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NBC Sports launching new digital shorts series

NBC Sports recently announced a pretty significant update and overhaul of their website that centered around a digital evolution and rebranding.  One of the new endeavors that NBC is now diving into is the short-film storytelling world, launching NBC Sports Digital Shorts. ESPN has seen a lot of success in this realm with Grantland and the 30 for 30 shorts specifically.  NBC is...
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October 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for October 17, 2015

All Times Eastern BoxingPremier Boxing Champions on NBC, Eaglebank Arena, Fairfax, VASuper Middleweights Lamont Peterson vs. Felix Diaz — NBC, 4 p.m. HBO PPV, Madison Square Garden, New York, NYWBC/WBA/IBF World Middleweight Title Gennady Golovkin vs. David Lemieux — Pay per view, 9 p.m. Bundesliga Werder Bremen vs. Bayern Munich — FS1, 9:30 a.m. Schalke vs. Hertha Berlin...
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October 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Sports and Entertainment Ratings Buzz: October 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 Postseason Baseball on TBS VIEWER RANK PROGRAM DATE START TIME END TIME VIEWERS (000) A18-49 (000) 1 MLB WILDCARD Wed 10/07/15 8:00 PM 11:11 PM 8302 3286    CHICAGO/PITTSBURGH 2 MLB DIVISION SERIES Fri 10/09/15 6:38 PM 9:40 PM 5376 1967...
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October 16, 2015  |  Discuss

MLB Postseason viewership up 22% from 2014 through Division Series

This year’s MLB Postseason has shined both on and off the field. Through the end of both Division Series matchups, the 21 games aired so far have averaged 4.2 million viewers. That’s up 22% from 2014 and is the most-watched Postseason through the end of the Division Series since 2010. Here are the totals for each series… -Mets-Dodgers: averaged 5.33 million viewers (five games...
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October 16, 2015  |  Discuss

NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: October 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) Sun 10/11/15 12:34 PM 4:12 PM 2747 579    CHARLOTTE 2 NASCAR SPRINT CUP START (live) Sun 10/11/15...
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October 16, 2015  |  Discuss

ESPN Ratings Buzz: October 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 NFL REGULAR SEASON (live) Mon 10/05/15 8:15 PM 11:23 PM 14403 6599    DETROIT/SEATTLE 2 MLB WILD CARD (live) Tue 10/06/15 7:58 PM...
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October 16, 2015  |  Discuss

PBS, New York Times creating fantasy/online betting documentary

PBS’ Frontline has produced some terrific sports journalism over the years, particularly with the “League Of Denial” documentary on the NFL and concussions (initially in partnership with ESPN, before they pulled out), and now they’re teaming up with another big outlet to cover sports betting and the ongoing saga of daily fantasy. That other outlet would be The New York Times...
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October 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Local Mississippi sportscaster deals with a tapeless, graphics-free report

We at Awful Announcing always appreciate how local newscasters, meteorologists and sports anchors deal with technical difficulties and highlight restrictions. Whether it’s a dastardly computer glitch that forces a weather forecast to go without graphics or a server that eats all video, that’s when newscasts get creative. That was the case for sportscaster Robby Donoho of Northern...
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October 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Will new Star Wars trailer debut during Monday Night Football?

Corporate synergy is a powerful thing. There may be no greater example of this across the galaxy than the alliance between Disney, ESPN and Star Wars. (OK — technically, that’s Lucasfilm. But Star Wars sounds more impressive, right?) It’s a brand name triumvirate more dominant than we can imagine. So when the three forces combine to promote a product, we can do nothing but...
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October 16, 2015  |  Discuss

TBS, Sam Ryan whiff on asking Dodgers’ Don Mattingly about argument with Andre Ethier

If you were watching Thursday night’s telecast of the Mets-Dodgers NLDS Game 5 on TBS, you were probably curious what was going on in the Dodgers’ dugout when cameras caught this tense exchange between manager Don Mattingly and outfielder Andre Ethier in the bottom of the third inning. Meanwhile, in the #Dodgers dugout… https://t.co/sceoieBs0w — Ian Casselberry (@iancass...
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October 16, 2015  |  Discuss

March Madness won't become April Anxiety, but...

The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, more simply known as the NCAA tournament or — even more affectionately — “the tournament,” will not move from the month of March anytime soon: Clarification of timing of men's basketball season: pic.twitter.com/67LKQlOnRT — Inside the NCAA (@InsidetheNCAA) October 15, 2015 Yet, as football continues to capture the...
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October 16, 2015  |  Discuss

ESPN wins exclusive English language Euro 2020 rights

After losing out on FIFA World Cup rights to Fox Sports and English Premier League rights to NBC Sports, John Ourand of Sports Business Daily reports that ESPN will win exclusive English language rights for the 2020 European Championship tournament, set to take place in 13 different European countries. ESPN had some competition to obtain Euro 2020 rights. Fox Sports, NBC Sports and...
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October 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Astros-Royals ALDS Game 5 sets FS1 record audience

MLB couldn’t have asked for a better first round to the 2015 postseason.  Three of the four series went all the way to five games and the other was won by the Chicago Cubs.  We had controversy, thrilling finishes, great stories, and pretty much everything you could ask for – including ratings. The Royals-Astros deciding ALDS Game 5 was the most watched event in the history...
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October 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for October 16, 2015

All Times Eastern BoxingPremier Boxing Champions on Spike, UIC Pavilion, Chicago, ILLight Heavyweights Andrzej Fonfara vs. Nathan Cleverly — Spike, 9 p.m. Friday Night Knockout on trUTV, Aviator Sports Complex, Brooklyn, NYVacant NABO Light Heavyweight Title Donovan George vs. Sean Monaghan — truTV, 10 p.m. Bundesliga FSV Mainz vs. Borussia Dortmund — FS1, 2:30 p.m. Bundesliga...
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October 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Nevada Gaming Control Board announces a cease and desist to all unlicensed Daily Fantasy sites

Strike one back for the casino gamblers. The Daily Fantasy industry has long claimed their practice is legal—despite placing wagers on the outcomes of sporting events through individual player performance—because it is not technically gambling. As Awful Announcing pointed out earlier Thursday, DraftKings has an entire page on its website dedicated to the legality (100% legal...
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October 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Sharing of Bautista bat flip GIF/video shows social value, goes against leagues’ typical approach

In a week where both Deadspin and SB Nation had Twitter accounts suspended over sharing highlight GIFs, Major League Baseball showed the value of being seemingly-less restrictive with GIFs and videos. Not only were GIFs and videos of Jose Bautista’s incredible bat-flip Wednesday posted to both the Toronto Blue Jays’ official Twitter account and MLB’s official Twitter and...
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October 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Erin Andrews is seeking $75M in damages for illegal hotel recording scandal

In a filing in the circuit court for Davidson County, Tennessee on October 13, representatives for Fox Sports reporter and Dancing with the Starshost Erin Andrews filed a complaint—marked the third amended complaint—against Marriott International, West End Hotel Partners, the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University and Michael David Barrett, the man who went to jail for...
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October 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Your Week 7 College Football Announcing Schedule

Thursday, October 15 7 PM- Auburn at Kentucky (ESPN) Dave Flemming, Mack Brown, Allison Williams 7:30 PM- Western Kentucky at North Texas (CBSSN) John Sadak, Randy Cross, Melanie Collins 7:30 PM- Alabama State at UAPB (ESPNU) Mark Neely, Jay Walker (HSRN1) Maurice Carter, Duane Lewis 10:30 PM- UCLA at Stanford (ESPN) Joe Tessitore, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack, Kaylee Hartung (ESPN...
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October 15, 2015  |  Discuss

CNN thinks Lamar Odom is LaMarcus Aldridge

Lamar/LaMarcus, what the hell, they're all the same right? pic.twitter.com/GW1xVJFsRu — Vincent Goodwill (@vgoodwill) October 15, 2015 Do you really expect CNN to know anything about the NBA?  Yes, I know that we’re talking about a Turner company and TNT has had the NBA for years.  Yes, I know we’re talking about an NBA player who was a bonafide celebrity from his time...
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October 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Scott Van Pelt wants you to remember Lamar Odom the basketball player, not “the Kardashian reality star”

Sports fans know Lamar Odom for his basketball prowess. Those who follow the Kardashian universe only know Lamar for being married to Khloe. And while the story of Odom clinging to life after being found unconscious in a Nevada brothel is extremely sad, it appears the Kardashian universe is taking the lead on the story, leaking his condition and his treatment to TMZ. It’s troubling...
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October 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Barry Melrose walks onto SportsCenter set to celebrate Blue Jays win in ALDS

You take your appearances when and where you can get them. Barry Melrose who makes various random cameos on ESPN’s SportsCenter to help with sparsely-run NHL highlights walked onto the Bristol, CT set Wednesday adorned with goggles and clutching empty champagne bottles to celebrate the Toronto Blue Jays win in the American League Championship Series. Melrose was playing the role...
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October 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Jason Whitlock fires back at Greg Howard and Deadspin’s reporting on The Undefeated

Now that he’s moved from ESPN to Fox Sports, Jason Whitlock is taking plenty of potshots, but not just at his former employer. While he didn’t offer much in the way of serious criticism of ESPN or others much on-air with Colin Cowherd Wednesday, Whitlock has been more willing to fire away online, both on Twitter and now at his new j.school site. His intro post from Tuesday night...
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October 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Dottie Pepper joins the CBS golf team

Just over a month after losing David Feherty to NBC/Golf Channel, CBS Sports has named his replacement, veteran golf analyst and on-course reporter Dottie Pepper. Since retiring from the LPGA Tour, Pepper has been an analyst/reporter on Golf Channel, NBC and ESPN. And she’ll continue to work for ESPN at The Masters and on SportsCenter through 2017 while she being part of CBS...
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October 15, 2015  |  Discuss

The 5 Biggest Revelations from Mike Francesa’s interview with Bill Simmons

Two universes collided on Tuesday afternoon in one of those surreal moments that are becoming increasingly rare.  There’s very few possibilities and permutations left in the sports media world that make you stop what you’re doing and take notice.  We throw around phrases like “must-see” or “must-listen” all the time in our hyperbolic culture, but Bill Simmons’ first...
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October 15, 2015  |  Discuss

FBI and DOJ are (unsurprisingly) investigating Daily Fantasy Sports websites

DraftKings, one of the top daily fantasy sites in the country, has a link on the footer of every page of its website that simply states “100% Legal.” Per reports in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times late Wednesday, the FBI and the United States Department of Justice might be challenging that claim. From WSJ.com: The U.S. Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of...
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October 15, 2015  |  Discuss
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