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Vin Scully will return to the Dodgers in 2016

Don’t panic, everyone – Vin Scully will be back in the broadcast booth at Dodger Stadium for the 2016 season, his 67th with the team. OFFICIAL: It'll be a very pleasant 2016. Vin Scully to return for his 67th season. pic.twitter.com/i2WrutItRO — Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 29, 2015 “I talked it over with my wife, Sandi, and my family and we’ve decided to do...
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Jay Gruden would like the media to stop calling him fat

Jay Gruden’s first season as coach of the Washington Redskins didn’t go so well, as the team went 4-12. Perhaps the biggest concern is that Robert Griffin III appears to be regressing under his tutelage, and the quarterback is enduring heavy scrutiny. Gruden has advised his players to “tune out the noise” and avoid the criticism. But is the coach himself doing that or...
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NFL video-ad partnership with Facebook has quietly ended

Which side clicked the “Unlike” option? The NFL and Facebook have quietly ended their video ad partnership, according to the Wall Street Journal. The two sides reached an agreement late last year that would allow NFL clips to be promoted in people’s Facebook feeds. Unlike most videos, which typically have an ad run before the chosen content plays, these minute-long clips featured...
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The Players’ Tribune expanding digital video offerings with From Somewhere series

Digital video has already been a part of the content offered by The Players’ Tribune, Derek Jeter’s media venture devoted to giving athletes a voice in providing their own perspective and telling their own stories. But the site is making a bigger push into that medium with a new series. Most of TPT’s content has consisted of articles presumably written by athletes themselves...
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Sports and Entertainment Ratings Buzz: August 17-23

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. MLB Network Top 10 (and Select) Programs VIEWER RANK A18-49 RANK PROGRAM DAY START TIME END TIME VIEWERS (000) A18-49 (000) 1 2 MLB TONIGHT RAIN DELAY Tue 8/18/15 9:16 PM 11:25 PM 376 136    RAIN DELAY 2 1 PRIME BASEBALL GAME Fri 8/21/15...
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NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: August 17-23

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. NBCSN Top 10 (and Select) Programs VIEWER RANK A18-49 RANK PROGRAM DAY START TIME END TIME VIEWERS (000) A18-49 (000) 1 1 NASCAR SPRINT CUP RACE (live) Sat 8/22/15 7:58 PM 10:41 PM 3608 887    BRISTOL 2 2 NASCAR SPRINT CUP START (live) Sat...
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ESPN Ratings Buzz: August 17-23

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. ESPN Top 10 (and Select) Programs VIEWER RANK A18-49 RANK PROGRAM DAY START TIME END TIME VIEWERS (000) A18-49 (000) 1 1 NFL PRESEASON Thu 8/20/15 8:00 PM 10:55 PM 3874 1651    BUFFALO/CLEVELAND 2 3 MLB SUNDAY NIGHT (live) Sun 8/23/15 8...
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Jessica Mendoza replacing Curt Schilling on Sunday Night Baseball this week

After learning earlier this week that Curt Schilling would not be on this weekend’s broadcast of Sunday Night Baseball, the question that arose was whether or not he would be replaced in the booth. An answer came last night, with the news reported by Tom Hoffarth that Jessica Mendoza will be joining Dan Shulman and John Kruk on the call for this week’s Dodgers/Cubs game. Replacing...
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Now in year two, SEC Network finds itself worth more than Big Ten Network

In its first year of operation, SEC Network has surpassed expectations in terms of market penetration and market value. Starting last August and made available in 90 million homes, SEC Network had one of the widest cable launches in history. And thanks to its subscriber fee that averages $0.66 in the conference footprint (as high as $1.40 depending on the provider) and $0.25 outside...
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Chris Mortensen doubles down on controversial DeflateGate report, claims Krafts have apologized to him

Just in case you thought we were done with the mind-boggling twists and turns when it comes to the reporting about DeflateGate, it’s time once again to take a wrecking ball to what we think we know about what we think we know. Embattled ESPN “NATIONAL NFL INSIDER” (it’s apparently important to use that title now) Chris Mortensen talked about his controversial DeflateGate...
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Sarah Palin wants ESPN to “stick to sports” in Facebook rant defending Curt Schilling

Curt Schilling’s suspension from ESPN has been big news in the world of sports this week, and given the anti-Muslim nature of the since-deleted Tweet that led to the suspension that invoked an image of Adolf Hitler in full salute, it’s understandable how socially and politically charged the fallout has become. Sarah Palin is never one to not share her opinion on matters that...
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ESPN adds Joe Banner, names Josina Anderson National NFL Insider

ESPN has made one addition to their neverending parade of NFL analysts, and gave one reporter a promotion. Former Eagles and Browns executive Joe Banner is joining ESPN as a Front Office Insider, joining Bill Polian, Louis Riddick, Mark Dominik, and Phil Savage at ESPN in the role. Josina Anderson has also been promoted to the level of National ESPN Insider at ESPN, joining Adam...
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Viewing Picks for August 28, 2015

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football Geelong Cats vs. Collingwood Magpies — Fox Soccer Plus, 5:30 a.m. AFL Highlights — Fox Soccer Plus, 4:30 a.m. BoxingShoBox: The New Generation, The D Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NVHeavyweights Derric Rossy vs. Trevor Bryan — Showtime, 11 p.m. Bundesliga VfL Volksburg vs. Schalke — Fox Sports 1, 2:30 p.m. Bundesliga Pregame —...
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PBS series “In Their Own Words” will highlight Muhammad Ali

The new PBS series titled “In Their Own Words” will highlight three noteworthy individuals through their own memorable quotes. PBS will cover Jim Henson and Queen Elizabeth II, but the profile which should be seen by sports fans will air in the series’ second episode and is a one-hour feature on Muhammad Ali. Ali’s profile will expand on his incredible career and inspirational...
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Ready becomes NBA’s first full-time female game analyst

As if often does, the NBA broke another barrier on Thursday when Fox Sports Southeast announced that Stephanie Ready would become the first full-time NBA game analyst, joining Eric Collins and Dell Curry at the broadcast position with the Charlotte Hornets. This will be Ready’s 12th year as a member of Hornets broadcasts, and her credentials are strong. Via the press release…...
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Dan Patrick is open to a SportsCenter reunion…if he can fire a producer

Last year, we reported on a potential SportsCenter reunion between Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann on ESPN. It obviously never happened, but the topic came up on Thursday’s edition of the Dan Patrick Show. Of course, there are qualifiers to a return – namely, one billion dollars. And one producer Patrick dislikes gets fired. Patrick later modified his original demands – he’d...
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AA Classic: Don Orsillo, Jerry Remy, and the pizza incident

Don Orsillo is being removed from Red Sox broadcasts on NESN, and we’ve already outlined how upset Red Sox fans are. With that being said, we thought it would be appropriate to remember one of the more absurd sequences in the history of the Orsillo/Jerry Remy partnership. Here’s the entire “here comes the pizza” affair, during which Orsillo and Remy hilariously broke down...
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TuneIn Radio now streaming MLB and English Premier League

Some of you might be familiar with the TuneIn app which allows listeners to access radio stations all over the U.S., Canada and the entire globe. It’s also a great way to listen to sports as it has an agreement with Westwood One Radio for the NCAA Tournament and carries local station feeds for college basketball, college football and the NHL. It was locked out from streaming MLB...
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Pac-12 Network testing a signal on DirecTV, what does this mean?

We told you earlier this summer that satellite provider DirecTV had been conducting informal talks with Pac-12 Network this summer. It appears that the league-owned network is reaching the next step with a signal test. Some people noticed that Pac-12 Network appeared for a brief period Wednesday on channel 612 which would be in the neighborhood of Big Ten Network which is on channel...
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King for a day: 5 changes at NBC Sports

This week we’ll do something new at Awful Announcing – a series that is a great intellectual endeavor for us that will put fear into the hearts of network executives around the country.  In this series, we’ll imagine a scenario where we are put in charge of each of the major sports networks for one day with the mandate that we can change five things at the network.  The five...
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Lou Holtz is joining SiriusXM to host shows about college football… and golf

Well, Lou Holtz’s “retirement” didn’t last long. The legendary college football coach retired from ESPN this past year after working a number of years as a television analyst for the network.  When Holtz left the network in April he said “I have no intentions of broadcasting anymore.” Those intentions lasted just a few months as Holtz has returned to the sports media...
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Usain Bolt won 200-meter world championship then got taken out by a cameraman on a Segway

What do you get when you’re the world’s fastest man? Another 200-meter world championship? Sure, Usain Bolt got that in 19.55 seconds Thursday, toying with American Justin Gatlin in the last ten meters. Adoring fans around the globe? He’s had that for the better part of a decade. Lucrative shoe deal? Been there done that. How about being run over by a man holding a television...
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6 Simple Ways Ballers Could Be Better In Season 2

Ballers just concluded its rookie season and showed enough promise and ratings to get an early green-light for season two. I predicted as much when I did my advanced review in June as The Rock plus flashy subject matter with a young male target audience was very likely going to be enough to make it a mainstay of HBO going forward. With the first season in the books, a few takeaways...
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NFL on CBS broadcast teams revealed for 2015 season

The NFL on CBS revealed their 2015 broadcast teams and decided to stand pat, making almost no changes in the booth. CBS will be broadcasting Super Bowl 50 next February, and they will be employing their top stalwarts, Jim Nantz and Phil Simms, with Tracy Wolfson on the sidelines once again. This same trio is also responsible for CBS’ slate of Thursday Night Football. Behind them...
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Viewing Picks for August 27, 2015

All Times Eastern CFL Montreal Alouettes at Hamilton Tiger-Cats — ESPN2, 7:30 p.m. College Football College Football Live — ESPN, 2 p.m. The Herbies Preseason Special — ESPN2, 6 p.m. 2015 LSU Football Preview — SEC Network, 8 p.m. ESPN The Magazine: College Football Preview — ESPNU, 8 p.m. 2015 Mississippi Football Preview — SEC Network, 8:30 p.m. CONCACAF Champions...
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