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HBO picks up The Rock’s football series, ‘Ballers’

With roles in the upcoming Furious 7, San Andreas, Journey to the Center of the Earth sequels and Shazam!, Dwayne Johnson is presumably too busy with making movies to do some work in TV. But the action hero apparently made time in his schedule for an upcoming project. And besides, this isn’t just for TV — it’s for HBO. Johnson will star in Ballers for the premium cable network...
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Rob Stone named primetime host for Women’s World Cup

One of the major media stories of this calendar year will be Fox’s debut on the international soccer stage airing their first World Cup.  The 2015 Women’s World Cup is rapidly approaching this summer and so far the network has made several changes in anticipation of the event.  Fox has added new pieces like Alexi Lalas, Brad Friedel, and John Strong and subtracting others...
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An NFL on Fox analyst is breaking NHL news now?

They say that everyone’s a reporter these days.  What they say is true.  See the Twitter feed of NFL on Fox analyst and recently retired New York Giants lineman David Diehl. Diehl sent this tweet on Wednesday afternoon commenting on the injury to Blackhawks star Patrick Kane.  That’s cool, he must be a hockey fan…. but wait a minute, what’s this about a fight in the locker...
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WWE is now the largest sports channel on YouTube

Earlier this week, WWE Network turned one year old. And today, WWE is claiming another victory in the digital sphere – over the last 12 months, their YouTube channel had the most views of any sports YouTube channel, totaling a whopping 4.2 billion video views (with probably a good million or so of those views coming from Bill Simmons columns). WWE also has 5.2 million subscribers...
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Dallas sportscaster back with another powerful essay

Longtime Dallas sportscaster Dale Hansen rose to national prominence with his profound social commentary on Michael Sam.  This week he delivered another powerful essay after fans were caught displaying racist signs at a high school basketball game in the area.  Hansen shares personal testimony about how his views on race evolved and the challenges still facing present day...
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ESPN Films airing all new short films primetime special

ESPN Films has created a new series of short films titled “It’s Not Crazy, It’s Sports” which will take a look at the drama and excitement of being a sports fan. The six films are directed by Academy Award winner Errol Morris and will air collectively in a primetime special on Sunday, March 1st at 9pm EST on ESPN. What’s the main idea behind the six films? Morris sums...
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Bill Walton breaks down UCLA-Washington in terms of a real fight between bears and huskies

Whenever Bill Walton steps into the broadcast booth, it’s appointment television.  And with the regular season winding down, we better enjoy the last few pit stops on the long strange trip that has been the 2014-2015 college basketball season.  Last night the journey took us to the redhead’s old stomping grounds of UCLA for a matchup with Washington.  At a timeout, Walton...
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Lindsay Czarniak is leading SportsCenter through its next evolutionary step

Wednesday night’s 6 PM ET edition of SportsCenter begins with anchor Lindsay Czarniak quickly running through the top three stories of the day – the breaking news of Reggie Bush’s release from the Lions, Rajon Rondo’s one game suspension in Dallas, and Derrick Rose’s latest knee surgery.  At 6:03, Czarniak interviews Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago on the Rose injury. ...
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Viewing Picks for February 26, 2015

All Times Eastern College Baseball Alabama A&M at Auburn — SEC Network Plus, 5 p.m. Southeastern Louisiana at LSU — SEC Network Plus, 7:30 p.m. College Basketball Men’s Minnesota at Michigan State — Big Ten Network, 7 p.m. Houston at Temple — CBS Sports Network, 7 p.m. Delaware at Drexel — Comcast SportsNet (California/Mid-Atlantic)/SNY/The Comcast Network, 7 p.m...
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The son of ESPN.com writer Ivan Maisel is reported missing

We received word Tuesday that the son of ESPN.com Ivan Maisel is missing. Max Maisel is a student at the Rochester (NY) Institute of Technology. He was last seen on campus Sunday and his abandoned car was found by police the following day. ESPN has issued a statement: “Our thoughts are with the Maisel family as they face this heartbreaking and emotional situation. Ivan is a caring...
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Craig Sager will return to the sidelines on March 5th

It's official!! Sr just got cleared to return to work & will be back in action Thursday, March 5 for Thunder-Bulls!!! pic.twitter.com/dnUi2Wy7Ax — Craig Sager II (@CraigSagerJr) February 25, 2015 Cue the bracket ties. Sr will be back for March Madness as well Craig Sager returned to TNT over All-Star weekend for an interview via satellite with Carmelo Anthony.  While...
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Marshawn Lynch to star in movie about Marshawn Lynch

The NFL season ended with Marshawn Lynch playing the role of supporting actor. The Seattle Seahawks running back stood there watching Russell Wilson throw a game-ending interception, and now he is taking on the spotlight all to himself. Lynch is apparently going to be a star on the silver screen, playing himself in the flick “Family First: The Marshawn Lynch story,” according...
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WatchESPN launches on Roku-integrated TV’s

Those who have TV’s with Roku will be able to see WatchESPN soon. Roku has announced that WatchESPN will be added to its app menu on smart TV’s that run the over the top service. However, like the WatchESPN app on Apple TV, you will have to be a subscriber to a cable or satellite provider to access the content. Roku streaming media players began to roll out WatchESPN and its...
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Predicting The CBS/Turner Announcing Teams For The NCAA Tournament

It’s a new world for CBS and Turner Sports as they embark upon another March to Madness. Bill Raftery will call his first Final Four on television, to the delight of 99.8 percent of fans. (The few who don’t like Onion Man will not be taken up to heaven when The Rafture comes… you have been warned, unbelievers.) Because Jim Nantz — like it or not — is the voice of both CBS...
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John Smoltz, Sean Casey have intense ping pong battle

The baseball season is coming, but hasn’t started up quite yet. MLB Network analysts John Smoltz and Sean Casey have been passing the time by playing a lot of ping pong at the MLB Network studios in New Jersey, and this video of an intense set of games shows just how much the lack of baseball is effecting them. Can the MLB season start early? Please? I’m even desperate for...
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Who would win a Katie Nolan for Ian Darke trade?

On Tuesday Ryan Glasspiegel of The Big Lead posted a very interesting report that Fox Sports 1 starlet Katie Nolan was almost traded to ESPN for Ian Darke.  Reportedly, Bill Simmons was high on Nolan for a role at Grantland, but negotiations broke down when Fox also wanted versatile reporter Marty Smith added to the deal.  While talent trades are rare in sports media, they do happen...
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The Top 15 Canadians in American Sports Media

Ed Note: It’s late February.  A bitter cold is sweeping through much of the lower 48.  So what better time to honor the top Canadian imports in American sports media with this polar vortex of a listicle!  It might surprise you to know just how big of an influence and impact our neighbors to the north have had on sports broadcasting south of the border.  From writers to anchors...
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VIDEO – Rick Carlisle gets into contentious exchange with reporter

During Tuesday night’s Raptors-Mavericks game, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle benched Rajon Rondo after a third quarter confrontation. In the post-game press conference, things got a little testy between Carlisle and reporters, with ESPN’s Tim MacMahon getting especially feisty when asking Carlisle questions. The real fun between MacMahon and Carlisle starts at the 50 second mark...
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Danica Patrick among NASCAR drivers set to call races for FOX

Fox Sports will be looking to give racing fans another reason to watch NASCAR Xfinity Series races this year – a rotation of top Sprint Cup drivers as a guest analyst in the broadcast booth.  We’ve seen several drivers work the odd Saturday race here and there over the years, but this represents a dedicated effort from Fox.  The list of drivers includes current series champion...
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Keith Olbermann reaches crossroads in ESPN renaissance

Given how cold it’s been in much of the country, maybe it’s true that hell has indeed frozen over since Keith Olbermann returned to ESPN in August of 2013.  Olbermann gracing Bristol airwaves yet again (albeit from New York) is the most improbable prodigal son story maybe in the history of sports media.  One ESPN PR staffer infamously said that Olbermann didn’t just burn...
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VIDEO – Bill Maher makes his Real Sports debut

Last week we told you that Real Sports was replacing the Bryant Gumbel monologue with segments from HBO’s rotation of comedic personalities.  The shift from Gumbel’s commentary to focusing on the lighter side is a big transition for Real Sports, but one done in hopes of reaching and cultivating a younger audience.  That transition kicked off in full with Bill Maher providing...
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Viewing Picks for February 25, 2015

All Times Eastern College Baseball Alabama A&M at Auburn — SEC Network Plus, 4 p.m. Central Arkansas at Mississippi — SEC Network Plus, 5 p.m. Kennesaw State at Georgia — SEC Network Plus, 5 p.m. Western Kentucky at Vanderbilt — SEC Network Plus, 5 p.m. Incarnate Word at Texas A&M — SEC Network Plus, 7:30 p.m. Southeastern Louisiana at LSU — SEC Network Plus...
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Steve Nash is dropping Temecula jokes on Twitter trolls

I'm the hardest 41 yr old you know Brodie. Watch your mouth or temecula RT @DeanTheMadKing: **** you YOU WASHED UP FRAIL ASS *****!!! — Steve Nash (@SteveNash) February 24, 2015 When it comes to great athlete tweets of 2015, this one belongs on the list.  Steve Nash hasn’t done much on the court for a while, but he still has a great and humorous outlook on life.  And no...
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Your NHL Announcing Schedule for 2/24 – 3/1

Tuesday, February 24 Philadelphia Flyers at Carolina Hurricanes (NBCSN 7 pm) Jim Jackson, Keith Jones, Chris Therien Wednesday, February 25 Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Capitals (NBCSN 8 pm) Mike Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire Thursday, February 26 Minnesota Wild at Nashville Predators (NBCSN 8:30 pm) Dave Strader, Brian Engblom Friday, February 27 Chicago Blackhawks...
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Back 9 Network doesn’t even complete Front 9; suspends operations

Ed Note: This post appears courtesy The Sherman Report. Last night, John Maggines asked on his PGA Tour Network radio show whether the Back 9 Network had the shortest tenure of any new channel? While the answer appears to be no, the Back 9 seems to be right up there. Just in case you were wondering what happened to Ahmad Rashad (above video). Apparently, his presence wasn’t enough...
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