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How ESPN created the Camellia Bowl

As Bowl season kicks off today in earnest with five of a total of 39 college football postseason contests, there’s one game that gets its start tonight. That’s the Camellia Bowl in Montgomery, AL. This certainly doesn’t have the history of the Rose Bowl, the Peach Bowl or even the Belk Bowl. The Camellia Bowl is the creation of ESPN and it pits Bowling Green of the MAC against...
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Fox Houston uses video game graphic for human NBA player

Did @MyFoxHouston just use a pic from a video game for ex @HoustonRockets player Troy Daniels? Wow! pic.twitter.com/l7LTKmCXnN — J Ceynar (@Jpceynar) December 20, 2014 Troy Daniels was traded from the Rockets to the T’Wolves in exchange for Corey Brewer.  In their report on the trade, Fox Houston used a video game picture of Daniels instead of, you know, a picture of the...
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ESPN debuts new college football graphics for bowl season

ESPN has entered a new age. pic.twitter.com/f6OoBDuOmU — Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) December 20, 2014 After several years of their scorebug being a banner on the bottom of the screen, ESPN has switched it up for bowl season.  With the advent of bowl season and the New Orleans Bowl, ESPN debuted this new look for college football.  The score bug is now a box in the bottom right...
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CBS Sports writer hails the virtue of the CBS Sports Classic

Before we dive too deep into this article, first the CBS Sports Classic deserves to be canceled based on the hideous court design alone.  Good grief. The Puerto Rico Tip Off, 2K Sports Classic, Paradise Jam, Battle 4 Atlantis, Maui Invitational, CBE Hall of Fame Classic, Coaches vs Cancer, NIT Season Tip Off, Wooden Legacy, Las Vegas Invitational, Champions Classic, Jimmy V Classic...
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CM Punk verbally spars with Canadian talk show host

Current UFC fighter (and former WWE superstar) CM Punk made an appearance on TSN’s Off the Record with Michael Landsberg earlier this week. The show has featured numerous pro wrestlers in the past, and Punk wasn’t really in the mood to talk about his former profession. The interview started off well, but turned sour in time. I don’t know what Punk really expected from this...
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ESPN touts ridiculous amount of college football coverage in 2014

With bowl season beginning and the end of the college football season on the horizon, ESPN decided to release a massive infographic touting their obscene amount of college football coverage in 2014. We’re not going to post the infographic here because, quite frankly, it’s massive. However, we *will* share the highlights from it. NOTE: this data does include games on ESPN3/WatchESPN...
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Viewing Picks for December 20, 2014

All Times Eastern BobsledFIBT World Cup, Calgary, Alberta, Canada Women’s — Universal Sports, 2:30 p.m. 4-Man — Universal Sports, 5:30 p.m. College Basketball Viewing Picks College Football Viewing Picks College VolleyballDivision I Women’s Volleyball TournamentNational Championship Game, Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK BYU vs. Penn State — ESPN2, 7:30 p.m....
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ABC7 Chicago outdoes itself with another caption

You may recall earlier in the week that ABC 7 Chicago took an overly dramatic approach to express their opinion of Jay Cutler and his performance this season. Well, they have managed to one up themselves with their latest caption, courtesy of @StateStreetSports. It’s hard to believe that Marc Trestman will still be the head coach that far into 2015, if at all, but if he’s NOT...
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Inside the NBA freestyles with Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj stopped by Inside the NBA last night and joined Kenny Smith, Shaq, Grant Hill, and Ernie Johnson.  The Inside crew each took their turns freestyle rapping with various highlights.  Grant Hill sorta kinda betrayed the concept by reading lyrics, Shaq was into it, but sadly, didn’t talk about Kobe’s taste this time, and Ernie Johnson dropped the mic.  Just another...
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NFL Network, NBA on TNT, NBA TV, Golf Channel and MLB Network Ratings Buzz: December 8-14

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. NFL Network Top 10 (and Select) Programs RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Arizona at St. Louis Thu 8:27PM-11:35PM 188 4.7 7669 2 TNF PRE-KICK Thu 8:00PM- 8:27PM 27 1.8 2941 3 A FOOTBALL LIFE: Kurt Warner...
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Longhorn Network’s yule log? Five hours of BEVO

In case you thought SEC Network’s Yule Log replacement was ridiculous, just wait until you see what Longhorn Network is doing on Christmas Day – they’re going to be airing BEVO, and nothing but BEVO for five hours. I couldn’t make this up if I tried, folks. On Thursday, Dec. 25, Longhorn Network, ESPN’s 24-hour television channel devoted to the University of Texas,...
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NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: December 8-14

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 PREMIER LEAGUE: Liverpool vs. Manchester United Sun 8:23AM-10:26AM 123 0.4 681 2 PREMIER LEAGUE: Newcastle vs. Arsenal Sat 12:26PM- 2:27PM 121 0.3 512 3 PREMIER LEAGUE...
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ESPN Ratings Buzz: December 8-14

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: Atlanta at Green Bay Mon 8:15PM-11:46PM 211 8.5 13958 2 SPORTSCENTER (live) Mon 11:46PM- 1:30AM 104 2.3 3456 3 HEISMAN TROPHY (live) Sat 8:00PM...
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The Best & Worst of Sports Media in 2014

We continue our year-end extravaganza at Awful Announcing with this recap of everything in the sports media world in our Best & Worst of 2014. Stay tuned over the next couple weeks for the rest of our 2014 Year in Review posts including the top broadcast bloopers of the year, top stories, best clips, and predictions for 2015.  You can check out our look at the best sports media...
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CSN Philly guy has hottest of hot sports takes

Time is running out in 2014, but congrats go to Sean Kane of CSN Philly for just squeaking in under the wire for what may be the HOTTEST SPORTS TAKE of 2014.  You see, he’s got it all figured out.  He has the key that unlocks the mystery to the struggles of quarterbacks like Johnny Manziel and Jimmy Clausen and even Joey Harrington in the NFL. It’s all in a name apparently...
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Tim Tebow wants another NFL chance, but his future is in television

The last time we saw Tim Tebow in the NFL, he was a longshot on the New England Patriots preseason roster, throwing ducks all over the field. Tebow was ultimately cut in September 2013 and has not been given another chance since. In the meantime, Tebow morphed into a very capable college football analyst for ESPN and is even working on Good Morning America. On Dec. 31, he will also...
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FCC declares that 'Redskins' is not obscene

In the latest saga involving the controversial Washington Redskins name, the Federal Communication Commission has declared the term “Redskins” is not obscene, according to Maya Rhodan of Time. Professor John Banzhaf of George Washington University submitted a petition for the FCC to refuse a license renewal to WWXX-FM,  a Virginia-based sports radio station, based on its repeating...
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(VIDEO) Frank Caliendo’s Twas the Night Before Christmas ESPN medley

On Mike & Mike this morning, Frank Caliendo busted out a ton of ESPN impressions for a special reading of The Night Before Christmas.  There were Caliendo standards here like Jon Gruden, Chris Berman, and Stephen A. Smith, but also some new ones that were simply brilliant like Adam Schefter, Bob Ley, and Ron Jaworski. H/T FTW The post (VIDEO) Frank Caliendo’s Twas the Night...
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Bleacher Report continuing their push for big name sportswriters

Bleacher Report’s post-Turner-acquisition strategy of bringing in big names who can create solid written and video content (both for B/R itself and for the Turner networks) seems to be continuing, as it looks like they’ve just made another impressive hire on that front. Lars Anderson, who spent 20 years with Sports Illustrated before leaving earlier this year, announced on Twitter...
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What is up with Fox Sports 2?

Back on August 17, 2013, Fox Sports 1 launched to a lot of fanfare. Also launching on that same date taking over Fuel TV’s on many cable and satellite providers was Fox Sports 2. While Fox Sports 1 has received most of the media attention, Fox Sports 2 has been relatively quiet. Meant to be a compliment to Fox Sports 1, FS2 has mostly aired repeats of FS1 programming. It has been...
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Viewing Picks for December 19, 2014

All Times Eastern BobsledFIBT World Cup, Calgary, Alberta, Canada 2-Man Bobsled — Universal Sports, 9 p.m. College BasketballMen’s St. Mary’s at St. John’s — Fox Sports 1, 7 p.m. Clemson at South Carolina — SEC Network, 7 p.m. Stillman at Alabama — SEC Network Plus, 7 p.m. Tennessee Tech at Tennessee — SEC Regional/Fox Sports Net, 7 p.m. Tennessee-Chattanooga at...
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Three more hires announced by Jason Whitlock’s ESPN site

The news keeps trickling out regarding Jason Whitlock’s “Black Grantland” site at ESPN… a site that now actually looking like it’s headed for a still-TBD launch date. ESPN finally made the announcement of Mike Wise’s hiring from the Washington Post official today.  They also announced the additions of veteran ESPN The Magazine writer Jerry Bembry and Justin Tinsley,...
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Washington Post has perfect description for Titans-Jaguars

"I am writing sentences about this game because our word processing system doesn't have poop emoji" pic.twitter.com/YOozhG1lJI — Neil Irwin (@Neil_Irwin) December 18, 2014   The typewriter could never master something as intricate and complex as the poop emoji.  That’s one way to describe what is statistically speaking the worst primetime game this century.  And Washington...
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Wilbon angry at DC for not supporting Wizards

The Washington Wizards are out to a fast start with an 18-6 record and 13-2 at home. With this record, you’d fans would be flocking to the Verizon Center to support their team. However, on Friday against the Los Angeles Clippers, the attendance was well short of a sellout and that has ESPN’s Michael Wilbon seeing red. Wilbon called out DC fans during an appearance on Tony Kornheiser’s...
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It's been almost 40 years since NFL's last untelevised game

In this day and age when all NFL games are televised, it’s hard to believe that there was a time when a game wasn’t on television. But it actually did happen and it occurred twice in the same year. Now, thanks to the people at the506.com and Classic TV Sports, we discover that there were two cases where NFL games were not aired on network or even local television. How is this...
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