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Host Molly Qerim provides ESPN’s First Take with perspective it desperately needs

When Molly Qerim officially took over as the host of First Take in September 2015, we wished her well in “the worst job in television.” Being stuck in between the ever-screaming maws of Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith had been a soul-sucking experience for her predecessors, deemed “ESPN’s Shawshank.” A year later, Qerim has not only held her own during the daily hot...
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Viewing Picks for September 30, 2016

All Times Eastern Australian Rules FootballGrand Final, Melbourne Cricket Ground, East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Sydney Swans vs. Western Bulldogs — Fox Soccer Plus, 12:24 a.m. (Saturday) BoxingCBS Sports Spectacular: Knockout Night at the D, Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, Las Vegas, NV Vacant WBA International Super Bantamweight Title Hanzel Martinez vs. Emmanuel Quartey...
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SB Nation’s Al Yellon deletes 2013 open letter to Theo Epstein, gets mocked

If you put opinionated sports takes out there, there’s a good chance of some of them coming back to haunt you, whether via accounts devoted to the purpose like @OldTakesExposed (which jumped on this one here) or other people just remembering and citing them. Deleting those takes usually only opens them up to more attention (the Streisand effect!), though, and that’s what SB Nation...
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New Fansided writer Mia Khalifa fights a suspicious co-worker Fansided insists is real

Former adult film actress Mia Khalifa has jumped into the sports world recently, not only exposing Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly’s DMs to her but also starting a regular Fansided.com picks column last week. Khalifa’s forays into sports got even more prominent Thursday when “Burt Gertson,” a self-proclaimed “54-year sportswriting veteran” who’s cited as working for The Dirt...
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Anchor Kevin Negandhi signs multi-year extension with ESPN

Those who enjoy spending their SportsCenter mornings with Kevin Negandhi should enjoy the following news. The anchor and ESPN announced an agreement on a new multi-year contract that should keep him comfortably part of the SportsCenter: AM program that begins each weekday at 7 a.m. ET. In addition to his SportsCenter anchoring duties, Negandhi, 41, fills several roles at ESPN...
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Dez Bryant calls out Skip Bayless for calling him out in Undisputed back-and-forth

Speaking with an athlete who will be a topic of discussion on a sports debate show might not result in the hottest take, and may even undercut an argument that one of the hosts planned to make. We don’t know if that was the case when Fox Sports’ Skip Bayless teased that he was going to talk about Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant and his decision to skip a MRI exam and team...
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Your 2016 Week 5 college football announcing schedule

Thursday, September 29 7:30 PM- Hampton at North Carolina A&T (ESPNU, WatchESPN) Eric Clemons, Jay Walker 8 PM- Connecticut at Houston (ESPN, WatchESPN) Dave Flemming, Jesse Palmer, Laura Rutledge 8:30 PM- Kansas at Texas Tech (FS1, FSGo) Justin Kutcher, Petros Papadakis Friday, September 30 The latest Les Miles is the logical replacement for Lee...
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The Sloppy Body could be returning to College Gameday

The Sloppy Body first appeared on ESPN’s College Gameday back in 2013. The crazy Clemson fan was going nuts in the background during the college football show and nicknamed “Sloppy Body.” Two years after the original Sloppy Body appearance in 2015, the Clemson fan was back on College Gameday. This dude… pic.twitter.com/b5QNVg3DKe — Dan Lyons (@Dan_Lyons76) October...
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Stephen A. Smith hires new agent as he looks for ‘Skip Bayless money’

FS1 has made it clear for a while now that their gameplan is to out-ESPN ESPN when it comes to colorful personalities and hot takes. They’ve made gains recently but the day when they’re neck-and-neck with ESPN in the ratings is still years away. But maybe that’s not how they beat ESPN ultimately. Maybe the way FS1 beats ESPN is simply by out-spending them. The Fox network has...
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Doug Glanville was forced into emergency play by play action on ESPN Wednesday night

Doug Glanville has quickly turned into one of ESPN’s best and brightest analysts in his young television career. Glanville has made quite the name for himself in his second career, not only being a television analyst, but being an accomplished writer as well. And now he can add one more item to the resume: play by play announcer. Glanville was scheduled to work as an analyst with...
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Bleacher Report and Turner Sports defy the odds with a thriving partnership

When you think of media mergers and partnerships, which examples spring to mind? AOL-Time Warner? That one didn’t work out so well. In fact, oftentimes they don’t work out well. Culture differences, talent drain, and many, many other things can go wrong when you combine two entirely different companies. This is obviously not revelatory, especially since the stories of failures...
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Viewing Picks for September 29, 2016

All Times Eastern College Football Hampton at North Carolina A&T — ESPNU, 7:30 p.m. UConn at Houston — ESPN, 8 p.m. Kansas at Texas Tech — FS1, 8:30 p.m. B1G Football & Beyond — Big Ten Network, noon College Football Live — ESPNU, 3 p.m. CFB Daily — ESPNU, 4 p.m. ESPN Recruiting Nation — ESPNU, 6 p.m. ESPNU Film Room — ESPNU, 7 p.m. Inside College Football...
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Kevin Costner did not want to do MLB All-Century Team narration because he hates his own voice

Kevin Costner gave a lengthy but heartfelt speech as part of the Dodgers pre-game celebration of Vin Scully. It wasn’t his first invite to a similar event. Fans of a certain age* might remember the stirring pre-game ceremony at the 1999 All-Star game, when MLB invited living members of the newly-crowned All-Century team to take the field. Appearing on Rich Eisen’s aptly named...
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Local ratings for the 2016 MLB season are in, and Kansas City still loves the Royals

As a broadcasting entity, baseball doesn’t have the national pull of the NFL. The league has instead thrived on local television deals, as its regional popularity, combined with the value of live sports rights, is still enough to facilitate massive team-specific deals. In fact, it’s reasonable to say that the lifeblood of baseball is the local broadcasting model. But no model...
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David Duval and Brandel Chamblee get heated over Tiger Woods, Ryder Cup leadership

The United States has not won the biannual Ryder Cup since 2008 and has won only once since the turn of the century, which is a cause of consternation for most American golf observers. The latest How virtual reality is revolutionizing football teams' game preparation Fox updates their NFL score bug to show team records...
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ESPN reportedly might break up Mike & Mike, give Greenberg his own TV show

Per SI.com’s Richard Deitsch, major changes could be coming to ESPN’s morning lineup. The upper brass in Bristol is apparently exploring the idea of breaking up Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic and giving Greenberg his own television show on ESPN. The latest How virtual reality is revolutionizing football teams' game preparation ...
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The Washington Post moved its NBA writer to San Francisco to be closer to the Warriors

How big a story are the 2016-17 Golden State Warriors? The latest How virtual reality is revolutionizing football teams' game preparation Fox updates their NFL score bug to show team records - is it an improvement? ESPN exec fires back at FS1: "They have made a big mistake in abandoning journalism...
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Your 2016 NFL Week 4 announcing schedule

Thursday, September 29 Miami at Cincinnati, NFLN 8:25 pm – Jim Nantz, Phil Simms & Tracy Wolfson Westwood One- Ian Eagle, Mike Mayock Sunday, October 2 Indianapolis vs. Jacksonville (London), CBS 9:30 am – Greg Gumbel, Trent Green & Jamie Erdahl Westwood One- Wayne Larrivee, Mark Malone Carolina at Atlanta, FOX 1 pm – Dick Stockton, Chris Spielman & Kristina Pink...
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Jim Mora’s still got it, delivers another classic Saints rant

Former New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts head coach Jim Mora was a pretty successful NFL coach. He led the Saints to their first ever playoff appearance in 1987 and led the team’s vaunted “Dome Patrol” that competed with the 49ers in the NFC West. After moving to Indianapolis, he led the Colts to two playoff appearances in four years in the dawn of Peyton Manning...
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Analyst downgrades Disney, cites rising ESPN NBA costs, but others are bullish

Some Disney analysts and investors are still concerned about ESPN. ESPN was blamed for Disney stock taking a hit in February despite the “greatest single quarter in company history,” was cited as the main reason why the company missed its second-quarter targets in May, and lost subscribers in the third quarter (although their bottom-line contribution actually improved), and now...
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Viewing Picks for September 28, 2016

All Times Eastern College Football B1G Football & Beyond — Big Ten Network, noon Outside the Lines — ESPN, 1 p.m. ESPNU Film Room — ESPNU, 6 p.m. College Football Featured — ESPNU, 6:30 p.m. SEC Inside: Florida vs. Tennessee — SEC Network, 7 p.m. SEC Film Room: Tennessee — SEC Network, 7:30 p.m. College VolleyballWomen’s Northwestern at Ohio State — Big Ten Network...
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Fox Sports Go now available on XBox One, Chromecast

Streaming options are becoming more and more important for sports networks, and Fox Sports is expanding the accessibility of their streaming product. The network announced Tuesday that Fox Sports Go will now be available through XBox One and Chromecast devices: The latest How virtual reality is revolutionizing football teams' game preparation ...
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FiveThirtyEight sets single-day traffic record around presidential debate

While the first Clinton-Trump presidential debate drew tons of viewers away from ESPN’s Monday Night Football this week, the debate worked out very well indeed for one of ESPN’s other properties: FiveThirtyEight. The Nate Silver-led data-focused site has always had a strong politics component, going back to its days at The New York Times, and interest in politics around Monday’s...
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Your MLB announcing schedule for 9/27-10/2

Schedule subject to change as networks announce which games with Postseason implications will be airing on Thursday and Friday. Tuesday, September 27 Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees (ESPN2, 7 pm) Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez, Rick Sutcliffe Cincinnati Reds at St. Louis Cardinals (MLBN, 8 pm) Local Broadcast [alt: Mariners at Astros] Wednesday, September 28 Seattle Mariners at Houston...
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Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo reaches three-year extension with SiriusXM

Chris Russo will be yelling until he’s hoarse on SiriusXM satellite radio for at least the next three years, thanks to a new extension announced Tuesday. The latest How virtual reality is revolutionizing football teams' game preparation Fox updates their NFL score bug to show team records - is it an improvement? ...
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