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Drake hit on Doris Burke during Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals

TNT reporter and analyst Doris Burke did a great Q&A with New York Mag’s Rembert Browne, in which she discussed her background in basketball, her interactions with Gregg Popovich, being a woman in sports media, Steph vs. LeBron and more. You should really read it all. But the most interesting tidbit concerned lady-loving rapper and Toronto Raptors ambassador Drake. Can I tell...
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June 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Tulane broadcaster gives incredible call of a game-winning home run

Tulane baseball won a thriller in their NCAA Tournament regional Saturday, beating Ole Miss 6-5 when catcher Jake Rogers knocked a two-run homer in the top of the ninth. The win kept Tulane’s season alive and knocked top-seeded Ole Miss from the tournament, and Green Wave radio announcer Todd Graffagnini did justice to the drama with a truly amazing call of the go-ahead homer...
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June 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Ariel Helwani’s UFC ban still creating waves throughout industry

The dust is still settling from the UFC’s controversial banning of veteran MMA journalist Ariel Helwani and two colleagues late on Saturday night (or early Sunday morning) at UFC 199. Helwani spoke to Yahoo’s Kevin Iole on Sunday, and said that Dana White called him “too negative”, which is loaded with irony if you’ve ever witnessed one of White’s childish Twitter rampages...
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June 06, 2016  |  Discuss

30 for 30 review – O.J.: Made in America

Director – Ezra Edelman Length – 464 minutes (that’s 7 hours and 46 minutes (!!!) without commercials). I’m unsure of the total window of the film with commercials given it airs across 5 windows. Installment – #83-87 of 30 for 30/ESPN Films series. ESPN is labeling the five installments as individuals 30 for 30s, so it’s being labeled as multiple episodes. Most Similar...
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June 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Muhammad Ali and Howard Cosell: a mismatched pair who were perfect for each other

One man was an African American who grew up in Louisville, KY. The other was a Jew raised in Brooklyn, NY. The pair, Muhammad Ali then Cassius Clay and Howard Cosell met in 1962 and from then on, they forged a unique athlete-reporter relationship that lasted into the 1990’s. Ali and Cosell clicked and wherever Ali went, Cosell would be there to cover and in many cases, call...
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June 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Fox’s Fernando Fiore is the early MVP of the Copa America Centenario

If the Copa America Centenario does nothing else for the rest of the tournament, it’ll be remembered as the tournament that Fernando Fiore graced American English television with his presence. That may not necessarily be great news to all fans but Fiore has certainly made things entertaining in the Fox studio with his light hearted and informational analysis. In case you have...
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June 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Sports and Entertainment Ratings Buzz: May 23-29

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. NBA on TNT VIEWER RANK PROGRAM DATE START TIME END TIME VIEWERS (000) A18-49 (000) 1 NBA PLAYOFFS Sat 5/28/16 9:00 PM 11:48 PM 10811 5181    WCF GAME 6: GOLDEN STATE/OKLAHOMA CITY 2 NBA PLAYOFFS Thu 5/26/16 9:00 PM 11:41 PM 9998 5065 ...
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June 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Copa América Centenario opener makes history for FS1

The result for the U.S. Men’s National team wasn’t desired, but the viewership for FS1 was. While the U.S. was losing 2-0 to Colombia, viewers flocked to FS1 to watch the Copa América Centenario opening game. It averaged 1.536 million viewers making it the second most-watched men’s soccer match in the network’s young history. It was just 25,000 viewers fewer than the 2015...
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June 05, 2016  |  Discuss

The week in sports television, 06/06-06/12/2016

Another week, another week of NBA and NHL Finals action, the Copa América Centenario tournament ramps up with group play throughout the week, baseball continues and college baseball and softball are in the midst of championship action. Expect extensive coverage of Muhammad Ali’s memorial in Lousville, KY this week. ESPN will have coverage on SportsCenter and as Ali transcended...
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June 05, 2016  |  Discuss

ESPN Euro 2016 coverage will feature Bob Ley, Mike Tirico, Abby Wambach and more

Euro 2016 is almost upon us, and ESPN has added to last month’s announcement of match commentators by announcing their lineup of studio hosts and analysts for the June 10-July 10 soccer tournament in France. Bob Ley will lead a team of studio hosts that also includes Mike Tirico (in his final ESPN assignment before decamping for NBC) and England-based hosts Steve Bower and Alison...
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UFC banned reporter for life for breaking Brock Lesnar news?

The UFC is a notoriously thin-skinned organization. They’ve fired fighters for not wanting to sign away their lifetime likeness rights (only to relent and hire them back). They’ve banned reporters from covering their events because of reports on news that wasn’t public. At best, their treatment of the media could be called “misguided”. At worst, it’s “petty and unethical”...
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June 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for June 5, 2016

All Times Eastern       Australian Rules Football Adelaide Crows vs. St. Kinda Saints — Fox Soccer Plus, 2:30 a.m. Boxing Ali’s Dozen — ESPN2, noon Muhammad Ali vs. Sonny Liston I — ESPN2, 1 p.m. Muhammad Ali vs. Sonny Liston II — ESPN2, 2 p.m. Muhammad Ali vs. George Foreman — ESPN2, 2:30 p.m. Thrilla in Manila: Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier III — ESPN2, 3:30...
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NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: May 23-29

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 VIEWER RANK PROGRAM DATE START TIME END TIME VIEWERS (000) A18-49 (000) 1 NHL EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS (live) Thu 5/26/16 8:03 PM 11:05 PM 2523 1123    GAME 7: TAMPA BAY/PITTSBURGH 2 NHL EASTERN CONFERENCE...
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June 04, 2016  |  Discuss

How sports & news networks covered the breaking news of Muhammad Ali’s death

The world’s greatest boxer and one of society’s most transcendental figures passed away early Saturday morning. Muhammad Ali, 74, died in Phoenix after suffering from respiratory issues. Cable news channels, the big four broadcast networks and sports networks responded to the tragic news swiftly breaking into their regularly scheduled programming in order to pay tribute to...
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June 04, 2016  |  Discuss

ESPN’s Euro 2016 Set Forced To Relocate Due To Paris Flooding

Historic flooding of the River Seine in the Paris area not seen since 1910 will prevent ESPN from opening its coverage of Euro 2016— which begins with a one-hour preview show on Thursday— at its original set location along the river. “Our set location was going to be spectacular,” Amy Rosenfeld, ESPN’s senior coordinating producer and executive producer of the Euro 2016...
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June 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Comcast puts Pac-12 Networks national feed on basic tier in conference footprint

One problem with the Pac-12 Networks’ multi-network setup (a feed for each region, plus an overall national feed) is that it’s led to different cable operators placing those feeds in different tiers. A prominent one was Comcast, which put the regional feed on basic tiers but the national feed in a sports tier. That led to issues during this year’s conference basketball tournament...
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June 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for June 4, 2016

All Times Eastern Arena Football Philadelphia Soul at Jacksonville Sharks — CBS Sports Network,, 7 p.m. Australian Rules Football Geelong Cats vs. Greater Western Sydney Giants — Fox Soccer Plus, 2:30 a.m. Collingwood Magpies vs. Port Adelaide Power — FS2, 11 p.m. BoxingBoxing After Dark, StubHub Center, Carson, CA WBC World Super Featherweight Title Orlando Salido vs. Francisco...
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June 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Your MLB Announcing Schedule for 6/3 – 6/5

Friday, June 3 Arizona Diamondbacks at Chicago Cubs (MLBN 2 pm) Local Broadcast San Francisco Giants at St. Louis Cardinals (MLBN 8 pm) Bob Costas, John Smoltz & Sam Ryan [alt: Mariners at Rangers] Saturday, June 4 Arizona Diamondbacks at Chicago Cubs (MLBN 2 pm) Local Broadcast Tampa Bay Rays at Minnesota Twins (FS1 4 pm) Aaron Goldsmith, Brian Anderson New York Yankees at Baltimore...
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June 03, 2016  |  Discuss

ESPN Ratings Buzz: May 23-29

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 NBA PLAYOFFS 05/23/16 8:29 PM 11:04 PM 6142 3150    ECF GAME 4: CLEVELAND/TORONTO 2 NBA PLAYOFFS 05/27/16 8:29 PM 11:09 PM 5711...
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June 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Warriors-Cavs produces 13.1 overnight, highest NBA Finals Game 1 ever on ABC

The Golden State Warriors – Cleveland Cavaliers rematch in the NBA Finals is paying ratings dividends for ABC so far. The Warriors’ 104-89 win over the Cavs in Game 1 in Oakland Thursday night pulled in a 13.1 overnight rating, ABC’s highest-rated Game 1 ever. Interestingly enough, the previous record was set last year between these teams with a 12.9; the difference is really...
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June 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Randall Cobb announces he won’t wear an on-field microphone ever again

NFL fans won’t be hearing Packers receiver Randall Cobb mic’d up on NFL Films again. After suffering a lung injury in last year’s playoffs that could have been related to the mic pack he was wearing, Cobb told reporters Thursday that he won’t wear a microphone going forward. The injury, which knocked Cobb out of Green Bay’s playoff loss to Arizona, occurred when the receiver...
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June 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Someone mashed up Mike and the Mad Dog talking about the Cincinnati gorilla

If there was ever a day when the world needed former New York sports talk power duo Mike Francesa and the Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo debating each other, it was Tuesday, when America freaked out about the Cincinnati’s decision to shoot a gorilla after a young child had fallen into its enclosure. For an issue that had little complexity to it when you boil it down (can’t we all...
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June 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Watch: Former Baylor president Ken Starr changes story on email from sexual assault victim

Could former Baylor president and chancellor Ken Starr have actually come off worse in an interview than he did with ESPN’s Joe Schad on Wednesday? As it turns out, the answer is yes. At least off-camera. While speaking with KWTX’s Julie Hayes in another attempt at damage control and claiming ignorance over the sexual assault scandals on campus that resulted in his resignation...
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June 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Shannon Sharpe reportedly leading candidate to join Skip Bayless on new FS1 show

When news broke that Skip Bayless would be leaving ESPN for FS1, everyone jumped to guess who would be Stephen A. Smith’s new Bayless, but no one seemed to ask who would be Bayless’ new Smith. Bayless needs someone to bounce his anti-LeBron, pro-Tebow takes off, and Colin Cowherd and Jason Whitlock already paired off, there was no obvious candidate. Well apparently FS1 is looking...
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June 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Josh Lewin replacing Bill Roth as voice of the UCLA Bruins

Every year, maybe one or two play-by-play jobs open up at a Power 5 Conference school. Sometimes the opening is secretive and out of nowhere a school announces a new hire. Other times, a school has a nationwide search, as we saw happen last year at Louisiana State University. Out of nowhere on April 22nd, 2015, UCLA Athletics announced Bill Roth was named the new “Voice of the...
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June 03, 2016  |  Discuss
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