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The Top Five Moments of the U.S. Open on CBS

As CBS enters its final week of airing the U.S. Open, let’s look at some of the moments that have made the tennis tournament one of the signature events for the Tiffany Network. The U.S. Open stayed with CBS through some of the network’s best times and even during a period when it lost the NFL, college football and MLB. Now that US Tennis Association is ending its partnership...
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Viewing Picks for September 1, 2014

HAPPY LABOR DAY!! All Times Eastern Basketball 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup Group Stage Group B, Sevilla, Spain Argentina vs. Philippines — NBA TV, 11:30 a.m. Group B, Sevilla, Spain Puerto Rico vs. Greece — NBA TV, 2 p.m. Group A, Grenada, Spain Brazil vs. Spain — NBA TV, 7 p.m. (same day coverage) College Football Miami (FL) at Louisville — ESPN, 8 p.m. CFB Daily —...
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Turner layoffs may mean more cash for NBA rights

Last week, Turner Broadcasting began laying off 550 workers. It was a move to free up money for more original programming on its various networks such as TBS, TNT and tru TV, but also for sports rights. The biggest sports series on Turner is the NBA and with the company employing 16,000 people worldwide, the cuts have been made all over the place. Reporters at CNN and other Turner...
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Matt Leinart appears to be joining the Dark Side full-time

Last week, the Pac-12 Networks announced that Matt Leinart would join its on-air roster as a studio analyst. Combined with the fact that Leinart has also become a contributor to Fox Sports Live on Fox Sports 1 and it appears that the Heisman Trophy winner at USC and journeyman NFL quarterback has shucked the playing career in favor of joining media and the “Dark Side.” Leinart...
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College GameDay is back and with some goofy segments to boot!

The return of college football season means that College GameDay is back on Saturday mornings. It also means that some goofy segments to balance out some of the more serious discussion on the show. Face it, it’s sports, not a discussion over Ukraine and Russia. One of the funnier segments was to steal one of Jimmy Kimmel’s best features and that was to have coaches Nick Saban...
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NBCSN airing Transfer Deadline Day special on Monday

Transfer Deadline Day is one of the most exciting days on the sports calendar.  Last minute wheeling and dealing takes place all around the soccer world and the drama of potential signings going down to the last minute replicate what you would see at the trade deadline of an American sports league.  However, the levels of intrigue, surprise, and dollar amounts trading hands usually...
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Viewing Picks for August 31, 2014

All Times Eastern Basketball FIBA Basketball World Cup Group Phase Group B, Sevilla, Spain Argentina vs. Croatia — NBA TV, 7:30 a.m. Group A, Grenada, Spain Serbia vs. France — NBA TV, 9:30 a.m. Group A, Grenada, Spain Brazil vs. Iran — NBA TV, noon Group C, Bilbao, Spain Turkey vs. United States — ESPN, 3:30 p.m. College Football North Carolina A&T vs. Alabama A&...
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Screengrab Snafu: The FIBA World Cup is off to an exciting start!

Doesn’t get much more thrilling than this action!  Who says we shouldn’t send our best players to this? Impressive @awfulannouncing pic.twitter.com/kV1TnkYfz1 — Nick Piccone (@nickpiccone) August 30, 2014
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The 2014 Little League World Series was the most-watched ever on ESPN

This year’s Little League World Series on ESPN had many intriguing storylines, mainly centering around Taney Dragons star pitcher Mo’Ne Davis and the Jackie Robinson West team from Chicago that won the United States championship. But this year’s event wasn’t just a two story affair – the World Series as a whole was the most-watched and highest-rated Little League World...
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Sports blogger fired for sexual advances over Twitter

Yahoo Sports’ blog network is a model that has been wildly successful and imitated all across the sports blogosphere.  It’s been one of the leading lights in the coming together of the mainstream sports media and the blogosphere.  Leading the line for Yahoo is their popular Puck Daddy NHL blog edited by Greg Wyshynski. On Friday Wyshynski announced the firing of writer Harrison...
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FIU bans their only beat reporter from covering team

ESPN SportsCenter anchor John Anderson made waves this week when he called USC’s football program a “clown college.”  While USC has had their issues off the field, the truth is that label would be kind when it comes to Florida International University’s football program.  If USC is a clown college, FIU is a mortician’s school.  At least clowns are funny. In its 12 years...
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Josina Anderson gives surprising statement on Michael Sam report

Until late on Friday we’ve heard everyone’s opinion on Josina Anderson’s controversial Michael Sam report except the reporter herself.  Finally in the late afternoon on Friday* Anderson released a statement through ESPN’s PR website giving her side of the story. * The timing is interesting from ESPN considering late Friday afternoon news dumps on holiday weekends is a favored...
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Someone brought a Michael Brown sign to College GameDay

The fans that attend College GameDay contribute to the one-of-a-kind atmosphere that makes it one of the best sports shows on television.  The fans and their creative, funny signs are just a big a star on GameDay as Kirk Herbstreit or Lee Corso. But every now and then there’s a guy who has no filter, tries to be too clever, and ends up doing something stupid. Like the Oklahoma...
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espnW gives fantasy football advice on which players are “marriage material”

I’m against the concept of espnW in general because I feel like it’s says, “it’s cool that you’re women, and you like sports, but here’s your own web site because ESPN.com is for boys only.” It’s the internet’s version of a 7th grade dance: boys on one side, girls on the other. If you go to the About Us section of espnW, you get this description: espnW’s mission...
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MLB Network, Golf Channel, NFL Network, and NBATV Ratings Buzz: August 18-24

MLB Network Top 10 Programs RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 QUICK PITCH Sat 12:08AM- 1:08AM 60 0.2 264 2 SAT. NIGHT BASEBALL/JIP: LAA AT OAK/KC AT TEX Sat 10:00PM-12:08AM 128 0.2 245 3 SHOWCASE GAME: CIN AT STL/TOR AT MIL Tue 8:00PM-11:48PM 228 0.1 183 4 PRIME BASEBALL GAME: CIN AT STL/KC AT MIN Mon 8:00PM-11:35PM 215 0.1 161 5 BLEACHER FEATURE MOVIE: SUMMER...
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NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: August 18-24

NBCSN Top 10 (and Select) Programs RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 PREMIER LEAGUE (live) Sun 10:53AM- 1:00PM 127 0.3 576 2 PREMIER LEAGUE: Leicester/Chelsea Sat 9:56AM-11:58AM 122 0.3 451 3 F1 RACING (live) Sun 7:30AM- 9:38AM 128 0.3 435 4 INDYCAR SERIES (live) Sun 4:32PM- 6:57PM 145 0.3 377 5 PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE STUDIO Sat 11:58AM-12:32PM 34 0.2 320 6 PREMIER...
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ESPN Ratings Buzz: August 18-24

ESPN Top 10 (and Select) Programs RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 NFL PRE-SEASON FOOTBALL: Cleveland/Washington Mon 8:00PM-11:09PM 189 4.5 6898 2 LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES: Las Vegas/Philadelphia Wed 7:30PM-10:06PM 156 3.1 4988 3 LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES: Philadelphia/Chicago Thu 7:30PM- 9:47PM 137 2.5 3873 4 SPORTSCENTER LATE (live) Mon 11:09PM-12:00AM 51...
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An Inside Look at Outside the Lines

It may be August, but it hasn’t been a dead period for ESPN’s critically acclaimed and multiple award-winning Outside the Lines. The program has been busy breaking news including an investigation into Title IX violations regarding sexual assaults at multiple universities, a special hosted by Keith Olbermann on the 25th anniversary of Pete Rose’s banishment from baseball and...
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Hawk Harrelson may cut back his road broadcast schedule

Chicago White Sox broadcaster Hawk Harrelson, one of the most polarizing and recognizable voices in the game today, may be scaling back his road broadcast schedule in 2015, following in the footsteps of Vin Scully and Bob Uecker (among others), who have famously cut back in recent years. According to a report by the Chicago Tribute, Harrelson said that he is “considering” cutting...
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Michael Sam hasn’t been a distraction, but the media has

The St. Louis Rams have completed their preseason and now the wait begins for rookie defensive end Michael Sam as it does for hundreds of other players around the NFL.  In that regard, Sam is just like the scores of rookies that are anxiously awaiting their fate as NFL teams make their final roster cutdown to the 53 men that will open the regular season. But we all know that Sam...
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How ESPN Crunched the Pac-12 Competition

Ed Note: The following appears courtesy partner site The Student Section, which is Bloguin’s national college sports site.  Occasional AA contributor Allen Kenney writes a media column at TSS and this week he looks at how ESPN’s maneuvering impacted the Pac 12 Network and more. Two years after its launch, I’ve never seen a second of the Pac-12 Network. Apparently, I’m not...
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Tim Tebow’s got impressions of Steve Spurrier

Tim Tebow’s full-time SEC Network analyst debut went fairly well by all accounts. The highlight was this impression of Steve Spurrier trying and failing to recruit him to South Carolina. Spurrier probably could have used Tebow last night as his Gamecocks were destroyed in the home opener by Texas A&M.  Hopefully this is a new beginning for Tebow as he can finally grow out...
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Rogers announces hockey broadcast team with lots of familiar faces from CBC

Rogers, with their multi-billion dollar monopoly on nationally-broadcast NHL action in Canada, has been announcing the broadcast team for their eons of games in pieces throughout the summer. We broke the story that they’d brought over former TSNers Paul Romanuk and Dave Randorf for their play-by-play squad along with lead CBC play-by-play man Jim Hughson. Other hires have broken...
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Viewing Picks for August 29, 2014

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football Carlton Blues vs. Essendon Bombers — Fox Sports 2, 11:30 p.m. College Field Hockey Fairfield at Cal — Pac-12 Networks, 3:30 p.m. Delaware at Stanford — Pac-12 Networks, 6 p.m. College Football BYU at UConn — ESPN, 7 p.m. Jacksonville State at Michigan State — Big Ten Network, 7:30 p.m. Bowling Green at Western Kentucky — CBS...
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Paul Finebaum is already destroying things on SEC Network

You’d think a billion dollar entity like ESPN could at least afford a desk that didn’t pull apart like it was made of Legos.  Either that, or Paul Finebaum has superhuman strength we aren’t aware of… Gif via Mocksession
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