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Fox’s Big 3 basketball broadcast team: Gus Johnson, Jim Jackson and…Michael Rapaport?

Ice Cube’s Big 3 3-on-3 basketball league is coming to FS1 this summer, and the network has announced who’s going to be involved in calling the games. They’ll feature Gus Johnson on play-by-play, Jim Jackson on analysis and sideline reporter…Michael Rapaport (seen above). Here’s more information from Fox’s release: Fresh off the 2017 BIG EAST Championship on FOX and...
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BT’s Europa League announcers graphic came right out of a player’s butt

Sometimes, on-screen graphics appear in awkward places. That happened early on in the U.K. broadcast of Wednesday’s Europa League final from BT Sport, where their graphic naming announcers Darren Fletcher and Owen Hargreaves came right out of Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana’s rear: pic.twitter.com/cCMvJ8ytTJ — Utkarsh (@Jurgenology) May 24, 2017 Perhaps that’s a commentary...
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New Jersey Devils fire trail-blazing radio analyst Sherry Ross

Sherry Ross was the first woman to serve as an analyst for a Stanley Cup Final game. She was the first woman to call play-by-play for any NHL game.And on Tuesday, she was fired by the New Jersey Devils, along with the team’s equipment manager and video coordinator.According to NJ.com, the Devils did not comment on Ross’ firing. Ross herself seemed to take the news graciously...
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Next year’s Pro Bowl will be simulcast on ABC and ESPN

The NFL Pro Bowl is getting a bigger platform. ESPN announced Wednesday that in 2018 the game will air on ABC for the first time since 2018, as part of a simulcast with ESPN. The Pro Bowl will be played at 3 p.m. Jan. 28 in Orlando, a week before the Super Bowl. This won’t be ABC’s first dabble in televising the Pro Bowl. The network has aired the game 22 times, most recently...
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‘First Take’ will air seven live specials from the NBA Finals, just like everyone asked for

Beginning in June, ESPN is giving sports fans exactly what they desperately want: more First Take. The network announced Wednesday it will air seven hourlong First Take specials live from the NBA Finals, in addition to the show’s regular broadcasts on weekday mornings. That means between June 1 and June 19, if the NBA Finals go seven games, ESPN will broadcast 20 episodes...
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So what can be done about CBS Sports Network, and what is this pickleball???

It’s spring. The major cable sports networks are either airing MLB, NASCAR, NBA Playoffs, NHL Playoffs, soccer or UFC. It’s all about live sports. But for CBS Sports Network, it’s not airing any of those events. It’s been plugging along televising events like surfing, Professional Bull Riding, professional bowling, some college sports and there’s something called Pickleball...
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The Big Ten adding Rutgers and Maryland could be a major problem when cable dies

The Big Ten added Rutgers and Maryland in 2014. It was different than previous football additions. A Big Ten invitation was a rarified event. Penn State (No. 11) and Nebraska (No. 12) were storied programs with multiple national titles. Even Michigan State (No. 10) was coming off a 26-1 run and a national title in 1953. Rutgers and Maryland? The schools had combined for one top 10...
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Shaq and Charles Barkley made things really weird again arguing on Inside the NBA

Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley have had a bit of a feud going on for a while now. It’s probably just a playful feud between the TNT analysts, but who really knows for sure with these two characters. And some of these arguments have gotten pretty heated. That was the case during multiple Inside the NBA discussions (examples here and here) — about LeBron James a few months...
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ESPN’s Ric Flair 30 for 30 will air this fall, furthering their push into WWE coverage

The first professional wrestling 30 for 30 will make its premiere on ESPN September 8. That’s the long-anticipated documentary on Ric Flair, which was first mentioned in November 2015 by the production company involved, had its director (Rory Karpf, who also did I Hate Christian Laettner and The Book Of Manning) and title (Nature Boy) confirmed by ESPN a year later, and had a...
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Tony Romo will join a CBS golf broadcast, producer calls him “the next John Madden”

With Tony Romo leaving the Dallas Cowboys to head to CBS as their new A-team NFL color commentator, there’s been a fair bit of discussion about if he might have a role on the network’s golf coverage as well. Romo is an avid golfer (he entered the U.S. Open qualifiers this year), and he’s long expressed an interest in covering the sport. Now, it seems he’ll be featured on...
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Entertainment-only cable package could help get around cost of sports channels

The cable bundle is getting chipped away piece by piece. Cord cutters and cord shavers are having a huge impact on the industry and everyone involved in television is finding a way to keep them engaged as customers as much as possible. With the proliferation of Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming services that’s getting more and more difficult. One of the ways in which operators...
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Stephen A. Smith blasts Kevin Durant for getting ‘more arrogant’ and ‘more disrespectful’

Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant made some waves after Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals, saying fans who are upset with the tons of playoff games that have ended in blowouts this postseason just shouldn’t watch. On Monday’s episode of First Take, Stephen A. Smith ripped into Durant for his comments, saying the 28-year-old has essentially become a significantly...
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Vin Scully pays tribute to Dodgers’ Spanish voice Jaime Jarrin and his remote broadcasting

There was plenty of attention paid to Los Angeles Dodgers’ voice Vin Scully retiring after 67 seasons with the club last year, and deservedly so, but a less-covered national story has been the long-term excellence displayed by another Dodgers’ voice, Jaime Jarrin. Jarrin has been calling Dodgers’ games in Spanish since 1959, one year after the team came to Los Angeles, and...
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ESPN and Dick Vitale add another year onto his contract through 2020

ESPN has been in an incredible time of transition lately, even outside the numerous layoffs of talented, longtime personalities last month. In fact, before that, ESPN said goodbye to significant figures at the network like Colin Cowherd, Skip Bayless, and Bill Simmons. ESPN has also seen the semi-retirement of lifer Chris Berman, who will depart his full-time NFL hosting duties at...
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Mike and Mike reportedly has a “poisonous atmosphere,” may not last through December

ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike will eventually come to an end this year, with Mike Greenberg moving on to host his own morning TV show on ESPN and Mike Golic staying on radio (and ESPNU) with his son and Trey Wingo, but that end may be sooner than expected. Greenberg’s new TV show isn’t scheduled to debut until January 2018, so the presumption was that he’d stick with Mike and...
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ESPN3 to carry Wimbledon qualifying just in time for Maria Sharapova

As Maria Sharapova continues her comeback after a 15-month doping ban, she’ll be attempting to quplift for Wimbledon next month. And ESPN has announced that it will stream the qualifying tournament in June on ESPN3 through the WatchESPN app with all-day coverage. It begins on Monday, June 26 and lasts through Thursday, June 29. Depending on breaking news and how far Sharapova...
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NBC picks up the Rugby World Cup in a long-term agreement

As rugby has become an Olympic sport, it’s only natural for the network of the Olympics, NBC to pick up the rights to the Rugby World Cup. It’s a seven year agreement that will begin with this year’s Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland and the Under-20 Championship in Georgia and last through 2023. Here are the events that will be covered under this long-term agreement: 2017...
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NBC to launch Olympic Channel in July, replaces Universal HD

Late last year, NBC announced it was going to launch its linear version of the Olympic Channel. If you’ve watched figure skating, skiing or track and field coverage on NBC/NBCSN/Universal HD this year, you may have noticed the Olympic Channel branding. Now we know when NBC Sports Group will launch the new network. According to the NBC’s parent company, Comcast, the Olympic Channel...
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CSNNE’s Trenni Kusnierek called Colin Cowherd a “martyr” and “blowhard” after Lavar Ball-Kristine Leahy controversy

The Colin Cowherd-Kristine Leahy-Lavar Ball news cycle may have passed, but there’s one more commentary on the matter that’s definitely worth watching. If you’ve been under a rock for the last week, Ball went on Colin Cowherd’s FS1 show and got into it with Herd’s co-host Kristine Leahy. Ball was upset at Leahy for comments she made criticizing his parenting and responded...
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Seahawks’ Michael Bennett says he’ll no longer speak to Seattle Times for rest of his career

We’ve heard about players refusing to speak to their local media outlets and sometimes it lasts for a few weeks or a few months or for even years. But in the case of Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, he’s threatening not to speak to the Seattle Times for the rest of his career. It all stems from a column written by Matt Calkins. Overall, the column titled “Seahawks’...
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AA @ClippitTV videos: Fox enlists Joe Buck in continued catty Sportscenter bashing campaign

This is our weekly look at the most popular — or in some cases our personal favorite — videos on Clippit over the past week. Clippit is an awesome app that allows us to quickly grab 30-second clips from several live TV broadcasts and share them on social media.  Joe Buck throws shade at SportsCenter during Fox upfronts Fox held their upfront presentation recently, and Joe...
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Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman interviews bird

The baseball season is a long one, and oftentimes broadcasters are forced to fill in plenty of hours of content with nothing but their own wits. Depending on the circumstances, that can be either painful for the viewer or listener, or it can be wonderful if it’s weird enough.Let’s head to Cincinnati, where longtime Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman came back from commercial in...
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Ratings: First Two Rounds of Players Championship on Golf Channel Grow in Total Viewers from ’16

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. Ratings News and Notes Golf Channel’s live coverage of the first two rounds of the The Players Championship on May 11-12 averaged 786,000 viewers, up 1 percent from 2016’s first two rounds (May 12-13, 2016: 776,000 viewers), but it did skew...
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Al Michaels calls Cris Collinsworth the best analyst of all-time, in any sport

What in the world did we do before TMZ was around to hassle sports celebrities as they waited for the valet? Actually we were all probably fine without it, come to think of it, but still, it sometimes leads to some fun videos. That includes this one, where TMZ asked Al Michaels if he had any advice for Tony Romo and Jay Cutler as they embark upon their broadcast careers. Here’s...
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No, media analyst, ESPN dropping Monday Night Football wouldn’t increase operating income 50%

Hey, here’s a fun little exercise in why context matters. A guy named Todd Juenger of Bernstein Research went on the record about why ESPN should consider dropping their Monday Night Football deal. Let’s play spot the fallacy: Todd Juenger, senior media analyst for Bernstein Research, estimates the Walt Disney Company spends $1.9 billion a year for this content. Dropping it...
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