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MLB’s All-Star roster will now announced be over two days

If you thought the current hour-long format for MLB’s All-Star Game roster reveal show was too long, just wait until you hear what MLB is doing now. This year, the roster reveal show on ESPN will take place over *two* days, July 5th and 6th. The starters will be revealed on Sunday the 5th, and the reserves, pitchers, and Final Vote candidates will be revealed on Monday the 6th...
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Where’s Bill Walton is the new Where’s Waldo

This may be my favorite tweet of all-time.  Bill Walton’s wife Lori tweeting about finding Bill at a Grateful Dead concert. I don't ever have to worry about finding Bill in a crowd pic.twitter.com/pmeSzpZsmz — lori M walton (@loriMwalton) June 28, 2015 If ever there was a time for a reboot of Bill Walton’s Long Strange Trip, now is it. The post Where’s Bill Walton is...
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Is the Longhorn Network a failure? What does LHN mean for Texas, ESPN and the Big 12?

The University of Texas’ much-maligned Longhorn Network has been back in the news recently, with Oklahoma chancellor David Boren calling it “the elephant in the room” and “a problem” last week. That caused C. Austin Cox of The Best College Sports News Network to ask an interesting question Monday: “Has Texas’ LHN Officially Failed?” Cox discusses how LHN prevents...
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U.S. Senior Open on Fox Improves Upon Last Week’s Debut

Though it aired with considerably less fanfare than the U.S. Open, the U.S. Senior Open was a second chance of sorts for Fox. Last weekend, the 50-and-over major championship aired on the Fox family of networks. It was a good opportunity for Joe Buck, Greg Norman, and company, to improve upon last week’s Fox golf debut. Since only a week has passed since the U.S. Open, not everything...
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Marshawn Lynch dove into an end zone of Skittles on Conan

Marshawn Lynch was a guest on Conan on Monday night (yes, it’s still on the air), and Conan O’Brien made one of Lynch’s dreams come true. He provided Lynch with a giant pool of Skittles for Lynch to dive into like it was an end zone. But remember – Lynch is an awful, terrible person for not giving the NFL media insightful quotes during Super Bowl Media Day. The post Marshawn...
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Is ESPN becoming a drain on Disney’s bottom line?

For years, the conventional wisdom about ESPN it’s been a cash cow for its parent company Disney. And while that has been true, it appears that with its rising costs due to programming and production, Wall Street analysts are nervous that as ESPN has to pay more for live sports (new contracts have kicked in or about to kick in for MLB, NBA, NFL and the College Football Playoff...
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American soccer comes full circle with JP Dellacamera in 2015

It’s the most famous moment in the history of American soccer.  Brandi Chastain’s successfully converted penalty kick to win the 1999 Women’s World Cup for the US Women’s National Team.  Almost 18 million people watched that game on ABC, which is still one of the biggest soccer audiences in American history and the most watched Women’s World Cup game of all-time by far...
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VIDEO: This Chile Copa America Semi Winner is Worthy of a Ray Hudson Scream

Ed Note: The following appears courtesy our friends at 32 Flags. For all your Women’s World Cup and Copa America coverage, make sure to give them a follow. The first Semifinal of the 2015 Copa America started in controversial fashion and ended on a terrific goalazo by Eduardo Vargas to get Chile the 2-1 win and advance to the Final on Saturday. Chile will face the winner of Argentina...
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Egads, Stephen A. Smith is hosting NFL Live?!

If you’re a regular viewer of NFL Live and you turned it on ESPN’s flagship NFL show, you may have noticed a startling sight on Monday – Stephen A. Smith anchoring the program. Smith and Skip Bayless are on a vacation from First Take (yay!!!!), but because ESPN’s deal with the devil demands that Stephen A. Smith be on the air at least an hour every day, there he was. FYI...
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NFL Hires Two New Reporters In An On-Going Effort To Dominate NFL Media

The NFL is hiring a bevy of reporters in an effort to have the entire country covered by the shield. Per John Ourand of SportsBusiness Daily, the NFL has hired James Palmer, formerly of Comcast SportsNet Houston, to serve as the league’s Denver-based reporter, while poaching former agent turned scribe Rand Getlin from Yahoo Sports to serve as a national voice. From SBJSBD: “We’re...
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ESPN launching Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards

The ESPYs won’t be the only awards show ESPN airs in the month of July. Before the ESPYs air on ABC on July 15th, ESPN will hold the first ever Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards on July 14th in Los Angeles.  The new awards show will center on two major awards – the Sports Humanitarian of the Year (naturally) and the Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year.  Additionally,...
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Viewing Picks for June 30, 2015

All Times Eastern BoxingGolden Boy Live, The 2300arena, Philadelphia, PALight Heavyweights Vyacheslav Shabranskyy vs. Paul Parker — Fox Sports 2, 8 p.m. Copa AméricaSemifinal, Estadio Municipal Alcaldesa Ester Roa Rebolledo, Concepción, Chile Argentina vs. Paraguay — beIN Sports, 7:20 p.m. The Express Gameday — beIN Sports, 6 p.m. The Express: Chile 2015 — beIN Sports...
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Adrian Wojnarowski on tipping picks: “I don’t care about their television show. It’s a competitor”

In the eyes of many media observers, it wasn’t any particular team that won the 2015 NBA Draft – it was once again Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski.  The preeminate newsbreaker of the NBA was the driving force in being first to break the news of several picks before they were announced live on ESPN’s telecast.  He even joined the rarefied Schefterian stratosphere of crossing...
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Your MLB Announcing Schedule for 6/29-7/5

Monday, June 29 Texas Rangers at Baltimore Orioles (ESPN 7 pm) Dave O’Brien, Eduardo Perez, Mark Mulder Tuesday, June 30 Chicago Cubs at New York Mets (ESPN 7 pm) TBA New York Yankees at Los Angeles Angels (MLBN 10 pm) Local Broadcast [Alt: Rockies at A’s] Wednesday, July 1 New York Yankees at Los Angeles Angels (ESPN 7 pm) Jon Sciambi, Rick Sutcliffe, Doug Glanville Thursday...
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Spain’s La Liga is suing FIFA over the Qatar World Cup

After threats from various soccer leagues from around the world over the scheduling of the 2022 World Cup in the winter, FIFA has now seen its first legal challenge to the concept. Spain’s La Liga runs its season from September to June. FIFA has announced that it plans to hold the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in November-December to avoid the stifling summer heat. If the schedule holds...
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Vernon Davis Is Terrible At Family Feud, Which It Turns Out, Is Also Terrible

While we anxiously away the Gronk family making its debut on Celebrity Family Feud, the long-running game show got some other NFL players to take part in their primetime ratings extravaganza. It didn’t go great for Vernon Davis. The 49ers tight end is a wonderful player, and a apparently a terrible game show contestant, after two of the worst answers in the history of the show...
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Watch: Aaron Rodgers flashes sword skills training with Olivia Munn

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers may have a surprise for opposing pass rushers this upcoming season. Normally, getting rid of the ball quickly, excellent footwork and surprising mobility keep him out of harm’s way. But Rodgers may whip out some swordplay on NFL defenders if they don’t watch out. Say what? OK, maybe this can’t be classified as football training, though Packers...
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Bob Costas and Tim McCarver to call first game together since 1980

Bob Costas and Tim McCarver. Tim McCarver and Bob Costas. Think about that. These two certainly know each other, but they’ve only worked together on a game twice. When you say? That was back in 1980 when Costas was a backup announcer on NBC’s MLB “Game of the Week” broadcast to Joe Garagiola and Tony Kubek and had a rotating analyst. At the time, McCarver was a player-analyst...
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Discovery purchases European Olympic rights through 2024

In a move that has shaken the European sports media world, Silver Spring, MD-based Discovery Communications has purchased the rights to the European media rights to Olympics from 2018-2024 for $1.48 billion. This doesn’t mean Western Europe or Eastern European or Central Europe, it means ALL of Europe. Discovery will utilize Eurosport as its main channel for the Olympics, but also...
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Is it time for Netflix to get into full-time sports programming?

The growing influence on Netflix on television viewing is astounding. Yesterday we told you about how Netflix and other streaming services are causing consumers to cut the cord on their cable and satellite subscriptions in bigger numbers in 2014. To signify how Netflix has become a force among viewers, FBR Capital Markets, a Wall Street research firm, conducted a study on the service...
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Is Colin Cowherd about to leave ESPN?

Just a couple of days ago, the superconnected Jim Miller tweeted some interesting inside information on ESPN: Time to rename Bristol "Crazy Town." Latest @espn salary demands from talent (north of $7M) absurd. Skipper won't tolerate such nonsense. — James Andrew Miller (@JimMiller) June 25, 2015 Seven million dollars? Wow. That’s amazing. Miller wouldn’t identify the person...
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Your 2015 Wimbledon Announcing Schedule

2015 Wimbledon Coverage on ESPN Hosts: Chris Fowler, Hannah Storm, Mike Tirico, Chris McKendry Talent: Darren Cahill, Cliff Drysdale, Chrissie Evert, Mary Joe Fernandez, Brad Gilbert, Jason Goodall, LZ Granderson, John McEnroe, Patrick McEnroe, Tom Rinaldi, Pam Shriver Monday, June 29 & Tuesday, June 30 First Round, ESPN 7 a.m. Wednesday, July 1 & Thursday, July 2 Second...
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Viewing Picks for June 29, 2015

All Times Eastern Copa AméricaSemifinal, Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos, Santiago, Chile Chile vs. Peru — beIN Sports, 7:20 p.m. The Express Gameday — beIN Sports, 6 p.m. The Express: Chile 2015 — beIN Sports, 6:30 p.m. The Express Wrap-Up: Chile 2015 — beIN Sports, 9:30 p.m. The Xtra Chile 2015 — beIN Sports, 10 p.m. GolfPGA of AmericaPGA Professional National...
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Ben Affleck, Matt Damon making film about FIFA scandal

One movie about FIFA has already been a disaster. The propaganda film United Passions earned $918 dollars in the U.S. on its opening weekend and has lost more than $26 million against its estimated $29 million budget. People were clearly not buying what that movie was selling, especially as it was released following FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s forced resignation amid a federal...
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Spin the numbers: Telling different story of ratings for U.S. Open

Ed Note: The following appears courtesy Ed Sherman and The Sherman Report. The narrative for this year’s U.S. Open was that the ratings were at historic lows. From Sports Media Watch: Fox Sports’ first ever U.S. Open ended with near-record low numbers. Final round coverage of the U.S. Open earned a 4.2 final rating and 6.7 million viewers on FOX Sunday, up 40% in ratings and...
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