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Al Michaels cannot sing as well as Carrie Underwood

Sunday night’s game between the Cowboys and Bears was not close, which meant some time to kill for NBC play-by-play man Al Michaels. Michaels apparently figured he’d use the fourth quarter to practice his vocals, in case he ever chooses to release that Carrie Underwood cover album the world is just dying to hear. The legendary announcer performed a stunning rendition of Underwood’s...
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Here are some of the best written tributes to Jose Fernandez

Jose Fernandez’s tragic death sparked an outpouring of emotion from seemingly everyone who had ever come into contact with the 24-year-old pitcher. That means players, coaches and managers but also writers, who did their best Sunday to put into words what made Fernandez so special. Fernandez’s death brought a wave of emotional and powerful tribute pieces that help shed light...
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ESPN exec fires back at FS1: “They have made a big mistake in abandoning journalism”

FS1 has been punching up at ESPN ever since the network launched in 2013. Even before Fox Sports 1 came into existence in August that year, people at Fox were saying that it was time for someone to come along and challenge ESPN. They even attempted to paint ESPN as the stodgy, old, curmudgeon in sports television while FS1 was going to be “the one for fun.” That strategy didn’t...
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ESPN ‘Goal Line’ anchor Chris Hassel meets his match in desk chair on live TV

SportsCenter anchor Chris Hassel made his debut on ESPNews’ Goal Line this week, and oh, what a debut it was. Hassel started his segment standing, but quickly realized the chair behind him was there for a reason, and decided to pop a squat while delivering the college football highlights from the early window. There was only one problem: The chair did not want to be sat on...
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Viewing Picks for September 26, 2016

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football Brownlow Medal — Fox Soccer Plus, 6 a.m. College Football B1G Football Coaches Press Conference — Big Ten Network, 11:40 a.m. B1G Football & Beyond — Big Ten Network, 12:15 p.m. B1G Football Coaches Press Conference — Big Ten Network, 1:25 p.m. College Football Live — ESPN2, 1:30 p.m. CFB Daily — ESPNU, 4 p.m. ESPNU Championship...
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AA’s top @ClippitTV videos of the week: Eduardo Perez remembers Jose Fernandez

This article is sponsored by Clippit. Clippit is an awesome app that allows us to quickly grab 30-second clips from a handful of live TV broadcasts and share them on social media. Eduardo Perez gets emotional remembering Jose Fernandez on ESPN Sunday was an absolutely heartbreaking day in the sports world, as we lost one of baseball’s best young stars at the age of 24 in Miami...
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Kirk Herbstreit rips ‘absolute fraud’ Taylor Lewan after late flag

It’s safe to assume Kirk Herbstreit isn’t a Taylor Lewan fan. You're an absolute fraud bro!! @TaylorLewan77 #FakeToughGuy #Loafer #TryToHustle #ISeeYouYouWalkingOffTheField. #Fraud. #Pathetic. — Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) September 25, 2016 During Sunday’s Titans-Raiders match with Tennessee storming up the field trailing 17-10, a potential 1st-and-goal play was...
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Sports and Entertainment Ratings Buzz: September 12-18

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. NFL Network Top 10 (and Select) Programs VIEWER RANK PROGRAM DATE START TIME END TIME VIEWERS (000) A18-49 (000) 1 NFLN THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL Thu 9/15/16 8:27 PM 11:37 PM 3388 1868    2016 WK 2 – NYJ VS. BUF 2 NFLN THURSDAY NIGHT POST...
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Eduardo Perez gives excellent, heartfelt remembrance of Jose Fernandez

The tragic passing of Marlins ace Jose Fernandez is understandably the news of the day. Fernandez, just 24, died early Sunday morning following a boating accident in Miami. The news of his death broke shortly after 9 a.m. on Sunday morning, and SportsCenter immediately pivoted its programming to cover the tragedy. As part of that coverage, ESPN brought on an emotional Eduardo Perez...
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Now We’re Talking showcases awful announcing in a comedic way

Imagine hitting the peak of your career in your mid 20s to mid 30s. Your ego is at an all time high and you are the man. Then unfortunately, life comes at you fast and you either suffer from an injury or your job performance is inadequate. Where do you go next? This is the concept of the Go90 app’s new show Now We’re Talking starring Tommy Dewey and Tug Coker. Dewey and Coker...
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In a fascinating profile, FOX’s Joel Klatt opens up about alcoholism and concussions

FOX’s Joel Klatt might not have the name recognition of Kirk Herbstreit, but he might very well be on his way. The former Colorado quarterback has been FOX’s lead game analyst on the college side of the sport since last season, and on its own, that would be a great story. But as Bryan Curtis found out while interviewing Klatt for The Ringer, there’s a lot more to it than that...
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OMG Brent Musburger wore a Tim Tebow Mets jersey!

Oh you clicked on this? Yeah don’t have much for you other than the headline and the photo, but here it goes. Super awesome Brent Musburger — who for some dumb reason announces crappy games on the SEC Network despite being one of ESPN and America’s greatest gifts — dawned SEC Network colleague Tim Tebow’s Mets jersey while in the booth yesterday. How exactly this happened...
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Viewing Picks for September 25, 2016

All Times Eastern Bundesliga TSG Hoffenheim vs. FC Schalke — FS1, 9:30 a.m. FC Köln vs. Red Bull Leipzig — FS2, 11:30 a.m. Bundesliga Match Day — FS1, 9 a.m. College Field Hockey Penn State at Michigan — Big Ten Network, 1 p.m. College Football College Football Sunday — ESPNU, 8 a.m. College SoccerMen’s Washington vs. Seattle — Pac-12 Network/Pac-12 Washington, 8...
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NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: September 12-18

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 VIEWER RANK PROGRAM DATE START TIME END TIME VIEWERS (000) A18-49 (000) 1 NASCAR SPRINT CUP RACE (live) Sun 9/18/16 2:55 PM 5:43 PM 2691 577    CHICAGOLAND 2 NASCAR SPRINT CUP START (live) Sun 9/18/16...
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Twitter’s ratings soar for second ‘Thursday Night Football’ stream

Thursday night marked the second go-round of Twitter’s big NFL-streaming experiment, and viewership appears to be trending in the right direction for the social media platform. Per Recode, Twitter drew 2.2 million viewers to its stream of the Patriots blowout win over the Texans, slightly more than the 2.1 million who tuned in to Bills-Jets last week in Twitter’s NFL-airing...
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MLB All-Star Jimmy Rollins joins TBS for postseason baseball coverage

Former three-time All-Star Jimmy Rollins has impressed viewers over the last couple years as a guest analyst on television. While Rollins has made multiple appearances with Fox Sports in the recent past, he will be linking up with TBS this postseason for a full-time studio role for the network’s playoff coverage. Rollins will join analysts Pedro Martinez and Gary Sheffield in...
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Whistle Sports teams up with NFL for social media content

While Whistle Sports isn’t a name instantly familiar to everyone, many have probably seen at least one of their videos. They’re renowned for their partnership with trick-shot stars Dude Perfect, their ridiculous stunts, their pranks and their fail compilations, and they’ve created content in partnership with sports organizations like the Canadian Football League and The Basketball...
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Viewing Picks for September 24

All Times Eastern Australian Rules FootballPreliminary Finals, Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Greater Western Sydney Giants vs. Western Bulldogs — FS2, 3 a.m. Bundesliga Hamburger vs. Bayern Munich — FS2, 9:20 a.m. FSV Mainz vs. Bayer Leverkusen — Fox Soccer Plus, 9:20 a.m. Werder Bremen vs. VfL Wolfsburg — FS2, 12:20 p.m. Bundesliga Report...
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Dodgers honored Vin Scully tonight, and he wrote a letter to fans

This is really cool, and there’s a chance it’s going to get a bit dusty. The Dodgers are honoring Vin Scully before the game tonight, the first of his final series of calling games at Dodger Stadium. He walked on to a massive ovation: Vin Scully walking onto the field to a standing ovation that lasted more than two minutes. pic.twitter.com/QaWbb25Q8I — Jesse Dougherty...
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ESPN Ratings Buzz: September 12-18

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 VIEWER RANK PROGRAM DATE START TIME END TIME VIEWERS (000) A18-49 (000) 1 NFL REGULAR SEASON (live) Mon 9/12/16 6:55 PM 10:12 PM 12961 6112    PITTSBURGH/WASHINGTON 2 NFL REGULAR SEASON (live) Mon 9/12...
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Chris Mortensen appears on NFL Insiders from his home

ESPN NFL insider Chris Mortensen announced August 31 that his Stage IV throat cancer had “been virtually reduced to zero detection” and that he would be returning to work this fall, but it’s still remarkable to see him back this soon. Mortensen made his return to ESPN’s NFL Insiders Friday, appearing from his home in Arkansas: Welcome back @mortreport! Chris Mortensen...
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World Cup of Hockey shows ESPN is not NHL’s only path to success

ESPN’s return to hockey broadcasting has been highly anticipated and celebrated, yet the ratings themselves have underwhelmed. While there is still plenty of tournament to go, the US’ early exit plus the competition the tournament faces from college and pro football down the line means the 766,000 viewers ESPN pulled for USA/Canada may not be topped. Whatever your feelings are...
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Kenny Albert has worked with almost 250 different broadcast partners

One of the busiest broadcasters out there is Kenny Albert, the only play-by-play commentator currently doing NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL work (the first two for Fox, plus Knicks and Rangers work for MSG and NHL work for NBC) and a guy who’s also done Olympics, boxing, horse racing, soccer and lacrosse. The latest Skip Bayless sweats down to his underwear from...
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No, that James Brown does not host Thursday Night Football

For decades, James Brown has been one of the most respected and influential people working in the sports media. He has served as an NFL pregame and studio show host, interviewer, play by play man, and so much more. James Brown is so skilled and so highly thought of as a television person, let alone in sports, that he’s even filled in as a substitute host for the CBS Evening News...
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Viewing Picks for September 23, 2016

The latest Skip Bayless sweats down to his underwear from arguing too hard Red Barber and the empty Yankee Stadium - September 22, 1966 'Time' magazine puts kneeling Colin Kaepernick on its cover What does the future hold for 538's live podcasts? All...
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