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Ratings: Huge Gains for NBCSN IndyCar, FS1 UEFA Champions League; UFC as 2nd-Most Viewed FS2 Event Ever

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 Each of NBCSN’s three English Premier League soccer matches from Apr. 22-23 showed declines of more than 20 percent from last year: Everton-West Ham (Apr. 22 late morning): 342,000 viewers (-21 percent from 428,000...
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WNBA star Skylar Diggins calls out Darren Rovell for forgetting about her, Rovell whips out a #WellActually

On Thursday night, former LSU running back Leonard Fournette was selected with the fourth pick of the NFL Draft.Fournette is represented by Roc Nation Sports, the agency run by Jay Z, a fact ESPN’s Darren Rovell shared Thursday, as part of a nice little draft-related tidbit. There was one problem with this fun fact, however: Roc Nation Sports doesn’t only rep NBA and NFL...
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AA’s @ClippitTV videos of the week: ESPN personalities react to layoffs; CP3 hates a reporter’s question

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.  “Come on, man. You’ve been doing this long enough.” Following the Clippers’ Game 5 loss to go down 3-2...
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ESPN controversially chooses to show Joe Mixon punch video after he's drafted

The Cincinnati Bengals selected former Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon in the second round of the NFL Draft on Friday, again calling attention to Mixon’s assault of a female student in 2014.Upon the selection, Mixon was loudly booed by the crowd in Philadelphia. After ESPN host Trey Wingo explained the misdemeanor assault charge brought against Mixon and the public outcry when...
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Do NBA layoffs mean The Vertical is headed to ESPN?

On Friday, we learned of two shocking additions to the list of ESPN layoffs. The first was Henry Abbott, the founder of True Hoop and essentially the godfather of NBA blogging. Many of the best basketball writers in the country got their start thanks to Abbott and the blog network he spawned. If you need evidence of how vital Abbott was to NBA writing, see a sample of the testimonials...
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ESPN’s NFL Draft ratings are up over last year, along with big streaming increase

ESPN has had a pretty rough week by just about any measure, and though positive ratings news probably isn’t much solace for those who lost their jobs, the Worldwide Leader’s NFL Draft broadcast did pick up some year-over-year gains. The Draft has always been a fascinating study in event television; it benefits greatly from not having any other real sporting competition, beyond...
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Linda Cohn says ESPN’s massive rights fee deals were a main contributor to layoffs

Linda Cohn has been with ESPN since 1992, and therefore is one of the company’s longest-tenured SportsCenter anchors. Cohn has taken the ESPN ride through its massive rise to prominence/ubiquity, and remains aboard as the company attempts to find its footing in the face of new challenges. “Attempts to find its footing” is probably an extremely charitable way to describe this...
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Time Inc. will not go forward with sale, stock falls sharply

The future of Time Inc. has been up in the air for several months now as the media giant has been firmly on the market. Time turned down a takeover offer back in November and back in March sought more acquisition offers. After putting up the “for sale” sign so publicly, the news that broke this morning might have come as a major surprise. In an announcement, Time Inc said that...
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Screengrab Snafu: NFL.com put Mitch Trubisky on the Browns

It didn’t take long for the NFL Draft to offer up a bit of intrigue last night, as the Chicago Bears paid a hefty sum to move from #3 to #2 in order to take North Carolina quarterback Mitch(ell?) Trubisky. Bears fans haven’t been thrilled about it, and indeed took to Twitter to express some fairly strong condemnations: ESPN’s Bill Barnwell offered an incredibly thorough list...
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Sports media layoffs like ESPN’s are unfortunately here to stay

From a young age, I knew I was never going to be an athlete. So what does one do when they can’t play? They watch. And I did. Being a member of the chain crew for middle school football, I spent my less-than-flattering years handling stats for boys’ basketball in high school. After graduating college with a Media Studies degree, I was beat reporting for a local minor hockey league...
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This Week In Hot Takes: Rick Bozich thinks ESPN cuts told college basketball “drop dead”

Welcome to another edition of This Week In Hot Takes. Here’s a look at the hottest sports media takes from April 21-27. 5. Skip Bayless thinks “Rajon Rondo’s Bulls would have eliminated the Cavs in the first round”: Bayless’ bashing of LeBron James isn’t new, but this rant about the Cleveland Cavaliers’ supposed flaws Monday (following their sweep of the Indiana Pacers...
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ESPN layoffs reportedly not quite complete; more names could come out

For any consumer of sports media (and certainly anyone who works in sports media), it was tough to watched Wednesday as dozens of front-facing ESPN employees were laid off. And while the brunt of the layoffs became public either Wednesday or Thursday morning, it’s like a few more will emerge. According to Sports Business Daily’s John Ourand, several employees are currently...
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Ryen Russillo confirms he’ll be staying at ESPN, still hosting radio show

Amid the mass layoffs at ESPN on Wednesday came a report from Hollywood Reporter that several big-name ESPN personalities, including Ryen Russillo, would be taking on reduced roles moving forward. When Russillo’s radio partner Danny Kanell announced he had been let go, it seemed to figure that Russillo was in trouble. But as it turned out, Russillo was neither laid off nor reduced...
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Caller asks Mike Francesa about Matt Saracen’s draft potential, Sports Pope confused

Friday Night Lights last aired in 2011, but the NBC/DirecTV series still lives on the memories of its fans. So it’s no wonder that an FNL fan decided to call into WFAN’s Mike Francesa to see if he could get one past the Sports Pope. And the caller did a great job in referencing character Matt Saracen and wondering where he would be picked in tonight’s NFL Draft. He asked, “This...
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Stephen A. Smith passionately defended his credentials against Jeff Pearlman and other critics

In the midst of ESPN’s massive round of layoffs Wednesday, more than a few people brought up Stephen A. Smith as evidence of how the Worldwide Leader had gone astray. How, people wondered, could ESPN fire so many great reporters while keeping a loudmouth hot-take artist like Stephen A. Smith around to appear on First Take and numerous other shows? Among the legions making...
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Could TV networks partner with Facebook and Twitter for sports rights?

As rights fess continue to increase, could the traditional television broadcasters team up with social media platforms to bid for sports properties? It’s an interesting thought as Facebook and Twitter are looking for live sports. And if they can partner with the networks, it would help them combat Amazon which will stream Thursday Night Football this season. The latest...
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Dish and Hearst finally end their almost eight-week dispute

After an extended dispute that left 33 stations in 26 markets dark on Dish Network, Hearst Television is now back. Dish and Hearst had fought over transmission fees and on March 3, the stations’ signals were pulled. Both sides had dueling statements blaming the other side, Hearst began a countdown clock and they stopped talking to each other until this week when they finally hashed...
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ESPN cutting Baseball Tonight to Sundays only, partnering with MLB Network on Intentional Talk

One of the surprising aspects of ESPN’s mass layoffs on Wednesday was how hard the network’s baseball coverage was hit. Longtime MLB writer and analyst Jayson Stark was among the most prominent names let go, ending a 17-year relationship. As was the case with virtually every sport and department, writers and reporters whose work was largely seen online were deemed the most expendable...
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Potential landing spots for 10 of ESPN’s most prominent layoffs

Yesterday ESPN laid off dozens and dozens of prominent, well-known personalities. It was a sad and unfortunate day for the industry because the reality is that these aren’t just lost jobs at ESPN, but lost jobs for the entirety of sports media. ESPN is the ultimate goal for many people who work in sports media and with the cuts taking place there, it means that there are less jobs...
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Colin Cowherd on ESPN layoffs: “it will happen annually for the next decade”

As you’re probably well aware, Colin Cowherd is not one to mince his words. And when it comes to the ESPN layoffs yesterday, the Fox Sports Radio host and co-debater with Jason Whitlock had several things to say regarding the job cuts conducted at ESPN’s World headquarters in Bristol, CT. The latest Here are the confirmed ESPN layoffs (constantly...
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Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg didn’t like a question about Isaiah Thomas after Game 5 loss to Celtics

Hey, Coach — you started it? Following the Boston Celtics’ win over the Chicago Bulls in Game 4 of their first-round NBA Playoffs series, Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg complained that Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas constantly picks up his dribble and should be called for traveling. Hoiberg was surely legitimately frustrated with how difficult it is to defend Thomas (who scored 33 points...
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As layoffs hit ESPN, ESPNU is moving its studio operation from Charlotte to Bristol

It’s been a dark day in Bristol as the news of ESPN’s layoffs have been made public. While this is not the first round of three figure layoffs that have impacted ESPN in recent years, it is the first one where the names involved have been predominantly public figures like on-air talent and writers. All day many longtime, well-known personalities have announced on social media...
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A search for the most thorough NFL mock draft on the internet

The first NFL Draft was held in 1936 in a hotel in Philadelphia. It was not televised, as television barely existed. The first overall pick, Jay Berwanger, never ended up playing professional football, opting instead to pursue an Olympic career as a decathlete. When that didn’t work out, he again turned down NFL money, this time to work at a rubber company. The point is, the...
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ESPN personalities acknowledge layoffs on air, bid farewell to colleagues

As you’re well aware, ESPN has been laying off staffers. The list of those who have been laid off to date is here. There have been a couple of public statements from ESPN in regards to the layoffs and for some who have to be on the air today, it’s a tough subject to avoid. Adnan Virk who is hosting the Rusillo and Kanell show addressed the elephant in the room at the start of...
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DirecTV to add more live sports in 4K this week

While we haven’t seen the broadcast and cable sports networks totally embracing the next generation of high definition television, DirecTV is. It has increased its 4K ultra high definition offerings this year. To wit, it’s airing two more live games in ultra HD this week. The latest Your 2017 NFL Draft Drinking Game ...
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