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Dick Vitale signs new contract, remains with ESPN through 2016-17

As one of the few remaining ESPN employees who date back to the beginning of the network, Dick Vitale still commands a presence to this day. And as he continues well into his 70′s, the college basketball analyst is treasured not only by his fellow employees, but more importantly, his bosses. ESPN has announced that Vitale has signed a new contract that keeps him on the network’s...
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DirecTV signs new deal with NFL to keep Sunday Ticket

As has been speculated and reported on for months and months, the NFL and DirecTV finally have made it official today – Sunday Ticket is sticking around for several more years.  The two sides announced a new multi-year contract today that will see DirecTV hold its out-of-market NFL package for its subscribers. Here’s the announcement from the NFL: The National Football League...
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Your Week 5 NFL Announcing Schedule

Thursday, October 2 Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers, CBS|NFLN 8:25 pm, Jim Nantz, Phil Simms & Tracy Wolfson Sunday, October 5 Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants, FOX 1 pm, Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch & Pam Oliver St. Louis Rams at Philadelphia Eagles, FOX 1 pm, Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa Buffalo Bills at Detroit Lions, FOX 1 pm, Sam Rosen, Ronde Barber...
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ESPN’s Shelley Smith says she has breast cancer

October is breast cancer awareness month where the worlds of sports and entertainment will go pink to support the cause.  On the first day of October, longtime ESPN reporter Shelley Smith revealed on Twitter that she has breast cancer. I now join the one in eight women who are battling breast cancer. Early detection will save my life. Tell loved ones. — Shelley Smith (@ShelleyESPN...
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‘Hockey Night in Canada’ will cut back on Tim Thompson’s montages

Monday afternoon, Rogers presented their massive, expensive new NHL studios to the world. Everyone was impressed by this new combination of hockey and visuals that will hopefully make Hockey Night in Canada all the better. However, one other change was announced that might not make some so thrilled. I think it’s no secret that our site, along with others around the web, love...
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Could the FCC fine broadcasters for saying “Redskins”?

We told you earlier this week about the Federal Communications Commission voting unanimously to dump the Sports Blackout Rule. Now it appears that the FCC may take up the issue of the Washington Redskins. What exactly can the agency in charge of regulating the nation’s airwaves do in regards to one of the NFL’s oldest franchises? Well, it can fine local channels, broadcast networks...
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Bill Belichick is unusually forthcoming to the press about Tom Brady

PSYCHE!!! Check out this exchange between Bill Belichick and Patriots reporters, as tweeted out by Ben Volin of the Boston Globe.  This is what I like to call sticking to the narrative… Some really noble attempts by my colleagues to get something out of Belichick #OnToCincinnati pic.twitter.com/dyLnnni6gK — Ben Volin (@BenVolin) October 1, 2014 I don’t know about you, but...
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Derek Jeter is launching a new website for professional athletes

Now that Derek Jeter has officially retired and baseball has somehow found a way to move on, many fans are surely left wondering what The Captain’s next move will be.  Will he go into coaching?  A front office role?  Commissioner of baseball?  Television?  President of the United States? Jeter’s first move after the conclusion of his playing days has been revealed and on...
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Underwhelming TBS broadcast sucks the excitement out of a classic game

The Royals and Athletics contested a classic postseason baseball game that will go down in history on Tuesday night.  The first playoff game in Kansas City in 29 years.  A 4 run comeback in the 8th and 9th innings.  A game that went to extras.  Questionable managing decisions.  Drama.  Intrigue.  And another comeback by the home team in the 12th after going down a run featuring...
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Week 4 NFL Local Ratings Rankings

Welcome to AA’s NFL local ratings rankings. Every week, we’ll take a look at which teams has the highest TV ratings in their local markets, presented 1-32 and with commentary to help provide context, enjoy. Week 4 Byes: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Arizona, St. Louis, Seattle 1. New Orleans (NBC) - 48.9 If you follow these rankings, you may be acutely aware that the city...
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Audio: KC radio call of Royals walkoff

Here’s how the Royals’ walk0ff win in the 12th inning of their wild Wild Card game matchup against the A’s sounded in the home radio booth.  Ryan Lefebvre with the call courtesy 610 Sports in Kansas City… And the video and audio of Ernie Johnson’s call on TBS… Your browser does not support iframes. The post Audio: KC radio call of Royals walkoff appeared first on Awful Announcing.
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Could the NFL hit back at ESPN with next year’s Monday Night Football schedule?

When it comes to prime-time NFL games, the broadcast networks get dealt a better hand than ESPN. As the league’s premier package, Sunday Night Football gets better matchups than Monday Night Football. Now that’s been extended to CBS’s Thursday Night Football as well early in the season. But we’ve always basically concluded that said trend was the result of the fact the...
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Viewing Picks for October 1, 2014

All Times Eastern Boxing ESPN Boxing Special, Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, CA IBF Middleweight Elimination Bout Hassan N’Dam vs. Curtis Stevens — ESPN2, 9 p.m. College Football BTN Football & Beyond 2014 — Big Ten Network, noon CFB Daily — ESPNU, 1 p.m. College Football Live — ESPN, 2:30 p.m. ESPNU Film Room — ESPNU, 6:30 p.m. SEC Film Room — SEC Network, 10 p.m...
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MLB.com recaps Athletics victory over Royals

The Royals defeated the Athletics 9-8 in 12 innings in one of the great postseason games in my lifetime.  Kansas City came down from a 7-3 deficit entering the bottom of the 8th to force extras by scoring 3 in the 8th and the tying run in the 9th.  Then, after Oakland scored to take an 8-7 lead in the top of the 12th, the Royals rebounded with 2 runs in the bottom half for the...
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And now, an important message from the Kansas City Police….

The Royals are currently playing an instant classic in their Wild Card Game against the Athletics.  They came back from 4 runs down to tie the game 7-7 and take it to extras.  With everyone’s attention on the city’s baseball team, Kansas City’s finest would like for its citizens to do the right thing for everyone involved. We really need everyone to not commit crimes and...
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TBS had George Brett do a very awkward “Very Funny” promo

Kansas City is hosting its first Royals playoff game since the US Grant administration and to commemorate the occasion, TBS interviewed George Brett.  Of course, they made the most of their time with Brett by having him plug the network’s lineup of retread and second-rate comedies. Naturally, Brett forgot the two words of the network’s tagline – “very” and “funny....
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ESPN will air Midnight Madness to highlight the start of college basketball

Mark your calendars for October 17th, college basketball fans. On that date ESPN will launch the new college basketball season with ESPNU Midnight Madness, a special night of coverage which will combine studio coverage as well as remote coverage from 11 different campuses. In their ninth year of covering the Midnight Madness tradition, ESPN will highlight Arizona, Kentucky, UConn...
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Your MLB Postseason Announcing Schedule: Part I

The MLB Postseason circa 2014 is upon us.  Below you’ll find the broadcast schedule for this week’s games with dates, times, and announcers through October 5th. As an additional guide, the network assignments for the games are a bit confusing.  TBS has the AL Wild Card game while ESPN has the NL Wild Card game, re-entering the postseason mix once again for their only television...
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Midwest markets posted highest local MLB ratings this season

Every couple of months, Sports Business Daily releases local MLB ratings data. Because I’m a baseball addict, I love devouring this information and digesting the data. At the All-Star Break, midwest markets were dominating the local ratings among all teams, with the Tigers, Cardinals, Pirates, Reds and Brewers at the top of the mountain. With the season over, two of those teams...
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AA Podcast #98 – John Smoltz

With the dawn of the 2014 MLB Postseason, we’re joined by one of the best playoff pitchers of the last generation – John Smoltz. After an illustrious career with the Atlanta Braves, Smoltz moved to the broadcast booth and has been a consistent presence covering the sport. In today’s podcast, we talk about John’s TV career, his duel with Jack Morris, and which pitcher is most...
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CBS Sports Network’s ‘We Need to Talk’ won’t judge success on ratings

We’ve all written a lot about CBS Sports Network’s We Need to Talk without knowing a lot about it, and that’s because of the show’s… I won’t say premise, but casting choices. The fact is, there’s not a lot known about the show besides an interview here or there and some press releases. There would be a show, it would be about sports, and it would be completely staffed...
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FCC unanimously ends sports blackout rule

In a unanimous 5-0 vote, the Federal Communications Commission threw out the sports blackout rule that had been on the books dating back to 1975. It allowed sports leagues to use the FCC as a crutch to blackout games in local markets. Victory for sports fans! Today @TomWheelerFCC @MClyburnFCC @AjitPaiFCC @JRosenworcel and @mikeofcc voted 5-0 to end #Sportsblackout rules. — The...
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TBS broadcasters parody “Boom Goes the Dynamite”

The Boom Goes the Dynamite video has gone down in sports broadcasting history as one of the absolute best, most awkward segments ever. Prior to the beginning of the MLB playoffs on TBS this fall, TBS’s MLB broadcasters parodied the video…and it was spectacular. Say what you want about TBS’s MLB analysts, but seeing them call highlights this poorly makes you appreciate their...
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BREAKING: This is what Bill Belichick laughing looks like

After getting shellacked by the Chiefs last night at Arrowhead, Bill Belichick sat Tom Brady and gave Jimmy Garappolo some run in garbage time.  That actually led to a question in the postgame press conference about the quarterback situation in New England. Bill Belichick was amused at the question.  So amused that he actually *appeared* to LAUGH! This is what Bill Belichick laughing...
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NFL Ratings, Week 4: Only SNF sees year-to-year gains

Regional Window (CBS) Blackouts: New York, Chicago, Pittsburgh 1. Buffalo (BUF vs. HOU) - 33.3/62 2. Indianapolis (TEN vs. IND) - 31.8/55 3. Baltimore (CAR vs. BAL) - 29.9/59 4. San Diego (JAX vs. SD) - 29.7/57 5. Houston (BUF vs. HOU) - 27.6/55 6. Charlotte (CAR vs. BAL) - 22.1/44 7. Jacksonville (JAX vs. SD) - 21.7/35 8. Nashville (TEN vs. IND) - 19.7/34 9. Greensboro...
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