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Kelly Hall rips newspaper over Matthew Stafford article

Ed Note: This post appears courtesy our friends at The Sports Daily. Kelly Hall, Matt Stafford’s fiancée, will do whatever it takes to defend her man. So when a Detroit Sun Times writer called out the Lions quarterback in a recent article, she made sure to respond. Hall and Stafford flew to Syracuse to watch Michigan State take on Oklahoma in the NCAA Tournament on Friday....
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Video: New Daily Show host Trevor Noah explains what makes American sports announcers unique

Comedy Central provided a Monday morning surprise with the announcement (first reported by the New York Times) that Trevor Noah would replace Jon Stewart as the host of The Daily Show. The comedian, 31, joined the program as a correspondent last October, but hosted a late-night talk show in his native South Africa and performed as a stand-up around the world, making appearances on...
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Players’ Tribune articles aren’t written by the players, which creates a host of issues

When Derek Jeter launched The Players’ Tribune in October, one of the key questions about the site was “are we truly going to get something unfiltered?” It was always apparent that at least some editing was involved, as you don’t hire a big name like Gary Hoenig (the former editorial director at ESPN Publishing) if you don’t have a role for him, but the degree to which...
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Indians players read mean tweets about themselves

The Cleveland Indians are a sexy pick in the American League this year. They’ve been getting more attention nationally lately, and the team responded to that attention by reading and reacting to some mean tweets from Twitter users. The results were, as most mean tweets segments are, fantastic. Jason Kipnis taking a giant bite out of a burger was the highlight for me. Oh, and Corey...
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SportsCenter went all-in covering WrestleMania

Last week we told you about the beguiling way in which SportsCenter and ESPN had suddenly taken an interest in WWE.  That included Jon Gruden appearing on WWE.com, Bill Simmons appearing as a guest commentator on Raw, and an E:60 special going behind the scenes of the pro wrestling giant.  It culminated in Brock Lesnar announcing to the world that he was re-signing with WWE in...
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Fox Sports hires Raul Ibanez for MLB coverage

It’s been a whirlwind year for long-time MLB outfielder Raul Ibanez. After signing with the Angels last winter, he was released in June and caught on with the Kansas City Royals. Ibanez played sparingly with Kansas City, but was on the team’s bench (though not their active roster) during their magical World Series run. As the offseason began, Ibanez received very little attention...
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Brian Engblom is busted open after taking a puck to the forehead

Your browser does not support iframes. It’s amazing that this doesn’t happen more often. During Penguins-Sharks over the weekend, NBC’s between the glass analyst Brian Engblom caught a puck square to the forehead when it got redirected off Sidney Crosby’s stick.  Engblom was rushed away from the bench area with a towel covering his face, then returned a few moments later...
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HBO And Showtime To Air Separate Mayweather Vs Pacquiao Programming, Which Is Probably Wise

After decades of being at each others’ throats as the two biggest players in the boxing broadcast word, HBO and Showtime have joined forces for the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao pay-per-view on May 2. But don’t confuse that for the equivalent of divorced parents reconciling; they are, after all, still sleeping in separate beds. This weekend Showtime announced that it would...
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Your Final Four Announcing Schedule including Teamcast channels

The national semifinals take place on Saturday night and the Turner/CBS conglomerate has some information for Saturday night’s Final Four.  We know what times the games will be played and what channels the Teamcasts (presented by Bleacher Report this year) will be on.  When we know the announcers for the Teamcasts, you’ll be the first to know.  But until then, we do know...
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Craig Sager’s leukemia has returned

Very sad news as we head into the Final Four – Turner sideline reporter Craig Sager’s leukemia has returned, as announced by his son on Twitter. We wanted to ensure he was taken care of & that we knew what the next steps were before we shared this #SagerStrong pic.twitter.com/IhUM2nK8yl — Craig Sager II (@CraigSagerJr) March 29, 2015 A year ago, Sager was diagnosed with...
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Kentucky-Notre Dame sets college basketball rating record

Not only was Saturday night’s Kentucky-Notre Dame game a huge thriller, it was a huge attention-grabber as well. As TBS becomes better-known as a destination for the NCAA Tournament, its numbers have done very well this year. For Saturday’s Midwest Regional Final which was played in primetime, TBS averaged an impressive 8.4/16 final rating/share for Kentucky-Notre Dame making...
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Will Ferrell responds to criticism from John Madden

Earlier this spring, actor Will Ferrell took the Cactus League by storm by playing nine different positions for ten different teams during five different baseball games. While it was a publicity stunt it was also done to raise money for charity. Not everybody was a fan of Ferrell’s stunt and that included legendary announcer John Madden, who called it a lack of respect for the...
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Prepare yourselves for even more Colin Cowherd on ESPN airwaves

SBJ reports that ESPN has been in discussions with controversial radio host and amateur sociologist Colin Cowherd to “increase his television presence” in Bristol.  Why is this?  Because evidently Cowherd has lobbied the network to give him his own Bill Maher style show where he can talk sports and… gulp… politics.  ESPN is listening. ESPN Radio host Colin Cowherd told...
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Barclays will not renew Premier League sponsorship

When the English Premier League begins its new TV contract during the 2016-17 season in the UK and America, the league will have a new title sponsor. Barclays is apparently electing to not renew their sponsorship of the Premier League after the 2015-16 season, naming the tremendous growth of the new UK TV deal as a primary reason. Via the Daily Mail… Premier League sponsors Barclays...
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Aaron Rodgers, sportswriter get into it over on-court access

Even though he attended California, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has become something of a celebrity fan of the Wisconsin basketball team.  During the Badgers’ Final Four run this year, Rodgers has been seen in the stands with girlfriend Olivia Munn (and more importantly, ESPN’s Andy North) cheering on Wisconsin.  Rodgers has friends on the team and is obviously...
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Hartford Courant reviewing unseemly tweets from UConn women’s basketball beat writer

There’s no faster way for a member of the sports media to risk their job than doing something stupid on Twitter.  John Altavilla of the Hartford Courant, come on down… The UConn women dismantled Texas today in their Sweet 16 NCAA Tournament game 105-54.  In addition to tweeting about the game, Altavilla took the time away from his paid duties to creep on the Texas cheerleaders...
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Dan Shaughnessy fires back at David Ortiz, actually makes compelling argument

When Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz took aim at Dan Shaughnessy over allegations of performance-enhancing drug use in a piece for the Players’ Tribune this week, you knew there would be a response. Lo and behold, the Boston Globe columnist penned an “open letter” to Ortiz that ran in Friday’s edition. After acknowledging Ortiz’s “reporter with the red...
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NHL ships new nets which have room for cameras inside the posts

Ed Note: The following appears courtesy our friends at Puck Drunk Love. You might remember back in January we discussed the fact the NHL was going to be experimenting with cameras inside the goal posts. The objective being that the league would have another look to call on for goal reviews and the new angle might allow for a better view of close plays. At the time, it was pretty...
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Ex-sportscaster sentenced to 2-4 years in fraud case

Former Philadelphia sportscaster Don Tollefson, who was charged with fraud last year after pocketing money that was supposed to go to charities, was sentenced to two to four years in state prison and 15 years of probation for felony money laundering, fraud, and theft. He’s eligible for early release in 14 months, and his probation can be reduced to ten years if he pays back all...
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Brian Anderson replaces Marv Albert for Kentucky-Notre Dame Elite 8 game

Late Friday night the official March Madness Twitter account revealed a significant change to the announcing lineup for Saturday’s Elite 8 game between Notre Dame and Kentucky.  Brian Anderson is getting the call from the bullpen in place of Marv Albert. Marv’s under the weather and will not be able to call tomorrow's @KentuckyMBB vs. @NDmbb game. — March Madness TV (@MarchMadnessTV...
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Hayden Fox returns! NBC is bringing back ‘Coach’

A wave of nostalgia is going to be washing over television during the next year or so. Days after Fox announced it was reviving The X-Files for a six-episode run (which will film this summer, with no premiere date yet announced), news broke of NBC bringing back the sitcom Coach, picking up the series for 13 episodes. If you’re a fan of the original show, which aired on ABC from...
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Comparing March Madness viewership to bowl season misses the point

On Thursday, Richard Sandomir of the New York Times wrote an interesting article, comparing the viewership totals from this year’s bowl season to the viewership totals from the first two rounds of March Madness. Based on the data, he concluded that the “meaningless” bowl games were a bigger draw than the NCAA Tournament games. While that’s all well and good, he’s really...
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Sports and Entertainment Ratings Buzz: March 16-22

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. NCAA March Madness Tuesday, March 17, 2015 on truTV TIME PROGRAM HH VWRS (000) 6:30 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament: First Round: Hampton 0.6 903 9:05 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament (bridge) 0.8 1278 9:24 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament...
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NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: March 16-22

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 PREMIER LEAGUE: Manchester United vs. Liverpool Sun 9:19AM-11:32AM 133 0.5 950 2 NHL REGULAR SEASON: Chicago at N.Y. Rangers Wed 8:03PM-10:39PM 156 0.5 787 3 PREMIER...
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Here’s a Picture of Young Jay Bilas on The White Shadow

The Bilastrator, as a young lad, appearing on The White Shadow in 1979. pic.twitter.com/uUHqPEDppE — Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) March 27, 2015 Jay Bilas shared this photo from over 35 years ago of a cameo on The White Shadow as, you guessed it, a basketball player.  But all I can think about when I see Young Jay Bilas is just how spooky it is that he looks exactly like Dandy from...
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