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Chicago radio host Dan Bernstein says he enjoys reporter’s “giant boobs,” Katie Nolan, Michelle Beadle and NABJ fire back

A pair of Chicago radio hosts from 670 AM The Score, Dan Bernstein and Matt Spiegel, showed off some impressive sexism and unprofessionalism on Twitter Wednesday night, turning a conversation about CSN Chicago reporter Aiyana Cristal’s work into one about her breasts. Here are the key tweets in question, @MattSpiegel670 I have no rooting interest in her work, but enjoy her giant...
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Alonzo Mourning just confirmed “who wants to sex Mutombo?”

One of the most infamous rumors in NBA history was confirmed by Alonzo Mourning on Thursday’s episode Highly Questionable. Dikembe Mutombo’s go-to pickup line really was “who wants to sex Mutombo?” Shut it down. It’s all over. And Bomani Jones thought his new ESPN Radio show would be the best part of his week… [SBNation] The post Alonzo Mourning just confirmed “who...
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Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes says “Gosh, she’s beautiful” about stenographer on open mic

Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes is apparently quite fixated on press conference stenographers. Last Friday, he trolled the stenographer with “cattywampus, onomatopoeia, and antidisestablishmentarianism,” saying “Well, the wonderful lady over there, I think her title is stenographer, yes, okay. And she does an amazing job of typing words, sometimes if words are not in her dictionary...
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Closed captioning calls Nik Stauskas “Sauce Castillo,” which he and Kings’ fans are embracing

It’s always fun to watch the creation of a player’s nickname in real time, and it’s even more fun when that nickname comes from a closed captioning error. When Sacramento Kings’ guard Nik Stauskas hit a three-pointer Tuesdaay night against the 76ers, closed captioning transposed the play-by-play man’s call of “Stauskas hitting the three” into “Sauce Castillo hit the...
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SF Weekly editor says “we didn’t bring Mariotti here to write about domestic violence,” calls his hire “in the spirit of gonzo”

The great Hunter S. Thompson is probably rolling in his grave, as SF Weekly editor Mark Segal Kemp has defended the controversial San Francisco Examiner/SF Weekly decision to hire Jay Mariotti as sports director as “in the spirit of gonzo.” That’s highly problematic, but it’s not even the worst part of Segal Kemp’s piece. That would be his attempt to downplay the domestic...
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TNT/truTV Final Four teamcasts to be branded “Team Stream Presented By Bleacher Report”

In five years, Bleacher Report has evolved from a site co-founder Dave Nemetz called “a player development system for writers” and one that wasn’t directly competing with the likes of SB Nation to a site that’s going to be featured on Final Four telecasts. Bleacher Report owner Turner Sports announced Wednesday that their Final Four coverage will again feature team-specific...
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Second Round Voting For Announcer Cameo Bracket

Well we thought we were going to keep the voting open a little longer but the first round yielded very little bracket busting drama. Advancing to our Elite Eight on one side of the bracket we have: Bob Uecker as Harry Doyle in Major League with a whooping 98% of the vote over Jim Rome and Chris Berman in The Longest Yard. Barry Tompkins in Rocky IV with 57% of the vote over Bob...
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ESPN’s Coverage Of The Women’s NCAA Tournament Carries Echoes Of Other Sports

With first-rate professionals Kevin Negandhi, Kara Lawson, and Rebecca Lobo in the studio, ESPN has respected the intelligence of viewers during the 2015 Women’s NCAA Tournament. Showcasing Lawson and Lobo, the two best women’s analysts not named Doris Burke, has marked yet another step forward in the continuing evolution of ESPN’s women’s college basketball coverage. Lawson...
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NCAA Tournament Announcing Power Rankings

The votes have been cast, the grades have been calculated and we’re ready to reveal our March Madness Announcing Power Rankings!  Before we reveal the rankings, it’s worth noting that all of the broadcast teams graded fairly well.  Every team had significantly more A and B votes than D and F and in the case of the top two teams, we saw a massively positive response on the whole...
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ESPN Radio shuffling its daily lineup once again, Bomani Jones gains new show

ESPN Radio is making some intriguing changes in their weekday evening lineup including some comings and goings. First, Sedano and Stink is no more. Mark Schlereth is moving on and Jorge Sedano will be going it alone at 7 PM ET with The Sedano Show. The biggest headline grabber is the creation of a new show for the uber-talented Bomani Jones. He finally gets his own program in a lead...
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Sky Sports’ Kate Abdo joins Fox Sports for Women’s World Cup

Fox Sports is expanding their team for the 2015 Women’s World Cup this June and they’re doing so by calling on a member from Sky Sports in the UK. Kate Abdo will join Fox Sports and assist Rob Stone in anchoring the programming surrounding the tournament. Abdo is no stranger to Fox Sports and she’s well versed when it comes to soccer. She hosted the FIFA Ballon d’Or ceremony...
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Industry sources estimate TWC losing $100M a year on Dodgers

While the value of televised sports rights just seems to keep rising, those rights aren’t always ensuring a profit for broadcasters or translating into more access for fans. The most glaring case in point might be the debacle of Time Warner Cable’s acquisition of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ TV rights ahead of last season. Time Warner paid $8.35 billion to control those rights...
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Yankees recreate The Sandlot’s Babe Ruth scene

Who says the New York Yankees don’t know how to have fun? A bunch of their players got together to recreate the classic scene from The Sandlot where it’s revealed that Smalls has taken his stepfather’s autographed Babe Ruth ball and lost it to “The Beast.” Your browser does not support iframes. It seems quite appropriate to have Yankees’ players discussing the greatness...
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MLB Network hires Pedro Martinez as its newest analyst

Pedro Martinez is set to do more regular TV work. After an impressive couple of seasons working with TBS as a postseason analyst, the new Hall of Famer has been hired as MLB Network’s newest on-air analyst. It initially took a while after his official retirement in 2011 for him to get into broadcasting, with the likes of Barry Larkin and Kevin Millar encouraging him to do...
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AA Podcast #113 – Steve Smith

In this week’s AA Podcast we become fully immersed in March Madness and chat with Steve Smith of Turner Sports. The longtime NBA veteran and Michigan State alum is one of the NBA personalities covering the college game for CBS and Turner during the NCAA Tournament. Topics include… – Calling NCAA Tournament games from the broadcast booth for the first time. – His chemistry...
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Premier League U.S. TV rights for 2016-19 might be the subject of a bidding war

Exactly where the English Premier League ranks amongst the top-tier soccer leagues is being hotly debated at present thanks to EPL clubs’ recent struggles in European play, but the Premier League’s value as a television property isn’t in question. The league just signed a massive new TV deal in the United Kingdom, and its value in the U.S. has also increased dramatically...
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ESPN coverage signals WWE’s continued push into mainstream sports

ESPN broke a major news story yesterday.  It wasn’t in the NFL.  It wasn’t in the NBA.  It wasn’t in college basketball.  Really, it wasn’t in any traditional sport whatsoever.  No, the biggest story ESPN broke on March 24th, 2015 was a WWE story. WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar announced on SportsCenter that he would be re-signing with the professional wrestling...
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STAA University gives anyone the chance to become a sports broadcaster

Everyone thinks they can do sports radio. Everyone has opinions about sports and thinks they can form a cogent argument that listeners would appreciate. In a partnership with Yahoo! Sports Radio, the Sports Talent Agency of America is launching STAA University to help give those who are truly dedicated a better chance at getting a job in the industry. Registration for the school...
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Liverpool-Manchester United draws ratings record for NBCSN

The English Premier League continues to score for NBCSN. Sunday’s classic rivalry game between Liverpool and Manchester United drew 950,000 viewers at 9 a.m. ET. And combine that with the Hispanic audience on NBCUniverso, the game was seen by almost 1.2 million viewers across the country. For NBCSN, the game is the most-watched Premier League contest in the very early morning window...
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NCAA Tournament is dominating the cable landscape

Turner Sports is really pleased with how the ratings from this year’s NCAA Tournament. Not only has the first week provided record overnights, but there has been increased viewership across the board for TBS, TNT and lo and behold, truTV. Due to some very good games and upsets, the NCAA Tournament paced the three networks to the 21 most-watched sporting events on cable last week...
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Roger Clemens movie entitled 'The Rocket' in development

Are we, as a culture, ready for a Roger Clemens movie? A biopic about the pitching great could soon be in development, following a bidding war over a script for a Clemens film, titled The Rocket. According to The Hollywood Reporter, producer Teddy Schwartzman and his company Black Bear Pictures acquired the rights to the Rocket script, which follows Clemens during the later...
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Viewing Picks for March 25, 2015

All Times Eastern Note: Viewing Picks will be on hiatus until April 2 College Baseball Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Missouri — SEC Network Plus, 2 p.m. Virginia at Liberty — ESPN3, 3 pm. Kennesaw State at Georgia — SEC Network Plus, 5 p.m. Cincinnati at Tennessee — SEC Network, 7 p.m. College BasketballMen’sCollege Basketball InvitationalSemifinal Seattle at Loyola-Chicago —...
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ESPN president impersonator gets radio show canceled

In one of the most bizarre stories of this or any other year, someone pretending to be ESPN president John Skipper called a Washington DC radio station and knowing the machinations of WTEM-AM, got a morning show called the Man Cave canceled before it was supposed to premiere. But now that the station and ESPN have determined the calls were a hoax, the show will premiere next week...
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ESPN and NBC lead the noms for the 36th Annual Sports Emmy Awards

On Tuesday, the National Academy of Television and Sciences quietly announced the nominations for sports television over the past year. The ESPN Family of networks led all sports groups with a combined 57 nominations. NBC Sports Group was second with 42. Fox Sports Media Group was third having 26 nominations while CBS and Turner Sports were tied with 18. As far as networks were concerned...
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Your NHL Announcing Schedule for 3/24 – 3/29

Tuesday, March 24 Los Angeles Kings at New York Rangers (NBCSN 7 pm) Dave Strader, Pierre McGuire Wednesday, March 25 Chicago Blackhawks at Philadelphia Flyers (NBCSN 8 pm) Mike Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire Thursday, March 26 Anaheim Ducks at Boston Bruins (NHLN 7 pm) Local Broadcast Saturday, March 28 New York Rangers at Boston Bruins (NHLN 1 pm) Local Broadcast Los Angeles...
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