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San Francisco Chronicle sportswriter Ann Killion on Jameis Winston: “Beat the rapist”

There have been some hard feelings aimed at Jameis Winston and the Florida State football program all season long.  But few sportswriters made those feelings known in such a way as Ann Killion of the San Francisco Chronicle did on Saturday.  During FSU’s game with Boston College, she had this tweet (since deleted) imploring the Eagles to “beat the rapist”… @bkoo pic.twitter...
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Which advertisers are buying the Super Bowl XLIX?

Earlier this month, we told you that NBC was having some trouble selling its last available ads for Super Bowl XLIX in February 2015. While some traditional advertisers are back, we do have some first-time buyers. Now the $4.5 million per 30 second spot may be formidable for some marketers, but for those trying to establish a brand, it’s the best possible audience as it’s the...
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Fox Sports 1 to air the FIFA Women’s World Cup Draw next month

Fox is making a big deal out of next month’s FIFA Women’s World Cup Draw. Promoting it as “the first time since 1999 that the Official Draw of FIFA Women’s World Cup™ is being televised in English in the United States,” Fox is pulling out all the stops for the draw which will take place at the hallowed Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa. When the draw airs on Fox Sports...
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The NFL’s female viewership is actually up in 2014

Remember how all of the NFL’s offseason chaos was going to hurt its popularity among female viewers? Yeah…about that. There hasn’t been any sort of drop in female viewership through ten weeks of the 2014 NFL season. In fact, female viewership is actually *up* across the board. The Sports Business Journal has all of the data, and it’s illuminating. In 2014, the NFL is averaging...
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Viewing Picks for November 23, 2014

All Times Eastern CFL Grey Cup PlayoffsEastern Final, Tim Hortons Field, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada Montreal Alouettes at Hamilton Tiger-Cats — ESPN, 1 p.m. Western Final, McMahon Stadium, Calgary, Alberta, Canada Edmonton Eskimos at Calgary Stampeders — ESPN3, 4:30 p.m. College Basketball Viewing Picks College Football ESPNU Selection Specials: NCAA FCS Football Championship...
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Digger Phelps “unretires” and joins Campus Insiders

Last season, ESPN bade farewell to long-time college basketball analyst Digger Phelps. Often in the studio and a part of the hoops version of College Gameday, Phelps was cast in the Lee Corso role, but without having to make headgear picks. After the NCAA Final Four in April, Phelps announced he was “retiring” after 20 years at ESPN, but some felt that it was the Worldwide Leader’s...
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Sager makes first appearance since leukemia diagnosis

We haven’t seen Turner Sports’ Craig Sager since he was diagnosed with leukemia back in April. He’s been recovering and laying low. His son, Craig, Jr. has made appearances on TNT especially this memorable one with Craig Sr.’s nemesis, San Antonio Spurs coach Greg Popovich. Well, we got our first glimpse of Craig, Sr. on Friday as he introduced truTV’s coverage of the...
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College GameDay has already decided their next stop will be Auburn-Alabama

Even before this Saturday’s games were played, ESPN’s Brett McMurphy revealed that College GameDay will be heading to the Iron Bowl next Saturday.  It’s the third time in four years that GameDay will be making the trip to the Auburn-Alabama game. .@CollegeGameDay headed to Auburn at Alabama next week — Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) November 21, 2014 It makes sense...
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Video – Chicago radio hosts find out they’re fired on air

Yesterday we told you about the Chicago radio hosts who found out their station was shutting down while on the air.  Now, video has surfaced from the studio of Ben Finfer and Alex Quigley on 87.7 The Game in Chicago and the moment they found out they were losing their jobs. It’s incomprehensible that the station allowed their hosts to find out in such a way, but you have to...
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Dish Network will be dropping every Comcast RSN

If you’re a sports fan that has Dish Network, I have one question for you – why? Dish has been involved in carriage disputes left and right with various national and regional sports networks, and they’ve fired another massive shot at RSNs this week. Dish won’t be carrying *any* Comcast RSNs in the future, according to a statement from Comcast. John Ourand of the Sports Business...
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Viewing Picks for November 22, 2014

All Times Eastern BoxingWBO World Welterweight Championship, Cotai Arena at the Venetian Macau, Macau, Communist China Manny Pacquaio vs. Chris Algieri — Pay per view, 9 p.m. College Basketball Viewing Picks College Diving Texas Diving Invitational — Longhorn Network, 11 a.m. College Football Viewing Picks College VolleyballWomen’s Kansas at Texas — Longhorn Network, 7 p...
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ESPN reportedly suspends Keith Law for Twitter argument with Curt Schilling

ESPN has reportedly suspended MLB writer Keith Law from Twitter after a contentious argument about evolution with fellow ESPNer Curt Schilling last week. Deadspin initially reported the suspension earlier on Friday evening, and many that read the details felt that his suspension was ridiculous. Law’s Twitter ban apparently began on Wednesday, and will continue through the weekend...
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Phil Simms blasts critics of Thursday Night Football

The cries about Thursday Night Football’s poor quality of play amidst a historic stretch of blowouts have subsided for the moment.  But that didn’t stop Phil Simms from expressing how ticked off he was at critics of the franchise in a Thursday afternoon appearance on “The Drive” with Danny Parkins & Carrington Harrison on 610 Sports Radio in Kansas City. Simms specifically...
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Allie LaForce continues her remarkable journey in first season with the SEC on CBS

CBS host and reporter Allie LaForce is 25 years old and her resume is better than yours. The Ohio University journalism school graduate was valedictorian of her high school, played basketball in high school and college, and was Miss Teen USA in 2005. LaForce joined CBS in 2012 to co-host the nightly show “Lead Off” with Doug Gottlieb on the CBS Sports Network. With CBS’s acquisition...
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NFL Network, NBA on TNT, NBA TV, Golf Channel and MLB Network Ratings Buzz: November 10-16

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. NFL Network Top 10 (and Select) Programs RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: 2014 WK 11 – BUF VS. MIA Thu 8:27PM-11:24PM 177 4.8 7791 2 TNF PRE-KICK Thu 8:00PM- 8:27PM 27 2.0 3333 3 TNF POST-GAME Thu 11:29PM...
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NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: November 10-16

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 MLS PLAYOFF-SEMFINALS: Dallas at Seattle Mon 10:30PM- 1:00AM 150 0.2 386 2 NHL REGULAR SEASON: Boston at Toronto Wed 8:02PM-10:35PM 153 0.2 303 3 NHL REGULAR SEASON...
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ESPN Ratings Buzz: November 10-16

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 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Carolina at Philadelphia Mon 8:15PM-11:43PM 208 7.2 11305 2 NASCAR SPRINT CUP: Homestead (Nov.) Sun 3:00PM- 6:50PM 230 3.1 5223 3 COLLEGE FOOTBALL...
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Bob Costas on commentary criticism: “it’s ***********

Bob Costas stopped by the Dan Patrick Show on Friday, and discussed a wide variety of topics. One of the topics was his potentially controversial commentaries during Sunday Night Football, and how they sometimes move into the political spectrum. Costas responded to his critics that claim that he “constantly” uses the commentaries for political reasons in a very strong way. ...
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DirecTV Sunday Ticket will air Jets-Bills on Monday

Good news, out of market Jets and Bills fans with DirecTV and NFL Sunday Ticket – you’ll be able to watch the game on Monday night. Great News! NFL will allow Jets-Bills to air via Sunday Ticket live Monday Night 7 ET. If you're in New York/buffalo area, check CBS. — DIRECTV (@DIRECTV) November 21, 2014   There was initially a question as to whether or not the...
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This Saturday’s college football schedule is one of the worst in recent memory

Western Carolina, Colorado, Vanderbilt, Indiana, Arkansas, Charleston Southern, Washington State, Samford. Is this Saturday’s slate of college football games historically bad? We’ll see if upsets occur, but on paper, this is a conspicuously weak Saturday schedule at this point in the season with those opponents matched up against Top 15 teams. There are three matchups between...
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Chicago sports radio hosts learn they’re fired while on the air

Imagine working away at your desk, opening Twitter and suddenly seeing breaking news that you’ve been fired. That’s what happened to Chicago sports radio hosts Alex Quigley and Ben Finfer. While hosting “Quigs and Finfer” on 87.7 The Game on Thursday afternoon, Quigley scrolled down his Twitter timeline and noticed this tweet from local media critic Robert Feder. Breaking...
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Australian reporter gets hammered by skateboard

Let this be a reminder to all news reporters out there – don’t turn your back on a freestyle skateboarder on live television.  Because this looks painful.  Very painful. (H/T Hot Clicks) The post Australian reporter gets hammered by skateboard appeared first on Awful Announcing.
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Anthony Davis and Pelicans are going to see more TV time

The NBA season isn’t even a month old, but already the association’s television partners are putting some flex scheduling into action.  ESPN announced that the network was swapping out a scheduled Knicks-Spurs game scheduled for December 10th and replacing it with Pelicans-Mavericks. In years past, flexing into Pelicans games would be inconceivable (partly because Pelicans...
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Viewing Picks for November 21, 2014

All Times Eastern BoxingHard Knocks at the Hard Rock, Hard Rock Casino, Tulsa, OKWelterweights Felix Diaz vs. Adrian Granados — beIN Sports, 9 p.m. College BasketballMen’s2K Classic, Madison Square Garden, New York, NY3rd Place Game Iowa vs. Syracuse — ESPN2, 5 p.m. Championship Game Texas vs. Cal — ESPN2, 7:30 p.m. Battle 4 Atlantis Louisiana-Monroe at Florida — SEC Network...
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AA Podcast #103 – Dave Pasch

In this week’s podcast we talk with one of the busiest announcers in sports – ESPN’s Dave Pasch. We catch up with Dave in Houston in the middle of a four game stretch this week spanning the NBA, NFL, college football, and college basketball. We chat about the Arizona Cardinals being the best team in football and of course, his long, strange, trip with Bill Walton. Topics include…...
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