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Report: law firm exploring suit against Disney/ESPN over subscriber loss reveals

ESPN’s subscriber losses have played a substantial role in Disney’s stock price collapse, with analysts’ concerns over the future of the Worldwide Leader outweighing many of the company’s other successes, and now it appears that the company could find itself in some legal hot water over the timing of those subscriber loss revelations. Deadspin’s Tom Ley and Kevin Draper...
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Famed CBC announcer Steve Armitage will miss Rio Olympics over heart problems

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s plans for Rio Olympics coverage have received a late-in-the-game shakeup. Veteran broadcaster Steve Armitage, who was set to take part in his 16th Games as a broadcaster and call swimming and diving, has had to back away from that role thanks to a recent diagnosis of chronic heart failure. Elliotte Friedman will replace him for both events...
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AA Q&A: Ernie Johnson talks Charles Barkley’s golf game, Kevin Durant, Craig Sager

With TNT hosting the first two days of the PGA Championship beginning Thursday morning from the Baltusrol Golf Club in New Jersey, Turner anchor and do-it-all star Ernie Johnson spoke to Awful Announcing about the tournament, Charles Barkley’s golf game, why Barkley won’t use Twitter, Kevin Durant, and Craig Sager’s emotional ESPYs speech. Awful Announcing: We’re used to...
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Rate the local MLB announcers, 2016 version – NL Central

And we close our voting with the NL Central, a division that featured crews that ranked all over the map in our previous rankings. This division hasn’t changed much since then, so the rankings will likely be similar. THESE POLLS WILL CLOSE PROMPTLY AT 3 PM ON JULY 29TH Chicago Cubs -Len Kasper (play by play) -Jim Deshaies (analyst) Take Our Poll Cincinnati Reds -Thom Brennaman...
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UFC signs a new broadcast deal in the U.K.

UFC has signed a new deal with BT Sport so the U.K. cable sports network can continue airing mixed martial arts events. The new deal keeps UFC on BT and expands its deal to air original UFC programming through 2018. UFC’s deal with BT Sport gives the network the rights to air every main card in the U.K. and Europe as well as all televised preliminary cards. And it allows BT Sport...
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Dhani Jones will join NBC’s Olympic team

Former NFL linebacker and host of NBC’s Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge, Dhani Jones, will be part of the voluminous team that the Peacock is sending to Rio next week for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Jones will be sent to various venues as a reporter and also contribute to The Olympic Zone, a 30-minute nightly program that is aired by local NBC affiliates usually before the network’s...
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MLB asks Yaisel Puig to stop wearing his Vin Scully cleats

Last week we took notice of Los Angeles Dodgers star Yaisel Puig’s new cleats that paid honor to the legendary Vin Scully. So did Major League Baseball, and it would like to see Puig keep those cleats off the field in the future. If you missed it last week, Puig is wearing custom Nike cleats with an image of Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully on the side with the phrase “Win it...
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Joe Rogan will be sticking with the UFC for at least another year

Earlier this year, UFC fight analyst Joe Rogan said he would leave the company as a cageside commentator if it was sold to an outside investor. A couple of weeks ago, it was announced that UFC was indeed sold for a cool $4 billion.  While there are many things currently on the UFC agenda – from the details of the sale to star fighters like Jon Jones and Brock Lesnar failing drug...
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Rate the local MLB announcers, 2016 version – AL East

The AL East fared pretty well in our last rankings two years ago, with the Baltimore Orioles claiming the top spot among the teams in the division. Not much has changed since then, aside from the very minor, uncontroversial move of the Red Sox replacing Don Orsillo with Dave O’Brien in the play by play chair. THESE POLLS WILL CLOSE PROMPTLY AT 11 AM ON JULY 29TH Baltimore Orioles...
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AA Q+A: Michael Farber talks TSN feature on El Presidente’s perfecto

25 years after Dennis Martinez threw the only perfect game in the history of the Montreal Expos and the 13th in MLB history against the L.A. Dodgers on July 28, 1991, TSN is revisiting that moment in a new original 11 and a half minute feature, “El Presidente.” The feature also will cover how Martinez overcame alcoholism and a demotion to the minors with Baltimore to find redemption...
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WATCH: Rick Sutcliffe cuts up tie during Cubs-White Sox game

One of the most comical sports stories we’ve heard in quite some time is Chris Sale getting suspended by the White Sox after desecrating the team’s throwback jerseys because he didn’t want to pitch in them. Sale going crazy with a pair of scissors has led to a number of surreal memes and headlines and even intensified talk that he might be traded. It’s even made Adam LaRoche’s...
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Your MLB Announcing Schedule for 7/27 – 7/31

Wednesday, July 27 Detroit Tigers at Boston Red Sox (MLBN 1:30 pm) Local Broadcast [alt: Nats at Indians – Noon] Cincinnati Reds at San Francisco Giants (MLBN 4:30 pm – JIP) Local Broadcast [alt: Rays at Dodgers] Chicago White Sox at Chicago Cubs (ESPN 8 pm) Jon Sciambi, Rick Sutcliffe, Doug Glanville Thursday, July 28 Colorado Rockies at New York Mets (MLBN 1 pm) Local Broadcast...
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Viewing Picks for July 27, 2016

All Times Eastern BasketballWomen’s Women’s National Team Showcase, Bob Carpenter Center, University of Delaware, Dover, DE United States vs. France — NBA TV, 7:30 p.m. College BaseballCape Cod League, Clem Spillane Field, Wareham, MA Hyannis Harbor Hawks at Wareham Gatemen — Fox College Sports Atlantic, 6:30 p.m. College Football College Football Live — ESPN, 1:30 p.m...
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Matt Damon weighs in on Tom Brady suspension, with less f-bombs than Affleck

Last month saw Ben Affleck blast Tom Brady’s Deflategate suspension with an incredible 19 f-bombs on Bill Simmons’ Any Given Wednesday, and now Affleck’s Good Will Hunting co-writer and co-star Matt Damon has weighed in too, but in a much less profane manner. That’s probably good, as he wasn’t on HBO, where swearing is fair game. Damon appeared on Audience Sports’ The...
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Iowa researchers say they can optimize Monday Night Football ratings with scheduling

There’s been plenty of discussion of the slipping ratings for ESPN’s Monday Night Football, which has been declining for a few years and saw 2015 finish as the lowest-rated season since 2008 and the least-viewed since 2012, and now that discussion has entered the realm of academia. Researchers from the University of Iowa’s Tippie College have published a study (in a recent...
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ESPN’s Joe Tessitore one of the last to see Nebraska punter Sam Foltz alive

The tragic car accident that claimed the lives of Nebraska punter Sam Foltz and ex-Michigan State punter Mike Sadler has shocked the college football community. It has sent shockwaves around the Big Ten Conference. Both Foltz and Sadler were taking part in a kickers camp in Wales, Wisconsin when they drove off during a torrential rainstorm. Sadler was apparently driving when the...
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Rate the local MLB announcers, 2016 version – NL West

In the previous rankings, the NL West took the top two spots – but probably not in the order you imagined, as the Giants shocked everyone by trumping the Dodgers and Vin Scully. Since it’s an even year, that’ll probably end up happening again. However, maybe splitting Scully away from the other SportsNet LA broadcast crew will be the thing that pushes him over the top. THESE...
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Big Ten Network to offer new original programs

It’s hard to believe that Big Ten Network will enter its 10th year of operation. Back in 2007, Big Ten Network debuted with the monumental Appalachian State upset of Michigan and hasn’t looked back. Being one of the most successful league-owned networks, Big Ten Network is trying to stay fresh with some new original programs premiering this fall. Coming off its successful Scarlet...
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Rachel Nichols to host Outside the Lines and Pardon the Interruption this week

As the NBA is in its dead period in the offseason, host of the Association-centric The Jump on ESPN, Rachel Nichols will be branching out beyond basketball this week. Nichols will host Outside the Lines today and tomorrow and then on Thursday and Friday, head to Washington, D.C. to co-host Pardon the Interruption along with her former Washington Post colleague Tony Kornheiser. It...
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Rate the local MLB announcers, 2016 version – AL Central

Ah yes, the American League Central…part of the reason we had to change the rules a little bit this year. The Chicago White Sox made a huge change to their broadcasts this season, installing Jason Benetti as the play by play broadcaster for home games and bumping Hawk Harrelson to road games. Two years ago, the Sox finished dead last because of Hawk. I’d assume this will happen...
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“Ballers” must evolve beyond “Entourage” for sports by emulating “Playmakers”

Despite tepid reviews, the HBO series  “Ballers” exceeded all expectations last year in becoming HBO’s most watched comedy show since 2009. The recipe used by executive producers Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson and Rob Weiss — who previously worked together on “Entourage” — to recreate their ratings success wasn’t very complicated: Start with a bunch of parties...
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VIDEO: Nebraska sportscaster delivers emotional tribute to late punter Sam Foltz

Last weekend, Nebraska punter Sam Foltz and former Michigan State punter Michael Sadler were tragically killed in an auto accident. Foltz was a First Team All-Big Ten selection last year but is being remembered around Nebraska as someone whose impact was much larger off the field.  During his time in Lincoln, the Greeley, Nebraska native also was named to the school’s Tom Osborne...
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Report: Zach Lowe re-signs with ESPN instead of heading to Bleacher Report

It looks like one of ESPN’s most prominent basketball voices is sticking around. According to Deadspin’s Kevin Draper, Zach Lowe has elected to sign a new multi-year deal with the Worldwide Leader despite strong pursuit from other suitors: ESPN has re-signed superstar basketball reporter Zach Lowe to a multi-year contract, according to multiple industry sources. Lowe joined...
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Viewing Picks for July 26, 2016

All Times Eastern BasketballUSA Men’s National Team Showcase, Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA United States vs. Communist China — NBA TV, 10 p.m. College BaseballCape Cod League, Whitehouse Field, Harwich, MA Orleans Firebirds at Harwich Mariners — Fox College Sports Atlantic, 6:30 p.m. College Football B1G Football Media Day 2016: Day 2 of 2 — Big Ten Network, 9 a.m. 2016 College...
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Tom Jackson could leave ESPN after almost three decades

The year 2016 has represented some monumental changes at ESPN. The network has seen a number of high-profile on-air personalities depart for other television homes while also reshuffling some of their long-running announcing teams and studio programs. But for longtime ESPN viewers (and that means the wide majority of American sports fans) there could be a decent case made that...
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