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ESPN is now sending out Cover Alerts to update you on your impulsive sports gambling

Remember when sports networks would do everything they could to avoid talking about point spreads and gambling?  Yea, we’re done with those days. We now live in a time when commissioners are penning open letters to fully legalize sports betting and something called “daily fantasy” is providing an avenue for people to do it anyways (and slowly taking over the world in the process...
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ESPN will air a 30 for 30 short on George W. Bush’s World Series first pitch

ESPN’s 30 for 30 series branched out into a series of shorts three years ago, telling stories that deserve to be told but may not have enough content to fill a full hour-long (well, 42 minute) 30 for 30. Many of the shorts throughout the years have featured quirky little stories you may not have thought too much about, like the Honus Wagner T-206 baseball card or a feature on the...
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Viewing Picks for September 5, 2015

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football Sydney Swans vs. Gold Coast Suns — Fox Soccer Plus, 5 a.m. Melbourne Demons vs. Greater Western Sydney Giants — Fox Soccer Plus, 11 p.m. College Football Viewing Picks College VolleyballWomen’s Wichita State at Texas A&M — SEC Network Plus, 1 p.m. Florida at Texas — Longhorn Network, 3 p.m. Colorado at Illinois ...
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Vice Sports launching new sports channel headlined by Carmelo Anthony

Vice Sports is providing another video outlet for athletes to tell their stories and share part of their off-the-field lives. The site has launched a new sports channel called The Clubhouse, in which sports stars will host their own video series, and DraftKings has signed on as a sponsor. As reported by the New York Times‘ Sydney Ember, Vice Media has signed Carmelo Anthony to...
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Fox will air a Bundesliga match on their broadcast network

The Bundesliga on Fox will be taken quite literally on September 13th. Fox will air that weekend’s Bayern Munich-Augsburg match, tape-delayed and not live, on their broadcast network either before or after the network’s NFL games depending on each viewer’s market. Soccer America talked with David Nathanson of Fox Sports about the strategy, which he compared to Fox’s strategy...
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ACC still deliberating conference network, but talks ongoing with ESPN

Despite the success that the Big Ten Network and SEC Network have both yielded for their respective conferences, the ACC is still exploring whether or not creating its own television network is in its best interests. According to the Associated Press, the conference and ESPN are in ongoing talks to figure out what makes the most financial sense for both sides. Is it more profitable...
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Fox Sports Kansas City struggled with a line score

During Thursday night’s Tigers-Royals game on Fox Sports Kansas City, the network had plenty of issues with the line score for the game after four innings. @keithlaw Courtesy @BringMeMyBacon, the Royals broadcast had some interesting chyron struggles this evening. pic.twitter.com/cezb8PkIQj — Daniel Kelley (@danieltkelley) September 4, 2015 Well….they got the score right...
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Sports and Entertainment Ratings Buzz: August 24-30

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. MLB Network Top 10 (and Select) Programs VIEWER RANK A18-49 RANK PROGRAM DAY START TIME END TIME VIEWERS (000) A18-49 (000) 1 2 PRIME BASEBALL GAME Fri 10:19 PM 1:19 AM 367 141    STL AT SF/CHC AT LAD 2 4 PRIME BASEBALL GAME Mon 7:00 PM...
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NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: August 24-30

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 VIEWER RANK A18-49 RANK PROGRAM DAY START TIME END TIME VIEWERS (000) A18-49 (000) 1 9 NASCAR XFINITY RACE (live) Sat 3:26 PM 5:49 PM 992 182    ROAD AMERICA 2 4 INDYCAR SERIES (live) Sun 5:00 PM 7:25 PM...
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ESPN Ratings Buzz: August 24-30

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 A18-49 RANK PROGRAM DAY START TIME END TIME VIEWERS (000) A18-49 (000) 1 1 NFL PRESEASON (live) Mon 8:00 PM 11:13 PM 4202 2026    CINCINNATI/TAMPA BAY 2 2 LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES (live) Thu...
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Fox Sports 1 beginning shift to new “FS1″ logo this week

Just about two years after the Versus Network transformed into NBC Sports Network, the peacock’s cable outlet rebranded to the acronym “NBCSN.”  It was a slow transitional period as graphics, talent, and network staffers began by interchanging “NBC Sports Network” and “NBCSN” before the “NBCSN” stamp became permanent at the Sochi Olympics. Now that we’re two...
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Jessica Mendoza will replace Curt Schilling on Sunday Night Baseball for the rest of the season

After ESPN doubled down and suspended polarizing analyst Curt Schilling for the rest of the 2015 MLB season, the next step was little more than a formality.  Former USA softball star and current ESPN analyst Jessica Mendoza filled in for Schilling when he was initially suspended last week and shined in the spotlight.  (Mendoza also got to call a no-hitter thrown by Jake Arrieta...
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Utah bans Fox Sports 1’s “Harbus” from campus before Thursday’s game vs. Michigan

Fox Sports 1’s “Harbus” may have been silly — a tour bus outfitted with the trademark khakis and sweatshirt of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh — but it represented a big deal for the network and its college football coverage. The bus was a giant marketing tool, driving across the country to promote Thursday’s broadcast of the Michigan-Utah game, which kicked off...
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Bloomberg lays off some sports employees, has others refocus on sports business

Bloomberg is largely moving away from sports as part of a “refocusing of resources,” but Awful Announcing has learned that they will still have some employees dedicated to sports coverage. Their remaining sports coverage will be focused on sports business stories, though. The company began targeted layoffs in various divisions this week, which total 55 according to Talking...
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Dan Patrick will make his return to SportsCenter as SVP’s special gust

Ever since Dan Patrick left ESPN in 2007, there’s always been wonderment whether a situation would ever arise that would lead the former SportsCenter anchor to return to Bristol airwaves.  Recent years have seen many former ESPNers welcomed back home with open arms like Michelle Beadle, Keith Olbermann, and Jason Whitlock.  But when it comes to former Bristolites coming back...
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Viewing Picks for September 4, 2015

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football Geelong Cats vs. Adelaide Crows — Fox Soccer Plus, 11 p.m. College Football Viewing Picks College SoccerMen’s Maryland vs. UCLA — Big Ten Network, 7 p.m. Women’s Oklahoma vs. Oral Roberts — Fox College Sports Pacific, 8 p.m. BYU vs. Utah– BYUtv, 9 p.m. College VolleyballWomen’sVERT Challenge, Gregory Gymnasium, University...
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ESPN looks to boost eSports coverage, but can it become the Worldwide Leader there?

Video game competitions, or “eSports,” have become increasingly popular in the last few years, and it looks like ESPN is starting to realize that. That’s clear from the announcement that they’re hiring an eSports editor, and not just a solitary figure but someone to ” oversee the daily production of all eSports content [and] work directly with writers (including many of...
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Curt Schilling suspended by ESPN for rest of MLB season

ESPN announced today that baseball analyst Curt Schilling has been suspended for the rest of their MLB coverage this season.  That suspension includes the rest of the regular season and ESPN’s broadcast of a Wild Card playoff game. Schilling was reportedly scheduled to return to the airwaves for Sunday Night Baseball this week after his tweeting of a Muslim-Nazi meme led...
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Big Ten Network ads feature coaches in a new light

The Big Ten Network decided to have some fun with the league’s coaches this year, featuring all of them in humorous 15-second ads, exclusively revealed by SB Nation: “The coaches, all day, they’re basically talking about Xs and Os,” Michael Peeples, director of creative services and marketing at the Big Ten Network, said.”So we really wanted to have some fun with them...
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Dan LeBatard’s radio show is moving to 10 a.m. Eastern, will be tape-delayed on Fusion/ESPNU

Dan LeBatard is taking Colin Cowherd’s old radio slot. The Dan LeBatard Show, which previously aired from 4-7 p.m. Eastern weekdays on ESPN Radio, will now air live from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern (with an early 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. hour airing only in Miami). The move had been in the works for a while, with the only apparent holdup a new deal for co-host Jon “Stugotz” Weiner...
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Your Week 1 College Football Announcing Schedule

Rejoice! College football is back! And so is the weekly announcing schedule!  Here’s all the games, dates, times, and most importantly – the announcers – for each game this weekend. Thursday, September 3 6 PM- North Carolina vs South Carolina (ESPN) Joe Tessitore, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack, Kaylee Hartung (Touchdown Radio) Taylor Zarzour, Gino Torretta 6 PM- FIU at UCF ...
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CBS has highest golf ratings since 2009

With CBS finished with golf until 2016, let’s take a look how the network did in the ratings. As the network aired 21 events this year, CBS saw its best ratings in six years. Including 19 PGA Tour events as well as The Masters and the PGA Championship, CBS averaged a 2.3 rating with a 6 share. That’s up 21% from last year when it averaged a 1.9/5 for 22 events. And those are...
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NFL games on mobile free to all Verizon customers

Just as AT&T is opening up DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket package to more consumers, Verizon is doing the same for its mobile subscribers. Sports Business Daily reports that Verizon will provide NFL games to all of its mobile subscribers instead of having it just for premium subscribers who were paying extra for certain services. Verizon’s mobile rights with the NFL allows for...
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Donald Trump calls Rick Reilly “a dishonest writer” in what may be his best media feud yet

If there are two things we know about Donald Trump, it’s that he will never back down from an argument and he will never, ever admit when he’s wrong. Trump’s usual ploy when it comes to the media is to berate them, belittle them and accuse them of being bad at their jobs. Enter Rick Reilly. The former Sports Illustrated scribe and ESPN talking head once wrote a golf book called...
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Colin Cowherd wears tie in Fox Sports debut

Colin Cowherd says special teams will be the difference in tomorrow's matchup between Michigan and Utah. https://t.co/szoA19H2E1 — FOX Sports 1 (@FOXSports1) September 3, 2015 While that’s a tongue-in-cheek headline, really, it’s the most noteworthy thing that happened in Colin Cowherd’s debut for Fox Sports.  Seriously.  He wore a tie.  WHOA! While there’s been much...
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