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WFAN confirms they’d consider Chris Christie to replace Mike Francesa, but could it happen?

The chances of New Jersey governor Chris Christie replacing Mike Francesa as a sports talk host on New York City’s 660 WFAN appear to be rising. Francesa will leave the station this December, and Christie leaves office three weeks later. There’s been speculation about Christie as a possible Francesa replacement for months, as he’s regularly called into Francesa’s show, has...
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FSU AD says ACC Network could bring up to additional $15 million in revenue to schools

ESPN will finally be launching the ACC Network in time for the 2019 football season. While that’s still two years away, the schools are already looking forward to the increased revenue that is soon to come there way. It’s no secret that the ACC (and the Big 12 and Pac 12) are lagging well behind the SEC and Big 1o in the conference revenue race. For the 2014-2015 fiscal year...
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Bill Walton handled a glockenspiel, wore face paint, and criticized DeMarcus Cousins

The Bill Walton verbal acid trip continued Wednesday night, with Walton calling the Cal-Oregon game alongside usual play-by-play partner “Dave??” Pasch. Things started long before tipoff, with Pasch tweeting this photo of Walton with a glockenspiel (which he’s used before at Cal!) in front of the Golden Bears’ band and asking for captions: Here are some of the best ones he...
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Report: Kings flagship station pulls radio host off air for criticizing DeMarcus Cousins trade

On Monday, KHTK 1140 radio host Damien Barling harshly criticized Vlade Divac and the hometown Sacramento Kings for a poor return in the DeMarcus Cousins trade. Two days later, Barling has reportedly been pulled from the air in what his co-hosts say was a retaliatory suspension.On Wednesday, Barling’s co-hosts on “The Lo-Down,” Jason Ross and Ken Rudolph, came onto the air...
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Chat Sports tried to acquire The Cauldron, and all hell broke loose

One of the more fascinating sports media stories in some time comes from Daniel Roberts over at Yahoo Finance, who’s dug into how Sports Illustrated parted ways with The Cauldron earlier this month and how that may have been impacted by Chat Sports’ earlier failed acquisition of The Cauldron. It’s a long and convoluted story, but well worth reading in its entirety. The key...
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Golf blog No Laying Up got the Trump-Rory story and forced the White House to admit to an alternative fact

If there’s one sport that is going to intersect with politics often throughout the length of the Trump presidency, it’s golf. Donald Trump is involved with 17 golf courses around the world, including some big-time properties. His Trump Doral course hosted a World Golf Championship event through last year, though that tournament has now moved to Mexico, which the PGA Tour insists...
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HBO releases footage and trailer for new doc series on UConn women’s basketball team

The latest Magic Johnson leaves ESPN again, this time to join Los Angeles Lakers full-time AA Q&A: MLB Network's Harold Reynolds Network exec says presidential election and oversaturation brought NFL ratings down in 2016-17 Turner Sports to offer single-advertiser...
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Fox Sports South/Southeast signs rights deal with new MLS Altanta team

Fox Sports South and its sister network Fox Sports Southeast have signed a rights deal with the new expansion MLS club, Atlanta United. And it comes just in time for the 2017 regular season which begins in just a few weeks. The latest Magic Johnson leaves ESPN again, this time to join Los Angeles Lakers full-time ...
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ESPN listing SportsCenters at 6 pm ET and midnight ET differently from other editions

You know about the new 6 p.m. ET edition of SportsCenter hosted by Michael Smith and Jemele Hill. And the midnight ET edition has been hosted by Scott Van Pelt for more than a year. Those two are different as they are more personality and opinion-driven than previous editions of SportsCenter. Before SVP became the permanent host of the midnight ET SportsCenter, the show depended...
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MLB.TV to offer some new features for the 2017 season

Spring Training is officially underway and that means we’re getting closer to the start of the 2017 MLB regular season. Major League Baseball’s BAMTech has announced some new features to its out-of-market streaming MLB.TV package. First, the cost for the entire season will be $112.99. The latest Magic Johnson leaves ESPN again, this time...
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Writer at SB Nation Broncos’ site plagiarizes, gets fired

It’s been quite the year for plagiarism so far. January and February both saw writers let go over incidents of plagiarism at Fansided’s network of sites, and now one of SB Nation’s sites has parted ways with a writer who committed plagiarism. The writer in question is Yvonne Hew, who had been writing a weekly morning news and links piece for Denver Broncos’ site Mile High...
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Barry Melrose interviewing Mike Gundy “Mullet to Mullet” was interesting television

On Tuesday night, ESPN NHL analyst Barry Melrose co-anchored the 11 p.m. ET SportsCenter with his friend and fellow hockey maven Steve Levy. One of the more interesting segments came when Melrose had the opportunity to interview fellow mullethead Mike Gundy, the head football coach of Oklahoma State. And seeing them side-by-side was truly a sight for the viewers tuning into SportsCenter...
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Facebook in talks to stream a MLB game per week, according to Reuters

The next streaming sports deal looks likely to be between Facebook and Major League Baseball. Facebook has been boosting its inventory of sports streaming rights for years, signing deals for everything from March Madness to Liga MX soccer games. They’ve streamed selected MLB games before (and plenty of games from spring training), but now seem to be looking for more regular baseball...
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Could a shift towards engagement ads in on-demand content impact sports?

It’s no secret that traditional television advertising is facing major challenges, and that includes sports. While sports have significant advantages over other programming thanks to the numbers of people who want to watch them live, there are still concerns about how ads are presented within sports programming. Earlier this month, Disney CEO Bob Iger said there is “too much...
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Magic Johnson leaves ESPN again, this time to join Los Angeles Lakers full-time

The latest Even CBS chairman Les Moonves wants Roger Goodell to speed up NFL games Russia World Cup having trouble signing sponsors Sports Illustrated will publish seven fewer standalone issues in 2017 Paul Finebaum continues Jim Harbaugh rivalry with "The Pete...
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NBA local ratings down 15% from last season

NBA ratings on local regional sports networks are down 15% comparable to the same time last season. As of the first week of February, at least 20 teams were seeing lower or flat ratings in 2016-17. And like the NHL, it appears that the ratings which had suffered a downturn due to the presidential election are now on a bounce upward and should recover by the end of the season...
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AA Q&A: MLB Network’s Harold Reynolds

Spring training games officially start this week, so it’s an extremely appropriate time to really start talking baseball. In honor of the 2017 season gearing up, Awful Announcing recently spoke on the phone with MLB Network’s Harold Reynolds. Reynolds discussed the season’s top storylines, his thoughts on pace of play, his least favorite advanced statistic and much more. Reynolds...
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Network exec says presidential election and oversaturation brought NFL ratings down in 2016-17

NFL ratings took a tumble in the first half of the 2016 regular season and managed to rebound in the second half. And
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MLBAM hires Michael Paull from Amazon as BAMTech’s new CEO

Since last December, BAMTech has been looking for a new CEO as founder Bob Bowman announced that he intended to step aside as president and chief executive for the streaming technology firm. Approximately two months later, the company has found its man. On Tuesday, MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM) announced that Michael Paull has been named as the new CEO. Paull was previously with Amazon...
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ESPN will create new digital videos for SportsCenter brand

ESPN may have parted ways with the company that produced their famous series of “This is SportsCenter” commercials (Wieden & Kennedy, heading to Fox Sports) but that doesn’t mean they’re scaling back on original videos to support the SportsCenter brand. With all the changes to SportsCenter and the new themed episodes like Scott Van Pelt’s late night edition and Michael...
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Turner Sports to offer single-advertiser “Superpod” commercial breaks on NBA games

We told you last month about TNT’s plans for its “Players Only” Monday night NBA doubleheaders. The games will be called and hosted by ex-jocks. And now, the next phase of Turner Sports’ plans for Monday nights has been unveiled and it involves ad breaks. The latest Even CBS chairman Les Moonves wants Roger Goodell to speed up NFL games...
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Real Sports profiles Patriots owner Robert Kraft and the five Super Bowl trophies

No matter what you think about the New England Patriots, winning five Super Bowls in the NFL free agency era is quite an accomplishment. Now whether you think a couple of those championships were tainted by Spygate or whatever scandal you subscribe to, that’s totally up to you. But no matter, they have the trophies to show for their wins. And HBO’s Real Sports will profile Patriots...
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Could this be Johnny Miller’s final year as NBC’s golf analyst?

Back in 2014, NBC signed golf analyst Johnny Miller through 2017 with an option for 2018. So we’re at a point where this could be his final year. With Miller turning 70 in April, he might be thinking retirement. The latest Sports Illustrated will publish seven fewer standalone issues in 2017 Paul Finebaum continues...
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2017 NBA All-Star Game garners 7.8 million viewers, most since 2013

The NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans brought back viewers to the event this year. This year’s game averaged 7.8 million viewers on both TBS and TNT. That’s the most for the NBA All-Star Game since 2013. And it’s up 3% since last year which averaged 6.5 million. The game peaked with 8.5 million viewers when the game began. The night before, All-Star Saturday Night on TNT averaged...
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Russia World Cup having trouble signing sponsors

Soccer’s biggest event is 16 months away and FIFA is finding that corporate sponsors are not flocking to sign up for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Bloomberg reports that thus far, FIFA has only signed one new sponsor, Wanda Group from China. The latest Sports Illustrated will publish seven fewer standalone issues in 2017 ...
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