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The SEC on CBS dominated college football yet again

The SEC’s domination of the college football landscape isn’t exactly a secret, but the degree to which the SEC wipes the floor with other conferences on television is staggering. And this isn’t just an ESPN thing either – for the sixth straight season, the SEC on CBS was the highest-rated regular season college football package on all networks. The package averaged a 4.0...
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December 13, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPN, other networks request dismissal of college athlete lawsuit

To the shock of absolutely no idea, ESPN, Fox, NBC, WME, and IMG have requested that a lawsuit filed in October by ten college football and basketball players is dismissed. The lawsuit filed by the athletes alleges that the networks “have profited from the broadcast and use of Student Athletes’ names, likenesses and images without the Student Athletes’ permission.” In other...
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December 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for December 13, 2014

All Times Eastern BobsleddingFIBT Europa Cup, Lake Placid, NY 2-Women Bobsled — Universal Sports, 11 a.m. 4-Man Bobsled — Universal Sports, 2 p.m. BoxingShowtime Championship Boxing, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NVWBC Silver Welterweight Title, Amir Khan vs. Devon Alexander Prelims — CBS Sports Network, 8 p.m. Main Event — Showtime, 9 p.m. World Championship Boxing...
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December 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Tim Brando is furious about Shreveport getting slighted

Fox broadcaster Tim Brando is a proud resident of Shreveport, Louisiana. Shreveport is the home of the Duck Commander Independence Bowl (boy, is that a mouthful), which will pit South Carolina against Miami on December 27th. Apparently during the Paul Finebaum Show on Friday, one of Finebaum’s producers took some shots at the town. Brando was not pleased, and went on the warpath...
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December 12, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB Advanced Media to power HBO’s Over the Top service

Major League Baseball has a gold mine in MLB Advanced Media. Since it began in 2000, MLBAM generates a lot of money for MLB from online streaming of baseball games, the development of the MLB At Bat app and handling the websites of MLB and all 30 teams, it has become a cash cow. And over the years, MLBAM has branched out to handle the streaming video for several organizations and...
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December 12, 2014  |  Discuss

There’s a petition to ban Bill Walton from broadcasting Arizona games

Bill Walton is one of our favorite announcers here at Awful Announcing, so it came as a shock when we came across this story today.  Some Arizona fan started an internet petition to get Bill Walton off calling Wildcats games.  And almost 1,000 people have signed it.  What is wrong with you people! Bill Walton is the worst commentator to ever announce University of Arizona basketball...
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December 12, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Network, NBA on TNT, NBA TV, Golf Channel and MLB Network Ratings Buzz: December 1-7

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 RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Dallas at Chicago Thu 8:26PM-11:35PM 189 5.5 9114 2 TNF PRE-KICK Thu 8:00PM- 8:26PM 26 2.6 4178 3 TNF POST-GAME Thu 11:40PM-12:10AM...
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December 12, 2014  |  Discuss

NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: December 1-7

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. NBCSN Top 10 (and Select) Programs RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 NHL REGULAR SEASON: St. Louis at Chicago Wed 8:03PM-10:45PM 162 0.4 551 2 PREMIER LEAGUE: Chelsea at Newcastle Sat 7:38AM- 9:44AM 126 0.2 535 3 PREMIER LEAGUE: Sunderland...
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December 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Tim Tebow to make broadcast booth debut at Peach Bowl

Tim Tebow will soon be making his debut as a game analyst. USA Today reports Tebow will join the broadcast crew for the Peach Bowl on Dec. 31st between Ole Miss and TCU.   The Peach Bowl has certainly grown in significance this year with a matchup between a pair of Top 10 teams as one of the six bowls in the college football playoff rotation. It’s curious that this assignment...
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December 12, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPN Ratings Buzz: December 1-7

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 RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 NFL REGULAR SEASON: Miami at N.Y. Jets Mon 8:17PM-11:23PM 186 7.4 11753 2 SPORTSCENTER (live) Mon 11:23PM- 1:00AM 97 2.2 3302 3 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON:...
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December 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs closing in on a deal with ABC-owned WLS-7

The Chicago Cubs may finally have a solution for some of their homeless games during the 2015 season and beyond. The team finished off a deal with WLS-7, Chicago’s local ABC affiliate, to air 25 games a year starting in 2015 and continuing through the 2019 season. The 2019 expiration is important, because it continues to sync up with the end of Chicago’s rights deal with...
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December 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Jay Glazer continues his assault on ESPN’s sourcing policy

Jay Glazer’s very public feuding with ESPN goes back several years and it flared up once again this week after The Glaze accused ESPN of taking his Johnny Manziel scoopage. Glazer was a guest on The Rich Eisen Show on Thursday and spoke at length about his barrage aimed at Bristol.  He talked with Eisen about why it was important: “I get judged by one thing and one thing only...
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December 12, 2014  |  Discuss

30 For 30 Review – The U Part 2

Director – Billy Corben Length – 120 minutes with commercial (102 minutes without) Installment – #69 of 30 for 30/ESPN Films series Most Similar To – Bad Boys, The U Grade/Ranking – Mid 40’s out of 68 Review - Despite having high expectations, Billy Corben’s The U Part 2 closes out a very impressive 2014 of 30 for 30’s on somewhat of a lackluster note, once...
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December 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Bears OC admits he threw Jay Cutler under the bus to Ian Rapoport

The Chicago Bears are apparently doing all they can to surpass the Washington Redskins as the most dysfunctional franchise in the NFL.  Because in all my years of being a football fan, I’ve never seen a coach admit to being a source for a story bashing his own quarterback.  But that’s what Bears offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer reportedly admitted to his team this week....
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December 12, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPN college football sets ratings records this year

With the college football regular season coming to a close, ESPN is now touting its grandeur with this season’s college football ratings. Get ready for a deluge of numbers. The ESPN family of networks – eight of them, including ESPN3, which could now be called the Ocho – broadcast 453 regular season college football games and showed at least one game from every conference...
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December 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for December 12, 2014

All Times Eastern BoxingShowtime Championship BoxingAmir Khan vs. Devon Alexander, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV Weigh-In — CBS Sports Network, 6:30 p.m. College BasketballMen’s Charleston Southern at North Carolina State — ACC Regional/Fox Sports Net, 7 p.m. Texas Southern at Florida — SEC Network, 7 p.m. Iowa State at Iowa — Big Ten Network, 8 p.m. Women’s...
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December 12, 2014  |  Discuss

FOX to showcase Johnny Manziel's first start to the nation

FOX has decided to go with Johnny Manziel over Aaron Rodgers on Sunday. The network has made the Cincinnati Bengals-Cleveland Browns game a priority, putting its No. 2 broadcast team of Kevin Burkhardt and John Lynch at FirstEnergy Stadium instead of Ralph Wilson Stadium to cover their originally scheduled game, the Green Bay Packers vs. Buffalo Bills. Lynch revealed the switch...
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December 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Week 15 NFL game watchability rankings

Ed Note: The following appears courtesy our partners at This Given Sunday, Bloguin’s NFL vertical.  You can catch the weekly Game Watchability Rankings there each and every week. Week 15 in the NFL is here, and you might be entering the weekend with your own preferences regarding which games to focus on, and which to place on the backburner. Most of you have your favorites and...
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December 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Women’s Tennis Association signs a new $525M TV contract

For tennis fans, keeping track of WTA events hasn’t been easy. First, not all of the tournaments are televised; just 22 tournaments of the 54 events are aired. When they are shown, unless they’re considered one of the major events on tour, only matches from the quarterfinals through the finals are available. Many early-round matches are ignored and can’t be seen either on TV...
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December 11, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPN must stop half measures in sourcing attribution

“The moral of the story is, I chose a half measure when I should have gone all the way.  I’ll never make that mistake again.  No more half measures, Walter.” – Mike Ehrmantraut, Breaking Bad Mike’s “half mesaures” speech to Walter White may be one of the most simple, yet profound scenes in one of the great television shows that’s ever existed.  And while the...
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December 11, 2014  |  Discuss

CBS is finally ready to stream NFL games… but for a price

CBS is the lone holdout among the NFL’s TV partners in streaming regular games online. In 2013, it streamed Super Bowl XLVII from New Orleans, then last season, streamed the AFC playoff games. But even though it has online rights for Sunday afternoon games, CBS has elected not to. ESPN, Fox, NBC and even NFL Network all stream their packages online on computers and tablets. Now...
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December 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Darren Rovell tweets meet Tinder and the results are incredible

The levels of hate for ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell and his Twitter “brand” are pretty insane.  Rovell has had his fair share of bizarre incidents and controversies (like the time he tried to tattle on someone over a tweet or the fake escort story or his infamous Twitter suspension), but this is by far the weirdest and most unique Darren Rovell related story...
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December 11, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Olbermann calls out Doug Gottlieb for Kobe tweet

CBS’s Doug Gottlieb has been in hot water over the last couple days over a tweet criticizing Kobe Bryant for demonstrating support for Eric Garner, the man choked to death by New York City police.   Bryant, LeBron James, Derrick Rose, and many other athletes have worn shirts with Garner’s last words “I can’t breathe” as a way to speak out about the lack of indictment...
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December 11, 2014  |  Discuss

2014's best sports media feuds

It’s been quite the entertaining and feisty year in sports media feuds, as we’ve seen fights break out between people at competing networks, people at the same network, people versus networks, even radio co-hosts!  Here’s our list of the most memorable incidents, in no particular order… Rick Reilly vs Katie Nolan – ESPN Twitter Reporter Rick Reilly attempted a not-so...
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December 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Fox to air its first PGA Tour event this Saturday

While soccer fans have been targeting Fox as it prepares to air World Cup events next year, one other sport that gets its debut with the network will be golf. And as soccer fans have been vocal about Fox’s efforts with the beautiful game, so have golf fans regarding their sport. Fox will air the U.S. Open and other USGA events in a 12-year deal that was signed last June. To get...
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December 11, 2014  |  Discuss
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