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MLB comes down harder than ESPN on Colin Cowherd’s ignorant comments about Dominicans

Colin Cowherd said something ignorant about a people group.  This by itself is not an alarming or surprising development.  Cowherd has made a career of uninformed sociological commentary that is just inflammatory enough to sound outrageous without crossing over into the Hulk Hogan/Donald Sterling category.  As our Dan Levy expertly explained, Cowherd has perfected the art of...
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July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

NBCSN, Fox Sports and Gold Cup Ratings Buzz: July 13-19

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 RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 NASCAR SPRINT CUP RACE: New Hampshire (live) Sun 1:44PM- 4:39PM 175 2.4 3674 2 NASCAR SPRINT CUP START: New Hampshire (live) Sun 1:20PM- 1:44PM 24 1.4 2303 3 NASCAR...
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July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

ESPN Ratings Buzz: July 13-19

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 RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 2015 GILLETTE HOME RUN DERBY (live) Mon 8:12PM-10:42PM 150 4.2 7126 2 HOME RUN DERBY PRELUDE (live) Mon 7:54PM- 8:12PM 18 2.4 4060 3 GOLF: OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP: Third...
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July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Have new media ventures been successful for popular personalities?

There are no longer people in sports media.  Rather, sports media has become populated with multi-platform personalities, with importance stressed on becoming a “sports media brand” instead of just being on-air talent.  New media partnerships have been happening for years now, and a handful of the most notable ones can be judged as they have more or less played out. There are...
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July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Fox Sports announces college football lineup – Joel Klatt to team with Gus Johnson

This week, Fox Sports announced their broadcast pairings and studio analysts for the 2015 college football season, and Donovan McNabb’s suspension had a huge effect on the coverage. The suspension of McNabb led to Charles Davis replacing him for NFL on Fox broadcasts, opening up the lead analyst chair next to Gus Johnson. That spot will be filled by Joel Klatt, who shined in the...
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July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

How Broadcast TV Networks Could Reclaim Sports

If you’ve tried to get internet service without TV service from any of the big cable companies — and by big, I mean AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon — in the last few years, chances are they tried to strike this deal with you: keep basic cable with just local channels, and you’ll pay less for the bundle than you would for internet service by itself. Why...
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July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

WWE has mysteriously and completely cut ties with Hulk Hogan

WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan has mysteriously had any reference to him taken off the WWE website. Hogan’s superstar page?  Deleted.  Hogan’s Hall of Fame slot?  Gone.  Any merchandise?  Disappeared from the face of the earth.  Any reference to his role of hosting the current reality show Tough Enough?  That never existed. WWE hasn’t said anything as of publishing about...
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July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Jose Bautista calls out Colin Cowherd for insipid remarks about Dominican ballplayers

One of baseball’s most vocal sluggers is not happy with Colin Cowherd for the radio host’s negative portrayal of Dominican players, and the MLB Players Association is reportedly equally upset. Cowherd, who just this week announced his intention to leave ESPN Radio after 10 years, devoted part of a segment Thursday to the apparent simplicity of baseball, saying there’s...
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July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for July 24, 2015

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football Greater Western Sydney Giants vs. Geelong Cats — Fox Sports 2, 11:30 p.m. College Football College Football Live — ESPN, 2 p.m. CyclingTour de France Stage 19: Saint-Jean-de Maurienne to La Toussaine-La Sybelles — NBCSN, 7 a.m. Stage 19 Highlights — NBCSN, 8 p.m. Formula 1Hungarian Grand Prix, Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary Practice...
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July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Ranking the sports cameos in Sharknado 3

By Ian Casselberry Wednesday night, Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No premiered on Syfy, prompting millions of cable viewers to search for which channel the network occupied on its cable provider. While ratings were down in the third installment of this disaster cheesefest (despite shark attacks being prominent in current events), your Twitter timeline was surely flooded with #Sharknado3...
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July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

FCC on the verge of approving AT&T’s purchase of DirecTV

It appears that the last hurdles in front of the AT&T purchase of satellite provider DirecTV are about to be cleared. According to various media reports, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has recommended the agency vote to approve the deal. In addition, the Justice Department has said it would not block the new company saying it was not in violation of anti...
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July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Jamie Horowitz tabs Charlie Dixon to oversee Fox Sports 1 and 2

New Fox Sports president Jamie Horowitz has made his first big hire. Charlie Dixon, formerly a programming executive at NBC News and ESPN, is becoming the executive vice president of content and production for Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2. He will work out of Los Angeles and report directly to Horowitz, and is set to begin his new gig on Aug. 2. “Charlie brings us strong leadership...
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July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

ESPN officially unveils its college football studio lineup

Throughout the college football offseason, we’ve been telling you about various changes to the ESPN studio lineup. Whether it was Rece Davis being named to replace Chris Fowler on College GameDay, Lou Holtz leaving or an entirely new cast for College Football Final, the Worldwide Leader has decided to make wholesale changes to its lineup. Now we have the official announcement on...
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July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Bob Uecker appears on MLB Network and brings down the house

Is there a time when Bob Uecker isn’t funny on television? The Hall of Fame Milwaukee Brewers announcer appeared Tuesday on MLB Network’s Intentional Talk and brought his usual humorous self to the show. Among the highlights of the interview: Saying he called play-by-play for slow-pitch softball at a senior center. Saying he made money by selling other players’ equipment....
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July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Caleb Hannan Talks About What Went Wrong With His Grantland Piece “Dr. V’s Magical Putter”

Long before Caitlyn Jenner was a household name receiving courage awards from ESPN, the Worldwide Leader was caught up in a bit different transgender conversation; that of Essay Anne Vanderbilt, also known as “Dr. V.” As the story goes, a writer for Grantland named Caleb Hannan worked on a story on Dr. V for more than half a calendar year, initially enthralled with a purported...
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July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Caleb Hannan Talks About What Went Wrong With His Grantland Piece “Dr. V’s Magical Putter”

Long before Caitlyn Jenner was a household name receiving courage awards from ESPN, the Worldwide Leader was caught up in a bit different transgender conversation; that of Essay Anne Vanderbilt, also known as “Dr. V.” As the story goes, a writer for Grantland named Caleb Hannan worked on a story on Dr. V for more than half a calendar year, initially enthralled with a purported...
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July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

LeBron links with Warner Bros: Space Jam 2 in the works?

By Matt Yoder LeBron James has an auxiliary role in Amy Schumer’s new smash comedy Trainwreck and it looks like that’s only the beginning of a burgeoning film career. James has come to terms on a wide-ranging deal with Warner Brothers that will see him and his production company SpringHill Entertainment (yes, in case you didn’t know, LeBron James has his own production company...
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July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

SportsCenter thinks someone’s wife left him over the USA-Jamaica game

Once you get into your 20’s, it seems like the latest social media fads and trends always pass you by.  But if you’re on Twitter and follow any popular accounts, you may notice a plethora of tweets from dudes saying “my wife left me.”  Who knows how this actually started, but apparently, after 38 seconds of Google research, I’ve discovered that it’s a thing. Observe...
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July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Trey Wingo signs new ESPN deal, will host new NFL Insiders Sunday morning show

Fox isn’t the only network tinkering with its NFL Sunday pre-game coverage recipe. Awful Announcing has learned that ESPN will be debuting a new Sunday edition of NFL Insiders which will replace the first hour of Sunday NFL Countdown. The move is part of a soon-to-be announced multi-year extension for Trey Wingo, whose role with the network will expand. Wingo’s new deal guarantees the...
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July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

NBA TV grabs record ratings for Summer League coverage

Are basketball fans really interested in the NBA’s Summer League, in which there are a few rookies and young veterans that will make it to the opening day roster?? If NBA TV’s record-setting ratings are any indication, the answer to that question is pretty clear. NBA TV averaged 110,000 viewers for their Summer League coverage, a number which represents an impressive 9% growth...
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July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for July 23, 2015

All Times Eastern BasketballThe Basketball TournamentPlay-In Game, McGrath Arena, DePaul University, Chicago, IL Midwest vs. Notre Dame — ESPNU, 8 p.m. College Football College Football Live — ESPN, 2 p.m. CyclingTour de France Stage 18: Gap to Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne — NBCSN, 8 a.m. Stage 18 Highlights — NBCSN, 8 p.m. GolfEuropean PGA TourEuropean Masters, Cans-sur-Sierre...
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July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

The Numbers Behind ESPN’s Grim Meathook Future

There’s been quite a bit of talk about the number of subscribers ESPN has lost so far this decade. Some are predicting a bleak future for the boys in Bristol. Others are suggesting that the cord cutting hype is just that, and the self-proclaimed “Worldwide Leader In Sports” will come out of this just fine. What people need to do, however, is looking at the data. The numbers...
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July 22, 2015  |  Discuss

The ACC doesn’t want to rush the ACC Network into existence

The Big Ten Network took the lead in the race to establish a conference network, quickly establishing a polished product, one which has been sustained to this day. The Big Ten has benefited greatly from its conference network, and other leagues noticed. The SEC Network, though only one year old, has immediately begun to fatten the league’s coffers and generate substantial revenue...
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July 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Why Grantland still makes the most sense for Tommy Craggs and why it still may never work

Several reactions and thoughts jolted through the media and those that observe it on Monday when Tommy Craggs announced he was resigning as executive editor of Gawker, in light of publisher and founder Nick Denton taking down a highly controversial post that outed a married media executive who attempted to hire a gay escort. The decision by Craggs (along with Gawker editor-in-chief...
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July 22, 2015  |  Discuss

NBC’s Graeme Le Saux saved a couple from a burning camper

NBC Sports Premier League analyst, and former Chelsea and Blackburn defender, Graeme Le Saux added a new title to his resume over the weekend – hero. Le Saux saved a couple from their burning camper on Sunday, saving their lives before the camper was burned to the ground. Some of the details from the situation are terrifying. Le Saux’s wife explained what happened to GetSurrey...
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July 22, 2015  |  Discuss
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