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Gary Bettman says tanking is a media creation

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has been known to say some wacky things. And there can be the perception that Bettman is in an ivory tower, unaware of his surroundings. This perception came back to bite him when the Commish met with reporters on Friday to discuss the state of the league and other matters. His head-scratching comments regarding fans taunting the Anaheim Ducks’ Corey...
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IMG producing documentary on former NFL player Steve Gleason

The story of former New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason just got a significant boost in its ability to reach the masses. According to The Hollywood Reporter, sports and media agency IMG is getting into the original content business, an effort led by former ESPN executive Mark Shapiro. Its first project will be a documentary about Gleason, who was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic...
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Pittsburgh Penguins top local NHL ratings once again

The Pittsburgh Penguins may have had a double digit ratings drop in the 2014-15 season, but it didn’t stop the team’s five year streak as the country’s top local market for NHL ratings. Root Sports Pittsburgh averaged a 6.55 rating for the Penguins for the ’14-’15 regular season. While that’s down significantly from the lockout season of 2012-13 when the ratings averaged...
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Bruce Jenner interview on ABC garners almost 17 million viewers

Bruce Jenner may be known now for the connection to the Kardashian clan, but for the older generation, Jenner is best known for winning the decathlon gold medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics. And after winning the gold in Montreal, Jenner became a commercial pitchman, actor and a part-time analyst for ABC Sports. But it was marrying Kris Jenner and becoming the stepfather to Kim...
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Viewing Picks for April 26, 2015

All Times Eastern College Baseball Valparaiso at Oakland — ESPN3, noon Notre Dame at Wake Forest — ESPN3, 12:30 p.m. Kentucky at Florida — SEC Network Plus, 12:30 p.m. Alabama at Mississippi — ESPN, 1 p.m. Boston College at North Carolina — ESPN3, 1 p.m. Clemson at Georgia Tech — ESPN3, 1 p.m. Stetson at Jacksonville — ESPN3, 1 p.m. Villanova at St. John’s — ESPN3...
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Problematic Stephen A Smith comments on Floyd Mayweather and domestic violence come to light

Stephen A. Smith continues to illustrate the very worst of ESPN’s coverage of Floyd Mayweather and domestic violence. As noted this week, Smith’s exclusive interview with Mayweather completely avoided the topic; while ESPN has had strong commentary and analysis on Mayweather’s past of domestic violence elsewhere from the likes of Outside The Lines, Sarah Spain and Keith Olbermann...
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McHenry fallout: Peeping-Tom journalism will have TV personalities on best behavior

Ed Note: The following appears courtesy the National Sports Journalism Center. This is a guarantee: Every personality in TV sports, big or small, now will be the nicest people in the world in the wake of what happened to Britt McHenry. Chris Berman will bring flowers to the IRS auditor who will be dissecting his taxes. After making a trip to renew his driver’s license only to hear...
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Twitter Wars: Vice Sports vs The Cauldron

It’s rare that you see two Editors-In-Chief of competing publications go toe-to-toe on Twitter in a public scrap, but that’s exactly what happened on Friday with the heads of two start-up sports endeavors.  Editors-In-Chief Jamie O’Grady (The Cauldron) and Tomas Rios (Vice Sports) squared off in a heated Last Man Standing Twitter War that got real personal real fast.  It...
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Dick Vitale surprises radio producer on his birthday

Dick Vitale did something pretty cool for a Kansas City radio producer who does an impression of him. Earlier this week, Ben Heisler of 610 Sports Radio in Kansas City celebrated his birthday, and his coworkers got Vitale to call into the show Heisler produces (The Drive) to wish him a happy birthday. Heisler also showed off his Vitale impression, leading to a humorous back and...
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MLB will allow Pete Rose to participate in All-Star Game events

Well, since he’s technically a TV personality now, I guess we can go all-in with reporting on Pete Rose. The new Fox MLB analyst will be allowed to participate in July’s All-Star Game festivities in Cincinnati, which Reds owner Bob Castellini stated was his preference earlier this year. This week, I wondered whether or not Rose would be taking one step closer to reinstatement...
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Time Warner-Comcast failed merger hurts Dodgers fans

There won’t be a mega-merger between Time Warner and Comcast, causing customers across the country to celebrate the immediate lack of an uber-cable provider in this country. But one group of people that won’t be celebrating are fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers, whose best hope of gaining access to Time Warner’s SportsNet LA this year has gone up in smoke. A merger between...
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Viewing Picks for April 25, 2015

All Times Eastern Arena Football Arizona Rattlers at Los Angeles KISS — CBS Sports Network, 10 p.m. Australian Rules Football Port Adelaide Power vs. Hawthorn Hawks — Fox Soccer Plus, 5:30 a.m. BoxingWorld Championship Boxing, Madison Square Garden, New York, NYIBF/IBO/WBA/WBO World Heavyweight Championship Wladimir Klitschko vs. Bryant Jennings — HBO, 10 p.m. Inside Mayweather...
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Steve Carell, Emma Stone to star in Bobby Riggs-Billie Jean King film

The 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, billed as “Battle of the Sexes,” is apparently the hottest sports movie property in Hollywood. Just over a month after HBO announced it was making a film about the match — with Paul Giamatti starring as Riggs and Elizabeth Banks portraying King — Fox Searchlight has a competing project in development, with...
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Hawk Harrelson shines during White Sox-Royals brawl

On Thursday night, the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals engaged in our first full-fledged basebrawl of the year. When all was said and done, five players were ejected, including each team’s starting pitcher (though each’s evening was essentially already complete). Over on CSN Chicago, Hawk Harrelson and Steve Stone were on the call, and Harrelson was in his element on...
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AA Podcast #116 – Brandon Stroud, UPROXX

WWE has made a lot of news in the sports world recently with Brock Lesnar announcing his re-signing with the company on ESPN, SportsCenter showing WrestleMania, and so many websites now covering the industry on a regular basis. With that in mind we welcome one of the best and funniest pro wrestling writers around, Brandon Stroud of With Spandex and Uproxx. Topics include… – His...
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Sports and Entertainment Ratings Buzz: April 13-19

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. NBA on TNT Tuesday, April 14, 2015 “NBA Pre-Game Show” (8:00-8:14 p.m.) 0.6 household rating, 912,000 viewers -10% from 1.008 million on 04/15/14 San Antonio Spurs @ Oklahoma City Thunder (8:14-11:18 p.m.) 0.9 household rating, 1.288 million...
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NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: April 13-19

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 NHL WESTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS: Montreal at Ottawa Sun 7:00PM-10:15PM 195 0.5 835 2 NHL WESTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS: Chicago at Nashville Fri 9:45PM-12...
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ESPN Ratings Buzz: April 13-19

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 NBA PLAYOFFS-1ST RD: Dallas at Houston Sat 9:31PM-12:14AM 163 2.2 3281 2 NBA PLAYOFFS-1ST RD: Milwaukee at Chicago Sat 7:00PM- 9:31PM 151 1.8 2660 3 NBA PLAYOFFS...
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Mets almost even with Yankees in viewership

It’s been a while since the Mets have been good. Fans have been starved for a winner and have had to endure years of bad teams. But that has changed thus far this season with the Mets riding an 11 game winning streak going into Friday’s action against their cross-town rivals, the Yankees. During the winning streak, the Mets fans have responded by watching the games on SNY in...
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More Details Emerge On 5 Hour OJ Simpson 30 For 30

On Tuesday, we shared the news that it appeared that ESPN was looking to do a 5 hour (you heard that right) 30 for 30 on OJ Simpson. Details were scant at the time but since then Awful Announcing has learned more about the project, most specifically the film’s director. We’ve heard Ezra Edelman is at the helm for this ambitious project at this time and that ESPN looked to Edelman...
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ESPN’s Identity Crisis emerges again in Floyd Mayweather coverage

There’s an ongoing identity crisis at ESPN between serious sports journalism and everything that doesn’t meet that standard (whether that’s embracing debate or puff pieces), as we saw again this week with the radically different ways the network’s shows covered Tim Tebow. Perhaps even a better example of ESPN’s journalistic dilemma is their SportsCenter coverage of an...
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Grant Hill got railroaded by some random fan at the broadcast table

Who says life isn’t rough as a broadcaster? Grant Hill was enjoying a snack at halftime of Bulls-Bucks on NBATV last night when this jerk just barrels right into him. That’s a former NBA All-Star! And then the guy has the nerve to do one of those “sorry-not-sorry” things as he’s just walking away. Where’s your manners, America! The post Grant Hill got railroaded by some...
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In ironic development, the ESPYs are moving away from ESPN

The ESPN Awards show created by ESPN and bearing ESPN’s name will no longer be televised by ESPN. ESPN announced this week that that 22 years after its inception (seriously, the ESPYs have been around longer than Marcus Mariota has been alive) the ESPYs would be moved to network primetime and air on Disney relative ABC. Here’s the news from a network press release: The ABC...
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Viewing Picks for April 24, 2015

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football Richmond Tigers vs. Melbourne Dragons — Fox Sports 2, 5:30 a.m. St. Kilda Saints vs. Carlton Blues — Fox Soccer Plus, 9 p.m. Essendon Bombers vs. Collingwood Magpies — Fox Sports 2, 12:30 a.m. (Saturday) BoxingPremier Boxing Champions, UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL Dirrell vs. Jack; Jacobs vs. Truax; Garcia vs. Stevenson — Spike, 9...
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Two sports media personalities are hosting new Travel Channel shows

Not one, but two sports media personalities are spreading their wings into the travel industry with two new shows on the Travel Channel. First, NBC’s Kyle Martino just got done with a trip to the UK with the network’s Premier League coverage.  Now he’s going to really be piling up the frequent flyer miles.  Martino has been named the co-host of a new Travel Channel show 36...
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