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Viewing Picks for April 19, 2015

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football West Coast Eagles vs. Fremantle Dockers — Fox Soccer Plus, 2:30 a.m. College Baseball Indiana at Illinois — Big Ten Network, 1 p.m. St. John’s at Creighton — CBS Sports Network, 1 p.m. Duke at Clemson — ESPN3, 1 p.m. Lipscomb at South Carolina Upstate — ESPN3, 1 p.m. North Carolina at Virginia Tech — ESPN3, 1 p.m. North Carolina...
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Pete Rose is joining Fox Sports

Fox Sports hired Raul Ibanez and Dontrelle Willis to join their MLB studio coverage this season, but their newest hire is surely going to create much more buzz and raise many more eyebrows – Pete Rose is joining Fox Sports as an analyst. Hiring the 74-year old Rose to appear on their pre and post-game coverage, America’s Pregame, Fox Sports Live, and MLB Whiparound is certainly...
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USA-Mexico Friendly scores for Fox Sports 1

The USA-Mexico friendly on Fox Sports 1 was a test in many ways for the network. We already told you what we thought of the presentation which was encouraging. Another encouraging sign was the ratings and viewership for the match. For Wednesday’s match which resulted in the patented “Dos a cero” score in favor of the U.S., Fox Sports 1 garnered an average of 806,000 viewers...
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CBS Los Angeles protests against soccer on American TV

Here’s a slip-up for you. The CBS Los Angeles Twitter account noted that Fox was airing the FA Cup semifinal between Reading and Arsenal while NBC was airing the English Premier League rivalry between Chelsea and Manchester United. Well, maybe noted isn’t the right word: CBS LA realized its mistake and quickly deleted it: We apologize for an earlier tweet sent in error. ...
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Vin Scully on baby: “he’s smuggling golf balls in his mouth”

Vin Scully is a national treasure. During Friday night’s Rockies-Dodgers game, the camera cut to a puffy-cheeked baby in the crowd, and Scully described the child like only he could. That’s perfect, though I think that baby isn’t big enough to fit golf balls in his mouth. The post Vin Scully on baby: “he’s smuggling golf balls in his mouth” appeared first on Awful Announcing.
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Verizon takes a step to breaking up the cable bundle

We’ve been waiting for the shoe to drop in regards to cable bundling, and we may have finally reached that point. Verizon is reportedly going to begin to offer various packages to customers for select channels, theoretically allowing customers to drop channels they don’t watch in exchange for a lower bill. Of course, Verizon won’t be doing this on a pure channel by channel...
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There’s reportedly internal strife at ESPN over whether Britt McHenry should be fired

I know, I know, I know… we’ve just about reached the saturation point on posts about Britt McHenry.  But the most important surveillance footage of a person berating a tow company clerk to ever be recorded still has a little bit of life left in the news cycle. Now the attention is turning to McHenry’s one week suspension and her future at ESPN.  Judging by the feedback...
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NBC Sports Radio is now on SiriusXM

If you’re a SiriusXM customer that’s been craving NBC Sports Radio, you’re in luck – the two are finally affiliated. Earlier this week, NBC Sports Radio joined SiriusXM’s lineup on 213/Sirius and 202/XM, and will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week with its usual lineup of on-air talent, featuring Erik Kuselias, Newy Scruggs, and Mike Florio, among others. It...
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Viewing Picks for April 18, 2015

All Times Eastern Arena Football Cleveland Gladiators at Philadelphia Soul — ESPN2, 7 p.m. Australian Rules Football Hawthorn Hawks vs. Western Bulldogs — Fox Soccer Plus, 11 p.m. BoxingBoxing After Dark, Turning Stone Resort Casino, Verona, NY and College Park Center, University of Texas-Arlington, Arlington, TXSuper Lightweights Lucas Matthysse vs. Ruslan Provodnikov — HBO...
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Your NBA Playoffs Schedule for 4/18 – 4/26

Saturday, April 18 G1: Washington Wizards at Toronto Raptors (ESPN 12:30 pm) Mark Jones, Doris Burke G1: New Orleans Hornets at Golden State Warriors (ABC 3:30 pm) Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson G1: Milwaukee Bucks at Chicago Bulls (ESPN 7 pm) Dave Pasch, Jon Barry G1: Dallas Mavericks at Houston Rockets (ESPN 8 pm) Mike Tirico, Hubie Brown Sunday, April 19 G1: Boston Celtics...
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Football writer jailed ten years after tenth DWI conviction

Football writer Jim Dent, who’s written several Texas-centric football books, has been sentenced to ten years in jail through a plea agreement reached after Dent jumped bail and escaped to Mexico following his tenth DWI arrest. Dent’s entire story and DWI history is insane. He has been convicted in three states and five Texas counties, with one more DWI case in a sixth Texas...
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Sports and Entertainment Ratings Buzz: April 6-12

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. NBA on TNT Tuesday, April 7, 2015 “NBA Pre-Game Show” (8:00-8:14 p.m.) 0.5 household rating, 716,000 viewers -34% from 1.081 million on 04/08/14 San Antonio Spurs @ Oklahoma City Thunder (8:14-10:37 p.m.) 0.7 household rating, 1.217 million...
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NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: April 6-12

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 RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 PREMIER LEAGUE: Manchester City vs. Manchester United Sun 10:57AM- 1:04PM 127 0.6 1133 2 PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE STUDIO Sun 10:33AM-10:57AM 24 0.3 617 3 NHL REGULAR SEASON...
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ESPN Ratings Buzz: April 6-12

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 RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 MASTERS GOLF TOURNAMENT: First Round Thu 3:00PM- 7:15PM 255 2.2 3218 2 WOMEN’S NCAA BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP: Connecticut vs. Notre Dame Tue 8:30PM-10:34PM 124 2...
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WATCH: Padres fan saved from falling by alert cameraman

This is an insane video from a recent San Diego Padres game.  A fan tries a little too hard to go after a foul ball and risks falling an unknown height down to the ground.  However, he’s saved by a nearby cameraman who reaches out to grab his leg and prevent the head-first fall.  Somehow the cameraman is able to hold on to the camera with one hand while reaching out with...
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The NBA on ABC tanked this season

For all of the positive talk about the NBA in recent weeks, there’s one definitive blight on their resume this season – the league’s performance on ABC. During the 2014-15 season, the NBA drew a 2.2 average rating and 3.6 million viewers over 15 broadcasts on ABC. That 2.2 rating is the the second-lowest for the Association on network TV over the past 20 seasons, beating just...
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We’ve officially run out of ideas for analyzing the NFL Draft

We can all agree that there is way too much time between the NFL combine and the NFL Draft.  Although the wait isn’t quite as long as last year, it can still feel interminable.  There are only so many different ways you can mock a draft.  Only so many times you can hear what the anonymous scouts have to say.  There reaches a certain point where all the prognosticating and...
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Britt McHenry also recently had an ugly confrontation with another woman on Twitter

ESPN’s Britt McHenry is no amateur when it comes to insulting others. The viral video of her berating a parking lot attendant, which led to her immediate one week suspension, has led to another incident surfacing in which she seemingly went off on another woman for no reason. AL.com has the details: Last month, Sarah Sparkman, an Arkansas-based attorney, was having a conversation...
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This New Zealand rugby interview gets real weird real fast

You may only know the American version from its brief tenure on Fox Sports 1, but The Crowd Goes Wild is originally a show based in New Zealand that features the same mix of sports and humor.  Recently CGW New Zealand interviewed Joe Wheeler, a forward for the Otago Highlanders of Super Rugby. During the interview, which featured a live remote from Wheeler’s house, a man in his...
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Chris Russo went on a crazed rant about James Harden and Dwight Howard for some reason

Chris “Mad Dog” Russo is known to blow a gasket every now and again, and quite honestly, it’s been far too long since we heard a classic Dog rant.  We got it this week as he got insanely worked up over James Harden’s MVP candidacy and comparing him to Jerry West for some reason.  Then he got into dissing Dwight Howard.  Something tells me Russo isn’t a fan of today...
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Viewing Picks for April 17, 2015

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football Collingwood Magpies vs. St. Kilda Saints — Fox Sports 2, 5:30 a.m. Carlton Blues vs. Essendon Bombers — Fox Sports 2, 11:30 p.m. Boxing CBS Sports Spectacular: Fight Night: Championship Boxing, Grand Casino, Hinckley, MN WBA-NABA Super Welterweight Title Dennis Hogan vs. Tyron Brunson — CBS Sports Network, 10 p.m. Friday Night Fights...
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AA Podcast #114 – Taylor Twellman

On today’s podcast, we recap another Dos a Cero victory for the USMNT over arch-rival Mexico with ESPN lead soccer analyst Taylor Twellman. TT joins us to talk about the state of the national team as well as to get caught up on his new contract with ESPN and the new MLS labor contract. Topics include… – Staying with ESPN in spite of World Cup rights moving to Fox. – How he...
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USA-Mexico an encouraging night for Fox Sports to build on with soccer fans

For a friendly match, Fox Sports 1 dedicated an extraordinary amount of time and resources to covering the USA-Mexico game from San Antonio.  The network sent their entire studio crew of Rob Stone, Eric Wynalda, Stuart Holden, and Gonzalo Pineda to the Alamo Dome.  There was a set outside the stadium for pre and postgame coverage to capture the atmosphere of the fans and the rivalry...
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ESPN gives Britt McHenry a one week suspension

When the video was released of Britt McHenry berating a parking lot attendant, you immediately knew it was going to jeopardize her future at ESPN.  People get upset all the time.  They even might say mean things that they probably wouldn’t under normal circumstances.  But McHenry’s belittling, elitist, “I’m on television and you’re not” behavior and making fun of the...
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So whose new era really is it, Sports Illustrated?

Our friend Ed Sherman made this humorous observation that’s worth shedding some light on quite the coincidence. Jordan Spieth unsurprisingly landed on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated after his Masters triumph.  If you had “Jordan Rules” as the banner headline, congrats to you.  But under that, they also made the bold proclamation that the Spieth Era has begun...
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