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Watch: John Kruk sings with Davisson Brothers Band for ESPN July 4th baseball coverage

ESPN was already planning providing baseball fans with plenty this holiday weekend, showing a tripleheader on Friday and its usual Sunday Night Baseball telecast. John Kruk was set to be part of the festivities as part of his usual duties with the Sunday night broadcast team. But what about MLB games, Kruk and the former All-Star singing country music? Now it’s looking like a...
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Exploding rights fees putting the squeeze on sports networks

Two major stories that broke in the last week at arguably the two most prominent sports divisions in the country had the same underlying theme: the need to keep costs under control. – First, this website reported cuts were being made at Fox Sports 1 at the television newsdesk.  Not only were there some jobs lost and the streamlining of digital and TV news operations, but equally...
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Linda Cohn trashes the Nets on a hot mic

Much of the focus this NBA offseason has been on the Knicks and Lakers hilariously striking out on every free agent they’re pursuing, but what about the Brooklyn Nets not doing anything? That was the question Linda Cohn had on SportsCenter when she was caught with a hot mic, and well…she has a point! Let’s be honest here – the hockey-loving Cohn is probably just irritated...
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Sports and Entertainment Ratings Buzz: June 22-28

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. Golf Channel Top 10 (and Select) Programs RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 PGA TOUR: 2015 Travelers Championship Sun 1:00PM- 2:30PM 90 0.6 801 2 GC PREGAME LIVE Sun 2:30PM- 2:58PM 28 0.4 654 3 PGA TOUR: 2015 Travelers Championship...
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NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: June 22-28

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 INDYCAR SERIES: Auto Club Speedway – Fontana Sat 4:27PM- 7:49PM 202 0.3 512 2 INDYCAR CENTRAL POST: Auto Club Speedway – Fontana Sat 7:49PM- 8:00PM 11 0.3 473...
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ESPN Ratings Buzz: June 22-28

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 2015 NBA DRAFT (live) Thu 7:31PM-12:22AM 291 2.4 3738 2 NBA DRAFT PRE/POST (live) Thu 7:00PM- 7:31PM 31 1.7 2528 3 COLLEGE WORLD SERIES Game 3: Virginia vs. Vanderbilt...
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College Football Playoff exec: “We’re going to change the paradigm of New Year’s Eve”

One of the stories that will gain more steam throughout the course of the fall and early winter will be the College Football Playoff schedule.  Way back in January we told you about the schedule, shifting semifinal games to New Year’s Eve, and how it will be a losing situation for fans and the sport that will cause ratings to go down in Year 2 of the playoff.  Against all conventional...
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Pete Rose finally responds to gambling allegations on Fox Sports 1

At the beginning of last week, Outside the Lines released a report detailing Pete Rose’s gambling on baseball games as a player in 1986. There hasn’t been *much* in response to the reports from Rose, but on Thursday night, he went on Fox Sports 1’s MLB Whiparound and commented on the report to Chris Myers. Well, he sort of commented on the report. So. Many. Non. Answers....
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Turner Sports has reinstated Greg Anthony

Greg Anthony’s exile from broadcasting following a January solicitation arrest is over. According to SI’s Richard Deitsch, Anthony has been reinstated by Turner Sports and will be working as an NBA analyst on NBA TV for Summer League games this week. As for Anthony’s long-term future, it’s still up in the air. Via SI… Turner Sports would not elaborate on whether this meant...
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College athlete learns there are consequences to calling Michelle Beadle a “slut” on Twitter

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: someone tweets out something stupid and gets publicly shamed for it. Yesterday, ESPN’s Michelle Beadle was tweeting about the Spurs, when a random tennis player from the University of Texas San Antonio decided to voice his opinion of Beadle by calling her a slut. That was a bad idea to begin with, but you do NOT want to mess with Michelle...
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NBC Sports will be airing the Barclays Asia Trophy tournament

The Barclays Premier League won’t kick off until the beginning of August on NBC and NBCSN, but if you need your fill of some preseason exhibition action, NBC Sports will still have you covered. On July 15th and 18th, NBC will air the four matches in the Barclays Asia Trophy tournament, which will be waged between Everton, Stoke City, Arsenal, and Singapore XI side. The tournament...
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Viewing Picks for July 3, 2015

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football Collingwood Magpies vs. Hawthorn Hawks — Fox Sports 2, 5;30 a.m. Richmond Tigers vs. Greater Western Sydney Giants — Fox Sports 2, 11:30 p.m. BasketballFIBA U19 World ChampionshipQuarterfinal, Heraklion Arena, Heraklion, Greece United States vs. Italy — ESPNU, 11:15 a.m. Beach VolleyballFIVB Beach Volleyball World Championship,...
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Root Sports’ Jenny Cavnar to join Rockies radio booth tonight

Normally a Colorado Rockies-Arizona Diamondbacks game doesn’t get coverage here, but we have a major broadcast milestone tonight. Root Sports Rocky Mountain’s Jenny Cavnar will join the Rockies radio booth to call the game. You can count the number of women who call MLB games either on local radio or television on one hand and that count begins and ends at one with Suzyn Waldman...
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Former broadcaster Peter Oosterhuis has early on-set Alzheimer’s disease

In January, Peter Oosterhuis announced that he was retiring from from broadcasting for CBS and Golf Channel. At the time, observers did not think much about the announcement other than the fact that Oosterhuis was 67 and his contract with CBS was up. The thinking behind the announcement was that he wanted to spend more time with his family. But now we know the reasons behind...
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Fox names John Strong as lead voice for the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament

As Fox Sports prepares to finish what has been a successful FIFA Women’s World Cup riding the coattails of the U.S. Women’s National Team into the final, starting next week, it will hope to ride the wave of the U.S. Men’s National Team in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The tournament will run 2½ weeks beginning on July 7 through July 26 and will pit teams from North and Central America...
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The management titles at The Players’ Tribune are just silly

Derek Jeter’s Players’ Tribune is a growing force in the sports media world.  Given the money invested and the star athletes that have written for the site, this is undeniable.  The nascent website chalked up another win yesterday as Kevin Love made his exclusive assignment about re-signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers at The Players’ Tribune. But the biggest news was not...
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MLB Network completes most-watched quarter ever

The 2015 MLB season is approaching the halfway point, and MLB Network has to be thrilled about the events of the season’s first half. The tightly contested half of 2015 has resulted in MLB Network posting their most-watched ever quarter ever. Via Nielsen, the second quarter of 2015 saw MLB Network average 213,000 viewers in primetime and 117,000 viewers over the full day. Those...
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The Best of Fox’s FIFA Women’s World Cup Coverage

As the FIFA women’s World Cup draws to a close with the United States getting another crack at winning the title, Fox got exactly what they wanted this summer. Had the United States been eliminated in the quarterfinals to China or semifinals to Germany, the ratings for the World Cup final would be disastrous for Fox. Now, with semifinals viewership near eight figures, Fox can ride...
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Huffington Post’s Laura Bassett got confused for England’s Laura Bassett

It’s the play everyone’s talking about around the globe, England’s Laura Bassett kicking the ball into her own net that put Japan into the Women’s World Cup Final against the United States. It was devastating to say the least and no matter which team you were rooting for last night, you had to feel for Bassett as she was crying as the game ended. Right after the play, people...
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Fox’s German analyst Ariane Hingst sings the American National Anthem

Former German national team player and Fox World Cup analyst Ariane Hingst made a bet with USMNT veteran and co-worker Alexi Lalas before the USA-Germany semifinal.  If the USA won, Hingst would have to sing the American National Anthem in a USA jersey.  The above video is Hingst paying off that bet. Thank goodness the Americans won, or else we might have to see Lalas in some...
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Jason Whitlock isn’t too familiar with this whole World Cup thing

Because he’s no longer running The Undefeated, Jason Whitlock has to do something at ESPN.  That something has included spot duty guest hosting PTI in recent days.  On Wednesday’s episode, he and Tony Kornheiser had a discussion about the US Women’s National Team’s semifinal victory over Germany in the Women’s World Cup.  That conversation featured a couple uncomfortable...
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Viewing Picks for July 2, 2015

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football Sydney Swans vs. Port Adelaide Power — Fox Soccer Plus, 5 a.m. Beach VolleyballFIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, The Hague, Netherlands Men’s and Women’s Quarterfinals — Universal Sports, 6 p.m., 8 p.m. & 11 p.m. (same day coverage) CFL Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Winnipeg Blue Bombers — TSN/ESPN2, 8:30 p.m. College Baseball...
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NHL draft posts lowest U.S. ratings in three years, lags behind WNBA draft

Producing its own NHL draft coverage for the first time didn’t help NBC draw better ratings for the event. Sports Media Watch reports that NBCSN pulled in just 252,000 viewers for the first day of the draft Friday night, the smallest audience since 2012’s 207,000 and a 25 per cent drop from last year’s 337,000. That puts it behind not just ratings hits like the NFL and NBA...
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FIFA.com article on Alex Morgan’s looks is problematic, but because of the outlet

Female athletes are often judged on their looks as well as their play, which carries a whole host of issues, but it’s perhaps particularly bad when their sport’s official website is the one doing the judging. That’s what happened with a FIFA.com article on U.S. striker Alex Morgan published Tuesday, which opened with “Alex Morgan is one of the most popular players in USA...
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ESPN wants Keith Olbermann to quit “commentary”; driven by his NFL criticism?

There’s something odd about hiring outspoken commentators and then getting mad when they produce outspoken commentary, but that appears to be ESPN’s modus operandi when that commentary targets its business associates. Shortly after driving Bill Simmons out after he spoke his mind about Roger Goodell, the company appears set to push Keith Olbermann out once his contract expires...
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