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ESPN and Dick Vitale add another year onto his contract through 2020

ESPN has been in an incredible time of transition lately, even outside the numerous layoffs of talented, longtime personalities last month. In fact, before that, ESPN said goodbye to significant figures at the network like Colin Cowherd, Skip Bayless, and Bill Simmons. ESPN has also seen the semi-retirement of lifer Chris Berman, who will depart his full-time NFL hosting duties at...
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Mike and Mike reportedly has a “poisonous atmosphere,” may not last through December

ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike will eventually come to an end this year, with Mike Greenberg moving on to host his own morning TV show on ESPN and Mike Golic staying on radio (and ESPNU) with his son and Trey Wingo, but that end may be sooner than expected. Greenberg’s new TV show isn’t scheduled to debut until January 2018, so the presumption was that he’d stick with Mike and...
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ESPN3 to carry Wimbledon qualifying just in time for Maria Sharapova

As Maria Sharapova continues her comeback after a 15-month doping ban, she’ll be attempting to quplift for Wimbledon next month. And ESPN has announced that it will stream the qualifying tournament in June on ESPN3 through the WatchESPN app with all-day coverage. It begins on Monday, June 26 and lasts through Thursday, June 29. Depending on breaking news and how far Sharapova...
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NBC picks up the Rugby World Cup in a long-term agreement

As rugby has become an Olympic sport, it’s only natural for the network of the Olympics, NBC to pick up the rights to the Rugby World Cup. It’s a seven year agreement that will begin with this year’s Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland and the Under-20 Championship in Georgia and last through 2023. Here are the events that will be covered under this long-term agreement: 2017...
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NBC to launch Olympic Channel in July, replaces Universal HD

Late last year, NBC announced it was going to launch its linear version of the Olympic Channel. If you’ve watched figure skating, skiing or track and field coverage on NBC/NBCSN/Universal HD this year, you may have noticed the Olympic Channel branding. Now we know when NBC Sports Group will launch the new network. According to the NBC’s parent company, Comcast, the Olympic Channel...
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CSNNE’s Trenni Kusnierek called Colin Cowherd a “martyr” and “blowhard” after Lavar Ball-Kristine Leahy controversy

The Colin Cowherd-Kristine Leahy-Lavar Ball news cycle may have passed, but there’s one more commentary on the matter that’s definitely worth watching. If you’ve been under a rock for the last week, Ball went on Colin Cowherd’s FS1 show and got into it with Herd’s co-host Kristine Leahy. Ball was upset at Leahy for comments she made criticizing his parenting and responded...
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Seahawks’ Michael Bennett says he’ll no longer speak to Seattle Times for rest of his career

We’ve heard about players refusing to speak to their local media outlets and sometimes it lasts for a few weeks or a few months or for even years. But in the case of Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, he’s threatening not to speak to the Seattle Times for the rest of his career. It all stems from a column written by Matt Calkins. Overall, the column titled “Seahawks’...
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AA @ClippitTV videos: Fox enlists Joe Buck in continued catty Sportscenter bashing campaign

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.  Joe Buck throws shade at SportsCenter during Fox upfronts Fox held their upfront presentation recently, and Joe...
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Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman interviews bird

The baseball season is a long one, and oftentimes broadcasters are forced to fill in plenty of hours of content with nothing but their own wits. Depending on the circumstances, that can be either painful for the viewer or listener, or it can be wonderful if it’s weird enough.Let’s head to Cincinnati, where longtime Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman came back from commercial in...
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Ratings: First Two Rounds of Players Championship on Golf Channel Grow in Total Viewers from ’16

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 Golf Channel’s live coverage of the first two rounds of the The Players Championship on May 11-12 averaged 786,000 viewers, up 1 percent from 2016’s first two rounds (May 12-13, 2016: 776,000 viewers), but it did skew...
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Al Michaels calls Cris Collinsworth the best analyst of all-time, in any sport

What in the world did we do before TMZ was around to hassle sports celebrities as they waited for the valet? Actually we were all probably fine without it, come to think of it, but still, it sometimes leads to some fun videos. That includes this one, where TMZ asked Al Michaels if he had any advice for Tony Romo and Jay Cutler as they embark upon their broadcast careers. Here’s...
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No, media analyst, ESPN dropping Monday Night Football wouldn’t increase operating income 50%

Hey, here’s a fun little exercise in why context matters. A guy named Todd Juenger of Bernstein Research went on the record about why ESPN should consider dropping their Monday Night Football deal. Let’s play spot the fallacy: Todd Juenger, senior media analyst for Bernstein Research, estimates the Walt Disney Company spends $1.9 billion a year for this content. Dropping it...
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Bob Costas gains some height at the Preakness thanks to some lift from men in horse heads???

The Preakness Stakes is known as “The People’s Party” as thousands of revelers fill Pimlico Racecourse’s infield for concerts, drinking and debauchery. NBC covers a little of the revelry, but also balances it off with some horse racing as the Preakness is the middle jewel of the Triple Crown.But sometimes the coverage goes off the deep end. During one segment where NBC...
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Ratings: Double-Digit Growth for NBCSN F1 Spanish Grand Prix, Double-Digit Declines for NASCAR Races on FS1

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 Week 36-37 English Premier League soccer matches on NBCSN and CNBC from May 8, 10 and 12-14: Week 36: Middlesborough-Chelsea (NBCSN May 8 afternoon): 190,000 viewers (-54 percent from 417,000 of Tottenham-Chelsea May 2...
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Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano, other active drivers to call a NASCAR Xfinity race for FOX

FOX isn’t afraid to try new things with their sports coverage, and though they’re not always successful, it’s still interesting to see a network willing to step outside the box to capture viewers. Case in point, their upcoming NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Pocono, which will feature an on-air broadcast crew comprised entirely of active NASCAR drivers, and they’ve attracted...
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AA Weekly Recap: the no LaVar Ball edition

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: ESPN extends numerous prominent anchors, announces new SportsCenter lineup – May 15  In the wake of the mass exodus at ESPN, the network announced numerous changes. Key changes include Hannah...
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French announcer loses mind as Ligue 2 team gains promotion on the last kick of the season

The French Ligue 2 soccer season came to a close on Friday afternoon and the final promotion place was in the balance until the very end.Those are intense dramatic stakes and when you combine intense dramatic stakes with foreign soccer broadcasters, you have a recipe for a magical result.That’s exactly what we got as Amiens had a goal-scoring opportunity in the 96th minute of the...
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Seahawks DT Michael Bennett calls out Stephen A. Smith as ‘all talk and no action’ on social activism

If you come at Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett, you had better expect he’ll come right back.Earlier this week ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith used the “Final Take” segment of his First Take show to criticize Bennett, who recently campaigned for Colin Kaepernick to join his team.Smith bashed Kaepernick for declining to vote in the presidential election last November...
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Cleveland Indians have best local TV ratings in MLB, despite poor in-person attendance

For decades and decades, fans, media and franchises measured a baseball team’s popularity by ballpark attendance. And according to that criteria, the Cleveland Indians—currently 28th in Major League Baseball in average home attendance—don’t get a lot of love. But of course it’s no longer sensible to measure a team’s audience by its in-person attendance. With most teams’...
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Holly Rowe’s cancer has returned and spread, as she signs new ESPN extension

Two years after doctors first removed a tumor from her chest and barely a year after she began treatment for a new tumor, ESPN sideline reporter Holly Rowe is confronting cancer once again. According to the AP, Rowe’s melanoma has returned and has spread. Having already undergone treatment for much of the past 16 months, she will reportedly head for a CAT scan Monday and proceed...
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This Week In Hot Takes: Stephen A. Smith: Obama ignored Chicago violence over Rahm Emanuel

Welcome to another edition of This Week In Hot Takes! This time around, we’re looking at the hottest takes from sports media members from May 12-18. 5. Mac Engel calls Phil Mickelson a coward: One of the more interesting variations of “please like my sport” is “please like my local golf tournament,” and Engel displayed that nicely in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram this week...
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LaVar Ball was a natural outgrowth of the 2017 media climate

LaVar Ball appeared on Colin Cowherd’s show Wednesday. He revealed himself to be a rather small baller. Feeling his brand under logical attack, he dismissed Kristine Leahy for being a woman, refused to look her in the face and quasi-threatened her. It was dark. It was ugly. It lacked any of his bonhomie and self-awareness. One suspects (or hopes) that will be the last time Ball...
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The next step for tech companies in streaming sports is to produce content on their own

Sports media and sports business observers were abuzz over the latest news about Facebook’s new contract with Major League Baseball. It allows Facebook to stream one game a week without any local blackouts. This is on top of Twitter’s deal to stream one MLB a game, albeit with local blackouts. And in the NFL, there’s Amazon’s deal to stream Thursday Night Football, Verizon...
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Beth Mowins talks about inspiration from Phyllis George, Gayle Sierens

ESPN’s Beth Mowins will make some history this fall as the first woman to call a regular-season NFL game since Gayle Sierens called one in 1987. Mowins will be working with Rex Ryan on the second game of the season-opening Monday Night Football doubleheader, featuring the Los Angeles Chargers and the Denver Broncos. She recently spoke to Melissa Jacobs of TheFootballGirl.com, and...
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FS1 gave LaVar Ball eight TV appearances, tweeted about him 105 times in two months

LaVar Ball’s appearance on FS1’s The Herd Wednesday sparked plenty of controversy thanks to his clash with Kristine Leahy and his comments about Jason Whitlock, and it led to some very interesting comments from Leahy on The Herd Thursday. Leahy said “I hope that yesterday showed who he is and that we stop putting him on all of these networks just to get controversial statements...
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