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The Neil and Stan late night show will continue on ESPN

It’s hard to believe that it’s been six years since ESPN launched is West Coast SportsCenter with Neil Everett and Stan Verrett. It’s true. The late night SportsCenters live from Los Angeles began in 2009 and have continued through to this day. And ESPN will ensure the Neil and Stan show will continue for a while to come as both men have signed multi-year contracts to remain...
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July 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Let’s see how ESPN played games with breaking the Russell Wilson contract news

Let’s follow along on the timeline of yet another weird example of ESPN’s nefarious and nebulous sourcing policy.  In this edition, ESPN tries to break news on Russell Wilson’s contract that was already broken elsewhere and then tries to take credit for it… 1) 9:44 AM – Peter King breaks the news of Russell Wilson’s new contract Russell Wilson and the Seahawks have...
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July 31, 2015  |  Discuss

MLS All-Star Game takes a big hit on Fox Sports 1

Here’s more evidence that the notion of any “bumps” from one very successful highly-watched event creating a higher audience for a less-watched event is just a myth. The Summer of Soccer on Fox Sports 1 and the momentum from the USA’s victory in the Women’s World Cup didn’t help the MLS All-Star Game on Wednesday night.  The game registered only 548,000 viewers on Fox...
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July 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Has WWE Network finally made it to safety?

WWE released their latest subscriber count and the news is something of an encouraging sign for the company.  Even though the subscriber count is down from peak WrestleMania season, WWE Network still boasts over 1 million subscribers, long described as the break even point for the network’s success. Even better for WWE?  They’re celebrating the biggest quarter in the history...
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July 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Mortensen skips Boston radio interiew for false PSI report

By Matt Yoder In his press conference after Tom Brady’s 4 game suspension was upheld, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft spit hot fire at the NFL, Roger Goodell, and basically anyone involved in the DeflateGate saga. Although he wasn’t mentioned by name, one of those targets was ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. Kraft called out Mort for a hugely important initial DeflateGate report...
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July 31, 2015  |  Discuss

NBCSN Is Getting into Reality TV Game with MobSteel, A Paint-By-Numbers Car Show

Heavy metal music, a car peeling out, fire-breathing hot rods and smoke on top of smoke on top of smoke. That’s how the first episode of Mobsteel—debuting on NBCSN August 16th at 6pm ET—starts up. And then it stalls. The first line of the show, before we even meet the cast of characters that make up the Mobsteel crew, is “that’s what horsepower smells like, boys.” Yes...
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July 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for July 31, 2015

All Times Eastern Arena Football Arizona Rattlers at San Jose SaberCats — CBS Sports Network, 10:30 p.m. Australian Rules Football Hawthorn Hawks vs. Richmond Tigers — Fox Soccer Plus, 11:30 p.m. Collingwood Magpies vs. Melbourne Demons — Fox Sports 2, midnight Baseball12U National Youth Baseball Championships, Baseball Heaven, Yaphank, NYPool Play Game 1 — CBS Sports Network...
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July 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Crying shame: Lack of originality among Wednesday’s NY tabloids

OK, we were all thinking it Wednesday night when news of the Mets’ failed trade with the Brewers involving Carlos Gomez broke. Among the players going from New York to Milwaukee was infielder Wilmer Flores. Curiously, Flores wasn’t taken out of the game despite the trade being widely reported. That led to Flores hearing about the trade from others and being given a goodbye ovation by...
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July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

ESPN Radio announces three teams to fill Colin Cowherd’s former slot in August

ESPN Radio has a hole in its daily weekday lineup with Colin Cowherd moving on to new endeavors (widely reported to be Fox Sports). Even though he was pushed out the door earlier than planned after making controversial remarks on the air, Cowherd’s tenure with ESPN was set to end on July 31 anyway, which gave the network a gap to fill during August. Here is how ESPN Radio intends...
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July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

How it looks to ride American Pharoah

It was a great story when American Pharoah became the first Triple Crown winner since Seattle Slew in 1978. But while it was a great story, most of us don’t know what it’s like to ride the horse. That is until now. Thanks to the magic of a GoPro camera, we now have that perspective. Here’s a great video that shows what it’s like to ride American Pharoah at the Del Mar Race...
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July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Cardinals ink billion dollar TV deal from Fox Sports Midwest

By Joe Lucia The latest team to cash in on MLB’s local rights boom is the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals inked a 15-year deal with Fox Sports Midwest on Thursday that will add over $1 billion to the team’s coffers over the life of the deal. The contract will start in 2018, and the Cardinals’ rights fees will jump to to $50-55 million in the first year of the deal from...
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July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Stephen A. Smith lashes out at those who doubted his Tom Brady report

Stephen A. Smith has strong words for those who doubted his report that Tom Brady destroyed his cell phone and as a result, the NFL would uphold the Patriots quarterback’s four-game suspension for his role in the “DeflateGate” scandal. Smith’s breaking news was validated when the NFL did indeed announce that Brady’s suspension was being upheld, along with commissioner Roger...
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July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Hulk Hogan accuses Gawker of leaking racist rant in new court documents filed

Hulk Hogan is currently embroiled in a feud with Gawker Media that threatens to have far more serious repercussions than any dispute the wrestler had with Rowdy Roddy Piper or Andre the Giant during his celebrated career. Hogan (whose real name is Terry Bollea) had already leveled a $100 million lawsuit against Gawker for publishing clips of a 2012 sex tape he made with the wife...
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July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Fox’s Bundesliga schedule isn’t as bad as feared

Last week, we were afraid of what Fox’s presentation of the Bundesliga would look like. They had the opportunity to capitalize on what they called the “summer of soccer“, and it didn’t look like they would with their new Bundesliga rights, relegating matches to Fox Sports 2 and Fox Soccer Plus. Thankfully, those fears were eased a bit on Thursday when Fox began to reveal...
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July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Tour de France is most-watched on NBCSN since 2010

Cycling is a sport that’s suffered hits due to Lance Armstrong and doping. But with a scandal-free season going into this year’s Tour de France, NBCSN saw its numbers rise for the month-long event that concluded last weekend. Sports Media Watch notes that the 2015 Tour saw its best viewership in five years dating  back to Lance Armstrong’s last time in the event. Throughout...
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July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Beth Mowins will call Oakland Raiders preseason games

This piece of news broke last night. ESPN’s Beth Mowins will become the second woman to call NFL play-by-play next month. Steve Corkran of RaiderBeat.com tweeted that Mowins will join Tim Brown and Matt Millen in the broadcast booth to call the games that will be produced in-house by the Riaders: .@bethmowins will handle play-by-play duties for #Raiders exhibition games. Former...
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July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

The importance of subscriber fees to sports networks is massive, but for how much longer?

Yesterday we covered a story with quite the juxtaposition in good and bad ratings news – the 2015 Brickyard 400 was the most watched event in the history of NBCSN… but the lowest rated Brickyard race on record.  Given NBC also showed a much less prestigious Global RallyCross race at the same time on over-the-air NBC, it raised a lot of questions at the time as to why NBC would...
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July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

What’s the Dallas Morning News really trying to say about Jerry Jones…

[stands up] [applauds] That's some world-class juxtaposing, Dallas Morning News sports section pic.twitter.com/jngR402pH4 — Steve Cavendish (@scavendish) July 28, 2015 Think about it – is it really coincidence that these two headlines appear next to one another?  Nothing quite like being a billionaire senior citizen who’s also quite the party animal.  Kind of gives a whole...
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July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for July 30, 2015

All Times Eastern BaseballNational Youth Baseball Championships All-Star Challenge, 12U, Baseball Heaven, Yaphank, NY Semifinal — CBS Sports Network, 10 a.m. Championship Finals — CBS Sports Network, 1 p.m. CFL BC Lions at Winnipeg Blue Bombers — ESPN2, 8:30 p.m. College Football Pac-12 Football Media Day Special: Day 1 — Pac-12 Networks, noon B1G Football Media Day 2015...
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July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

The Washington Redskins claim more people read about their training camp than live on Earth

There’s considerable ongoing debate about how best to measure web traffic, but all sides can probably agree that the Washington Redskins are doing it wrong. Via Dan Steinberg of the D.C. Sports Bog, the Redskins released a 13-page report with third-party monitoring services Meltwater and TVEyes about how many people watched or read coverage of their 2014 training camp in Richmond...
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July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Still no new ESPN ombudsman, which fits with their historical back-and-forth on the position

The history of the ESPN ombudsman is a remarkable one, with people from exceptionally different backgrounds serving in the role plus long periods where the job was held by no one. Robert Lipsyte most recently held the role, serving an 18-month term from April 2013 to December 2014, and he helped raise the position to new heights, critically examining everything from Chris Broussard’s...
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July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Fox Soccer confuses Felix Hernandez for Chicharito Hernandez

Someone at Fox Soccer made a mistake when adding a picture to this article about Chicharito Hernandez. Here’s a screencap of a now-deleted tweet. Whoops. The main article on the Fox Soccer website has already been corrected, but they used the same incorrect picture on the syndicated post on Fox News. Felix Hernandez? Great player! Chicharito Hernandez? Great player! Last name...
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July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Baseball Hall of Fame changes voter eligibility rules

By Joe Lucia Maybe when the Baseball Hall of Fame’s class of 2016 is revealed in January, we’ll have fewer awful ballots to criticize. On Tuesday, the Hall of Fame announced that any BBWAA members that haven’t actively covered the sport for ten years will no longer have a Hall of Fame vote. Hall of Fame decides BBWAA members more than 10 years removed from actively covering...
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July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Brickyard 400 sets new record for NBCSN’s biggest audience

Racing fans might have noticed a bit of an anomaly on Sunday.  The NBC mothership and NBCSN were airing auto racing coverage.  But while the prestigious event of the day, the Brickyard 400, was on cable, NBC was airing Global RallyCross on broadcast television.  It was certainly a weird sight for racing fans aware of the gap in importance and popularity between the two races,...
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July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

VIDEO: After Gold Cup win, Mexico’s Miguel Herrera fired after punching journalist

Ed Note: The following appears courtesy Bloguin’s international soccer site 32 Flags. After managing for his job during the CONCACAF Gold Cup and successfully keeping his job after winning the tournament, Mexico manager Miguel Herrera has been fired less than 48 hours after the Gold Cup win due to punching a journalist at Philadelphia International Airport. ESPN’s John Sutcliffe...
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July 29, 2015  |  Discuss
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