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NFL experiments with “Breakfast at Wembley Stadium”

In a rare instance of having four national windows this Sunday, the NFL will provide Americans with four games at 9:30 a.m. ET, 1 p.m. or 4:05 p.m., 4:25 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. As Detroit and Atlanta prepare to play the NFL’s second game in London this season, we have the opportunity to eat all three meals and have football be your companion throughout the day. Before you scratch your...
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PGA of America fires its president over social media gaffes

The PGA of America impeached its President, Ted Bishop on Friday over a sexist tweet and Facebook post that called out golfer Ian Poulter. In a recent book, Poulter questioned the selections of Ryder Cup captains Nick Faldo in 2008 and Tom Watson for this year. A clearly irritated Bishop called Poulter a “lil girl” on Twitter and “little schoolgirl” on Facebook. While the...
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Conference USA is hiring a PR firm to bolster Marshall’s College Football Playoff case

The Marshall Thundering Herd is 7-0, ranked in the top 25, and they want to head to the College Football Playoff. Conference USA is backing the school (because naturally, the more exposure for Marshall means the conference gets more money), and has hired a PR firm that worked for the Rose Bowl, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Speedo to help bolster the Herd’s case. Brener Zwikel...
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WATCH: Chris Fowler rips 'stupid' fans over ESPN-SEC bias

The consternations over ESPN’s perceived SEC bias have reached a fever pitch recently.  They were given some legitimacy when Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said the ESPN/SEC relationship was not good for college football.  That came on the heels of #FSUTwitter conspiracy theories that ESPN was out to get Florida State and Jameis Winston and threats of GameDay boycotts. The claims of...
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Your Week 9 College Football Announcing Schedule

Saturday, October 25 Noon- Texas at Kansas State (ESPN) Dave Pasch, Brian Griese, Tom Luginbill (Westwood One) Jason Benetti, Derek Rackley Noon- Rutgers at Nebraska (ESPN2) Beth Mowins, Joey Galloway, Paul Carcaterra Noon- Minnesota at Illinois (ESPNU) Clay Matvick, Anthony Becht Noon- Memphis at SMU (ESPNews) Mike Couzens, Gene Chizik Noon- North Texas at Rice (FSN) Brendan Burke...
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Frank Thomas – the cheeriest personality in sports television?

Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Thomas has done a pretty decent job in his first year as an MLB analyst for Fox Sports 1. But I’ve noticed something about Thomas in his retirement that I never noticed during his pro career – the man is full of smiles and seems incredibly joyful. It seems like every one of his tweets has multiple exclamation points in it. Check out this small sampling...
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Viewing Picks for October 25, 2014

All Times Eastern College Football Viewing Picks College Hockey Men’s Colorado College at New Hampshire — Fox College Sports Atlantic, 7 p.m. Niagara at Notre Dame — NBCSN, 7 p.m. Bemidji State at Minnesota — Fox College Sports Pacific, 8 p.m. College Soccer Men’s Cal Poly at Cal-Santa Barbara — Fox College Sports Pacific, 10:30 p.m. Women’s San Francisco at BYU ...
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Michelle Beadle got a Spurs-themed birthday present

Michelle Beadle’s fandom of the San Antonio Spurs is no secret (especially during the most recent NBA Finals). Beadle’s birthday was on Thursday, and she got a special surprise from Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and the team’s mascot. My major takeaway from this - the Spurs Coyote isn’t wearing pants, and that’s terrifying. [Project Spurs] The post Michelle Beadle got a...
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A look at CBS’ Thursday Night Football

As CBS has ended its portion of the Thursday Night Football schedule and hands off to NFL Network, let’s take a look at how it handled its first primetime package. CBS gave this a playoff feel. It added more cameras as opposed to a regular Sunday afternoon game, additional replay machines, two pregame shows with separate sets, a sideline reporter and a required simulcast with NFL...
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MLB Postseason on TBS, MLB Network, NFL Network, Golf Channel and NBATV Ratings Buzz: October 13-19

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. TBS Postseason RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 MLB ALCS Game 3: Baltimore at Kansas City Tue 8:00PM-11:14PM 194 3.8 6020 2 MLB ALCS Game 4: Baltimore at Kansas City Wed 4:00PM- 7:16PM 196 2.7 3991 3 INSIDE THE MLB Wed 7...
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NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: October 13-19

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 NHL REGULAR SEASON: Boston at Detroit Wed 8:03PM-10:57PM 174 0.3 592 2 PREMIER LEAGUE: Swansea at Stoke Sun 10:56AM- 1:00PM 124 0.2 401 3 PREMIER LEAGUE:...
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ESPN Ratings Buzz: October 13-19

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: San Francisco at St. Louis Mon 8:15PM-11:44PM 209 7.9 12712 2 NASCAR SPRINT CUP: Talladega Sun 2:00PM- 6:00PM 240 2.7 4328 3 SPORTSCENTER...
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The Royals actually own the highest rated game in World Series history

Ed Note: The following appears courtesy The Sherman Report. Nope, it wasn’t the Yankees, Red Sox, or Dodgers. The answer: Kansas City-Philadelphia for Game 6 of the 1980 World Series. The Phillies victory over the Royals did a 40 rating with a 60 share. Let me repeat that again: a 40 rating and 60 share are Super Bowl-like numbers. Yes, the small-market Royals participated in...
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Peter King learned nothing from the NFL’s PR crisis

The story of The MMQB’s Robert Klemko facing multiple charges in Chicago for allegedly punching a cab driver and then speeding off in the cab is one of the more bizarre examples of sports media members getting in trouble. King announced on Thursday that SI and The MMQB had suspended Klemko for four weeks for the altercation.  At this point, not much is known about the case or...
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Fox Sports 1 Can’t Defeat College GameDay With Familiar Formulas

We’re more than halfway through the current college football season, the second one in which Fox Sports 1 has competed with ESPN for the attention of a national audience. Everyone in the college football television industry knows it’s hard for FS1 to compete with ESPN in terms of games, because ESPN owns the vast preponderance of inventory and has firm possession of the SEC....
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Frank Caliendo impersonates Stephen A. Smith

Comedian Frank Caliendo appeared on Mike & Mike this morning and presented his Stephen A. Smith impersonation… It’s not the first time Caliendo has impersonated Screamin’ A. Here’s another effort from last month… While both of those are very good, I’m still giving the slight edge to Jay Pharoah.  Still though, I’d much rather listen to either give their Smith...
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Bill Simmons finally has his sanctuary in the Grantland Basketball Hour

Within the first two minutes of the Grantland Basketball Hour, legendary WWE announcer Jim Ross voiced over an animation of Kevin Love coming to Cleveland and the show had “rented” John Tesh’s Roundball Rock.  Freed from the shackles of ESPN NBA Countdown and back from his three-week suspension, the Grantland Basketball Hour is Bill Simmons’ personal television playground...
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Here’s your Gus Johnson Super Mario Brothers remix

We’ve seen Fox Sports use Gus Johnson’s voice in a number of creative ways for advertising.  The latest is one of the best and most unique yet – a Super Mario Brothers spoof of Oregon Heisman contender Marcus Mariota. That’s pretty awesome. The football spin on the classic Super Mario gameplay is great.  I hope I’m not overstating this – it may be the best thing Fox...
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Will Landon Donovan’s final regular season game on NBC outrate the Premier League?

NBC will air their final Major League Soccer telecast this weekend, and it’s not without its ratings potential, despite the limited numbers that have plagued the league on the network and NBCSN in recent years. Landon Donovan will be playing his final regular season game in MLS (though his LA Galaxy did qualify for the playoffs), and two of the league’s biggest markets — Los...
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Viewing Picks for October 24, 2014

All Times Eastern College Field Hockey Michigan State at Michigan — Big Ten Network, 3:30 p.m. Cal at Stanford — Pac-12 Bay Area, 5 p.m. College Football South Florida at Cincinnati — ESPN2, 7 p.m. Troy at South Alabama — ESPNU, 7:30 p.m. BYU at Boise State — ESPN, 9 p.m. Oregon vs. Cal at Santa Clara, CA — Fox Sports 1, 10 p.m. BTN Football & Beyond 2014 — Big...
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Hockey coach tells reporter: “F— you!”

Paul Fixter isn’t just the head coach of the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League, he’s also a stickler for proper journalism training. After a 7-2 loss to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyounds, Fixter wasn’t in a cheery mood for postgame interviews.  After grinding and gnashing his teeth through a minute of questioning, a reporter tells Fixter’s team that they played hard...
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College Football Viewer’s Guide: Week Nine

Ed Note: The following viewers guide comes to us courtesy our friends at The Student Section. It’s one of the laws of college football physics: When anyone says that a given week is going to be dull, at least in certain spots, that week — especially the supposedly dull game window — springs to life. Last week, that law was violated. In the week-eight viewer’s guide, the...
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Your Week 8 NFL Announcing Schedule

A couple notes on this week’s schedule: 1) Breakfast at Wembley with the Lions and Falcons will be nationally televised at 9:30 AM ET. 2) Donovan McNabb steps into the broadcast booth to call Rams-Chiefs. [Insert potential tie joke here.] Thursday, October 23 San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos, CBS|NFLN 8:25 pm, Jim Nantz, Phil Simms & Tracy Wolfson Sunday, October 26 Detroit...
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Where’s the concern for Sunday Night Football blowouts?

Two weeks ago, the question of “What’s wrong with Thursday Night Football?” was all the rage.  Early on this season the midweek game saw a historic string of blowouts.  And not just any blowouts mind you, we’re talking games that were decided by halftime, if not the end of the first quarter.  Before Colts-Texans and Jets-Patriots were decided by less than 7 points, the...
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Could the World Series eventually move to Fox Sports 1?

Could the World Series move to cable in the future? You might scoff at the notion now, but Fox Sports president Eric Shanks didn’t completely debunk the notion in a conference call earlier this week, as reported by Capital New York. “There will be an evolution down the road, maybe,” he said Monday in response to a reporter question about whether the program could ever air on...
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