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Once upon a time, NBC traded Curt Gowdy for Don Criqui

Trades among television networks are rare. When they happen, they make news. The most recent examples happened between ESPN and NBC and involved on-air talent. In February 2006 before NBC returned to the NFL after 8 long years, the Peacock traded for Al Michaels from ESPN and its parent company Disney in exchange for an obscure cartoon character named Oswald the Rabbit. NBC’s parent...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Your Week 6 NFL Announcing Schedule

Thursday, October 9 Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans, CBS|NFLN 8:25 pm, Jim Nantz, Phil Simms & Tracy Wolfson Sunday, October 12 New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills, FOX 1 pm, Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa Carolina Panthers at Cincinnati Bengals, FOX 1 pm, Chris Myers, Ronde Barber & Jennifer Hale Green Bay Packers at Miami Dolphins, FOX 1 pm, Sam Rosen...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Your 2014-15 NHL TV Guide

Welcome hockey fans in Canada and across the United States, the beautiful ice game has returned. There’s an interesting thing for those who work in our corners of the sports world: the state of hockey on television is currently more immediately recognizable and static in America than it is for our friends up north. This is, of course, due to a massive, sprawling new television...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Nick Young not happy with ESPN's ranking of him

Oh Swaggy P. If there’s one character that will make this season most entertaining, it’s not LeBron James or Kevin Durant or Kobe Bryant – it’s Lakers swingman Nick Young. Young has already gotten off to a blistering start this preseason, at least where viral internet stories go… because that’s really all that matters in the grand scheme of things. First there were his...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Monster NBA deal makes a mockery of the sports rights bubble

For years, there has been talk of a sports rights bubble that is about to burst, and leave the sports and television industries in a puddle of messy goo.  The theory goes that rights fees are increasing so exponentially in sports that sooner or later either the cable and satellite companies or consumers themselves will no longer be willing to foot the bill for these billion dollar...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Gregg Doyel leaves CBS for the Indianapolis Star

The arc is an old one in journalism: the hotshot writer for that big local paper gets called up to do national gigs, be they in national writing outlets, sports television or now websites. One popular writer, however, is reversing that arc. Gregg Doyel, CBS’ award-winning lead columnist, is leaving the paper to go to work for the Indianapolis Star as their sports columnist, the...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Could we see ESPN the Ocho ($$$$) in the near future?

Discussing how much cable operators pay for certain channels can make for a good insomnia cure, but in some cases, especially the one we’re about to present here, they’re enough to make you stand up and take notice. It’s been well-documented how ESPN has become the most expensive cable network costing operators over $6 per subscriber each month. Why is ESPN so expensive? It’s...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Week 5 NFL Local Ratings Rankings

Welcome to AA’s NFL local ratings rankings. Every week, we’ll take a look at which teams has the highest TV ratings in their local markets, presented 1-32 and with commentary to help provide context, enjoy. Byes: Miami, Oakland 1. Seattle (ESPN) - 45.2 A new #1 in these rankings is even rarer than a change atop the college football polls, so this counts as biggish news. The...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

PTI’s Tuesday Stat Boy? David Eckstein

Since Tony Reali left PTI for a role with Good Morning America, the show has been experimenting with various people in the Stat Boy role. On Tuesday, the most appropriate fill-in for Stat Boy showed up – the ultra scrappy and gritty David Eckstein – the archenemy of analytics fans everywhere. Reali was good in the role, but Eckstein will scrap and grit his way to bring PTI to...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Denver Post suspends Colorado Avalanche beat writer for foul language

The Denver Post has suspended Colorado Avalanche beat writer Adrian Dater for two weeks without pay after the writer used inappropriate language on Twitter. The suspension was handed down after Dater used obscenities in exchanges with other users on October 4th and 5th. Post Editor Gregory L. Moore commented on the suspension, saying: “Journalists need to recognize that they need...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Who are the California Bruins?

  Here’s an excellent screengrab snafu from a recent SportsCenter.  In this list of college football teams, you might notice something just a little bit off.  That would be the California Bruins.  Not the UCLA Bruins.  Or even the California Bears.  Although I guess if you wanted to get technical about it, a Bruin is a type of bear, so maybe this earns partial credit…...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Meet Scott Moore, the man charged with ‘reinventing’ Hockey Night in Canada

Hockey, at its finest, is to Canada what baseball is to Americans: a simple game that can evoke memories of fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, of old-timey rinks and Gordie Howe and Eddie Shore and Good Canadian Boys and the brutality meshed with the beauty, but never overmatching. Hockey, at its most corporate, is to Canada what football is to Americans: a bloated, dominant...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for October 8, 2014

All Times Eastern BoxingIBF Middleweight Title Fight, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, MS Sam Soliman vs. Jermain Taylor — ESPN2, 9 p.m. College Football BTN Football & Beyond 2014 — Big Ten Network, noon CFB Daily — ESPNU, 1 p.m. College Football Live — ESPN, 2:30 p.m. ESPNU Film Room — ESPNU, 6:30 p.m. 2014 College Football Hall of Fame Dedication Gala and...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Carolina Hurricanes reporter suspended after drunk driving arrest

Carolina Hurricanes reporter Chantel McCabe has been suspended for the month of October after being arrested on a drunk driving charge. “In light of what happened this past weekend, we think it is best that Ms. McCabe take some time away from the team,” team president Don Waddell said in a brief statement Tuesday. She is suspended through Oct. 30. McCabe was charged Saturday with...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

The return of the NHL announcing schedule

United States Wednesday, October 8 Philadelphia Flyers vs. Boston Bruins, 7:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN) - Mike Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire San Jose Sharks vs. Los Angeles Kings, 10 p.m. ET (NBCSN) - Dave Strader, Brian Engblom Thursday, October 9 Colorado Avalanche vs. Minnesota Wild, 9 p.m. ET (NBCSN) - John Forslund, Pierre McGuire Saturday, October 11 Pittsburgh Penguins vs...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

NBC will produce NHL Draft coverage for the first time ever

Last night, news broke that TSN hockey insiders Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger would be joining NBC (in addition to staying at ESPN) for the upcoming NHL season. McKenzie will make weekly appearances on NBCSN while Dreger will also contribute news and the stuff that’s made both very famous in Canada, and it brings a new, more journalistic bent to NBC’s hockey coverage that it...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Adrian Peterson is blaming the media for all his problems

When it comes to last resorts for the famous athlete or celebrity embroiled in a world of scandal, blaming the media is always the ace in the hole. Adrian Peterson has now reached that very desperate stage. With reports gaining steam about some serious questions in regards to his All Day Foundation charity not being on the up and up, Peterson blamed the media, because all that...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

The MLB Postseason is doing quite well nationally and locally so far

This year’s MLB Postseason was laden with questions. The games, so far, have been spread across four networks, with a fifth (Fox) coming this weekend. However, don’t tell baseball fans that expectations were low, because the games are doing quite well in terms of viewership as the Division Series comes to a close. Through Sunday’s ALDS games, the Postseason is averaging 3.6...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPN named the #2 brand in sports

Forbes published their list of the most valuable sports brands today and once again ESPN has found themselves at #2 on the list behind Nike.  It’s the fifth straight year that Bristol has been ranked second in the Forbes list behind the swoosh. In the inaugural Forbes rankings, ESPN actually came ahead of Nike and took the top spot in 2007.  However, being the runner-up in this...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

FIFA film loses tens of millions of dollars at box office

You might remember us telling you about the movie United Passions, a film by FIFA and for FIFA.  Soccer’s world governing body spent $27 million dollars to produce a movie about its own virtues and greatness. At the time it was released, the FIFA film was panned as one of the most egomaniacal, laughable attempts at cinema in recorded history.  Reports of FIFA putting forth 90...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger are coming to NBCSN

One of my main complaints left about NBC’s coverage of the National Hockey League is the seeming lack of commitment to combining journalism with their massive television presence. Sure, the network has ProHockeyTalk, but rarely are writers from the show ever used, and rarely does the show ever really delve into things like trade rumors and the business side of the game. That will...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

FINALLY, Men’s Health tells us how to talk about sports with women

I really thought that at some point, the Girls Guide to “fill in the condescending blank here” would come to an end. It’s a tired and cliched point. However, Men’s Health posted something yesterday about “the secret to talking sports with any woman” in what was clearly a click-bait post. Men’s Health would go on to delete the article and the tweet promoting it, but...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Phyllis lets Colin Cowturd hear it on Finebaum

When Alabama loses in football, the Paul Finebam show on the following Monday is destination radio. This loss to Ole Miss wasn’t as bad as the 2013 Iron Bowl aftermath, which melted Finebaum’s phone lines, not allowing anyone to call in and air their grievances. On top of the loss in general, ESPN radio host and hot takes enthusiast Colin Cowherd said that this loss was the...
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Viewing Picks for October 7, 2014

All Times Eastern College Football BTN Football & Beyond 2014 — Big Ten Network, noon CFB Daily — ESPNU, 1 p.m. College Football Live — ESPN, 2:30 p.m. College Football Featured — ESPNU, 4:30 p.m. Inside College Football — CBS Sports Network, 8 p.m. College VolleyballWomen’s Baylor at Texas — Longhorn Network, 8 p.m. Golf Playing Lessons From the Pros: Freddie...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPN’s Mark Mulder is annoyed by FOX’s MLB broadcast team

ESPN analyst and former MLB pitcher Mark Mulder is annoyed by the broadcast team of Joe Buck, Harold Reynolds, and Tom Verducci. Mulder, like many baseball fans, wishes there was a little bit more peace and quiet during the FOX broadcast of the MLB playoffs. Talk talk talk pitch talk talk talk pitch talk talk talk. Seriously. Shhhh for just a little. — Mark Mulder (@markmulder20...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss
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