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This NBC promo featuring Lawrence Taylor and Joe Theismann was awkward on multiple levels

Lawrence Taylor is enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His status as one of the best defensive players in NFL history is indisputable. However, Lawrence Taylor also pled guilty in 2011 to sexual misconduct and soliciting a prostitute, a plea deal that saw more severe charges dropped: Taylor, who was not present at the hearing, pleaded guilty in January to two counts, sexual...
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3 hours ago

Ratings: Golden State Warriors Continue to Be a Top Draw on NBA TV

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. Ratings News and Notes It is the start of a new NBA season but the Golden State Warriors remain the league’s top ratings draw. Their 120-117 victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday, Oct. 27 drew 605,000 viewers on NBA TV. The telecast nearly...
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11 hours ago

SB Nation “preemptively publishes” report of Willie Taggart looking to leave Oregon, turning down Ole Miss

Coaching carousel stories are often particularly tricky given fluid situations and widespread rumors, and that perhaps helps explain what happened with an erroneous college football coaching search tracker piece SB Nation published Sunday. As pointed out by Football Scoop’s Scott Roussel, the initial piece included information on Oregon coach Willie Taggart (Seen above) “hoping to...
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11 hours ago

Joel Embiid’s “69 percent” conditioning joke went over Warriors announcers heads

Joel Embiid and many others (like Rob Gronkowski) love to insert the number “69” anywhere they can. And once someone does, it inevitably gets a bunch of people to respond “nice.” If you don’t know why that’s the case, I’ll suggest going to Google, turn on SafeSearch and look up why. Anyway, not everyone is up on the current vernacular of what young people are saying these days. And...
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12 hours ago

Michael Irvin rants about offensive linemen on NFL Gameday Morning: “Stay in front of him for three seconds!”

Michael Irvin is a Hall of Fame wide receiver, which gives him instant credibility when providing insight for NFL Network into what separates great players from mediocre ones and what those athletes might be thinking on the field. But does his Hall of Fame pedigree qualify him to explain offensive line play? According to Irvin, offensive lineman have it easy. They’re fat men who...
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13 hours ago

ESPN Ratings: ‘Monday Night Football’ Tops Prime Time in Philadelphia During World Series Week

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. Ratings News and Notes The Philadelphia Eagles’ 34-24 victory over the Washington Redskins on the Oct. 23 edition of ESPN’s Monday Night Football was the week’s top prime time telecast in the Philadelphia market, drawing a combined 1.385 million...
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AA Weekly Recap: new shows and new contracts at ESPN

Mike Greenberg’s new ESPN morning show will reportedly be called “Get Up” – November 13 Mike Greenberg’s new ESPN morning show will be called “Get Up.” As previously announced, Greenberg will host alongside Michelle Beadle and Jalen Rose. The show will debut on April 2nd, 2018. Barstool Sports gets Sirius XM channel, Dave Portnoy says “We’re coming for you…everybody.” – November...
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This Week In Hot Takes: Stephen A. Smith calls Jay Cutler “a disease”

Welcome to another edition of This Week In Hot Takes, this time looking at the hottest sports media takes from Nov. 10-16. Let’s get to it. 5. Seth Greenberg and Pat Forde argue that LiAngelo Ball and other UCLA players arrested for shoplifting should be suspended for a year and/or encouraged to leave the school: The scandal that saw three UCLA players, including LiAngelo Ball, arrested...
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2 days ago

Johnny Weir, Tara Lipinski return to NBC in primetime for Winter Olympics figure skating coverage

Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski were the breakout broadcasting sensations of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, and NBC wisely promoted them to the network’s top announcing team on figure skating. To no surprise, Weir and Lipinski will be back in the broadcast booth alongside play-by-play Terry Gannon for the 2018 Winter Games in PyongChang, South Korea. Four years ago, as NBCSN’s...
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3 days ago

Chris Russo is definitely not a fan of WFAN replacing Mike Francesa with Bart Scott

If there’s one person who I was curious to hear expound upon the replacements for Mike Francesa, it’s the pope’s longtime partner Chris Russo. The Mad Dog is never shy when expressing an opinion and had some very interesting thoughts to share about his former employer hiring a trio of new voices to take over for Francesa in one of the most coveted sports talk radio slots in the country...
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3 days ago

Video shows Patriots coach Bill Belichick giving inspiration to Navy Midshipmen

If you’ve read the history of Patriots coach Bill Belichick, then you know that he spent time at the Naval Academy when his dad Steve was an assistant coach in Annapolis. Belichick went back to the Naval Academy during the Patriots’ bye week and gave a speech to the Navy Midshipmen football team. This week’s edition of A Season With Navy Football on Showtime showed Belichick’s visit...
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4 days ago

AA’s @ClippitTV videos: Seth Greenberg and Jay Williams get into it about punishment for UCLA shoplifters

This is our weekly look at the most popular — or in some cases our personal favorite — videos on Clippit over the past week. Clippit is an awesome app that allows us to quickly grab 30-second clips from several live TV broadcasts and share them on social media.  Seth Greenberg thinks UCLA shoplifting trio should be suspended all season, Jay Williams says “stop that!” An unexpected...
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4 days ago

ESPN’s Seth Greenberg yells that LiAngelo Ball should be suspended for a year, Jay Williams says “stop that”

After LiAngelo Ball and UCLA Bruins teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were charged with shoplifting on a preseason trip to China, detained after the team’s departure, and eventually released and sent back to the U.S. following the intervention of U.S. president Donald Trump, there’s been a lot of discussion about how UCLA should discipline them. Rece Davis brought the matter up...
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5 days ago

Trump judicial nominee under fire for old posts on an Alabama football message board

A Donald Trump judicial nominee is catching a bit of criticism for, of all things, failing to disclose to the Senate that he regularly posted on an Alabama football message board. According to BuzzFeed, Brett Talley posted prolifically on TideFans.com about gun control, immigration and, yes, Alabama football from 2005 to at least 2014, under the username BamainBoston. His profile...
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5 days ago

Scott Van Pelt signs multi-year extension with ESPN while his SportsCenter ratings continue to climb

Scott Van Pelt appears set to remain the face of ESPN’s midnight SportsCenter for some time to come. Marisa Guthrie of The Hollywood Reporter writes that ESPN has signed Van Pelt to a multi-year extension, and that his show’s drawing well when it comes to young viewers in particular: ESPN has extended Scott Van Pelt with another multiyear deal. Van Pelt, who hosts the midnight edition...
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5 days ago

Could sports-free over-the-top service Philo end up proving that sports are necessary to succeed in streaming?

A new over-the-top subscription streaming service is joining the increasing variety of options available to viewers who want to cut cable and satellite service, but still get the TV they enjoy. The new service is called Philo, offers a package of 37 channels including AMC, Comedy Central, Discovery Channel, A&E, Food Network and HGTV, and be available for $16 per month. You might...
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5 days ago

The trio of Chris Carlin, Bart Scott, and Maggie Gray will replace Mike Francesa at WFAN

One of the biggest questions hovering over the sports media industry has been who would replace Mike Francesa when his contract ends at WFAN in New York later this year. Francesa is one of the titans of sports talk radio and has dominated the city of New York for thirty years. It’s fair to say that Francesa and longtime partner Chris Russo helped to pave the way for the growth of...
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5 days ago

Oklahoma-TCU was huge draw regionally, not so much nationally; did playoff rankings impact that?

Saturday night’s Big 12 matchup between the No. 5 Oklahoma Sooners and the No. 6 TCU Horned Frogs drew well in the Dallas area for Fox, but was outperformed nationally in that time slot by No. 2 Alabama versus No. 16 Mississippi State on ESPN and No. 3 Notre Dame versus No. 8 Miami on ABC. And all of those games paled before what CBS drew for their SEC on CBS No. 1 Georgia versus...
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6 days ago

Starz will air a youth football series produced by LeBron James

LeBron James continues to spread his wings across television. Along with his business partner, Maverick Carter, James has produced a basketball documentary for Showtime, a four season Starz sitcom called Survivors Remorse, a Shark Tank-type reality show for CNBC, and “The Wall,” which aired earlier this year on NBC. Now he’ll be producing a new youth football series called “Warriors...
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6 days ago

NBC will use Olympic Channel as news and information channel during 2018 Winter Games

It’s hard to believe, but we’re fast approaching the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. If you’ve been watching sports on NBC or NBCSN, you’ve likely seen the promos for the Peacock’s coverage. Now with the Olympic Channel in tow, NBC will have a new network that will have Olympic-related content. Earlier this month, NBC announced that CNBC, MSNBC and USA Network would...
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6 days ago

Mike Greenberg’s new ESPN morning show will reportedly be called “Get Up”

One of the worst-kept sports media secrets for seemingly more than a decade is that Mike Greenberg would be hosting his own morning show on ESPN. We finally got the announcement earlier this year, and with Greeny in lame-duck status on his “Mike & Mike” radio show, he’s looking back and looking ahead. Greenberg tells the Chicago Tribune that the show, which will originate from...
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6 days ago

Colin Kaepernick is one of GQ’s Men of the Year, gets the cover of December issue

GQ magazine certainly isn’t shying away from attention with the cover for its 2017 Men of the Year issue. Colin Kaepernick will be the face on the cover of the publication’s December issue, a provocative choice that is sure to generate a sizable amount of controversy. Those who prefer a cover without Kaepernick can potentially choose the other covers produced for GQ’s Men (and Women...
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6 days ago

MLB.TV is the only sports service in the top 10 for over the top subscriptions

A new listing of the top ten over the top streaming services in the third quarter of 2017 shows that MLB.TV is the lone sports-only service among heavy hitters Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu, HBO Now, Starz and CBS All Acccess. Naturally, Netflix is tops with 52.8 million subscribers in the U.S. according to research company Parks Associates. Amazon Video is in second with Hulu third...
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6 days ago

Cris Collinsworth says Brock Osweiler “looks better, looks sharp” as Osweiler throws a pick

This week’s Sunday Night Football saw one of the most perfect examples of the dreaded announcer jinx, with analyst Cris Collinsworth praising Denver Broncos’ quarterback Brock Osweiler and Osweiler immediately responding by throwing an interception. Here’s the clip: “It was Osweiler who talked about Hue Jackson in Cleveland and said “I have nothing bad to say about him. My fundamentals...
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7 days ago

Brent Musburger on a return to the broadcast booth: “Never say never”

Brent Musburger had a legendary career in broadcasting, spanning six decades on CBS, ESPN and ABC, covering the NFL, NBA, baseball college basketball and college football. After stepping away from ESPN earlier this year, Musburger has settled into something of a retirement, taking his expertise of calling sports for decades to one of his great loves: sports gambling. He relocated...
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7 days ago
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