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New Nebraska PA announcer fired after one day thanks to November Facebook criticism

The University of Nebraska’s now on its third football public-address announcer this offseason, and their second one only lasted one day. Nebraska said Monday they’d hired former KETV local sports director Jon Scheutz for the position, but on Tuesday, they told Schuetz they were “going in a different direction” thanks to the discovery of a November Facebook post he made criticizing...
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CoCo causes a stir: American tennis player gives first mid-match interview

It’s been a productive year for American professional tennis player CoCo Vandeweghe. The 23-year-old reached her first major-tournament quarterfinal two months ago at Wimbledon, getting a taste of Centre Court against Maria Sharapova. Vandeweghe’s powerful serve — one of the most imposing on the WTA Tour — can allow her to dictate points and gain leverage with that shot more...
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Apple pursued exclusive podcast deal with Bill Simmons

We’re one month away from the return of Bill Simmons’ podcast, set to debut on Oct. 1. Though we know producing the podcast is part of Simmons’ deal with HBO, it’s still not yet known where exactly the podcast will be found, what its title will be, who will sponsor it, and other such details. However, we do now have a better idea of what sort of competition HBO faced in...
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AA Q&A: Scott Van Pelt discusses new midnight show, tries to name every SportsCenter anchor in 60 seconds

Scott Van Pelt made big news this summer with the decision to leave his daily radio program and focus on a new venture for ESPN, taking over as host of the new, re-vamped midnight ET SportsCenter. Van Pelt’s version of ESPN’s flagship show debuts on Monday, September 7, immediately following the Ohio State-Virginia Tech football game on ESPN. ESPN made Van Pelt available for...
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Concussion director disputes report that scenes were cut to appease NFL

Following Tuesday’s New York Times report that Sony Pictures decided to alter scenes in its upcoming film Concussion to prevent antagonizing the NFL, director Peter Landesman disputed that his movie made any such compromises. The film follows the story of Dr. Bennet Omalu (played by Will Smith), the forensic pathologist who first discovered degenerative brain disease, known as...
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Idaho coach Paul Petrino tries to offer selective access after alleged threats, is shot down

Idaho head football coach Paul Petrino is making waves yet again for his treatment of the media. Moscow-Pullman Daily News sports editor Michael-Shawn Dugar wrote that Petrino screamed at him, swore at him and threatened him physically during a Aug. 19 practice, and while Petrino denied those charges in a statement (Dugar stood by his story), they still drew plenty of attention...
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CBS to stream regular season NFL games for the first time

CBS is taking baby steps on streaming the NFL online. It began with streaming the Super Bowl, then its playoff games. Now for the first time, CBS will put regular season games on its website. While it won’t be its entire Sunday AFC package nor its Thursday Night Football schedule, this does represent something new for those who won’t be in front of a TV or wish to follow games...
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NFL finds a new way to create another prime-time event

In the television world, whatever the NFL touches turns to gold. It’s why the league and its network have made prime-time events out of the draft, the opening of free agency and the release of a schedule that is already basically in place months prior. And now, with the Super Bowl taking place on the west coast for the first time since 2003, the league has found a creative way...
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Viewing Picks for September 2, 2015

All Times Eastern Editor’s note: Fox Sports 1/Fox Sports 2 has rebranded and will be listed as “FS1″ and “FS2″ from now on. College Football B1G Football & Beyond — Big Ten Network, noon College Football Live — ESPN2, 2 p.m. ESPNU Film Room — ESPNU, 6:30 p.m. Scarlet and Gray Days: Inside Ohio State Training Camp — Big Ten Network, 7 p.m. Fox Sports 1 College...
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Sony cut 'Concussion' scenes to avoid angering NFL

When the trailer for Concussion was released this week, some openly wondered if this could be the sort of movie that called greater attention to a powerful corporate scandal brought to light by a whistle-blower, much like 1999’s The Insider did with the tobacco industry. Upon watching the preview, the prevailing thought seemed to be that this would be the film that the NFL doesn’t...
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Report: David Feherty won't be back at CBS Sports

The CBS golf schedule came to a close with The Barclays last weekend, and according to John Ourand from SportsBusiness Journal, so too did the long career for David Feherty with the network. Feherty, who has been with CBS for 19 years, called his last golf tournament with CBS last weekend at The Barclays. Sources said the two sides could not reach an agreement on Feherty’s...
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Harry Redknapp gets attacked by canopy while filming interview

Anyone who has supported a Harry Redknapp managed club in recent (or not so recent) history is going to take extra glee in this. While filming an interview about the transfer deadline day in England, a rogue canopy was picked up by wind and crashed the interview. Can't believe it. Attacked by a gazebo! Will stick to doing #DeadlineDay from my car in the future. http://t.co/VpsTqV9Azb...
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Your MLB Announcing Schedule for 9/1 – 9/6

Tuesday, September 1 New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox (MLBN 7 pm) Bob Costas, John Smoltz & Tom Verducci [alt: Rays at Orioles] Wednesday, September 2 New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox (MLBN 4 pm) Local Broadcast [alt: Angels at A’s – 3:30p] Washington Nationals at St. Louis Cardinals (ESPN 8 pm) Jon Sciambi, Rick Sutcliffe, Doug Glanville Thursday, September 3 Detroit...
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Craig Sager visits Turner Sports crew in Houston, says leukemia treatment is going well

Last Sunday (Aug. 23), the TBS crew, including announcers Ernie Johnson and Cal Ripken, was in Houston to broadcast the Dodgers-Astros game. That prompted Craig Sager to stop by Minute Maid Park, say hello to some friends and pass along some good news. Sager is undergoing treatment for acute myeloid leukemia at Houston’s M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, currently participating in...
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There will be no Coach reboot; NBC punts on the series

Just before football season begins, NBC hits us with a gut punch. There will be no revival of Coach, the sitcom starring Craig T. Nelson that ran on ABC from 1989 to 1997. Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva reports that the network shut down the show due to “creative issues” with producers, which were apparently the subject of rumors for weeks within the TV industry. The new Coach...
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NBC parts ways with Russ Thaler

Late on Monday, in fact it was almost Tuesday on the East Coast, Russ Thaler tweeted this news, breaking his own departure from NBC.: Thank You @NBC @NBCSN @NBCSports @Comcast #FreeAgent pic.twitter.com/1K7Qk9iffW — Russ Thaler (@RussThaler) September 1, 2015 Thaler was brought on board to NBC from Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic in 2011 to host NBC SportsTalk on NBC Sports Network...
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CBS to stream its entire SEC Football schedule

CBS has announced that it will stream its entire 17-game SEC football schedule that begins this Saturday with the annual Kickoff Game in Atlanta. The big thing is that it will be free to all and you won’t have to go through the headache of authenticating with your cable or satellite login. CBS has done this before and it’s good that it will be streaming its entire schedule again...
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Fox Sports doesn’t want you to anger the football gods

With college football season starting this Thursday, Fox is making a big push for its slate of games. A new promo is out showing football legends Brian Bosworth, Eric Dickerson and William “The Refrigerator” Perry dressed in ancient Greek garb as gods, angry that a man at a Saturday backyard barbecue has forgotten about the big game that day. You can imagine what happens next...
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How the world has changed since Vin Scully joined Dodgers

Late last week, it was announced that legendary Los Angeles Dodgers play-by-play man Vin Scully would return for another season with the club, marking his 67th campaign in the broadcast booth. It’s the type of number that feels like it has to be a typo. After all, there are 55 countries on this planet in which the average life expectancy is below that total. What was the world...
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Colin Cowherd’s first FS1 ad is here

Here you go @FOXSports1 pic.twitter.com/6Feeckm2xA — Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) September 1, 2015 Colin Cowherd makes his Fox Sports 1 debut next week.  The lightning-rod host tweeted out the above link to an ad promoting the Fox debut of The Herd, his simulcasted radio show that will move from ESPN to Premiere.  It’s a bit surreal seeing Cowherd under the Fox umbrella...
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Viewing Picks for September 1, 2015

All Times Eastern College Football College Football Live — ESPN, 2 p.m. Championship Drive: Power Hour — ESPNU, 6 p.m. Inside College Football — CBS Sports Network, 7 p.m. Scarlet and Gray Days: Inside Ohio State Training Camp — Big Ten Network, 7:30 p.m. 2015 Florida Football Preview — SEC Network, 7 p.m. SEC Fall Camp — SEC Network, 9:30 p.m. CyclingLa Vuelta a España...
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Fenway Park staff reportedly confiscating Don Orsillo signs

Monday night is the first Red Sox game at Fenway Park since news of Don Orsillo’s impending departure has become public. Red Sox Nation is showing their support for Orsillo during the game with the Yankees, but the staff at Fenway Park is reportedly confiscating pro-Orsillo signs. They're confiscating any signs at the gate at Fenway Park that have anything to do with Don Orsillo...
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Red Sox chairman calls Dave O’Brien an upgrade over Don Orsillo

In case Red Sox fans weren’t incensed enough at the team’s ownership over the ouster of Don Orsillo, they’re about to get a lot angrier. On Saturday, Red Sox chairman Tom Werner offered high praise for O’Brien while simultaneously (and perhaps unwittingly) burying Orsillo. Here are some of the relevant comments from the Boston Herald. Werner on adding O’Brien… “I think...
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Redskins TE wants to know who's leaking stories to ESPN

The Washington Redskins are a team in chaos right now (not that they haven’t been in chaos for the better part of Daniel Snyder’s ownership, but I digress), and tight end Niles Paul is wondering just who is leaking information to ESPN’s Dianna Russini. @AJ_ThompsonJr we've been trying to figure that out for 2 years now lol — Niles Paul (@Niles_Paul84) August 31, 2015...
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Pro-Don Orsillo petition up to over 50,000 signatures

A petition started by a Red Sox fan pleading with John Henry, NESN, and the Fenway Sports Group to keep play-by-play announcer Don Orsillo at NESN has eclipsed 50,000 signatures in less than a week. Here’s the wording of the petition, started by Red Sox fan Dave Ramsey. Don Orsillo has been the premier voice of the Boston Red Sox since 2001. He has been there for all three championships...
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