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CBS Sports Network broadcaster screws up intro, has no idea he’s on live

The CBS Sports Network duo of Kevin Lehman and Danny Lee were calling the Paradise Jam preseason tournament from the Virgin Islands, and Lee had a bit of a slipup in the intro before the Hofstra-Florida State game. Survey says he had no clue they were live during the intro. Dont worry Danny like Taylor "shake it off" @paradisejam pic.twitter.com/pwmMhynxbx — PriceAtkinson (@PriceAtkinson...
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November 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Today could be the best day for sports over the rest of the year

There’s nothing really special about November 21st. It’s not a holiday. There isn’t some sort of sporting tradition on this day. Yet, looking at the slate of sports on television today, one could wonder if we’re going to get a better day of sports over the rest of the year. In the college football world, the schedule is loaded. Michigan takes on Penn State as both teams cling...
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November 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for November 21, 2015

All Times Eastern Saturday, November 21 BaseballArizona Fall LeagueChampionship Game Surprise Saguaros at Scottsdale Scorpions — MLB Network, 3 p.m. BoxingMiguel Cotto vs. Canelo Alvarez, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, NV Main Event — HBO PPV, 9 p.m. Bundesliga Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Bayer Leverkusen — FS1, 9:30 a.m. VfL Wolfsburg vs. Werder Bremen — Fox Soccer...
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November 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Jameis Winston threatens to sue CNN if it airs ‘The Hunting Ground’ documentary

CNN is scheduled to air the documentary The Hunting Ground on Sunday (Nov. 22) at 8 p.m. ET. But a lawyer for Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston is threatening to file legal action if the film runs on the network. The Hollywood Reporter obtained a copy of a letter from attorney John Boudet sent to CNN president Jeff Zucker and the network’s general counsel. The first...
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November 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Detroit sports talk radio host Mike Valenti: Lions tried to get me fired

Earlier Friday, we wrote about the Detroit Lions changing flagship radio stations after 12 years, going from WXYT-FM to WJR-AM. That in itself probably wasn’t worth much attention, except perhaps on a local basis. What made this notable, however, was the agent of a Detroit sports talk radio host saying that the Lions demanded his client be fired as a condition of renewing broadcast...
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November 20, 2015  |  Discuss

ESPN’s Dan Shulman to call selected Blue Jays games

He’s returning home. Dan Shulman who called Toronto Blue Jays games between 1995 and 2001 will be back in the 2016 season calling about 30 games for Sportsnet in Canada. It means a reunion with Buck Martinez as the two called Blue Jays games. It also means that Martinez who has been calling play-by-play for the Jays in recent years will move over and become an analyst once again...
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November 20, 2015  |  Discuss

NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: November 9-15

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. Viewership for the week’s sports telecasts on the NBC broadcast network: Ironman Marathon Hawaii (Nov. 14 1:30-3:00 p.m.) 588,000 total viewers; 219,000 adults 18-49 Countdown to Kickoff (Nov. 14 3:00-3:30 p.m.) 668,000 total viewers; 233...
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November 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Sports and Entertainment Ratings Buzz: November 9-15

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. NFL Network Top 10 (and Select) Programs VIEWER RANK PROGRAM DATE START TIME END TIME VIEWERS (000) A18-49 (000) 1 NFLN THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL Thu 11/12/15 8:27 PM 11:29 PM 7566 3270    2015 WK 10 – BUF VS. NYJ 2 NFLN THURSDAY NIGHT...
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November 20, 2015  |  Discuss

ESPN Ratings Buzz: November 9-15

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 11/09/15 8:10 PM 11:39 PM 11438 5266    CHICAGO/SAN DIEGO 2 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME (live) Sat 11/14...
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November 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Are Detroit Lions switching flagship radio stations because of censorship demands?

News of the Detroit Lions switching flagship radio stations from WXYT-FM (97.1) to WJR-AM (760) probably doesn’t matter to anyone outside southeastern Michigan. Longtime Detroit sports fans remember when WJR was a sports powerhouse until losing Tigers broadcasts to 97.1 in 2000. WJR was a sports powerhouse in Detroit for decades until losing Tigers and Red Wings broadcasts to...
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November 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Bills coach Rex Ryan gets cranky with Boston media “obsessed with” Patriots

Is Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan obsessed with the New England Patriots? The Super Bowl champs would certainly be on his mind since the Bills and Pats play each other on Monday night. Ryan has also surely looked at the current AFC East standings and realized that his 5-4 team has very little chance of the 9-0 Patriots. Then there’s the matter of Ryan’s record against Bill...
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November 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Thankfully at least one person at the Columbus Dispatch understands “journalistic responsibility” when it comes to Ohio State

On multiple occasions, this website has pointed out to college football coaches across America that the local media does not work for them.  They are not supposed to be cheerleaders.  They are not “in this thing together.”  They are not required to be positive.  They’re the media.  They’re goal is to cover the news and report it objectively.  Unless they’re on the...
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November 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Derek Jeter and 50 Cent are feuding over an underwear endorsement

I didn’t realize underwear endorsements could cause people anger, and yet here we are. Frigo, a Swedish company that sells underwear for up to $100 a pair (!!), is suing Derek Jeter for backing out of a deal to back something that covered his back(side). Complex has the details: According to TMZ Sports, a Swedish company called Frigo, which sells underwear that go for up to $100...
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November 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Sabres broadcast unintentionally masters very necessary censorship

I’m just going to leave this clip right here… Graphic appears to rescue #Sabres broadcast from going full frontal (cc @awfulannouncing) pic.twitter.com/wuoKamXbFY — Dylan Stebbins (@DylanStebbins) November 20, 2015 … and thank the Lord above for that chyron on the bottom of the screen. SO MANY QUESTIONS arise from this videobomb, but the most pressing one is obviously...
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November 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Will NHL's 3-on-3 All-Star Game format be more watchable?

All-Star games across sports have taken plenty of ratings hits recently, especially this year; MLB’s drew a record-low rating, the NFL’s Pro Bowl rating fell, and the NHL and MLS All-Star games also dropped, with the NBA’s game the lone one amongst major North American sports to actually see an increase. Many leagues have tried to shake up the format to keep viewers around...
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November 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for November 20, 2015

All Times Eastern BoxingFriday Night Knockout, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Chelsea Ballroom, Las Vegas, NVWBA Fedebol Super Middleweight Title Gilberto Ramirez Sanchez vs. Gevorg Khatchikian — truTV, 10 p.m. Bundesliga Hamburger vs. Borussia Dortmund — FS2, 2:20 p.m. College BasketballMen’s2K Classic, Madison Square Garden, New York, NYSemifinals Wisconsin vs. Georgetown...
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November 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper pronouncing “meme” is your new favorite meme

I'M LOSING IT RT @drewsch_: @Lana @byjanehammond https://t.co/oYdrIS03QK — Lana Berry (@Lana) November 20, 2015 Bryce Harper: MVP-level baseball player… meh-level linguist. The post Bryce Harper pronouncing “meme” is your new favorite meme appeared first on Awful Announcing.
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November 20, 2015  |  Discuss

What would Anchorman’s Champ Kind say to Roger Goodell and Bill Belichick?

There have been so many words spilled and hot takes made about Deflategate that it was handily named the second-most annoying sports story ever in an AA reader poll (and that was back in August!), but perhaps the problem is that’s it’s been largely covered by the wrong kind of sports media members. All those investigations of ball pressure, destroyed cell phones, court cases...
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November 19, 2015  |  Discuss

ESPN announces MLB Opening Day schedule, featuring all ten Postseason teams

ESPN and MLB are expanding their Opening Day schedule for the 2016 season. Instead of just airing one game on Sunday and then three or four on Monday, ESPN will air three games on Sunday and four on Monday, with all ten Postseason teams from this past season represented. The marquee matchup is a World Series rematch on Sunday Night Baseball, as the Mets travel to Kauffman Stadium...
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November 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Your Week 12 College Football Announcing Schedule

Thursday, November 19 7 PM- Coastal Carolina at Liberty (ESPNews) Alex Faust, Brian Kinchen 7 PM- Nicholls at Southeastern Louisiana (ASN, SLC Digital) Lyn Rollins, Rene Nadeau, Kelsey Wingert 7:30 PM- East Carolina at UCF (ESPN) Joe Tessitore, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack, Kaylee Hartung 9:30 PM- Louisiana-Monroe at Texas State (ESPNU) Eamon McAnaney, Jay Walker Friday, November...
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November 19, 2015  |  Discuss

MLB announces in-market streaming deal with Fox for 2016 season

There are still plenty of issues with MLB’s local television model – hello, fans in Las Vegas and Iowa blacked out of five or six teams who you can’t see on your local cable package. But one smaller issue is being fixed for the 2016 season – MLB will allow fans to stream games in-market. The catches are that only Fox and MLB have reached an agreement (sorry, Comcast), and...
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November 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Nick Saban goes off on media in profane rant, talks about process of marriage

Alabama head coach Nick Saban has had plenty of testy interactions with the media over the years, and those continued this week in advance of the Crimson Tide’s game against FCS school Charleston Southern. Charleston Southern quarterback Austin Brown transferred to the school from the University of Alabama-Birmingham as part of the Blazers’ (brief) elimination of football, ...
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November 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Olivia Munn blames the media for speculating about her relationship with Aaron Rodgers

When your favorite quarterback is dating or married to an actress or model (like Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen), there’s a tendency to focus on the significant other as a potential reason when he’s doing badly. Well, Olivia Munn is now that focus as Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers is undergoing a three-game losing streak. When the Packers were 6-0, we hardly heard a peep about the...
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November 19, 2015  |  Discuss

ESPN promo asks why Rex Ryan and Bill Belichick can’t be friends

Monday Night Football secretly makes some pretty great promos for some of their more appealing matchups, and this one is no different.  Rex Ryan + Bill Belichick + “Why Can’t We Be Friends.”  I never thought a slow-motion video of a coach’s handshake could make a good commercial, but it works! And really, why can’t Belichick and Ryan be friends?  They could be football’s...
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November 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Undeniable with Joe Buck is undeniably not Joe Buck Live

It’s no secret that Joe Buck has wanted to do a talk show. We know about his initial effort Joe Buck Live on HBO in 2009 which lasted for a mere three episodes. Then there was the 2007 pilot he shot with a New York taxi driver as his co-host. It was no surprise that it was not picked up. But DirecTV came calling with an opportunity for Buck to host a straight 45-minute interview...
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November 19, 2015  |  Discuss
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