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NFL teams set to see profits skyrocket as new TV deals take effect

With new television deals officially beginning to kick in from all four major networks that broadcast the NFL, as well as DirecTV, we’re beginning to get a feel for how valuable said contracts are at a franchise level. Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Journal reported on Monday that each NFL club will gain an extra $27 million in revenue from contracts with NBC, CBS, FOX and ESPN...
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College football players want NCAA 15 back too

The news that EA Sports would not release an NCAA football video game for 2014 was not surprising – considering the ongoing Ed O’Bannon trial concerning image and likeness – but it was disappointing. And it wasn’t just college football fans that were despondent, college football players were as well. CBS Sports’s Jon Solomon reported Monday that the game’s cancellation...
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10 hours ago  |  Discuss

It’s been a terrible year for major championship golf ratings

I’ve always been a golf guy, whether it be playing or watching.  That’s why it’s difficult to embrace the reality that the sport is at a difficult crossroads right now.  In the wake of Tiger Woods’ loss of form and constant battle with injuries, golf has suffered in the ratings department. Much of that is very predictable.  There’s a crossover, mainstream appeal with...
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11 hours ago  |  Discuss

NBCSN doubles down on late games, rivalries for 2014-15 NHL season

For the first time in a long time, the NHL’s national television partner is showcasing that the state of California is as relevant a place for hockey as say, Pennsylvania or New York. While NBC might suggest the headline to their 103 scheduled games is a Winter Classic in Washington, a high 14 games on NBC, or the ever-important Wednesday Night Rivalry, the real surprise is a...
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12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Tim Tebow isn’t acting like someone who’s ready to start his TV career

If you happen to get your sports news online from any major, national outlet you likely came across a story about ESPN analyst Tim Tebow still training this summer for an NFL comeback. Although Tebow has a contract with ESPN to be a college football analyst and work predominantly for the SEC Network this fall, it’s well-known that the former quarterback has an out clause.  If...
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Cliff Lee ended his post-game interview with a monstrous fart

Following the Phillies’ 7-4 loss to the Giants on Monday night, Cliff Lee spoke with the media. After all, it was Lee’s first start in two months, and he’s a popular trade target leading up to the trade deadline at the end of the month. Once Lee concluded his chat with the media, he bid them farewell with a most appropriate gesture – a very loud fart. Oh yes, this is brilliant...
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14 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Simpsons could be Fox Sports Go’s ticket to greater distribution

You may have seen a stirring on Twitter yesterday from the biannual Television Critics Association press tour. A stirring that showed, yet again, that the internet’s love of The Simpsons is deep, endearing and unending. Mmmmmmmm… unending deer [slobbers]. Fox’s cable network FXX made the announcement that the network will officially debut its extensive package of Simpsons reruns...
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15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Jason Whitlock’s comments about Canada are insulting to everyone

Full disclosure: I’m Canadian. Okay, let’s get to it. Jason Whitlock has written a lot of questionable things in his career, but on Monday night, he said something that should offend an entire nation. The ESPN columnist joined Keith Olbermann on the latter’s eponymous show to talk about what the Cleveland Cavaliers should do with Canadian Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 overall...
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16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for July 22, 2014

All Times Eastern College Football Big 12 Live From Media Day — Fox Sports 2, 10 a.m. 2014 College Football Media Days — ESPNU, 1 p.m. College Football Live — ESPN, 2:30 p.m. Top 25 College Football Games of 2013: No. 23: Alabama vs. Texas — ESPNU, 7 p.m. Top 25 College Football Games of 2013: No. 22: Fresno State vs. Rutgers — ESPNU, 10 p.m. Cycling Tour de France Stage...
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Chip Caray makes an unfortunate verbal slip-up

Although that headline could come from 2009, it appears thanks to something that happened in the booth Monday night. Evan Gattis returned to the Atlanta Braves’ lineup on Monday night after missing 17 games with a bulging disc in his back. Well, Chip Caray would have you believe differently. Bulging dick, bulging disc…what’s the difference? It’s not like this hasn’t happened...
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Video: Charles Barkley finally fixed his golf swing!

Charles Barkley’s golf swing is the kind of legend that will only grow in time.  It will be to future generations what the Loch Ness Monster was to past ones.  Of course, our grandchildren and their grandchildren will have the video evidence to prove that the horrifying myth is in fact a reality. At this weekend’s American Century Championship (The Masters of the celebrity...
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Your MLB Announcing Schedule for 7/21 – 7/27

Monday, July 21 Texas Rangers at New York Yankees (ESPN 8 pm) Dave O’Brien, Aaron Boone Tuesday, July 22 San Francisco Giants at Philadelphia Phillies  (MLBN 7 PM) Local Broadcast [alt: Marlins at Braves] Wednesday, July 23 Cleveland Indians at Minnesota Twins  (MLBN 1 PM) Local Broadcast [alt: Reds at Brewers 2pm] Kansas City Royals at Chicago White Sox  (WGNA 2 pm) Ken...
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Red Sox reporter is a huge fan of The Office

Television and movie funnyman Steve Carell showed up at a Red Sox game and was interviewed by NESN sideline reporter Gary Striewski.  Sideline reporter-celebrity interviews are usually always awkward and this one is no exception.  My favorite part of this interview though, and what slightly sets it apart, is just how starstruck Striewski seems.  In particular, how big of a fan...
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Could the Australian NRL Ref Cam come to the NFL?

The television networks are constantly looking for ways to bring fans closer to the action. Over the years, we’ve seen innovation such as point of view cameras in cars in Formula 1, IndyCar, and NASCAR; lipstick cameras in track and field and in the NFL, there’s the overhead spider cam that has provided great looks from behind the offensive line. But one camera that has been...
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Why doesn’t ESPN use Keith Olbermann in their baseball coverage?

If you follow enough ESPN baseball people on Twitter, you’ll know that the network often puts on what they refer to as the “seamhead” edition of Baseball Tonight. This version of the show features baseball writers from throughout the ESPN universe — Tim Kurkjian, Buster Olney, Jayson Stark, Keith Law and Grantland’s Jonah Keri are featured — and airs on Thursdays. It’s...
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30 For 30 Review – Slaying The Badger

Director - John Dower Length - 90 minutes with commercial (78 minutes without) Installment - #62 of 30 for 30/ESPN Films series Most Similar To - 9.79 as well as ESPN-distributed Senna. Grade - Right outside of the top ten. Review- Unless you’re an individual who just can’t enjoy a sports documentary unless it covers a sport you’re not overly familiar with, Slaying The...
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Arsenal players practice New York accents for American tour

It’s July, so that means some of the major European soccer teams are coming to America for an array of preseason friendlies.  These tours have been incredibly popular over the last several years, as some of the world’s most famous teams fill out some of the most famous stadiums in American sports.  In Columbus, we get a visit from Crystal Palace.  So… there’s that. To...
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Could an NBA tournament be a television success?

One of the most challenging things about being an international soccer fan is explaining the different competitions that take place throughout the season.  If I had a nickel for every time I tried to explain to my dad the difference between the Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League, and how these competitions all take place simultaneously, I would have… well, plenty of...
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Diamondbacks announcers dress in Star Wars regalia

When the baseball season hits late July, it takes some creativity to power through the summer doldrums.  For the Arizona Diamondbacks, that meant a Star Wars night where everyone got to bring their best Comic-Con game to the ballpark. Even the announcers. Here’s Steve Berthiaume and Bob Brenly dressed as a storm trooper and Chewy respectively.  Berthiaume even got into the Star...
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Viewing Picks for July 21, 2014

All Times Eastern Arena Football Tampa Bay Storm at Spokane Shock — ESPN2, 8:30 p.m. College Football Big 12 Live From Media Day — Fox Sports 2, 10 a.m. 2014 College Football Media Days — ESPNU, 1 p.m. College Football Live — ESPN, 2:30 p.m. Top 25 College Football Games of 2013: No. 25: Michigan State vs. Stanford — ESPNU, 7 p.m. Top 25 College Football Games of 2013:...
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Video: Here’s an amazing real life version of FIFA

Marius Hjerpseth, an employee at EA Sports, took it upon himself to create a real life version of the FIFA video game much of the world knows and loves. We’ve seen plenty of videos where people try to make a real life version of a video game, but this is one is done especially well. Watch as EA Athletic battles EA United complete with commentary from Martin Tyler, player icons...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

What we know about Thursday Night Football this season

As you’re aware by now, CBS and NFL Network will air the 16-game Thursday Night Football package in 2014. Last week at the Television Critics Association meeting in Los Angeles, we got a little glimpse of what we’ll see on the expanded schedule. Here’s what we know about the new Thursday Night Football. Better Games Thursday Night Football will consist of division rivalry games...
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Peter Alliss is the gift that keeps on giving

During the Open Championship this week, ESPN has provided us with little drips and drabs of the great BBC announcer Peter Alliss. On Thursday and Friday, he appeared with Scott Van Pelt for about an hour doing not only commentary on the golf, but anything else they could discuss like The Beatles since the tournament is being played near Liverpool, the home of the famed group. But...
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Viewing Picks for July 20, 2014

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football Western Bulldogs vs. Essendon Bombers — Fox Sports 2, 2:30 a.m. Cycling Tour de France Stage 15: Tallard to Nîmes — NBCSN, 8 a.m. Extended Primetime Coverage — NBCSN, 8 p.m. Diving 19th FINA World Cup, Shanghai, Communist China Day 6 — Universal Sports, 8 p.m. (same day coverage) Formula 1 German Grand Prix, Hockenheim, Hockenheimring...
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Nick’s Kid Choice Sports Awards beat the ESPY’s

The inaugural Kids Choice Sports Awards on Nickelodeon actually beat the ESPY’s this week. Granted, they were on different nights and did not go head-to-head, but in overall audience, the Kids Choice Sports Awards on Thursday night averaged an audience of 2.3 million viewers, edging the ESPY’s on Wednesday night which totaled 2.2 million. The ESPY’s were also simulcast on ESPN2...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss
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