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Video: Blue Jackets beat Penguins in dramatic Game 4

The Penguins-Blue Jackets series is turning out to be the star attraction of the Stanley Cup Playoffs thus far.  It’s a series that has featured one dramatic turn after another and Game 4 was the best and most exciting chapter yet.  After the Penguins took a 3-0 lead in the 1st period, Columbus clawed back to tie the game 3-3 in the final minute. 3 minutes into overtime, Nick...
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Your 2014 Thursday Night Football Schedule

2014 is a new era for the NFL as they expand to broadcast television for two nights a week.  After a prolonged period of intrigue, CBS emerged as the surprise winners of an 8 game primetime package.  Gone are the days when NFL Network produced their own games on Thursday nights – this is CBS’s show now with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms calling the action throughout the slate of...
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Your 2014 Monday Night Football Schedule

ESPN will air their 9th season of Monday Night Football in 2014 and the 45th year for the revered franchise overall.  Unlike their Sunday Night Football brethren, there are of course no flex games for MNF.  That has led to the insanely expensive ESPN schedule in recent years suffering from some primetime duds.  The addition of Thursday Night Football on CBS has led many to believe...
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Your 2014 Sunday Night Football Schedule

Another NFL-related national holiday on the calendar was celebrated today with the release of the 2014 NFL schedule.  It says everything about the NFL’s stranglehold on the nation that the revealing of the 17 week regular season schedule is treated with the same hype as the Beatles appearing with Sullivan.  Nevertheless, here we are. We begin with NBC’s Sunday Night Football...
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Fox Sports 1 dedicating tribute show to Derek Jeter

We’re less than 20% of the way through Derek Jeter’s final MLB season, and the retirement tour is already getting kicked into high gear. Fox Sports 1 will be airing an hour-long tribute show to Jeter at 8:30 PM next Tuesday, featuring interviews with current and former players and people around baseball heaping praise onto the Yankee captain. I understand why this is happening...
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NBC golf announcer Notah Begay calls Daniel Snyder’s foundation a “gimmick”

Notah Begay III is an on-course reporter for NBC Sports’ coverage of the PGA Tour.  But he found himself speaking out about the NFL this week with regards to the ongoing controversy surrounding the Washington Redskins and their nickname.  Begay is a Native American and has his own foundation to benefit children’s health in those communities. To dispel the negative publicity...
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So how much is a NFL Playoff game worth? Try $100 Million!

Earlier this week, ESPN made it official that it would carry one NFL Wild Card Playoff game beginning with the 2014-15 season. For those who follow the industry and ESPN in particular, it was not a surprise. Of all of the NFL’s TV partners, ESPN pays the most in rights fees for Monday Night Football, over $1 billion annually for the TV contract that expired and reportedly $1.9...
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Matt Harvey deletes Twitter account because the Mets are cramping his style

New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey decided to commemorate the 6 month anniversary of his Tommy John surgery with a picture on Twitter.  The picture shows Harvey smiling and offering his middle finger to the camera from the time of the operation. Matt Harvey tweeted a picture of himself flipping the bird, then he deleted it and now it’s gone forever. Unless… pic.twitter.com/oz6SswfrlT...
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SEC Network releases commercials for every school, here are the best

Announcing a new network is one thing, but getting the word out is another. The ESPN-affiliated SEC Network launches on Aug. 14, the first day of the college football season. The network unveiled 14 school-specific ads, showcasing something special about each institution. Each of these 14 ads will run in the regional area of the schools, helping spread the word about the SEC Network...
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Colin Cowherd’s latest John Wall rant shows ESPN at its worst

I feel sorry for Dan Steinberg of DC Sports Bog.  That seems a little odd to say given he’s a funny, successful writer at the Washington Post.  But I do feel sorry for him… simply because Colin Cowherd has said so many dumb things about DC professional athletes that Steinberg has had to transcribe over the years.  Poor guy.  Nobody deserves that. First it was Cowherd’s...
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New media deal has Crimson Tide seeing green

Ed Note: The following occurs courtesy Bloguin’s national college football site Crystal Ball Run. The cost of conference media rights for conferences has continued to grow over the years as television networks see greater profits to be had with live sports programming. Schools affiliated with the power conferences tend to cash big checks when it comes to splitting the total revenue...
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Ryan Dempster is joining MLB Network

Former Chicago Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster, who walked away from his contract with the Boston Red Sox earlier this offseason, is joining MLB Network as a studio analyst. Dempster will make his debut on Wednesday from Wrigley Field during High Heat with Christopher Russo at 1 PM, and will also show up on Intentional Talk following the broadcast of Wednesday’s Diamondbacks-Cubs game...
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Viewing Picks for April 23, 2014

ALL TIMES EASTERN College Baseball USC Upstate at South Carolina — Fox College Sports Atlantic, 7 p.m. Florida A&M at Florida — Fox College Sports Pacific, 7 p.m. Iowa at Creighton — CBS Sports Network, 7:30 p.m. College Football CFB Daily: Spring Blitz — ESPNU, 4:30 p.m. College Football Live — ESPN2, 5 p.m. Inside College Football: Spring Special: Storylines of the...
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Bills website says Doug Marrone has cancer, removes article

A very strange series of events happened today on the official website of the Buffalo Bills.  The site posted a news article that head coach Doug Marrone had announced that he was diagnosed with “BLANK TYPE OF CANCER.”  There’s little text and the article has misspellings and even a place for a generic quote from Marrone.  The article was obviously some type of placeholder...
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The Johnny & Tara Show is returning for the Kentucky Derby

Everyone’s favorite announcing couple, figure skating analysts Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski, are not fading away from the limelight now that winter has finally turned into spring.  The pair were a hit for their live figure skating commentary during the Winter Olympics.  Not only did they bring a cutting edge and real criticism and analysis to a profession that’s little more...
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Your MLB Announcing Schedule for 4/22 – 4/27

Tuesday, April 22 New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox (MLBN 7PM) Bob Costas, Jim Kaat [alt: White Sox @ Tigers] Wednesday, April 23 Miami Marlins at Atlanta Braves (MLBN Noon) Local Broadcast Arizona Diamondbacks at Chicago Cubs (WGNA 2:15PM) Len Kasper, Jim Deshaies New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox (ESPN 7PM) Jon Sciambi, Rick Sutcliffe Thursday, April 24 Cincinnati Reds at...
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30 for 30: Soccer Stories Review – The Opposition

Title – The Opposition Director – Ezra Edelman and Jeffrey Plunkett Length – 30 minutes with commercials Installment – #3 of 8 in 30 for 30′s Soccer Stories Review – Unlike Maradona ’86, I wasn’t as familiar coming into the story that is the focus of The Opposition.  It’s interesting that ESPN would choose to schedule these two 30 for 30 soccer shorts back...
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30 for 30: Soccer Stories Review – Maradona ’86

Title – Maradona ’86 Director – Sam Blair Length – 30 minutes with commercials Installment – #2 of 8 in 30 for 30′s Soccer Stories Review – “The pleasure of demolishing idols is directly proportional to the need to erect them.” Those words spoken in Maradona ’86 summarize what is an eternal truth about how we view the best athletes in sports.  There’s...
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Rate the local MLB announcers – NL West

We’ve reached the end of the line, and we end with perhaps both the highest of highs and lowest of lows in MLB commentary – the National League West. Give each broadcast crew a rating, and if you have strong opinions in either direction, let us know in the comments. We’ll use your feedback in the final rankings of the broadcast teams. For more on the series and what it’s...
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ESPN gets a wild-card game, NBC gets a divisional playoff game starting this season

For the first time in NFL history, a playoff game will not be broadcast on network television. That’s because ESPN, after 27 years of doing regular-season NFL games, will air a wild-card playoff game next January. “We’re thrilled to televise our first Wild Card playoff game and we thank the NFL for the opportunity,” said ESPN President John Skipper in a press release from...
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Sager speaks out on Popovich's interview, support from NBA

In his first interview since being diagnosed with acute leukemia, TNT’s Craig Sager says he appreciates the support he has received from his co-workers at Turner Sports and from the NBA. Sager told Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch that when San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich spoke directly to him during an interview with his son, “It was just fabulous, an uplifting...
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BTN releases 2014 primetime football schedule

The rise of conference networks has been one of the most important things to happen in college football in recent years.  With the rise of BTN, Pac 12 Networks, and now the SEC Networks the power conferences have been able to further increase the gap between the haves and the have nots.  And to increase the value and demand for those networks, more and more top games are being...
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Is Darren Rovell the latest ESPN personality to face a Twitter suspension?

Sunday night, ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell again found himself in the middle of a social media storm after an insensitive tweet about a fan sitting courtside at a Chicago Bulls playoff game.  Although he deleted the tweet, you can see it below as it has been saved for posterity. Rovell later apologized for the tweet… I apologize for using poor judgment in my last...
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The 10 biggest misses by NFL Draft experts

The NFL draft takes place in just two weeks, which means we’re about to get some severely exaggerated scouting reports from so-called experts in the field of draftology. In light of that, we figured we’d take a fond look back at some of the most epic scouting report blunders from the pundits of the draft world. To be clear, we aren’t really intending to rip on these poor souls...
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Raptors back off on ESPN blame, admit shot clock failure was arena issue

So, that anonymous Toronto Raptors official who blamed ESPN for the shot clock failure in Saturday’s NBA playoff game against the Nets? It appears he spoke too soon. According to the Toronto Star, the team is now saying it was an arena issue (which is closer to their original explanation of a signal path error), not the broadcaster’s fault: On Sunday, the blame shifted to ESPN...
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