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ESPN’s family of networks to air some 1,500 men’s college basketball games in 2014-15

Late last week, ESPN issued a comprehensive and extensive 7,558-word press release outlining each and every game of its 2014-15 college basketball schedule. To spare you from reading each and every word, we’ll do our best to summarize the whole thing. First, the ESPN Family of Networks will air some 1,500 games this season on a whole bunch of platforms including the linear ESPN...
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ESPN and Turner to share in NBA jersey ad revenue

When the new NBA media rights deal was announced, it was not a surprise that ESPN and Turner renewed their deals for billions of dollars. As we looked further into the details, we noted that much of the status quo would remain. ESPN/ABC would stay as the home of the Finals. Turner would still maintain NBA TV and its digital properties plus TNT would continue its weekly Thursday night...
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Your Lou Holtz Moments of Zen

Lou Holtz had quite the revealing performance on ESPN last night, even by his standards.  First there was this moment of brutal honesty… And then, I don’t know what you’d call this… Perhaps his brain was still trying to process what happened to his beloved Fighting Irish. [Vines via cjzero, ] The post Your Lou Holtz Moments of Zen appeared first on Awful Announcing.
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Inside the Numbers: Thursday Night Football vs. NLCS

When you look at the overall numbers, the New York Jets-New England Patriots game on CBS/NFL Network easily beat Game 5 of the National League Championship Series on Fox Sports 1. The combined rating of 10.1 for Thursday Night Football outpaced what Fox Sports 1 garnered, 3.1 for the NLCS series-clinching game. But as most of the 16.1 million viewers who watched TNF went to CBS ...
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Viewing Picks for October 19, 2014

All Times Eastern CFL Edmonton Eskimos at Saskatchewan Roughriders — ESPN3, 4 p.m. College Football Championship Drive: Who’s In? — ESPN, 8:30 p.m. College Soccer Men’s Maryland at Indiana — Big Ten Network, 1 p.m. Oregon State at UCLA — Pac-12 Networks, 8 p.m. Women’s Texas Tech at Texas Christian — Fox College Sports Central, 2 p.m. Eastern Washington at Northern...
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Brett Favre was a no-show for College GameDay

If you saw College GameDay this morning, you may have noticed Ken Griffey, Jr. was the guest prognosticator during the Saturday Selections segment. He was supposed to be joined by former Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets quarterback Brett Favre. Chris Fowler announced that Favre’s plane had mechanical problems and thus, he could not could not make it to GameDay’s...
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Five things fans get out of new TV deal

Ed Note: The following appears courtesy our friends at Crossover Chronicles, Bloguin’s main NBA hub and Philip Rossman-Reich. The NBA agreed to a new television deal which will nearly triple the television rights coming into the league starting with the 2017 season. Ostensibly, there are very few changes. Games will be on ESPN and TNT still. The nights will change very little too...
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Tales from the NBA Preseason: Stacey King has lost his mind

For as much strife as there is over the meaningless nature of the NFL preseason, it doesn’t hold a candle to the meaningless nature of the NBA preseason.  Heck, Gregg Popovich didn’t even bother to show up to coach a game! But don’t tell that to Bulls analyst Stacey King, who compared Jimmy Butler to Michael Jordan for a preseason buzzer beater.  Even by Stacey King’s high...
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Is MLB primed for a World Series ratings bonanza?

This MLB Postseason has brought some great ratings to TBS and Fox Sports 1. Turner had their most-watched Postseason since 2010, despite three sweeps. Fox Sports 1 continually set ratings records this fall. And now, we have a World Series featuring the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants, an intriguing, unique matchup. But “intriguing” and “unique” don’t exactly...
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Viewing Picks for October 18, 2014

All Times Eastern Boxing Fight Night, 2300 Arena, Philadelphia, PA Heavyweights Steve Cunningham vs. Natu Visinia — NBCSN, 9 p.m. World Championship Boxing, Stub Hub Center, Carson, CA World Middleweight Championship Bout Gennnady Golovkin vs. Marco Anthony Rubio — HBO, 10 p.m. CFL Montreal Alouettes at Toronto Argonauts — ESPN3, 4 p.m. Calgary Stampeders at Winnipeg Blue Bombers...
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Watch: Cavs' Tristan Thompson kisses sideline reporter

Last we checked in on Tristan Thompson, he was deciding if he should shoot jumpers with his right hand or left, a somewhat odd dilemma to be having at the NBA level. While he may have been indecisive on how to shoot, that indecisiveness seems to not carry over to his on camera persona where he basically just went for it by planting a smooch on sideline reporter Allie Clifton. As...
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Mike Francesa is ramping up the rhetoric vs Fox Sports 1

Mike Francesa may have been told to stop talking about his Fox Sports 1 simulcast problems, but it doesn’t mean that he won’t complain when given the opportunity. In a rare case of his show was actually airing on Fox Sports 1 on Thursday, Francesa discussed his situation with two callers who complained that they could not watch him every day. Of course, the Sports Pope agreed...
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Chris Webber is part of a group that wants to buy the Hawks

Chris Webber wants to follow in the footsteps of former ESPN broadcaster Magic Johnson and buy a chunk of a sports team. But unlike Johnson, Webber is sticking to basketball, and is reportedly targeting the Atlanta Hawks. He posted a note on Twitter Thursday morning about his ownership interests. pic.twitter.com/gQDnrpdngf — Chris Webber (@realchriswebber) October 16, 2014 The...
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MLB Postseason on TBS, MLB Network, NFL Network, Golf Channel and NBATV Ratings Buzz: October 6-12

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. TBS Postseason RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 MLB ALCS GAME 1: Kansas City at Baltimore Fri 8:00PM-12:55AM 295 3.6 5920 2 MLB ALCS GAME 2: Kansas City at Baltimore Sat 4:00PM- 8:32PM 272 2.6 4250 3 INSIDE THE MLB ...
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NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: October 6-12

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 NHL REGULAR SEASON: Philadelphia at Boston Wed 7:27PM-10:06PM 159 0.6 956 2 NHL REGULAR SEASON: San Jose at Los Angeles Wed 10:06PM- 1:14AM 188 0.3 446 3...
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ESPN Ratings Buzz: October 6-12

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 NFL REGULAR SEASON: Seattle at Washington Mon 8:15PM-11:41PM 206 8.2 13122 2 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME: Ole Miss at Texas A&M Sat 9:35PM-12:25AM 170 2.5 4089...
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Katie Nolan tries to out-chug Madison Bumgarner

Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner is getting a lot of attention for chugging multiple beers during San Francisco’s post-game clubhouse celebrations. On Thursday, he followed up his eight inning start by chugging (if you want to call it that) six beers, Stone Cold Steve Austin style. Fox’s Katie Nolan accurately pointed out that Bumgarner really wasn’t CHUGGING the beers as much...
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David Ortiz, Nick Swisher will work as World Series analysts for Fox

Every year, Fox drags a couple of active players into the World Series analyst fray. Last year, A.J. Pierzynski and Jimmy Rollins did some work for Fox, and did a pretty good job. This year, two new players will be working as analysts for Fox during the World Series – David Ortiz and Nick Swisher. Most of Fox’s press release was focused on Ortiz, a relative neophyte to the analyst...
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Jim Harbaugh gets the most airtime of anyone in the NFL

Ever wonder who the most popular players and coaches are for NFL broadcasts and who gets the most airtime?  Well, thanks to a new statistical study, now we finally have our answer. The Wall Street Journal has published a list of NFL coaches and quarterbacks ranked by their TV time – or how often a broadcast cuts to that individual on the sideline. San Francisco 49ers head coach...
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Travis Ishikawa’s homer gets the Bobby Thomson treatment

When Travis Ishikawa hit his walk off homer against the Cardinals on Thursday night, the first play that many fans thought of was Bobby Thomson’s pennant-winning homer in 1951 for the Giants. Joe Buck paid homage to Russ Hodges’ call of the play, and many thought Buck absolutely nailed it. MLB.com one-upped Buck, however – they took the audio of Hodges’ call and laid it...
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Arizona radio hosts almost come to blows on air

When you work with someone in close quarters for a long period of time, arguments are bound to happen.  Sometimes they may even spill over onto the airwaves.  This is probably the closest we’ve heard to two co-hosts actually dropping the gloves and settling it outside. Doug Franz and Ron Wolfey of the “Doug and Wolf Show” on 98.7 FM and Arizona had a heated debate about the...
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Kobe Bryant calls ESPN “a bunch of idiots” for his player ranking

ESPN’s NBA player rankings sure are stirring up a bit of controversy in the Association… which I suppose is exactly what they’re designed to do.  This is specifically true in Hollywood, where another Lakers player has voiced dissatisfaction with his rating.  But this isn’t just any player. It’s Kobe Bryant. Coming off some serious injuries that have seriously hampered...
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Beat reporter claims Colorado Rapids forced him out from MLS gig

The Colorado Rapids are winless in 12 consecutive matches. They are 14 points out of the last playoff spot in the Western Conference, stuck in seventh place, just ahead of a club (Chivas USA) that will go on hiatus at the end of this season. Clearly, they are not having a good year. Bad franchises can often compound things by simply rejecting any negative press coverage. It makes...
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Florida State fans might boycott College Gameday

With traditional powers Florida State and Notre Dame playing — both ranked in the top 10 of every college football poll — it makes sense that ESPN’s College Gameday would set up its stage in Tallahassee this weekend. But with more negative news surrounding frequently criticized FSU quarterback Jameis Winston, fans of the Seminoles are threatening to boycott Gameday by either...
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Viewing Picks for October 17, 2014

All Times Eastern CFL Ottawa Redblacks at Hamilton Tiger-Cats — ESPN2, 7 p.m. College Basketball ESPNU Midnight Madness — ESPNU, 6 p.m. BYU Boom Shakalaka — BYUtv, 8 p.m. ESPNU Midnight Madness — ESPNU, midnight College Field Hockey Boston College at Louisville — ACC Regional/Fox Sports Net, 3 p.m. Rutgers at Penn State — Big Ten Network, 3:30 p.m. College Football Fresno...
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