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Columbus missed the endings of UK-UNC because of a failed weather update

North Carolina beat Kentucky in thrilling fashion to reach the Final Four on Sunday. UNC’s Luke Maye hit the game-winning jumper with just 0.3 seconds on the clock for the 75-73 win in a game that captivated everyone who saw it.Unless you live in Columbus, Ohio of course. Instead of seeing an ending for the ages that will go down in NCAA Tournament lore, viewers missed it because...
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This time around, Verne Lundquist caught the basketball flying at the broadcast team

In the warmups before last Saturday’s West Virginia – Notre Dame game, a basketball hit CBS announcer Verne Lundquist in the face. A similar situation popped up during game action in Sunday’s South Carolina – Florida Elite Eight matchup, but Lundquist was ready for it this time: That’s a nice catch from Lundquist there, and the banter between him and analyst Jim Spanarkel...
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Despite objections from some ESPN personalities, ‘First Take’ is bringing back LaVar Ball

Whether you can’t wait to hear what LaVar Ball says next or are simply sick of him, it’s undeniable that LaVar Ball has created a buzz which has a lot of people interested. The ratings show it, our page view numbers show it, people are interested in the Ball family. Even if that means a father is making it nearly impossible for his son to overcome the type of hype that’s already...
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Jay Bilas will make good on Twitter bet to grow beard with Gonzaga making Final Four

The Gonzaga Bullldogs are off to the Final Four for the first time in program history, after an extremely impressive 83-59 Elite Eight victory over the Xavier Musketeers on Saturday.So, we’ll get our first look at Gonzaga in the Final Four, and we’ll also get our first look at ESPN college hoops analyst Jay Bilas in a beard. It’s quite understandable if you’re confused, but...
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Chris Webber still has people yell ‘Timeout’ at him when he’s broadcasting games

It’s been 24 years since then-Michigan forward Chris Webber called a timeout he didn’t have during the final seconds of the 1993 national title game between the Wolverines and North Carolina. And yet, according to Webber’s NCAA Tournament broadcast partner Brian Anderson, Webber—now an analyst for Turner Sports—still hears about the incident all the time. In an interview with
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NCAA Tournament ratings continue to be incredible, for reasons unclear

This year’s NCAA Tournament has not been all that exciting, by March Madness’ impossibly high standards. There has not been a single buzzer-beater—in fact most late-game offense has been kind of horrific. There has not been a magical Cinderella story—in fact no true mid-major team made the Sweet 16. There is also no historically good team or truly transcendent superstar....
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Redskins propose letting teams opt out of ‘color rush’ jerseys

The “color rush” uniforms NFL teams wear on "Thursday Night Football" have been called everything from “ugly as hell” to “blinding” to “hideous.”And you can now add “garish” to this list.In an official rule change proposal, the Washington Redskins requested that teams be allowed to opt-out of the color rush uniforms when playing on NFL Network’s "Thursday Night...
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Alshon Jeffery denies reaching out to Adam Schefter for advice

You may recall this week that a fascinating profile came out at Sports Illustrated detailing the behind the scenes work of ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter. Nobody in sports media breaks as much news or has as much access as Schefty. And according to Sports Illustrated, that access doesn’t just include the mysterious “league sources” or front office types, but players too.SI...
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Mike Francesa watches his horse race and texts his trainer live on the air

If you’re a regular visitor to Awful Announcing, you know that WFAN host Mike Francesa owns a horse, the aptly named Mongo Nation. Well, Mongo Nation raced yesterday so Francesa decided to take a commercial break during his show to watch the horse run. And after coming out of break during which Francesa saw Mongo Nation win the race, the Sports Pope decided to text his trainer...
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Barstool’s Big Cat crashed an NFL conference call, proposed obscene Andy Reid Double Dare scenario

Barstool’s Big Cat caused quite a disruption when he called into the NFL’s Competition Committee conference call. As you might expect, they didn’t have a real question. Instead, here’s what he asked: A transcript, if you don’t want to play that out loud, for which we don’t blame you: “Good afternoon gentlemen. missed extra points were a big story this year. Have you...
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AT&T/DirecTV settle Justice Department lawsuit over Dodgers’ channel collusion

Word came down a few weeks ago that AT&T and subsidiary DirecTV were close to settling the Justice Department’s lawsuit against them, and that settlement is now official. Notably, the settlement doesn’t require AT&T/DirecTV to add TimeWarner Cable’s Dodgers channel SportsNet LA, which was at the heart of this issue. The latest Roger...
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Disney CEO Bob Iger’s extension suggests ESPN will stay on current course

Bob Iger is set to run ESPN parent Disney through July 2019. Iger, the company’s current CEO who’s filled that role since 2005, was first set to step down in 2016, then 2018, but last year’s departure of COO and presumptive Iger successor Thomas Staggs (after the board didn’t seem thrilled with the idea of him taking over) made a further extension for Iger seem logical. Iger...
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Cost and content are causing millennials to cut the cord

One of the biggest uncertainties facing ESPN and every other major sports network on cable is the cord cutting phenomenon not showing any signs of slowing down any time soon. It’s no secret that subscriber shedding has been a major story recently in the entire media world and if the demographic numbers are to be believed, it’s not slowing down any time soon. A new survey from...
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LaVar Ball went on ‘First Take,’ and it was a beautiful disaster

On Thursday, everyone’s favorite loud-mouthed, self-aggrandizing helicopter parent LaVar Ball took his roadshow to the place it was always destined to wind up: ESPN’s First Take.Ball appeared beside Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman and Molly Qerim on ESPN’s most boisterous show, and he more than held his own, as Smith repeatedly grilled him on why he was so confident in his...
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ESPN formally announces Suzy Kolber, Samantha Ponder, Trey Wingo to head NFL studio shows

Three weeks ago, Jim Miller reported that ESPN would replace Chris Berman with a trio of studio hosts: Trey Wingo, Suzy Kolber and Samantha Ponder. On Thursday, ESPN finally confirmed the news, announcing that Kolber will host Monday Night Countdown, Ponder will lead Sunday NFL Countdown and Wingo will take over draft coverage. “We have three exceptional hosts in Suzy, Sam...
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In ratings, buzz, attendance and baseball, the 2017 World Baseball Classic was a huge success

Tuesday and Wednesday night were like something out of a Major League Baseball executive suite fantasy. First, the United States and Japan squared off in a tense and exciting World Baseball Classic semifinal. The baseball was good, there was ample buzz online and 1.4 million people tuned in to watch on MLB Network, the channel’s highest ever number for a non-MLB playoff game...
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Three simple ways to improve NFL broadcasts

After a season in which ratings took a dip, it appears the NFL is more open than ever to making major changes to television broadcasts. They’ve done studies you know, and it seems viewers have been quicker to bail on NFL games of late, possibly because of the slow pace and because there are, like, 8,504 other things to consume on TV, online and sometimes even in real life. The...
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ESPN’s next multi-part documentary, ‘We The Fans,’ follows Chicago Bears’ fans around for a season

After putting together a critically-acclaimed and award-winning multi-part documentary focusing on O.J. Simpson, ESPN is setting its sights on the fans of the Chicago Bears for its next big multi-part documentary effort. Titled We The Fans, the latest documentary will be aired in eight parts and follow fans of the Bears sitting in Soldier Field’s Section 250. The latest...
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Real Tweets from Real People complaining ESPN only has Spanish-language WBC rights

The World Baseball Classic final aired on MLB Network Wednesday, as the rest of the tournament had. However, ESPN had the Spanish-language rights for ESPN Deportes. Because the U.S. was in the final, they opted to simulcast the ESPN Deportes Spanish-language telecast on ESPN2. This led to a lot of very stupid tweets from people complaining about the game being shown in Spanish on...
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@MLBONFOX tweets the U.S. is playing Japan in the WBC final, not Puerto Rico

Someone over at Fox Sports got their teams confused. With the World Baseball Classic final between the U.S. and Puerto Rico about to start Wednesday night, the @MLBONFOX account tweeted that it all comes down to this: the U.S. and…Japan? Of course, the U.S. beat Japan last night to advance to the final. The MLB on Fox account quickly deleted the tweet, but not before getting a...
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Brent Musburger admits he once bet on a game he broadcasted

Now that he’s out of traditional broadcasting and working on a Vegas sports gambling show, former CBS and ESPN broadcaster Brent Musburger has finally let his guard down and admitted he once bet on a game he called.Musburger gambled on a Lakers-Trail Blazers game back in the 1980s. He claims that although he’s bet on many other games throughout his life, that was the only time...
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After six years, NBC is finally rebranding CSN Bay Area and California, and other RSNs may follow

CSN Bay Area and California are about to become NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California. It’s the second rebrand in a year, as those channels changed names from “Comcast SportsNet” to “CSN” last summer, but this is a larger brand change, and one that may be repeated at other NBC/Comcast regional sports networks. It’s also happening over six years after Comcast finished...
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Roger Goodell: commercial-kickoff-commercial 'drives me crazy,' NFL will cut down ads

The many NFL fans out there who hate the commercial-kickoff-commercial sequence have some support from an unusual source; Commissioner Roger Goodell. Goodell released a letter to fans Wednesday about the NFL’s plans to reduce commercials and speed up the pace of play, and also spoke with USA Today‘s Tom Pelissero about forthcoming changes. He told Pelissero the commercial-kickoff...
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Director Ezra Edelman signs first-look deal with ESPN for future nonfiction sports projects

After earning ESPN Films its first Academy Award this year, one might figure that director Ezra Edelman could do just about whatever he wanted for the network. That would be the correct presumption. If Edelman has another O.J.: Made in America in him, ESPN wants first dibs on it. According to The Hollywood Reporter‘s Marisa Guthrie, ESPN has signed Edelman to a first-look deal...
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Doug Gottlieb will interview for Oklahoma State job

Doug Gottlieb could wind up changing jobs twice in a week. Gottlieb’s long-anticipated move from CBS to FS1 and Fox Sports Radio was officially announced on The Herd Wednesday, but he’s now also popping up as a candidate to be the next basketball coach at his alma mater, Oklahoma State (following previous coach Brad Underwood’s move to Illinois). This is more than just a rumor...
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