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Local ratings for the 2016 MLB season are in, and Kansas City still loves the Royals

As a broadcasting entity, baseball doesn’t have the national pull of the NFL. The league has instead thrived on local television deals, as its regional popularity, combined with the value of live sports rights, is still enough to facilitate massive team-specific deals. In fact, it’s reasonable to say that the lifeblood of baseball is the local broadcasting model. But no model...
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David Duval and Brandel Chamblee get heated over Tiger Woods, Ryder Cup leadership

The United States has not won the biannual Ryder Cup since 2008 and has won only once since the turn of the century, which is a cause of consternation for most American golf observers. The latest How virtual reality is revolutionizing football teams' game preparation Fox updates their NFL score bug to show team records...
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ESPN reportedly might break up Mike & Mike, give Greenberg his own TV show

Per SI.com’s Richard Deitsch, major changes could be coming to ESPN’s morning lineup. The upper brass in Bristol is apparently exploring the idea of breaking up Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic and giving Greenberg his own television show on ESPN. The latest How virtual reality is revolutionizing football teams' game preparation ...
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The Washington Post moved its NBA writer to San Francisco to be closer to the Warriors

How big a story are the 2016-17 Golden State Warriors? The latest How virtual reality is revolutionizing football teams' game preparation Fox updates their NFL score bug to show team records - is it an improvement? ESPN exec fires back at FS1: "They have made a big mistake in abandoning journalism...
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Your 2016 NFL Week 4 announcing schedule

Thursday, September 29 Miami at Cincinnati, NFLN 8:25 pm – Jim Nantz, Phil Simms & Tracy Wolfson Westwood One- Ian Eagle, Mike Mayock Sunday, October 2 Indianapolis vs. Jacksonville (London), CBS 9:30 am – Greg Gumbel, Trent Green & Jamie Erdahl Westwood One- Wayne Larrivee, Mark Malone Carolina at Atlanta, FOX 1 pm – Dick Stockton, Chris Spielman & Kristina Pink...
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Jim Mora’s still got it, delivers another classic Saints rant

Former New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts head coach Jim Mora was a pretty successful NFL coach. He led the Saints to their first ever playoff appearance in 1987 and led the team’s vaunted “Dome Patrol” that competed with the 49ers in the NFC West. After moving to Indianapolis, he led the Colts to two playoff appearances in four years in the dawn of Peyton Manning...
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Analyst downgrades Disney, cites rising ESPN NBA costs, but others are bullish

Some Disney analysts and investors are still concerned about ESPN. ESPN was blamed for Disney stock taking a hit in February despite the “greatest single quarter in company history,” was cited as the main reason why the company missed its second-quarter targets in May, and lost subscribers in the third quarter (although their bottom-line contribution actually improved), and now...
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Viewing Picks for September 28, 2016

All Times Eastern College Football B1G Football & Beyond — Big Ten Network, noon Outside the Lines — ESPN, 1 p.m. ESPNU Film Room — ESPNU, 6 p.m. College Football Featured — ESPNU, 6:30 p.m. SEC Inside: Florida vs. Tennessee — SEC Network, 7 p.m. SEC Film Room: Tennessee — SEC Network, 7:30 p.m. College VolleyballWomen’s Northwestern at Ohio State — Big Ten Network...
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Fox Sports Go now available on XBox One, Chromecast

Streaming options are becoming more and more important for sports networks, and Fox Sports is expanding the accessibility of their streaming product. The network announced Tuesday that Fox Sports Go will now be available through XBox One and Chromecast devices: The latest How virtual reality is revolutionizing football teams' game preparation ...
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FiveThirtyEight sets single-day traffic record around presidential debate

While the first Clinton-Trump presidential debate drew tons of viewers away from ESPN’s Monday Night Football this week, the debate worked out very well indeed for one of ESPN’s other properties: FiveThirtyEight. The Nate Silver-led data-focused site has always had a strong politics component, going back to its days at The New York Times, and interest in politics around Monday’s...
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Your MLB announcing schedule for 9/27-10/2

Schedule subject to change as networks announce which games with Postseason implications will be airing on Thursday and Friday. Tuesday, September 27 Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees (ESPN2, 7 pm) Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez, Rick Sutcliffe Cincinnati Reds at St. Louis Cardinals (MLBN, 8 pm) Local Broadcast [alt: Mariners at Astros] Wednesday, September 28 Seattle Mariners at Houston...
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Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo reaches three-year extension with SiriusXM

Chris Russo will be yelling until he’s hoarse on SiriusXM satellite radio for at least the next three years, thanks to a new extension announced Tuesday. The latest How virtual reality is revolutionizing football teams' game preparation Fox updates their NFL score bug to show team records - is it an improvement? ...
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ESPN airs absurd ‘Anchorman’ spoof featuring Michael Smith as Ron Burgundy

What happens when His & Hers and Mike & Mike meet NFL Live, SportsCenter, E: 60 and Nación ESPN in a back alley with a revolver, a trident and a hand grenade? Well, things escalate quickly. On Tuesday, ESPN aired a seven-and-a-half-minute “Anchorman” spoof featuring hosts of various programs going at it over intra-company supremacy. ICYMI: Here's the...
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Thanks to presidential debate, ‘Monday Night Football’ draws likely record-low rating

Ratings for Monday night’s Saints-Falcons game on ESPN are in, and they’re not pretty. The latest Fox updates their NFL score bug to show team records - is it an improvement? Here are some of the best written tributes to Jose Fernandez ESPN exec fires back at FS1: "They have made a big mistake...
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Dana Jacobson compared the Trump-Clinton debate to First Take

The first Presidential Debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton was an interesting exercise for America. They got to watch two adults excoriate each other on national television with little regard for any actual “moderation” at times and viewers at home got to play along to fact-check statements that ranged from playing around with the numbers to outright lies. In other...
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AA Q&A: Cal Ripken prepares to call MLB playoffs for TBS

Hall Of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. will be calling his fourth postseason as a game analyst for TBS beginning with the American League Wild Card game on Oct. 4 and continuing through this year’s American League Championship Series partnered with Ernie Johnson and Ron Darling. The latest Fox updates their NFL score bug to show team records - is it an improvement...
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Les Miles was remarkably kind to many media, including a reporter hit by a car

Former LSU football coach Les Miles’ firing this weekend means the college football world is without one of its most colorful figures, at least until Miles gets another job. It means we’ll have no grass eating, no skyscraper rappelling, no Columbus Day celebrations, no dunking on his children and no WWE promos about how he wasn’t going to Michigan. It also should be noted that...
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Viewing Picks for September 27, 2016

All Times Eastern BoxingPremier Boxing Champions, Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino, Santa Fe, NM Welterweights Yordenis Ugas vs. Bryant Perrella — FS1, 8 p.m. College Football B1G Football Coaches Press Conference 2016 — Big Ten Network, 11:30 a.m. B1G Football & Beyond — Big Ten Network, noon College Football Live — ESPN, 1:30 p.m. CFB Daily — ESPNU, 4 p.m. ESPNU...
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Clinton runs ESPN ad mocking Trump as fantasy football player

While many sports fans may be tuning into Monday Night Football rather than the first Hillary Clinton-Donald Trump presidential debate Monday, the Clinton campaign’s still trying to reach them. They’re even tailoring their message to fantasy football fans, as evidenced by the ads they ran on ESPN.com’s fantasy football page Monday: That stereotype will certainly be familiar...
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McNeese State coach slightly backtracks after banning player interviews

We’ve seen plenty of college football coaches try to restrict access to certain media members or outlets, but McNeese State coach Lance Guidry is approaching restrictions from the other side, saying after Saturday’s win over Incarnate Word that he would prohibit all of his players from speaking to any media going forward. As Chandler Rome of The Lake Charles American Press...
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Stephen A. Smith will be on the call for Pacquiao-Vargas fight

Consider this your warning – ESPN talking head Stephen A. Smith will join the broadcast team of November’s fight between Manny Pacquiao and Jessie Vargas. The latest Fox updates their NFL score bug to show team records - is it an improvement? Here are some of the best written tributes to Jose Fernandez ...
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Disney/ESPN look at buying Twitter, Twitter users have a field day with the idea

We’ve seen ESPN parent company Disney strongly focus on streaming video recently, from their acquisition of MLB’s BAM Tech to their push towards over-the-top ESPN streaming options to their investments in the likes of Vice and Hulu, and their reported interest in making a bid for Twitter may be about that as well. The latest Fox updates their NFL score...
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“James and the Giant QB” College Football Podcast: PJ Fleck once shaved a kicker’s mullet

Awful Announcing contributor Jim Weber and former Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen recap Week 4 of the 2016 college football season. That includes Les Miles’ latest disastrous clock management vs. Auburn (1:30), Tennessee’s Jekyll & Hyde act this season (4:45), whether Georgia is already regretting the decision to Mark Richt (8:00), Brian Kelly throwing his Notre Dame...
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Fox updates their NFL score bug to show team records – is it an improvement?

A few years ago, I wrote about Fox changing their NFL score bug (for those not familiar with that term, it’s the on screen graphic showing game info). I remember being shocked how many people read as well as commented on it. From time to time, the article still sees a spike in traffic with yesterday being a good example, as our tweet to the article made it the second most read...
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Ad buyers say Twitter’s Thursday Night Football ratings fell short of expectations

Ratings for Twitter’s second week of streaming Thursday Night Football jumped 34 percent, suggesting that the ambitious effort to bring the NFL to social media was going according to plan. But a report from Sports Business Daily’s John Ourand—based on interviews conducted after the first game, on Sept. 15—suggests that ad buyers are not thrilled with how the project has...
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