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Taiwanese animation tackles ESPN’s coverage of the Patriots

Ridiculous Taiwanese animation videos are a tradition unlike any other – and their latest target is a doozy. In this video, the Taiwanese animators summarize ESPN’s coverage of the Patriots’ cheating saga. So much to digest here… -A running box of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese representing Robert Kraft -Every NFL coach being drawn like a bulbous Rex Ryan -Bill Belichick as...
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September 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for September 10, 2015

All Times Eastern College Football Viewing Picks College SoccerMen’s Stanford vs. San Jose State — Pac-12 Network/Pac-12 Bay Area, 9 p.m. Women’s Florida vs. Texas A&M — SEC Network, 7 p.m. Texas vs. Oregon State — Longhorn Network, 7:30 p.m. BYU vs. Utah State — BYUtv, 9 p.m. College VolleyballWomen’s Oklahoma at New Mexico State — Fox College Sports Pacific...
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September 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Venus-Serena US Open matchup on the way to possible grand slam draws big rating for ESPN

Is it possible we could see a triple crown in horse racing and a grand slam in tennis in the same calendar year? With her victory over sister Venus last night in the US Open quarterfinals, Serena Williams is now just two wins away from history. There hadn’t been a triple crown winner in horse racing since 1978 until American Pharoah this year. The tennis drought hasn’t been quite...
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September 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Your MLB Announcing Schedule for 9/8 – 9/13

Tuesday, September 8 Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals (MLBN 8 pm) Local Broadcast [alt: Twins at Royals] Wednesday, September 9 Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals (MLBN 1:30 pm) Local Broadcast New York Mets at Washington Nationals (ESPN 7 pm) TBA Los Angeles Dodgers at Los Angeles Angels (ESPN 10 pm) TBA Thursday, September 10 Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees (MLBN 7 pm...
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September 09, 2015  |  Discuss

After being cut by the Eagles, Tebow is going back to SEC Network and ESPN

Give Tim Tebow a ton of credit.  After his NFL career fizzled out he went into television and got a job at ESPN.  After having a fairly successful first season in front of the cameras, he could have coasted to a life of luxury as a famous former college athlete and television personality and lived quite comfortably for a good number of years.  But Tebow still fought for one last...
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September 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Mike Francesa’s comments on ending simulcasts with Fox as of Friday, seeking new simulcast deal

Mike Francesa’s often–rocky relationship with Fox has come to an end. Francesa announced live on his show Wednesday at 3 p.m. Eastern on WFAN and Fox Sports 1 (interestingly enough, in the first segment of his show shown on FS1 Wednesday, as his earlier hours were bumped to Fox Sports 2 to make room for Colin Cowherd’s new show) that Friday would be his last show simulcast...
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September 09, 2015  |  Discuss

ESPN’s 30 for 30 Volume III to debut this fall with five new prime-time documentaries

ESPN’s 30 for 30 series is set for another 30-volume flight, and the first five documentaries in this new batch will be airing Tuesdays in primetime during October and November. Starting October 13, there will be a new 30 for 30 airing Tuesday nights for five straight weeks. There are some high-profile ones in this group, ranging from two big college football stories to an NBA...
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September 09, 2015  |  Discuss

DraftKings spent more money on TV ads than any other company in the past week

Feel like sports broadcasts have turned into a never-ending stream of ads for daily fantasy leagues? You’re not wrong. According to media tracking site ispot.tv (via Dustin Gouker of Legal Sports Report), daily fantasy site DraftKings spent over $24 million on U.S. TV ads in the week ending Monday, more than any other company. ispot.tv’s tracker is constantly updating, so that...
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September 09, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Richard Sherman makes surprise delivery to Amazon customer

Perhaps you’ve heard that Amazon is launching a one-hour delivery service with its Prime Now app. The service rolled out in Seattle this week, offering delivery for several local restaurants in addition to delivering wine, beer and liquor (and presumably other packaged foods that can be ordered through Amazon). Prime Now customers get free two-hour delivery, but can receive their...
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September 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Mexican TV network uses Donald Trump speech to hype USA vs Mexico match

Four weeks from Saturday, the US Men’s National Team will play Mexico at the Rose Bowl, and a trip to the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup is on the line. Mexican TV network Azteca is hyping the crucial match in a unique way – they’re setting pro-Mexico, anti-USMNT highlights to a Donald Trump speech in which he talks about Mexican immigration. You know, as a flag-waving, card...
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September 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Ferrell Takes the Field a funny baseball romp, leaves you wanting more

When Will Ferrell did his whirlwind tour of the Cactus League back in March, it was understood that the stunt was accomplishing two objectives: 1) The footage would result in a HBO special titled Ferrell Takes the Field and 2) The entire venture was intended to raise awareness and money for charity. That second point is certainly worth noting. Following an opening credits sequence...
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September 09, 2015  |  Discuss

College football executives “concerned” over ESPN’s “inappropriate” gambling coverage

ESPN has made a fairly dramatic shift this season in their college football coverage.  Bristol is putting a much larger emphasis on gambling lines, point spreads, and over/unders when breaking down games and showing highlights this season.  This newfound push to recognize the gambling aspect has been manifested most notably through highlight breaks painted as “Cover Alerts...
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September 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Week 1 College Football Calls of the Week

Courtesy of IMG College Audio, this is the first part of a regular series that Awful Announcing will provide throughout the 2015 College Football season, the Calls of the Week as heard on various IMG radio networks across the country. Included in the calls are South Carolina, Rutgers, Notre Dame (with the legendary Don Criqui), Florida State (with the equally legendary Gene Deckerhoff...
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September 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for September 9, 2015

All Times Eastern BasketballFIBA Americas Championship, Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico City, MexicoSecond Round Dominican Republic vs. Canada — NBA TV, 3:20 p.m. College Football College Football Live — ESPN2, 2 p.m. ESPNU Film Room — ESPNU, 6:30 p.m. SEC Inside: Western Kentucky at Vanderbilt — SEC Network, 7 p.m. SEC Film Room: South Carolina — SEC Network, 7:30 p.m...
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September 09, 2015  |  Discuss

SEC Storied Review: Miracles On The Plains

SEC Storied: Miracles On The Plains Tuesday, 9 p.m. ET, SEC Network Directed by Rory Karpf Approximate run time: 50 minutes NOTE: This review contains spoilers. * The journey of the 2013 Auburn football team represents a story that’s fresh in the public consciousness. This slice of SEC football history is not taken from the black-and-white era of the 1950s or from the newspaper...
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September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Ohio State – Virginia Tech up 144% over 2014 Labor Day, best opener since 2010

Monday night’s Ohio State – Virginia Tech college football matchup drew incredible numbers for ESPN. The game pulled in a 6.6 overnight rating, the best for any opening weekend college football game on any network since 2010’s Boise State – Virginia Tech matchup (a 6.7, also on ESPN), and a 144 per cent boost over last Labor Day’s Miami – Louisville game (which drew a...
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September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

AA Q&A: Will Leitch on Deadspin’s launch and early days

On September 8, 2005, Deadspin officially went live. 10 years later, the site’s become a crucial part of the sports blogosphere, and a key player in how that blogosphere has evolved. AA spoke to founding Deadspin editor Will Leitch (who will be doing a live chat about the site’s history on Deadspin at 3 p.m. Eastern) last week about how the site came into being, how the launch...
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September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

MLS finds viewership success on ESPN in August

When ESPN signed its new eight-year contract with Major League Soccer, network president John Skipper said he was in essence investing in pork bellies hoping for long-term ratings success. He may not have to wait that long as three MLS games on the ESPN mothership last month saw some unexpected viewership gains. World Soccer Talk notes the viewership for the three games: • August...
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September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Scott Van Pelt’s new midnight SportsCenter shakes off early jitters for promising debut

Scott Van Pelt got a head start on the debut of his new midnight edition of SportsCenter, signing on at approximately 11:30 p.m. ET following Ohio State’s 42-24 win over Virginia Tech. Though it was surely anticipated that the show would roll before midnight, hitting the ground running led to a somewhat wobbly start. Having hosted an ESPN Radio program for more than six years,...
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September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Colin Cowherd was disillusioned with ESPN

As Colin Cowherd debuts today on FS1, he’s been speaking out on his days at ESPN. In an interview with Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand, Cowherd said he had made his decision to leave ESPN back in January, well before his contract with the Worldwide Leader would expire. Cowherd expressed his unhappiness over his ESPN Radio simulcast on ESPNU, “That network doesn’t even...
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September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Bombshell ESPN Outside the Lines report changes everything we thought we knew about DeflateGate & SpyGate

If you’re going to drop a huge story that you hope dominates a weekly news cycle, the morning after Labor Day is a great time to do it.  And when that expose is related to the biggest story in sports (DeflateGate) and comes two days before that team’s first game of the new season as defending champions, there’s going to be no way to escape it. ESPN and Outside the Lines released...
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September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Bill O’Brien said Hard Knocks ending was one of the best days of his life

We all know NFL head coaches treat their franchise’s operations like they’re some kind of top secret government initiative.  These coaches detest any flow of information coming out of their camp that they can’t control, are often hostile to the media, and will admittedly be intentionally vague or even lie about some situations having to do with their team. But just how much...
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September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

NFL conspicuously left Tom Brady off a tweet asking which quarterbacks will face off in Super Bowl 50

This is a busy week for the NFL, and the league’s official Twitter feed has been churning out facts, information and opinion at a near record clip, with nearly every tweet coming from @NFL featuring either an NFL Network video or a customized graphic, all in an effort to grab the attention of their mass of followers. One tweet, sent and almost immediately deleted over the holiday...
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September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Dan Patrick wears visitor badge in surreal ESPN return

Even though it had nothing to do with what happened on the field, it’s not an exaggeration to say that one of the biggest sports moments over Labor Day weekend was Dan Patrick’s return to SportsCenter and ESPN.  It had been eight long years since Patrick last appeared on ESPN airwaves.  And after an acrimonious exit and many years in feisty competition with Bristol, seeing...
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Viewing Picks for September 8, 2015

All Times Eastern BasketballFIBA Americas Championships, Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico City, Mexico2nd Round Venezuela vs. Uruguay — NBA TV, 2 p.m. Panama vs. Puerto Rico — NBA TV, 6 p.m. BoxingToe-to-Toe Tuesdays (Premier Boxing Champions), Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, CASuper Welterweights Austin Trout vs. Joey Hernandez — FS1, 9 p.m. College Football B1G Football ...
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September 08, 2015  |  Discuss
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