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Mike Francesa rips on Jay & Dan

On today’s episode of The Mike Francesa Show, the topic of Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole came up. Needless to say, Francesa had no idea who they were, and proclaimed that either “Fox hasn’t done a great job promoting them” or “they’re just terrible”. Well that’s mean. Of course, Onrait is watching. Ha. pic.twitter.com/UFq8wUHeSV — aka EliIsELITE (@SprtsRadioMongo...
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Your NBA Announcing Schedule for 3/31 – 4/5

Tuesday, March 31 San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat (TNT 8 pm) Kevin Harlan, Steve Smith Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers (TNT 10:30 pm) Kevin Calabro, Mike Fratello Wednesday, April 1 Brooklyn Nets at New York Knicks (NBAtv 7:30 pm) Local Broadcast Los Angeles Clippers at Portland Trail Blazers (NBAtv 10 pm) Local Broadcast Thursday, April 2 Miami Heat at Cleveland...
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The new ESPN.com website launches April 1st

It seemed like months ago we heard a re-design for ESPN.com was imminent.  Now they appear to finally be coming to fruition.  The big rollout will take place on the 20th anniversary of the website’s debut on Wednesday April 1st.  The network will also be launching a UK edition of the site with more international ones to follow. Via ESPN: Tomorrow ESPN launches a new ESPN...
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This year’s Team Stream Final Four announcers are revealed

Turner Sports and CBS have unveiled the announcing lineups for this year’s Final Four Team Stream telecasts (don’t call them Teamcasts this year, gotta have that corporate Bleacher Report synergy).  The Team Streams will be on TNT and truTV for the national semifinals while the traditional national telecast will be found on TBS. Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery, and Grant Hill will have...
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Why is Bing photoshopping Wisconsin fans into Duke fans?

Corporations can do some weird, weird things.  Kristen Yarows is a Wisconsin fan.  She is not a Duke fan.  However, Bing took her image (along with another Wisconsin fan) and photoshopped in Duke colors for a tweet over the weekend.  Yarows posted the bizarre photoshop on Instagram and Bing deleted the tweet. This makes absolutely zero sense.  None whatsoever.  There are like...
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Verne Lundquist had some very interesting things to say about some fellow announcers

Legendary CBS announcer Verne Lundquist appeared on Sports Talk 1400 out of Norman, Oklahoma last week before the East Regional.  Lundquist was calling games at the Syracuse site and the interview with Toby Rowland touched on some very interesting topics. Lundquist has never been shy about sharing his thoughts on fellow broadcasters.  Last year he spoke openly and honestly about...
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Associated Press examining its use of the Redskins name

The boycotts of the Redskins nickname has been the forgotten NFL controversy of the last several months.  With concussions and domestic violence dominating the off-field headlines, the nickname debate circling around the Washington NFL franchise moved to the backburner in the last year. However, some interesting developments from the Associated Press could move it back front...
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Final Four Voting For Announcer Cameo Bracket

The competition has been whittled down to four after a round of voting that saw two close races as well as the continued dominance of Bob Uecker’s performance in Major League. Advancing to the Final Four we have: – Bob Uecker as Harry Doyle in Major League advancing 97% to 3% over Barry Tompkins in Rocky IV. –  Jim Nantz in Tin Cup moving on with 57% of the vote to 43% over Al...
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The Boston Celtics are finally getting their first national television game of the season

ESPN has announced that they are replacing the Toronto Raptors – Charlotte Hornets game on Wednesday, April 8th with the Boston Celtics – Detroit Pistons matchup occurring on the same night. What makes this change so significant? This game will mark the first time a Celtics game has been featured on national television this season. Celtics-Pistons moved to ESPN next Wednesday...
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Grade school kid has already mastered the Cam Newton hot take

Here’s a blistering elementary school editorial on Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton that claims he should switch to running back because his interceptions are hurting the team. A hot take on the Carolina Panthers from my son's elementary school newspaper. pic.twitter.com/uxzeurkcIl — Jeff Atkins (@atkinsjeff) March 30, 2015 A few things to note: 1) This is how bad the NFC...
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WWE Network announces eight new original shows

Following a successful WrestleMania, WWE has announced a number of new original shows for WWE Network, featuring partnerships with talent from outside the company. Some of these ideas are… well, they’re strange, and I hope WWE isn’t investing a ton of money into them. CAMP WWE will be created in partnership with Seth Green’s Stoopid Bloody Studios. It’s an animated “adult” comedy...
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This year’s NCAA Tournament is still smashing records

Even though three of the four Final Four teams are one-seeds, this NCAA Tournament is crushing records for CBS and Turner. Following Sunday’s games, the tournament is averaging a 7.2 overnight rating. That’s up 11% from last year, and is the highest average overnight for the tournament since 1991. That 1991 Tournament was the first time that every tournament game was aired...
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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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