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Viewing Picks for August 1, 2015

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football Sydney Swans vs. Adelaide Crows — Fox Soccer Plus, 2:30 a.m. BaseballNational Baseball Youth Championships, 12U, Baseball Heaven, Yaphank, NY Quarterfinal — CBS Sports Network, 10 a.m. Quarterfinal — CBS Sports Network, 1 p.m. BasketballThe Basketball Tournament, Rose Hill Gymnasium, Fordham University, New York, NYSemifinals Ants...
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MLB Network apparently slaps temporary logo on wall behind Ken Rosenthal

Trade deadline is always a frenetic, tiring time for those who cover baseball and the networks devoted to the sport. Ken Rosenthal probably hasn’t gotten much sleep during the past week (maybe past two or three weeks) trying to work his sources for hot scoops on potential moves being made. MLB Network was also showing a little bit of fatigue on Friday as the clock approached the...
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Sports and Entertainment Ratings Buzz: July 20-26

Golf Central” (July 21-26) 67,000. MLB Network Top 10 (and Select) Programs RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 2015 HALL OF FAME INDUCTION Ceremonies (live) Sun 1:30PM- 5:11PM 221 0.3 448 2 SHOWCASE GAME: L.A. Dodgers at N.Y. Mets or Washington at Pittsburgh Thu 7:00PM- 9:42PM 162 0.3 402 3 PRIME BASEBALL GAME: Washington at Pittsburgh or L.A. Dodgers at N.Y. Mets Fri...
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BBC’s Peter Alliss says Christina Kim’s “built for comfort, not speed,” Kim responds

84-year-old BBC golf commentator Peter Alliss is at it again. Alliss managed to spark two different sexism controversies during the British Open, saying “perhaps he likes older women” after Irish amateur Paul Dunne hugged his mother and saying that Zach Johnson’s wife Kim Barclay was “probably thinking ‘if this goes in I get a new kitchen'” about his playoff-winning putt...
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NBCSN, Fox Sports and Gold Cup Ratings Buzz: July 20-26

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 NASCAR SPRINT CUP RACE: Indianapolis (live) Sun 3:48PM- 6:54PM 186 3.0 4701 2 NASCAR SPRINT CUP START: Indianapolis (live) Sun 3:17PM- 3:48PM 31 2.1 3187 3 NASCAR...
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Variety says Josh Elliott’s in talks to return to ABC, Elliott and ABC deny it

When Josh Elliott left ABC and “Good Morning America” for NBC in March 2014, it seemed like a move that could have substantial repercussions, with Elliott tabbed by many as the successor to either Bob Costas or Matt Lauer. That hasn’t happened, though, with Elliott himself saying last May that his contract is only with NBC Sports (why he hasn’t appeared on NBC’s “Today”...
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ESPN Ratings Buzz: July 20-26

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 GOLF: OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP: Final Round (live) Mon 8:00AM- 3:41PM 461 2.4 3361 2 MLB SUNDAY NIGHT: Detroit at Boston Sun 8:00PM-11:26PM 206 1.2 1733 3 SPORTSCENTER AFTERNOON...
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First Downs in Canada are so weird you guys…

@CFL has a new progressive first down line. That or the yellow line is drunk. @awfulannouncing @Deadspin pic.twitter.com/UQ9t8GKktg — Jon Horton (@IAmJonHorton) July 31, 2015 Canadian football has a lot of unique qualities its American cousin doesn’t – extra guys on the field, forward motion, 3 downs, huge endzones, extra yards, and most importantly, rouges.  But according...
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Chris Berman to call the Monday Night Football doubleheader game again

For the third straight year, Chris Berman will call the second game of the Monday Night Football opening week doubleheader, the Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, CA. Berman’s partner will once again be Trent Dilfer who will be in his fourth year as analyst on the opening week MNF doubleheader. Lindsay Czarniak will be on the sidelines for the game. Of course...
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The Neil and Stan late night show will continue on ESPN

It’s hard to believe that it’s been six years since ESPN launched is West Coast SportsCenter with Neil Everett and Stan Verrett. It’s true. The late night SportsCenters live from Los Angeles began in 2009 and have continued through to this day. And ESPN will ensure the Neil and Stan show will continue for a while to come as both men have signed multi-year contracts to remain...
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Let’s see how ESPN played games with breaking the Russell Wilson contract news

Let’s follow along on the timeline of yet another weird example of ESPN’s nefarious and nebulous sourcing policy.  In this edition, ESPN tries to break news on Russell Wilson’s contract that was already broken elsewhere and then tries to take credit for it… 1) 9:44 AM – Peter King breaks the news of Russell Wilson’s new contract Russell Wilson and the Seahawks have...
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MLS All-Star Game takes a big hit on Fox Sports 1

Here’s more evidence that the notion of any “bumps” from one very successful highly-watched event creating a higher audience for a less-watched event is just a myth. The Summer of Soccer on Fox Sports 1 and the momentum from the USA’s victory in the Women’s World Cup didn’t help the MLS All-Star Game on Wednesday night.  The game registered only 548,000 viewers on Fox...
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Has WWE Network finally made it to safety?

WWE released their latest subscriber count and the news is something of an encouraging sign for the company.  Even though the subscriber count is down from peak WrestleMania season, WWE Network still boasts over 1 million subscribers, long described as the break even point for the network’s success. Even better for WWE?  They’re celebrating the biggest quarter in the history...
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Mortensen skips Boston radio interiew for false PSI report

In his press conference after Tom Brady’s 4 game suspension was upheld, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft spit hot fire at the NFL, Roger Goodell, and basically anyone involved in the DeflateGate saga.  Although he wasn’t mentioned by name, one of those targets was ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.  Kraft called out Mort for a hugely important initial DeflateGate report that...
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NBCSN Is Getting into Reality TV Game with MobSteel, A Paint-By-Numbers Car Show

Heavy metal music, a car peeling out, fire-breathing hot rods and smoke on top of smoke on top of smoke. That’s how the first episode of Mobsteel—debuting on NBCSN August 16th at 6pm ET—starts up. And then it stalls. The first line of the show, before we even meet the cast of characters that make up the Mobsteel crew, is “that’s what horsepower smells like, boys.” Yes...
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Viewing Picks for July 31, 2015

All Times Eastern Arena Football Arizona Rattlers at San Jose SaberCats — CBS Sports Network, 10:30 p.m. Australian Rules Football Hawthorn Hawks vs. Richmond Tigers — Fox Soccer Plus, 11:30 p.m. Collingwood Magpies vs. Melbourne Demons — Fox Sports 2, midnight Baseball12U National Youth Baseball Championships, Baseball Heaven, Yaphank, NYPool Play Game 1 — CBS Sports Network...
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Crying shame: Lack of originality among Wednesday’s NY tabloids

OK, we were all thinking it Wednesday night when news of the Mets’ failed trade with the Brewers involving Carlos Gomez broke. Among the players going from New York to Milwaukee was infielder Wilmer Flores. Curiously, Flores wasn’t taken out of the game despite the trade being widely reported. That led to Flores hearing about the trade from others and being given a goodbye ovation by...
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ESPN Radio announces three teams to fill Colin Cowherd’s former slot in August

ESPN Radio has a hole in its daily weekday lineup with Colin Cowherd moving on to new endeavors (widely reported to be Fox Sports). Even though he was pushed out the door earlier than planned after making controversial remarks on the air, Cowherd’s tenure with ESPN was set to end on July 31 anyway, which gave the network a gap to fill during August. Here is how ESPN Radio intends...
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How it looks to ride American Pharoah

It was a great story when American Pharoah became the first Triple Crown winner since Seattle Slew in 1978. But while it was a great story, most of us don’t know what it’s like to ride the horse. That is until now. Thanks to the magic of a GoPro camera, we now have that perspective. Here’s a great video that shows what it’s like to ride American Pharoah at the Del Mar Race...
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Cardinals ink billion dollar TV deal from Fox Sports Midwest

The latest team to cash in on MLB’s local rights boom is the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals inked a 15-year deal with Fox Sports Midwest on Thursday that will add over $1 billion to the team’s coffers over the life of the deal. The contract will start in 2018, and the Cardinals’ rights fees will jump to to $50-55 million in the first year of the deal from $30-35 million...
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Stephen A. Smith lashes out at those who doubted his Tom Brady report

Stephen A. Smith has strong words for those who doubted his report that Tom Brady destroyed his cell phone and as a result, the NFL would uphold the Patriots quarterback’s four-game suspension for his role in the “DeflateGate” scandal. Smith’s breaking news was validated when the NFL did indeed announce that Brady’s suspension was being upheld, along with commissioner Roger...
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Hulk Hogan accuses Gawker of leaking racist rant in new court documents filed

Hulk Hogan is currently embroiled in a feud with Gawker Media that threatens to have far more serious repercussions than any dispute the wrestler had with Rowdy Roddy Piper or Andre the Giant during his celebrated career. Hogan (whose real name is Terry Bollea) had already leveled a $100 million lawsuit against Gawker for publishing clips of a 2012 sex tape he made with the wife...
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Fox’s Bundesliga schedule isn’t as bad as feared

Last week, we were afraid of what Fox’s presentation of the Bundesliga would look like. They had the opportunity to capitalize on what they called the “summer of soccer“, and it didn’t look like they would with their new Bundesliga rights, relegating matches to Fox Sports 2 and Fox Soccer Plus. Thankfully, those fears were eased a bit on Thursday when Fox began to reveal...
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2015 Tour de France is most-watched on NBCSN since 2010

Cycling is a sport that’s suffered hits due to Lance Armstrong and doping. But with a scandal-free season going into this year’s Tour de France, NBCSN saw its numbers rise for the month-long event that concluded last weekend. Sports Media Watch notes that the 2015 Tour saw its best viewership in five years dating  back to Lance Armstrong’s last time in the event. Throughout...
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Beth Mowins will call Oakland Raiders preseason games

This piece of news broke last night. ESPN’s Beth Mowins will become the second woman to call NFL play-by-play next month. Steve Corkran of RaiderBeat.com tweeted that Mowins will join Tim Brown and Matt Millen in the broadcast booth to call the games that will be produced in-house by the Riaders: .@bethmowins will handle play-by-play duties for #Raiders exhibition games. Former...
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