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NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: September 14-20

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 NASCAR SPRINT CUP RACE (live) Sun 9/20/15 3:23 PM 6:15 PM 3224 698    CHICAGOLAND 2 NASCAR SPRINT CUP START (live) Sun 9/20/15 2...
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September 25, 2015  |  Discuss

ESPN Ratings Buzz: September 14-20

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 NFL REGULAR SEASON (live) Mon 9/14/15 10:17 PM 1:10 AM 14330 7537    MINNESOTA/SAN FRANCISCO 2 NFL REGULAR SEASON (live) Mon 9/14...
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September 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Chris Broussard’s Sources show us how not to report a breaking news story

ESPN NBA reporter Chris Broussard is the poster-child for being careful with what information to trust in the age of social media.  Because of multiple high-profile blunders, Broussard has become something of a punching bag for fans, fellow media members and even NBA owners.  It could be his sources being well behind everyone else in the NBA or backtracking on his reporting and being...
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September 25, 2015  |  Discuss

New Bill Simmons podcast will be a lot like his old one

by Ian Casselberry The new era of Bill Simmons begins next week, with the debut of his new podcast on Thursday, Oct. 1. But other than that premiere date, not much else about the show was known, other than the solid assumption that it wouldn’t be called “The B.S. Report,” the title of his former podcast with ESPN. However, a few details have now been revealed, thanks to...
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September 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Jorge Sedano, Jen Lada to take 9 to 11 p.m. slot on ESPN Radio

The ESPN Radio programming shuffle is now complete. Following Monday’s announcement that Bomani Jones will fill the 4 to 7 p.m. ET slot formerly occupied by Dan Le Batard (who moved to the 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. period), with Jalen Rose and David Jacoby taking their podcast to the 7 to 9 p.m. frame, that left two questions on the ESPN Radio schedule. First, who would take Jones’ former...
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September 25, 2015  |  Discuss

USA-Mexico CONCACAF Cup clash to be shown in movie theaters around the country

From Gold Cup to silver screen. The United States men’s soccer team failed to win the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup that would have secured a spot in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup this summer, so on October 10, Jurgen Klinsmann’s team has to face rival Mexico in a winner-take-all match being called the CONCACAF Cup that will get the big-screen treatment in movie theaters around the...
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September 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Spydercam shows entire kickoff return touchdown live and it was glorious

We take things for granted watching as much sports as we do but the reality is, we’re quite spoiled. Pylon cams are here, drones are coming , but let’s not forget about the good ole spydercam. In last night’s game the production van opted to show kickoff return live via the spydercam (something you rarely see if at all). What unfolded was some amazing footage of the touchdown...
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September 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Scott Van Pelt gives lengthy monologue on lunacy of daily fantasy not being considered gambling

Viewers of Thursday night’s midnight SportsCenter were in for an unexpected treat as Scott Van Pelt unleashed a two minute and thirty second monologue on the lunacy of daily fantasy not being considered gambling. Van Pelt’s honest and at times passionate monologue is below and set against the inescapable backdrop of the daily fantasy growing at a frenzied pace with no end...
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September 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for September 25, 2015

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football1st Preliminary Final Fremantle Dockers vs. Hawthorn Hawks — FS2, 6 a.m. Bundesliga Koln vs. Ingolstadt — FS2, 2:20 p.m. College Field Hockey Michigan at Maryland — Big Ten Network, 3:30 p.m. College Football Boise State at Virginia — ESPN, 8 p.m. Stanford at Oregon State — FS1, 10 p.m. B1G Football & Beyond — Big Ten Network...
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September 25, 2015  |  Discuss

A double “F” bomb heard as clear as a bell on Thursday Night Football

During a live sports broadcast with a hot microphone on the sidelines, there’s always the potential for an “F,” “S” or “GD” bomb to slip through. Well in the final minutes of a horrible Washington-New York Giants game on CBS and NFL Network, not just one “F” bomb was heard, but two “F” bombs were heard as a punt return headed towards the G-Men’s sideline....
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September 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Screengrab Snafu – Gunner Kiel put on a little weight this summer…

@awfulannouncing big dude… pic.twitter.com/X5OwwbSFDo — Jonathan Keenan (@JNugg171) September 24, 2015 If ESPN’s facts and figures are to be believed, Jared Lorenzen has a bit of competition in Cincinnati QB Gunner Kiel in the “quarterbacks of prodigious girth” department… The post Screengrab Snafu – Gunner Kiel put on a little weight this summer… appeared first...
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September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Bob Costas on former Syracuse Blazer Bill Goldthorpe, who inspired Slapshot’s Ogie Ogilthorpe

Long before he was hosting the Olympics or Sunday Night Football, Bob Costas was doing minor-league hockey radio broadcasts for the Syracuse Blazers, and that’s where he came across Bill “Goldie” Goldthorpe. Goldthorpe, who had a famed minor-league hockey career and was the inspiration for legendary goon Ogie Ogilthorpe in Slap Shot, was just starting his professional career...
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September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Colin Cowherd bashes ESPN/Disney for layoffs, backing off gambling, “Mickey and Mickey in morning”

New Fox Sports personality Colin Cowherd didn’t leave ESPN on the best of terms, with Bristol letting him go early following his controversial remarks about Dominican baseball players. Now that the pesky duct tape has come off, he’s taking some shots at his former employer. On Wednesday’s edition of The Herd (which airs on FS1 and Fox Sports Radio), Cowherd called ESPN ...
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September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

NFL gets FAA authorization to use drones in stadiums

Am I the only one who saw the news that the National Football League is now authorized to use drones in stadiums and thought, wow, Roger Goodell really does have too much power? The NFL recently requested the use of drones for filming in league stadiums and, per the FAA, was granted limited use of these souped-up radio controlled cameras in step one of what is clearly a plan for...
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September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Is Tennis Channel up for sale?

Tennis Channel has been a network that has struggled to find an audience. A lot of that has to do with distribution. Because it’s a niche network, Tennis Channel has been placed on lowly-viewed sports tiers or in some cases, not picked up at all. According to the Wall Street Journal, Tennis Channel is in 35 million homes, trailing the major cable sports networks. The network which...
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September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

The Jamie Horowitz era at Fox Sports has begun

Jamie Horowitz is now officially in charge at Fox Sports. According to a network spokesman, Horowitz has been at his position as President of Fox Sports National Networks in Los Angeles since early August. Horowitz was hired to oversee all programming, marketing and scheduling for FS1 and FS2. And according to his Fox bio, that includes development of original programming as well...
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September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Vin Scully has entered the Guinness Book of World Records

There’s not too many things Vin Scully hasn’t accomplished in his illustrious career as the play by play man for the Los Angeles Dodgers.  On Wednesday night he got to cross one of the three remaining things off his bucket list – enter the Guinness Book of World Records. Scully was officially honored as the longest serving broadcaster with one team. Vin Scully has earned...
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September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Turner Broadcasting launching new competitive gaming league

The media company has launched a new league in partnership with WME | IMG to bring the extremely popular competitive first-person shooter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive to your television. This is the first huge agreement of its kind, and a big development for competitive gaming. As the Daily Dot reports, the league will bring in the top talent from around the globe to participate...
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September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

A DraftKings ad was wedged into an episode of The League

FXX’s The League is a comedy based around fantasy football, though in reality, the fantasy football aspect of the show is a backdrop compared to what’s going on in the characters’ lives each week. On the episode that aired this Wednesday night, the show wedged an ad for DraftKings into a scene. The characters were watching a new TV, and an ad for DraftKings came on. That led...
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September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

NFL continues its ratings momentum in Week 2

As the NFL is ready to begin Week 3 in the League Where They Play for Pay, let’s review Week 2’s ratings. CBS/NFL Network aired the season premiere of Thursday Night Football that had a crazy ending, then CBS alone had regional coverage on Sunday. Fox had the doubleheader this past week and had Dallas at Philadelphia in the national 4:25 p.m. ET window. NBC aired the NFC Championship...
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September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Your Week 4 College Football Announcing Schedule

Thursday, September 24 7:30 PM- Cincinnati at Memphis (ESPN) Joe Tessitore, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack, Kaylee Hartung Other streaming: 7 PM- Penn at Villanova (Nova Nation) Ryan Fannon, Kevin Reilly Friday, September 25 8 PM- Boise State at Virginia (ESPN) Dave Flemming, Mack Brown, Allison Williams 8 PM- Stanford at Oregon State (FS1) Tim Brando, Joel Klatt Saturday, September...
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September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for September 24, 2015

All Times Eastern College Football Cincinnati at Memphis — ESPN, 7:30 p.m. B1G Football & Beyond — Big Ten Network, noon CFB Daily — ESPNU, 1 p.m. College Football Live — ESPN, 2 p.m. ESPN Recruiting Nation — ESPNU, 6 p.m. College Football Countdown — ESPN, 7 p.m. Inside College Football — CBS Sports Network, 7 p.m. Fox Sports Live: Countdown to Kickoff — FS1...
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September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Dick Enberg to retire as voice of Padres after 2016 season

Long-time broadcaster Dick Enberg has announced that the 2016 season as the TV Voice of the San Diego Padres will be his last. Enberg has been calling Padres games dating back to 2010. Earlier this year, he was given the Ford C. Frick Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame for broadcasting excellence making him only one of two people who have been honored by the Baseball, Pro Football...
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September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

AP confused Yogi Berra’s death with Yogi Bear

Baseball Hall of Famer and greatest American philosopher who ever lived, Yogi Berra, passed away earlier today at the age of 90.  Berra was one of the all-time great catchers to play the game and built up a resume that will likely never be matched.  But beyond his life on the diamond, his wit and wisdom will live on throughout the generations. Given some of Berra’s iconic sayings...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Akansas AD Jeff Long: SEC ADs requested DFS ads be removed from SEC Network

On Wednesday, Arkansas AD Jeff Long said that the SEC’s athletic directors requested that ads for DraftKings and FanDuel be removed from the network. Perhaps shockingly, ESPN complied with the request. There’s no immediate word on whether or not the request only applied to ads that promoted the daily college games, or if it applied to all DFS ads.Over the weekend, Pac-12...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss
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