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Barstool’s Big Cat crashed an NFL conference call, proposed obscene Andy Reid Double Dare scenario

Barstool’s Big Cat caused quite a disruption when he called into the NFL’s Competition Committee conference call. As you might expect, they didn’t have a real question. Instead, here’s what he asked: A transcript, if you don’t want to play that out loud, for which we don’t blame you: “Good afternoon gentlemen. missed extra points were a big story this year. Have you...
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AT&T/DirecTV settle Justice Department lawsuit over Dodgers’ channel collusion

Word came down a few weeks ago that AT&T and subsidiary DirecTV were close to settling the Justice Department’s lawsuit against them, and that settlement is now official. Notably, the settlement doesn’t require AT&T/DirecTV to add TimeWarner Cable’s Dodgers channel SportsNet LA, which was at the heart of this issue. The latest Roger...
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Disney CEO Bob Iger’s extension suggests ESPN will stay on current course

Bob Iger is set to run ESPN parent Disney through July 2019. Iger, the company’s current CEO who’s filled that role since 2005, was first set to step down in 2016, then 2018, but last year’s departure of COO and presumptive Iger successor Thomas Staggs (after the board didn’t seem thrilled with the idea of him taking over) made a further extension for Iger seem logical. Iger...
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Cost and content are causing millennials to cut the cord

One of the biggest uncertainties facing ESPN and every other major sports network on cable is the cord cutting phenomenon not showing any signs of slowing down any time soon. It’s no secret that subscriber shedding has been a major story recently in the entire media world and if the demographic numbers are to be believed, it’s not slowing down any time soon. A new survey from...
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LaVar Ball went on ‘First Take,’ and it was a beautiful disaster

On Thursday, everyone’s favorite loud-mouthed, self-aggrandizing helicopter parent LaVar Ball took his roadshow to the place it was always destined to wind up: ESPN’s First Take.Ball appeared beside Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman and Molly Qerim on ESPN’s most boisterous show, and he more than held his own, as Smith repeatedly grilled him on why he was so confident in his...
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ESPN formally announces Suzy Kolber, Samantha Ponder, Trey Wingo to head NFL studio shows

Three weeks ago, Jim Miller reported that ESPN would replace Chris Berman with a trio of studio hosts: Trey Wingo, Suzy Kolber and Samantha Ponder. On Thursday, ESPN finally confirmed the news, announcing that Kolber will host Monday Night Countdown, Ponder will lead Sunday NFL Countdown and Wingo will take over draft coverage. “We have three exceptional hosts in Suzy, Sam...
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In ratings, buzz, attendance and baseball, the 2017 World Baseball Classic was a huge success

Tuesday and Wednesday night were like something out of a Major League Baseball executive suite fantasy. First, the United States and Japan squared off in a tense and exciting World Baseball Classic semifinal. The baseball was good, there was ample buzz online and 1.4 million people tuned in to watch on MLB Network, the channel’s highest ever number for a non-MLB playoff game...
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Three simple ways to improve NFL broadcasts

After a season in which ratings took a dip, it appears the NFL is more open than ever to making major changes to television broadcasts. They’ve done studies you know, and it seems viewers have been quicker to bail on NFL games of late, possibly because of the slow pace and because there are, like, 8,504 other things to consume on TV, online and sometimes even in real life. The...
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ESPN’s next multi-part documentary, ‘We The Fans,’ follows Chicago Bears’ fans around for a season

After putting together a critically-acclaimed and award-winning multi-part documentary focusing on O.J. Simpson, ESPN is setting its sights on the fans of the Chicago Bears for its next big multi-part documentary effort. Titled We The Fans, the latest documentary will be aired in eight parts and follow fans of the Bears sitting in Soldier Field’s Section 250. The latest...
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Real Tweets from Real People complaining ESPN only has Spanish-language WBC rights

The World Baseball Classic final aired on MLB Network Wednesday, as the rest of the tournament had. However, ESPN had the Spanish-language rights for ESPN Deportes. Because the U.S. was in the final, they opted to simulcast the ESPN Deportes Spanish-language telecast on ESPN2. This led to a lot of very stupid tweets from people complaining about the game being shown in Spanish on...
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@MLBONFOX tweets the U.S. is playing Japan in the WBC final, not Puerto Rico

Someone over at Fox Sports got their teams confused. With the World Baseball Classic final between the U.S. and Puerto Rico about to start Wednesday night, the @MLBONFOX account tweeted that it all comes down to this: the U.S. and…Japan? Of course, the U.S. beat Japan last night to advance to the final. The MLB on Fox account quickly deleted the tweet, but not before getting a...
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Brent Musburger admits he once bet on a game he broadcasted

Now that he’s out of traditional broadcasting and working on a Vegas sports gambling show, former CBS and ESPN broadcaster Brent Musburger has finally let his guard down and admitted he once bet on a game he called.Musburger gambled on a Lakers-Trail Blazers game back in the 1980s. He claims that although he’s bet on many other games throughout his life, that was the only time...
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After six years, NBC is finally rebranding CSN Bay Area and California, and other RSNs may follow

CSN Bay Area and California are about to become NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California. It’s the second rebrand in a year, as those channels changed names from “Comcast SportsNet” to “CSN” last summer, but this is a larger brand change, and one that may be repeated at other NBC/Comcast regional sports networks. It’s also happening over six years after Comcast finished...
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Roger Goodell: commercial-kickoff-commercial 'drives me crazy,' NFL will cut down ads

The many NFL fans out there who hate the commercial-kickoff-commercial sequence have some support from an unusual source; Commissioner Roger Goodell. Goodell released a letter to fans Wednesday about the NFL’s plans to reduce commercials and speed up the pace of play, and also spoke with USA Today‘s Tom Pelissero about forthcoming changes. He told Pelissero the commercial-kickoff...
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Director Ezra Edelman signs first-look deal with ESPN for future nonfiction sports projects

After earning ESPN Films its first Academy Award this year, one might figure that director Ezra Edelman could do just about whatever he wanted for the network. That would be the correct presumption. If Edelman has another O.J.: Made in America in him, ESPN wants first dibs on it. According to The Hollywood Reporter‘s Marisa Guthrie, ESPN has signed Edelman to a first-look deal...
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Doug Gottlieb will interview for Oklahoma State job

Doug Gottlieb could wind up changing jobs twice in a week. Gottlieb’s long-anticipated move from CBS to FS1 and Fox Sports Radio was officially announced on The Herd Wednesday, but he’s now also popping up as a candidate to be the next basketball coach at his alma mater, Oklahoma State (following previous coach Brad Underwood’s move to Illinois). This is more than just a rumor...
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Let’s not use Baylor’s Sweet 16 run as the focus of a trite redemption narrative, OK?

On Tuesday, USA Today published a story by college sports writer George Schroeder headlined “Baylor basketball looks to inspire school amid continuing scandal.” Here’s how the piece begins: As he bounced off the floor the other night in Tulsa, celebrating a berth in the Sweet 16, Baylor athletic director Mack Rhoades paused for a moment. “We needed this,” he said ...
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Clash between Pittsburgh Pirates radio and TV booths was ‘completely part of the schtick’

In the eighth inning of Tuesday’s Spring Training game between the Pirates and Rays, an apparent fight broke out between Pittsburgh’s radio and television broadcast booths. The Pirates were attempting an experiment in which the guys who usually do color commentary for both TV and radio (Bob Walk, Steve Blass and John Wehner) handled the TV broadcast and the usual radio and TV...
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Ice Cube’s BIG3 basketball tournament to broadcast on FS1, FOX

When Allen Iverson, Chauncey Billups, Mike Bibby, Kenyon Martin, Jermaine O’Neal and other retired NBA stars take the court this summer for the inaugural BIG3 basketball tournament, they’ll do so in front of FOX and FS1 cameras. On Wednesday, league founder Ice Cube and commissioner Roger Mason appeared on FS1’s Undisputed to announce the partnership. The BIG3, a 3-on-3 tournament...
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Are the online NCAA Tournament feeds actually helping to increase the TV ratings?

In a year where television has been lower ratings for live events and series television, the NCAA Tournament has bucked the tide. For the first week, the NCAA Tournament on CBS/Turner averaged 9.325 million viewers, its best numbers dating back to 1993, a total of 24 years. And some thrilling and compelling games on Sunday certainly helped the viewership. The latest ...
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ESPN Films’ next big thing is an Alex Gibney project on athletes’ physical excellence

Over the last several years, ESPN Films has most been known for its 30 for 30 documentaries. However, they’ve already expanded beyond the standard 30 for 30 format with projects like the 7.5-hour OJ: Made In America (which won an Oscar this year), 30 for 30 Shorts and the upcoming 30 for 30 Podcasts. As per an interview ESPN Films senior vice president and executive producer Connor...
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AA’s @ClippitTV videos of the week: Charles Barkley says LaVar Ball ‘averaged 2 more points than a dead man’

This is our weekly look at the most popular — or in some cases our personal favorite — videos on Clippit over the past week. Clippit is an awesome app that allows us to quickly grab 30-second clips from several live TV broadcasts and share them on social media.  Charles Barkley clowns LaVar Ball’s college basketball career during NCAA Tournament coverage I’m pretty sick...
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Tom Kenny, Uzo Aduba, H. Jon Benjamin and more will be in Red Sox animated special

Sports teams all over the world are starting to produce more and more internal media, from website articles and video segments to podcasts to even club TV programs (especially from European soccer teams), but the Boston Red Sox are taking this to a new level. The Red Sox announced Tuesday that they’ve become the first MLB team to produce an animated television show in their market...
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Turner Sports/CBS to offer NCAA Tournament in virtual reality

For those who want to watch the NCAA Tournment in virtual reality you will now have an opportunity to do so starting this week. Turner Sports along with CBS and the NCAA wil offer the tournament in VR beginning with the Sweet Sixteen. This marks the first time the NCAA Tournament will be available in virtual reality.A March Madness Live VR app is now available in the Oculus store...
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Bill Simmons called out Jonah Keri, and we think he’s joking, but you never know

On Tuesday, Sports Illustrated published the first part of Jonah Keri’s annual “trade value” rankings, in which Keri ranks the top 50 players in baseball by how much they would fetch in a theoretical trade. The concept began with Bill Simmons ranking NBA players at ESPN and followed Simmons to Grantland, where his then-colleague Keri applied the same process to baseball players...
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