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Could this be Johnny Miller’s final year as NBC’s golf analyst?

Back in 2014, NBC signed golf analyst Johnny Miller through 2017 with an option for 2018. So we’re at a point where this could be his final year. With Miller turning 70 in April, he might be thinking retirement. The latest Sports Illustrated will publish seven fewer standalone issues in 2017 Paul Finebaum continues...
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2017 NBA All-Star Game garners 7.8 million viewers, most since 2013

The NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans brought back viewers to the event this year. This year’s game averaged 7.8 million viewers on both TBS and TNT. That’s the most for the NBA All-Star Game since 2013. And it’s up 3% since last year which averaged 6.5 million. The game peaked with 8.5 million viewers when the game began. The night before, All-Star Saturday Night on TNT averaged...
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Russia World Cup having trouble signing sponsors

Soccer’s biggest event is 16 months away and FIFA is finding that corporate sponsors are not flocking to sign up for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Bloomberg reports that thus far, FIFA has only signed one new sponsor, Wanda Group from China. The latest Sports Illustrated will publish seven fewer standalone issues in 2017 ...
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Showtime developing limited series The Ali Summit, about Muhammad Ali’s objection to Vietnam War

Muhammad Ali had such a rich, compelling life and career that it’s impossible to chronicle everything that he experienced during his 27 years in boxing (21 of them as a professional) and 74 years on this planet. Trying to distill Ali to a couple of hours of documentary or feature film simply cannot be done. As a result, Ali’s life is practically an industry unto itself with so...
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Brazilian soccer game postponed right before kickoff due to TV rights dispute

A TV rights dispute caused a couple Brazilian club soccer rivals to not play each other after state federation officials refused to start the match until both teams ended their YouTube livestream of that match. Both teams refused to end the livestream and the match was postponed. Coritiba and Atlético Paranaense have a rather heated stateside rivalry. They are the only two clubs...
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Even CBS chairman Les Moonves wants Roger Goodell to speed up NFL games

One of the major issues facing the NFL this offseason is what to do about the decline in ratings over the course of the 2016 season. While the league’s numbers did pick up some after the 2016 election cycle finished, it still presented the first downturn in television audiences for America’s most popular sport in quite some time. And while the league was trying to downplay the...
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AA’s @ClippitTV videos of the week: #SagerStrong at NBA All-Star Weekend

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.  NBA All-Star Star Weekend goes all out in remembering Craig Sager and supporting the #SagerStrong Foundation On Saturday...
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Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler is having his life story turned into a movie

Tom Brady isn’t going to be the only New England Patriots player to have a movie made about him. No, it’s not you, Gronk. Put your shirt back on, dude. (Even though it’s nearly 70 degrees in February throughout virtually every part of the country where winter usually still has a frigid grip on the climate.) Super Bowl XLIX hero Malcolm Butler is also going to receive the biopic...
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Sports Illustrated will publish seven fewer standalone issues in 2017

A key mission for Sports Illustrated has been figuring out the transition from a print-focused publication to a digital-focused outlet, which managing editor Chris Stone discussed with AA last June. One of the latest moves on that front involves them publishing seven fewer standalone issues this year, from 45 to 38, which should reduce mailing and production costs. A spokesman told...
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Fox and NASCAR combine for documentary on Jeff Gordon’s first Daytona win

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Jeff Gordon’s first Daytona 500 win, and Fox and NASCAR are doing something special to commemorate the occasion. Fox has teamed up with NASCAR Productions for Refuse to Lose, an original film that will combine previously unseen footage of the team in the 10 days leading up to the 1997 Daytona 500, along with new interviews with Gordon and...
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Matt Damon narrates NFL piece showing Super Bowl through fans’ eyes

Thanks to the omnipresence of smartphones, there are plenty of people generating content of them, their friends and their families watching sporting events. Many media organizations have used that content in one way or another, showing off particularly memorable individual celebrations or moments of dismay, but the NFL’s original content group has done something a bit different...
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AA Weekly Recap: James Harden roasts Stephen A., Trump declines ESPN tradition, and Vitale rips Kansas fans

It’s been another busy week in sports media. We’re here to recap the biggest news and events that took place and share some of our best work from the week that was. Without further adieu: Dick Vitale rips Kansas fans for leaving early, Kansas promptly storms back for OT win – Feb. 14 Dick Vitale went in on Jayhawks fan who left Monday’s Kansas-West Virginia game early. Kansas...
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Twitter will live-stream a boxing match Saturday for the first time ever

Twitter’s persistent ventures into live-streaming sporting events will continue Saturday when the social media platform teams with Showtime to broadcast a boxing triple-header headlined by the bout between Adrien Broner and Adrian Granados. It will be the first boxing match Twitter has ever streamed. “With this unprecedented live stream on Twitter, we have the opportunity...
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Former outfielder Nick Swisher to join Fox Sports as baseball studio analyst

During a 12-year career in Major League Baseball, Nick Swisher was known as a good hitter, a great teammate and kind of a frat boy. So it made sense Friday when he became maybe the first player ever to announce a new job in broadcasting with the word “badass.” The latest President Trump declines invitation to fill out NCAA Tournament bracket...
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Paul Finebaum continues Jim Harbaugh rivalry with “The Pete Finebaum Show”

After long-time adversary and Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh called him “Pete Finebaum” in a tweet Thursday, ESPN’s Paul Finebaum embraced that name Friday. Finebaum even changed the branding on his SEC Network show to The Pete Finebaum Show. Here’s the opening clip, which includes Finebaum going through some past headlines of him and Harbaugh: Here’s a clip of Finebaum...
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Early ratings are decent for ‘SC6’ with Jemele Hill and Michael Smith

ESPN’s new 6 p.m. SportsCenter show, SC6, with Jemele Hill and Michael Smith has been almost impossibly polarizing. The latest President Trump declines invitation to fill out NCAA Tournament bracket on ESPN Dan Dakich draws Tom Izzo's wrath after "ridiculous" remarks about Michigan State students ...
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AA Q&A: Turner’s Brent Barry talks All-Star, dunk contest, Ibaka trade

In anticipation of NBA All-Star weekend in New Orleans, Awful Announcing caught up with Turner Sports’ and NBATV’s Brent Barry, who discussed Sunday’s All-Star game, his experience as a dunk contest winner in 1996, why Serge Ibaka will be so important for the Toronto Raptors and more. Barry will also be a lead host and broadcaster in Turner’s Players Only series of telecasts...
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What is a blackout? Judge to decide in lawsuit vs. NFL Sunday Ticket

This week, a federal judge heard arguments in a lawsuit that claims the NFL Sunday Ticket package violates antitrust laws. Sports bars and restaurants have filed lawsuits against the NFL and DirecTV claiming the package restricts broadcasts to out-of-market games only and charges too much to commercial institutions such as bars, restaurants and hotels. The latest ...
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Pelicans mascot King Cake Baby creeps out Tracy McGrady and others on ESPN’s The Jump

King Cake Baby is one of the creepiest mascots in sports, but the New Orleans Pelicans aren’t getting rid of it just yet. With the NBA All-Star Game in the Crescent City this weekend, King Cake Baby is making the rounds. On Thursday, the extremely terrifying mascot visited ESPN’s The Jump set in New Orleans and gave analyst Tracy McGrady a scare up close. I mean, King Cake Baby...
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This 30 for 30 parody on the imagined flip side of the Jason McElwain story is amazing

The 20-point game autistic student manager Jason McElwain posted 11 years ago this week had a huge cultural impact. It led to McElwain appearing everywhere from the CBS Evening News to Oprah to CNN, meeting Magic Johnson, Peyton Manning and President George W. Bush, and winning that year’s ESPY for “Best Moment in Sports.” It also led to a 10-year retrospective from ESPN last...
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Jim Harbaugh rips ‘Pete’ Finebaum, after Finebaum accuses him of cheating

In 2015, Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh claimed he had no idea who Paul Finebaum is. Now, it appears that he’s aware of the radio host/SEC Network talking head, but thinks Finebaum’s name is “Pete” (or is just calling him that intentionally out of disrespect, of course). Harbaugh sent out a Tweet on Thursday night about “Pete’ and his “#AlternativeFacts”...
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DirecTV and Fox will broadcast the first college basketball games in 4K

Back in November, we wrote about Fox’s new deal with AT&T, which included providing DirecTV customers “with access to 4K Ultra HD content from Fox sports properties including MLB regular season and playoff games, top college football and basketball games, NASCAR races and FIFA World Cup games.” We’re now starting to see some specifics there, with AT&T announcing Thursday...
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Showtime unveils trailer for “Perfect in ’76” doc on Bobby Knight and Indiana

The newest Showtime documentary will examine Indiana basketball’s 32-0 1975-76 season, and it has some big names involved. Perfect in ’76, which will premiere Friday, March 10 at 9 p.m. on Showtime, is produced by famed sports documentarian Ross Greenburg and narrated by rock star and Indiana fan John Mellencamp. Here’s the trailer, which Showtime released Thursday: And some...
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Tom Brady: The Movie? Deflategate saga being made into film and book

We may never see anything more exciting or compelling than Tom Brady’s performance in rallying the New England Patriots to an improbable 34-28 overtime victory versus the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI. But Hollywood may give it a try anyway. As reported by Deadline’s Anita Busch, writers Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson are working on a script that will follow the Patriots’...
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Mark Grace rejoins Fox Sports Arizona for Diamondbacks’ pre- and post-game studio shows

Five years after being fired by Fox Sports Arizona, former Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Mark Grace will once again be part of the club’s broadcast team. Grace won’t be returning to the booth for D-Backs game telecasts, however. He’ll be an analyst for the network’s pre- and post-game “D-Backs Live” studio shows, paired with hosts Todd Walsh and Jody Jackson, along...
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