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LISTEN: Kevin Harlan saves MNF again by doing play-by-play of two idiots on the field

Kevin Harlan is a fantastic broadcaster. Whether it’s describing the intricacies of how an NFL team lines up before a play or the angled passes an NBA team uses to score, Harlan has a way with words that few others do. This is also extremely relevant when a fan tries to be bigger than the game and runs on the field. In early September, the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams...
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Would selling or spinning off ESPN help Disney long-term?

The adverse effects on Disney stock from disappointing ESPN results have been well-noted, and some think selling or spinning off ESPN might help Disney’s overall stock performance. Bloomberg’s Tara LaChapelle has a good history of this idea and the latest developments on it: Back in May, I wrote that a breakup of Disney may be [the] answer. Separating ESPN (or the media networks...
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Les Moonves blames NFL ratings slide on Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Donald Trump

CBS CEO Les Moonves discussed a lot of topics at a conference Monday, but it’s his take on the reason for declining NFL ratings that stands out. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Moonves’ comments at the UBS 44th Annual Global Media and Communications Conference in New York included blaming three primary people for the ratings slide: Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and Donald Trump...
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Get ready for a two-part ’30 for 30′ on the Lakers-Celtics rivalry of the Magic-Bird era

Larry Bird and Magic Johnson are all the rage these days. We’ve had a 2010 HBO documentary about their rivalry, a 2012 Broadway show about their rivalry and now in 2017 a massive, two-part “30 for 30″ documentary about their rivalry. ESPN has commissioned a film about the 1980s Celtics and Lakers, to air some time around the NBA Finals this spring. The film will be executive...
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Magic Johnson is returning to ESPN to once again appear on ‘NBA Countdown’

Magic Johnson is returning to ESPN’s NBA Countdown, beginning on Christmas Day, the network announced Monday. Johnson will be part of ESPN’s studio coverage for the network’s five Christmas broadcasts, then will settle into a role as a studio analyst for NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC, beginning Jan. 21 2017. That show will also feature Mike Wilbon and Sage Steele. ...
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ESPN is producing a ’30 for 30′ about John Calipari, to be released in April

ESPN is working on a “30 for 30″ documentary about Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari, to be released April 13, between the end of the college basketball season and the start of the NBA Playoffs, according to SI.com’s Richard Deitsch. The film will be produced by “30 for 30″ extraordinaire Jonathan Hock, who is responsible for The Best That Never Was (2010), Unguarded...
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NFL Network is jumping into eSports by televising Madden competitions

Televised eSports is seen as a potential next frontier for networks, with ESPN and Turner already establishing a growing presence in the sector. Now, the NFL is reportedly entering the fray, as they’ll be covering Madden competitions in a partnership with EA Sports. That’s according to John Ourand in the Sports Business Journal. According to his report, eSports is going to...
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NFL flexes Tampa Bay-Dallas into primetime in Week 15, Cowboys on NBC three times in December

The latest Sorry, Gus - Penn State's Big Ten title is not a ‘milestone in the healing process' WATCH: Verne Lundquist honored & gets emotional during final SEC broadcast Ex-Scout publisher on bankruptcy petition: "The writing's been on the wall" Chris "Mad Dog...
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The NFL has slightly loosened restrictions on their unpopular social media policy

Maybe the best example of the NFL’s overreach and loss of touch with reality has come in the form of the reaction to their draconian social media policies. Earlier this year, the NFL was strongly criticized for banning any kind of moving video content from their individual team accounts during live game action. The NFL has the most anti-social approach to social media in the world...
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By trying to control message on Cam Newton, Ron Rivera let speculation take over for news

The latest Sorry, Gus - Penn State's Big Ten title is not a ‘milestone in the healing process' WATCH: Verne Lundquist honored & gets emotional during final SEC broadcast Ex-Scout publisher on bankruptcy petition: "The writing's been on the wall" Chris "Mad Dog...
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AA’s top @ClippitTV videos of the week: Uncle Verne’s final SEC game

This is our weekly look at the most popular — or in some cases our personal favorite — videos on Clippit over the past week. Clippit is an awesome app that allows us to quickly grab 30-second clips from several live TV broadcasts and share them on social media.  Steve Levy and Brian Griese were cowboys in the booth for the Mountain West title game Howdy. ESPN’s Steve Levy...
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Viewing Picks for December 5, 2016

All Times Eastern The latest Sorry, Gus - Penn State's Big Ten title is not a ‘milestone in the healing process' WATCH: Verne Lundquist honored & gets emotional during final SEC broadcast Ex-Scout publisher on bankruptcy petition: "The writing's been on the wall" ...
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Sports and Entertainment Ratings Buzz: November 21-27

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. NFL Network Top 25 (and Select) Programs For searching an event or program on this page, type CTRL-F in your browser (if browser is capable) then type your event/program title in the search box. VIEWER RANK PROGRAM DATE START TIME END TIME...
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Sorry, Gus – Penn State’s Big Ten title is not a ‘milestone in the healing process’

Sports are, in a way, a grand metaphor for life itself. We watch each game and every season with notions about how the outcomes say something about our daily lives and society at-large. It’s why we root for underdogs, take pleasure in seeing dynasties crumble, and look for the stories that humanize larger-than-life athletes. Where we get ourselves into trouble is when we let...
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Are older viewers and conservatives really cutting back on NFL viewing?

One of the big arguments about declining NFL ratings has been the role, if any, anthem protests have played. There have been plenty of hot takes suggesting people are turning away thanks to those protests, but the NFL’s said that doesn’t match their data, and there’s been other data saying it’s not less people watching, but the same people watching less time on average (which...
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Steve Levy, Brian Griese go full cowboy for Mountain West championship

Unless you’re a fan of Wyoming or San Diego State, it’s understandable if you were watching the Big Ten or ACC championship games on Saturday night, rather than the Mountain West championship. However, if you did skip it, you missed more than a competitive game between the Cowboys and Aztecs. You also didn’t see the beginning of the broadcast when ESPN’s Steve Levy and Brian...
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Viewing Picks for December 4, 2016

All Times Eastern The latest HBO reportedly planning exit from Disney-backed BAMTech content deal Cleveland weatherman won't shave until the Browns win, and he's getting awfully scruffy Last Month in Sportswriting: November's best sports stories, from pinball to Porzingis ...
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WATCH: Verne Lundquist gets emotional during final SEC broadcast

CBS play-by-play man Verne Lundquist has had a legendary career. He’s called multiple Olympic games, the NBA, NFL, The Masters, College Basketball, and College Football. On Saturday, Uncle Verne called the the 2016 SEC Championship game for the final SEC game of his illustrious career. Lundquist’s final SEC game was a blowout, as the University of Alabama won its third straight...
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Pacers announcers will call 3 games in 3 venues in 24 hours for Basketball Day in Indiana

Indiana Pacers announcers Chris Denari and Quinn Buckner of FOX Sports Indiana will have a busy schedule next weekend as they call three games in three different venues  and two different cities in a span of just 24 hours. The latest Cleveland weatherman won't shave until the Browns win, and he's getting awfully scruffy ...
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NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: November 21-27

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 25 (and Select) Programs For searching an event or program on this page, type CTRL-F in your browser (if browser is capable) then type your event/program title in the search box. VIEWER RANK PROGRAM DATE START TIME END TIME VIEWERS...
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Ex-Scout publisher on bankruptcy petition: “The writing’s been on the wall”

Things don’t seem to be going well over at Scout Media. This summer saw the company’s board terminate CEO Jim Heckman, which led to the product team resigning en masse while plenty of writers and publishers complained about missed payments and Heckman’s spending. Now, the company has been hit with an involuntary Chapter 11 petition in a New York bankruptcy court from three...
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AA Weekly Recap: Schefter to the NBA, furloughs at One World Sports and Matt Millen’s self-awareness

It’s been another busy week in sports media. We’re here to recap the biggest news and events that took place and share some of our best work from the week that was. Without further adieu:  Watch: Matt Millen pokes fun at himself for his record in Detroit – Nov. 28 Current Big Ten Network analyst Matt Millen was a good sport this week, poking fun at his atrocious record as...
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Chris “Mad Dog” Russo goes on crazy rant about ESPN covering too much NBA

Chris “Mad Dog” Russo and “crazy radio rant” go together like peanut butter and jelly. Even though he doesn’t get as many viral audio hits as his former partner in crime Mike Francesa, they are equally as entertaining. This week, Russo went bonkers when he saw ESPN going in-depth covering the NBA regular season. Russo’s take is that it’s December and nobody in their...
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Viewing Picks for December 3, 2016

All Times Eastern The latest Cleveland weatherman won't shave until the Browns win, and he's getting awfully scruffy Last Month in Sportswriting: November's best sports stories, from pinball to Porzingis This Week In Hot Takes: Jim Harbaugh, "the Donald Trump of college football" ...
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Watch: Pac-12 championship conference trophy presentation goes haywire

The Pac-12’s conference championship game Friday night was relatively uneventful, with Washington thumping Colorado 41-10, but the same can’t be said for the trophy presentation on Fox. First, the network came back from commercial and had announcer Joe Davis set up the trophy presentation from Rob Stone, but Stone asked how far away they were on a live mic,  was told “Not...
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