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Saturday’s Tigers-Royals game will be aired on tape delay

In an extremely embarrassing gaffe for the Kansas City Royals, their Saturday game with the Detroit Tigers will air on tape delay in the Detroit market (and not air at all in the local Kansas City market) because the team scheduled the game at 7:10 PM eastern time, in Fox’s primetime exclusivity window for MLB. Because the game isn’t available nationally on Fox, local fans won’t...
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Viewing Picks for July 12, 2014

All Times Eastern Arena Football Arizona Rattlers at Spokane Shock — CBS Sports Network, 10 p.m. Boxing WBA Junior Middleweight Title Fight, MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas, NV Canelo Alvarez vs. Erislandy Lara — Pay per view, 9 p.m. Canelo vs. Lara: Countdown Live — Showtime, 7:30 p.m. CFL Calgary Stampeders at Toronto Argonauts — ESPN3, 6:30 p.m. BC Lions at Saskatchewan RoughRiders...
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ESPN really got into Busch Stadium’s ‘Star Wars’ night on Wednesday

For years now, teams from various sports have been holding Star Wars nights at stadiums and arenas. It’s a pop culture icon that still has a hold on a couple generations as shared moments of loving a movie or set of movies. Even after the prequels, the original Star Wars films thrive. Using George Lucas’ saga on sports broadcasts is nothing particularly new, either. Back when...
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ESPN’s post-World Cup soccer slate features EPL/MLS showdowns, plenty of U.S. National Team members

We sometimes give MLS a hard time for being one of the few American sports leagues that doesn’t feature the best of their particular sport playing in it. However, the league has made great strides in the past decade, and is a legitimate draw in many cities. MLS won’t pick up wide swaths of viewers out of the hugely successful (on American TV, at least) World Cup, but they will...
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MLB Network, Golf Channel, NFL Network, and NBATV Ratings Buzz: June 30-July 6

Ed Note: We’re pleased to welcome Douglas Pucci to Awful Announcing, who you might know better as Son of the Bronx. Douglas built an impressive database of public ratings for television networks that were an invaluable resource for those interested in the media world. At AA, he will have the Top 10 programs from each of the sports networks every week, as well as data trends in...
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Chris Broussard confirms LeBron’s announcement, in case you don’t believe LeBron

LeBron James announced his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a Sports Illustrated piece as told to Lee Jenkins that went live on Friday. Just in case you don’t believe LeBron’s own words, ESPN’s Chris Broussard is here to confirm them. Or should we say confirn them. Done deal. LeBron to Cavs, credit to Lee Jenkins story in SI. Source confirns — Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard...
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NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: June 30-July 6

Ed Note: We’re pleased to welcome Douglas Pucci to Awful Announcing, who you might know better as Son of the Bronx. Douglas built an impressive database of public ratings for television networks that were an invaluable resource for those interested in the media world. At AA, he will have the Top 10 programs from each of the sports networks every week, as well as data trends in...
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ESPN Ratings Buzz: June 30-July 6

Ed Note: We’re pleased to welcome Douglas Pucci to Awful Announcing, who you might know better as Son of the Bronx. Douglas built an impressive database of public ratings for television networks that were an invaluable resource for those interested in the media world. At AA, he will have the Top 10 programs from each of the sports networks every week, as well as data trends in...
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Argentina-Netherlands is the most-watched World Cup semifinal ever on US TV

Throw the audience a 7-1 blowout that was over by the 30th minute? People watched in record amounts. Throw them a listless 0-0 draw that went to penalty kicks, yet had little drama even in that stage? People watched. Summer of World Cup rolls on. The Argentina-Netherlands semifinal match drew 6.8 million viewers to ESPN Wednesday. It is the highest-rated and most-watched World Cup...
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ESPYS two hour countdown show seems like overkill

The 2014 ESPYS are set to air on July 16th and will include TWO HOURS of red carpet nonsense.  ESPN’s media team boasts the following: Coverage of The 2014 ESPYS on Wednesday, July 16, will begin with The 2014 ESPYS Countdown Show presented by Capital One live from the red carpet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. The countdown show, in its fifth year, will bring fans close to...
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The MLB All-Star Futures Game will be on MLB Network for the first time

Long a staple of ESPN’s All-Star schedule, the MLB All-Star Futures Game will air on MLB Network for the first time this Sunday. Airing at 5 p.m. ET, the commentators for the game will be Matt Vasgersian and Sean Casey, along with reporter Heidi Watney and MLB.com prospect guru Jonathan Mayo. The Futures Game is the ultimate attraction for diehard baseball fans during All-Star...
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Video: Hawk Harrelson calls Asian pitchers “Orientals” for the second night in a row

Hawk Harrelson’s subjectivity is often a topic of debate, but there’s no debating his latest misstep. The polarizing White Sox broadcaster used the term “Orientals” on Comcast Sportsnet Chicago for the second night in a row when discussing Boston Red Sox reliever Junichi Tazawa’s delivery. On Wednesday night, he did the exact same thing…while talking about the very...
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Viewing Picks for July 11, 2014

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football Melbourne Demons vs. Geelong Cats — Fox Sports 2, 11:30 p.m. North Melbourne Kangaroos vs. St. Kilda Saints — Fox Soccer Plus, midnight Boxing Friday Night Fights, Shelton, WA Middleweights Mike Gavronski vs. Tureano Johnson — ESPN2, 9 p.m. CFL Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Montreal Alouettes — ESPN3, 7 p.m. Ottawa RedBlacks at Edmonton...
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Even Grantland Contributor Can’t Contain Snark Regarding ESPN’s Lebron Coverage

Justin Halpern is a fairly well-known writer, who’s Twitter feed and book, and eventual TV show,****** My Dad Says has brought him deserving renown (well, not the TV show) in internet circles. He recently created a show, Surviving Jack, that showed promise and was very funny, but didn’t survive past a season. He’s also a Grantland contributor. That, unfortunately, makes...
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ESPN’s fall lineup includes more football and Colin Cowherd

ESPN’s lineup through football season will, naturally, contain a lot of football, a polarizing personality given a new platform, and the return of a move that has upset many viewers in the past. The network will repurpose the “best of “ The Herd with Colin Cowherd in a 30-minute broadcast titled You Herd Me. The show will air weekdays at 4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2, filling a...
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Clint Dempsey Talks with David Letterman

The U.S. men’s soccer team is unwinding after its appearance in the World Cup. Team captain Clint Dempsey is making some media rounds and visited CBS’ Late Show With David Letterman this week. And while David isn’t the biggest soccer fan (he asked if this year was the best the USMNT team finish in the World Cup and why is it so difficult to score if the net is so big), he did...
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Brian Windhorst rumors have somehow become a part of the LeBron rumors

A gentleman who’s received a ton of airtime in recent weeks on the ESPN family of networks is Brian Windhorst, an NBA writer who primarily covers the Miami Heat. He previously worked for the Cleveland Plain Dealer covering the Cleveland Cavaliers, and has authored two books with LeBron James’ name in the title. You could say he’s somewhat of an expert on the man who is often...
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‘Fox Sports Live’ brings Mike Tyson on to read classic movie lines, for some reason

If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I have had some issues with Fox Sports Live this week. They’ve been blatantly using the open of their shows the past couple nights to cross-promote with brands they have contracts with, along with the typical jocularity and wannabe Bayless-ing that happens on the show. Petros Papadakis yelling over Adrian Wojnarowski will do that to...
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MLB All-Star Game on Fox changes with technology, more cable

We’re a mere few days away to a week when the world stops for baseball. There are critics of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, and mere disinterested bystanders, yet the game remains one of the highest, if not the highest-rated program of summer. It runs against very little competition, so I can’t see Fox moving it to cable anytime soon. Yes, Fox once again has the All...
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'Seinfeld's' backup plan in case Keith Hernandez couldn't act

The tributes to Seinfeld are pouring in as it hits its 25th anniversary in the past week. The unlikely smash hit series chronicled the normal, human moments in life and the four most horrible people anyone has ever conceived. It was also, for what its worth, one of the funniest shows to ever satirize the conventions of sports and sports fandom. One such episode is an hour-long...
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NBC hires Kathryn Tappen as Notre Dame sideline reporter, NHL host

NBC has hired a replacement for forme Notre Dame sideline reporter Alex Flanagan, and its someone who can fill a couple of key roles at the network. NHL Network host Kathryn Tappen will do the job for NBC Sports in 2014, as part of her new overall role with the network. She will also serve as the regular fill-in host for NHL studio coverage on NBCSN (Liam McHugh will remain the...
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Meet the new cast of NFL AM

NFL Network’s morning show, NFL AM has been on the air for two years. It originally launched with co-hosts Brian Webber and Nicole Zaloumis with analyst Eric Davis and reporters Steve Wyche and Mark Kriegel. Webber was jettisoned soon after the show debuted and Zaloumis became the main host. Over the last two seasons, the show has added Molly Qerim and Terrell Davis with some contributions...
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Viewing Picks for July 10, 2014

All Times Eastern Boxing Iron Mike Productions, Miami, FL IBF Junior Lightweight Title Argenis Mendez vs. Rances Barthelemy — Fox Sports 1, 10 p.m. College Football College Football Live — ESPNU, 5 p.m. Cycling Tour de France Stage 6: Arras to Reims — NBCSN, 8 a.m. Highlights — NBCSN, noon Extended Primetime Highlights — NBCSN, 8 p.m. Golf European PGA Tour Scottish Open...
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ESPN “Sources” were busy today

Does anyone at ESPN look at their pages before posting the same headlines about the same people? Just curious, no reason.         (h/t Matt Clapp)
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Michael Irvin reveals Cris Carter told his wife to leave him

Former NFL wide receivers Michael Irvin and Cris Carter are both recovering drug addicts. Both have had their issues with cocaine during their playing careers. They both have spoken out about their successful recoveries and how they have tried to help others. However, they have differed on various subjects and that includes Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon who was recently...
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