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Viewing Picks for July 29, 2016

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football Geelong Cats vs. Western Bulldogs — Fox Soccer Plus, 5:30 a.m. Greater Western Sydney Giants vs. Richmond Tigers — Fox Soccer Plus, 10:30 p.m. BasketballWomen’s USA Basketball Showcase, Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, CT United States vs. Canada — NBA TV, 7 p.m. Men’s USA Basketball Showcase, United Center, Chicago, IL United...
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Peyton Manning dons robe, stars alongside Lionel Richie in new DirecTV ads

After 18 years as a professional football player, Peyton Manning is retired, and that means trading pads and playbooks for slippers and bathrobes. That’s the premise behind a series of DirecTV ads in which Peyton copes with football-devoid Sundays by sitting in a park, going grocery shopping, bugging his brother and, obviously, talking about DirecTV. The campaign comes with...
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Craig Sager to miss Olympics while undergoing bone marrow transplant

NBC announced Thursday that Craig Sager will not cover the Rio Olympics, as he continues to battle leukemia. According to the network, Sager is at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, undergoing treatment. Here’s NBC’s full statement. Craig Sager has returned to MD Anderson to continue his fight against leukemia.  He is preparing for a third bone marrow transplant which...
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Blake Griffin, Ryan Kalil producing The Rocketeer reboot for Disney

Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin and Carolina Panthers offensive lineman Ryan Kalil are getting into the Hollywood producing business. According to The Hollywood Reporter, both professional athletes are part of a new film, TV and digital venture called Mortal Media and are developing a reboot of the 1991 cult favorite The Rocketeer. Griffin and Kalil reportedly approached...
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HBO renews Ballers for third season

HBO’s Ballers is two episodes into its second season, but that didn’t stop the premium cable network from renewing its football comedy for a third season. The news comes from no less of a source than the series’ star himself, Dwayne Johnson. The renewal probably shouldn’t be a surprise, as Ballers has drawn strong ratings for HBO thus far. Season one averaged 9.1 million...
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Brett Favre to be host on SiriusXM NFL Radio

If you thought Brett Favre being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame was the only big news coming for him in August, the three-time NFL MVP has a surprise for you. He’s also going to be a regular part of your satellite radio during the upcoming season. Favre will be a host on Sirius XM NFL Radio, the satellite radio network’s exclusive NFL channel. His debut is tied...
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Sports Illustrated re-designs their website again… and this time it’s not terrible!

Sports Illustrated completely re-designed their website a couple of years ago and the results were less than spectacular.  With more and more web traffic moving to mobile and tablet, Sports Illustrated attempt to focus their attention to those visitors with their re-design.  It was supposed to be “flexible” and “more responsive.” However, the experience in visiting the...
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DirecTV, Dish, Comcast will broadcast delayed NBC’s Rio Olympics coverage in 4K

Ultra HDTV owners, rejoice. So long as you have DirecTV, Dish Network, or Comcast, you will be able to watch 83 hours of NBC Olympics coverage in 4K Ultra HD. There’s just one catch: it won’t be live. 4K offerings will include the Opening Ceremonies and Closing Ceremonies as well as events such as swimming, track & field, basketball, and judo. The ceremonies will...
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Olympic Channel to launch right after Rio Olympics ends

The IOC’s Olympic Channel is hoping it can use momentum from August’s Rio Games to get its free international digital product off to a good start, but it won’t actually be launching until right after these Olympics end. From the IOC’s release: Starting Sunday 21 August, after the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games Rio 2016, the Olympic Channel platform will be available...
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Twitter signs deal to stream Premier League highlights in the UK

As Twitter continues to sign streaming deals, it has signed an agreement with Sky Sports for English Premier League highlights. This will allow Twitter users in the UK and Ireland to watch real-time highlights on the @SkyFootball account. In addition, the agreement allows for post-match analysis. So now, fans who have received the scorn from the Premier League for posting videos...
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Your 2016 PGA Championship Announcing Schedule

The PGA Championship is the fourth and final golf major of the year.  For as much as we may have looked forward to an Olympic golf tournament, the number of withdrawals and negative publicity around it means that it won’t quite reach the level of golf’s other biggest tournaments.  At least from the outset. However, the Olympic tournament does mean that the major affectionately...
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Viewing Picks for July 28, 2016

All Times Eastern CFL Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Edmonton Eskimos — ESPN2, 9 p.m. College Football College Football Live — ESPN2, 1:30 p.m. GolfWomen’s British Open, Marquess Course, Woburn Golf Club, Milton Keynes, England, United Kingdom 1st Round — Golf Channel, 4:30 a.m. 1st Round — Golf Channel, 9 a.m. PGA Championship, Baltusrol Golf Club, Springfield, NJ 1st Round...
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Report: law firm exploring suit against Disney/ESPN over subscriber loss reveals

ESPN’s subscriber losses have played a substantial role in Disney’s stock price collapse, with analysts’ concerns over the future of the Worldwide Leader outweighing many of the company’s other successes, and now it appears that the company could find itself in some legal hot water over the timing of those subscriber loss revelations. Deadspin’s Tom Ley and Kevin Draper...
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Famed CBC announcer Steve Armitage will miss Rio Olympics over heart problems

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s plans for Rio Olympics coverage have received a late-in-the-game shakeup. Veteran broadcaster Steve Armitage, who was set to take part in his 16th Games as a broadcaster and call swimming and diving, has had to back away from that role thanks to a recent diagnosis of chronic heart failure. Elliotte Friedman will replace him for both events...
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AA Q&A: Ernie Johnson talks Charles Barkley’s golf game, Kevin Durant, Craig Sager

With TNT hosting the first two days of the PGA Championship beginning Thursday morning from the Baltusrol Golf Club in New Jersey, Turner anchor and do-it-all star Ernie Johnson spoke to Awful Announcing about the tournament, Charles Barkley’s golf game, why Barkley won’t use Twitter, Kevin Durant, and Craig Sager’s emotional ESPYs speech. Awful Announcing: We’re used to...
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Rate the local MLB announcers, 2016 version – NL Central

And we close our voting with the NL Central, a division that featured crews that ranked all over the map in our previous rankings. This division hasn’t changed much since then, so the rankings will likely be similar. THESE POLLS WILL CLOSE PROMPTLY AT 3 PM ON JULY 29TH Chicago Cubs -Len Kasper (play by play) -Jim Deshaies (analyst) Take Our Poll Cincinnati Reds -Thom Brennaman...
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UFC signs a new broadcast deal in the U.K.

UFC has signed a new deal with BT Sport so the U.K. cable sports network can continue airing mixed martial arts events. The new deal keeps UFC on BT and expands its deal to air original UFC programming through 2018. UFC’s deal with BT Sport gives the network the rights to air every main card in the U.K. and Europe as well as all televised preliminary cards. And it allows BT Sport...
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Dhani Jones will join NBC’s Olympic team

Former NFL linebacker and host of NBC’s Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge, Dhani Jones, will be part of the voluminous team that the Peacock is sending to Rio next week for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Jones will be sent to various venues as a reporter and also contribute to The Olympic Zone, a 30-minute nightly program that is aired by local NBC affiliates usually before the network’s...
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MLB asks Yaisel Puig to stop wearing his Vin Scully cleats

Last week we took notice of Los Angeles Dodgers star Yaisel Puig’s new cleats that paid honor to the legendary Vin Scully. So did Major League Baseball, and it would like to see Puig keep those cleats off the field in the future. If you missed it last week, Puig is wearing custom Nike cleats with an image of Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully on the side with the phrase “Win it...
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Joe Rogan will be sticking with the UFC for at least another year

Earlier this year, UFC fight analyst Joe Rogan said he would leave the company as a cageside commentator if it was sold to an outside investor. A couple of weeks ago, it was announced that UFC was indeed sold for a cool $4 billion.  While there are many things currently on the UFC agenda – from the details of the sale to star fighters like Jon Jones and Brock Lesnar failing drug...
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Rate the local MLB announcers, 2016 version – AL East

The AL East fared pretty well in our last rankings two years ago, with the Baltimore Orioles claiming the top spot among the teams in the division. Not much has changed since then, aside from the very minor, uncontroversial move of the Red Sox replacing Don Orsillo with Dave O’Brien in the play by play chair. THESE POLLS WILL CLOSE PROMPTLY AT 11 AM ON JULY 29TH Baltimore Orioles...
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AA Q+A: Michael Farber talks TSN feature on El Presidente’s perfecto

25 years after Dennis Martinez threw the only perfect game in the history of the Montreal Expos and the 13th in MLB history against the L.A. Dodgers on July 28, 1991, TSN is revisiting that moment in a new original 11 and a half minute feature, “El Presidente.” The feature also will cover how Martinez overcame alcoholism and a demotion to the minors with Baltimore to find redemption...
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WATCH: Rick Sutcliffe cuts up tie during Cubs-White Sox game

One of the most comical sports stories we’ve heard in quite some time is Chris Sale getting suspended by the White Sox after desecrating the team’s throwback jerseys because he didn’t want to pitch in them. Sale going crazy with a pair of scissors has led to a number of surreal memes and headlines and even intensified talk that he might be traded. It’s even made Adam LaRoche’s...
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Your MLB Announcing Schedule for 7/27 – 7/31

Wednesday, July 27 Detroit Tigers at Boston Red Sox (MLBN 1:30 pm) Local Broadcast [alt: Nats at Indians – Noon] Cincinnati Reds at San Francisco Giants (MLBN 4:30 pm – JIP) Local Broadcast [alt: Rays at Dodgers] Chicago White Sox at Chicago Cubs (ESPN 8 pm) Jon Sciambi, Rick Sutcliffe, Doug Glanville Thursday, July 28 Colorado Rockies at New York Mets (MLBN 1 pm) Local Broadcast...
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Viewing Picks for July 27, 2016

All Times Eastern BasketballWomen’s Women’s National Team Showcase, Bob Carpenter Center, University of Delaware, Dover, DE United States vs. France — NBA TV, 7:30 p.m. College BaseballCape Cod League, Clem Spillane Field, Wareham, MA Hyannis Harbor Hawks at Wareham Gatemen — Fox College Sports Atlantic, 6:30 p.m. College Football College Football Live — ESPN, 1:30 p.m...
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