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Tom Jackson could leave ESPN after almost three decades

The year 2016 has represented some monumental changes at ESPN. The network has seen a number of high-profile on-air personalities depart for other television homes while also reshuffling some of their long-running announcing teams and studio programs. But for longtime ESPN viewers (and that means the wide majority of American sports fans) there could be a decent case made that...
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Golf dips further into virtual reality with 360-degree stream

Virtual reality broadcasts have been a rising trend across many sports, but the degree to which golf is embracing the technology stands out. NextVR broadcast two of the holes at The Masters in virtual reality this April, and this past weekend’s American Century Championship pro-am at Lake Tahoe saw what’s believed to be the first 360-degree broadcast of a big golf event. Peter...
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The Undefeated adds Domonique Foxworth, LZ Granderson, Mark W. Wright

ESPN’s The Undefeated is continuing to grow. The site, which was launched back in May after years of development, has added three new people to its umbrella, Domonique Foxworth, LZ Granderson and Mark W. Wright. Granderson and Wright are ESPN veterans, while Foxworth is a famed former NFL cornerback and the former president of the NFLPA. Here are some details on their new roles...
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Anti-social social media: USOC trying to stop non-sponsors from using Olympic hashtags

The best and worst thing about Twitter is its free flow of information.  Thanks to social media networks like Twitter, the world is closer together than ever before and the immediacy to which we can follow, converse, and interact with one another is extraordinary.  Indeed, this can be used for good as a news source or as a way to engage in healthy dialogue.  It can also be used...
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Rate the local MLB announcers, 2016 version – AL West

The AL West was roundly ignored two years ago in our rankings. The division received, by far, the fewest votes of any of MLB’s six divisions. Hopefully this time around, more votes are cast – for better or worse. THESE POLLS WILL CLOSE PROMPTLY AT 3PM ON JULY 27TH Houston Astros -Bill Brown (play by play) -Alan Ashby (analyst) -Geoff Blum (analyst) Take Our Poll Los Angeles...
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PlayStation Vue adds NFL Network and NFL RedZone to its streaming lineup

Continuing its aggressive policy to sign stations and networks for its streaming TV service, Sony has announced that it has signed an agreement with the NFL Network and NFL RedZone to add both to PlayStation Vue in time for the 2016 regular season. This adds to the recent signing of 9 local CBS affiliates (four of which are in NFL markets) making PlayStation Vue’s sports lineup...
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HBO’s Real Sports to investigate the human cost of the Olympics

With the Rio Olympics less than two weeks away, it’s natural to get excited about the Games and the athletes who will participate. However, as Rio de Janeiro races to get its facilities and security ready for the massive operation of the Games, there are several problems that have come into the spotlight. Over at our sister site, The Comeback, we’ve chronicled the issues that...
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Twitter signs deal to stream live MLB, NHL games

Continuing its strategy to sign deals for live streaming events, Twitter has announced a deal with MLB Advanced Media to provide both MLB and NHL games on the social media platform. The deal will call for one live out-of-market MLB and NHL game per week along with a nightly sports highlight show to be produced by 120 Sports called “The Rally.” This adds to previously signed...
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Rate the local MLB announcers, 2016 version – NL East

We’re starting in the NL East, which was a disaster two years ago. Two teams finished in the bottom five. Two more finished in the bottom ten. However, one did finish in the top five – and that team hasn’t changed much from our last rankings. THESE POLLS WILL CLOSE PROMPTLY AT 11 AM ON JULY 27TH Atlanta Braves -Chip Caray (play by play) -Joe Simpson (analyst) -Tom Glavine...
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Stephen A. Smith on Skip Bayless leaving First Take: “It’s my reign now”

If you like Stephen A. Smith’s page on Facebook, first of all – don’t you get enough of SAS yelling at you on ESPN 23 out of the 24 hours of the day? Moving past that, you’ve probably noticed that Stephen A. has REALLY gotten into broadcasting video rants with Facebook Live.  Why?  Well, yelling at you on ESPN 23 out of the 24 hours of the day is probably not enough for...
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Rate the local MLB announcers, 2016 version – an introduction

So, we’re doing this again after two seasons. Earlier this year, we tackled the NHL and NBA, and now, we’re asking you to rate each team’s MLB TV announcers, just like we did back in April of 2014. There are few things that baseball fans agree on. And throughout this series of rating the local TV announcers, we’re probably going to have quite a bit of divergent opinions....
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Viewing Picks for July 25, 2016

All Times Eastern BasketballWomen’s Olympic Exhibition, Galen Center, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA United States vs. USA Select Team — NBA TV, 10 p.m. CFL Montreal Alouettes at Toronto Argonauts — ESPN2, 7:30 p.m. College Football B1G Football Media Day 2016: Day 1 of 2 — Big Ten Network, 1 p.m. 2016 College Football Media Days: Big Ten — ESPNU, 1...
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Sports and Entertainment Ratings Buzz: July 11-17

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. MLB Network Top 10 (and Select) Programs VIEWER RANK PROGRAM DATE START TIME END TIME VIEWERS (000) A18-49 (000) 1 AFTERNOON BASEBALL GAME Sat 7/16/16 2:00 PM 5:10 PM 539 135    TEXAS/CHICAGO CUBS 2 SHOWCASE GAME Fri 7/15/16 7:00 PM 10...
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Louisiana sports radio host arrested in domestic dispute

Jordy Hultberg, a former LSU basketball and current sports radio host in Lafayette, LA, is accused of pushing his estranged wife into a dresser after she caught him with another woman. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office says Hultberg’s wife went to his house to check on him after her daughter was worried about him. That when she found him with another woman. Police booked...
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More local CBS stations added to PlayStation Vue; three in NFL markets

Sony’s PlayStation Vue streaming TV service is getting farther off the ground. Multichannel News reports that Vue has now hashed agreements with local CBS stations in nine markets and all are outside of the network’s owned-and-operated station group. According to Multichannel, the affiliates are owned by Midwest Television, Raycom and Sinclar in several smaller markets. The CBS...
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Red Sox analyst Jerry Remy hit on head by TV monitor, but will be back in booth today

NESN viewers who were watching Saturday’s Minnesota Twins-Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park got a little shock when they heard Jerry Remy on the broadcast for the first inning, only to be suddenly replaced by Steve Lyons in the second. For a while there was no explanation until the Red Sox and NESN came out with one later in the evening. It was because a sudden gust of wind knocked...
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Watch: Roberto Duran, Sugar Ray Leonard clash in Hands of Stone trailer

What better way to end the summer than with a boxing movie? Even better, Hands of Stone is an biopic about Roberto Duran, a four-time world champion considered to be one of the best boxers of all time. But judging by the trailer for the film, Hands of Stone is told from the perspective of trainer Ray Arcel, played by Robert De Niro. In addition to Duran, Arcel trained 17 boxers to...
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Viewing Picks for July 24, 2016

All Times Eastern Arena Football Cleveland Gladiators at Arizona Rattlers — ESPN2, 9 p.m. Australian Rules Football Hawthorn Hawks vs. Richmond Tigers — Fox Soccer Plus, 1 a.m. BasketballUSA Basketball Showcase, Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA United States vs. Communist China — NBA TV, 8 p.m. CyclingTour de France Stage 21: Chantilly to Paris Champs-Élysées — NBCSN, 10...
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Facebook doesn’t know the difference between Liverpool and Arsenal

Facebook’s Trending Topics has been a source of controversy in recent months. Earlier this year, there were allegations that Facebook suppressed news stories that were more politically conservative in nature from their trending bar even if they actually drew enough traffic to be considered “trending.” On Saturday, Facebook’s trending topics drew attention for another...
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NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: July 11-17

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 VIEWER RANK PROGRAM DATE START TIME END TIME VIEWERS (000) A18-49 (000) 1 NASCAR SPRINT CUP RACE (live) Sun 7/17/16 1:48 PM 4:43 PM 3301 837    NEW HAMPSHIRE 301 2 NASCAR SPRINT CUP START (live) Sun 7...
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NBC’s formula to fix lagging NHL ratings: more of the same, and cross your fingers

NHL fans are notoriously sensitive about the sport they love, and particularly why it isn’t a major television draw. This past postseason, the formula should have produced success. Most of the teams NBC loves were in the 16 team draw, there were no Canadian teams to sap ratings (which may never going to happen again), and plenty of the teams that create buzz had the potential...
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Staten Island Yankees to give out 2,500 Tony Reali bobbleheads

There have only been a few broadcasters immortalized in bobblehead form, and it’s even more unusual to see someone who doesn’t call games for the team commemorated this way, but that’s what will happen Saturday night when the short-season A ball Staten Island Yankees host the Tri-City ValleyCats in New York-Penn League action. The Yankees will be giving out 2,500 bobbleheads...
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MLB Network’s Hall of Fame introduction video is awesome

You probably forgot about the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony this year. It’s understandable – NBA free agency captured much of our attention this month. We’re fretting about the Olympics in a couple of weeks. Football is coming. But the induction of Ken Griffey Jr and Mike Piazza takes place this Sunday, and as it has for the last few years, MLB Network will go live...
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Viewing Picks for July 23, 2016

All Times Eastern Arena Football Portland Steel at Tampa Bay Storm — CBS Sports Network, 5 p.m. Australian Rules Football West Coast Eagles vs. Melbourne Demons — Fox Soccer Plus, 2:30 a.m. Geelong Cats vs. Adelaide Crows — FS1, 5 a.m. BasketballThe Basketball Tournament Quarterfinals, Gallagher Center, Philadelphia, PA City of Gods vs. The Untouchables — ESPN2, noon Trained...
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USA Basketball will simulcast NBA TV streams of pre-Olympic games on Facebook

Facebook’s importance as a place for sports streaming is continuing to grow. There have been plenty of broadcasts on Facebook Live before, from MLB teams doing behind-the-scenes content to an unexpected ACC lacrosse championship broadcast, and key Facebook executives like VP of partnerships Dan Rose have talked about even more, so USA Basketball’s announcement Friday that their...
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