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Charles Barkley speaks out about police shootings, Draymond Green arrest, and getting paid to tweet

Charles Barkley is never someone who will #sticktosports.  His appearance on the Dan Le Batard Show yesterday was no different as Barkley offered commentary on news in the sports world and in greater society. Barkley spoke out about the recent police shootings in Baton Rouge and Minneapolis as well as the tragedy in Dallas.  Barkley had strong words regarding the recent developments...
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July 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Dari Nowkhah, Paul Finebaum accuse Nick Saban of owning the media

Something interesting unfolded during SEC Media Days on Wednesday. After Nick Saban’s press conference, during which no reporter asked him about the status of Cam Robinson, SEC Network cut to a commercial. However, the microphones of Dari Nowkhah and at least one member of the panel (Marcus Spears, Greg McElroy, Paul Finebaum) were still on, and before the commercials started,...
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July 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Watch: The Hurt Business trailer shows toll mixed martial arts takes on fighters

There surely isn’t any doubt that mixed martial arts is an absolutely brutal sport to participate in, one which can take a significant physical, mental and emotional toll on its competitors. A new documentary follows and interviews several of the sport’s most well-known combatants to provide a behind-the-scenes look at the training that these matches demand, the damage that some...
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July 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for July 13, 2016

All Times Eastern College BaseballCape Cod League, Guv Fuller Field, Falmouth, MA Wareham Gatemen at Falmouth Commodores — Fox College Sports Atlantic, 6 p.m. College Football SEC Football Media Days — SEC Network, 10 a.m. 2016 College Football Media Days: SEC — ESPNU, 1 p.m. College Football Live — ESPN, 1:30 p.m. CyclingTour de France Stage 11: Carcassonne to Montpellier...
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July 13, 2016  |  Discuss

NFL to hire a editor, team for Snapchat Discover channel

We’ve seen Snapchat push into sports in a big way with deals such as the Olympic video one and MLB’s “Snapchat Day,” and now it looks like the NFL is going to get in on the Snapchat action (beyond just Russell Wilson and Ciara using the service to talk about having sex, a very different form of action). Kerry Flynn reports at Mashable that the NFL is looking to hire a managing...
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July 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Undeniable Season 2 sees Joe Buck talk to Singletary, Swann, Torre and more

Joe Buck’s Undeniable talk show, which features an in-depth 45-minute conversation with a single sports figure each week, is back for a second season on AT&T/DirecTV’s Audience Network this summer, and the guest list is pretty impressive. The second season will feature Buck interviewing former NFL LB and current Rams’ assistant coach Mike Singletary, three-time Olympic...
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July 12, 2016  |  Discuss

New Hard Knocks “I Am Football” promo is out

NFL Films cameras have been embedded with the Los Angeles Rams since the team moved from its former home of St. Louis (yes, we know they were first the L.A. Rams, but work with us here). The cameras have been gathering footage for the new season of Hard Knocks which will air on HBO throughout the preseason. Some of the NFL Films has made it into a new promo for HBO. It’s called...
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July 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Joe Buck’s mid-career makeover reeks of desperation

Joe Buck’s attempt to reinvent himself with a beard, tattoos, and interviews showing his affinity for the f-word in a concerted effort to show the “real” Joe Buck reminds me of the unpopular kid at your high school who gives himself a post-graduation makeover in an attempt to be cool in college. In fairness to Buck, he’s in a Catch-22. If he stays the course, he’ll continue...
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July 12, 2016  |  Discuss

NBC to stream some 4,500 hours of Olympic coverage online

We gave you an idea of NBC’s tonnage of content for next month’s Olympics. With NBC providing some 6,700 total hours, most of it will be online, some 4,500 will be available to those who won’t be able to watch on TV. The content will be available at NBCOlympics.com for computers, the NBC Sports app for mobiles, tablets and for the first time, connected TV’s (Apple TV, Amazon...
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July 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Former ESPNer Bram Weinstein to replace Mr. Tony in DC

Proving that you can go home again, former ESPN SportsCenter anchor Bram Weinstein is returning to his native Washington, D.C. as the full-time replacement for Tony Kornheiser on radio station WTEM. Weinstein came to ESPN in 2008 after working extensively on DC radio and TV. He left last year voluntarily wanting to make a return to the DC market. After looking for opportunities in...
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July 12, 2016  |  Discuss

'Most live Olympics ever' will have tape-delayed Opening

Heading into August’s Rio Olympics, NBC has been emphasizing both the sheer tonnage of their Olympic coverage (6,755 hours) and the amount that will be carried live on TV and streaming platforms, leading to their “Most Live Olympics Ever” tag. However, the marquee Opening Ceremonies will not be available for American viewers to watch live through NBC’s TV or streaming platforms...
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July 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for July 12, 2016

All Times Eastern BoxingPremier Boxing Champions, Robinson Rancherias Resort & Casino, Nice, CA Super Welterweights Breidis Prescott vs. Levan Ghvamichava — FS1, 11 p.m. College BaseballCape Cod League, Eldredge Park, Orleans, MA Falmouth Commodores at Orleans Firebirds — Fox College Sports Atlantic, 7 p.m. College Basketball Parc-12 Men’s Basketball All-Stars at Australian...
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July 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Chris Berman drops awkward Muhammad Ali reference during HR Derby

Leave it to Chris Berman to bring a fun evening to a close in the most awkward way possible. After Giancarlo Stanton’s record-setting performance in Monday night’s Home Run Derby at Petco Park turned aside defending champion Todd Frazier, Berman felt the need to make a reference to Muhammad Ali’s passing to wrap things up as only Berman could. “In the year we lost Muhammad...
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July 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Jim Heckman out at Scout, product team quits en masse, blames Russian investors

With additional reporting by Ben Koo. There appear to be some bizarre things going on with Scout Media Inc. and its network of sports websites (particularly recruiting-focused ones, but they’ve expanded into other areas as well). Awful Announcing has obtained a letter the Scout board sent to Scout publishers Sunday night, saying that they’d terminated the employment of chairman...
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July 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Miko Grimes tells off Jay Glazer, delivers anti-Semitic rant

Miko Grimes, the wife of Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ cornerback Brent Grimes, created a wide variety of controversies while her husband was with the Miami Dolphins, including the September arrest that produced the above mugshot, and she appears to be continuing her rants against the Dolphins several months after they released him. Now, she’s bringing diatribes against Jews into the...
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July 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Vice President Joe Biden to present ESPY Award to Craig Sager

As we approach the overblown annual sports event known as the ESPY’s, there’s always one or two moments that actually are worthwhile. For this year’s edition that will live this Wednesday on ABC, there’s will be the time when Turner Sports’ Craig Sager will be handed the Jimmy V Perseverance Award. ESPN has announced that Vice President Joe Biden will present the award...
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July 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Cris Collinsworth’s son Jac to be part of NBC’s Olympic coverage

We all know about Cris Collinsworth’s work on NBC. He’s the analyst for Sunday Night Football and this season, Thursday Night Football. In addition to his NFL work, Collinsworth has been an Olympic correspondent for NBC in Beijing and in London. But this year, Collinsworth is going to leave the Olympic reporting to his son, Jac who will be a senior at Notre Dame. Now, you may...
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July 11, 2016  |  Discuss

While not perfect, ESPN gives viewers top notch Euro 2016 coverage

Once it was revealed that Fox bought the rights to the FIFA World Cup, ESPN has transitioned their soccer coverage to make the UEFA European Championship their top tournament. And they showed that over the past month, sparing no expense in sending reporters all over France as well as the world. ESPN’s Euro 2016 coverage wasn’t anything new or unexpected but it was the kind of...
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July 11, 2016  |  Discuss

It’s official! Max Kellerman to join Stephen A. Smith on First Take

When Skip Bayless announced his departure from ESPN and First Take, the one candidate that came to mind in Bristol and with Stephen A. Smith was to replace him with SportsNation’s Max Kellerman. Now Kellerman has been the co-host of SportsNation when the show moved from Bristol to Los Angeles. Smith has been basically courting Kellerman to convince him to come back east to be the...
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July 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Vegas NHL team could pair with MLB club on sports network

If the market for the Las Vegas NHL expansion team’s game broadcasts starts off cool, a Major League Baseball club could help warm up any potential bidding. As Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand writes, cable providers are moving toward a model that will offer consumers smaller channel bundles that won’t include pricey sports packages. Thus, any regional sports network...
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July 11, 2016  |  Discuss

ESPN building 30 for 30 podcast team, seeking producer for FiveThirtyEight podcasts

ESPN’s 30 for 30 brand is expanding from longform and short documentaries into the podcast realm. FiveThirtyEight’s Jody Avirgan announced that the network will be building a new podcasting unit to create documentary-type content in that forum and has posted four job positions for the team. Avirgan will be leading the unit, also comprised of Libby Geist, Adam Neuhaus and Ryan...
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July 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for July 11, 2016

All Times Eastern BoxingWorld Championship Boxing, Divs Palace of Sports, Ekaterinburg, Russia Light Heavyweights Sergey Kovalev vs. Isaac Chilemba — beIN Sports, 10:15 p.m. (same day coverage) Terence Crawford: My Fight — HBO, 11:30 p.m. College Football SEC Football Media Days — SEC Network, 12:30 p.m. College Football Live (season premiere) — ESPN, 1:30 p.m. 2016 College...
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July 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Sports and Entertainment Ratings Buzz: June 27-July 3

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 SHOWCASE GAME Thu 6/30/16 7:00 PM 10:35 PM 401 117    CHICAGO CUBS/NY METS OR KANSAS CITY/ST. LOUIS 2 AFTERNOON BASEBALL...
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July 10, 2016  |  Discuss

YouTube expected to launch new online TV service with ESPN, ABC and CBS

Earlier today, we told you about ESPN repotedly ready to launch an over the top service that won’t include its linear channels. Well it appears that ESPN will be part of a new online TV service to be offered by YouTube. The Information (subscription required) reports that YouTube is expected to launch this service within six to nine months at a cost of $35/month. It appears...
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July 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: ESPN to sell an over the top streaming service to consumers

It appears that ESPN will be joining the CBS’s, HBO’s and Showtime’s in selling an over the top streaming service directly to consumers. However, unlike CBS and Showtime, this ESPN OTT service won’t the linear channel that is seen on WatchESPN. According to The Information, this service will not include its major sports packages like Monday Night Football or MLB. Instead...
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July 10, 2016  |  Discuss
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