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Kings’ draft pick Georgios Papagiannis’ father argues with media on Twitter

While the Sacramento Kings’ selection of Georgios Papagiannis 13th overall in Thursday’s NBA Draft provoked plenty of criticism from media and even an apparent subtweet from Kings’ center DeMarcus Cousins, Papagiannis has one notable person in his corner; his very opinionated father. SI’s Luke Winn profiled Papagiannis last year and included comments from his father, Kanellos...
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June 24, 2016  |  Discuss

ESPN Ratings Buzz: June 13-19

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 SPORTSCENTER LATE (live) Sun 6/19/16 11:33 PM 1:05 AM 2219 1216     2 ESPN ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY Tue 6/14/16 9:00 PM 11:00 PM 1749...
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June 24, 2016  |  Discuss

ESPN draws lowest NBA Draft rating since 2012 due to weak class, competing Yahoo show

ESPN’s NBA Draft ratings plummeted this year, according to Sports Business Daily, likely as a result of a weak draft class and a competing broadcast by Yahoo. According to SBD, ESPN drew a 2.4 overnight rating Thursday, down from a record-setting 3.1 each of the past two years. Louisville led all markets with a 6.5 local rating. This year’s draft class was in some ways tailor...
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June 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Jim Gray is still kind of irked about criticism over The Decision

On Friday, The Ringer published a profile of longtime sports television reporter and personality Jim Gray. The piece, written by sports media maestro Bryan Curtis, covers Gray’s winding career path and unlikely set of celebrity friends, but the most compelling nuggets concern Gray’s participation in LeBron James’ infamous Decision. Back in July 2010, Gray pitched the concept of...
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June 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Boomer & Carton escalate feud with Mike Francesa over false Zack Wheeler report

The fiercely petty, Capulet-and-Montague-like feud between fellow WFAN radio hosts Mike Francesa and Boomer & Carton has heated up this week in a big way. The escalation began with Francesa’s entertaining goof about Zack Wheeler’s year-old elbow injury, which provided Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton endless fodder to mock the king of New York sports talk. On Thursday...
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June 24, 2016  |  Discuss

HBO’s Any Given Wednesday premieres to tepid ratings and reactions

Ratings expectations were not enormous headed into the premire of HBO’s new Bill Simmons-hosted talk show Any Given Wednesday. While Ben Affleck’s profanity-laced rant about Deflategate certainly made waves, initial ratings imply that audiences are going to need some time to get as worked up. Any Given Wednesday premiered to an 0.12 adults 18-49 rating and 0.26 million live...
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June 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Disney CEO Bob Iger: ESPN “is not broken,” moving towards (light?) OTT

There’s been plenty of discussion about how ESPN’s issues have affected Disney’s stock price, but Disney CEO Bob Iger has been consistent both in his support of the network’s future and his discussion of ESPN’s plans to self-distribute with a standalone over-the-top offering. In fact, it’s now looking like over-the-top may come even sooner than initially planned, but...
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June 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Allen Iverson asked Stephen A. Smith to present him at H.O.F.

It looks like Allen Iverson’s upcoming Basketball Hall of Fame induction may have a significant sports media component. According to Philadelphia sports radio station 97.5 The Fanatic, one of the people Iverson asked to present him is none other than ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith: I asked Stephen A, coach Brown and coach Thompson to present me to the HOF. Allen Iverson — 975TheFanatic...
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June 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for June 24, 2016

All Times Eastern Arena Football Tampa Bay Storm at Orlando Predators — CBS Sports Network, 7:30 p.m. Australian Rules Football Collingwood Magpies vs. Fremantle Dockers — Fox Soccer Plus, 5:30 a.m. Richmond Tigers vs. Brisbane Lions — Fox Soccer Plus, 11:30 p.m. CFL Montreal Alouettes at Winnipeg Blue Bombers — ESPN2, 8:30 p.m. College BaseballCollege World Series, TD Ameritrade...
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June 24, 2016  |  Discuss

J.J. Watt teases Darren Rovell for tweeting too much

Today, ESPN business reporter Darren Rovell worked out with J.J. Watt, in possibly the biggest sporting mismatch since the U.S. vs. Angola. You can see Rovell in all his athletic glory on Periscope, but we’re going to call your attention to this short clip posted by ESPN: There’s a lot to enjoy here, from Rovell screaming like a lunatic while trying to flip a tire to Rovell...
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June 23, 2016  |  Discuss

NY tabloids all made same Rose headline pun

Ever come up with a great joke, get ready to share it and then realize 100 people have already made it? That’s probably how headline writers from the New York Daily News, New York Post and Newsday felt Thursday morning. Derrick Rose was traded to the Knicks on Wednesday, and one pun sprung to mind for headline writers at all three tabloids. It's clever... Until you all do...
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June 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Dan Le Batard calls out ESPN for giving John Calipari free recruiting platform

Dan Le Batard has never been afraid to call things as he sees them, even when that means bashing his own employer, and on Thursday he called out ESPN over one of the networks favorite tricks. Le Batard used his ESPN radio show to criticize ESPN’s “car wash” model and openly meditate over a programming decision on his ESPN television show. On the radio show, Le Batard voiced...
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June 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Teenager photoshops a press pass and sneaks into Game 7 of the NBA Finals

University of Texas sophomore Micah Poag did not have tickets to Game 7 of the NBA Finals, but that didn’t stop him from flying 1,750 miles to Oakland and finagling his way into Oracle Arena. Poag’s secret weapon was a fake press pass he had created on Photoshop the morning of his flight, based not on a specific Finals pass but on a generic model he’d found on Google Images...
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June 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Let’s stop being outraged at Skip Bayless and hot-takers like him

In some ways, Skip Bayless was the star of this year’s NBA Finals. ESPN2’s most provocative LeBron-hater brought his A-game this month, criticizing the four-time MVP at every turn, lobbing shots at King James even after Akron’s favorite son had secured a long-awaited title for Northeast Ohio. And boy did the high-minded Twitter commentariat go crazy. Every tweet was met with...
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June 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Any Given Wednesday shakes off awkward start, Bill Simmons shows fun side of sports

HBO has set a high standard with the title sequences for Real Time with Bill Maher and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, so the intro for Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons had to meet that bar. Though the music might not have been as immediately catchy, it set an upbeat, folksy tone for the show. More important were the items floating on the screen during the sequence, virtually...
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June 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Kansas City Chiefs will broadcast preseason games, coaches shows in St. Louis

St. Louis no longer has an NFL franchise now that the Rams have left for Los Angeles. The Kansas City Chiefs are hoping to fill the void left behind. Per the Kansas City Star, Chiefs president Mark Donovan told fans last Friday that would be broadcasting at least all of their preseason games as well as coaches shows and “Chiefs Rewind” in the St. Louis TV market. Donovan also...
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June 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for June 23, 2016

All Times Eastern CFL Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Toronto Argonauts — ESPNews, 7:30 p.m. College BaseballCollege World Series, TD Ameritrade Park, Omaha, NE Bracket 2-Elimination Bracket Coastal Carolina vs. Texas Tech — ESPN2, 8 p.m. Baseball Tonight at the College World Series — ESPN2, 7 p.m. College World Series Postgame — ESPNU, 11 p.m. GolfEuropean Tour BMW International...
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June 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Watch: Vin Scully avoids foul ball and then throws it to a fan

As we know, it’s Vin Scully’s final season in Los Angeles Dodgers booth. But late on Wednesday night, Jayson Werth of the Washington Nationals almost ended Vin’s career a few months earlier than planned. Werth hit a foul ball in the 9th inning into Scully’s booth and luckily, he managed to avoid it and after a quick search, he found it then threw it to a fan in the Dodger...
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June 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Mike Francesa reports Mets injury, only to realize half way through it was an old report

Mike Francesa really isn’t sure if it’s a new report or an old report. The bombastic host of Mike’s On: Francesa on the FAN was hosting his show when he discovered a report that Mets pitcher Zach Wheeler suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament and was seriously injured. The problem was, the report Francesa watched wasn’t new. It was from over a year ago. Wheeler might...
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June 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Bill Simmons has 3-year HBO deal, Any Given Wednesday first season 20 episodes

Shortly before the premiere of Any Given Wednesday on HBO, details about Bill Simmons’ contract with the premium cable network and negotiations with other suitors that expressed interest after he left ESPN have been revealed. Perhaps most importantly, USA Today‘s Gary Levin reported that Simmons has a three-year deal with HBO worth more than $20 million. That fits with the June...
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June 22, 2016  |  Discuss

ESPN to update 30 for 30 “Believeland” with new Cavaliers ending

The ESPN 30 for 30 documentary “Believeland” which focused on the championship failures in Cleveland is now out of date. Thanks to the Cavaliers’ NBA Championship this week, the hard-luck city is no longer suffering a trophy drought. So the producers will be updating the documentary to include the Cavs’ championship. According to a tweet from ESPN Cavs beat reporter Dave...
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June 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Watch: Announcer goes crazy for Iceland’s last-minute Euro 2016 goal over Austria

Besides getting to enjoy an exciting, beautifully executed goal as a sheer feat of athleticism and craft, one of the great joys of watching soccer is a loud, enthusiastic, maybe borderline insane goal call. Thanks to a thrilling last-minute goal from Iceland’s Arnor Ingvi Traustason in a 2-1 victory over Austria in Euro 2016, we have some outstanding audio worth celebrating....
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June 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Emrick to call Pirates game with Costas

When NHL on NBC voice Mike Emrick called a couple of Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training games back in March, little did we know it was practice for a regular season game next month. MLB Network has announced that Doc will call the Chicago Cubs-Pittsburgh Pirates game on July 8 with Bob Costas. It’s a dream come true for Emrick who grew up a Pirates fan while living in Indiana...
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June 22, 2016  |  Discuss

MSG to create Western New York RSN in conjunction with Pegula Sports and Entertainment

Last week, we wondered if Western New York was on the brink of a new regional sports network. Well, the questions have now been answered and yes, the channel will have a WNY angle. It will be operated by the current rightsholders, MSG. Both MSG and Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula have announced an agreement for the Sabres to remain with MSG and the rights also include...
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June 22, 2016  |  Discuss

UFC angry at another reporter, sends legal letter to him

In another attempt to control its message and intimidate another reporter, UFC apparently has sent a letter threatening action against Flo Combat’s Jeremy Botter. Over the past several days, Botter has reported extensively about the sale of UFC. As soon as Botter tweeted that UFC had accepted a bid, the company sent out public and internal denials denying a sale had taken place...
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June 22, 2016  |  Discuss
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