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CJ Nitkowski tweets out wrong Rangers-Yankees score, melts down after being corrected

Rangers broadcaster CJ Nitkowski attempted to send out a Twitter siren announcing a key moment during Sunday’s game against the Astros, but he didn’t quite have the details correct. Here’s the since-deleted tweet: That’s pretty standard practice, and kudos to Nitkowski for being an ex-player-turned-broadcaster willing to be engaging on social media.Where Nitkowski erred,...
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Ratings: New NBA-TV Record for NBA Finals Postgame Coverage; LPGA on Golf Channel Again Rises from ’16

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. Ratings News and Notes NBA-TV’s live post-game coverage after the deciding Game 5 of the 2017 NBA Finals on June 13 drew 334,000 viewers and 158,000 adults 18-49, up 249 percent (in viewers, from 134,000) and up 336 percent (in adults 18...
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Ratings: ‘American Ninja Warrior’ Rebroadcasts Dominate NBCSN; NHRA on FS1 Continues Benefiting from NASCAR Lead-in

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. Ratings News and Notes Athletic competition series American Ninja Warrior is already a hit for NBC. This summer, it has also boosted NBCSN. Last week, the show took six of the Top 20 spots for NBCSN’s most-watched telecasts of the week; this...
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Lamar Odom threatens legal action against ESPN for Stephen A. Smith’s ‘crack’ comments

Stephen A. Smith crossed the line again on Thursday’s episode of First Take when he screamed on air about former Lakers forward Lamar Odom’s crack addiction in reference to Phil Jackson’s poor history as a general manager. Now Odom is calling Smith’s comments “slander,” asking ESPN to denounce what Smith said and use the situation as an opportunity to become more...
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Will pay TV providers offer at $10/month entertainment-only, non-sports skinny bundle?

A study shows that a $10/month entertainment-only skinny bundle would attract 4.6 million new subscribers to pay TV. MoffettNathanson says a channel lineup featuring AMC, A&E Networks, Discovery, Scripps (Cooking Channel, DIY Network, Food Network, Travel Channel) and various independent networks would fetch a price of about $10. The study says that rate would be a much better...
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This Week In Hot Takes: Albert Breer says Kapernick didn’t stay late, wonders if he still wants to play

Welcome to another edition of This Week In Hot Takes. This time around, we’re looking at the hottest takes from sports media members from June 16-22. 5. Skip Bayless says Rickie Fowler is “not a closer”: Yes, with the U.S. Open on Fox and FS1, we got Bayless dropping some hot golf takes: Yes, it takes a Bayless to start bringing “guts” and “closer” into golf. This...
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Hogan lawyer Charles Harder representing RJ Bell in $10-million-plus lawsuit against Deadspin

Just over a year after Hulk Hogan was awarded $140 million in his lawsuit against Gawker (he eventually received a $31 million settlement as part of the bankruptcy proceedings in December), another former Gawker Media site is being sued, and the lawyer who represented Hogan (and numerous other people who sued Gawker and its sites) is again involved. That would be Charles Harder...
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Ratings for 2017 NBA Draft on ESPN are up from 2016

This year’s NBA Draft which had plenty of buzz going into the event certainly scored for ESPN. The Draft averaged a 2.7 overnight rating which is up 13% from last year’s event. It peaked at a 4.0 rating in the 8:15-8:30 p.m. ET quarter-hour. ESPN is really ecstatic about its streaming numbers. The Draft had an average minute streaming audience of 135,200 viewers. That’s up...
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Hero Dan Gilbert has created the LeBron saga that fulfills sports media dreams

The 2016-17 NBA season was not the league’s best effort. The regular season was dull and perfunctory, with teams resting high-profile stars. The playoffs proved even less competitive. Golden State cruised through the Western Conference undefeated. Cleveland rolled through the East with a 12-1 mark. The Finals were over in five games. Kevin Durant joining the league’s best team...
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FuboTV picks up CBS and Showtime for its streaming service

Earlier this week, we told you that emerging streaming service FuboTV picked up $55 million in funding from 21st Century Fox, Scripps Interactive Networks and UK’s Sky. Now the good news continues this week for Fubo with the development that CBS and its sister network Showtime will be joining the service later this summer. This means that the CBS Television Network, CBS Sports...
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NBC’s Olympic advertising clients may get sent to Wyoming in 2018 instead of South Korea

It’s been one of NBC’s traditions, bringing advertising clients and bigwigs to the Olympics where they get to see events and attend parties. But in these unstable times, NBC may find itself entertaining its Olympic advertisers at home rather than taking them to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Citing concerns over security and tensions between North Korea...
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Brian Windhorst accidentally updated his phone software during the draft

There’s no more annoying push notification than when your phone constantly asks if you want to update the operating system. It’s always a treacherous button push; one wrong move and you won’t be able to use your phone for a length of time that is always too long. There are a few specifically bad times to update your phone; ahead of a long flight or car ride, for example. But...
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Following massive hockey cuts, ESPN hires The MMQB’s Emily Kaplan to cover NHL

One of the biggest stories around the ESPN layoffs in April was how many NHL writers were let go. Hockey was far from the only sport hit, of course, with notable cuts also happening across the board in sports like college basketball and baseball and further notable names axed on the NBA beat, the NFL beat and the college football beat. However, the NHL cuts looked particularly...
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Amazon will reportedly charge massive sums for Thursday Night Football ad packages

As more people cut the cord, we’re getting a look into what the future of live sports might be, thanks to Amazon’s Thursday Night Football plans. Amazon will stream 10 Thursday Night Football games this year for $50 million—roughly five times more than Twitter paid last year—and customers can either order Amazon Prime for $99 per year, or buy a streaming package for $8.99...
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Markelle Fultz literally laughed when asked about hot-take column saying he can’t win

Last week, Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Bob Brookover wrote a column headlined, “Risk and price too high for Markelle Fultz,” in which he argued the 76ers shouldn’t have traded for the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft because Washington point guard Markelle Fultz is no good.The catch was that Brookover admitted in the first sentence of the piece that he had never actually...
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The Players’ Tribune hires ex-Spotify exec as first CEO, looks to increase revenue

The Players’ Tribune continues to show signs of high ambition. On Wednesday, Recode reported that Derek Jeter’s two-year-old athlete-centric publication has hired Jeff Levick to be its first CEO. Levick has worked for Google, AOL and, most recently, Spotify and specializes in selling ads and generating revenue. He’ll reportedly focus on bring more money into The Players...
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Your 2017 NBA Draft Drinking Game

Only a week old, this NBA offseason is already proving to be vastly more entertaining than the actual NBA season that just concluded. And we haven’t even gotten to tonight’s 2017 NBA Draft, in which picks and trades will be flying around the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn. Because every sports event is made better with an accompanying drinking game, here is tonight’s alcoholic...
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Stephen A. Smith screams about Lamar Odom’s crack usage in vein-busting rant

One thing you have to admit about Stephen A. Smith: The guy is passionate. While many TV talking heads share opinions that seem contrived or scripted, Stephen A. shares his takes with so much enthusiasm that it’s almost impossible to imagine he doesn’t actually believe them. Well on Thursday morning’s edition of First Take, Stephen A. delivered what might be his most classically...
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Cord cutter? Your cheat sheet on where to watch all NFL games this season

The NFL season is right around the corner. The schedules are out, and if you’re a total millennial and have a streaming service (and lazy AF), going to numerous different network sites trying to figure out what package you need to watch your team is not happening. I break it down by each package and streaming service below. There are no start times, I’m a millennial and I’m...
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NBC dives into esports with Rocket League tourney spread across regional networks, NBCSN

Another esports property is coming to TV. Following televised esports properties from ESPN (2015’s League of Legends broadcast didn’t go so well, but FIFA competitions have worked better), Turner (ELEAGUE, multiple games including CounterStrike:Go and Street Fighter V), the Big Ten Network (League of Legends), the Pac-12 Networks  (multiple games, including League of Legends...
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Former MLB Network analyst Mitch Williams awarded more than $1.5 million in wrongful termination suit

Three years after being fired by MLB Network for his alleged conduct at his 10-year-old son’s baseball game, Mitch Williams has been awarded $1.5 million in a wrong termination lawsuit. This saga began in May 2014, when Deadspin reported that Williams, then an MLB Network analyst, had been ejected from a Cal Ripken League game for arguing with the umpire, heckling opposing coaches and...
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Unlike with the NFL Draft, ESPN will allow reporters to tweet NBA Draft picks before they’re announced

Before the NFL Draft in April, ESPN announced that its reporters would not be allowed to tweet first-round picks until after they’d aired on TV.On Wednesday, a day before the NBA Draft, the network announced that it will, as usual, allow Marc Stein, Chad Ford and company to tip picks to their hearts desire. What the difference for ESPN between the NBA Draft and the NFL Draft?It...
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Mike Greenberg complains about leaks, says he and Mike Golic are fine

At this point, the break-up between Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg could be a reality TV plot line. First came a report from Sports Illustrated that a new show for Greenberg was in the works, news broke that indeed Greenberg would be hosting a morning show on ESPN, those reports went unconfirmed for months, Greenberg and Golic both separately referenced the split, before they announced...
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SB Nation’s Ariel Helwani-hosted The MMA Hour will stream live on Twitter

There’s been plenty of talk about Twitter’s moves into streaming sports content 24/7, but much of that discussion has focused on the live sports (MLB, Conference USA, the WNBA, the NWHL). It’s notable that they’re boosting their sports studio content as well, particularly with Stadium (the successor to 120 Sports/Campus Insiders/American Sports Network)’s planned nightly...
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Verizon’s go90 to stream “Wonder Years-type” online series about fictional ESPN sportscaster

ESPN has been in the cultural lexicon for quite some time so it’s only natural that the Worldwide Leader would be the backdrop for a new online series that will be streamed on Verizon’s go90 service. “Play By Play” will be about fictional ESPN personality Pete Hickey looking back at his teenage years in the 1990’s and doing play-by-play of his most awkward moments. Kevin...
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