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Viewing Picks for October 6, 2014

All Times Eastern College Football BTN Football & Beyond 2014 — Big Ten Network, noon CFB Daily — ESPNU, 1 p.m. College Football Live — ESPN2, 2:30 p.m. Final Verdict — ESPNU, 4:30 p.m. Great8 Plays — ESPNU, 5;30 p.m. ESPNU Championship Drive — ESPNU, 6 p.m. Golf The Golf Fix — Golf Channel, 7 p.m. Junior PGA Championship Highlights: 2014 — Golf Channel, 8 p...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

The NBA will almost triple its revenue in new TV deal

If there’s one business I’d want to be in right now, it’s sports television. Over the last few years, as leagues and conferences have renewed television contracts, the dollar amounts have exploded exponentially.  Sports of any kind are seeing their rights fees shoot through the roof. The NBA is no different.  It’s been reported that a new deal will be announced tomorrow...
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October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Fantastic Arizona State radio call of USC Hail Mary

For the second time this season, a Pac 12 game ended in a Hail Mary.  This time, it was Arizona State defeating USC at the death as Mike Bercovici somehow found Jaelen Strong in front of a group of Trojan defenders grasping at thin air. Radio calls of Hail Marys are always fantastic and this one from the Sun Devils booth is no exception.  I love the sheer shock and jubilation...
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October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Former Cardinals closer bashes Harold Reynolds & Tom Verducci

The broadcast team of Bob Costas, Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci received a ton of negative feedback during their coverage of the Cardinals and Dodgers on Saturday night. Costas not so much as the other two gentlemen, but the night as a whole was filled with cringe-worthy commentary. Former Cardinals closer Jason Isringhausen may have summed up things the best: Just wish Costas...
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October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPNU to televise a Kentucky practice session???

There are two ways to look at this, either ESPNU needs filler or this is a sign of the apocalypse. This Friday, ESPNU will air a Kentucky men’s basketball practice for two hours starting at 3 p.m. ET. ESPN has assigned an on-air crew of five men for the practice which outnumbers a game crew of a play-by-play announcer, analyst and on-court reporter! Jay Bilas, Seth Greenburg, NBA...
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October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB Postseason off to a fast start

Through the first week of the Major League Baseball playoffs, the TV ratings and viewership for the Wild Card and first games of the League Division Series are on the average higher this year. The first baseball postseason games on Fox Sports 1 were very good for the network and in particular, Game 1 of the St. Louis Cardinals-Los Angeles Dodgers National League Division Series....
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October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for October 5, 2014

All Times Eastern Basketball2014 FIBA World Championships for WomenFinal Spain vs. USA — ESPN2, 2 p.m. College Football Championship Drive: Who’s In? — ESPN, 8:30 p.m. College SoccerMen’s Maryland at Northwestern — Big Ten Network, 1 p.m. Cal at Oregon State — Pac-12 Networks, 6 p.m. Stanford at Washington — Pac-12 Networks, 8 p.m. Women’s Kentucky at Texas A&...
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October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Did Mike Francesa fall asleep AGAIN?

The clip of Mike Francesa falling asleep while hosting his radio show is one of the most famous in the history of the blogosphere. The sequel is just as good. On Friday, Francesa closed his eyes while taking a call and it sure looks like he dozed off once more.  Watch as his head bumps the microphone and he has to adjust his glasses.  The stare into the camera says it all. Mikey’s...
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October 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Katy Perry joined College GameDay and threw corn dogs

In what was one of the most bizarre segments ever to appear on ESPN’s College GameDay, pop singer Katy Perry joined the program as the Guest Picker. The traveling roadshow that is GameDay visited Oxford, MS for the first time ever and to say this edition was memorable is an understatement. Usually the guest has a connection to the school or location, but Perry who was born in California...
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October 04, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB Postseason windows are a big test for Fox Sports

As this is the first year of Fox Sports 1′s involvement with the MLB League Division Series, the network without a widely distributed second channel has to rely on a piecemeal way in case of overruns. When TBS had all four LDS, it could rely on TNT when a game ran over and as most cable systems carried both channels, fans rarely missed any action. And in the case of having four...
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October 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Dick Vitale inexplicably went to a Britney Spears concert

Just a day ago, I wondered what artist Dick Vitale would be seeing in concert next after his trip to a Rod Stewart show on Thursday night. Well, Dickie V didn’t keep us waiting too long – on Friday night, for whatever reason, he saw Britney Spears in concert. Dickie V’s Twitter game wasn’t completely on point for this show, but it was an entertaining spectacle nonetheless...
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October 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Heading into the playoffs, MLB Network had their best ever season

MLB Network has consistently seen their viewership totals tick up in recent years. Heading into their airing of NLDS games this Saturday and Monday, MLB Network is basking in the glow of the best regular season in network history. According to data provided by Nielsen, MLB Network’s primetime game telecasts averaged 279,000 viewers, a 6% increase on last year’s 264,000 viewers...
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October 04, 2014  |  Discuss

The Fall Experimental Football League will stream games on ESPN3

Who needs more football? Apparently, ESPN does. The Fall Experimental Football League (FXFL) has agreed to a deal with ESPN to air their games on ESPN3 this season. According to SI, the deal was spurred by the NFL wanting to have FXFL game film to evaluate. There is no official affiliation between the NFL and the FXFL, but the league aspires to be an official minor league for the...
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October 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for October 4, 2014

All Times Eastern Basketball2014 FIBA World Championships for WomenSemifinal, Istanbul, Turkey Australia vs. United States — NBA TV, 2 p.m. CFL Edmonton Eskimos at Toronto Argonauts — ESPN3, 4 p.m. BC Lions at Hamilton Tiger-Cats — ESPN3, 7 p.m. College Football Viewing Picks College VolleyballWomen’s Santa Clara at BYU — BYUtv, 10 p.m. College Water PoloMen’s Cal-Irvine...
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October 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Despite crappy football, Thursday Night Football still draws huge viewership

Packers-Vikings was another snoozefest for Thursday Night Football.  Green Bay built up a 42-0 lead over Minnesota at one point and either people way too obsessed with their fantasy team or people that have a serious gambling problem were likely the only ones tuning in. Apparently, we are a nation of people with serious gambling problems and strange fantasy football addictions....
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October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Here’s how you can legally stream the MLB Postseason

The 2014 MLB Postseason kicks into high gear today, with four games taking place between the American and National League. You might want to watch the games on other devices aside from TV, and good news – this year, you can legally take care of that. Well, kind of. The ALDS and ALCS will exclusively air on TBS, and can be legally streamed through TBS’s WatchTBS portal with an...
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October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Network, MLB Network, Golf Channel and NBATV Ratings Buzz: September 22-28

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. NFL Network Top 10 Programs RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 NFLN THU NT FOOTBALL: N.Y. Giants at Washington Thu 8:26PM-11:23PM 177 1.8 2933 2 NFLN THU NT FBALL-SUS Thu 11:23PM-11:35PM 12 1.4 2115 3 NFLN THU NT PRE-KICK Thu...
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October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: September 22-28

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 RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 PREMIER LEAGUE: West Ham at Manchester United Sat 9:56AM-12:00PM 124 0.3 550 2 PREMIER LEAGUE: Tottenham at Arsenal Sat 12:27PM- 2:33PM 126 0.4 537 3 PREMIER LEAGUE...
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October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPN Ratings Buzz: September 22-28

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 RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 NFL REGULAR SEASON: Chicago at N.Y. Jets Mon 8:15PM-11:45PM 210 8.4 13265 2 COLLEGE FOOTBALL AFTERNOON: Tennessee at Georgia Sat 12:01PM- 3:39PM 218 3.1 4721 3 NASCAR...
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October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

AA Q&A: Casey Stern on taking over for Olbermann and getting cigars from Gary Sheffield

You may have noticed a new face on TBS Tuesday. No, it wasn’t endless promos for American Dad or various other new Turner series, but that of Casey Stern. He replaces Keith Olbermann as the network’s new host for their half of the Major League Baseball postseason. The 35-year-old is actually a veteran of the old ESPN series Dream Job, but he’s spent most of his career on...
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October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

The Dick Vitale concert tour visits Rod Stewart

The evenings where Dick Vitale tweets about and posts pictures on Instagram from concerts he’s attending remain one of the best thing about the man. This year, Vitale has attended Billy Joel, Barry Manilow, Elton John, and Lionel Richie shows. And now, just days after signing a new contract with ESPN, Vitale was back on the road, checking out a Rod Stewart concert. it was about...
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October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPN audience up six percent in 2014

With a World Cup, BCS title game, NBA Playoffs and Monday Night Football, ESPN should always be having good times in terms of ratings, but 2014 appears to be a better than usual year for The Worldwide Leader. The network has averaged 1.012 million viewers in the past 12 months (October of last year to September of this year). That’s up six percent from this time last year. That...
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October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Katy Perry will guest star on College GameDay from Ole Miss

Because when I think pop star Katy Perry, I think SEC football. The musical sensation and multi-colored hair enthusiast will be the guest picker for College Gameday’s first appearance at Ole Miss. It all started with Kirk Herbstreit, a tweet to which Perry actually responded. HELL YEAH! DAMN RIGHT! @KirkHerbstreit @CollegeGameDay #HOTTYTODDY — KATY PERRY (@katyperry) October...
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October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Bill Simmons In Chapters – Chapter I: Rise Of The Sports Guy

Over the last decade, Bill Simmons has become one of the most important figures in sports. He’s an incredibly popular ESPN columnist and podcaster, the editor-in-chief of his own site at Grantland, a key figure in the 30 for 30 series’ formation, a regular presence on TV and an opinionated personality whose three week suspension for criticizing Roger Goodell has both made him...
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October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Jim Nantz and Phil Simms got a little feisty!

Jim Nantz and Phil Simms have not been blessed with great, or even average games for CBS’s shiny new Thursday Night Football package.  It’s been some of the worst, non-competitive football games ever seen on national television.  Last night’s Packers-Vikings game was no different. So with the game well in hand, the two started talking about injured Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater...
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October 03, 2014  |  Discuss
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