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Your NBA Playoffs Announcing Schedule for 5/3 – 5/10

Sunday May, 3 G1: Washington Wizards at Atlanta Hawks (ABC 1 pm) Mike Tirico, Hubie Brown & Lisa Salters G1: Memphis Grizzlies at Golden State Warriors (ABC 3:30 pm) Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson & Doris Burke Monday, May 4 G1: Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers (TNT 7 pm) Marv Albert, Chris Webber & Rachel Nichols G1: Los Angeles Clippers at Houston Rockets...
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PGA Tour will tee off new Over the Top video service

Coming this summer, golf fans who had only been able to watch three to hours of weekday afternoon PGA Tour on Golf Channel, will soon be able to access morning coverage on their computers, mobiles and tablets. PGA Tour Live is being developed in cooperation with MLB Advanced Media, the home of several online streaming ventures including 120 Sports, HBO Now, WatchESPN and WWE Network...
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HBO’s Real Sports wins award for report on 2022 World Cup in Qatar

Last week, HBO’s Real Sports was honored by the Overseas Press Club for its reporting on the horrific conditions for migrant construction workers who have been building stadiums for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. If you didn’t see the report when it originally aired on HBO last year, here’s a segment: Real Sports won the “David A. Andelman and Pamela Title Award for Best International...
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Sports Illustrated to produce documentaries

Over the past few years, ESPN’s 30 for 30 series has dominated the sports documentary genre taking over from HBO Sports which has been noticeably silent (except for its Sports in America series) since 2012. Now sports documentaries are getting a new producer and it’s not a traditional outlet. Sports Business Daily reports that SI is creating a documentary unit called “Sports...
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Fox fills out its Women’s World Cup studio roster

Earlier this year, Fox announced that Rob Stone and Sky Sports’ Kate Abdo would be studio hosts for the FIFA Women’s World Cup which begins next month in Vancouver. We now know who will join Stone and Abdo next month. Fox recently unveiled its studio analysts who we will see throughout the month-long tournament in Canada. Here are the names who will be part of the studio crew...
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Viewing Picks for May 3, 2015

All Times Eastern College Basketball Indiana at Maryland — Big Ten Network, 11 a.m. Boston College at Virginia Tech — ESPN3, 1 p.m. South Alabama at Georgia Southern — ESPN3, 1 p.m. Florida at Georgia — SEC Network Plus, 1 p.m. Vanderbilt at Kentucky — SEC Network Plus, 1 p.m. Auburn at South Carolina — ESPNU, 2 p.m. Baylor at Kansas — ESPN3, 2 p.m. Arkansas State...
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Outages reported nationwide on Mayweather-Pacquiao PPV

The pay per view cablecast for the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao has begun, but for viewers nationwide who have been trying to buy the fight in the hours leading up to the big event, they are finding some difficulty. Subscribers to some of the major cable and satellite providers report problems in accessing the pay per view. Now HBO and Showtime had been appealing to people...
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Rachel Nichols turns down Mayweather-Pacquiao credential after being banned from fight

Turner Sports reporter Rachel Nichols will not cover Saturday night’s Mayweather-Pacquiao fight after all. After a saga that began when Nichols and ESPN/HBO’s Michelle Beadle tweeted that they were being banned from covering the bout, Nichols released a statement that contradicted the explanation given by Mayweather’s camp: Have had a bunch of folks asking questions about...
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Cubs fans want Harry Caray video for seventh inning stretch

The singing of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh inning stretch is more of a tradition at Wrigley Field than other ballparks around the country. And Cubs fans want to embrace that tradition even more by going away from the “celebrity” guests that have done the singing over the last 16 years and bringing back Harry Caray to lead the song…on Wrigley’s new...
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Rachel Nichols and Michelle Beadle banned from Mayweather-Pacquiao fight by Mayweather camp

Floyd Mayweather’s not going to win any more fans for this move.  The morning of the Mayweather-Pacquaio fight two prominent sports media personalities – Michelle Beadle of ESPN and Rachel Nichols of Turner Sports – said they were banned from attending tonight’s fight in Las Vegas. I, along with @Rachel__Nichols, have been banned from the MGM Grand Arena for the fight...
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Heidi Watney celebrated ‘Batman Day’ Friday on MLB Network

If you didn’t know, Friday was “Batman Day,” celebrating the Caped Crusader’s first comic book appearance in Detective Comics No. 27, which published with a cover date of May 1939. MLB Network’s Heidi Watney got into the spirit of the occasion, donning a Batman mask to go with her black dress while hosting Quick Pitch Friday night. Heidi Watney – Batman and assorted...
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It won’t be that easy to see Mayweather-Pacquiao at a local bar

Typically when there’s a huge sports event airing on a weekend, fans will flock to their local sports bar to watch it on numerous large televisions, eat greasy good, and drink excessively. But it may be difficult for fans to find bars airing the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight tonight – simply because it’s too damn expensive for the bars. The price for viewers at home is a cool ...
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MLB on Fox has started 2015 very well

2014 was a bit of a disappointing year of MLB on Fox, with games on Fox Sports 1 off to a poor start for their first season on the network. But in 2015, things appear to be turning around, with average viewership rising by 26% over the first three Saturdays of the season, good for an average of 597,000 viewers per game. Fox Sports 1’s viewership for regular season games peaked...
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Viewing Picks for May 2, 2015

All Times Eastern Arena Football San Jose SaberCats at Arizona Rattlers — ESPN2, 9 p.m. Australian Rules Football Melbourne Demons vs. Fremantle Dockers — Fox Sports 2, 11 p.m. BoxingFloyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV Main Event — Pay per view, 9 p.m. Mayweather/Pacquiao Red Carpet — ESPN, 8 p.m. Countdown Live: Mayweather vs. Pacquiao...
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Sports and Entertainment Ratings Buzz: April 20-26

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. NBATV Top 10 (and Select) Programs RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 1: Chicago at Milwaukee (Game 3) Thu 8:00PM-10:58PM 178 0.4 536 2 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 1: Brooklyn at Atlanta (Game 2) Wed 7:02PM- 9:35PM 153 0...
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NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: April 20-26

Sun 6:00PM- 8:58PM 178 0.6 971 3 NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS FIRST ROUND: N.Y. Rangers at Pittsburgh Mon 7:03PM- 9:41PM 158 0.5 719 4 NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS FIRST ROUND: Detroit at Tampa Bay Sat 6:00PM- 8:51PM 171 0.4 714 5 NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS FIRST ROUND: N.Y. Rangers at Pittsburgh Wed 7:04PM- 9:57PM 173 0.4 684 6 PREMIER LEAGUE: Manchester United vs. Everton Sun 8:21AM...
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ESPN Ratings Buzz: April 20-26

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 RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 NBA PLAYOFFS-1ST ROUND: L.A. Clippers at San Antonio (Game 3) Fri 9:51PM-12:01AM 130 2.2 3411 2 NBA PLAYOFFS-1ST ROUND: Golden State at New Orleans (Game 4) Sat 8...
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Golf reporter loses credentials for using Periscope during practice round

As new technology continues to blossom, sports organizations have two choices – embrace the new technology, or bury their heads in the sand and keep living in the Stone Age. The PGA apparently falls into the latter category. On Thursday, golf reporter Stephanie Wei had her credentials revoked for the entire season…because she used Periscope to broadcast a practice round on...
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NFL beat writers fill the pick tipping void on social media

The NFL went the extra mile in preserving the dramatic presentation of the 2015 NFL Draft and prevent the widespread pick tipping that has become commonplace on social media in recent years.  In addition to strong-arming gently requesting that ESPN and NFL Network ensure their reporters did not reveal picks ahead of time, the NFL also requested all of its television partners to...
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2015 NFL Draft ratings down from last year, but still pretty good

Maybe it was the Johnny Manziel effect. With the NFL Draft moving to Chicago and selections that didn’t make for really compelling television, the 1st round of the Annual Player Selection Meeting drew a lower overnight rating than 2014. After Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota were chosen 1-2, there really wasn’t much drama in this year’s draft. ESPN drew a 5.1 overnight which...
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The battle is over, the blogs have won: The evolution of sports blogging as seen at Blogs with Balls 6

The sixth full Blogs With Balls took place Wednesday in Chicago, featuring panels on everything from athlete activism to PR to the NBA’s digital engagement, and it provided an opportunity to reflect on how this event has changed over the years and how blogging itself has changed. I wasn’t there for the first Blogs With Balls in New York City in 2009, but I’ve been to every...
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ESPN NFL Draft Round 1 Report Card

ESPN has been televising the NFL’s annual selection meeting longer than some of us have even been alive.  Over those decades, ESPN’s coverage has seen a multitude of changes in personnel and an incredible technological evolution to deliver seemingly any bit of information possible about each draftee.  It’s also seen some elements roughly stay the exact same as they were in...
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Why did Winston delete his crab legs photo on Instagram?

I don’t know if you can “break Instagram” like you can “break Twitter” but Jameis Winston did his best last night after being selected #1 overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Winston put a photo on Instagram of himself in his Bucs gear celebrating the draft by sitting down to eat crab legs.  Yes, crab legs. We can only assume that they were properly bought and paid...
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NFL Network NFL Draft Round 1 Report Card

The NFL draft is one of the biggest television events of the year, sports or non-sports. The funny part about that, of course, is that no game is played. It’s all about anticipation and suspense and the almighty future, which is why it enables both ESPN and NFL Network to get their creative juices flowing in order to carry storylines forward and keep viewers interested in something...
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Just call him Dr. Bob Costas from now on

In addition to his work at HBO, MLB Network and of course, NBC, Bob Costas is known to be one of the many distinguished alumni of Syracuse University and in particular, the Newhouse School of Public Communication where noted sportscasters Marv Albert, Ian Eagle, Sean McDonough, Beth Mowins, Dave Pasch, Dick Stockton, Mike Tirico and thousands of others graduated. It appears that...
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