. Based on the pre-Games hype, there was reason to believe this Olympiad had the chance to be the best rated ever, thanks to major stars, the time zone, and momentum from London. The...
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Fox’s “Speak For Yourself” to move to 5 p.m. Eastern as of Sept. 5

Much-maligned and low-rated Fox Sports 1 debate show Speak For Yourself is getting a new timeslot. The Colin Cowherd and Jason Whitlock debate-fest (with Jason McIntyre as the third man in) is moving from its current 6 p.m. Eastern timeslot to 5 p.m. Eastern as of September 5, as Whitlock announced on the show Tuesday: “America, we know you don’t like to wait, and soon you...
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Viewing Picks for August 24, 2016

All Times Eastern College Football College Football Live — ESPN2, 1:30 p.m. ESPNU Heisman Film Room — ESPNU, 6 p.m. Inside College Football: Watch Lists — CBS Sports Network, 7 p.m. 2016 Pac-12 College Footbaall Preview — ESPNU, 7 p.m. 2016 College Football Preview — ESPNU, 8 p.m. The Herbies Preseason Special — ESPN2, 8:30 p.m. Being Bret Bielema: Farm to Football —...
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NBC blames “millennials” for Olympic ratings, CBC records best Summer Games ever

The story of this year’s Olympic ratings in general and Olympic primetime ratings in particular drastically changes depending on what part of North America you’re looking at. In the U.S., despite NBC’s claims that the Rio Olympics were “the most successful media event in history,” primetime ratings on the main NBC channel dropped by 17 per cent overall and 25 per cent in...
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Chance The Rapper will not be at ESPN forum on athletes and violence

It looks like Chance The Rapper now isn’t going to be involved with ESPN’s upcoming town hall forum Thursday on athletes, violence and responsibility, or the subsequent special edition of First Take on Friday. Both events take place in Chance’s home city of Chicago, and ESPN’s initial release said he would be a special guest on First Take Friday. Other outlets then started...
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Your MLB announcing schedule for 8/23-28

Tuesday, August 23 Washington Nationals at Baltimore Orioles (MLBN, 7 pm) Matt Vasgersian, Jim Kaat, & Ken Rosenthal [alt: Royals at Marlins] New York Yankees at Seattle Mariners (ESPN, 10 pm) Jon Sciambi, Rick Sutcliffe, Doug Glanville; Guest: Ken Griffey Jr. Wednesday, August 24 Cleveland Indians at Oakland Athletics (MLBN, 3:30 pm) Local Broadcast San Francisco Giants at Los...
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MLB postseason schedule offers conflicts with debates and NFL

It may be August, but Major League Baseball has released the 2016 postseason schedule. It begins on October 4th and 5th with the Wild Card Games and if the World Series goes the full seven games, it will end on Wedneday, November 2. Like last year, the World Series avoids M0nday and Thursday Night Football. It would begin on Tuesday, October 25 with a potential Game 5 on Sunday...
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NFL on CBS teams mostly unchanged; Carter Blackburn & Brad Nessler call selected games

The latest The 2016 local MLB TV announcer rankings WATCH: John Oliver skewers Ryan Lochte on Last Week Tonight Report: Al Michaels, not Mike Tirico, will call Thursday Night Football for NBC The good, bad and ugly of the 2nd week of NBC's Olympic coverage ...
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