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HBO Boxing extends Jim Lampley, Max Kellerman in a timely fashion

Just before the biggest fight in perhaps decades and with traditional boxing giant HBO surrounded on all sides by television rivals, the network has re-upped deals with its core commentators, Jim Lampley and Max Kellerman. The news release from the network, which came Wednesday, shores up HBO’s announcing team in advance of the May 2 megabout between Floyd Mayweather and Manny...
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ESPNU is celebrating their 10th anniversary today

Here’s a sign that you’re getting old.  Really old.  ESPNU celebrates their 10th anniversary today.  The Bristol network focused on college sports launched on March 4th 2005 from Stillwater Oklahoma for a College GameDay special hosted by Dream Job winner (and current BTN anchor) Mike Hall. ESPNU will be airing a special SportsCenterU reunion show at 6 PM ET with Hall making...
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Michele Roberts’ latest comments illustrate the disturbing public villainization of sports media

National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts took plenty of deserved criticism for her comments last week about media members “standing around” in locker rooms and not asking questions, but she’s since backed off those a bit in an interview with SB Nation’s Sarah Kogod that was published Monday. That interview, which is really more of a two...
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Le’Veon Bell goes on lengthy Twitter rant at Mel Kiper Jr

Draft season is upon us and at least one All Pro NFL player will not be hanging on every word said by longtime ESPN draftnik Mel Kiper Jr.  Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell went on a lengthy Twitter rant blasting Kiper about his draft projections and analysis. I think it's so funny how Mel Kiper is just "qualified" to tlk about the draft…dude be wrong with just...
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MLB local streaming is unlikely for Opening Day

We’re four and a half weeks from MLB’s Opening Day, and if you’re looking for some positive news about in-market streaming…well, I’ve got some bad news for you. According to the Sports Business Journal, no American MLB club will have any in-market streaming ready by Opening Day, and there hasn’t been any progress made on a deal since the fall. SBJ also shared this...
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ESPN wins media rights to Indian Premier League cricket

ESPN is seeking to reinforce their mantra as the self-proclaimed worldwide leader in sports.  Bristol is making a significant push into one of the world’s most popular international sports that is still something of a novelty on American shores: cricket. Currently, ESPN has been offering coverage to the ongoing Cricket World Cup through an over-the-top subscription basis and...
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Big changes to 2015 NCAA Tournament Announcers for CBS/Turner

March is officially here which means the Madness is just around the corner.  And no, I’m not talking about shoveling out from another blizzard, I’m talking about the NCAA Tournament!  And aside from Selection Sunday, today represents one of the most exciting days at AA HQ – the release of the announcing pairings for the tournament.  And although we tried our best to project...
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ESPN officially announces 2016 World Cup of Hockey deal

After being reported a couple weeks ago, it was made official today.  Top level hockey is returning to ESPN.  Bristol announced a deal with the NHL and NHLPA today to televise the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. The tournament will feature a unique lineup of eight teams: the United States, Canada, Russia, Sweden, Finland, the Czech Republic, a team of North American young stars, and...
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Jon Gruden’s QB Camp returns with Winston and Mariota for 2015

With the sports world obsessing over Johnny Manziel, the fifth season of Jon Gruden’s “QB Camp” aired entirely on ESPN last spring. And although Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston bring high sports Q ratings to the table, that isn’t enough for the Worldwide Leader to keep “QB Camp” on the main network. Although re-runs will air across multiple ESPN networks, the sixth...
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Rick Neuheisel goes to CBS Sports as a college football analyst

College football analyst Rick Neuheisel is moving from the Pac-12 Networks to CBS Sports, per a CBS announcement Tuesday. Neuheisel will contribute to “College Football Today,” which is the weekly Saturday pregame show prior to the SEC on CBS. He will also appear on the panel of “Inside College Football” on CBS Sports Network. This is an excellent hire by CBS who have nabbed a...
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Viewing Picks for March 4, 2015

All Times Eastern Boxing PBC: Corner to Corner — NBCSN, 11 p.m. College BasketballMen’sNEC TournamentQuarterfinal Sacred Heart at Bryant — Fox College Sports Atlantic, 7 p.m. Ohio State at Penn State — Big Ten Network, 6 p.m. George Washington at George Mason — A-10 Network, 7 p.m. Richmond at UMass — American Sports Network, 7 p.m. La Salle at St. Joseph’s — CBS...
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Lupul, Phaneuf, Cuthbert threaten lawsuit against TSN

The problems with networks broadcasting average users’ tweets with a particular hashtag are numerous, but it’s rare to see them spark a potential lawsuit. That’s what’s happened in the wake of TSN’s NHL trade deadline coverage show Monday, though, which was pulling in tweets with the #TradeCentre hashtag and broadcast the tweet “I want the leafs to keep lupul solely...
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Your NHL Announcing Schedule for 3/3 – 3/8

Tuesday, March 3 Buffalo Sabres at Tampa Bay Lightning (NBCSN 7:30 pm) Rick Peckham, Pierre McGuire Wednesday, March 4 New York Rangers at Detroit Red Wings (NBCSN 8 pm) Mike Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire Thursday, March 5 St. Louis Blues at Philadelphia Flyers (NHLN 7 pm) Local Broadcast Saturday, March 7 Philadelphia Flyers at Boston Bruins (NHLN 1 pm) Local Broadcast...
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ESPN Digital sets another new record

ESPN has long been known as the Worldwide Leader in sports. Already in 2015, ESPN has continued to flex its muscles with a record-breaking showing on the digital side of things, reeling in 94 million unique visitors in January, an all-time mark. The digital boom has been going on since June 2014, with the last eight registered months bringing in the top eight unique visitor totals...
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ESPN to air something called “The Basketball Tournament”

Summer is normally a dead period for sports networks. Even if the network has baseball, golf, tennis, horse racing, sailing, the WNBA and other sports, there still seems to be a need for more content to bridge the gap until football starts in late August and September. So ESPN has signed a deal to carry something called “The Basketball Tournament.” What is “The Basketball Tournament”...
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It appears Brent Musburger laid a wager on Oklahoma-Iowa State

This is one of the reasons why we miss Brent Musburger on the main ESPN college football game. Late in the action during Monday’s Oklahoma-Iowa State game, a gambling reference made its way into the discussion between Brent and his partner, Fran Fraschilla. With 31.9 seconds left and the Cyclones up by six, there was an out-of-bounds call that led Fraschilla to say, “I know...
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UK TV Networks want to sponsor FIFA presidential debate

Let’s face it. Political debates are usually boring. Whether they involve candidates for governor, mayor, House of Representatives, Senate, President or dogcatcher, debates rarely provide any incite or break news. However, a debate for FIFA president might be the one instance that breaks the mold. That’s right, there could be a debate involving current FIFA President Sepp ...
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News anchor and reporter brawl in Hooters parking lot

Local stations like to promote their news staffs as a team, friendly, neighborly and together as one. So it’s news when we hear of a fistfight between an anchor and a reporter. It’s even more so when it reportedly happens at a Hooters restaurant. According to the Illinois Times, WICS anchor Vince DeMentri and reporter Garrett Brnger were the combatants. It happened after they...
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Discipline dished out to Twitter trolls who harassed Curt Schilling’s daughter

This weekend, ESPN analyst and former MLB pitcher Curt Schilling blogged about Twitter trolls harassing his daughter after Schilling’s congratulated her for getting accepted to college. Schilling also did some amateur sleuthing of his own, and found some background information on a couple of the trolls. Their Twitter comments have resulted in severe discipline from their colleges...
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This Woody Paige Before and After is a little creepy

Do you realize that Woody Paige has spent the last 12 years as a panelist on Around the Horn?  12 years!!!  Apparently Woody Paige is still alive and still a regular panelist on Around the Horn.  When Around the Horn debuted, Yao Ming was the #1 pick in the NBA Draft.  To put that in perspective, David Diehl was drafted by the Giants, won two Super Bowls, retired, and joined...
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Keith Olbermann putting an end to his Twitter 'batting practice'

Keith Olbermann was suspended by ESPN last week after getting into an ugly Twitter War with Penn State students who were raising money for pediatric cancer.  Olbermann’s Twitter persona has been as fiery and combative as the days when he was delivering special comments calling out George W. Bush on MSNBC.  The host has casually referred to his Twitter scraps as “batting practice”...
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Robert Flores is continuing his beef with Nick Young

Yesterday we enjoyed the genesis of a ridiculous feud between ESPN SportsCenter anchor Robert Flores and Lakers guard Nick Young slash Australian rapper girlfriend Iggy Azalea.  Flores made a joke on SportsCenter about I-G-G-Y killing hip hop, Swaggy P took it personally, and here we are. Flores appeared on ESPN Radio’s Sedano and Stink (go to the 39 minute mark) to talk about...
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Viewing Picks for March 3, 2015

All Times Eastern College Baseball Murray State at Kentucky — SEC Network Plus, 4 p.m. Evansville at Vanderbilt — SEC Network Plus, 5 p.m. Furman at Georgia — SEC Network Plus, 5 p.m. Middle Tennessee at Tennessee — SEC Network Plus, 6 p.m. Arkansas-Little Rock at Oklahoma — Fox College Sports Central, 7 p.m. Central Arkansas at Missouri — SEC Network Plus, 7 p.m. Charleston...
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Mark Cuban will play the President in 'Sharknado 3'

Oh, this is because of the Shark Tank thing, right? We get it. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, also a “shark” investor on the hit ABC show, has been cast as the President of the United States in Syfy’s Sharknado 3. While you try to comprehend that, also consider that conservative pundit Ann Coulter will be playing his vice president. Hopefully, we see those two in a situation...
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Your NBA Announcing Schedule for 3/2 – 3/8

Monday, March 2 Phoenix Suns at Miami Heat (NBAtv 7:30 pm) Local Broadcast Tuesday, March 3 Houston Rockets at Atlanta Hawks (NBAtv 7:30 pm) Local Broadcast Wednesday, March 4 Los Angeles Lakers at Miami Heat (ESPN 8 pm) Mark Jones, Hubie Brown Portland Trail Blazers at Los Angeles Clippers (ESPN 10:30 pm) Ryan Ruocco, Jon Barry Thursday, March 5 Oklahoma City Thunder at Chicago...
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