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Is this now open season on the NFL?

With this being a season unlike any other for the National Football League, one wonders if this has become a watershed for the league. As more unflattering stories are uncovered, is this a turning point? For years, the NFL has been the Teflon league, the untouchable 800 lb. gorilla in the room that can do no wrong. But in this TMZ era where no league is safe, could we see more stories...
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Ray Lewis: “There’s some things you can cover up”

“There’s some things you can cover up and there’s some things you can’t.” This is a thing Ray Lewis said on national television.  This is one of the most astonishing quotes in the history of television.  The only thing that could have been more mind-blowing would be if he had said “If I did it…” The 2000 murders of Jacinth Baker and Richard Lollar still go unsolved...
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MLB Network is giving Derek Jeter a hero’s send off next Thursday

Derek Jeter’s final home game ever (assuming the Yankees don’t somehow surge and make playoffs) will be next Thursday against the Baltimore Orioles. MLB Network isn’t resisting the opportunity to pay homage to Jeter one last time. As the game is on a Thursday, MLB Network will broadcast the game under their Showcase banner. Bob Costas, Jim Kaat, and Tom Verducci will be on...
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Blind announcer calls baseball on the radio

Many of us take our sight for granted, but imagine that you’re blind. What would you do? What would you think you could do? Well, for 23 year old Bryce Weller of Peoria, IL, being sightless hasn’t stopped him from being close to sports. Blind since birth, Weller has not seen a baseball game or any of the sports he has grown to love. Weller said, “Being blind is not too fun...
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What will MLB Postseason ratings look like this fall?

This fall, the MLB Postseason will air on five networks for the first time ever: Fox, Fox Sports 1, ESPN, TBS, and MLB Network. Needless to say, there is a growing belief among pundits that there could be some confusion among fans tuning in for the games. When that belief is combined with declining national ratings, there are questions about what the ratings will look like for the...
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Viewing Picks for September 21, 2014

All Times Eastern CFL Calgary Stampeders at Montreal Alouettes — ESPN2, 1 p.m. Ottawa Redblacks at Saskatchewan Roughriders — ESPN3, 4 p.m. College Soccer Men’s Notre Dame at Virginia — ESPNU, noon Delaware at Stanford — Pac-12 Networks, 4 p.m. Women’s Michigan at Rutgers — Big Ten Network, 1 p.m. South Carolina at Auburn — SEC Network, 1 p.m. Vanderbilt at Georgia...
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Television And Radio Calls Of Arizona Hail Mary

If you were asleep, or even worse have DirecTV, you missed quite the finish in tonight’s Cal vs. Arizona game. Cal led 31-13 heading into the 4th quarter. An 18 point lead is never a sure thing, but Cal actually added 2 more touchdowns to bring their point total to 45 points. It wasn’t enough though as Arizona scored 36 points (5 touchdowns (two without XP) and a field goal)...
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2014 NHL Network preseason broadcast schedule

Hockey returns officially on October 8th, but the NHL’s pre-season begins tomorrow. NHL Network will be the home of any and all preseason coverage, with no games on NBCSN for the second straight preseason (three, if you count the lockout year, which had no preseason). The network also returns its two-hour daily talk show (and probably the nominally best thing on the channel),...
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2014 WNBA postseason posts largest TV audience since 2007

Did you watch the WNBA postseason? That question may result in plenty of laughter, but the 2014 WNBA postseason has posted significant gains which deserve some attention. ESPN, ABC, ESPN2 and ESPNEWS televised a total of 10 games and reached an average of 489,000 viewers. Compared to 2013, the WNBA playoffs saw a 90% increase. The Finals, a series which featured the Phoenix Mercury and...
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Derek Jeter a Fraud? Yankee fans are suckers? So says SNY’s Chris Carlin

The season-long Derek Jeter farewell tour for the most part has been met with genuine affection from fans. There have been the occasional anti-Jeter column or rant calling the tour over the top or even going to the point of calling the New York Yankees shortstop selfish. It’s rare to hear Jeter hate in his own city of New York, but as the days dwindle to his final game, one pundit...
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Rachel Nichols was the star of the Roger Goodell press conference

Roger Goodell’s first public appearance in ten days did not go swimmingly well for the NFL Commissioner. During a press conference at the New York Hilton, Goodell was meant by a pack of hungry reporters carrying the rancor and skepticism that is normally seen during a presidential media session. Reporters went after Goodell with a vengeance forcing him to stumble and scramble during...
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Vernon Davis’ superhero comedy is a ‘Project Greenlight’ finalist

Being one of the best tight ends in the NFL evidently isn’t enough for Vernon Davis. The man has aspirations beyond football. He wants to be an action star. He wants to be a superhero. If that’s what Davis wants in his future, he got to indulge one of those wishes in a short film called Captain Torpedo. However, what may look like a goof could turn into bigger things for Davis...
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Fox is turning Matthew Berry’s “Fantasy Life” into a pilot

Matthew Berry’s Fantasy Life book, which chronicled some incredibly memorable stories about fantasy sports, has been turned into a pilot by Fox. The pilot will star Entourage’s Kevin Connolly. Fox has experienced plenty of success with The League over on FXX (previously on FX), and recently launched Fantasy Football Uncensored on Fox Sports 1. They’re going to the fantasy sports...
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Viewing Picks for September 20, 2014

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football Preliminary Final, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia Hawthorn Hawks vs. Port Adelaide Power — Fox Sports 2, 2:30 a.m. Boxing NBC Fight Night, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, CT NABF Cruiserweight Title Thabiso Mchunu vs. Garrett Wilson — NBC, 3 p.m. Showtime Championship Boxing Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana...
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NFL flack Frank Luntz loved Roger Goodell’s press conference

Well, we can finally take Roger Goodell’s picture off the milk carton.  The embattled NFL Commissioner made his first public appearance in nine days to hold a press conference and take questions on his failures to lead the NFL through this crisis of confidence and the many mistakes he has made as the grand dictator of the league. Goodell offered no clear answers to what exactly...
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FanDuel Ads Are Taking Over The Internet

We’ve covered this at length already……Daily Fantasy is exploding. Further proof below (click to enlarge). Anyone know where I can find a good daily fantasy provider? The post FanDuel Ads Are Taking Over The Internet appeared first on Awful Announcing.
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Someone crashed Roger Goodell’s press conference screaming about being taken into an elevator

Over a half hour into Roger Goodell’s press conference on the State of the NFL, a man crashed the room screaming “DON’T TAKE ME TO AN ELEVATOR.” Apparently according to everyone watching the presser on Twitter, the man screaming like a crazy person was Benjy Bronk from the Howard Stern Show. That’s right, Roger Goodell’s press conference was pranked by Howard Stern....
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That awful Thursday Night Football game destroyed broadcast TV

We were kind of wondering about what kind of ratings the laugher on Thursday Night Football between the Falcons and Buccaneers would draw. I don’t think any of us expected this – a 6.8 rating on CBS and a 1.7 on NFL Network. The combined 8.5 overnight was 25% higher than last year’s Chiefs-Eagles game that aired solely on NFL Network and on broadcast TV in the local markets...
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AA Podcast #96 – NFL Roundtable and other topics

For the second time, we’ve collected our editorial staff for a roundtable discussion on the eventful month that’s been in the NFL. We’re joined by Steve Lepore, Ken Fang, and Joe Lucia to wade through arguably the worst month of off-field news in NFL history, the league’s response (or lack thereof), and how the media has covered it all. In addition, we tackle some other sports...
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NFL Network, MLB Network, Golf Channel and NBATV Ratings Buzz: September 8-14

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 Programs RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 NFLN THU NT FOOTBALL: Pittsburgh @ Baltimore Thu 8:28PM-11:09PM 161 2.2 3431 2 NFLN THU NT FBALL-SUS Thu 11:09PM-11:24PM 15 1.9 2928 3 NFLN THU NT POST-GUN ...
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This Pierre McGuire quote will get you excited for hockey season!

Believe it or not, the NHL season is juuust around the corner.  And NBC hockey analyst Pierre McGuire is here to bring us a little levity from a depressing month in sports ahead of the new campaign… Pierre McGuire on @TSN1200: "I would love for someone to come up with an analytic number for grit, because grit matters" — Paul (@Sens_Army_) September 19, 2014 There...
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NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: September 8-14

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 PREMIER LEAGUE: Swansea vs. Chelsea Sat 9:56AM-11:58AM 122 0.4 601 2 PREMIER LEAGUE: QPR vs. Manchester United Sun 10:53AM-12:58PM 125 0.3 545 3 PREMIER LEAGUE...
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ESPN Ratings Buzz: September 8-14

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 NFL REGULAR SEASON: N.Y. Giants @ Detroit Mon 6:55PM-10:13PM 198 8.4 13728 2 NFL REGULAR SEASON: San Diego @ Arizona Mon 10:13PM- 1:29AM 196 7.1 11515 3 NASCAR...
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Study: NFL may be losing fans as result of terrible month

The major question that’s been raised in the wake of never-ending NFL scandal and controversy is the tangible effect it might have on the league’s popularity.  Will the NFL slowly fall from its seemingly unconquerable position as the dominant sports and entertainment entity in the western hemisphere? The first national polling on the NFL’s disastrous month reveals some interesting...
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Sepp Blatter doesn’t get irony

Presenting our latest episode of Zillionaire Sports Executives Detached From Reality starring this tweet from Sepp Blatter. Everyone in the global football community has a responsibility to act ethically. Football fans rightly demand this. FIFA has taken the lead. — Joseph S Blatter (@SeppBlatter) September 19, 2014 That’s right, FIFA, who have been under investigation for corruption...
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