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Colin Cowherd will be talking about John Wall’s Dougie until the end of time

Wizards PG John Wall and a group of friends were escorted off a plane in Las Vegas recently when one of Wall’s friends got into an argument with a fellow passenger.  In spite of the Las Vegas police department saying no arrests were made and there was “nothing remarkable or notable” about the situation, it still presented an opportunity for Colin Cowherd to take part in his...
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The Simpsons predicted the FIFA arrests last year

The Simpsons is still airing, and during a soccer-themed episode that aired more than a year ago, the show rather accurately portrayed a FIFA official getting arrested for corruption. There was a South Park episode years ago that featured Butters getting exasperated that every one of his plans had already been done by The Simpsons. This seems similar to me – The Simpsons has...
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Former Sky Sports commentator says there have been no worker deaths in Qatar

The 2022 World Cup scheduled to be held in Qatar has received plenty of scorn for a variety of reasons. One of those reasons has been the plethora of alleged human rights abuses in the country, with hundreds of migrant workers reportedly dying while working on the stadiums being built to host the World Cup games. And while there has deservedly been much backlash towards Qatar from...
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Viewing Picks for May 30, 2015

All Times Eastern Editor’s Note: This is partial for now. The complete list will be up Saturday morning. Australian Rules Football Richmond Tigers vs. Essendon Bombers — Fox Soccer Plus, 5 a.m. Golf European PGA Tour Irish Open, Royal County Down Golf Club (Championship Links) Newcastle, Northern Ireland 3rd Round — Golf Channel, 8:30 a.m. Tennis French Open, Stade Roland...
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X Games at a crossroads for ESPN

From June 4-7, the X Games return to Austin, Texas. ESPN is the broadcast home of the event and will be airing 26.5 hours of live coverage over the four days on ESPN, ABC, and ESPN3. Though attendance for last year’s games was the best in a decade, television ratings saw a major dip as the annual event moved from late July/early August to its new early June slot. Heading into...
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ESPN Miles Ahead of Competition in FIFA Election Coverage in America

Hours after Bob Ley of ESPN angrily ripped up a propagandist press release on ESPN’s air as part of the network’s in-depth coverage of the FIFA Congress and election for FIFA president, none of the other major sports networks in America that trade in the beautiful game had given the FIFA vote any coverage at all. Sepp Blatter won FIFA re-election around 1:15pm ET when Prince...
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Sports and Entertainment Ratings Buzz: May 18-24

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 Wednesday, May 20, 2015 “NBA Playoffs Pre Game” (8:00-8:30 p.m.) 1.45 household rating, 2.061 million viewers +28% from 1.615 million on 05/19/14 Eastern Conference Finals Game 1: Cleveland Hawks @ Atlanta Hawks (8:30-11:15 p.m...
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NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: May 18-24

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 EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS Game 2: Tampa Bay at N.Y. Rangers Mon 8:03PM-10:58PM 175 1.2 1858 2 NHL WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS Game 3: Anaheim at Chicago Thu 8...
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ESPN Ratings Buzz: May 18-24

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-2015 WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS Game 2: Houston at Golden State Thu 9:03PM-11:40PM 157 4.4 6866 2 NBA PLAYOFFS-2015 WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS Game 1: Houston...
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ESPN scores its highest rated NBA game since 2012

NBA ratings have been surprisingly down throughout this season.  The regular season numbers saw declines of 12% and 10% respectively for TNT and ESPN.  And with exactly half of the total playoff series thus far ending in either four or five games, postseason ratings are far short of what they could be. But there might be at least one ray of hope with the upcoming Finals.  Rockets...
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An exasperated Bob Ley literally rips up the FIFA agenda

SportsCenter has been coverage the FIFA presidential election live on Friday morning, an excellent example of how committed the network can be to journalism if they put their minds to it. FIFA backtracked on their agenda just before the election took place, and Bob Ley was just a tad bit exasperated by this. How exasperated was he? Well, he literally tore up the agenda provided...
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SportsCenter’s SVP vs Buccigross Spelling Bee is hilarious

Last night the sports world had their focus entirely on one of the great duals in modern history – Vanya vs Gokul at the 2015 Spelling Bee.  The event ended in co-champions once again as the pair spelled every championship round word correctly. Later in the evening, SportsCenter had their own Spelling Bee with John Buccigross squaring off against Scott Van Pelt and Robert Flores...
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Bob Knight, Lou Holtz quietly fade from view

Ed Note: The following appears courtesy our friends at the National Sports Journalism Center. They commanded our attention during countless autumns and winters. There was Bob Knight and his red sweater. You watched because he was this mixture of brilliance and inexplicable, unpredictable anger. He could get his Indiana team to perform with precision, and yet he always seemed to be...
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RIP Bob Ley’s Beard

One of the great shining stars in sports media has left this world far too soon.  I’m not talking about a person, of course, I’m talking about Bob Ley’s beard.  Yes, one of the great displays of facial hair in the history of televised sports is no longer with us. Ley even marked the occasion with this tweet paying homage to his beard’s own parody Twitter account: .@bobleysbeard...
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Viewing Picks for May 29, 2015

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football Sydney Swans vs. Carlton Blues — Fox Sports 2, 5:30 a.m. BoxingPremier Boxing Champions, Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NYWelterweights Amir Khan vs. Chris Algieri — Spike, 9 p.m. CBS Sports Spectacular: Fight Night, WC Handy Performing Arts Park, Memphis, TNCruiserweights Lateef Kayode vs. Nick Kisner — CBS Sports Network, 10 p.m. College...
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SVP & Russillo’s last show is June 19th

Earlier this month, Scott Van Pelt inked a multi-year extension with ESPN. As part of that extension, Van Pelt would be the sole anchor of the midnight SportsCenter. But unfortunately, there was a negative part of Van Pelt’s new role – he would be leaving his radio show with Ryen Russillo. While we’re still unsure about when the new midnight SportsCenter will begin to air,...
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CBS adds two more SEC football games to its calendar

Network television’s home for Southeastern Conference college football has added two additional games to its coverage in 2015. CBS Sports will broadcast the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff game in Atlanta between Auburn and Louisville on Sept. 5 and Georgia at Vanderbilt on Sept. 12. These games were added through a sublicense agreement with ESPN, per a CBS press release. With the U.S. Open...
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Tennis Channel will no longer air live U.S. Open matches

Since 2008, Tennis Channel had shared the cable rights of the U.S. Open with ESPN2. For the first week, Tennis Channel would air the first match at Arthur Ashe Stadium then would air the matches on the outer courts as ESPN2 focused on Arthur Ashe and Louis Armstrong Stadiums. It would also handle the night matches on the middle weekend. However, that comes to an end this year. Mike...
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ESPN advertising non-existent Rockets-Warriors Game 6

@awfulannouncing Mike and Mike seem to have forgot what happened last night pic.twitter.com/XFzsjfkWzw — Braden (@Braden1013) May 28, 2015 With a week until the NBA Finals begin, we might as well play a bonus game in the Western Conference Finals… right? The post ESPN advertising non-existent Rockets-Warriors Game 6 appeared first on Awful Announcing.
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NBC draws record viewership for 2014-15 Premier League season

The 2014-15 Barclays Premier League season is in the books, and NBC’s second year of coverage resulted in even more viewership records for the network. This year, NBC and NBCSN averaged 479,000 viewers per match and viewers streamed a whopping 317 million minutes of live games on Live Extra. Compared to the 2013-14 season, the debut season on NBC’s family of networks, viewership...
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Indy 500 outrates Coca-Cola 600 for first time in 10 years

Here’s fascinating news from the auto racing world.  For the first time in a decade, the Indy 500 outrated NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend according to our friend Paulsen at Sports Media Watch. Earlier this week, we shared the news that the Indy 500 drew its best rating and viewership since 2011 this year for Juan Montoya’s victory.  While the...
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NBC launching NBC Sports Films department

As we’re in the golden age of sports documentaries, there’s an undeniable gold rush for sports networks to take advantage of the interest in the medium.  ESPN has turned 30 for 30 (and the larger specter of ESPN Films) into one of the most respected brands in all of sports with the tonnage of high quality documentaries that tell a myriad of compelling sports stories in all...
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Riley Curry destroys the sanctity of the postgame once again

Steph Curry’s adorable daughter Riley was present at the podium once again after the Warriors’ Game 5 victory over the Houston Rockets.  And she was once again the real star of the show. Since we already had to live through a mind-numbing GREAT SPORTS DEBATE about a toddler, hopefully we don’t have to live through it again.  What’s even better than watching these Vines...
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AA Q&A: Ernie Johnson

Ernie Johnson’s NBA season ended Tuesday night with the Cavaliers’ 118-88 victory over the Hawks, completing a four-game sweep in the Eastern Conference Finals. But the Inside the NBA host is hardly done with his work for the summer, as Johnson will transition into his other regular duties of calling MLB games and the PGA Championship for Turner Sports. Hours before Tuesday’s...
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Sepptic Blatter: British tabloids (and others) have a field day with FIFA corruption story

The arrest of several FIFA executives isn’t just the biggest story in sports at the moment, it may be the biggest story in the world.  Soccer is the world sport and the news media loves nothing more than a juicy multimillion dollar scandal.  This truly has it all.  How big is this getting?  Now Vladimir Putin is saying it’s a US led conspiracy to take down FIFA and take the...
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