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ESPN’s Ed Werder uses Twitter to talk about family’s struggles with cancer

It’s easy to say that Twitter is filled with negativity and hate, but there are some good things if you know where to look. ESPN’s Ed Werder has been using Twitter to chronicle his family’s battle with cancer. We know Werder as the NFL insider who’s covered the Dallas Cowboys and other teams in the league for the Worldwide Leader. But you may not know about his daughter and...
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Dickie V. won’t be at Duke-North Carolina this month

We are definitely in a new era at ESPN. In announcing Chapel Hill, NC as its final College GameDay stop of the basketball season for this week’s Duke-North Carolina rematch, the Worldwide Leader has again assigned Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas and Shannon Spake to the game just as it did for last month’s contest. And it means that unless Dick Vitale is assigned to the ACC Tournament...
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Writer details threats from Florida State fans over Jameis Winston story

College football fans can be quite rabid. We know fans in the SEC footprint can be militant especially when someone says something they perceive as negative about their teams. Listen to the callers on the Paul Finebaum Show on radio and SEC Network and you’ll know of what we speak. But then the Florida State fans may have taken this to a new level after reports of the Jameis Winston...
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Here’s proof that Joe Lunardi is not wearing a toupee… we think

ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi appeared throughout the day on ESPN airwaves to discuss seedings and teams going on and off the bubble. Nobody cared what Joe Lunardi had to say.  They cared about his hair… and whether it was real or fake. I've got Joe Lunardi's toupee as the 8th seed in the east #bracketology pic.twitter.com/iOeo7I3RZd — Jordan Jones (@theRealjwjones) February...
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Viewing Picks for March 1, 2015

All Times Eastern Australian Rules FootballNAB ChallengeRound 1, Townsville Football Grounds, Kirwan, Queensland, Australia Gold Coast Suns vs. Geelong Cats — Fox Soccer Plus, 12:30 a.m. BobsledFIBT World Championships, Winterberg, Germany Men’s 2-Man — Universal Sports, 3 p.m. (same day coverage) College Baseball Clemson at South Carolina — SEC Network, noon Dartmouth at...
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Get ready for Fox Sports 1 vs. ATT U-Verse

We almost made it to March and managed to avoid the dreaded sports programmer vs. cable provider story. Well, that is until now. This is not the typical network vs. provider dispute where negotiations go to the midnight hour and a signal is about to be pulled. This is about sports programming costs and it involves Fox Sports 1 and AT&T U-Verse. If you’re a subscriber to U-Verse...
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The rush to condemn reporting the Dez Bryant video case forgets lessons of the past

Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio has become one of the most criticized media figures out there this week thanks to his comment on Dallas radio station 105.3 The Fan last Friday that a potential video tape of Dez Bryant may be a reason the Cowboys haven’t yet signed him to a new contract. That comment appears to have sparked the current uproar about Bryant, and the story gained...
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Here’s what we know about Katie Nolan’s Garbage Time

We’re two weeks away from the debut of Katie Nolan’s new Fox Sports 1 show, Garbage Show. Strangely, there haven’t been many details about the show released quite yet. On Thursday, Nolan released what she billed as the final episode of her No Filter web series, and answered questions about the new show from her fans. So, here’s what we know from what Nolan revealed in the...
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No Peter King. Just, no.

I once lost my daughter in a NJ mall for 3 minutes. Worst 3 minutes of my life. I so feel for the @Ivan_Maisel family. #FindMax — Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) February 28, 2015 Peter King means well.  He does.  I don’t believe he’s an evil monster.  But the execution of this tweet sharing well wishes for the family of ESPN’s Ivan Maisel over his son who has been missing...
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Charles Barkley thinks analytics and statistics are different

The neverending, mind-numbing, one-sided battle between Charles Barkley and analytics took an odd turn on Thursday when Barkley showed just how ignorant he was about analytics and statistics in general. Check out this clip from Inside the NBA. In summary, Barkley talks about some statistics, a Twitter user tells him those statistics are technically analytics, and what he just talked...
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Viewing Picks for February 28, 2015

All Times Eastern Australian Rules FootballNAB Challenge, Whitten Oval, Footscray, Victoria, Australia Western Bulldogs vs. Richmond Tigers — Fox Soccer Plus, 12:30 a.m. BobsledFIBT World Championships, Winterberg, GermanyWomen’s Heats 3 and 4 — Universal Sports, 3 p.m. (delayed) College Baseball Arizona at Mississippi State — SEC Network, noon Eastern Illinois at Arkansas...
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ESPN cuts to commercial right as fighter is knocked down

Below you’ll see a knockdown the closing seconds of round three of the Raymond Serrano vs. Jeremy Bryan fight on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights undercard. Serrano gets caught and goes down as the referee begins his count and then boom….Honda commercial. Although you can see Serrano getting up or even fully up, it’s still quite a gaffe given knockdowns are typically accompanied...
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NBPA head Michele Roberts misunderstands media with her comments

We’ve seen plenty of pushback from athletes against the media recently, from Marshawn Lynch to Kevin Durant, and some of that appears to have moved on to at least one key union executive: Michele Roberts, the head of the NBA Players’ Association. However, while both Lynch and Durant made some good points, Roberts seems to be missing the point. Here’s what she told ESPNw’s...
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Kingsford Charcoal took a shot at the NCAA

Kingsford Charcoal used the Ed O’Bannon trial to take a perfect shot at the NCAA on a limited edition bag. Here's a first: An endorsement targeting the NCAA. Kingsford is selling charcoal bags featuring Ed O'Bannon's image. pic.twitter.com/OtyFjbel1u — Jeff Eisenberg (@JeffEisenberg) February 27, 2015 The blurb on the bag says “lights 25% faster. Doesn’t burn athletes”...
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Sports and Entertainment Ratings Buzz: February 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. NBA on TNT Thursday, February 19, 2015 “NBA Tip-Off” (8:00-8:15 p.m.) 0.7 household rating, 1.024 million viewers -55% from 2.263 million on 02/20/14 Dallas Mavericks @ Oklahoma City Thunder (8:15-10:48 p.m.) 1.1 household rating, 1.759 million...
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NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: February 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 NHL REGULAR SEASON: Detroit at Chicago Wed 7:32PM-10:21PM 169 0.5 761 2 NHL REGULAR SEASON: Los Angeles vs. San Jose at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara Sat 9:57PM...
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ESPN Ratings Buzz: February 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. ESPN Top 10 (and Select) Programs RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: North Carolina at Duke Wed 8:59PM-11:43PM 164 2.6 4136 2 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: Kentucky at Tennessee Tue 7:00PM- 9...
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FIFA gave Fox the 2026 World Cup to avoid a lawsuit

Plenty of people inside the sports media world were more than a little irritated when FIFA gave the American television rights to the 2026 World Cup (and all events up through 2026) to Fox Sports without opening up the bidding to ESPN, NBC, or other potential bidders. Many felt that it was a make good for the inevitable shift of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to November and December...
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MLS must get labor deal done before embarking on new TV era

In seven days, the new MLS season is supposed to begin with a matchup between the LA Galaxy and Chicago Fire.  Two days later, the league will embark on their first tripleheader across two networks.  MLS’s two newest franchises, New York City FC and Orlando City SC, will be showcased to the nation on ESPN2 on a Sunday afternoon.  That game will be followed by a doubleheader...
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Jeff Van Gundy says he’ll “tone down” Bulls bashing

For all the talk of Charles Barkley’s rivalry with Daryl Morey and the Houston Rockets, there’s another ongoing feud between a prominent NBA franchise and a prominent NBA analyst.  Throughout the season, Jeff Van Gundy has been hyper-critical of the Chicago Bulls and their handling of head coach Tom Thibodeau. Van Gundy accused the Bulls of trying to undermine Thibodeau through...
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WATCH: Herm Edwards breaks down infamous llama video

You know the NFL offseason has arrived when analyst Herm Edwards is providing analysis of four-legged animals. Let me explain. See, tragically — and as a devotee to old-school journalism and the value of legitimate news, I’m using that word sans sarcasm — the most gripping national news story on Thursday pertained to a pair of llamas that somehow got loose and took to the...
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Tennessee Volunteer player calls Paul Finebaum to praise coach

ESPN and SEC Network radio host Paul Finebaum is no stranger to odd callers. From the tree poisoners to the unintelligible screamers, Finebaum’s daily four-hour radio and TV show is a carnival of characters with a little sports analysis and special guests thrown in from time to time. During Thursday’s show, Finebaum received a call from “Chris from Knoxville” who called...
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Viewing Picks for February 27, 2015

All Times Eastern Australian Rules FootballNAB Challenge, Bendigo Bank Stadium, Mandurah, Western Australia, Australia West Coast Eagles vs. Carlton Blues — Fox Soccer Plus, 3 a.m. BoxingFriday Night Fights, Paramount Theater, Huntington, NYJunior Welterweights Johnny Garcia vs. Cletus Seldin — ESPN2, 9 p.m. Golden Boy Live, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Palm Springs, CAWelterweights...
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HBO picks up The Rock’s football series, ‘Ballers’

With roles in the upcoming Furious 7, San Andreas, Journey to the Center of the Earth sequels and Shazam!, Dwayne Johnson is presumably too busy with making movies to do some work in TV. But the action hero apparently made time in his schedule for an upcoming project. And besides, this isn’t just for TV — it’s for HBO. Johnson will star in Ballers for the premium cable network...
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Rob Stone named primetime host for Women’s World Cup

One of the major media stories of this calendar year will be Fox’s debut on the international soccer stage airing their first World Cup.  The 2015 Women’s World Cup is rapidly approaching this summer and so far the network has made several changes in anticipation of the event.  Fox has added new pieces like Alexi Lalas, Brad Friedel, and John Strong and subtracting others...
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