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Curt Schilling and other executives settle 38 Studios lawsuit for $2.5 million

It’s been a big few days for former ESPN analyst Curt Schilling, who had his new syndicated conservative radio show debut Saturday, made headlines with a Facebook post Sunday suggesting that he’d stop terrorism by suspending immigration and try terrorism suspects by military commission instead of trial, and reached a settlement Monday with the state of Rhode Island’s economic development...
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September 19, 2016  |  Discuss

ESPN to debut ‘Nacion ESPN,’ a bilingual show tailored toward Latino sports fans

On September 26, ESPN will break new ground in mainstream sports media, when it debuts Nación ESPN, an hourlong weekly show geared toward Latino sports fans. The latest This Week In Hot Takes: Garoppolo, Stills, Dilfer, CMU and Rapinoe Surprise! Thursday Night Football not available for streaming on Sling, PS Vue ...
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September 19, 2016  |  Discuss

ESPN exec says Bay Area criticism of Trent Dilfer is ‘insulting’

Among many analysts who oppose Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit or kneel during the national anthem, Trent Dilfer has stood out. The former NFL quarterback has not only expressed disagreement with Kaepernick’s protest, he has said backup quarterbacks should be seen not heard and reported that Kaep’s stance has caused friction in the 49ers’ locker room. The latest ...
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September 19, 2016  |  Discuss

The Panthers hired GOP consultant Frank Luntz to help Cam Newton talk about race

When Cam Newton told GQ last month that he didn’t think race had anything to do with the criticism he has received for being too flashy or exuberant, many people were taken aback. In the previous year, Newton had spoken explicitly about the role race played in public perception of him, as had his father and various friends and mentors like Warren Moon. Here’s a stark comparison:...
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September 19, 2016  |  Discuss

“James and the Giant QB” College Football Podcast: Keith Jackson on retirement and his career

Awful Announcing contributor Jim Weber and former Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen recap Week 3 of the 2016 college football season. That includes Lamar Jackson’s mind-boggling September & Michael Vick comparisons (1:00), Bobby Petrino & Art Briles (7:30), Kentucky’s win (13:30), the recent trend of players “pulling a DeSean Jackson” and dropping the ball at the 1-yard...
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September 19, 2016  |  Discuss

Indians players rip Cleveland columnist Paul Hoynes after writing critical piece

With two weeks remaining in the 2016 MLB season, the Cleveland Indians have a comfortable seven-game lead in the AL Central. Barring an unexpected collapse and surge by the Detroit Tigers, the Tribe will be in the postseason. Yet the Cleveland Plain Dealer‘s Paul Hoynes believes the Indians’ playoff run won’t last very long after the team lost starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco for...
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September 19, 2016  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for September 19, 2016

All Times Eastern College Football B1G Football Coaches Press Conference — Big Ten Network, 11:55 a.m. B1G Football & Beyond — Big Ten Network, 12:15 p.m. B1G Football Coaches Press Conference — Big Ten Network, 1:25 p.m. College Football Live — ESPN2, 1:30 p.m. CFB Daily — ESPNU, 4 p.m. ESPNU Championship Drive — ESPNU, 6 p.m. English Premier League Premier League Review Show...
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September 19, 2016  |  Discuss

REPORT: Lady Gaga will headline Super Bowl LI halftime show

A source confirmed to US Weekly that Lady Gaga is going to headline the Super Bowl LI (51) halftime show this upcoming February. After rumors surfaced of Adele being named headliner, it appears that the multi-platinum singer and current star of American Horror Story will be performing in Houston, Texas on February 5. Lady Gaga joins such recent performers as Coldplay, Katy Perry...
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September 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Sports and Entertainment Ratings Buzz: September 5-11

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. MLB Network Top 10 (and Select) Programs VIEWER RANK PROGRAM DATE START TIME END TIME VIEWERS (000) A18-49 (000) 1 PRIME BASEBALL GAME Tue 9/06/16 7:00 PM 10:31 PM 302 63    TOR AT NYY/STL AT PIT 2 PRIME BASEBALL GAME Mon 9/05/16 8:10 PM 11...
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September 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for September 18, 2016

All Times Eastern Bundesliga Augsburg vs. FSV Mainz — FS2, 9:30 a.m. Hertha Berlin vs. Schalke — FS2, 11:30 a.m. College Football College Football Sunday — ESPNU, 8 a.m. College SoccerMen’s Michigan State vs. Michigan — Big Ten Network, noon Cal vs. Harvard — Pac-12 Network/Pac-12 Bay Area, 2 p.m. Women’s Iowa vs. Michigan State — Big Ten Network, 2 p.m. Mississippi State vs. Vanderbilt...
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September 18, 2016  |  Discuss

AA’s top @ClippitTV videos of the week: Chris Berman had a rough week

This article is sponsored by Clippit. Clippit is an awesome app that allows us to quickly grab 30-second clips from a handful of live TV broadcasts and share them on social media. It’s NFL season, so of course Chris Berman had a few moments that made us uncomfortable On last week’s ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown, Chris Berman had the camera catch him at the wrong time while reporter...
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September 18, 2016  |  Discuss

ESPN is using fancy CGI ads at the World Cup of Hockey

Digital CGI ads replacing normal non-CGI ads seems like a little bit of advertising overkill, but that’s exactly what is happening at the World Cup of Hockey. Hockey has seen its fair share of digital advertising in the sport. We’ve seen CGI ads on the boards and the netting behind the goals for a few years now. The new edition of the World Cup of Hockey is taking it a step further...
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September 17, 2016  |  Discuss

NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: September 5-11

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) 09/10/16 7:53 PM 11:46 PM 2706 751    RICHMOND 2 NASCAR SPRINT CUP START (live) 09/10/16 7:30 PM 7:53...
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September 17, 2016  |  Discuss

ESPN’s Mark Jones to be inducted into York University Hall of Fame

Mark Jones is one of the most versatile and longest-serving play-by-play commentators and studio hosts for ESPN and ABC, working for those networks since 1990, but it’s his athletic career that’s going to see him honored this weekend. Before Jones started his broadcasting career with TSN in 1986 (working as a SportsCentre host and the host of a Toronto Blue Jays show), he was a famed...
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September 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Bucks hire analytics writer Seth Partnow as director of basketball research

The trend of sports teams hiring statistical analysts continues, with the latest move along those lines being the Milwaukee Bucks tabbing Seth Partnow as their director of basketball research. Here’s the part of their release on him: Partnow, 39, most recently was the editor of The Nylon Calculus, a preeminent basketball statistical analysis website. His work has been featured in...
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September 17, 2016  |  Discuss

DirecTV to broadcast Notre Dame-Michigan State, other ND home games in 4K

There’s a growing push into 4K ultra high-definition broadcasts, which have been done for everything from The Masters to the Olympics, and they’re starting to make their way into college football. DirecTV and NBC are teaming up to deliver a 4K option for every NBC broadcast of Notre Dame home games, including Saturday’s game between the 18th-ranked Irish and the 12th-ranked Michigan...
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September 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Deal with MLB allows FOX’s ‘Pitch’ to film in stadiums, use team names, and more

FOX’s new series Pitch debuts next Thursday. The series is about the first woman to play in the majors (a pitcher, hence the show’s title), and it’s benefitting greatly from a partnership between FOX and Major League Baseball. The latest This Week In Hot Takes: Garoppolo, Stills, Dilfer, CMU and Rapinoe Surprise! Thursday...
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September 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for September 17, 2016

All Times Eastern Australian Rules FootballFirst Semifinal, Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Sydney Swans vs. Adelaide Crows — FS1, 5 a.m. Bundesliga Bayern Munich vs. Ingolstadt — FS1, 9:30 a.m. Borussia Dortmund vs. Darmstadt —  FS2, 9:30 a.m. Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Bayer Leverkusen — Fox Soccer Plus, 9:30 a.m. Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. Werder Bremen...
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September 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Twitter’s live NFL stream draws 2 million viewers, average audience of 243,000

In terms of the viewer and user experience, Twitter’s live stream of the Thursday Night Football between the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets was a success. Once people could find it, the streaming video was clear, though there could be some tweaks with how tweets are incorporated into the feed. But how many people actually watched the streaming NFL feed on Thursday night? The overall...
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September 16, 2016  |  Discuss

ESPN Ratings Buzz: September 5-11

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 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME (live) 09/05/16 7:55 PM 12:00 AM 8354 3823    OLE MISS/FLORIDA STATE 2 COLLEGE FOOTBALL REGULAR SEASON SUST...
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September 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Mitch Albom’s Colin Kaepernick column looks sort of familiar

Recycling is rewarded nicely in Michigan. People can return empty soda (or “pop,” as it’s called in the Midwest) cans and bottles for a 10-cent deposit. (You might recall Kramer and Newman trying to take advantage of this by taking thousands of empties from New York to Michigan in “The Bottle Deposit,” an episode on the seventh season of Seinfeld.) So Detroit Free Press columnist...
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September 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Joe Tessitore, the Tess Effect, and Chaos Theory

Whether or not you have strong feelings about Ashton Kutcher movies, this quote from the beginning of The Butterfly Effect has always intrigued me: “It has been said that something as small as the flutter of a butterfly’s wing can ultimately cause a typhoon halfway around the world.” – Chaos Theory Said another way, a seemingly insignificant action can have a profound, unexpected...
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September 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Steve Ballmer close to deal keeping Los Angeles Clippers streaming rights

If any major pro sports owner is going to make waves with a streaming rights deal, it makes sense that it would be Steve Ballmer. The latest This Week In Hot Takes: Garoppolo, Stills, Dilfer, CMU and Rapinoe Surprise! Thursday Night Football not available for streaming on Sling, PS Vue Twitter...
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September 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Nielsen study suggests TV networks would benefit from sports gambling

Is it time for TV networks to embrace sports gambling beyond the less-than-veiled references sometimes snuck into play-by-play by broadcasters like Brent Musberger and Al Michaels? According to one study, both the networks and the sports they televise would benefit from sports betting, and should thus join the effort to legalize it in the United States. The latest ...
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September 16, 2016  |  Discuss

ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown will include rotating cast of NFL legends, for some reason

ESPN is going to do something a bit different with Monday Night Countdown this year. Starting with this Mike Ditka this Monday, they’ll be rotating in a cast of NFL legends, according to a release from ESPN. Chris Berman and ESPN will welcome NFL legends to Monday Night Countdown throughout the 2016 NFL season. Beginning this week, the Monday Night Football pregame (6 p.m. ET) will...
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September 16, 2016  |  Discuss
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