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Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen once looked like a young Bill Walton

It’s late in the 2016 Major League Baseball season and that means after well over 100 nights of working together, broadcasts can get just a little bit more light-hearted and slap-happy.  That appears to be what happened last night as the Mets gave all the meme lovers out there a wonderful gift in unearthing a college picture of their play by play announcer Gary Cohen.  He looks...
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Former Gawker & Deadspin editor A.J. Daulerio’s redemption tour has begun

Much have been made and written of the demise of Gawker Media and while most of it focuses on the cross-section of money and journalism or what might become of former owner Nick Denton, there’s one figure at the center of the whole story who might be simultaneously ruined and saved all at once: A.J. Daulerio. Daulerio, for those who haven’t been paying attention, is the former...
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Should I Listen To This? – NPR’s Only a Game

Welcome to Should I Listen To This?, where we deep-dive into a podcast to find out what it’s about, what works, what doesn’t, and whether or not you need to make the all-important decision to hit subscribe and add it to your rotation. Know a podcast you’d like us to consider? Send an e-mail and we’ll add it to the audio pile. Podcast: Only a Game Network: NPR ...
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Three straight Asian Olympics will force changes in NBC’s coverage

Now that the Olympic flame has been extinguished in Rio, it’s time to look back on NBC’s coverage of a property that is so important to not only their sports plans, but plans in general. Based on the pre-Games hype, there was reason to believe this Olympiad had the chance to be the best rated ever, thanks to major stars, the time zone, and momentum from London. The...
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Fox’s “Speak For Yourself” to move to 5 p.m. Eastern as of Sept. 5

Much-maligned and low-rated Fox Sports 1 debate show Speak For Yourself is getting a new timeslot. The Colin Cowherd and Jason Whitlock debate-fest (with Jason McIntyre as the third man in) is moving from its current 6 p.m. Eastern timeslot to 5 p.m. Eastern as of September 5, as Whitlock announced on the show Tuesday: “America, we know you don’t like to wait, and soon you...
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Viewing Picks for August 24, 2016

All Times Eastern College Football College Football Live — ESPN2, 1:30 p.m. ESPNU Heisman Film Room — ESPNU, 6 p.m. Inside College Football: Watch Lists — CBS Sports Network, 7 p.m. 2016 Pac-12 College Footbaall Preview — ESPNU, 7 p.m. 2016 College Football Preview — ESPNU, 8 p.m. The Herbies Preseason Special — ESPN2, 8:30 p.m. Being Bret Bielema: Farm to Football —...
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NBC blames “millennials” for Olympic ratings, CBC records best Summer Games ever

The story of this year’s Olympic ratings in general and Olympic primetime ratings in particular drastically changes depending on what part of North America you’re looking at. In the U.S., despite NBC’s claims that the Rio Olympics were “the most successful media event in history,” primetime ratings on the main NBC channel dropped by 17 per cent overall and 25 per cent in...
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Chance The Rapper will not be at ESPN forum on athletes and violence

It looks like Chance The Rapper now isn’t going to be involved with ESPN’s upcoming town hall forum Thursday on athletes, violence and responsibility, or the subsequent special edition of First Take on Friday. Both events take place in Chance’s home city of Chicago, and ESPN’s initial release said he would be a special guest on First Take Friday. Other outlets then started...
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Your MLB announcing schedule for 8/23-28

Tuesday, August 23 Washington Nationals at Baltimore Orioles (MLBN, 7 pm) Matt Vasgersian, Jim Kaat, & Ken Rosenthal [alt: Royals at Marlins] New York Yankees at Seattle Mariners (ESPN, 10 pm) Jon Sciambi, Rick Sutcliffe, Doug Glanville; Guest: Ken Griffey Jr. Wednesday, August 24 Cleveland Indians at Oakland Athletics (MLBN, 3:30 pm) Local Broadcast San Francisco Giants at Los...
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MLB postseason schedule offers conflicts with debates and NFL

It may be August, but Major League Baseball has released the 2016 postseason schedule. It begins on October 4th and 5th with the Wild Card Games and if the World Series goes the full seven games, it will end on Wedneday, November 2. Like last year, the World Series avoids M0nday and Thursday Night Football. It would begin on Tuesday, October 25 with a potential Game 5 on Sunday...
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NFL on CBS teams mostly unchanged; Carter Blackburn & Brad Nessler call selected games

The latest The 2016 local MLB TV announcer rankings WATCH: John Oliver skewers Ryan Lochte on Last Week Tonight Report: Al Michaels, not Mike Tirico, will call Thursday Night Football for NBC The good, bad and ugly of the 2nd week of NBC's Olympic coverage ...
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The NFL blocking Mike Tirico from calling TNF is micromanagement at its worst

Let’s consider a thought experiment. You are one of the most respected and most accomplished individuals working today in your industry.  Over a period of 25 years, you’ve handled every assignment tossed your way and rose all the way to the top of your company in your position.  And by the way, that company is widely considered the “worldwide leader” in its industry and...
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BAMTech expands into college sports with investment in Silver Chalice Ventures

After building its portfolio in partnerships with ESPN, the NHL and PGA Tour, in addition to powering streaming content for HBO Now, The Blaze, and WWE Network, MLB Advanced Media’s BAMTech is expanding its digital footprint into college sports. As reported by Bloomberg’s Scott Soshnick, BAM Tech has made an investment in Silver Chalice Ventures, whose digital content is largely...
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AA Q+A: Michael La Guardia on Yahoo daily fantasy and the new Yahoo Cup

Last April, Yahoo announced that they were going to launch their own daily fantasy games, which they rolled out last July. There have been plenty of ups and downs for daily fantasy since then, with regulatory wins (such as the passage of a bill in New York this week to permit daily fantasy in the state again) and losses, but Yahoo seems to be still very invested in daily fantasy...
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White Philly radio producer poses as black caller “Dwayne from Swedesboro”

Philadelphia sports radio station 97.5 The Fanatic has provided us with one of the most unusual planted caller stories ever, and one that’s already drawing a lot of backlash. As reported by Kyle Scott of Crossing Broad (via Deadspin’s Patrick Redford), regular 97.5 caller “Dwayne From Swedesboro” is actually 97.5 producer Pat Egan, and afternoon host Mike Missanelli (the...
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Viewing Picks for August 23, 2016

All Times Eastern BoxingPremier Boxing Champions, Sands Bethlehem Event Center, Bethlehem, PA Super Middleweights Juan De Angel vs. Caleb Plant — FS1, 9 p.m. College Football Inside College Football: Heisman Preview — CBS Sports Network, 7 p.m. 2016 Big Ten College Football Preview — ESPNU, 7 p.m. 2016 Big 12 College Football Preview — ESPNU, 8 p.m. English Football League...
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Fox Sports and NextVR will broadcast Bundesliga opener in VR

Virtual reality is starting to be used in more and more sports broadcasts, and Fox Sports appears to be particularly interested in the field. Fox signed a five-year deal with startup NextVR in February, and they’ve broadcast the Daytona 500, a Premier Boxing Champions fight, the Big East men’s basketball tournament and the U.S. Open together so far. Next on the agenda? The opening...
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Detroit sports radio host Terry Foster recovering from minor stroke

Long-time Detroit sports media figure Terry Foster is facing some health challenges. The 57-year-old Foster, who had a multi-decade career in print journalism with The Detroit Free Press and then The Detroit News, has been a regular local radio host since the 1990s, and currently co-hosts afternoon show Valenti & Foster on 97.1 The Ticket, announced on Twitter Monday that he’s...
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Reporter who first broke Ryan Lochte story says he found out about it by accident

In the week since the Ryan Lochte story broke, we’ve seen this story go from the country sympathizing with a group of U.S. swimmers who said they were held at gunpoint, to Lochte bringing out tears in an awful apology interview with Matt Lauer. The latest The 2016 local MLB TV announcer rankings WATCH: John Oliver skewers...
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Fox Sports Go expected to join Apple TV, Chromecast and Xbox before college football season

As proof of the increased importance of connected set-top devices is to networks, Fox Sports Go is expected to join Apple TV, Chromecast and Xbox in time for college football season. The Fox app has already been on Roku for the past couple of weeks. ESPN and NBC Sports have been on these streaming devices. The latest The 2016 local MLB TV announcer...
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SI NFL writer Don Banks to leave in September, says he’s a “salary cap cut”

Long-time Sports Illustrated NFL writer Don Banks will be leaving the publication in September. He made the announcement himself on Twitter: I'll be leaving the SI staff on 9/2. Ironically enough, after all these years of NFL coverage, turns out I'm a bit of a salary cap cut (2/3) — Don Banks (@DonBanks) August 21, 2016 To all those souls addicted to Snap Judgments, and...
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Former NBC analyst Dwight Stones calls its track & field coverage “a disgrace”

If you’ve watched Olympics track and field coverage on NBC, Dwight Stones was the man who reported on the field events. But he was noticeably absent in Rio this year as Todd Harris and 2012 decathlon silver medalist Trey Hardee commented on the action. Stones told Slate’s “Hang Up and Listen” podcast that he was frustrated about the network’s coverage of the field events...
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Charissa Thompson reflects on the sexist backlash to coloring her hair

This week Real Sports will be doing a feature on female sports media personalities and the sexism that they still face in the industry, even in 2016.  HBO released an eye-opening clip this weekend that will be sure to draw more attention to the issue. Charissa Thompson of Extra and Fox Sports opened up about a time in 2008 when she was working for Fox Sports and dyed her hair...
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Should I Listen to This? – Baseball Tonight Podcast

Welcome to Should I Listen To This?, where we deep-dive into a podcast to find out what it’s about, what works, what doesn’t, and whether or not you need to make the all-important decision to hit subscribe and add it to your rotation. Know a podcast you’d like us to consider? Send an e-mail and we’ll add it to the audio pile. Podcast: Baseball Tonight with Buster Olney...
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The 2016 local MLB TV announcer rankings

A few weeks ago, we polled the Awful Announcing readers on their opinions of each local broadcast team around the majors. The polls were broken down division by division to gain the perspective of both fans and rivals for each broadcast team. The votes are in, and we weighted your grades on a four point scale for each broadcast crew and sorted them to determine who your favorite...
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