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Hartford Courant reviewing unseemly tweets from UConn women’s basketball beat writer

There’s no faster way for a member of the sports media to risk their job than doing something stupid on Twitter.  John Altavilla of the Hartford Courant, come on down… The UConn women dismantled Texas today in their Sweet 16 NCAA Tournament game 105-54.  In addition to tweeting about the game, Altavilla took the time away from his paid duties to creep on the Texas cheerleaders...
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Dan Shaughnessy fires back at David Ortiz, actually makes compelling argument

When Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz took aim at Dan Shaughnessy over allegations of performance-enhancing drug use in a piece for the Players’ Tribune this week, you knew there would be a response. Lo and behold, the Boston Globe columnist penned an “open letter” to Ortiz that ran in Friday’s edition. After acknowledging Ortiz’s “reporter with the red...
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NHL ships new nets which have room for cameras inside the posts

Ed Note: The following appears courtesy our friends at Puck Drunk Love. You might remember back in January we discussed the fact the NHL was going to be experimenting with cameras inside the goal posts. The objective being that the league would have another look to call on for goal reviews and the new angle might allow for a better view of close plays. At the time, it was pretty...
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Ex-sportscaster sentenced to 2-4 years in fraud case

Former Philadelphia sportscaster Don Tollefson, who was charged with fraud last year after pocketing money that was supposed to go to charities, was sentenced to two to four years in state prison and 15 years of probation for felony money laundering, fraud, and theft. He’s eligible for early release in 14 months, and his probation can be reduced to ten years if he pays back all...
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Brian Anderson replaces Marv Albert for Kentucky-Notre Dame Elite 8 game

Late Friday night the official March Madness Twitter account revealed a significant change to the announcing lineup for Saturday’s Elite 8 game between Notre Dame and Kentucky.  Brian Anderson is getting the call from the bullpen in place of Marv Albert. Marv’s under the weather and will not be able to call tomorrow's @KentuckyMBB vs. @NDmbb game. — March Madness TV (@MarchMadnessTV...
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Hayden Fox returns! NBC is bringing back ‘Coach’

A wave of nostalgia is going to be washing over television during the next year or so. Days after Fox announced it was reviving The X-Files for a six-episode run (which will film this summer, with no premiere date yet announced), news broke of NBC bringing back the sitcom Coach, picking up the series for 13 episodes. If you’re a fan of the original show, which aired on ABC from...
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Comparing March Madness viewership to bowl season misses the point

On Thursday, Richard Sandomir of the New York Times wrote an interesting article, comparing the viewership totals from this year’s bowl season to the viewership totals from the first two rounds of March Madness. Based on the data, he concluded that the “meaningless” bowl games were a bigger draw than the NCAA Tournament games. While that’s all well and good, he’s really...
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Sports and Entertainment Ratings Buzz: March 16-22

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. NCAA March Madness Tuesday, March 17, 2015 on truTV TIME PROGRAM HH VWRS (000) 6:30 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament: First Round: Hampton 0.6 903 9:05 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament (bridge) 0.8 1278 9:24 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament...
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NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: March 16-22

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 RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 PREMIER LEAGUE: Manchester United vs. Liverpool Sun 9:19AM-11:32AM 133 0.5 950 2 NHL REGULAR SEASON: Chicago at N.Y. Rangers Wed 8:03PM-10:39PM 156 0.5 787 3 PREMIER...
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Here’s a Picture of Young Jay Bilas on The White Shadow

The Bilastrator, as a young lad, appearing on The White Shadow in 1979. pic.twitter.com/uUHqPEDppE — Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) March 27, 2015 Jay Bilas shared this photo from over 35 years ago of a cameo on The White Shadow as, you guessed it, a basketball player.  But all I can think about when I see Young Jay Bilas is just how spooky it is that he looks exactly like Dandy from...
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ESPN Ratings Buzz: March 16-22

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 REGULAR SEASON: Cleveland at Miami Mon 8:00PM-10:32PM 152 1.3 1890 2 NBA REGULAR SEASON: L.A. Lakers at Golden State Mon 10:32PM- 1:01AM 149 1.1 1599 3 NBA REGULAR...
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Arizona Coyotes analyst Nick Boyton arrested after biting security guard

It’s been a rough year on and off the ice for the Arizona Coyotes, and their long season took another strange turn on Thursday morning. Radio analyst Nick Boynton, a former NHL player who was hired by the team this past July after an 11 season NHL career, was arrested at Buffalo casino for biting a security guard. An Arizona Coyotes broadcaster has been charged with becoming...
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At least one prominent college basketball analyst picked West Virginia to beat Kentucky

Oh, Shane Battier.  We’ve examined previously how the former Duke star and first year analyst is a tad awkward in the broadcast booth.  His prognostication skills aren’t that much better.  Earlier this week, Battier went on CBS Sports’ Boomer & Carton and picked West Virginia to beat Kentucky.  While that might have sounded a little crazy when Battier first did it...
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David Ortiz eviscerated Dan Shaughnessy over PED allegations

Since it launched last year, The Player’s Tribune has been home to some pretty interesting content penned by athletes. One of the latest posts on the site is by Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz, talking about PED use. After discussing drug testing and the new restrictions placed on substances in 2003, Ortiz begins to talk about his continued solid performance in his mid to late...
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The best of Bill Walton’s Reddit AMA

Watching a basketball game with Bill Walton as one of the announcers is an experience unlike any other. Walton is simply one of a kind and when I saw his name pop up on Reddit’s IAmA site as an upcoming guest, it definitely piqued my curiosity. On Thursday afternoon, the legendary Bill Walton took part in a Reddit AMA and here are the most intriguing questions and answers…...
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A confused Mike Francesa talked about pro wrestling on Thursday

On Thursday’s episode of the Mike Francesa show, a pair of callers got Francesa started on pro wrestling in advance of WrestleMania this Sunday. The results were predictably hilarious, especially after he revealed his old school wrestling fandom. “Is this McMahon?” Perfect. And Francesa also showed more knowledge about WWE Network than most of the company’s regular viewing...
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Chicago radio host Dan Bernstein says he enjoys reporter’s “giant boobs,” Katie Nolan, Michelle Beadle and NABJ fire back

A pair of Chicago radio hosts from 670 AM The Score, Dan Bernstein and Matt Spiegel, showed off some impressive sexism and unprofessionalism on Twitter Wednesday night, turning a conversation about CSN Chicago reporter Aiyana Cristal’s work into one about her breasts. Here are the key tweets in question, @MattSpiegel670 I have no rooting interest in her work, but enjoy her giant...
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Alonzo Mourning just confirmed “who wants to sex Mutombo?”

One of the most infamous rumors in NBA history was confirmed by Alonzo Mourning on Thursday’s episode Highly Questionable. Dikembe Mutombo’s go-to pickup line really was “who wants to sex Mutombo?” Shut it down. It’s all over. And Bomani Jones thought his new ESPN Radio show would be the best part of his week… [SBNation] The post Alonzo Mourning just confirmed “who...
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Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes says “Gosh, she’s beautiful” about stenographer on open mic

Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes is apparently quite fixated on press conference stenographers. Last Friday, he trolled the stenographer with “cattywampus, onomatopoeia, and antidisestablishmentarianism,” saying “Well, the wonderful lady over there, I think her title is stenographer, yes, okay. And she does an amazing job of typing words, sometimes if words are not in her dictionary...
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Closed captioning calls Nik Stauskas “Sauce Castillo,” which he and Kings’ fans are embracing

It’s always fun to watch the creation of a player’s nickname in real time, and it’s even more fun when that nickname comes from a closed captioning error. When Sacramento Kings’ guard Nik Stauskas hit a three-pointer Tuesdaay night against the 76ers, closed captioning transposed the play-by-play man’s call of “Stauskas hitting the three” into “Sauce Castillo hit the...
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SF Weekly editor says “we didn’t bring Mariotti here to write about domestic violence,” calls his hire “in the spirit of gonzo”

The great Hunter S. Thompson is probably rolling in his grave, as SF Weekly editor Mark Segal Kemp has defended the controversial San Francisco Examiner/SF Weekly decision to hire Jay Mariotti as sports director as “in the spirit of gonzo.” That’s highly problematic, but it’s not even the worst part of Segal Kemp’s piece. That would be his attempt to downplay the domestic...
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TNT/truTV Final Four teamcasts to be branded “Team Stream Presented By Bleacher Report”

In five years, Bleacher Report has evolved from a site co-founder Dave Nemetz called “a player development system for writers” and one that wasn’t directly competing with the likes of SB Nation to a site that’s going to be featured on Final Four telecasts. Bleacher Report owner Turner Sports announced Wednesday that their Final Four coverage will again feature team-specific...
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Second Round Voting For Announcer Cameo Bracket

Well we thought we were going to keep the voting open a little longer but the first round yielded very little bracket busting drama. Advancing to our Elite Eight on one side of the bracket we have: Bob Uecker as Harry Doyle in Major League with a whooping 98% of the vote over Jim Rome and Chris Berman in The Longest Yard. Barry Tompkins in Rocky IV with 57% of the vote over Bob...
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ESPN’s Coverage Of The Women’s NCAA Tournament Carries Echoes Of Other Sports

With first-rate professionals Kevin Negandhi, Kara Lawson, and Rebecca Lobo in the studio, ESPN has respected the intelligence of viewers during the 2015 Women’s NCAA Tournament. Showcasing Lawson and Lobo, the two best women’s analysts not named Doris Burke, has marked yet another step forward in the continuing evolution of ESPN’s women’s college basketball coverage. Lawson...
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NCAA Tournament Announcing Power Rankings

The votes have been cast, the grades have been calculated and we’re ready to reveal our March Madness Announcing Power Rankings!  Before we reveal the rankings, it’s worth noting that all of the broadcast teams graded fairly well.  Every team had significantly more A and B votes than D and F and in the case of the top two teams, we saw a massively positive response on the whole...
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