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Rip Hamilton clowns Kevin McHale for not drafting him, McHale admits it was a mistake

TNT’s new Players Only broadcasts kicked off Monday night, and the first game of the double-header already saw a notable on-air exchange. Greg Anthony, Rip Hamilton and Kevin McHale were calling the Bucks-Cavaliers game, and when the Bucks’ Jason Terry made a shot, Hamilton used that as an excuse to bring up the 1999 draft class (he went seventh overall, Terry went 10th) and...
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Dan O’Toole’s @otoolethehobo account provides network identity perils, Littlest Hobo jokes

Plenty of reporters, hosts and other TV personalities use their network name in their Twitter handle, but that can lead to some awkwardness when changing jobs, especially if you don’t officially have a new job yet. Dan O’Toole certainly knows that. O’Toole used to be @tsnotoole on Twitter while he was in Canada, then changed his handle to @fs1otoole when he came to Fox Sports...
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11 hours ago  |  Discuss

NBCSN’s Men In Blazers: Live Edition was decidedly non-live at first

Broadcast technical difficulties happen, even during events as prominent as the World Series, but it’s more unusual to see them on a studio show. That’s exactly what happened on NBCSN’s Men In Blazers: Live Edition Monday afternoon, though. NBCSN host Liam McHugh threw to Men In Blazers, but then only a black screen came up: NBCSN then went to commercial, and then went to an...
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NFL Network’s “The Conversation” on protests is a remarkable product for a league network

Athlete activism and the NFL anthem protests in particular have received lots of looks from sports media, but the latest outlet to produce an in-depth documentary on the subject is a surprising one: NFL Network. “The Conversation”, which premiered Sunday night as part of the network’s NFL 360 series (and which will re-air Monday at 9 p.m. Eastern), is an excellent hour-long...
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Tim Tebow is back on the front page of ESPN.com

It seemed only a matter of time for ESPN’s favorite poster boy, Tim Tebow to appear on the front page of its website. As Tebow arrived at the New York Mets training facility in Port St. Lucie, FL, he was met by a throng of reporters. And it also meant that he would make an appearance on ESPN.com’s front page. Now, ESPN can certainly put anyone it wants on its front page, but...
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ESPN is reportedly trying to lure Katie Nolan away from Fox

Last week, we told you about Fox Sports not renewing Katie Nolan’s Garbage Time program and possibly expanding her role at FS1. According to the Sporting News, there might be a monkey wrench thrown into FS1’s plans. Mike McCarthy is reporting that Nolan has met with secretly with ESPN’s John Skipper and others to potentially go there. The latest ...
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Can Twitter keep the NFL?

Last season, Twitter had the rights to stream 10 Thursday Night Football games. Those were the games that aired on CBS and NBC. And overall, Twitter paid $10 million to stream those games not just to the United Sttates, but to an global audience. But the deal with the NFL to stream Thursday Night Football was only for one season and the league now has a decision to make. Twitter...
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18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Daytona 500 ratings up slightly from last year, down from previous years

Daytona 500 overnight ratings are in, and the numbers for NASCAR and Fox are… adequate. The good news is that the race’s overnight was up slightly from last year’s race. The bad news is that last year’s race got highly disappointing ratings, so topping that number doesn’t mean too much. A 7 percent increase from last year is pretty solid in a vacuum. But when you look...
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NBCSN bucks recent trends and actually adds subscribers

All around sports media networks are dealing with the cord cutting and cord shaving phenomenon and losing subscribers. ESPN has arguably taken the biggest hit of any network. Once boasting over 100 million subscribers, ESPN is down to just under 88 million as of December 2016. That’s over a 10% decline, which is just massive. According to Sports TV Ratings, almost every single...
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Is Turner’s capture of Champions League rights good news or bad news for soccer’s potential growth?

Last week the sports media world got a big shock as Turner Sports won the rights to the Champions League starting in the 2018-2019 season. The Champions League is arguably soccer’s biggest annual tournament with the most famous clubs in the world competing for the European title. Fox Sports had won the rights just a few years ago from ESPN and it was widely expected that they would...
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AA’s @ClippitTV videos of the week: Bill Walton takes his shirt off, woman behind him disapproves

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.  Charles Barkley got poo emoji’d after swearing on Inside the NBA We’ll start off with Charles Barkley, who...
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ESPN gets its Oscar winner in ‘O.J.: Made in America’ documentary

ESPN has won plenty of awards. Now, the network can add an Oscar to the list.ESPN Films’ O.J.: Made in America — won the Academy Award for “Best Documentary” on Sunday night. And with the victory, O.J.: Made in America becomes the longest film (467 minutes) to ever win an Oscar. O.J. Made in America director Ezra Edelman recently called making the eight-hour film “organized...
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San Diego Padres adding Tony Gwynn Jr. to broadcast team

Former players coming back to the teams with which they’re most associated, whether in a front-office sort of role or as a broadcaster, is almost always a nice story. It’s fun for the fans, it’s a good post-career move for the athlete, and it’s good public relations (and more) for the club. But Tony Gwynn Jr. taking a role with the San Diego Padres might mean just a bit more...
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Bill Walton goes shirtless during ESPN broadcast to the dismay of one woman

The world got to see a whole lot of Bill Walton Saturday night, as the ESPN commentator briefly got shirtless during the call of the Kansas-Texas game to pull on another tie-dyed shirt with “Keep Austin Weird” on it. The reaction from the woman behind him was priceless: Let’s zoom in on that reaction a bit more: Later on, we got to see Walton discussing talking to Stevie Ray...
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Mark Cuban complains to Turner president David Levy about Bleacher Report tweet, now deleted

Social media in sports is largely fun and games. That is, until someone takes things a bit too seriously. On Saturday, that person was Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. Cuban directed his anger at Bleacher Report for posting a tweet which included video of Dirk Nowitzki shooting an airball with the words “DIRK FOREVER.” B/R deleted the tweet, but it was screen capped by Deadspin...
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Kyle Brandt’s Good Morning Football Oscars monologue included a shot at FS1

Kyle Brandt of NFL Network’s Good Morning Football has produced some great themed Friday segments over the last while, from Star Wars to Goldeneye to a tribute to Chris Berman, and his latest even included some sports media commentary. On Friday, Brandt and GMFB co-hosts Peter Schrager, Nate Burleson and Kay Adams dressed up in tuxedo t-shirts for an Oscars segment, and Brandt...
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AA Weekly Recap: Changes at FS1 lead to Jay and Dan’s ouster

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: Sacramento Kings announcer Grant Napear was very happy the team traded DeMarcus Cousins – Feb 20 Longtime Kings play by play announcer Grant Napear went on a Twitter rant following Sacramento’s...
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Did Colin Cowherd rip off Bill Simmons’ “VP of Common Sense” idea?

There are only so many sports ideas, but when one is floated by a highly-prominent columnist, used repeatedly by him, repeatedly attributed to him by others, and then over a decade later, floated as a completely new and original idea by a former colleague of that columnist, it raises questions. The two people in this case are Bill Simmons and Colin Cowherd, both formerly of ESPN...
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Time Inc. confirms they’ve ended partnership with Chat Sports; did fake writers play a role?

In the wake of Daniel Roberts’ explosive Yahoo Finance story on how Chat Sports’ attempt to buy The Cauldron ended with ugly accusations of impersonating lawyers and forged term sheets, Time Inc. has ended their partnership with Chat Sports. Roberts broke the news Friday evening on Twitter, citing sources. It appears that Chat Sports has already removed their branding referencing...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Turner Sports and Univision will air the Champions League in the U.S.

U.S. broadcast rights for the Champions League are changing hands. Turner Sports has reportedly won the bidding for English-language rights, while Univision has won Spanish-language rights. Fox previously held rights in both languages. The news was first reported by World Soccer Talk and then confirmed by Sports Business Daily. Per SBD, Turner will pay $60 million a year for three...
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Al Michaels’ famous ‘Do you believe in miracles?’ call came ‘out of my heart, at the moment’

Wednesday was the 37th anniversary of the United States’ famous upset of the Soviet Union at the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey tournament, and to celebrate the occasion, Rich Eisen invited Al Michaels onto his radio show to reminisce on his call of the game. Michaels recalled fearing that the game would be a massive blowout and telling his partner Ken Dryden that “all he can ask...
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Charles Barkley swore on air, so TNT put a poop emoji over his mouth

Charles Barkley is not exactly know for choosing his words carefully on the air. He makes jokes he shouldn’t, he trashes great players and  shares analysis that doesn’t always make sense. And sometimes he swears with the cameras rolling. On Thursday night’s Inside the NBA, Barkley recalled talking to Spike Lee about the New York Knicks, commenting that, “He don’t...
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Oregon’s Willie Taggart refuses to speak to beat reporter over story

Newly hired Oregon football coach Willie Taggart is taking offense over an article written by Andrew Greif, beat reporter for The Oregonian. According to the Daily Emerald, Greif’s article from January 16 detailed particularly rough workouts that resulted in three Oregon players having to go to the hospital. Because of that, strength and conditioning coach Irele Oderinde was suspended...
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Turner EVP Craig Barry talks TNT’s new Players Only NBA broadcasts, with players filling all roles

Beginning on Monday, Turner’s trying something very different for some of their NBA broadcasts; a Players Only franchise. For five consecutive weeks of Monday night doubleheaders where former NBA players will fill all roles on the broadcast. That includes play-by-play, studio host and reporter roles, as well as the more standard color commentator and studio analyst roles. Turner...
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NFL Media got Deshaun Watson to participate in a behind-the-scenes pre-draft doc series

One of the most hotly-debated prospects heading into the NFL draft is Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, who just led his team to a national championship and has shot up many draft boards. Watson’s preparation for the draft is a notable story, and something lots of media outlets would love to gain behind-the-scenes access to. But which one actually pulled it off? Interestingly...
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