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Fox Soccer looks to continue its World Cup momentum through its worldwide coverage in 2016

By most accounts, Fox Soccer had a strong 2015. Their coverage of the Women’s World Cup from Canada was roundly praised. Champions League ratings grew. Year one of MLS’s new TV deal resulted in plenty of praise. The Bundesliga’s most substantial foray in American television has finally opened up the league to more fans, though there have been growing pains as far as ratings...
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January 08, 2016  |  Discuss

ESPN negotiating advertising makegoods following low New Year’s Eve playoff ratings

ESPN and College Football Playoff director Bill Hancock can spin it all they like but the proof is in the advertising dollar pudding when it comes to how disappointing ratings were for the 2015 College Football Playoff semifinals on New Year’s Eve. Despite the assumption that the record-setting numbers from the previous year were bound to drop, few expected to see ratings drop...
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January 08, 2016  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Jurgen Klopp gives surreal FA Cup pre-match interview from tiny “tea room”

The charm of the FA Cup is the random draw, which oftentimes pits the giants of the English Premier League against their lower division counterparts.  One of those matchups taking place tonight is mighty Liverpool visiting Exeter City FC, currently sitting in 16th place in League Two, England’s fourth division.  (Imagine the Yankees traveling to play a game at the Dayton Dragons...
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January 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Cincinnati radio station runs “Big Ben Warning” making light of sexual assault allegations

It seems like it’s been forever since Ben Roethlisberger was involved in high-profile sexual assault allegations. Since then, the atmosphere surrounding those kinds of events has changed somewhat. Situations such as those surrounding Ray Rice, Greg Hardy and Darren Sharper have given the issue a much higher awareness and seriousness, especially in the NFL. Cincinnati sports...
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January 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Shaquille O’Neal tries to talk smack against ELEAGUE announcers and gets hit back

If you watched the NBA on TNT on Thursday, you may have noticed that the Inside the NBA crew of Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal were in Las Vegas for the annual Consumer Electronics Show. And you might be wondering why the TNT guys were in Vegas. What would be the connection to CES? Well late last year, Turner announced that along with WME/IMG,...
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January 08, 2016  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Australian cricket announcer pays tribute to Stuart Scott

The late SportsCenter anchor Stuart Scott was one of the prominent faces of ESPN in his time at the network.  One of the reasons why was his various catchphrases which have made their way into popular culture and in this case, even around the world. Former Australian cricket star Adam Gilchrist was in the broadcast booth for Channel Ten and paid tribute to Scott while calling the...
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January 08, 2016  |  Discuss

MLS national TV schedule includes 29 games on ESPN, 4 on Fox

ESPN and Fox are committing to Major League Soccer in a big way for the 2016 season. On Thursday, MLS announced their schedule for this season, which includes 96 games airing on national television, including 29 on ESPN and four on Fox. Last season, just eight games aired on ESPN and none aired on Fox’s broadcast network. The national coverage kicks off with a tripleheader on March...
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January 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Dana White called out Ariel Helwani over “full of s—” report that ended up true

UFC President Dana White is a man who wears his emotions on his sleeve and doesn’t have much of a filter. He continually snipes at fans and reporters on Twitter over the silliest things, and his mouth has gotten himself in trouble before (most notably, when he ranted about a report from MMA reporter Loretta Hunt on video years ago). One frequent target of White’s is Ariel Helwani...
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January 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Texas A&M chancellor calls Texas writer’s reporting “fairy tale” and “hogwash”

Just because the Texas A&M-Texas rivalry is finished off the field doesn’t mean it isn’t simmering other places.  Instead of the schools doing battle on the gridiron or the hardwood, we have the rare faceoff of “university chancellor versus beat rival school beat reporter” making headlines.  The particulars in this instance would be Texas A&M chancellor John Sharp...
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January 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for January 8, 2016

All Times Eastern BobsleighIBSF World Cup, Lake Placid, NY Women’s Bobsleigh — NBCSN, 3 p.m. 2-Man Bobsleigh — NBCSN, 4 p.m. College BasketballMen’s Buffalo at Kent — CBS Sports Network, 6:30 p.m. Valparaiso at Oakland — ESPN2, 7 p.m. Western Michigan at Akron — ESPNU, 7 p.m. Illinois-Chicago at Detroit — ESPNU, 9 p.m. Utah at Colorado — FS1, 9 p.m. Women’s Tulsa...
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January 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Jon Gruden reportedly is (and isn’t) interested in the Philadelphia Eagles job

The biggest shock with regards to the NFL coaching carousel is that it’s taken THIS long for THIS guy to have his name linked with a job.  THIS guy is of course ESPN Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden, who in spite of his new contract at ESPN and his status as the network’s highest paid employee, is routinely linked with pretty much every coaching vacancy from the NFL...
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January 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Chernin Group buys majority stake in Barstool Sports worth millions

Barstool Sports just got a lot of financing. Media investor Peter Chernin’s The Chernin Group has bought a majority stake in Barstool for several millions (Barstool’s David Portnoy claimed a total valuation of $10-$15 million in a “press conference” on the streets of New York City), and Noah Kulwin of Re/code writes that there will be a non-editorial management shuffle, plus...
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January 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Mark Cuban invests in daily fantasy company Fantasy Labs

Embattled daily fantasy behemoths DraftKings and FanDuel have received major funding and partnerships from big sports leagues and teams, but most of that funding came in before the alleged insider information scandal and various states’ legal pushback against daily fantasy. Despite daily fantasy’s current struggles, though, Dallas Mavericks’ owner and famed Shark Tank investor...
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January 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Sunday Night Football posts highest-rated season ever, set to be primetime’s best again

The NFL continues to be the biggest ratings behemoth out there, and 2015 was an incredible year for it. The NFL on CBS posted its highest viewership in 29 years (19.1 million viewers on average), while the NFL on Fox notched its second-highest viewership ever (20.745 million viewers on average), Thursday Night Football across CBS and NFLN posted 13 million viewers on average (the...
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January 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Chicago TV station’s “Hats Off” policy for female reporters didn’t last very long

As winter is in full swing in much of the country, TV reporters who are stuck doing live shots in the cold wear hats to stay warm. But for reporters on Chicago’s Fox affiliate, WFLD (Fox 32) and specifically, the morning show, “Good Day Chicago” and even more specifically, female reporters, they were not allowed to wear them. According to Chicago media reporter Robert Feder...
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January 07, 2016  |  Discuss

ESPN brings the Megacast back for the College Football Playoff National Championship

The College Football National Championship Game featuring Alabama vs. Clemson will air on Monday, January 11 and that means the return of the popular Megacast. If you want to watch the traditional broadcast with Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Heather Cox and Tom Rinaldi without any of the bells and whistles on the other platforms, you can watch them on ESPN starting at 8:30 p.m....
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January 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Sling TV adds ESPN3 to its lineup

Dish Network’s online skinny TV bundle, Sling TV, has added ESPN3 to its channel lineup. Sling TV which was announced at last year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, used this year’s CES session to unveil some new features. Not only will ESPN3 join ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU on Sling TV, it also overhauls its sloppy interface which slowed down the service for many subscribers...
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January 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Ratings Buzz – 2015 Network Viewership Rankings

While ESPN experienced an 11 percent decline in total-day viewership year-to-year — a year after its World Cup soccer coverage as well as its premier program “Monday Night Football” being down 3 percent (12.9 million vs. 2014’s 13.35 million) — the network was still the clear cable leader in primetime, drawing nearly 18 percent more total audience than its closest competitor...
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January 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Let’s listen to Mike Francesa politely try to get Morris’ attention

MORRIS!!!!  MORRIS!!!!  MORRIS!!!!  MORRIS!!!!  MORRIS!!!!  MORRIS!!!! MOOOOOORRRRIIIIISSSSS!!!!!!!!!! MMMMMMOOOOOOORRRRRRRRIIIIIIIIIIIIIIISSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!! "Morris Morris Morris MORRIS…. STOPPPPPPP!!!!!" @MikeFrancesaNY @OrdioMongo @awfulannouncing pic.twitter.com/1DoN3Ecdeq — RN's Funhouse (@RNs_Funhouse) January 6, 2016 MOOOOOOORRRRRRRIS!!!! The post Let...
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January 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Dan Le Batard trolls Twitter over Ken Griffey Jr.'s HOF vote

We’re usually against trolling for the sake of stirring up the masses, but the exception is when it’s done with irony, humor, and self-deprecation. Dan Le Batard is the master of this “gleeful trolling” and we have to give credit where it is due because it’s not only very funny, it shows the speed and ferocity in which social media works. Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza...
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January 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Sarah Spain, Jane McManus, Kate Fagan hosting new ESPN Radio show as centerpiece of new weekend lineup

For the second year, ESPN Radio is making some changes to its weekend lineup, putting some new combinations together to provide new opportunities for many of their personalities.  And for the second year, an espnW show will be at the center of the new schedule. ESPN will bring together three of their most prominent female personalities with the triumvirate of Sarah Spain, Jane...
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January 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for January 7, 2016

All Times Eastern College BasketballMen’s Notre Dame at Boston College — ACC Regional/Fox Sports Net, 7 p.m. Texas-El Paso at Middle Tennessee — American Sports Network, 7 p.m. Bryant at Wagner — CBS Sports Network, 7 p.m. Cincinnati at SMU — ESPN, 7 p.m. Louisville at North Carolina State — ESPN2, 7 p.m. Michigan at Purdue — ESPNU, 7 p.m. Florida International at...
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January 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Hornets-Suns makes history as the first NBA game with two female analysts

History was made Wednesday night in Phoenix, where the Suns were taking on the Charlotte Hornets. It was the first time ever two local NBA telecasts of the same game featured female analysts. For the Charlotte Hornets, Stephanie Ready was in the booth for FOX Sports Southeast and for the Phoenix Suns, Ann Meyers Drysdale was in the booth for FOX Sports Arizona. History in the making...
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January 06, 2016  |  Discuss

MLB announces first-ever streaming deal in China

On Wednesday night, MLB announced their first-ever streaming agreement in China with Le Sports. The agreement, MLB’s first mass market media deal in China, gives Le Sports the exclusive rights to 125 MLB games each season and Mandarin language MLB programming through its internet platform, mobile apps, and over the top devices. The 125 games include four HD games per week (96...
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January 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Activision Blizzard wants to become ESPN of eSports with MLG acquisition

Activision Blizzard, the studio behind video game mega hits such as Call of Duty, Warcraft and Starcraft recently announced it had acquired Major League Gaming and has big plans for the large eSports league. Activision Blizzard Acquires the Business of Major League Gaming https://t.co/XoPxlHM9bk — Activision (ACTI) PR (@ACTI_PR) January 4, 2016 Bobby Kotick, Chief Executive...
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January 06, 2016  |  Discuss
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