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Crying shame: Lack of originality among Wednesday’s NY tabloids

OK, we were all thinking it Wednesday night when news of the Mets’ failed trade with the Brewers involving Carlos Gomez broke. Among the players going from New York to Milwaukee was infielder Wilmer Flores. Curiously, Flores wasn’t taken out of the game despite the trade being widely reported. That led to Flores hearing about the trade from others and being given a goodbye ovation by...
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ESPN Radio announces three teams to fill Colin Cowherd’s former slot in August

ESPN Radio has a hole in its daily weekday lineup with Colin Cowherd moving on to new endeavors (widely reported to be Fox Sports). Even though he was pushed out the door earlier than planned after making controversial remarks on the air, Cowherd’s tenure with ESPN was set to end on July 31 anyway, which gave the network a gap to fill during August. Here is how ESPN Radio intends...
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How it looks to ride American Pharoah

It was a great story when American Pharoah became the first Triple Crown winner since Seattle Slew in 1978. But while it was a great story, most of us don’t know what it’s like to ride the horse. That is until now. Thanks to the magic of a GoPro camera, we now have that perspective. Here’s a great video that shows what it’s like to ride American Pharoah at the Del Mar Race...
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Cardinals ink billion dollar TV deal from Fox Sports Midwest

The latest team to cash in on MLB’s local rights boom is the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals inked a 15-year deal with Fox Sports Midwest on Thursday that will add over $1 billion to the team’s coffers over the life of the deal. The contract will start in 2018, and the Cardinals’ rights fees will jump to to $50-55 million in the first year of the deal from $30-35 million...
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Stephen A. Smith lashes out at those who doubted his Tom Brady report

Stephen A. Smith has strong words for those who doubted his report that Tom Brady destroyed his cell phone and as a result, the NFL would uphold the Patriots quarterback’s four-game suspension for his role in the “DeflateGate” scandal. Smith’s breaking news was validated when the NFL did indeed announce that Brady’s suspension was being upheld, along with commissioner Roger...
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Hulk Hogan accuses Gawker of leaking racist rant in new court documents filed

Hulk Hogan is currently embroiled in a feud with Gawker Media that threatens to have far more serious repercussions than any dispute the wrestler had with Rowdy Roddy Piper or Andre the Giant during his celebrated career. Hogan (whose real name is Terry Bollea) had already leveled a $100 million lawsuit against Gawker for publishing clips of a 2012 sex tape he made with the wife...
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Fox’s Bundesliga schedule isn’t as bad as feared

Last week, we were afraid of what Fox’s presentation of the Bundesliga would look like. They had the opportunity to capitalize on what they called the “summer of soccer“, and it didn’t look like they would with their new Bundesliga rights, relegating matches to Fox Sports 2 and Fox Soccer Plus. Thankfully, those fears were eased a bit on Thursday when Fox began to reveal...
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2015 Tour de France is most-watched on NBCSN since 2010

Cycling is a sport that’s suffered hits due to Lance Armstrong and doping. But with a scandal-free season going into this year’s Tour de France, NBCSN saw its numbers rise for the month-long event that concluded last weekend. Sports Media Watch notes that the 2015 Tour saw its best viewership in five years dating  back to Lance Armstrong’s last time in the event. Throughout...
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Beth Mowins will call Oakland Raiders preseason games

This piece of news broke last night. ESPN’s Beth Mowins will become the second woman to call NFL play-by-play next month. Steve Corkran of RaiderBeat.com tweeted that Mowins will join Tim Brown and Matt Millen in the broadcast booth to call the games that will be produced in-house by the Riaders: .@bethmowins will handle play-by-play duties for #Raiders exhibition games. Former...
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The importance of subscriber fees to sports networks is massive, but for how much longer?

Yesterday we covered a story with quite the juxtaposition in good and bad ratings news – the 2015 Brickyard 400 was the most watched event in the history of NBCSN… but the lowest rated Brickyard race on record.  Given NBC also showed a much less prestigious Global RallyCross race at the same time on over-the-air NBC, it raised a lot of questions at the time as to why NBC would...
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What’s the Dallas Morning News really trying to say about Jerry Jones…

[stands up] [applauds] That's some world-class juxtaposing, Dallas Morning News sports section pic.twitter.com/jngR402pH4 — Steve Cavendish (@scavendish) July 28, 2015 Think about it – is it really coincidence that these two headlines appear next to one another?  Nothing quite like being a billionaire senior citizen who’s also quite the party animal.  Kind of gives a whole...
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Viewing Picks for July 30, 2015

All Times Eastern BaseballNational Youth Baseball Championships All-Star Challenge, 12U, Baseball Heaven, Yaphank, NY Semifinal — CBS Sports Network, 10 a.m. Championship Finals — CBS Sports Network, 1 p.m. CFL BC Lions at Winnipeg Blue Bombers — ESPN2, 8:30 p.m. College Football Pac-12 Football Media Day Special: Day 1 — Pac-12 Networks, noon B1G Football Media Day 2015...
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The Washington Redskins claim more people read about their training camp than live on Earth

There’s considerable ongoing debate about how best to measure web traffic, but all sides can probably agree that the Washington Redskins are doing it wrong. Via Dan Steinberg of the D.C. Sports Bog, the Redskins released a 13-page report with third-party monitoring services Meltwater and TVEyes about how many people watched or read coverage of their 2014 training camp in Richmond...
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Still no new ESPN ombudsman, which fits with their historical back-and-forth on the position

The history of the ESPN ombudsman is a remarkable one, with people from exceptionally different backgrounds serving in the role plus long periods where the job was held by no one. Robert Lipsyte most recently held the role, serving an 18-month term from April 2013 to December 2014, and he helped raise the position to new heights, critically examining everything from Chris Broussard’s...
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Fox Soccer confuses Felix Hernandez for Chicharito Hernandez

Someone at Fox Soccer made a mistake when adding a picture to this article about Chicharito Hernandez. Here’s a screencap of a now-deleted tweet. Whoops. The main article on the Fox Soccer website has already been corrected, but they used the same incorrect picture on the syndicated post on Fox News. Felix Hernandez? Great player! Chicharito Hernandez? Great player! Last name...
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Baseball Hall of Fame changes voter eligibility rules

Maybe when the Baseball Hall of Fame’s class of 2016 is revealed in January, we’ll have fewer awful ballots to criticize. On Tuesday, the Hall of Fame announced that any BBWAA members that haven’t actively covered the sport for ten years will no longer have a Hall of Fame vote.   And the full statement from the Hall’s Board of Directors… Hall of Fame voter roll...
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Brickyard 400 sets new record for NBCSN’s biggest audience

Racing fans might have noticed a bit of an anomaly on Sunday.  The NBC mothership and NBCSN were airing auto racing coverage.  But while the prestigious event of the day, the Brickyard 400, was on cable, NBC was airing Global RallyCross on broadcast television.  It was certainly a weird sight for racing fans aware of the gap in importance and popularity between the two races,...
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VIDEO: After Gold Cup win, Mexico’s Miguel Herrera fired after punching journalist

Ed Note: The following appears courtesy Bloguin’s international soccer site 32 Flags. After managing for his job during the CONCACAF Gold Cup and successfully keeping his job after winning the tournament, Mexico manager Miguel Herrera has been fired less than 48 hours after the Gold Cup win due to punching a journalist at Philadelphia International Airport. ESPN’s John Sutcliffe...
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30 For 30 Review – Angry Sky

Director – Jeff Tremaine (Director of previous 30 for 30 installment The Birth Of Big Air) Length – 90 minutes with commercials (78 minutes without) Installment – #73 of 30 for 30/ESPN Films series Most Similar To – Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau, The Legend Of Jimmy The Greek, The Birth Of Big Air Grade/Ranking – mid 50’s out of 73 Review: Closing the book...
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Key & Peele show SportsCenter if it was about teachers

There’s a high probability that you have a teacher in your life somewhere.  And there’s an even higher probability that the teacher in your life is over-worked, under-paid, and under-appreciated.  And yes, there’s something wrong with the world when this is the case. But what if teachers were the ones making millions and being treated as superstars instead of people who...
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Eli Manning and Tony Romo star in Rob Lowe-style ads for DirecTV

Rob Lowe is out, Eli Manning and Tony Romo are in. OK, DirecTV already replaced Lowe back in the spring with model Hannah Davis and a talking horse. But the spirit of the series of ads depicting the best version of a person watching television through DirecTV versus a far less glamorous incarnation that still consumes their TV through cable is preserved in the new commercials featuring...
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Viewing Picks for July 29, 2015

All Times Eastern Baseball2015 National Youth Baseball Championships 12U All-Star Championship, Baseball Heaven, Yaphank, NY South All Stars vs. Central All Stars — CBS Sports Network, 10 a.m. East All Stars vs. West All Stars — CBS Sports Network, 1 p.m. Cape Cod Baseball League Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox at Wareham Gateman — Fox College Sports Atlantic, 7 p.m. College Football...
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Fox Sports 1 says “Woof!” to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show has been a yearly February tradition on USA Network dating back to 1984. After 2016, the yearly tradition will move to Fox Sports 1 which will air both nights of the event for ten years. In addition to airing the primetime, Fox Sports 1 and sister network Nat Geo Wild will air afternoon judging sessions plus Nat Geo Wild will air repeats of the...
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Your MLB Announcing Schedule for 7/28 – 8/2

Tuesday July 28 New York Yankees at Texas Rangers (FS1 8 pm) Kevin Burkhardt, Tom Verducci Oakland Athletics at Los Angeles Dodgers (MLBN 10 pm) Local Broadcast [alt: D’backs at Mariners] Wednesday, July 29 Colorado Rockies at Chicago Cubs (MLBN 2 pm) Local Broadcast Los Angeles Angels at Houston Astros (ESPN 8 pm) Jon Sciambi, Rick Sutcliffe, Doug Glanville ​​Thursday, July...
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Former Tennessean beat writer Jim Wyatt to work for Titans’ official site

If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em — or something like that. Or whatever the media equivalent might be. In this case, it’s former Tennessean beat writer Jim Wyatt going from covering the Tennessee Titans for the newspaper to working directly for the team’s official website. He’ll be the senior writer and editor for TitansOnline.com. Wyatt had been with the Tennessean...
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