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Fox Sports Live’s Matt Bush story is a nice step towards legitimacy

There’s been a lot of criticism lobbed at Fox Sports Live since its launch nearly nine months ago related to the tone of the show. With such an emphasis on “fun” and the much-maligned panel taking a significant role in the initial few months of the broadcast, skeptics wondered if Fox Sports Live would be able to treat serious stories with the necessary tone and create features...
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May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Josh Elliott will not be taking over for Matt Lauer according to Josh Elliott

Over the weekend at the Kentucky Derby, “Extra” correspondent Charissa Thompson (who you may also know from her day job at Fox Sports Live) caught up with NBC’s Josh Elliott about leaving Good Morning America for NBC Sports. Elliott made his NBC Sports debut this past weekend from Churchill Downs. There were some interesting headlines regarding Elliott’s departure from ABC...
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May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Vote for the People’s Sports TV Award Winners!

After pouring through your nominations and burning the midnight oil with our selection committee, it’s time for you to vote for the People’s Sports TV Awards To Be Named And Trademarked Later.  Or, the People’s Sports TV Awards for short. This is the second annual edition of our yearly awards.  You can view last year’s winners here. This year’s version is bigger and better...
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May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Former NBA All-Stars are mocking Poor Roy Hibbert

Roy Hibbert has emerged as the go-to punchline in the sports world over the past couple weeks.  His sudden, unexplainable, and significant decline is one of the most perplexing things to happen in the NBA in a long time.  Hibbert had another 0 point, 0 rebound performance in Game 1 against the Wizards in another homecourt defeat for the Eastern Conference’s “top seed.” ...
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May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Golf without Tiger Woods will survive, just like the NBA without Michael Jordan

In 1998, the NBA Finals featuring Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls’ last run to the title did an 18.7 rating on NBC. Then Jordan retired for the second of three times. The following year, the Finals rating dipped to an 11.3 rating. It never has been higher than 12.1 (2001 for Lakers-Philly) since ’98 and even dropped to an all-time low of 6.2 for San Antonio-Cleveland in...
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May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Chris Webber goes on a rant against courtside cameramen

Chris Webber has a message for the NBA. The former player and current TNT analyst had something to get off his chest during the closing stages of Game 1 between the Washington Wizards and Indiana Pacers after watching Marcin Gortat fall awkwardly under the hoop late in the fourth quarter (Gortat language warning at 0:12): Wizards swingman Trevor Ariza also took a tumble into a...
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May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for May 6, 2014

All Times Eastern College Baseball Kansas State at Wichita State — ESPNU, 8 p.m. Oregon State at Oregon — Pac-12 Networks, 9 p.m. Cal State-Fullerton at UCLA — Pac-12 Los Angeles, 9 p.m. College Football College Football Live — ESPN2, 5 p.m. Inside College Football: Draft Special: Diamonds in the Rough — CBS Sports Network, 7 p.m. English Premier League Manchester United...
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Your MLB Announcing Schedule for 5/5 – 5/11

Monday, May 5 St. Louis Cardinals at Atlanta Braves (ESPN 7 pm) Sean McDonough, Aaron Boone Tuesday, May 6 Cincinnati Reds at Boston Red Sox (MLBN 7 pm) Bob Costas, John Smoltz [alt: Jays at Phillies] Chicago White Sox at Chicago Cubs (WGNA 8 pm) Len Kasper, Jim Deshaies Wednesday, May 7 Los Angeles Dodgers at Washington Nationals (MLBN 1 pm) Local Broadcast [alt: D’backs at...
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May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Turner Sports sees huge ratings for NBA Playoffs First Round

The NBA Playoffs just had their best and most exciting first round in league history.  Five Game 7s.  Eight overtime games.  Multiple dramatic buzzer beaters.  Series winning threes at the buzzer and series ending blocked shots (from Paul Pierce of all people).  Both #1 seeds were pushed to the limit, OKC and Memphis played an absurd four straight overtime games. The Stanley...
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May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Sunday Night Baseball in the Wrigley bleachers worked out pretty well

I was pessimistic about ESPN sticking Dan Shulman and John Kruk in the right field bleachers at Wrigley Field for Sunday Night Baseball this week. But after watching the game, I can safely say that it worked pretty well. There was some awkwardness right off the bat after Yadier Molina hit a long fly ball to right field, resulting in Shulman craning his neck over the wall to see the...
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May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Sports reporter fired for making up quotes

Our latest episode of “Newspaper Columnists Do The Darndest Things” takes us to the Norwich Bulletin in Norwich, Connecticut.  Writers have been prone to make mistakes from time to time, it’s part of the business.  We all have posted things that contain misspellings, factual errors, editorial oversights, and things that need to be corrected later.  There’s only a few trespasses...
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Here’s SNL’s take on Donald Sterling

SNL remains one of the pop culture standards that proves a sports story has hit the mainstream.  Saturday Night Live opened their show this weekend with the biggest news story and biggest controversy of the week – Donald Sterling’s banishment from the NBA. It’s a strong open poking fun at Adam Silver’s newfound popularity and many other facets of the Sterling crisis, although...
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May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Jim Gray takes delicious pastry out of Marcos Maidana’s hands

Jim Gray has had his fair share of bizarre interview moments – Pete Rose and LeBron James immediately come to mind – but this one takes the cake. After his loss to Floyd Mayweather this weekend, Marcos Maidana was interviewed by Gray.  He was trying to enjoy what looks to be a frosted pastry after exerting an incredible physical effort over 12 grueling rounds. And what does...
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May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Kansas columnist makes fun of Naadir Tharpe’s intelligence for leaving KU to take care of his child

Last week, point guard Naadir Tharpe announced he was leaving Kansas University to be closer to his young daughter who is dealing with various medical issues. Tharpe played for Kansas for three seasons and was a lightning rod for Jayhawks fans. However, no one could fault Tharpe for wanting to be closer to his daughter who was born during his first year at Kansas. Well, let’s say...
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May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Doc Emrick, Eddie Olczyk and NBC Sports brand will be in EA’s ‘NHL 15′

One of my main complaints lodged at EA Sports’ NHL series is that it has felt stagnant ever since the development of their “skill stick” feature. They’ve been putting out basically a roster update every October, with some idiotic, now almost anachronistic fighting feature added to the game. Once fights started happening as a response to clean body checks, I decided to check...
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May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Mike Tirico raps Drake’s name

Drake’s beloved Toronto Raptors fell at home in Game 7 to the Brooklyn Nets 104-103.  Don’t feel so bad for him, because Drake can now root on his beloved Miami heat against the Brooklyn Nets in Round 2 of the NBA Playoffs. ESPN’s cameras naturally found their way to the world renowned singer, and Mike Tirico had some fun with it. This is now the only acceptable way to show...
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May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPN is turning Johnny Manziel into Tim Tebow before your eyes

Tim Tebow was a Heisman Trophy winning quarterback who was the most recognizable college football player during his career at Florida.  Johnny Manziel was a Heisman Trophy winning quarterback who was the most recognizable college football player during his career at Texas A&M. The similarities between the two run fairly deep.  Both have their legions of fans.  Both can be...
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May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for May 5, 2014

ALL TIMES EASTERN College Baseball Iowa at Ohio State — Big Ten Network, 7 p.m. College Football College Football Live — ESPN2, 5 p.m. Inside College Football: Draft Special: The Big Board — CBS Sports Network, 7 p.m. College Track & Field Northern Arizona, Arizona at Arizona State — Pac-12 Networks, 9:30 p.m. (delayed) English Premier League Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool...
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May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Kentucky Derby overnight ratings down from last year, but holds its own vs. NBA

The Kentucky Derby’s ratings can be all over the place, but last year, the Run for the Roses on NBC amassed its best overnight ratings in 21 years by generating a 10.4 for the race portion of the broadcast. This year’s numbers were down three percent from last year averaging a 10.1 rating which NBC says was the best Saturday overnight on any network since the Sochi Olympics in...
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May 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Richard Sherman re-enacts Erin Andrews interview for a good cause

One of our favorite viral moments from 2014 to date was the Richard Sherman interview with Erin Andrews following the NFC Championship where he called out San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree. It gave us plenty of fodder and gave the media a focus during Super Bowl week in New York. Now a few months after that interview and the Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl Championship...
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May 04, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Network, ESPN won’t tip picks during the draft

For the second consecutive year, NFL Network and ESPN reporters and hosts will avoid giving away picks before Roger Goodell makes them official at next week’s NFL draft. Both ESPN and the NFL Network say their reporters will not pre-report pick by pick selections on Twitter during Round 1 of the NFL Draft. — Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) May 1, 2014 It’s a policy that...
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May 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for May 4, 2014

ALL TIMES EASTERN Arena Football Spokane Shock at Los Angeles KISS — ESPN2, 7 p.m. College Baseball Purdue at Indiana — Big Ten Network, noon Seton Hall at Creighton — CBS Sports Network, 1 p.m. LSU at Texas A&M — ESPNU, 2 p.m. Kansas State at TCU — Fox College Sports Central, 2 p.m. Iowa at Ohio State — Big Ten Network, 3 p.m. Arizona at Oregon — Pac-12 Networks...
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May 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Here’s a photo of Bob Costas wearing Johnny Weir’s hat…

The biggest star at this year’s Kentucky Derby was not any of the horses or jockeys, it was Johnny Weir’s hat.  The figure skating aficionado made his TV Derby debut alongside Tara Lipinski to make their picks and look at the fashion at the event.  The derby hats are at the center of it all and it’s fair to say that Johnny stole the show. But one person was missing out on...
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May 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Jack Edwards has some friendly advice for Pierre McGuire

Shut up Pierre. — Jack Edwards (@RealJackEdwards) May 3, 2014
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May 03, 2014  |  Discuss

The rejected kiss Raptors fan is embracing his sudden fame

It’s been quite a week for Matt Muszak and his girlfriend, Sandra Chenier. On Wednesday night in Toronto, Matt was caught on national television going in for a kiss and getting denied by Sandra during a critical moment of Game 5 between the Raptors and the Brooklyn Nets. The moment first appeared here, and went viral. It was everywhere, even reaching as far as Pardon the Interruption...
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May 03, 2014  |  Discuss
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