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NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: September 12-18

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 9/18/16 2:55 PM 5:43 PM 2691 577    CHICAGOLAND 2 NASCAR SPRINT CUP START (live) Sun 9/18/16...
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Twitter’s ratings soar for second ‘Thursday Night Football’ stream

Thursday night marked the second go-round of Twitter’s big NFL-streaming experiment, and viewership appears to be trending in the right direction for the social media platform. Per Recode, Twitter drew 2.2 million viewers to its stream of the Patriots blowout win over the Texans, slightly more than the 2.1 million who tuned in to Bills-Jets last week in Twitter’s NFL-airing...
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MLB All-Star Jimmy Rollins joins TBS for postseason baseball coverage

Former three-time All-Star Jimmy Rollins has impressed viewers over the last couple years as a guest analyst on television. While Rollins has made multiple appearances with Fox Sports in the recent past, he will be linking up with TBS this postseason for a full-time studio role for the network’s playoff coverage. Rollins will join analysts Pedro Martinez and Gary Sheffield in...
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Whistle Sports teams up with NFL for social media content

While Whistle Sports isn’t a name instantly familiar to everyone, many have probably seen at least one of their videos. They’re renowned for their partnership with trick-shot stars Dude Perfect, their ridiculous stunts, their pranks and their fail compilations, and they’ve created content in partnership with sports organizations like the Canadian Football League and The Basketball...
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Viewing Picks for September 24

All Times Eastern Australian Rules FootballPreliminary Finals, Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Greater Western Sydney Giants vs. Western Bulldogs — FS2, 3 a.m. Bundesliga Hamburger vs. Bayern Munich — FS2, 9:20 a.m. FSV Mainz vs. Bayer Leverkusen — Fox Soccer Plus, 9:20 a.m. Werder Bremen vs. VfL Wolfsburg — FS2, 12:20 p.m. Bundesliga Report...
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Dodgers honored Vin Scully tonight, and he wrote a letter to fans

This is really cool, and there’s a chance it’s going to get a bit dusty. The Dodgers are honoring Vin Scully before the game tonight, the first of his final series of calling games at Dodger Stadium. He walked on to a massive ovation: Vin Scully walking onto the field to a standing ovation that lasted more than two minutes. pic.twitter.com/QaWbb25Q8I — Jesse Dougherty...
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ESPN Ratings Buzz: September 12-18

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. ESPN Top 10 (and Select) Programs VIEWER RANK PROGRAM DATE START TIME END TIME VIEWERS (000) A18-49 (000) 1 NFL REGULAR SEASON (live) Mon 9/12/16 6:55 PM 10:12 PM 12961 6112    PITTSBURGH/WASHINGTON 2 NFL REGULAR SEASON (live) Mon 9/12...
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Chris Mortensen appears on NFL Insiders from his home

ESPN NFL insider Chris Mortensen announced August 31 that his Stage IV throat cancer had “been virtually reduced to zero detection” and that he would be returning to work this fall, but it’s still remarkable to see him back this soon. Mortensen made his return to ESPN’s NFL Insiders Friday, appearing from his home in Arkansas: Welcome back @mortreport! Chris Mortensen...
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World Cup of Hockey shows ESPN is not NHL’s only path to success

ESPN’s return to hockey broadcasting has been highly anticipated and celebrated, yet the ratings themselves have underwhelmed. While there is still plenty of tournament to go, the US’ early exit plus the competition the tournament faces from college and pro football down the line means the 766,000 viewers ESPN pulled for USA/Canada may not be topped. Whatever your feelings are...
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Kenny Albert has worked with almost 250 different broadcast partners

One of the busiest broadcasters out there is Kenny Albert, the only play-by-play commentator currently doing NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL work (the first two for Fox, plus Knicks and Rangers work for MSG and NHL work for NBC) and a guy who’s also done Olympics, boxing, horse racing, soccer and lacrosse. The latest Skip Bayless sweats down to his underwear from...
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No, that James Brown does not host Thursday Night Football

For decades, James Brown has been one of the most respected and influential people working in the sports media. He has served as an NFL pregame and studio show host, interviewer, play by play man, and so much more. James Brown is so skilled and so highly thought of as a television person, let alone in sports, that he’s even filled in as a substitute host for the CBS Evening News...
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Viewing Picks for September 23, 2016

The latest Skip Bayless sweats down to his underwear from arguing too hard Red Barber and the empty Yankee Stadium - September 22, 1966 'Time' magazine puts kneeling Colin Kaepernick on its cover What does the future hold for 538's live podcasts? All...
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Long-time Astros broadcaster Bill Brown is retiring

There are big changes on the way for the Houston Astros’ TV broadcasts. Bill Brown has been their primary TV voice for the last 30 years since joining the team in 1987, but the team announced Thursday that he’ll be retiring at the end of the season: Thank you to longtime #Astros broadcaster @BrownieTw, who has announced his retirement. His final scheduled game is on Wednesday...
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Watch: Lowell Cohn lectures, interrupts Chip Kelly on Kaepernick

49ers head coach Chip Kelly answered some questions on Colin Kaepernick’s anthem protest at a press conference Thursday and expressed some support for Kaepernick and his stance, which then led to Santa Rosa Press-Democrat columnist Lowell Cohn trying to get Kelly to complain about Kaepernick, interrupting his answer, and arguing with him: Chip Kelly and reporter have a back...
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Your 2016 Week 4 college football announcing schedule

Thursday, September 22 7:30 PM- Clemson at Georgia Tech (ESPN) Dave Flemming, Jesse Palmer, Laura Rutledge (ESPN Radio) Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, Ian Fitzsimmons Friday, September 23 7:30 PM- Wyoming at Eastern Michigan (CBSSN) Ben Holden, Sed Bonner 8 PM- TCU at SMU (ESPN) Adam Amin, Mack Brown, Dawn Davenport 9 PM- USC at Utah (FS1) Joe Davis, Brady Quinn, Jenny Taft (Sports...
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Kevin Durant was ‘kind of puzzled’ at Bill Simmons’ obsession with the James Harden trade

The Oklahoma City Thunder probably shouldn’t have traded James Harden when they did, back in 2012. Just about everyone accepted that reality long ago and moved on to being mad about other things. The latest Paul Finebaum calls Michigan fans 'a whiny and sniveling bunch' Monday Night Football's ratings have been bad, and...
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What does the future hold for 538’s live podcasts?

The presidential election is less than seven weeks away, and political sites and blogs like ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight are predictably seeing large spikes in web traffic. The latest Paul Finebaum calls Michigan fans 'a whiny and sniveling bunch' Monday Night Football's ratings have been bad, and they're about to get worse ...
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‘Time’ magazine puts kneeling Colin Kaepernick on its cover

Though the backlash to Colin Kaepernick’s weekly national anthem protest has likely been stronger than the quarterback anticipated, it seems that the positive fallout from his actions has been grander than expected as well. Kaepernick has started a true national conversation, won a few converts and inspired dozens of other athletes to join in his protest. He has become something...
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Skip Bayless sweats down to his underwear from arguing too hard

We’ve written a lot of posts about Skip Bayless around here, but none quite like this. Today, we’re not going to focus on the FS1 debate personality’s Tebowlicious opinions, we’re going to talk about his bodily fluids. The latest Paul Finebaum calls Michigan fans 'a whiny and sniveling bunch' Monday Night Football's ratings...
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Both St. Louis & Los Angeles audiences tuned out the Rams’ return

St. Louis is understandably bitter about the way the Rams franchise left for Los Angeles. Los Angeles, meanwhile, is full of Los Angeles sports fans. When the Rams played their first game since returning to the once-again home of L.A., both fanbases did what you’d expect them to do. Not care. The latest Paul Finebaum calls Michigan fans 'a whiny and...
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Red Barber and the empty Yankee Stadium – September 22, 1966

An empty Yankee Stadium and Red Barber’s firing: The conventional belief of the last fifty years isn’t accurate. The incident alone didn’t lead to the broadcast pioneer’s firing. After 67 years behind the Dodgers’ mike, Vin Scully, 88, is retiring to a flood of heartfelt tributes. But 50 years ago this month, his mentor and father like figure Red Barber was unceremoniously...
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Your 2016 NFL Week 3 announcing schedule

Thursday Sep. 22 Houston at New England, CBS | NFLN 8:25 pm – Jim Nantz, Phil Simms & Tracy Wolfson Westwood One – Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli The latest Paul Finebaum calls Michigan fans 'a whiny and sniveling bunch' Monday Night Football's ratings have been bad, and they're about to get worse ...
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Stars broadcaster Dave Strader gives an update on his cancer treatment

Back in June, Dallas Stars play-by-play man Dave Strader announced that he was battling cancer. From our piece at the time: One of the NHL’s longest-tenured and most-respected announcers is battling cancer. The Dallas Stars announced Monday that Dave Strader, who took over TV play-by-play duties for them this past season following Ralph Strangis’ retirement, has been diagnosed...
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Clippers agree to new TV deal with FOX Sports

In news that broke today, the Clippers agreed to a new deal with Fox Sports, and will remain on Fox Sports Prime Ticket. Developing story — #Clippers and Fox Sports have agreed to new TV deal. — Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) September 21, 2016 The Clippers are back on Fox Sports but will still be conducting in-market tests for new, innovative digital offerings on a trial...
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FOX Soccer producer thinks American fans aren’t as “versed in the game” as UK fans

In a telling appearance on Alexi Lalas’s The Mutant Gene podcast, FOX Sports executive producer Jonty Whitehead made a few revealing statements about FOX’s attitudes toward broadcasting soccer in the United States. They perhaps aren’t that surprising; complaints about FOX dumbing down the sport have been going on for years, and things have only mildly improved since. Of course...
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