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Dallas Mavericks analyst says during broadcast that Saskatchewan is named after sasquatches

Utah Jazz forward Trey Lyles is having a decent rookie season, averaging 4.6 points and 3.9 rebounds off the bench, after playing one season at the University of Kentucky. But a more intriguing bit of information from the 20-year-old’s biography is that he’s Canadian-American (and proud of it), having been born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Lyles is actually the first player born...
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Claiming censorship, Kevin Kiley resigns from Cleveland sports talk radio show

Keep playing with hot takes, and eventually you may get burned. That appears to be what happened to Cleveland sports talk radio host Kevin Kiley, who announced on local TV station Cleveland 19 Thursday night that he was resigning from his position on the morning show at 92.3 The Fan. You may remember Kiley from such searing opinions as the one he spewed in mid-January, following...
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Did Lee Judge go to Rick Reilly’s school of self-plagiarism?

Many sportswriters make the joke about copying and pasting what they wrote last year, but aside from Rick Reilly, not many have actually done it. It looks like we can add Kansas City Star political cartoonist and columnist Lee Judge to that list, though, and he appears to have done so in a particularly blatant way. Here’s Royals Review’s screencap of a May 27, 2015 Judge column...
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Sports and Entertainment Ratings Buzz: February 1-7

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. NFL Network Top 10 (and Select) Programs VIEWER RANK PROGRAM DATE START TIME END TIME VIEWERS (000) A18-49 (000) 1 NFL GAMEDAY FINAL Sun 2/07/16 10:43 PM 12:00 AM 1234 606    NFL GAMEDAY FINAL 2 SUPER BOWL COMMERCIALS Sun 2/07/16 5:30 PM...
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NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: February 1-7

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 VIEWER RANK PROGRAM DATE START TIME END TIME VIEWERS (000) A18-49 (000) 1 PREMIER LEAGUE (live) Sun 2/07/16 10:57 AM 1:09 PM 779 470    MANCHESTER UNITED/CHELSEA 2 NHL REGULAR SEASON (live) Wed 2/03/16...
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ESPN Ratings Buzz: February 1-7

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 VIEWER RANK PROGRAM DATE START TIME END TIME VIEWERS (000) A18-49 (000) 1 NBA REGULAR SEASON (live) Sat 2/06/16 9:13 PM 11:41 PM 3230 1725    OKLAHOMA CITY/GOLDEN STATE 2 NBA REGULAR SEASON (live) Wed 2...
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Where’s Oscar? Mike Francesa has issues with ESPN’s all-time NBA Top 100

Reading through ESPN’s all-time NBA Top 100 list, updated for this year, can take some time if you’re busy. I mean, there’s 100 players. Fortunately, if you have a radio show like Mike Francesa, you have fans who can call in and read the list to you. (We kid. To be fair, it’s actually a cool way to get listeners to participate in the show and engage with the host.) Even...
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Bill Walton is a verbal acid trip: glockenspiel edition

Bill Walton and Dave Pasch are the greatest entertainment in sports broadcasting and they showed why again on Thursday night in Berkeley. It was a night of weirdness as Walton wore a Picasso painting as a shirt, played a glockenspiel from a Cal band member, and blew out a birthday cupcake on air for Thomas Edison’s birthday and his spine surgery. “I just happen to carry a nice...
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Let’s watch Chris Berman hit a golf ball into the Pacific Ocean

This week’s stop on the PGA Tour is the Pebble Beach Pro-AM, which gives us not just an opportunity to watch the best golfers in the world play one of the most beautiful tracks in the world, but also a chance to watch famous sports people hack it up just like the rest of us. Enter Chris Berman. This shot on the famed Par 5 18th hole rumbled, bumbled, and stumbled along the Pebble...
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WWE has record revenue despite perceived troubles

It’s been one thing after another for the WWE in recent months. A seemingly never-ending slew of injuries to stars such as John Cena, Seth Rollins, Sting, Cesaro and many more. The retirement of fan favorite Daniel Bryan. The apparent unwillingness for many to get behind anointed star Roman Reigns. Sagging ratings for its prime time programs. There are a lot of reasons for...
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VIDEO: Fox advertises Jeff Gordon’s debut with… a police chase?

Fox Sports has been known to put out some weird advertisements.  Do you remember Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery commentating a baby delivery?!? Well, Fox has done it again – this time doing a mock police chase video to advertise Jeff Gordon’s debut in the broadcast booth alongside Mike Joy and Darrell Waltrip this year.  It’s ironic because Gordon is probably the least likely...
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Viewing Picks for February 12, 2016

All Times Eastern BaseballWorld Baseball Classic Qualifier1st Round, Blacktown International Sportspark, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia South Africa vs. Australia — MLB Network, 3:30 a.m. Bundesliga F.S.V. Mainz vs. Schalke — FS1, 2:30 p.m. Bundesliga Match Day — FS1, 2 p.m. Bundesliga Report: Bundesliga World Tour Special Show — FS2, 2 p.m. College BasketballMen’s...
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ESPN, Stephen A. Smith and Little League International sued by parents of Jackie Robinson West

The 2014 Little League World Series run by Jackie Robinson West from Chicago exhibited both the best and worst of what the Little League World Series has become. The South Siders slugged their way to the United States title but had their championship stripped in 2015 for violations involving the use of ineligible players. In a lawsuit filed Thursday by the parents of that team and...
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VIDEO: ESPN’s Reese Waters was able to convince fans he won the Super Bowl

There’s a moral dilemma that I have when it comes to man-on-the-street type videos. On the one hand, they specifically target unsuspecting civilians to make them look like idiots regarding some topic or person they probably have no idea about. On the other hand, they are often hysterical. This video presents that dilemma perfectly, with ESPN correspondent Reese Waters fooling...
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Warriors-Thunder was ESPN’s top non-Christmas game since 2014

If you want to break NBA TV ratings records, you better make sure you’re showing the Golden State Warriors. Just a couple weeks after NBA TV saw the Warriors and Spurs game pull in the best overnight ranking in the history of the network, Steph Curry’s team helped another network put up big numbers. Golden State’s 116-108 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday...
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Bill Simmons adds Daily Show alums to his HBO creative team

Ever since it was announced that Bill Simmons was headed to HBO, there’s been speculation about what form his eventual show would take. Given the lack of long-term success that the network has had with studio-based sports talk and interview shows, many have wondered if Simmons would use the opportunity to veer away from being sports-centric and focus more on pop culture, entertainment...
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Pro Football Hall of Fame voter Gary Myers explains why T.O. isn’t in the HOF

Former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens remains the lightning rod even after his playing days. Whether he’s Hall of Fame-worthy is totally up to the individual. During Super Bowl Week, the writers eligible to vote on the Hall of Fame took up T.O.’s candidacy and decided not to vote him in. Cris Carter was voted into the HOF instead and that set off T.O. on Monday during a fiery...
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Chicago Blackhawks to air their first game in Spanish

The Chicago Blackhawks have announced their first foray into Spanish-language broadcasting. Their first game in Spanish will be broadcast on Univision America (WRTO-AM). It will take place on March 6 when the Blackhawks host the Detroit Red Wings. Scheduled to call the game are Hector Lozano and Omar Ramos. They’ll not only do the play-by-play and analysis, but also conduct player...
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ESPN signs Kate Fagan to a multiyear extension; adds ESPN Radio show to her portfolio

Since joining ESPN in 2012, Kate Fagan has appeared on several shows on the Family of Networks, but her main focus has been espnW where she’s written several stories. There have been times when she has been tapped for appearances on Outside the Lines, Around the Horn, First Take, His & Hers and other shows. She recently began co-hosting the weekly ESPN Radio show “The Trifecta...
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SHOCKING NEWS: Bob Costas will host the Olympics in primetime this year

Hopefully you’re sitting down for this stunning piece of news that surely will rock all of sports media, no… the world.  Young upstart Bob Costas will host this year’s Olympics in primetime… again. NBC confirmed the news that really didn’t need any confirmation because we all knew/assumed it was happening anyways.  But, Costas will host his seventh Summer Olympiad in...
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Does a drop in Super Bowl viewership indicate the NFL has peaked on TV?

For only the second time in 11 years, viewership numbers for the Super Bowl dropped in 2016. Not a lot, but even the 2.1 percent decline from Super Bowl 49 to Super Bowl 50 is enough to cause some to wonder if America’s most famous and popular sporting event has finally peaked when it comes to TV viewership. That’s not necessarily the case, as it’s possible this was a bit of...
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The Simpsons star in Daytona 500 ad mocking Daytona 500 ads

The Daytona 500 will be on FOX in a couple weeks, and to get everyone excited, the network has created an ad that mocks ads by advertising all the ads you’ll see at Daytona. Oh and it stars the Simpsons. “When you’re watching the action at Daytona, you’ll see cars with ads on them, driven by drivers with ads on them. And in between… ads.” The target audience of this...
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Viewing Picks for February 11, 2016

All Times Eastern BaseballWorld Baseball Classic Qualifier1st Round, Blacktown International Sportspark, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Australia vs. Philippines — MLB Network, 3:30 a.m. College BasketballMen’s St. Francis (PA) at Robert Morris — ESPNU, 5 p.m. North Texas at Old Dominion — American Sports Network, 7 p.m. Eastern Kentucky at Morehead State — CBS Sports...
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George Karl’s agent wants Kings’ analyst Bobby Jackson punished for calling for coaching change

Given that local radio and TV analysts are often employed by the teams they cover and always spend plenty of time around them, it’s not surprising when they’re not willing to call for heads to roll. It is surprising when they do, as Sacramento Kings’ analyst Bobby Jackson did last week; his co-host mentioned that embattled Kings’ head coach George Karl was hired after last...
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Baseball writer Tom Singer passes away at 67

Longtime MLB writer Tom Singer passed away this week at the age of 67. The sad news was announced on Wednesday, and Singer’s many friends, colleagues and readers expressed their condolences. Moment of silence. Lost a great one today. Tom Singer was a special person, top-notch reporter/writer, and someone I considered a friend. — Tracy Ringolsby (@TracyRingolsby) February 10...
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