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Your MLB Announcing Schedule for 7/28 – 8/3

Monday, July 28 San Diego Padres at Atlanta Braves (MLBN Noon) Local Broadcast Toronto Blue Jays at Boston Red Sox (ESPN 7 pm) Dave O’Brien, Aaron Boone Tuesday, July 29 New York Yankees at Texas Rangers (FS1 8 pm) Joe Buck, Tom Verducci Colorado Rockies at Chicago Cubs (WGNA 8 pm) Len Kasper, Jim Deshaies Atlanta Braves at Los Angeles Dodgers (MLBN 10 pm) Local Broadcast...
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Stephen A. Smith: “Ben Roethlisberger has never come across as a bad guy”

I’m not going to say that Stephen A. Smith’s comments on Ben Roethlisberger are another window into his soul and his views on humanity, we all need a break from that after the last three days. I will say that Stephen A. Smith couldn’t have picked a worse time to say “Ben Roethlisberger, to me, has never come across as a bad guy” than the same day he offered a serious apology...
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What we know about Monday Night Football in 2014

We continue with our “What We Know” series on the NFL TV packages that begin anew this season with a contract that will end in the early 2020′s. We’ve already provided you with “What We Know” on Thursday Night Football, the NFL on CBS and NBC’s Sunday Night Football. It’s now time for ESPN’s Monday Night Football and there are a few changes to tell you about. Let’s...
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John Madden turned down the chance to announce one final game

WWMD… What Would Madden Do?  Maybe that’s a question that comes to mind for football fans when it comes to the present slate of NFL broadcasters and current affairs in the league.  This week Richard Deitsch at Sports Illustrated had an interview with Madden that touched on numerous subjects. Perhaps the most interesting insight was that NBC approached Madden with jumping on...
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Hope for a way forward after a week of chaotic insanity

I’ve been writing about, reporting on, and analyzing this sports media industry on a full-time basis for over three years now.  And I can safely say that I’ve never seen a period of time as chaotic, distressing, and insane as what transpired last week. Reflecting over the weekend, it was easy to be discouraged about the current state of our daily sports conversation and generally...
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The Baseball Hall of Fame has enacted the “Le Batard Rule”

Starting this winter, a new rule will be in effect for the Baseball Writers Association of America members voting for the Baseball Hall of Fame. Nicknamed the Le Batard Rule (after Dan Le Batard infamously donated his vote to Deadspin last winter, and then proceeded to turn in a ballot better than 95% of the other writers), voters will now need to register online and agree to a code...
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Stephen A. Smith apologizes for domestic violence comments

ESPN’s first statement on the controversy that has enveloped the network after Stephen A. Smith’s comments on domestic violence amounted to an advertisement for Monday’s First Take.  There the network said, Smith would address the controversy in full. Monday’s First Take opened with what appeared to be a taped apology from Smith on set alone with Cari Champion.  After Smith...
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Video: The Hall of Fame honored Ralph Kiner and Tony Gwynn on Sunday

During Sunday’s Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on MLB Network, the Hall did something that should have also been done two weeks earlier at the All-Star Game – they honored late MLB Hall of Famers Tony Gwynn and Ralph Kiner. Two minutes. Yes, the video didn’t honor the other recently deceased players and personalities from the past year, but then again, this is the...
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Stephen A. Smith leaving ESPN Radio for SiriusXM

Stephen A. Smith is polarizing. Whether he’s on First Take or ESPN Radio in New York, he always garners a reaction. So imagine him on another national platform like SiriusXM radio. It’s about to happen. The New York Daily News reports that Smith will be joining the “Mad Dog Radio” channel and host his own show in the 1-3 p.m. ET timeslot leading into Chris Russo’s show...
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Viewing Picks for July 28, 2014

All Times Eastern College Football B1G Football Media Day 2014 — Big Ten Network, 10:30 a.m. 2014 College Football Media Days — ESPNU, 1 p.m. College Football Live — ESPN, 2:30 p.m. CFB Daily: The Blitz — ESPNU, 5 p.m. Top 25 College Football Games of 2013: No. 15: Georgia vs. Tennessee — ESPNU, 7 p.m. Top 25 College Football Games of 2013: No. 14: Michigan vs. Penn State...
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ESPN offers first remarks on Stephen A. Smith controversy

It’s been a very long weekend of discussion regarding Stephen A. Smith’s comments about Ray Rice’s suspension. A reminder that Smith is in hot water for saying that, while men need to continue to be educated that domestic violence is never the answer, “we also have to make sure that we learn as much as we can about elements of provocation. Not that there’s real provocation...
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HBO producing sports mockumentary starring Andy Samberg

Before ESPN’s “30 for 30″ series essentially took the title away, HBO was the pioneer of quality sports documentaries. So it might stand to reason that the premium cable network would plow new ground in the making of sports mockumentaries. Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) will star in 7 Days in Hell, focusing on a marathon tennis match at...
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Baltimore Ravens attempt to rehabilitate Ray Rice’s reputation

In the wake of the NFL’s punishment of the Baltimore Ravens’ Ray Rice (or lack thereof) and subsequent reaction to domestic incident involving his then-fiancee, now wife Janay, the team is attempting to gain control of the message and take a new tact on his reputation. The team’s Senior Vice President for Public and Community Relations, Kevin Byrne, took it upon himself to...
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Charles Barkley says he’s no longer friends with Tiger Woods

During an appearance on Friday on a Philadelphia sports radio station, TNT’s Charles Barkley declared that he’s not a friend of Tiger Woods. The two were friendly in the past, but telling Mike Missanelli of 97.5 The Fanatic, Barkley said they are friends no longer. Barkley expanded on his statement: “Well I think that when you’re as great as he has been, and this probably...
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A compilation of Pierre McGuire’s most awkward moments

Ed Note: The following post appears courtesy Bloguin’s national NHL site Puck Drunk Love. Pierre McGuire is an interesting man. The word “interesting” in the previous sentence could be replaced with a lot of different words, but it’s clear that most hockey fans feel that McGuire is one of the most awkward, if not creepy, broadcasters in sports. He knows his hockey and he...
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MLBAM jumps into the Net Neutrality battle

Net neutrality is the notion that Internet service providers and governments should treat all data on the Internet equally. It would prevent broadband providers from being able to block legal internet content. The issue has drawn outrage from all corners of the internet, but one such outlet may surprise you: Major League Baseball. MLB Advanced Media is one of the more than million...
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Viewing Picks for July 27, 2014

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football Collingwood Magpies vs. Adelaide Crows — Fox Sports 2, 2:30 a.m. Beach Volleyball World Series of Volleyball, Long Beach, CA Women’s Bronze Medal Match — Universal Sports, 1 p.m. Men’s Bronze Medal Match — Universal Sports, 2 p.m. Women’s Gold Medal Match — NBC, 3:30 p.m. Women’s Gold Medal Match-Encore — Universal Sports...
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You can become the LeBron James beat reporter for Cleveland.com

If you’ve wanted an opportunity to cover the NBA and LeBron James, you may want to consider applying to the Northeast Ohio Media Group. The owner of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cleveland.com and several smaller Ohio newspapers is looking for a beat reporter to cover LeBron James and LeBron James only. This is similar to when Brian Windhorst left the Cleveland Plain Dealer to join...
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ESPN hires former coaches Mack Brown and Butch Davis for college football coverage

ESPN has two former college coaches joining its college football ranks this season. The network has added former Texas Longhorns coach Mack Brown and former Miami Hurricanes and North Carolina Tar Heels coach Butch Davis as studio analysts. Brown will be on ABC with John Saunders and new studio analyst Danny Kanell on College Football Countdown on Saturdays at 3 p.m. ET and be part...
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Every television network still loves Notre Dame football

College football is about a month away, which means the networks are starting to finalize their plans. While ABC has owned Saturday primetime, Fox continues to try and edge its way in with a weekly game that starts slightly earlier each week. CBS doesn’t go to primetime for football often, but they’re taking advantage of their once every other year Notre Dame-Navy contest by...
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ESPN’s worst nightmare has come to life thanks to First Take

It was only a matter of time.  Only a matter of time before someone on First Take said something stupid enough to drag the show’s carcass back into the headlines.  This time, it wasn’t Skip Bayless, nor even the ghost of Rob Parker.  It was Stephen A. Smith and his comments on women “provoking” assault. In case you were away from social media Friday, Smith clumsily talked...
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ESPN to air Seahawks training camp as a SportsCenter Special

On July 29th, ESPN will air a live SportsCenter Special that will feature your Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks at training camp. The network has bounced around different NFL training camps this summer, but this will be a two-hour special devoted solely to the Seahawks. The details from a network press release: ESPN will provide a rare inside look at a National Football League...
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Fox Sports delves into the world of content portals with Just A Bit Outside

Author-based content portals are ceasing as a trend, and growing as a necessity among providers. Think about all of the portals out there – Grantland, The MMQB, Vox, 538, Jason Whitlock’s Black Grantland… content portals are popping up like weeds nowadays. Fox Sports is the latest to jump onboard with Just A Bit Outside, their new baseball portal headed by Rob Neyer. JABO has...
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Viewing Picks for July 26, 2014

All Times Eastern Arena Football Arizona Rattlers at Orlando Predators — CBS Sports Network, 7 p.m. Australian Rules Football Brisbane Lions vs. Gold Coast Suns — Fox Sports 2, 2:30 a.m. Hawthorn Hawks vs. Sydney Swans — Fox Soccer Plus, 5:30 a.m. Beach Volleyball World Series of Volleyball, Long Beach, CA Women’s Quarterfinal — Universal Sports, 2 p.m. Men’s Semifinal...
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Fox strikes back at WEEI; pulls all advertising from station

The fallout from the WEEI/Erin Andrews controversy has now reached new heights. It began the day after the MLB All-Star Game when WEEI morning show co-host Kirk Minihane called Fox Sports’ Erin Andrews a “gutless ******** and then a week later, made an apology laced with a tirade about Andrews being a waitress she had been 15 pounds heavier. A day later, NESN announced it was...
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