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Fox News anchor calls UConn “NAACP” champions

If there was a One Shining Moment for news anchors dropping Freudian slips, this would certainly make it into the highlight montage.  After Connecticut’s victory over Kentucky in the National Championship Game, Fox News anchor Heather Childers said the team were the “2014 NAACP National Champs!” Oh my… Isn’t it funny how you just add one letter and EVERYTHING CHANGES...
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April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Thursday Night Football will feature strong matchups

The NFL television packages will have a very different look this year with the shield moving Thursday Night Football to CBS for the first half of the season.  The new Thursday Night package seems to run against the grain of everything else on the NFL television landscape.  It’s a one year deal between CBS and the league for those first 8 games and not a long-term contract. ...
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April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Digger Phelps leaving ESPN

Digger Phelps is abruptly leaving ESPN.  The former Notre Dame Fighting Irish head coach and Bristol mainstay announced last night during the network’s coverage of the NCAA National Championship Game that it would be his last day on the air at ESPN.  Phelps had worked at ESPN for 20 years.  Here’s the video of his announcement: Various ESPNers tweeted their own personal tributes...
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April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPN will celebrate Hank Aaron’s 715th home run by covering it live in 2014

Today is the 40th anniversary of Henry Aaron’s record-breaking 715th Major League home run. The Atlanta Braves will celebrate it with a massive ceremony honoring Aaron, who will attend in person. ESPN will mark the occasion in a more untraditional way. According to the network, ESPN.com will spend Tuesday evening with “a special reenactment” that will cover events leading up...
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April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for April 8, 2014

All Times Eastern College Baseball Oral Roberts at Oklahoma — Fox College Sports Central, 7 p.m. Rice at Texas — Longhorn Network, 8 p.m. College Basketball Men’s Katz Korner — ESPNU, 1 p.m. Women’s NCAA Championship, Nashville, TN UConn vs. Notre Dame — ESPN, 8:30 p.m. College Basketball Live: NCAA Women’s Championship — ESPNU, 6 p.m. NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship...
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April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

One Shining Moment 2014

It’s been a tradition dating back to 1987. It always ends CBS’ coverage of the NCAA Tournament and this year is no exception. This year’s edition is quite good with plenty of calls from the Tournament, and yes, the Mercer Dance is there. Enjoy. [The Big Lead]
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April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Deep thoughts with Donovan McNabb – NCAA Title Game Edition

Counting down till tip off, who do you have? UConn or KU? — Donovan McNabb (@donovanjmcnabb) April 7, 2014
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April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Various men reenact Paulina Gretzky Golf Digest cover to fantastic results

A mini-firestorm emerged this week when Golf Digest put “golf celebrity” Paulina Gretzky on the cover in a revealing outfit for their fitness issue.  The cover was controversial because Golf Digest hasn’t featured an LPGA pro for six years and top female golfers were right to feel insulted. If Golf Digest is going to feature Paulina Gretzky, where do we draw the line with...
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April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Your MLB Announcing Schedule for 4/6 – 4/13

Monday, April 7 Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees (MLBN 1PM) Local Broadcast Cincinnati Reds at St. Louis Cardinals (MLBN 4PM) Local Broadcast  [alt: A’s @ Twins] Texas Rangers at Boston Red Sox (ESPN 7PM) Jon Sciambi, Aaron Boone Tuesday, April 8 Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees (MLBN 1PM) Local Broadcast Cincinnati Reds at St. Louis Cardinals (FS1 8:15PM) Thom...
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April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Vin Scully throws first pitch to Sandy Koufax

This is a great highlight from the weekend.  Even though it’s not much of a throw and more of a handoff, the amount of baseball history here between Vin Scully and Sandy Koufax is beyond description. [Dodgers]
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April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Let’s celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Major League with the best of Bob Uecker

It seems unfathomable, but today represents the 25th Anniversary of the theatrical release of Major League, one of the most iconic sports movies of all-time. Major League introduced us to some of the best characters in the history of sports movies, like Roger Dorn, Lou Brown, Pedro Cerrano, and of course Rick Vaughn.  It also introduced the losing culture of professional sports...
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April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

WWE Network already has over 650,000 subscribers

Well, WrestleMania XXX is in the books, and on the heels of the event, WWE announced that they currently have 667,287 subscribers for WWE Network. The break even point for the network was initially reported as one million subscribers, so the fact that WWE is two-thirds of the way there in just six weeks has to be considered good news for them. While that is good news, WWE stock did...
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April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

CBS promotes Tracy Wolfson and Allie LaForce

Back in 2006, CBS practically eliminated sideline reporters on NFL games except for the AFC Championship and Super Bowl and hardly used them during the NCAA Tournament. But since then something changed along the way. Whether it was the Great Super Bowl XLVII Blackout in New Orleans or the partnership with Turner that brought sideline reporters back with a vengeance on the Tournament...
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April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Turner’s Teamcasts an interesting innovation, but does it have staying power?

We all had a good laugh poking fun at individuals angry at Turner Sports for their biased telecasts on TNT and truTV.  Unbeknownst to those fans, they were missing the neutral national telecast with Jim Nantz, Greg Anthony, and Steve Kerr on TBS.  It was so absurd that Charles Barkley had to call out those fans on TBS to tell them that the broadcasts were supposed to be biased...
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April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Vote in the Bristolology Final – Scott Van Pelt vs Jay Bilas

The Bristolology journey that began with 68 prospective ESPN employees ends today.  It’s been a long and winding road that has seen several upsets, several close encounters, and several intriguing results along the way. However, in the end, we have a Bristolology Final that seems to have been destined from the beginning, much like the Connecticut vs Kentucky matchup we’ll see...
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April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Local sportscast uses classic video game as highlight

Earlier in the NCAA Tournament we saw a local Florida television station get around broadcast rights restrictions by acting out a game in their office.  WCJB in Gainesville used a Nerf hoop and staffers to recreate the Gators’ win over the Dayton Flyers in the Sweet 16. Well, that station started a trend because now we have another very creative local sportscast that attempts...
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April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

What if ESPN aired the Men’s NCAA Tournament?

Old school fans wax poetic about the days when ESPN aired the NCAA Tournament. You may not know that they did not use their own announcers for the broadcasts in the early 1980′s and depended on NCAA Productions to produce the telecasts. ESPN had Bob Ley and John Saunders as the hosts from Bristol, CT with Dick Vitale as the analyst. When CBS took over the rights in 1991, it ended...
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April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Final Four most-watched college basketball event in cable history

If you’ve been following along, you’re aware that the 2014 NCAA Tournament has been a ratings monster. That trend continued with the Final Four as the two broadcasts became the two most-watched college basketball games in cable television history. Kentucky vs. Wisconsin led the way after bringing in 16.3 million total viewers between the three feeds on TBS, TNT, and truTV. The...
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April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for April 7, 2014

ALL TIMES EASTERN College Baseball North Carolina State at Clemson — ESPNU, 7 p.m. College Basketball Men’s NCAA Championship UConn vs. Kentucky — CBS, 9:10 p.m. The Experts — ESPNU, 1 p.m. Katz Korner — ESPNU, 4 p.m. Tournament Countdown: Road to the Championship — ESPNU, 4:30 p.m. College Basketball Live — ESPNU, 5:30 p.m. NCAA March Madness 360 — CBS Sports Network...
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April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Why was there so much confusion over the Turner NCAA Teamcasts?

Despite heavy promotion before and during the NCAA Tournament for the CBS/Turner Teamcast concept, there was still massive confusion over the team-centric telecasts on TNT in particular. Despite press releases and stories on how Turner would provide three separate feeds of the NCAA Men’s Final Four and two would be produced for each game, fans and viewers were still perplexed over...
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April 06, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Players Association to probe whether Eagles did a smear job on DeSean Jackson

It’s never good to trash someone on his/her way out of a workplace. And as the Philadelphia Eagles were about to release wide receiver DeSean Jackson, stories were leaked about his alleged gang ties and describing him as a bad influence on young players. The National Football League Players Association says it plans to investigate the Eagles to determine if the team waged a smear...
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April 06, 2014  |  Discuss

SEC Network adds two more analysts

Before the next college football season begins, ESPN will be busy staffing its new SEC Network.  Already we know of a few high profile additions to the newest conference-based network.  Joe Tessitore will host the channel’s version of College GameDay while Tim Tebow and Greg McElroy will be their star analysts. After a standoff with ESPN, Brent Musburger is moving down the ladder...
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April 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for April 6, 2014

ALL TIMES EASTERN Australian Rules Football Essendon Bombers vs. Carlton Blues — Fox Soccer Plus, 5 a.m. College Baseball Penn State at Purdue — Big Ten Network, noon Notre Dame at Florida State — ESPNU, noon West Virginia at TCU — Fox College Sports Atlantic, 2 p.m. Cal State-Bakersfield at Oklahoma — Fox College Sports Central, 2 p.m. Middle Tennessee at Southern Mississippi...
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April 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Charles Barkley Keeps It Real Calling Confused Fans “Idiots” ☆

Without an actual sports channel, Turner always finds itself in a pickle when airing annual big time sporting events.  Usually this manifests as a channel’s regular audience freaks out upon finding out that The Big Bang Theory (reruns mind you) have instead been replaced by gasp….playoff baseball. But tonight we were treated to an even more comical audience freakout as viewers...
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April 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Fans confused by biased Final Four 'Teamcasts'

Turner is experimenting with local teamcasts tonight with alternate feeds dedicated to each team competing in tonight’s Final Four.  While the national feed is on TBS, TNT and truTV are dedicated to broadcasting the games from one of the team’s perspective. Turner has gone as far as to hire announcers related to the schools for the teamcasts, they’ve been showing tweets from...
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April 05, 2014  |  Discuss
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