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LeBron James, Gotham Chopra and Maverick Carter team up for three-part NBA doc on Showtime

There’s yet another high-profile multi-part sports documentary coming to TV, and this one has LeBron James as an executive producer. Showtime announced Wednesday that James has teamed up with his business manager Maverick Carter and filmmaker Gotham Chopra (who we interviewed last year about his Religion of Sports docuseries on Audience, which involved Michael Strahan and Tom Brady...
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MTV News cuts Grantland alums and other top writers, axes longform, emphasizes video

Following in Fox’s footsteps, the latest site to announce major layoffs as part of a shift in focus to video is MTV. In November 2015, soon after ESPN closed down Grantland, MTV News looked to rekindle some of what had worked for that site, hiring former editorial director of Grantland Dan Fierman as its own editorial director. Several Grantland editors and writers joined Fierman...
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Will there ever be a day when DirecTV picks up Pac-12 Networks?

It’s been an annual question since the Pac-12 Networks launched in 2012 and the answer has always been no. Back in 2015, there brief hope with an actual signal test which some sharp-eyed DirecTV viewers saw, but it never got farther than that. Talks between the Pac-12 and DirecTV collapsed following that signal test and since then, the two sides appear no closer to an agreement...
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Adrian Wojnarowski tells why he went to ESPN

It’s been one of the worst-kept secrets in sports media, that famed NBA insiders Adrian Wojnarowski would be leaving Yahoo for the sanctity of ESPN. That was finally made official by ESPN. We know that he’ll join the Worldwide Leader on July 1, but why? After establishing himself at Yahoo, the #wojbombs that have become famous will now be based from ESPN’s Bristol, CT headquarters...
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Amazon’s All or Nothing makes bad football look good with Rams, thanks to NFL Films

During the first season of Amazon’s original sports documentary series All or Nothing, viewers got to witness the 2015 NFL season through the eyes of the 13-3 Arizona Cardinals. That team ended its season just one game short of an appearance in Super Bowl 50. For the second season of All or Nothing, the focus of the show switched to a totally different circumstance. The NFL Films...
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Mike Francesa comments from vacation on Phil Mushnick’s “wild lies” and “nasty ramblings”

The Mike Francesa – Phil Mushnick feud is one of the weirdest, longest-running, and most high-profile local fights out there, and it’s not dying down any time soon even with Francesa’s forthcoming end-of-the-year exit from New York’s WFAN. Long-time New York Post columnist (and frequent This Week In Hot Takes denizen) Mushnick (seen at right above) has gone at Francesa (seen...
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Braves’ TV analyst Joe Simpson ranted about organist playing while the team was losing

Baseball announcers often find something to complain about, but complaining about their own team’s organist daring to play while opposing batters are coming to the plate is a new one. That’s what Atlanta Braves’ color commentator Joe Simpson (seen at right above) did Sunday, though. With the Braves losing 7-0 to the Milwaukee Brewers in the top of the fourth, here’s what...
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NBC announces new Premier League Pass over the top service, eliminates Extra Time streaming

When NBC took over the American Premier League rights prior to the 2013-14 season, one of the main selling points was the fact that fans could watch every game with their cable subscription, either on TV or streaming through NBC’s Extra Time service.As NBC moves into their fifth season holding America’s Premier League broadcast rights, their coverage will be changing a bit for...
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College World Series ratings are way up for ESPN

In a time where many sports are struggling to find ratings growth, at least one event is seeing its viewership numbers skyrocket this summer. That event is the College World Series. This week ESPN says its overnight ratings are up a whopping 50% versus last year for the college baseball championship and that the network is setting streaming records for its games. Leading into the...
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Serena Williams told John McEnroe to back off after he said she’d be No. 700 in the men’s rankings

On Sunday, tennis great John McEnroe spoke to NPR about, among other things, Serena Williams, and he now probably wishes he hadn’t. Asked whether Williams was the greatest tennis player—not just greatest women’s player—of all-time, McEnroe responded that, “if she played the men’s circuit she’d be like 700 in the world.”Many people were not happy with McEnroe’s comment...
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NBC Sports Bay Area to launch Giants talk show, continuing trend toward opinion in local sports TV

NBC Sports Bay Area on Monday launched Giants Outsiders, a “multi-platform, and fan-interactive” show hosted by SB Nation’s Grant Brisbee and Giants in-stadium personality Therese Viñal. The show sounds like fun for Bay-Area fans. Brisbee is an entertaining writer and a foremost authority on the Giants, and it’s cool to see him jump to TV. Though the show’s concept—here’s...
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Adrian Wojnarowski will reportedly start at ESPN July 1, just in time for NBA free agency

When most employees show up for their first day at a new job, they get an orientation, a tour and a little time to get settled. When Yahoo breaking news maestro Adrian Wojnarowski shows up for his first day at ESPN, he’ll be reporting on one of the craziest days on the NBA calendar. After months of speculation and anticipation, Woj will officially begin at ESPN on July 1, the...
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ESPN execs were split on NBA deal, distribution execs say Disney boosted cord-cutting

A key component in the discussion of ESPN’s recent issues has been rising rights fees, especially for the NFL and the NBA. The NBA deal, signed in 2014, is perhaps particularly interesting; ESPN signed it two years before the expiration of the contract and agreed to pay $1.4 billion per year (Turner is paying $1.2 billion as well), almost three times what they had been paying...
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AA Q&A: Big3 reporter and podcast host Michael Rapaport

On Sunday’s opening day of the Big 3 basketball league, airing Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1, Michael Rapaport was the sideline reporter during the proceedings, alongside broadcasters Gus Johnson and Jim Jackson.Sunday concluded a big week for Rapaport, following his announcement last Monday that he and his podcast “I Am Rapaport” will be moving to Barstool Sports...
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Ron Jaworski: Viewers “don’t want a bunch of people on TV screaming at each other”

The ESPN layoffs in April included some mentions of Ron Jaworski, with Ed Werder saying on his Doomsday Podcast after being laid off that Jaworski and Merrill Hoge appeared to be on their way out as well. However, there was never any confirmation of that, and it turns out that’s for a good reason; Jaworski himself doesn’t really know if he’s still at ESPN. Earlier this month...
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ACC Network, ESPN still targeting 2019 launch with digital distributors lined up

All systems are go for the launch of the ACC Network, according to the conference and ESPN. The plan all along has been for the ACC Network to debut in 2019. Recent layoffs at ESPN led some, such as ESPN observer Jim Miller, to speculate that the target date could be in doubt. But ESPN president John Skipper confirmed a linear launch (watching programming when scheduled on the channel...
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Louis Riddick directly disputed Ian Rapoport’s report about him interviewing with the Chiefs

Louis Riddick has been an ESPN NFL analyst since 2013 and in that time has ascended to be one of the go-to analysts in Bristol. He filled in for Ray Lewis on the NFL Draft a couple years ago and did such a great job as a substitute that it’s been his seat ever since. In just a few short years, Riddick has acquitted himself quite well as one of the best and brightest minds covering...
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CJ Nitkowski tweets out wrong Rangers-Yankees score, melts down after being corrected

Rangers broadcaster CJ Nitkowski attempted to send out a Twitter siren announcing a key moment during Sunday’s game against the Astros, but he didn’t quite have the details correct. Here’s the since-deleted tweet: That’s pretty standard practice, and kudos to Nitkowski for being an ex-player-turned-broadcaster willing to be engaging on social media.Where Nitkowski erred,...
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Ratings: New NBA-TV Record for NBA Finals Postgame Coverage; LPGA on Golf Channel Again Rises 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 NBA-TV’s live post-game coverage after the deciding Game 5 of the 2017 NBA Finals on June 13 drew 334,000 viewers and 158,000 adults 18-49, up 249 percent (in viewers, from 134,000) and up 336 percent (in adults 18...
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Ratings: ‘American Ninja Warrior’ Rebroadcasts Dominate NBCSN; NHRA on FS1 Continues Benefiting from NASCAR Lead-in

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 Athletic competition series American Ninja Warrior is already a hit for NBC. This summer, it has also boosted NBCSN. Last week, the show took six of the Top 20 spots for NBCSN’s most-watched telecasts of the week; this...
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Lamar Odom threatens legal action against ESPN for Stephen A. Smith’s ‘crack’ comments

Stephen A. Smith crossed the line again on Thursday’s episode of First Take when he screamed on air about former Lakers forward Lamar Odom’s crack addiction in reference to Phil Jackson’s poor history as a general manager. Now Odom is calling Smith’s comments “slander,” asking ESPN to denounce what Smith said and use the situation as an opportunity to become more...
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Will pay TV providers offer at $10/month entertainment-only, non-sports skinny bundle?

A study shows that a $10/month entertainment-only skinny bundle would attract 4.6 million new subscribers to pay TV. MoffettNathanson says a channel lineup featuring AMC, A&E Networks, Discovery, Scripps (Cooking Channel, DIY Network, Food Network, Travel Channel) and various independent networks would fetch a price of about $10. The study says that rate would be a much better...
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This Week In Hot Takes: Albert Breer says Kapernick didn’t stay late, wonders if he still wants to play

Welcome to another edition of This Week In Hot Takes. This time around, we’re looking at the hottest takes from sports media members from June 16-22. 5. Skip Bayless says Rickie Fowler is “not a closer”: Yes, with the U.S. Open on Fox and FS1, we got Bayless dropping some hot golf takes: Yes, it takes a Bayless to start bringing “guts” and “closer” into golf. This...
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Hogan lawyer Charles Harder representing RJ Bell in $10-million-plus lawsuit against Deadspin

Just over a year after Hulk Hogan was awarded $140 million in his lawsuit against Gawker (he eventually received a $31 million settlement as part of the bankruptcy proceedings in December), another former Gawker Media site is being sued, and the lawyer who represented Hogan (and numerous other people who sued Gawker and its sites) is again involved. That would be Charles Harder...
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Ratings for 2017 NBA Draft on ESPN are up from 2016

This year’s NBA Draft which had plenty of buzz going into the event certainly scored for ESPN. The Draft averaged a 2.7 overnight rating which is up 13% from last year’s event. It peaked at a 4.0 rating in the 8:15-8:30 p.m. ET quarter-hour. ESPN is really ecstatic about its streaming numbers. The Draft had an average minute streaming audience of 135,200 viewers. That’s up...
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