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Pro Football Hall of Fame voter Gary Myers explains why T.O. isn’t in the HOF

Former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens remains the lightning rod even after his playing days. Whether he’s Hall of Fame-worthy is totally up to the individual. During Super Bowl Week, the writers eligible to vote on the Hall of Fame took up T.O.’s candidacy and decided not to vote him in. Cris Carter was voted into the HOF instead and that set off T.O. on Monday during a fiery...
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Chicago Blackhawks to air their first game in Spanish

The Chicago Blackhawks have announced their first foray into Spanish-language broadcasting. Their first game in Spanish will be broadcast on Univision America (WRTO-AM). It will take place on March 6 when the Blackhawks host the Detroit Red Wings. Scheduled to call the game are Hector Lozano and Omar Ramos. They’ll not only do the play-by-play and analysis, but also conduct player...
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ESPN signs Kate Fagan to a multiyear extension; adds ESPN Radio show to her portfolio

Since joining ESPN in 2012, Kate Fagan has appeared on several shows on the Family of Networks, but her main focus has been espnW where she’s written several stories. There have been times when she has been tapped for appearances on Outside the Lines, Around the Horn, First Take, His & Hers and other shows. She recently began co-hosting the weekly ESPN Radio show “The Trifecta...
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SHOCKING NEWS: Bob Costas will host the Olympics in primetime this year

Hopefully you’re sitting down for this stunning piece of news that surely will rock all of sports media, no… the world.  Young upstart Bob Costas will host this year’s Olympics in primetime… again. NBC confirmed the news that really didn’t need any confirmation because we all knew/assumed it was happening anyways.  But, Costas will host his seventh Summer Olympiad in...
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Does a drop in Super Bowl viewership indicate the NFL has peaked on TV?

For only the second time in 11 years, viewership numbers for the Super Bowl dropped in 2016. Not a lot, but even the 2.1 percent decline from Super Bowl 49 to Super Bowl 50 is enough to cause some to wonder if America’s most famous and popular sporting event has finally peaked when it comes to TV viewership. That’s not necessarily the case, as it’s possible this was a bit of...
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The Simpsons star in Daytona 500 ad mocking Daytona 500 ads

The Daytona 500 will be on FOX in a couple weeks, and to get everyone excited, the network has created an ad that mocks ads by advertising all the ads you’ll see at Daytona. Oh and it stars the Simpsons. “When you’re watching the action at Daytona, you’ll see cars with ads on them, driven by drivers with ads on them. And in between… ads.” The target audience of this...
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Viewing Picks for February 11, 2016

All Times Eastern BaseballWorld Baseball Classic Qualifier1st Round, Blacktown International Sportspark, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Australia vs. Philippines — MLB Network, 3:30 a.m. College BasketballMen’s St. Francis (PA) at Robert Morris — ESPNU, 5 p.m. North Texas at Old Dominion — American Sports Network, 7 p.m. Eastern Kentucky at Morehead State — CBS Sports...
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George Karl’s agent wants Kings’ analyst Bobby Jackson punished for calling for coaching change

Given that local radio and TV analysts are often employed by the teams they cover and always spend plenty of time around them, it’s not surprising when they’re not willing to call for heads to roll. It is surprising when they do, as Sacramento Kings’ analyst Bobby Jackson did last week; his co-host mentioned that embattled Kings’ head coach George Karl was hired after last...
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Baseball writer Tom Singer passes away at 67

Longtime MLB writer Tom Singer passed away this week at the age of 67. The sad news was announced on Wednesday, and Singer’s many friends, colleagues and readers expressed their condolences. Moment of silence. Lost a great one today. Tom Singer was a special person, top-notch reporter/writer, and someone I considered a friend. — Tracy Ringolsby (@TracyRingolsby) February 10...
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ESPN didn’t invite Shaun White to X Games thanks to disparaging comments

The X Games are in an odd situation, as they’re one of the highest-profile competitions for many of their included sports, but are owned and run by a sports media company in ESPN rather than the international sports federations that run the world championships and Olympics. That has the potential for some conflicts of interest, and one appears to have shown up this year; Sports...
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Disney stock takes hit despite “greatest single quarter in history” thanks to ESPN

The Worldwide Leader In Sports also appears to currently be the worldwide leader in hurting its parent corporation’s stock prices. Disney had what CEO Bob Iger called the company’s “greatest single quarter in history” during an earnings conference call Tuesday, thanks to the success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but its stock still was down about 3 per cent in trading...
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Fox has reportedly lowered their rights offer to the Clippers

At the end of August, Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer rejected an offer of $60 million per season for the team’s TV rights from Fox Sports Prime Ticket. The prevailing sentiment at the time was that Ballmer and the Clippers would keep the rights in-house and start and over the top service. That hasn’t happened yet, and the Clippers also don’t have a new TV deal with...
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Yahoo, Verizon, AT&T hunting Thursday Night Football streaming rights

While the new Thursday Night Football package will be split between CBS and NBC on television, the streaming rights for the games weren’t included in the new contracts with those established outlets. The NFL is instead opting to sell those rights separately, and plenty of non-traditional outlets are involved. According to Bloomberg, the top contenders to win the rights are Yahoo...
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Craig Sager: From the brink of death to the NBA All-Star Game

Less than a year ago, things were looking bleak for Turner Sports NBA reporter Craig Sager. While he was at a CBS seminar in New York, just days before he was set to travel to Omaha to cover the NCAA Tournament, Sager’s doctor recommended he not travel to the tournament after taking a bone marrow biopsy. The biopsy revealed that Sager’s leukemia had returned, mere days after...
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FS1 to air the FIFA Presidential Election

While FS1 has been in flux with its studio programming, its live sports coverage remains intact. Fox has announced that the network will have extensive coverage of the FIFA Presidential Election on February 26. Overall, FS1 will air over six hours of coverage on that day beginning at 3 a.m. ET. Rob Stone will host the coverage with Alexi Lalas and contributor Mark Young in the studio...
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Daily Show takes on Fox News’ criticism of Beyonce halftime performance

It seems as though we’ll remember Super Bowl 50 for it’s controversies more than we’ll remember the actual game itself. Cam Newton’s actions in the post-game press conference are all anyone wants to talk about in the days since. Except maybe Fox News, who wanted to make sure that some of that righteous indignation was being saved for Beyonce and her halftime performance...
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Viewing Picks for February 10, 2016

All Times Eastern College BasketballMen’s Tulane at East Carolina — ESPNews, 6:15 p.m. Butler at Seton Hall — FS1, 6:30 p.m. Wake Forest at Georgia Tech — ACC Regional/Fox Sports Net, 7 p.m. Lehigh at Bucknell — American Sports Network, 7 p.m. Nebraska at Wisconsin — Big Ten Network, 7 p.m. American at Boston University — Campus Insiders, 7 p.m. Lafayette at Holy Cross...
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VIDEO: This may be the best Gregg Popovich interview yet

Gregg Popovich interviews are always a fascinating study in human psychology and tonight was no different.  Pop treated David Aldridge to his A+ sarcasm tonight by breaking down the first quarter in fantastic detail. Aldridge: Pop, your impressions of the first quarter… Pop: We’re behind and they’re ahead. Aldridge: Why is that? Pop: They scored more than we did and we were...
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Fox marks down DraftKings investment by 60 percent, as company’s value drops $95 million

As impressive as the explosive growth of daily fantasy sports was six months ago, the plummet of the industry could be equally remarkable. Data leaks called the integrity of the games into question and invited intense scrutiny, notably from state governments (notably in New York and Massachusetts) and federal investigators asserting that DFS was a form of gambling and should be banned...
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ESPN’s exclusive relationship with DraftKings is over

ESPN’s exclusive relationship with daily fantasy sports giant DraftKings is over reports Daniel Roberts of Yahoo! Finance. The original advertising deal (reached on the heels of ESPN backing away from investing in Draftkings) – was announced last June came at the industry’s high point before the ground beneath them started cracking. The deal allowed DraftKings to become...
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Your NBA Announcing Schedule for 2/9 – 2/14

Tuesday, February 9 San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat (TNT 8 pm) Marv Albert, Reggie Miller, Chris Webber & David Aldridge Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors (TNT 10:30 pm) Kevin Harlan, Jon Barry, Rosalyn Gold-Onwude Wednesday, February 10 Los Angeles Lakers at Cleveland Cavaliers (ESPN 8 pm) TBA Houston Rockets at Portland Trail Blazers (ESPN 10:30 pm) TBA Thursday, February...
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ESPN’s 30 for 30 Shorts return with five new documentaries

ESPN’s 30 for 30 Shorts documentary series, an offshoot of their wildly-popular 30 for 30 series, returns with a new slate of five short films. One new documentary will debut every Tuesday at 10 a.m. ET for the next five weeks starting today. Docs will then re-air later in the week on Friday Night Movie Night, during the 6 p.m. ET hour of SportsCenter. Previous 30 for 30...
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Your NHL Announcing Schedule for 2/9 – 2/14

Tuesday, February 9 Dallas Stars at Minnesota Wild (NBCSN 8 pm)​ ​D​ave Strader, Brian Boucher Wednesday, February 10 New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins (NBCSN 8 pm) ​Kenny Albert​, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire Friday, February 12 Los Angeles Kings at New York Rangers (NHLN 7 pm) Local Broadcast Saturday, February 13 Anaheim Ducks at Chicago Blackhawks (NHLN 8:30...
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Cleveland, San Antonio, Golden State lead rise in NBA local ratings despite major market struggles

The Golden State Warriors’ incredible dominance this season has helped to boost national NBA packages on TNT, ABC and ESPN, and NBA TV, and they’re also finding a huge amount of success with their regional broadcasts. Sports Business Journal‘s John Ourand and John Lombardo report that the Warriors have more than doubled their average rating this season, and that’s helped...
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Clemson radio host think women should stick to announcing women’s games

Meet Mickey Plyler, host of The Mickey Plyler Show (obviously) on 105.5 The ROAR in Clemson, S.C. During Plyler’s program on Tuesday, the topic of female sports announcers was broached and you can probably already tell that things went downhill in a hurry. "Women should call women's games, men should call men's games" — @Mickeyplyler on basketball coverage @1055TheROAR ...
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