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Viewing Picks for October 23, 2014

All Times Eastern College Basketball ESPNU College Basketball Media Days — ESPNU, 3 p.m. College Football UConn at East Carolina — ESPNU, 7 p.m. Miami (FL) at West Virginia — ESPN, 8 p.m. BTN Football & Beyond 2014 — Big Ten Network, noon CFB Daily — ESPNU, 1 p.m. College Football Live — ESPN, 2:30 p.m. ESPN Recruiting Nation — ESPNU, 6 p.m. Inside College Football...
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Game 1 of the World Series least watched on record

A blowout Game 1 of the World Series featuring a small market team and a big market club in its third Fall Classic in five seasons didn’t move the needle for Fox. The San Francisco Giants’ 7-1 win over the Kansas City Royals drew 12.19 million viewers, the lowest ever for Game 1 of the World Series, the fifth-least watched World Series game in history, and the least-watched World...
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ESPN to start producing films for the FiveThirtyEight site

Beginning this week, ESPN will debut a series of films at the upstart FiveThirtyEight site. As the FiveThirtyEight site deals with analytics and data, so will the film series that will be branded “Signals” and will be produced by ESPN Films. The first film, “The Man Vs. The Machine” which premieres on October 22, will delve into the famous chess matches between then-World...
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Week 7 NFL Local Ratings Rankings

Welcome to AA’s NFL local ratings rankings. Every week, we’ll take a look at which teams have the highest TV ratings in their local markets, presented 1-32 and with commentary to help provide context, enjoy. Byes: Philadelphia, Tampa Bay 1. Denver (NBC) - 47.1 The Broncos’ home market tuned in big time to watch Peyton break the NFL TD record on Sunday in primetime, the highest...
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Sports Illustrated’s Oklahoma State investigation ends with a quiet whimper

Remember Sports Illustrated’s huge five part expose into improprieties at Oklahoma State University?  While the investigation was rolled out with plenty of pomp and circumstance at SI, the report quickly fell apart under public scrutiny.  As sources came forward to combat their quotes and other outlets produced documentation to refute claims, the SI juggernaut suffered death from...
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Behind The Scenes With Pac 12 Network’s The Drive

All Access documentaries and series have mostly been double edged swords. Often winning awards and critical acclaim, the reality is that they typically attract niche audiences that make it hard to turn a profit given the heavy costs of production. Recently Undefeated won the Oscar for best documentary in 2012, yet only brought in a half million dollars at the box office. Hard Knocks...
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Portland Timbers owner tells Timbers Army “STFU”

Things are not quite so rosy in the City of Roses. The Portland Timbers have one of the most passionate fanbases in MLS and things boiled over on Twitter after they were defeated on Tuesday night.  The 3-1 defeat to Olimpia in Honduras knocked them out of the CONCACAF Champions League on goal differential.  With the Timbers on the outside looking in for the MLS Cup Playoffs with...
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Tim Tebow’s Florida criticism proves he has a future as an analyst

Of all the things we’ve ever accused Tim Tebow of being, “objective” is not one of those things. He was a Gator. He won two national titles. He was Urban Meyer’s guy. Tim Tebow WAS the University of Florida. And then ESPN brought him on as an analyst for the SEC Network. Of course, there was many an eye roll about how there was no possible way he could be unbiased towards...
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This Hunter Pence-Erin Andrews interview didn’t go so well

Erin Andrews has had a roller coaster year when it comes to interviews at major events this year.  First there was Richard Sherman’s infamous NFC Championship wrestling promo. Then there was her free pass given to Adam Wainwright. Now this swing and a miss with Hunter Pence. Andrews asked Pence about his pregame speech and she managed to get both the theme of the speech and the...
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Does ESPN have a double standard with Skip Bayless and Bill Simmons?

It’s no secret that ESPN’s internal discipline has often been inconsistent; they even admit that, with vice-president Patrick Steigman (Bristol’s director of digital and print media) telling ombudsman Robert Lipsyte in September, “We don’t treat everyone the same but we treat everyone fairly.” Still, this week has set up a double standard that seems farfetched even by...
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Conor McGregor has fun tearing down Chad Mendes on TV

You may not know the name Conor McGregor yet, but rest assured, you will in time. McGregor is a fast-rising UFC featherweight, known just as much for his antics outside of the Octagon than his prowess inside of it. The Irish McGregor was in studio on Tuesday’s episode of Beyond the Octagon in the UK, and fellow featherweight top contender Chad Mendes was Skyping into the show....
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Real Tweets from Real People – America wants Tim McCarver back!

The 2014 World Series represented a little bit of history.  It was the first Fall Classic in 62 years (give or take a couple) that did not have Tim McCarver in the broadcast booth.  The longtime broadcaster retired from national duty and was replaced by two men, Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci. The trio of Reynolds, Verducci, and Joe Buck called their first World Series game on...
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Viewing Picks for October 22, 2014

All Times Eastern College Basketball ESPNU College Basketball Media Days — ESPNU, 3 p.m. College Football BTN Football & Beyond 2014 — Big Ten Network, noon SVP & Russillo — ESPNews, 1 p.m. College Football Live — ESPN, 2:30 p.m. College Football Featured — ESPNU, 5:30 p.m. College Volleyball Women’s Kansas at Iowa State — ESPNU, 7 p.m. LSU at Mississippi ...
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ULL marching plows through ESPN sideline reporter

If you were watching Sun Belt football on a Tuesday night instead of the World Series, first of all you are some kind of dedicated football addict. Second of all, you saw this great clip. Laura Rutledge, meet the University of Louisiana-Lafayette marching band. Band, meet Laura. The ULL band had better coverage on the sideline reporter than its team on that TD. https://t.co/DlukJviYaG...
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Your NHL Announcing Schedule for the week of 10/21

United States Tuesday, October 21 Philadelphia Flyers vs. Chicago Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN) - Dave Strader, Brian Engblom Wednesday, October 22 Philadelphia Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 8 p.m. ET (NBCSN) - Mike Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire Thursday, October 23 Vancouver Canucks vs. St. Louis Blues, 8 p.m. ET (NHL Net) - Local Announcers Saturday, October 25 Boston...
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Men in Blazers hilariously try to explain this crazy Puma commercial

Your browser does not support iframes. The Men in Blazers show Monday nights on NBCSN is off to a great start if you’re a GFOP. The duo of Michael Davies and Roger Bennett have taken their unique, trademark brand of humor in a seamless transition to the 30 minute television format.  There was a lot to laugh about this weekend from the EPL, including Mario Balotelli’s suboptimal...
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The Falcons are going to Spain!

It’s been a real struggle for the Atlanta Falcons this season, as it has for everyone in the NFC South.  This week, the Falcons travel to Wembley Stadium in London to face the Lions. Someone should tell the Falcons that London is in England… not in Spain. @awfulannouncing This has the Falcons flying to Spain on the map.This is why they suck.No idea where they are going. pic...
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Yes, Les Miles has to play a quarterback next season

After LSU’s dominant 41-3 win over Kentucky, Tigers head coach Les Miles was asked if he and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron had thought about who would start at quarterback next season. As most of you will know, coaches don’t like to deal in the hypothetical. LSU still has four games this season to play with the current options at quarterback. While most coaches – Nick Saban...
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Bo Pelini says the ESPN-SEC relationship is not good for college football

Before we get started, that’s the greatest sports picture of the year, right? College football is a universe filled with conflicts of interests and complex relationships.  Athletes and institutions, sponsors and scholarships, television networks and conferences. There’s a “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” nature about the sport that always lies somewhere beneath...
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Bill Simmons goes the diplomatic route in first post-suspension comments

Bill Simmons has been back from his three week suspension for a few days now.  Relegated to Instagram pictures at the golf course for that time, one might think Simmons would come firing on all cylinders with the ESPN-branded muzzle removed. Alas, anyone hoping for more fireworks and a Simmons-led revolution has largely been disappointed.  Simmons has kept things very low-key...
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Daniel Cormier is the new full-time UFC Tonight co-host

After Chael Sonnen’s firing  in the summer, the UFC had a spot to fill on the UFC Tonight desk alongside of Kenny Florian. Fox and the UFC used various fighters in the role, and they kept coming back to the same guy – Daniel Cormier. Fox made it official on Monday – Cormier would be the new full-time co-host of the studio show. Cormier is an interesting figure in the MMA landscape...
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Bayless: Kobe's sexual assault trial gave him 'edge' and 'sizzle'

First Take has done it again! One of the worst shows on television, which has routinely gotten in trouble for stepping out of line with baseless and offensive social commentary, has done it again. Skip Bayless recently said something so incendiary that it’s difficult to fathom someone actually speaking these words in public.  After discussing Cowboys RB Joseph Randle’s arrest...
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New technology, graphics, statistics brought to NHL telecasts

Hockey fans have noticed something different on select NHL telecasts this season. Along with the usual graphics, Fox’s regional networks have been displaying something else (for most of the game) up on their usual graphic overlay. It’s a live count of each team’s shots on goal, as shown by this highlight from the weekend. Fans have been anywhere from ambivalent to actually...
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Viewing Picks for October 21, 2014

All Times Eastern College Football Arkansas State at Louisiana-Lafayette — ESPN2, 8 p.m. BTN Football & Beyond 2014 — Big Ten Network, noon CFB Daily: The Experts — ESPNU, 1 p.m. College Football Live — ESPN, 2:30 p.m. College Football Playoff: Top 25 — ESPN, 7:30 p.m. Inside College Football — CBS Sports Network, 8 p.m. One-on-One: Jim Mora/Steve Sarkisian — Pac...
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SI’s Robert Klemko facing charges after fight with cab driver

Earlier this year, Robert Klemko of The MMQB and Sports Illustrated made news when he was briefly arrested in Ferguson, Missouri while covering the protests there. Klemko is in trouble with the law again, and this time under much different, and more troublesome, circumstances. According to CBS Chicago, Klemko is facing two charges after an incident with a cab driver in the city...
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