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NFL Network’s Michael Irvin under police investigation for sexual battery

Six years after settling a lawsuit accusing him of sexual assault, NFL Network analyst Michael Irvin is being investigated by Fort Lauderdale police over alleged sexual battery. TMZ Sports broke the story Wednesday, and The Associated Press and the local ABC affiliate have confirmed that Irvin was listed on a sexual battery incident report and police are investigating. From TMZ,...
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Vin Scully talks preservation of his Polo Grounds call, first season outside MLB booth

The 2017 MLB season will be the first one in 67 years without Vin Scully in the broadcast booth, but the legendary announcer is still in the news. Ben Nuckols of The Associated Press spoke to Scully about retirement and his plans for the year, but also the news that the Library of Congress has selected his call of the final Dodgers-Giants game at New York’s Polo Grounds for preservation...
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NWSL may have Jenn Hildreth and Aly Wagner broadcast games, but is being curiously silent

Almost two months after A+E Networks bought a stake in the National Women’s Soccer League and announced that they would air NWSL games on Lifetime, there’s been a surprising amount of silence on the broadcast front. That’s notable, especially with less than three weeks left until the 2017 NWSL season kicks off on April 15-16; the league has announced that a NWSL game of the...
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Major sporting events are becoming even more dispersed across television

What were the biggest and most important sporting events from the last seven days? One could make the argument that from a national and international perspective they were the NCAA Tournament, the World Baseball Classic, and the USA’s crucial World Cup Qualifier against Honduras. During the NCAA Tournament, half of the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 games aired on TBS and half aired on CBS...
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The difference in TV contracts for US Soccer matches leaves fans scrambling

Fans wanting to watch the last two US men’s soccer team World Cup qualifiers had to deal with two different networks with two different distributions. And because of this difference between the two networks, it left fans confused and wondering how they can watch one game but not the other. The latest NBC will air 2018 Olympics live on West...
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AA’s @ClippitTV videos of the week: Joe Lunardi spends NIT game talking about his 2018 NCAA Tournament predictions

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 Lunardi breaks down the No. 1 seeds… for next year’s NCAA Tournament We’re still not even finished with...
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Anchor gets around NCAA tournament highlight restrictions by using LEGOs

We’ve seen plenty of sports outlets getting creative when they don’t have the rights to show highlights, from a Florida ABC anchor recreating a 2014 Gators’ NCAA Tournament game with a Nerf backboard to a Louisville Fox affiliate using NES game Double Dribble for highlights that same year. However, Eric Alvarez of Fox 17 Nashville took it to another level this year, using LEGO...
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Estimates show pay TV providers will continue to lose subscribers into the next decade

As traditional pay TV continues to move into a new era, it’s finding that fewer people are willing to subscribe. According to Digital TV research, the industry is expected to lose subscribers by 5% 2022. The numbers are expected to go from 94.957 million this year to 90.711 five years from now. The latest Braves announcers think Tigers OF...
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NASCAR ratings are getting even worse this season

While not maybe at a “make or break” point, NASCAR poured a lot of effort into trying to reverse their long-suffering ratings slide. There’s a brand new points system, races have been fundamentally changed, the series has a new sponsor, and drivers are getting into fights on pit road. NASCAR has been trying almost everything. And thus far, nothing is working. It’s still early...
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NBC will air 2018 Olympics live on West Coast, ending at least one source of #nbcfail

One of the longest-running complaints against NBC’s Olympic coverage is how they’ve delayed their prime-time main-channel coverage for the West Coast, focusing on story over live results. That won’t be an issue for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, as Steve Battaglio of The Los Angeles Times reports that NBC is planning to air its prime-time coverage of...
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Former SF Giant Matt Williams will join NBC Sports Bay Area as studio analyst

Former San Francsico Giants third baseman Matt Williams will be heading back to the Bay Area this season. After spending almost two decades in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization as well as managing the Washington Nationals, Williams will spend this season as a studio analyst for Giants games on NBC Sports Bay Area. He’ll join in time for the regular season. The latest...
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ESPN’s John Buccigross: “It would take a special package” for him to leave ESPN

ESPN’s John Buccigross has been with the Worldwide Leader dating back to the late 1990’s. As one of the NHL mavens at ESPN, he’s been beloved by hockey fans as being one of the torchbearers of the sport in Bristol. But as he continues to be one of the main anchors for the 11 p.m. ET SportsCenter, Buccigross’ contract expires on July 1. And as the Sporting News’ Mike McCarthy...
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ESPN-on-ESPN crime: Jonathan Coachman accuses Jorge Sedano of “jacking” his “One Word” bit and things got heated

In a rather heated exchange, SportsCenter anchor Jonathan Coachman and ESPN Nación host Jorge Sedano went at it Monday over a segment in which Coach acaused Sedano of “jacking” his material. If you’re not aware of what’s going on, Coachman and Max Breton do a segment on SportsCenter called “One Word.” Here’s an example: Well apparently Nación ESPN which airs on...
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Finnish broadcaster pays off a bet by… wearing a donkey head?

We love weird stories from international sports broadcasters and our search spanning the globe for the most interesting sports media highlights takes us to Finland. American sports media loves to make bold predictions about anything and everything, but rarely are there ever any consequences for getting it wrong aside from showing up on Creezing Cold Takes or maybe Jay Bilas growing...
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Braves announcers think Tigers OF JaCoby Jones & former NFL WR Jacoby Jones are the same person

Detroit Tigers outfielder JaCoby Jones came to bat during the team’s Spring Training game against the Atlanta Braves on Monday night, and Fox Sports Southeast announcers Chip Caray and Joe Simpson began talking about Jones making the transition from football to baseball. Small problem: JaCoby Jones never played football, or at least not professionally. Jacoby Jones, however, played...
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Analyst says live sports hours on ESPN have peaked, advertising growth will slow as a result

While Disney’s stock price has been on the rise recently, climbing 7.7 per cent this year and closing at $112.38 Monday, some analysts are still worried about ESPN’s impact on the larger corporation. One of those is Jefferies analyst John Janedis. Fierce Cable’s Ben Munson writes that Janedis sent a note to clients Monday raising his target price on Disney stock from $100...
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Verne Lundquist says that music gives him “a soul, a depth”

Verne Lundquist has been celebrated over the last 12 months as he stepped down as the voice of SEC football on CBS and his broadcasting career approaches the finish line. The 76 year old broadcaster got to enjoy an encore of the SEC on CBS as the Elite 8 game he called was an All-SEC matchup between Florida and South Carolina. In just a couple weeks time, he will return to his familiar...
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Sam Ponder opened up about replacing Chris Berman on Sunday NFL Countdown

When Chris Berman stepped down from his hosting roles at ESPN, the questions immediately turned to who would be stepping in to his fairly large shoes. Love him or not, Berman has been an institution at ESPN for decades and arguably the biggest personality at the network for the majority of ESPN’s existence. For one person to try to replace him would be an almost impossible task...
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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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