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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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Viewing Picks for September 3, 2015

All Times Eastern College Football Viewing Picks College SoccerWomen’s Rutgers at Princeton — ESPNU, 5 p.m. CyclingLa Vuelta a España Stage 12: Escaldes to Engordany. Andorra-Lleida — Universal Sports, 10 a.m. GolfEuropean PGA TourRussian Open, Skolkovo Golf Club, Moscow, Russia 1st Round — Golf Channel, 9 a.m. Golf Central Special: 2015 Deutsche Bank Championship News...
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NBC Sports is the latest sports media group to undergo a digital re-design

One of the overarching themes of the current sports media landscape is that we’re in the midst of a digital revolution.  In 2015 more and more sports content is being consumed and watched online, Yahoo is even going to be streaming an NFL game.  Think about how crazy that would have sounded fifteen or even five years ago.  Given the digital shift, sports media companies are...
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Wife of Redskins’ GM apologizes for accusing ESPN reporter of sleeping with GM, comments Redskins’ PR denied

Having the wife of your general manager accuse a reporter of sleeping with the GM and trading sexual favors for scoops would be a PR nightmare enough in its own right, but it gets even worse when your team’s PR response is to initially say that the comments came from a fake account before owning up to them. That’s exactly what the Washington Redskins did Wednesday, though. After...
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New Nebraska PA announcer fired after one day thanks to November Facebook criticism

The University of Nebraska’s now on its third football public-address announcer this offseason, and their second one only lasted one day. Nebraska said Monday they’d hired former KETV local sports director Jon Scheutz for the position, but on Tuesday, they told Schuetz they were “going in a different direction” thanks to the discovery of a November Facebook post he made criticizing...
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CoCo causes a stir: American tennis player gives first mid-match interview

It’s been a productive year for American professional tennis player CoCo Vandeweghe. The 23-year-old reached her first major-tournament quarterfinal two months ago at Wimbledon, getting a taste of Centre Court against Maria Sharapova. Vandeweghe’s powerful serve — one of the most imposing on the WTA Tour — can allow her to dictate points and gain leverage with that shot more...
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Apple pursued exclusive podcast deal with Bill Simmons

We’re one month away from the return of Bill Simmons’ podcast, set to debut on Oct. 1. Though we know producing the podcast is part of Simmons’ deal with HBO, it’s still not yet known where exactly the podcast will be found, what its title will be, who will sponsor it, and other such details. However, we do now have a better idea of what sort of competition HBO faced in...
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AA Q&A: Scott Van Pelt discusses new midnight show, tries to name every SportsCenter anchor in 60 seconds

Scott Van Pelt made big news this summer with the decision to leave his daily radio program and focus on a new venture for ESPN, taking over as host of the new, re-vamped midnight ET SportsCenter. Van Pelt’s version of ESPN’s flagship show debuts on Monday, September 7, immediately following the Ohio State-Virginia Tech football game on ESPN. ESPN made Van Pelt available for...
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Concussion director disputes report that scenes were cut to appease NFL

Following Tuesday’s New York Times report that Sony Pictures decided to alter scenes in its upcoming film Concussion to prevent antagonizing the NFL, director Peter Landesman disputed that his movie made any such compromises. The film follows the story of Dr. Bennet Omalu (played by Will Smith), the forensic pathologist who first discovered degenerative brain disease, known as...
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Idaho coach Paul Petrino tries to offer selective access after alleged threats, is shot down

Idaho head football coach Paul Petrino is making waves yet again for his treatment of the media. Moscow-Pullman Daily News sports editor Michael-Shawn Dugar wrote that Petrino screamed at him, swore at him and threatened him physically during a Aug. 19 practice, and while Petrino denied those charges in a statement (Dugar stood by his story), they still drew plenty of attention...
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