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The Washington Redskins claim more people read about their training camp than live on Earth

There’s considerable ongoing debate about how best to measure web traffic, but all sides can probably agree that the Washington Redskins are doing it wrong. Via Dan Steinberg of the D.C. Sports Bog, the Redskins released a 13-page report with third-party monitoring services Meltwater and TVEyes about how many people watched or read coverage of their 2014 training camp in Richmond...
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Still no new ESPN ombudsman, which fits with their historical back-and-forth on the position

The history of the ESPN ombudsman is a remarkable one, with people from exceptionally different backgrounds serving in the role plus long periods where the job was held by no one. Robert Lipsyte most recently held the role, serving an 18-month term from April 2013 to December 2014, and he helped raise the position to new heights, critically examining everything from Chris Broussard’s...
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Fox Soccer confuses Felix Hernandez for Chicharito Hernandez

Someone at Fox Soccer made a mistake when adding a picture to this article about Chicharito Hernandez. Here’s a screencap of a now-deleted tweet. Whoops. The main article on the Fox Soccer website has already been corrected, but they used the same incorrect picture on the syndicated post on Fox News. Felix Hernandez? Great player! Chicharito Hernandez? Great player! Last name...
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Baseball Hall of Fame changes voter eligibility rules

Maybe when the Baseball Hall of Fame’s class of 2016 is revealed in January, we’ll have fewer awful ballots to criticize. On Tuesday, the Hall of Fame announced that any BBWAA members that haven’t actively covered the sport for ten years will no longer have a Hall of Fame vote.   And the full statement from the Hall’s Board of Directors… Hall of Fame voter roll...
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Brickyard 400 sets new record for NBCSN’s biggest audience

Racing fans might have noticed a bit of an anomaly on Sunday.  The NBC mothership and NBCSN were airing auto racing coverage.  But while the prestigious event of the day, the Brickyard 400, was on cable, NBC was airing Global RallyCross on broadcast television.  It was certainly a weird sight for racing fans aware of the gap in importance and popularity between the two races,...
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VIDEO: After Gold Cup win, Mexico’s Miguel Herrera fired after punching journalist

Ed Note: The following appears courtesy Bloguin’s international soccer site 32 Flags. After managing for his job during the CONCACAF Gold Cup and successfully keeping his job after winning the tournament, Mexico manager Miguel Herrera has been fired less than 48 hours after the Gold Cup win due to punching a journalist at Philadelphia International Airport. ESPN’s John Sutcliffe...
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30 For 30 Review – Angry Sky

Director – Jeff Tremaine (Director of previous 30 for 30 installment The Birth Of Big Air) Length – 90 minutes with commercials (78 minutes without) Installment – #73 of 30 for 30/ESPN Films series Most Similar To – Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau, The Legend Of Jimmy The Greek, The Birth Of Big Air Grade/Ranking – mid 50’s out of 73 Review: Closing the book...
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Key & Peele show SportsCenter if it was about teachers

There’s a high probability that you have a teacher in your life somewhere.  And there’s an even higher probability that the teacher in your life is over-worked, under-paid, and under-appreciated.  And yes, there’s something wrong with the world when this is the case. But what if teachers were the ones making millions and being treated as superstars instead of people who...
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Eli Manning and Tony Romo star in Rob Lowe-style ads for DirecTV

Rob Lowe is out, Eli Manning and Tony Romo are in. OK, DirecTV already replaced Lowe back in the spring with model Hannah Davis and a talking horse. But the spirit of the series of ads depicting the best version of a person watching television through DirecTV versus a far less glamorous incarnation that still consumes their TV through cable is preserved in the new commercials featuring...
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Viewing Picks for July 29, 2015

All Times Eastern Baseball2015 National Youth Baseball Championships 12U All-Star Championship, Baseball Heaven, Yaphank, NY South All Stars vs. Central All Stars — CBS Sports Network, 10 a.m. East All Stars vs. West All Stars — CBS Sports Network, 1 p.m. Cape Cod Baseball League Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox at Wareham Gateman — Fox College Sports Atlantic, 7 p.m. College Football...
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Fox Sports 1 says “Woof!” to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show has been a yearly February tradition on USA Network dating back to 1984. After 2016, the yearly tradition will move to Fox Sports 1 which will air both nights of the event for ten years. In addition to airing the primetime, Fox Sports 1 and sister network Nat Geo Wild will air afternoon judging sessions plus Nat Geo Wild will air repeats of the...
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Your MLB Announcing Schedule for 7/28 – 8/2

Tuesday July 28 New York Yankees at Texas Rangers (FS1 8 pm) Kevin Burkhardt, Tom Verducci Oakland Athletics at Los Angeles Dodgers (MLBN 10 pm) Local Broadcast [alt: D’backs at Mariners] Wednesday, July 29 Colorado Rockies at Chicago Cubs (MLBN 2 pm) Local Broadcast Los Angeles Angels at Houston Astros (ESPN 8 pm) Jon Sciambi, Rick Sutcliffe, Doug Glanville ​​Thursday, July...
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Former Tennessean beat writer Jim Wyatt to work for Titans’ official site

If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em — or something like that. Or whatever the media equivalent might be. In this case, it’s former Tennessean beat writer Jim Wyatt going from covering the Tennessee Titans for the newspaper to working directly for the team’s official website. He’ll be the senior writer and editor for TitansOnline.com. Wyatt had been with the Tennessean...
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Damon Amendolara, other CBS Sports Radio hosts, take shots at Mike Francesa

The fire that is the feud between Mike Francesa and CBS Sports Radio just won’t go out. Oxygen continues being fed to the burning embers, keeping things red-hot. In case you haven’t been keeping track, here’s a recap: Late last week, Francesa dissed the “CBS Sports Minute” commentaries, singling out one in particular by Damon Amendolara. Amendolara responded on Twitter...
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Yes, Jim Nantz once worked as a Utah Jazz analyst alongside Hot Rod Hundley

At AA we love finding classic clips that show something unique from the rich history of sports broadcasting.  So we were amazed when Classic TV Sports unearthed this rare footage of Jim Nantz working a game as a basketball analyst, and not a play by play man. One of Nantz’s early stops before joining CBS Sports was in Salt Lake City.  Before he became the play by play man for...
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A hot mic caught someone at MLB Network cursing at John Smoltz

During a Monday interview with John Smoltz at MLB Network, *someone* got caught with a hot mic, saying “tell him to go f— himself”. LISTEN CLOSELY RIGHT AFTER THE CAMERA CUTS AWAY FROM JOHN SMOLTZ pic.twitter.com/8XSbCLwdg4 — Panic citi (@NYMets_Nation) July 27, 2015 Yeah, that was awkward. It may have just been a rib, since Smoltz works at MLB Network…but it also could...
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Gold Cup Final up 75% on all networks from 2013

A controversial Gold Cup is in the books, and the Final between Jamaica and Mexico did some monster viewership numbers thanks to the Univision broadcasts. On Fox Sports 1, the match drew just 818,000 viewers, a drop of 66% from coverage on the Fox broadcast network two years ago for the US-Panama Final. But when you add in the viewership numbers from Univision and Univision Deportes...
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Southpaw misses badly with its punches, making you wish for another movie

Ed Note: Our Ian Casselberry reviews the latest movies that hit theaters over at The AP Party including ones with sports tie-ins.  Does Southpaw have what it takes to be a classic sports movie or is it a swing and a miss? Southpaw got a lot of advance buzz due to pictures of Jake Gyllenhaal’s phenomenal condition hitting the Internet. But as impressive as the star’s monster...
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ESPN will air a primetime special on Cowboys training camp because they have no shame

I know you’re thinking the same thing I’m thinking.  It’s the dog days of summer.  You’re looking for something to capture your attention.  Something to grab you.  Something to entertain you.  Football season hasn’t started yet, your favorite television show is still several weeks away from returning, and there’s only so many nights you can stand actual conversation...
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5 takeaways from NBC’s 2015-2016 NHL schedule

NBC Sports Group has unveiled their 2015-16 NHL schedule and already fans are digging through all of the times, dates and teams for the 105 games the network will cover. The full schedule, which you can view here, reveals the network’s plans for the regular season including the 2016 Winter Classic, the 2016 All-Star Game, Wednesday Night Rivalry and much more. Here are five of...
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Viewing Picks for July 28, 2015

All Times Eastern BaseballCape Cod Baseball League Brewster Whitecaps at Orleans Firebirds — Fox College Sports Atlantic, 7 p.m. College Football College Football Live — ESPN, 2 p.m. SEC Coaches Corner — SEC Network, 8 p.m. GolfInside the PGA Tour — Golf Channel, 7 p.m. Champions Tour Learning Center — Golf Channel, 7:30 p.m. Golf’s Greatest Rounds: 2014 PGA Championship...
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LeSean McCoy said media took ‘ladies only’ party invite out of context

Athletes and celebrities trying to excuse controversial comments by saying they were taken out of context is often a hilarious defense. (Charles Barkley will always be the champion of this, though technically he said he was “misquoted” in his autobiography.) The latest example is Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy, who posted a flyer for a private party he was throwing last...
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The Mike Francesa vs CBS Sports Radio feud is officially on!

As expected, Mike Francesa addressed the brewing feud over the CBS Sports Minute, and it did not disappoint. In case you need caught up on how this latest Francesa Fracas came to be, here’s the Reader’s Digest version: Francesa snidely criticized CBS Sports Radio host Damon Amendolara for a CBS Sports Minute about Hulk Hogan that ran on WFAN.  CBS Sports host John Kincade then...
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ESPN nearing deals to retain Jay Crawford and Kevin Connors

SportsCenter anchors Kevin Connors and Jay Crawford will be staying with ESPN, a source informs Awful Announcing. While the contracts with the pair have not been finalized, a second source confirmed that negotiations are approaching the finish line. Both Connors and Crawford are represented by Playbook, Inc. Connors has been with ESPN for seven years, mainly anchoring SportsCenter...
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Disney CEO says ESPN could “be sold directly to the customer”

The cord cutting phenomenon is getting pretty serious because top media executives are acknowledging it and looking towards a changing future in the industry.  The cable bundle, a la carte pricing, over the top services, the sports rights bubble – these are all just a few pieces in this high stakes game of chess that’s developing as the cable and satellite era transforms into...
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