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WOIO’s Carl Monday produces bizarre sexual assault report on unnamed NFL Draft prospect

A Cleveland TV station came out with a bizarre report Monday about alleged sexual assault by an unnamed NFL draft prospect, and it was thanks to a Deadspin Hall of Fame reporter. That would be Carl Monday, who became internet infamous in May 2006 for chasing down an Ohio State fan who masturbated at a public library, a segment later mocked by The Daily Show. But this time around...
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USA Today loses 5.8 million Facebook likes, USA Today Sports and For The Win also hit

Facebook is a key platform for most publishers these days, and one publisher there appears to have been hit harder than anyone else in a recent bot purge. That would be USA Today, which the Columbia Journalism Review reports lost an estimated 5.8 million likes (38.3 per cent of its total) for its main Facebook page between April 13 and 15. USA Today Sports also lost 994,222 likes...
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Jonah Keri spoke to Canadian PM Justin Trudeau about the Expos, journalism and more

Writers once affiliated with Grantland have now landed podcast interviews with two different heads of state. Grantland founder Bill Simmons famously had his chance to interview Barack Obama during the 2008 campaign nixed by ESPN, but managed to interview Obama for his podcast in March 2012 (and later, after Simmons had his contract not renewed by ESPN, he interviewed Obama again...
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Tony Kornheiser is naming his D.C. bar after a ‘famous’ phrase he may (or may not) have made up

ESPN personality and former Washington Post columnist Tony Kornheiser is buying a Washington D.C. restaurant and bar called Chadwick’s, and he and his high-profile partners (including Gary Williams and Maury Povich) are giving it a new name. On Monday, Kornheiser used his podcast to announce that the bar will henceforth be know as “Chatter,” which beat out “Rewrite”...
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Bay Area FOX affiliate bumps NASCAR race to sister network, airs The Wendy Williams Show instead

Around the country, viewers who turn to FOX on Monday will see the Food City 500, a NASCAR race being held at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee. Except in the Bay Area, where FOX viewers are instead being treated to The Wendy Williams Show. Here’s what happened: The Food City 500 was originally scheduled for Sunday, but weather in Bristol forced the race to be postponed to Monday...
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Local NBA ratings drop substantially during 2016-17 season

Just like NFL ratings last fall, NBA television viewership took a dive during the 2016-17 season, according to an analysis by Sports Business Journal. The SBJ analysis, which looked at local ratings for 27 of the 30 NBA teams, found a 14 percent drop from the previous year. Twenty regional sports networks reportedly saw their ratings decline, including 15 that experienced double...
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Your 2017 NFL Draft Drinking Game

Let’s face it: Aside from trades and your team’s picks, the NFL Draft is a colossal bore. The three-day, 16-hour extravaganza is a name-reading marathon and can put even the most ardent NFL supporter to sleep. As such, we’re providing NFL fans (watching on ESPN, that is) with an accompanying drinking game to pass the time by boozing to all the most overused buzzwords, clichés...
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Kobe Bryant, Michael Strahan talk about Dear Basketball animated short at Tribeca Film Festival

Kobe Bryant’s animated short film, Dear Basketball, premiered Sunday at the Tribeca Film Festival. Based on his poem in which he announced his retirement from the NBA, the animated short was made in collaboration with animator Glen Keane (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid), who illustrated the film.Following the premiere screening, Bryant and Keane sat down for a talk hosted...
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ESPN and NFL Network agree to not tip draft picks again this year

One of the biggest changes in NFL Draft coverage over the last couple years has been the networks that televise the event agreeing not to spoil the selections that will come. At one time, the networks were seemingly in competition with each other and with everyone on social media in trying to break the news of who was getting picked when as quickly as possible. While that might lead...
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San Diego Fox affiliate to forego Chargers and air LA Rams preseason games

With the Chargers now calling Los Angeles home, its former city of San Diego is now free to pick up other teams to broadcast into the market. In what was unthinkable even a year ago, the market’s Fox affiliate has announced it will pick up the preseason games of the Los Angeles Rams for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. KSWB (Fox 5) will air three Rams preseason games in August: August...
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Russell Westbrook went off on a reporter who asked a perfectly reasonable question

After the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 113-109 loss to the Rockets on Sunday, Oklahoman columnist Berry Tramel asked center Steven Adams a very sensible question: Steven, second time in three games you guys really struggled when Russell went to the bench. You were out there for part of it. What goes on when he goes to the bench, why is Houston so successful, and do you sense they...
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Ratings: 2nd-Largest WWE SmackDown in 3 Years; Chicago Cubs Ignite MLB Network

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. Ratings News and Notes The superstar shake-up edition of USA’s “WWE Smackdown” on Apr. 11 registered 3.108 million viewers — up 32 percent from the year-ago Smackdown (from Apr. 14, 2016) and the show’s best viewership figures since...
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Mike and the Mad Dog say they’re open to a possible reunion

ESPN is using “the greatest team in sports never played a game” as a tagline for their 30 for 30 documentary about the sports radio partnership of Mike Francesa and Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, and that “Mike and the Mad Dog” documentary’s premiere at New York’s Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival Friday suggested that said greatest team is open to a potential reunion. Francesa...
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Don Cherry murdered hockey fashion, and wore its blood all over his white suit

CBC hockey analyst Don Cherry has long been known for his outrageous outfits, but he perhaps took it to a whole new level Saturday during their coverage of the Montreal Canadiens-New York Rangers game. His outfit this time around? A white suit that looked covered with blood spatter. Of course, this created plenty of Twitter fodder. One of the best managed to work in topical CBC...
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Ray Hudson on El Clasico: “Obviously it’s the greatest game on planet earth”

Just three points separates Real Madrid and Barcelona in the La Liga standings going into Sunday’s El Clasico match between the two sides from Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. beIn Sport will have the broadcast at 2:45 eastern, with Phil Schoen calling the match alongside the legendary Ray Hudson. In a lengthy interview with Awful Announcing, which you’ll be getting bits...
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This Sharks’ shot was so close, NBCSN announcer Brendan Burke thought it was in

The defending Western Conference champion San Jose Sharks were eliminated by the Edmonton Oilers Saturday night, with a 3-1 Game Six loss wrapping up that first-round series, but they came very close to a different ending. The Sharks trailed 2-0 heading into the final period, but they got one goal, and then they came exceptionally close to a second with just under four minutes left...
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Katie Nolan eschews corporate congeniality, calling Sean Hannity “a literal ****ing moron”

Sports media Twitter took an unusual turn Saturday night thanks to Katie Nolan calling Fox News host Sean Hannity “a literal ****ing moron,” riling up Hannity’s fans, and then engaging with many of those fans. There’s plenty of criticism of Hannity out there, of course, but it’s unusual to see it from someone under the same corporate umbrella. Nolan’s Garbage Time is...
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Ratings: Huge Gains for NBCSN Chelsea-Manchester United and FS1 Juventus-Barcelona

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. Ratings News and Notes Ratings changes from the year-ago weekend were relatively slight for the weekend’s four English Premier League soccer matches on NBCSN from Apr. 15-16 with one notable exception: Bournemouth-Tottenham (Apr. 15 early...
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Almost every Dallas Cowboys game will be on national television this season

The NFL schedule release is always weirdly analyzed and overanalyzed to continue the 24/7/365 obsession that the nation has with professional football. So why not play along, right? We already know every opponent that every team will play, the only things that are really revealed are the dates and times of said games. But in the world of the NFL, even that contains some news. Some...
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AA Weekly Recap: Sage Steele reportedly will join ESPN Mike Greenberg morning show

It’s been another busy week in sports media. We’re here to recap the biggest news and events that took place and share some of our best work from the week that was. Without further adieu: Report: Sage Steele to join ESPN Mike Greenberg morning show – April 17 Sage Steele’s demise at the mothership has been greatly exaggerated, as she has reportedly found a new gig at ESPN...
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Mike Francesa calls the Jets the Mets three times in TNF discussion

It’s easy to see how the NFL’s New York Jets and MLB’s New York Mets can be confused, but it’s rarer to see those confused on-air three times by a New York media figure as prominent as WFAN host (and former Fox Sports 1 personality!) Mike Francesa. Francesa did just that Friday, though. Here’s the clip, from Funhouse: The latest Phil Simms...
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These Korean broadcasters really enjoyed ex-KBO star Eric Thames’ 8th homer of the year

Brewers first baseman Eric Thames has been one of the biggest stories of the young baseball season.After washing out of the Major Leagues in 2012, Thames bounced around the minor leagues before landing in South Korea in 2014. There, he absolutely dominated the Korean Baseball Organization, hitting 124 homers in three season and earning a reputation as something like Korea’s Babe...
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Nashville Predators (and their mascot) troll ESPN for picking against them in the first round

The Nashville Predators just completed a first-round sweep of the Chicago Blackhawks that no one saw coming.And by “no one,” we mean ESPN’s panel of NHL playoff prognosticators, who unanimously picked the Blackhawks to beat the Predators.Well after Nashville’s series-clinching win Thursday night, the team’s official Twitter account made sure to remind ESPN of its errant...
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NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport says Aaron Hernandez once joked about killing him

On Friday, The MMQB published a round table-style conversation with three reporters who covered Aaron Hernandez during his high school, college or pro career. A day after Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell, the reporters were asked about the tight end’s personality and whether they saw any hint he would become (or already was) a murderer. The whole conversation is pretty...
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This Week In Hot Takes: Columnist asks if motherhood will stop Serena Williams

Welcome to another edition of This Week In Hot Takes. Here’s a look at the hottest sports media takes from April 14-20. 5. Stephen A. Smith is “damn disgusted this damn Phil Jackson is still in New York”: Lots of people have criticized New York Knicks’ president Phil Jackson, particularly over his trashing of Carmelo Anthony in the press, so the opinion here isn’t necessary...
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