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Viewing Picks for April 21, 2014

ALL TIMES EASTERN Australian Rules Football Geelong Cats vs. Hawthorn Hawks — Fox Soccer Plus, 1 a.m. College Baseball Notre Dame at Miami — ESPNU, 7 p.m. Cal State-Bakersfield at Kansas State — Fox College Sports Pacific, 7:30 p.m. ACC Monday Night Pregame — ESPNU, 6:30 p.m. College Football CFB Daily: Spring Blitz — ESPNU, 4:30 p.m. College Football Live — ESPN2, 5...
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Gregg Popovich has a message for Craig Sager

NBA fans were saddened by the news about NBA on TNT reporter Craig Sager’s acute leukemia. In typical Sager fashion, he handled the news with humor. And while he’s undergoing treatment, Sager will have to miss this year’s playoffs. But it doesn’t mean that the NBA is not thinking about him. During Game 1 of the Dallas-San Antonio series, TNT tapped a replacement for Sager...
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The Masters garners its lowest ratings since 1957

It’s a tradition unlike any other. Not just the Masters, but the ratings for the tournament. They’re usually very good and the highest for golf all year. But without Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and the lack of any drama in the final round, CBS’ ratings suffered in 2014. Sports Media Watch says the two-day average rating for CBS was the lowest dating back to 1957 which is when...
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Former Bulls teammate Toni Kukoc endorses TNT’s Steve Kerr for Knicks Coach

With the vultures circling Madison Square Garden and looking down at the fate of New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson, one name which keeps popping up as a potential replacement is TNT’s Steve Kerr. In March, Kerr’s name was mentioned after Phil Jackson was hired as team president. Kerr played down the rumors, but did not necessarily deny them. Now a former teammate has given his...
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Video: Keith Olbermann takes down the NY Times Style article on Soccer

Soccer fans get angry when they feel their sport is poorly represented by the media. Through the years, fans have railed against networks for showing commercials during games, against Fox for using Gus Johnson on games or having Michael Strahan or Piers Morgan explain the differences between football and futbol, and against any outlet they feel patronizes to them. Well, there’s...
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Bob Bowman wants to solve MLB’s blackout issues for Bud Selig

Bob Bowman is the president and CEO of MLB Advanced Media, and is a front-runner to become the next commissioner of the league following Bud Selig’s impending retirement. But while MLBAM has made plenty of strides with Bowman at the helm, one thing remains the elephant in the room – in-market streaming and blackouts. I’m sure you all know the refrain on blackouts by now ...
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Viewing Picks for April 20, 2014

HAPPY EASTER!!!! All Times Eastern College Baseball Illinois at Penn State — Big Ten Network, noon Georgia at Florida — ESPNU, noon Vanderbilt at Arkansas — ESPN, 1 p.m. Kansas at Oklahoma — Fox Sports 1, 2 p.m. College Lacrosse Stanford at USC — Pac-12 Networks, 4 p.m. College Softball Minnesota at Michigan — Big Ten Network, 3 p.m. Syracuse at Florida State — ESPNU...
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Taiwanese animation explains the SEC Bag Man

Last week at SBNation, Steven Godfrey wrote an excellent piece about the SEC Bag Man and how they funnel money to recruits and players. The article was the topic of the latest Taiwanese animation video of American news, and the results were pretty spectacular. Why do all of the bag men featured look like Jabba the Hutt?! [NMATV]
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Screengrab Snafu: Chicago Unsportsmanlike

Go unsportsmanlike! (s/t Puck Daddy, CBC) pic.twitter.com/f264VxLtKB — Nina Falcone (@NinaFalcone) April 19, 2014
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Cameraman bites the dust tracking home run trot

Fox Sports 1 is televising Angels-Tigers this afternoon.  After a home run by J.B. Shuck of the Angels, FS1 went to a very typical shot of a cameraman tracking him around 3rd base.  Lest you think this is as easy as it sounds, here’s your reminder that carrying a giant camera while trying to run and shoot footage at the same time isn’t that simple… [Brace Hemmelgarn]
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WWE is blacklisting Nancy Grace

Any current and former WWE wrestlers (er, superstars) are persona non grata on Nancy Grace’s HLN show after the wrestling world fell into an uproar over Grace’s segment last week about the death of the Ultimate Warrior. Warrior passed away last Tuesday, hours after making an appearance on Raw following his Saturday induction into the WWE Hall of Fame. Grace insinuated that Warrior’s...
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Stephen A. Smith yells about hockey on SportsCenter… again

I get that this is supposed to be facetious and funny, but there’s a little truth in every bit of sarcasm.  At the beginning of SportsCenter Saturday morning, Sara Walsh and Bram Weinstein were teasing highlights from baseball and (GASP!) the NHL Playoffs. Stephen A. Smith then appeared on screen yelling about the NBA… because ESPN pays him hundreds of thousands of dollars to...
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The Toronto Sun trolls the Brooklyn Nets

Game one of the Easten Conference Quarterfinals between the Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors is set to take place today. But before the game on Saturday morning, the Toronto Sun trolled the Nets in the most perfect of ways. #TOSunFront: #RAPTORSvsDINOSAURS – it's on! http://t.co/pxWM8v3BYS #RTZ #NBAPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/LHWrVcWHTl — Toronto Sun (@TheTorontoSun) April...
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Craig Sager releases statement on leukemia treatment

This week Craig Sager’s son revealed on Twitter that his father was to undergo treatment for leukemia just as the NBA Playoffs were set to begin.  Turner Sports has yet to have an official statement on the matter, but they have released a statement from Sager himself. It’s a short statement, but it possesses his trademark sense of humor and even makes reference to his tete a...
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Jay Onrait proves that there is a kid named Fox Sports One!

The best part of Fox Sports Live and Fox Sports One are the entertaining Canadian anchor duo of Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole.  So when an ESPN executive bashed FS1 during Disney Investor Day at Bristol, you knew the boys of fun would have the last laugh. Referencing all the morons who have cursed their children by naming them “Espn” over the years, ESPN executive Artie Bulgrin...
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MLB Network is crushing ratings records this April

No one told MLB Network that baseball is scuffling on a national scale. During the first two weeks of the 2014 MLB season, MLB Network set records for total day viewership. From March 31-April 6, MLB Network’s total day viewers averaged 130,000, the highest mark in network history. That high watermark lasted for all of a week, because the week of April 7-13 ended up improving on...
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Viewing Picks for April 19, 2014

ALL TIMES EASTERN Arena Football Los Angeles Kiss at Iowa Barnstormers — CBS Sports Network, 8 p.m. Australian Rules Football Sydney Swans vs. Fremantle Dockers — Fox Soccer Plus, 2:30 a.m. Essendon Bombers vs. St. Kilda Saints — Fox Sports 2, 5:30 a.m. Boxing Showtime Championship Boxing, Washington, DC Light Heavyweight Championship Unification Bout Bernard Hopkins vs. Beibut...
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Your NBA Playoffs Announcing Schedule for 4/19 – 4/24

Saturday, April 19 G1: Brooklyn Nets at Toronto Raptors (ESPN 12:30 p.m.) Dave Pasch, Jon Barry & Chris Broussard G1: Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers (ABC 10:30 p.m.) Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy & Lisa Salters G1: Atlanta Hawks at Indiana Pacers (ESPN 7 p.m.) Mark Jones, Doris Burke & Israel Gutierrez G1: Memphis Grizzlies at Oklahoma City Thunder (ESPN 9...
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LISTEN: Hawk Harrelson bleepin excited for this double play

Chicago White Sox announcer Hawk Harrelson has been given a new lease on life so far this season, what with his team actually finding ways to win games and not being crushed by one walkoff defeat after another. Last night during the 8th inning, the White Sox turned an important double play to quash a Red Sox rally.  Hawk got so excited that he let out what is quickly turning into...
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The Green Bay Packers oddly went after Aldon Smith this week

The ongoing situation with Aldon Smith is sad. Over the last two plus years, he’s been arrested for DUI twice, been stabbed at his house, entered rehab, and most recently, been arrested after an incident with the TSA at LAX. There’s really no need for any more dirt to be piled onto him, yet that’s exactly what the Green Bay Packers have done this week. On Thursday, the Packers...
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“Nobody’s naming their kid Fox Sports One” – ESPN execs dismiss competitors

ESPN had a Disney investor summit on their Bristol campus this week.  Can you think of anything dripping more with corporate synergy than Disney Investor Day at ESPN? Surprisingly enough, these are secretly great opportunities to hear the real thoughts from executives on the state of the cable sports world.  It’s rare to hear the corporate suits at a place like ESPN talk so freely...
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Athletes and celebs are strangely excited to see A Haunted House 2

Marlon Wayans’ comedy horror film A Haunted House 2 comes out in theaters today.  I know you all can hardly contain your excitement. But a weird thing happened today.  Two of sports’ biggest stars – Redskins QB Robert Griffin III and Angels OF Mike Trout both tweeted to their oodles of followers to go see the movie.  If that wasn’t weird enough, they used the same exact...
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Craig Sager battling leukemia according to son’s tweet

This is some sad news from the NBA media world.  Thursday night Craig Sager’s son tweeted that his father would be undergoing leukemia treatment for the next 3-4 weeks and would be away from the sidelines.  The news comes just as the NBA postseason is set to begin. My Dad's 3-4-week acute leukemia treatment starts tmrw.Be thinking of him & let's get him back on the...
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Real Tweets from Real People – #AskEmmert

Mike & Mike had NCAA President Mark Emmert on their program Friday morning.  As part of the interview, the show’s Twitter account asked fans to tweet in their own questions to Emmert by using the hashtag #AskEmmert. #NCAA head Mark Emmert will join us in studio at 8 ET. Have any questions? Send them with #AskEmmert pic.twitter.com/2G3zqHEnXn — Mike & Mike (@MikeAndMike...
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That Dan Dierdorf retirement did not last long

Last year, long-time NFL analyst Dan Dierdorf announced that he would retire from the broadcast booth and ride off into the sunset. Dierdorf cited the week-to-week travel to NFL cities and artificial joints that he said made broadcasting games a difficult grind over the past few years. Dierdorf told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in January: “I just have to get away from going to...
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