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ESPN’s segment with Oakland A’s fans is an epic fail

Relatively new ESPN analyst and former Oakland Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden was a part of the Sunday Night Baseball broadcast of A’s-Angels last night.  He went out into the people for a segment on, allegedly, the rowdiest fans in baseball. What we found was anything but… Your browser does not support iframes. Why this video is an epic fail, and not just a fail. What you...
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August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPN’s segment with Oakland A’s fans is an epic fail

Relatively new ESPN analyst and former Oakland Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden was a part of the Sunday Night Baseball broadcast of A’s-Angels last night.  He went out into the people for a segment on, allegedly, the rowdiest fans in baseball. What we found was anything but… Your browser does not support iframes. Why this video is an epic fail, and not just a fail. What you...
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August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Your MLB Announcing Schedule for 8/25 – 8/31

Monday, August 25New York Yankees at Kansas City Royals (ESPN 7 pm) Dave O’Brien, Aaron BooneTuesday, August 26Minnesota Twins at Kansas City Royals (FS1 8 pm) Steve Physioc & Bert BlylevenMiami Marlins at Los Angeles Angels (MLBN 10 pm) Local Broadcast [alt: Rangers at Mariners]Wednesday, August 27St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates (MLBN 12:30 pm) Local BroadcastNew...
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August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Jeff Fisher is not a fan of Adam Schefter

There was a collective melancholy sigh when Sam Bradford went down once again in the Rams’ third preseason game against the Browns.  And the worst was confirmed within 24 hours – Bradford was going to be lost for the season with a torn ACL. The story of how Bradford’s injury was reported revealed some hard feelings on behalf of his coach, Jeff Fisher, towards the top newsbreaker...
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August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

SportsNet LA may help kill a potential Comcast-Time Warner merger

While a potential merger between Comcast and Time Warner has presently been shelved, the future of the merger is a question – and that could be thanks to Time Warner’s embattled SportsNet LA RSN. We finally have a solid answer on the rate that Time Warner is asking from its customers for SportsNet LA – $3.84 per month per subscriber, which is a simply massive amount. Only five...
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August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Cris Collinsworth bought a stake in Pro Football Focus

Pro Football Focus has become an invaluable resource for football fans and talent evaluators.  The website has produced authoritative rankings and grades for players that provide fantastic insights into the game of football.  And unlike most media conglomerates that only focus on superstar players or quarterbacks and skill players, Pro Football Focus goes the extra mile in grading...
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August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

FIFA’s Sepp Blatter profile reads like North Korean propaganda

The August 22nd issue of The FIFA Weekly contains a short profile of supreme leader FIFA President Sepp Blatter.  There are plenty of very serious issues in FIFA that make it a punchline around the world – massive amounts of corruption, ineptitude, a lack of real action to battle racism, Qatar, etc.  Oh, and did I mention massive amounts of corruption? One of the most comical elements...
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August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

The NFL and DirecTV are close to a deal for Sunday Ticket

Every few years, cable customers are allowed to feel just a bit melancholy, as the NFL continues to reject their business for the NFL Sunday Ticket product. It appears that will again be the case, as the next negotiations seem to be wrapping up on a long-term deal. The NFL will remain satellite-only. The league and DirecTV are closing in on a new deal for the satellite provider...
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August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

NBCSN debuting tactical soccer cam today

Now this sounds like a very cool idea, soccer fans.  For today’s Liverpool-Manchester City game, NBC will debut a Tactical Cam on its streaming platforms.  The Tactical Cam will be placed higher on the sidelines to give fans a view of every player on the pitch in hopes of showing more clearly the tactical lineups of both sides.  It’s the latest development in the growth of...
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August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Joe Buck and Troy Aikman star in amazingly weird commercial

Fox has a history of bizarre, over-the-top, loony sports commercials.  While this isn’t necessarily Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery calling a baby’s delivery… it might be on the next level down. In this NFL on Fox ad, Joe Buck and Troy Aikman star in a latin soap opera imagining a world with no football. The fantastic element of this commercial is how Joe Buck throws himself...
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August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

The longest running sports programs on American television

This past weekend, the BBC celebrated 50 years of its venerable soccer highlights program, Match of the Day. The program hasn’t been on every week and there have been a couple of periods when it wasn’t on the air, but the show remains the BBC’s longest-running sports series. As MOTD reaches a big milestone, it got us to thinking whether there’s an American program that could...
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August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for August 25, 2014

All Times Eastern College Football CFB Daily — ESPNU, 1 p.m. College Football Live — ESPN2, 2:30 p.m.Final Verdict — ESPNU, 4:30 p.m. BTN Football & Beyond 2014 — Big Ten Network, 7 p.m. ESPNU Championship Drive — ESPNU, 8 p.m. College Soccer Women’s Washington State at BYU — BYUtv, 7:30 p.m. Cycling Vuelta a España Stage 3: Cadiz to Arcos de la Frontera — Universal...
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August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Hello friends, here’s Jim Nantz’s Ice Bucket Challenge

Slow motion? Check. Power ballad? Check. CBS golf blazer? Check. Jim Nantz’s Ice Bucket Challenge is worthy of the most enthusiastic golf clap. Jim Nantz takes the ice bucket challenge. https://t.co/tnpJN03iGc — SB Nation GIF (@SBNationGIF) August 24, 2014
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August 24, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Now joins Apple TV

As the National Football League looks to expand its reach beyond the traditional platforms, it has reached an agreement to have NFL Now carried on Apple TV. NFL Now is an over the top service that gives fans access to free content as well as videos through subscriptions. The NFL announced the addition of its content to Apple TV last week. If you’re not aware of NFL Now, it’s...
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August 24, 2014  |  Discuss

DirecTV and the Pac-12 continue to squabble over … you know..

Another college football season is here and yet again, it means another year for DirecTV subscribers to go without the Pac-12 Networks. Ever since the Pac-12 Networks began in 2012, DirecTV has elected not to carry the main network and its regional channels. DirecTV has said Pac-12 needs to lower its per subscriber price and the conference says DirecTV needs to be more reasonable...
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August 24, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPN allows announcers to use their own judgment on saying “Redskins”

As we approach the 2014 NFL regular season, the one of the stories as we approach the opening kickoff is which announcer is going to say “Redskins” and which one is not. No matter where you stand, you know the subject is polarizing and the networks know that they’re stepping on a landmine. Several newspapers and noted NFL writers have declared that they won’t use it in their...
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August 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Is the length of NFL games ever going to become an issue?

When sports fans generally talk about games that last for a long time, they’re usually talking about baseball. And yes, there’s an issue with the length of baseball games, mainly thanks to the routines that batters and pitchers go through before and after every pitch. But there’s a sad truth when it comes to the length of baseball games – they don’t take nearly as much...
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August 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Sportswriter shares story of hard-to-believe journey to Hollywood

Ed Note: The following appears courtesy our friends at the National Sports Journalism Center. Sportswriters usually don’t get any closer to Hollywood than paying $9 to see a movie. So for Neil Hayes, a former sportswriter for the Chicago Sun-Times, being part of a movie premiere was remarkable in its own right. However, how he got there is a story straight out of Hollywood ...
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August 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for August 24, 2014

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football Western Bulldogs vs. Sydney Swans — Fox Soccer Plus, 1 a.m. Richmond Tigers vs. St. Kilda Saints — Fox Sports 2, 2:30 a.m. Baseball Little League World Series, Williamsport, PA 3rd Place Game ESPN, 10 a.m. World Series Championship ABC, 3 p.m. CFL Calgary Stampeders at Ottawa Redblacks — ESPN3, 3 p.m. Saskatchewan Roughriders at BC...
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August 24, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPN is slowly becoming self-aware

Do you feel bad for Michael Sam & Johnny Manziel for the overexposure they get? Let us know 1-888-SAY-ESPN — ESPN Radio (@espnradio) August 24, 2014 Coming up on ESPN Radio, are Johnny Manziel and Michael Sam overexposed?  We take your calls on that subject and who will have the better rookie season.  You can also text us or send us an e-mail in the 1-800 Flowers Inbox. After...
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August 23, 2014  |  Discuss

American soccer fans shut out from Bundesliga by GolTV’s disappearance

If a German soccer match is played and nobody can watch it, does it make a sound? When it comes to the most entertaining leagues in world soccer, the German Bundesliga is always a fixture at the top of the list.  The league features a true continental power with an absurd all-star lineup in Bayern Munich as well as teams strong teams that have won titles or contended in recent...
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August 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Predicting Where GameDay Will Go in 2014

Ed Note: The following appears courtesy our friends at Bloguin’s college sports site The Student Section. Make sure you bookmark the site with the college football season just a week away. A permanent fixture on Saturday mornings for most college football fans, College GameDay’s popularity continues to grow each year. Fans across the country tune in each week anxious to see what...
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August 23, 2014  |  Discuss

A new cast for That Other Pregame Show

That Other Pregame Show premiered last year on CBS Sports Network as a companion to CBS’ The NFL Today. And while we don’t know the ratings as CBSSN is not measured by Nielsen, it was able to make an impact on the parent network. Analyst Bart Scott made the trip across the hall to the NFL Today this season at the CBS Broadcast Center from TOPS as it is known inside the network’s...
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August 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Dish refusing to show FS1 college football games?

Dish Network is no stranger to carriage disputes.  Its recent history is littered with battles with the likes of AMC and even a lawsuit that was settled with ESPN.  But this most recent case is certainly a strange one, and one that will have an effect on college football fans and nascent network Fox Sports 1. With the start of the college football season just less than a year away...
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August 23, 2014  |  Discuss

The Phillies went all-out during Star Wars Night

If you’re going to do a silly promotion at the ballpark like Star Wars Night, you might as well go all out – and that’s exactly what the Philadelphia Phillies did on Friday night during their game with the St. Louis Cardinals. The telecast began with an amazing version of the famous introductory crawl, and I think the phrase “evil Cardinals empire” echoes how nearly every...
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August 23, 2014  |  Discuss
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