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WATCH: Vin Scully narrates fan's marriage proposal

Engagements at sporting events are usually pretty awful. Well, unless Vin Scully is calling the game you get engaged at, of course. I love when Vin’s stories go nowhere. It’s so endearing, and he doesn’t try to force a punchline or moral into the story if there’s not one there. But if you’re this couple, imagine your engagement being filmed…and having Vin Scully...
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Jeff Van Gundy reportedly a candidate for Pelicans coaching job

ESPN has had relatively good luck with their top analysts staying in place and resisting the temptation to return to the coaching profession.  But that may not be the case much longer.  Lead NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy is reportedly a candidate for the vacant New Orleans Pelicans job. Van Gundy has been with ESPN since being fired by the Houston Rockets after the 2006-2007 season...
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PHOTO: Don Cherry wears wild suit even for his taste

I realize that’s reallllly saying something, but just look at this thing! It’s like a test color pattern on steroids! Technical difficulties. Please stand by. pic.twitter.com/MWkVNyiT7Z — Josh Gold-Smith (@GoldAndOrSmith) May 23, 2015   If you’ve not been blinded, you can check out our Don Cherry postseason suit compilations from 2013 and 2014 to compare. The...
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ESPN covering National Spelling Bee Finals with new interactive features

The Scripps National Spelling Bee Finals have become something of a spring institution in sports and pop culture, settling in to that soft spot of the schedule as the NBA and NHL playoffs are reaching their climax, the division races in MLB are beginning to take shape and nearly all TV shows have gone on summer hiatus. As movies such as Spellbound, Akeelah and the Bee and Bad Words...
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Darren Rovell apologizes on SportsCenter for calling Bobby Freedman a loan shark

Last week, Darren Rovell wrote an article on ESPN.com about the crowd at the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. In the article, Rovell described a man named Bobby Freedman as a loan shark. I couldn’t find a cached version of the article, but I *did* manage to a syndicated version of the article with the “loan shark” description intact. Well, that didn’t sit well with someone. ESPN...
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Viewing Picks for May 23, 2015

All Times Eastern Arena Football Portland Thunder at Orlando Predators — CBS Sports Network, 7 p.m. Australian Rules Football Essendon Bombers vs. Brisbane Lions — Fox Soccer Plus, 11 p.m. BoxingPBC on NBC, Faneuil Hall, Boston, MASuper Middleweight Title Andre Dirrell vs. James DeGale — NBC, 4:30 p.m. College BaseballACC Tournament, Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham, NCDay...
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Western Conference Finals up on ESPN

Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals between the Warriors and Rockets drew a 5.6 overnight for ESPN, up 47% from Game 2 of ESPN’s last Western Conference Finals, Spurs-Grizzlies in 2013. It was also up 27% from TNT’s broadcast of Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals between the Spurs and Thunder last season. The game pulled in a 15.9 rating in both the San Francisco and...
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NBC is looking at a nightmare Stanley Cup Final ratings matchup

Heading into the Stanley Cup Conference Finals, the suits at NBC were surely crossing their fingers and doing whatever superstitious ritual they could think of to get a dream Stanley Cup Final in the ratings department: Rangers vs Blackhawks. Chicago.  New York.  Two members of the original six.  Two of the biggest markets in the country.  Two teams with national namebrand recognition...
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Sports and Entertainment Ratings Buzz: May 11-17

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 Monday, May 11, 2015 Eastern Conference Second Round Game 4: Atlanta Hawks @ Washington Wizards (7:00-9:41 p.m.) 2.1 household rating, 3.147 million viewers -43% from 5.540 million of Miami at Brooklyn Game 4 on 05/12/14 Western Conference...
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NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: May 11-17

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 SEMIFINALS Game 7: Washington at N.Y. Rangers Wed 7:31PM-10:57PM 206 1.6 2709 2 NHL LIVE POST SEMI FINALS Wed 10:57PM-11:30PM 33 0.6 973 3...
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ESPN Ratings Buzz: May 11-17

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-CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS: Cleveland at Chicago (Game 6) Thu 8:04PM-10:34PM 150 4.2 6592 2 NBA PLAYOFFS-CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS: Houston at L.A. Clippers (Game...
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Jeff Gordon will join the NASCAR on Fox broadcast booth for 2016

Since winning NASCAR rights for the first time in 2001, the trio of Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, and Larry McReynolds has been in the broadcast booth for Fox Sports.  The three have seen NASCAR ride the roller coaster of national popularity and called some of the most tragic and most memorable moments in the history of the sport. For the 2016 season, Fox will make their first change...
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Joel McHale will host this year’s ESPYs

It takes a lot for me to get excited for the ESPYs, ESPN’s annual manufactured awards show that takes place on the night after the All-Star Game.  The ESPYs has had some great, heartwarming moments, don’t get me wrong, but the manufactured nature of “Hollywood, California meets Bristol, Connecticut” has always been a bit too much.  The announcement for the identity of...
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Pittsburgh Pirates promotion features sexual donuts!

This is just about the best giveaway I can ever remember seeing from a sports team.  On their Instagram page, the Pittsburgh Pirates were advertising a local Dunkin Donuts offering free Pirates tickets and… AND!!!… a “sexual Pirates donut.” Yes, sexual Pirates donuts. The post was taken down, but here’s a screenshot. I’m trying to figure this out. Is this a Siri fail...
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(VIDEO) Charissa Thompson does the splits for Dan Patrick

I don’t know how we missed this yesterday, but FS1’s Charissa Thompson stopped by the Dan Patrick Show in Los Angeles.  Thompson is one of the most talented people in sports media, successfully crossing over from sports to entertainment also working for Extra.  She showed off another talent by doing the splits on live television (much to the obvious enjoyment of Fritzy). DP...
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Real Sports embracing social media in new ways with Ronda Rousey interview

Here’s an interesting sports media nugget from HBO.  We’ve seen an evolution at Real Sports this year with the program shifting away from Bryant Gumbel’s closing monologue to a variety of comedians with ties to the networks opining on topics in and around sports.  The shift is a nod from Real Sports to reach younger demographics and expand the audience base for the show,...
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Viewing Picks for May 22, 2015

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football St. Kilda Saints vs. West Coast Eagles — Fox Sports 2, 11:30 p.m. Greater Western Sydney Giants vs. Adelaide Crows — Fox Soccer Plus, midnight AFL Highlights — Fox Soccer Plus, 11 p.m. BoxingFriday Night Fights, Omega Products Center, Corona, CABoxcino 2015 Heavyweight and Junior Middleweight Finals (series finale) — ESPN2, 10...
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AA Podcast #119 – Men in Blazers

We’re privileged to be joined on this week’s podcast by the biggest winners in our yearly People’s Sports Media Awards – Roger Bennett and Michael Davies, better known as the Men in Blazers. The best British export since the Spice Girls have taken American by storm in the last year – first with their work at the World Cup for ESPN and then covering the Premier League for...
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Chris Russo and Peter King have heated exchange over DeflateGate

Chris “Mad Dog” Russo has really been living up to that moniker with his scorching takes on DeflateGate, condemning Tom Brady and the Patriots organization, and even Brady’s dad! On yesterday’s Mad Dog Radio, he took aim at another target closely associated with the NFL – Peter King. Doggie and King had quite the heated exchange surrounding DeflateGate that you can hear...
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Cavs-Hawks, Inside the NBA both clobber NHL in overnights

The gulf between the NBA and the NHL in terms of playoff viewership was on full display on Wednesday night. Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Cavs and Hawks on TNT drew a solid 5.6 overnight, up 12% from Game 1 of Spurs-Thunder last year. Furthermore, the post-game edition of Inside the NBA drew a 2.6 overnight, giving TNT the top two shows on cable Wednesday night...
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Adnan Virk pays tribute to David Letterman with Baseball Tonight monologue

Baseball Tonight host Adnan Virk paid tribute to David Letterman with this opening monologue, and some of the similarities were simply uncanny. Obscure city references? Strange mannerisms? A couple of lame jokes and one pretty hilarious one? Yep, nailed it. The post Adnan Virk pays tribute to David Letterman with Baseball Tonight monologue appeared first on Awful Announcing.
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With David Letterman Gone, Who In Sports Could Shine In Late Night?

David Letterman retired last night, but not before he and his crack staff in the home office got one more sports reference into Late Show lore. Peyton Manning, clearly one of Dave’s favorite athletes ever if you go by the reaction given during Manning’s cameo in the show’s final Top Ten list, got to crack wise at the late night legend before the show came to a wonderfully produced...
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The NFL is trolling the Patriots so hard it’s not even funny

Precision. Strength. Intelligence. Head Coaches tell us what it takes to be a franchise QB: http://t.co/iAyZn8EmZF pic.twitter.com/bqCZBqs2QN — NFL (@nfl) May 21, 2015 PSI initials? A picture of Andrew Luck? This is amazing. The NFL should find ways to troll the New England Patriots at least once a week. First it was the random highlighting of the helmet catch, now this, next...
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TNA Wrestling has been canceled by Destination America

The marriage between TNA Wrestling and Destination America didn’t even last a year. Hell, it was just six months ago when TNA announced that Impact Wrestling would be moving to the Discovery-owned network at the beginning of 2015. Late on Wednesday night, the news broke that Destination America had canceled Impact Wrestling, which will take effect at the end of the third quarter...
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Bruce Arthur temporarily knocks TSN off the air

The Toronto Maple Leafs introduced Mike Babcock as their new head coach Thursday, and Canada’s version of ESPN temporarily lost the live feed moments before the news conference began. Toronto Star columnist and TSN contributor Bruce Arthur was talking about Babcock’s competitiveness when this happened: The broadcast quickly cut to TSN’s insider panel of James Duthie, Darren...
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