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NBA ratings drop across cable, slightly rise on local RSNs

Earlier this month, we brought you the news about the NBA on ABC struggling a bit. Well, the overall viewership from last season to this year was roughly flat (3.588 million viewers this season compared to 3.584 million last year, still the second lowest mark over the past seven seasons), but TNT, ESPN, and NBA TV all experienced drops for their live games during the 2014-15 season...
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What Came Before Mayweather Vs Pacquaio: The Biggest Boxing Matches For Each Decade, And Who Called Them

On May 2, Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao is about to enter the pantheon of boxing history as the biggest showdown of its time, and one of the biggest boxing matches ever. In one major way, Mayweather vs Pacquiao shares what all of the other biggest boxing events have: a study in contrasts. Mayweather is playing the villain, as he does so well and so conscientiously, to Pacquiao’s...
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Voting for the 2015 People’s Sports Media Awards is now open!

After long hours burning the midnight oil at AA HQ we’ve settled on our list of final nominees after pouring over our staff’s choices and reader nominations via your comments and social media submissions.  Below are the list of hopefuls for the 2015 People’s Sports Media Awards.  Your task is simply to vote for the winner in each category. The winners will be decided on a...
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The AA Q&A: Former ESPN Ombudsman Robert Lipsyte

Robert Lipsyte was the fifth ESPN Ombudsman after George Solomon, Le Anne Schreiber, Don Ohlmeyer and the Poynter Institute. Lipsyte’s term finished in December of 2014 after serving 18 months in the role. During his time, Lipsyte wrote about a whole range of issues including the suspensions of Stephen A. Smith and Bill Simmons, the Penn State affair, the role of journalism at...
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The Mets and Yankees had a weird Twitter kerfuffle

The Subway Series took place over the weekend with the Mets and Yankees squaring off for an early-season battle of New York.  The Mets have been riding high so far this year, surprisingly off to the best start in Major League Baseball at 14-5.  The Yankees took 2 of 3 in the series to move into a first place tie at 11-8 in the AL East. It’s been a while since things were really...
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ESPN is suing Verizon over new skinny cable package

ESPN fired a preemptive shot at any cable or satellite providers looking to break the cable bundle model. On Monday, they filed suit against Verizon in the New York State Court because of the new package, which offers ESPN in a separate tier for an additional charge instead of the lowest level tier offered by Verizon. Here’s the statement by ESPN, provided by John Ourand of the...
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NBC New York breaks news of possible Game 8 in Capitals-Islanders series

The Islanders and Capitals will play Game 7 of their first round series tonight.  After winning Game 6 at the Nassau Coliseum to force the decisive game, NBC4 in New York ran this bizarre report with not one, but two snafus.  The most alarming of which is reporting that a possible Game 8 will be played in the series if the Isles can win Game 7 in Washington.  That Game 8 would...
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Britt McHenry asks for a second chance in return to work

ESPN’s Britt McHenry returned to work on Saturday, and issued another sincere apology on Twitter. Back to work. Excited to be covering Caps-Isles today. Now that the suspension is over, I want to say again (cont) http://t.co/NtBTwtajnV — Britt McHenry (@BrittMcHenry) April 25, 2015 The tweet, in its entirety, reads as follows: Back to work. Excited to be covering Caps-Isles...
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Screengrab Snafu – ABC 7 in Chicago is confused

On Saturday, the Chicago Blackhawks eliminated the Nashville Predators from the NHL playoffs. ABC 7 in Chicago was so excited, they eliminated half of the team’s name: Ummm…. pic.twitter.com/ljb4RoFSXK — Sarah Spain (@SarahSpain) April 26, 2015 That’s just…embarrassing for multiple reasons, and not something we need to elaborate on further. [h/t @sarahspain] The post...
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Viewing Picks for April 27, 2015

All Times Eastern BoxingWorld Series of Boxing, Plaza De Toros San Marcos, Aguascalientes, Mexico City Mexico vs. Great Britain — Univision Deportes, 8 p.m. (taped 04/24) College Baseball Washington State at Washington — Pac-12 Networks, 10 p.m. College Football B1G Spring Football Report 2015 — Big Ten Network, 7 p.m. College Softball North Carolina State at Virginia Tech...
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Yes, ESPN2 is airing video games

Up against the NBA Playoffs, NHL Playoffs, and Sunday Night Baseball, ESPN2 went outside-the-box and aired something you wouldn’t expect to see on Bristol airwaves. Video games. ESPN2 televised a gaming competition (or e-Sports if you’re so inclined) called Heroes of the Dorm.  It’s not the first time ESPN has gone down this route, but it sure got people talking… ...
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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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