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Viewing Picks for August 28, 2016

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football Fremantle Dockers vs. Western Bulldogs — Fox Soccer Plus, 2:30 a.m. Beach VolleyballWorld Series of Beach Volleyball, Long Beach, CA Women’s Finals — NBC, 4:30 p.m. Men’s Finals — NBCSN, 11 p.m. (same day coverage) Bundesliga Hertha Berlin vs Freiburg — FS1, 9:30 a.m. TSG Hoffenheim vs. Leipzig — FS2, 11:20 a.m. CFL Hamilton...
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Rio Olympics, NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: August 15-21

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. Rio 2016 Summer Olympics NETWORK PROGRAM DATE START TIME END TIME VIEWERS (000) A18-49 (000) NBCSN Top 10 (and Select) Programs VIEWER RANK PROGRAM DATE START TIME END TIME VIEWERS (000) A18-49 (000) 1 NASCAR SPRINT CUP START (live) Sat...
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MLS, NFL Sunday doubleheader first of its kind on Fox, Sept. 18

For the first time ever, MLS matches will be paired with the NFL in a Sunday afternoon doubleheader. Fox announced that they will show one of two MLS matches on Sept. 18, during Week 2 of the NFL regular season, either before or after their regional NFL game. Fox hasn’t revealed which markets will carry which games, but based on Fox’s NFL schedule in Week 2, it’s most likely...
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The Pac 12 is coming to Fox Sports… Australia?

There was a big sporting event in Sydney this weekend and no, it wasn’t the Sydney Swans clinching top spot on the AFL ladder against Richmond.  It was a regular season game of college football played between California and Hawaii across the Pacific Ocean at ANZ Stadium.  Cal emerged victorious in a 51-31 victory, but it will not be the last time Pac 12 football gets exposure...
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ESPN to air first ever all-female edition of Sports Reporters on Sunday

Announced earlier this week, ESPN is set to air their first ever all-female edition of The Sports Reporters Sunday morning at 9:30 AM ET on ESPN2. A first for The Sports Reporters: an all-female panel on Sun, Aug 28 (9:30a, ESPN2): @jemelehill @katefagan3 @janesports @SarahSpain — Tara Chozet (@TaraESPN) August 23, 2016 The latest Jason Pierre...
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CSN Chicago to carry audio of Vin Scully’s call for one inning Sunday

Legendary Dodgers’ broadcaster Vin Scully’s final season is drawing plenty of tributes, and now we’re seeing one from a different regional sports network. Sunday will likely mark Scully’s final Cubs-Dodgers broadcast (barring a playoff matchup), and CSN Chicago announced Friday they’ll carry the audio feed from Scully’s call on Sportsnet LA for the third inning of that...
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Viewing Picks for August 27, 2016

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football North Melbourne Kangaroos vs. Great Western Sydney Giants — Fox Soccer Plus, 5 a.m. Beach VolleyballWorld Series of Beach Volleyball, Long Beach, CA Women’s Semifinals — NBC, 3 p.m. Men’s Semifinals — NBCSN, 11:30 p.m. (same day coverage) Bundesliga Borussia Dortmumd vs. F.S.V. Mainz — FS2, 9:20 a.m. Hamburger vs. Ingolstadt...
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Yes, the announcers of the Cal vs. Hawaii game are not at the game

Many of you have inquired if the announcers for this college football opening game are actually at the game which is being played in Sydney, Australia (because Larry Scott is the Howard Hughes of conference commissioners).  The answer is…… For those asking: ESPN play-by-play is in studio stateside. That was the plan from the beginning — Steven Godfrey (@38Godfrey) August...
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Former Wired editor Mark McClusky to become Sports Illustrated Group Digital Editor

Sports Illustrated has been making some big moves lately, including the launch of a “Tech and Media” vertical, Chris Stone’s ascension to group editorial director, their extensive web redesign, Jim Cavan’s hire as editor-in-chief of SI Group site Fansided.com, and SI’s content- and ad-sharing deal with Fox Sports. Now they have a new man in charge of the digital side for...
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ESPN Ratings Buzz: August 15-21

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 MLB SUNDAY NIGHT (live) Sun 8/21/16 8:00 PM 10:37 PM 1357 381    NY METS / SAN FRANCISCO 2 PARDON THE INTERRUPTION Tue 8/16/16 5...
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Sheldon Adelson accused of using Review-Journal to feel out candidates on Vegas stadium

Since billionaire Sheldon Adelson’s secret purchase of The Las Vegas Review-Journal last fall, the paper’s come under some fire for how it’s covered topics Adelson has financial interests in. One of the biggest is the proposed $1.9 billion stadium to lure the Oakland Raiders to Vegas (and also provide a home for UNLV), which has Adelson’s Sands Corporation helming the project...
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MLB Network’s Matt Yallof suffered a stroke, but you can donate to his recovery

MLB Network reporter Matt Yallof suffered a stroke late last month, and friends are asking for donations to aid his recovery process. According to a donation page on YouCaring.com, the 46-year-old Yallof suffered a stroke in his basement on July 29. He is apparently doing OK after spending seven days in the ICU but will require physical therapy, transportation and other rehabilitative...
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‘Today’ execs reportedly upset over Al Roker’s criticism of Ryan Lochte

When Al Roker and Billy Bush engaged in a fierce debate on NBC’s Today about whether Ryan Lochte lied about being robbed in Rio, most people seemed to view Roker as the good guy. While Bush was employing some sort of warped “Kids will be kids” logic to defend the 32-year-old Lochte, Roker called out the swimmer for straight up lying, saying: “He lied to you, he lied...
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Jason Pierre-Paul is officially suing ESPN and Adam Schefter after fireworks incident

On Thursday, a Florida judge cleared the way for Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul to sue ESPN and Adam Schefter for violating his privacy by obtaining and sharing his medial records following his fireworks accident last fall. In case you aren’t caught up, here’s the short version of the situation: Pierre-Paul was messing around with fireworks on the Fourth of July and accidentally...
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FS1 employee Skip Bayless suddenly loves UFC, which airs exclusively on Fox

Sports networks are going to talk about the sports they cover on their studio shows.  Call it cross-promotion, call it “network synergy,” call it whatever you like.  NBCSN isn’t going to give you an hour breaking down the Little League World Series.  ESPN sacrificed NHL Tonight a long, long, loooooong time ago.  And FS1 isn’t interested in making the EPL part of their...
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Going off-topic is when SNY Mets trio of Cohen, Darling, Hernandez shines brightest

#StickToBaseball? That’s not something which SNY’s New York Mets broadcast team of Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez are interested in on a nightly basis. Not when there’s so much time to fill during a game that lends itself to long pauses and wandering thoughts. Some fans and viewers might not care for that from their home team announcing crew, preferring them to...
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Greater Media suspends three 97.5 The Fanatic employees for fake black caller scandal

The revelation of a Philadelphia sports talk radio show creating a fake black caller “Dwayne from Swedesboro” continues to have repercussions for 97.5 The Fanatic. As reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Rob Tornoe, three station employees who were involved in the charade have been suspended by Greater Media. The latest What does NBC need to change...
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Viewing Picks for August 26, 2016

All Times Eastern Arena FootballArena Bowl XXIX, Gila River Arena, Glendale, AZ Philadelphia Soul at Arizona Rattlers — ESPN, 7 p.m. Australian Rules Football Adelaide Crows vs. West Coast Eagles — FS1, 6 a.m. Geelong Cats vs. Melbourne Demons — FS2, 11:30 p.m. Bundesliga Bayern Munich vs. Werder Bremen — FS1, 2:30 p.m. Bundesliga Match Day — FS1, 2 p.m. CFL Winnipeg Blue...
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Warriors leaving KNBR after 32 years for FM station, flagship status

The Golden State Warriors have been on KNBR (680 AM) for more than a generation. But after 32 consecutive seasons (and 40 overall), the team is moving to a new radio home on the FM side of the dial. By moving to FM 95.7 The Game, the Warriors now have their own flagship station and will no longer have their broadcasts bumped to another station in favor of San Francisco Giants games...
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FS1 debuts promo for Skip and Shannon Undisputed, with Bayless arguing at movies

When Hollywood studios want to build anticipation and excitement for an upcoming blockbuster, creating a wave of positive buzz, they release a trailer online or give it a special TV spot, like Disney did for its next Star Wars movie, Rogue One, during prime time Olympics coverage a couple of weeks ago. Fox Sports 1 appears to be hoping for the same effect, releasing a trailer for...
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Will we see a woman calling NFL games anytime soon?

Over at SI.com, Richard Deitsch published a column Wednesday in which he spoke with women in sports broadcasting about the possibility of a woman calling NFL games on television in the near future. The tone of the quotes seemed to be guarded optimism, as the women interviewed pointed to slow progress they’ve observed in getting women on football broadcasts. The latest...
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Charissa Thompson tells absurd story about cutting Larry David’s hair

You know how some celebrities cultivate personas in front of the camera that seem totally different from how they are off-screen? Larry David is apparently not one of those celebrities. Speaking Wednesday night on Fox Sports Live with Jay and Dan, Fox’s Charissa Thompson talked about her friendship with the Seinfeld creator and Curb Your Enthusiasm star, specifically the time...
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Stan Verrett to replace John Saunders on ABC college football set

The death of John Saunders earlier this month was not only profoundly sad for everyone at ESPN, it also left several holes on the airwaves for the network to fill on short notice. On Thursday, ESPN announced that Stan Verrett will take Saunders’ spot on the ABC college football set. Saunders held the position since 1992. Here’s what Verrett said about his new gig, via an ESPN...
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Want to launch a new online sports property in 2016? Good luck with that

Let’s say you wanted to start a brand new sports blog network right now. You think ESPN is stale, Deadspin is dying, SB Nation is static, and Barstool Sports is whatever the hell Barstool Sports is. So you come up with some interesting site ideas, you package everything together, you launch your network and now you’re ready to start growing your audience and monetizing your properties...
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What does NBC need to change about their Summer Olympics coverage?

Seemingly everyone had a bone to pick with NBC’s Olympic coverage this year. While we could rehash all the various controversies and criticisms once again (you can view a few here, here, and here in case you really want a refresher) we’ve decided to be constructive today. We polled our staff and asked a simple question – what’s the one thing you would change about NBC’s...
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