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Viewing Picks for October 24, 2014

All Times Eastern College Field Hockey Michigan State at Michigan — Big Ten Network, 3:30 p.m. Cal at Stanford — Pac-12 Bay Area, 5 p.m. College Football South Florida at Cincinnati — ESPN2, 7 p.m. Troy at South Alabama — ESPNU, 7:30 p.m. BYU at Boise State — ESPN, 9 p.m. Oregon vs. Cal at Santa Clara, CA — Fox Sports 1, 10 p.m. BTN Football & Beyond 2014 — Big...
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Hockey coach tells reporter: “F— you!”

Paul Fixter isn’t just the head coach of the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League, he’s also a stickler for proper journalism training. After a 7-2 loss to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyounds, Fixter wasn’t in a cheery mood for postgame interviews.  After grinding and gnashing his teeth through a minute of questioning, a reporter tells Fixter’s team that they played hard...
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College Football Viewer’s Guide: Week Nine

Ed Note: The following viewers guide comes to us courtesy our friends at The Student Section. It’s one of the laws of college football physics: When anyone says that a given week is going to be dull, at least in certain spots, that week — especially the supposedly dull game window — springs to life. Last week, that law was violated. In the week-eight viewer’s guide, the...
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Your Week 8 NFL Announcing Schedule

A couple notes on this week’s schedule: 1) Breakfast at Wembley with the Lions and Falcons will be nationally televised at 9:30 AM ET. 2) Donovan McNabb steps into the broadcast booth to call Rams-Chiefs. [Insert potential tie joke here.] Thursday, October 23 San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos, CBS|NFLN 8:25 pm, Jim Nantz, Phil Simms & Tracy Wolfson Sunday, October 26 Detroit...
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Where’s the concern for Sunday Night Football blowouts?

Two weeks ago, the question of “What’s wrong with Thursday Night Football?” was all the rage.  Early on this season the midweek game saw a historic string of blowouts.  And not just any blowouts mind you, we’re talking games that were decided by halftime, if not the end of the first quarter.  Before Colts-Texans and Jets-Patriots were decided by less than 7 points, the...
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Could the World Series eventually move to Fox Sports 1?

Could the World Series move to cable in the future? You might scoff at the notion now, but Fox Sports president Eric Shanks didn’t completely debunk the notion in a conference call earlier this week, as reported by Capital New York. “There will be an evolution down the road, maybe,” he said Monday in response to a reporter question about whether the program could ever air on...
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NFL to start airing its own anti-domestic violence PSAs

You may have noticed, in recent weeks, that the National Football League has been airing spots for Law & Order: SVU star Mariska Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Foundation via its “No More” campaign PSAs. In the spots, stars like Hargitay, Amy Poehler, Andre Braugher and Ice-T call for an end to domestic violence. The message is very simple, and the ads gain an added poignancy...
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Robert Klemko given four-week suspension from The MMQB

Peter King’s website has handled its first major talent controversy with a fairly lengthy suspension. King announced Thursday via Twitter that MMQB writer Robert Klemko would be suspended for four weeks. A statement: In light of an incident in Chicago on Saturday, SI and http://t.co/Gy6pgD0hHK have suspended Robert Klemko for four weeks.>>>> — Peter King (@SI_PeterKing...
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ESPN will expand role for Marty Smith after NASCAR leaves the network

It’s always interesting to see who stays with a network when rights deals expire and move to other networks. Barry Melrose is probably the most notorious example of this, the last remnant (I guess John Buccigross counts) of ESPN’s decade-long broadcasts of the National Hockey League. Despite the World Cup and Premier League leaving, ESPN has kept a bevy of international soccer...
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Houston Dynamo head coach gives CSN reporter a big kiss after final game

It was Dominic Kinnear’s final game as the head coach of the Houston Dynamo. Next season he’ll head back home and take on the role as the coach for the San Jose Earthquakes. Following his final game, he was interviewed by CSN Houston’s Sebastian Salazar. What followed was unexpected. Your browser does not support iframes. Kinnear had a lot of good times in Houston, including...
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Through five decades in the booth, Verne Lundquist is still going strong

After decades of sports broadcasting, Verne Lundquist still prepares the same way for every game. The week prior, he talks with his game spotter, scouts the teams he’s calling on Saturday and begins making his broadcast sheet – the indecipherable jumble of names, statistics and storylines from each team that sits in front of him for every game. He prints each player’s information...
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Joe Buck jokes with Harold Reynolds: “Go back to MLB Network”

You know, they say every piece of sarcasm has just a liiiiiiittle bit of truth in it.  I wonder if that holds true with this joke Joe Buck made at the expense of Harold Reynolds last night. No doubt the same thought has crossed the minds of fans watching the World Series thus far. H/T @CorkGaines The post Joe Buck jokes with Harold Reynolds: “Go back to MLB Network” appeared...
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Viewing Picks for October 23, 2014

All Times Eastern College Basketball ESPNU College Basketball Media Days — ESPNU, 3 p.m. College Football UConn at East Carolina — ESPNU, 7 p.m. Miami (FL) at West Virginia — ESPN, 8 p.m. BTN Football & Beyond 2014 — Big Ten Network, noon CFB Daily — ESPNU, 1 p.m. College Football Live — ESPN, 2:30 p.m. ESPN Recruiting Nation — ESPNU, 6 p.m. Inside College Football...
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Game 1 of the World Series least watched on record

A blowout Game 1 of the World Series featuring a small market team and a big market club in its third Fall Classic in five seasons didn’t move the needle for Fox. The San Francisco Giants’ 7-1 win over the Kansas City Royals drew 12.19 million viewers, the lowest ever for Game 1 of the World Series, the fifth-least watched World Series game in history, and the least-watched World...
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ESPN to start producing films for the FiveThirtyEight site

Beginning this week, ESPN will debut a series of films at the upstart FiveThirtyEight site. As the FiveThirtyEight site deals with analytics and data, so will the film series that will be branded “Signals” and will be produced by ESPN Films. The first film, “The Man Vs. The Machine” which premieres on October 22, will delve into the famous chess matches between then-World...
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Week 7 NFL Local Ratings Rankings

Welcome to AA’s NFL local ratings rankings. Every week, we’ll take a look at which teams have the highest TV ratings in their local markets, presented 1-32 and with commentary to help provide context, enjoy. Byes: Philadelphia, Tampa Bay 1. Denver (NBC) - 47.1 The Broncos’ home market tuned in big time to watch Peyton break the NFL TD record on Sunday in primetime, the highest...
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Sports Illustrated’s Oklahoma State investigation ends with a quiet whimper

Remember Sports Illustrated’s huge five part expose into improprieties at Oklahoma State University?  While the investigation was rolled out with plenty of pomp and circumstance at SI, the report quickly fell apart under public scrutiny.  As sources came forward to combat their quotes and other outlets produced documentation to refute claims, the SI juggernaut suffered death from...
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Behind The Scenes With Pac 12 Network’s The Drive

All Access documentaries and series have mostly been double edged swords. Often winning awards and critical acclaim, the reality is that they typically attract niche audiences that make it hard to turn a profit given the heavy costs of production. Recently Undefeated won the Oscar for best documentary in 2012, yet only brought in a half million dollars at the box office. Hard Knocks...
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Portland Timbers owner tells Timbers Army “STFU”

Things are not quite so rosy in the City of Roses. The Portland Timbers have one of the most passionate fanbases in MLS and things boiled over on Twitter after they were defeated on Tuesday night.  The 3-1 defeat to Olimpia in Honduras knocked them out of the CONCACAF Champions League on goal differential.  With the Timbers on the outside looking in for the MLS Cup Playoffs with...
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Tim Tebow’s Florida criticism proves he has a future as an analyst

Of all the things we’ve ever accused Tim Tebow of being, “objective” is not one of those things. He was a Gator. He won two national titles. He was Urban Meyer’s guy. Tim Tebow WAS the University of Florida. And then ESPN brought him on as an analyst for the SEC Network. Of course, there was many an eye roll about how there was no possible way he could be unbiased towards...
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This Hunter Pence-Erin Andrews interview didn’t go so well

Erin Andrews has had a roller coaster year when it comes to interviews at major events this year.  First there was Richard Sherman’s infamous NFC Championship wrestling promo. Then there was her free pass given to Adam Wainwright. Now this swing and a miss with Hunter Pence. Andrews asked Pence about his pregame speech and she managed to get both the theme of the speech and the...
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Does ESPN have a double standard with Skip Bayless and Bill Simmons?

It’s no secret that ESPN’s internal discipline has often been inconsistent; they even admit that, with vice-president Patrick Steigman (Bristol’s director of digital and print media) telling ombudsman Robert Lipsyte in September, “We don’t treat everyone the same but we treat everyone fairly.” Still, this week has set up a double standard that seems farfetched even by...
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Conor McGregor has fun tearing down Chad Mendes on TV

You may not know the name Conor McGregor yet, but rest assured, you will in time. McGregor is a fast-rising UFC featherweight, known just as much for his antics outside of the Octagon than his prowess inside of it. The Irish McGregor was in studio on Tuesday’s episode of Beyond the Octagon in the UK, and fellow featherweight top contender Chad Mendes was Skyping into the show....
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Real Tweets from Real People – America wants Tim McCarver back!

The 2014 World Series represented a little bit of history.  It was the first Fall Classic in 62 years (give or take a couple) that did not have Tim McCarver in the broadcast booth.  The longtime broadcaster retired from national duty and was replaced by two men, Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci. The trio of Reynolds, Verducci, and Joe Buck called their first World Series game on...
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Viewing Picks for October 22, 2014

All Times Eastern College Basketball ESPNU College Basketball Media Days — ESPNU, 3 p.m. College Football BTN Football & Beyond 2014 — Big Ten Network, noon SVP & Russillo — ESPNews, 1 p.m. College Football Live — ESPN, 2:30 p.m. College Football Featured — ESPNU, 5:30 p.m. College Volleyball Women’s Kansas at Iowa State — ESPNU, 7 p.m. LSU at Mississippi ...
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