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Week 2 NFL Local Ratings Rankings

Welcome to AA’s NFL local ratings rankings. Every week, we’ll take a look at which teams has the highest TV ratings in their local markets, presented 1-32 and with commentary to help provide context, enjoy.  Week 2 Ratings 1. New Orleans (Fox) - 46.2 There’s no real explanation to why the Saints’ road opener against Cleveland received such a ratings bump from their home...
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September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

British announcers immediately improve your standard hockey brawl

We are very, very relieved that hockey is back, as most NHL teams start training camp by Friday, and the preseason begins on Sunday. We had three long, arduous months without one of the most exciting sports on earth and that meant going down a YouTube rabbit hole of past games from different hockey leagues all across the globes. Most of the time, they’re boring, but sometimes...
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September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

75 CSN Houston employees will be getting laid off

While the mess involving CSN Houston is finally reaching a conclusion, it’s coming with a price – 75 of the 115 employees of CSN Houston were told on Tuesday that they would be laid off if the proposed AT&T/DirecTV reorganization occurs. Judge Marvin Isgur will decide whether or not to approve the reorganization, which would turn CSN Houston into Root Sports Houston, on October...
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September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

The NFL is a giant clusterf—

While you were sleeping, the Minnesota Vikings deactivated Adrian Peterson… again, continuing a never-ending cycle of NFL controversy. In an overnight statement released after midnight, the Vikings placed Peterson on something called the Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list. (HUH?) It’s just another hypocritical episode in a continually worsening month for the NFL.  A month...
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September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

CBS to feature former NFL stars on primetime dramas

Hey, you got your football in my crime drama! You got your crime drama in my football! Two great tastes that taste great together or potentially awkward corporate synergy? CBS will give viewers the chance to judge for themselves on four occasions during its network prime-time programming this fall. A quartet of former NFL stars — three of whom work for CBS as either studio...
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September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Brandon Marshall is pissed at ESPN regarding his new E:60 feature

Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall has some serious baggage. He’s had several brushes with the law, he’s been accused of domestic violence and he suffers from borderline personality disorder. But by all indications, Marshall has turned his life around. He’s kept out of trouble and is now heavily involved in charity while acting as a champion for mental health awareness...
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September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for September 17, 2014

All Times Eastern College Football BTN Football & Beyond 2014 — Big Ten Network, noon CFB Daily — ESPNU, 1 p.m. College Football Live — ESPN, 2:30 p.m. SEC Film Room — SEC Network, 8 p.m. Trophy Lives: Heisman Winners of the SEC — SEC Network, 11 p.m. College Soccer Men’s Princeton vs. Georgetown — ESPNU, 7 p.m. CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage Montreal Impact...
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September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Charles Barkley bounces first pitch

Charles Barkley threw out the first pitch at the Chicago Cubs game on Tuesday night.  We’ve seen a lot of god-awful first pitches this year and while this isn’t on par with 50 Cent, it’s still pretty bad for a Hall of Fame athlete.  Barkley’s pitch falls short and wide right. On the bright side though, at least there’s not a horrible hitch like in his golf swing!  So...
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September 16, 2014  |  Discuss

BTN channels History in debuting new Treasure Hunter show

With the rise in conference networks across the sports media landscape, the impetus for those networks to create compelling original programming continues to grow.  Big Ten Network has been a leader of the pack when it comes to original series in both quantity and quality.  Whether it’s rivalries as old as the institutions themselves, controversial events, or documenting both...
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September 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Your Week 3 NFL Announcing Schedule

Thursday, September 18 Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons, CBS|NFLN 8:25 pm,  Jim Nantz, Phil Simms & Tracy WolfsonSunday, September 21 Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions, FOX 1 pm, Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch & Pam Oliver Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints, FOX 1 pm, Chris Myers, Ronde Barber & Jennifer Hale Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles, FOX 1...
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September 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Brian Cranston promotes MLB Postseason with one-man show

Brian Cranston is one of the best actors going today, and he was commissioned to promote the MLB Postseason on TBS in this one-man show commercial. This is pretty fantastic. Cranston can do it all, and seeing him in all of these multiple uniforms acting out historic MLB moments is amazing. There’s also Pedro Martinez training (if you want to call it that) Cranston dressed as a...
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September 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Matthew Berry, fantasy football, and the challenges of #TooSoon

The past week saw plenty of NFL stories that went far beyond the on-field games, particularly those on Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, Greg Hardy and Ray McDonald. While those stories had on-field implications (and thus, fantasy implications), some felt the severity of the off-field incidents should preclude any early discussion of what those incidents and the punishment for them (or...
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September 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Brian Urlacher leaves Fox Sports to spend time with family

Former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher has ended his time at Fox Sports after 13 months, citing a desire to spend more time with his family. Urlacher worked mainly on Fox Sports 1, appearing on the canceled Fox Football Daily and Fox NFL Kickoff. There was no immediate word on who will replace Urlacher on Fox NFL Kickoff along with Joel Klatt and Randy Moss. I thought Urlacher...
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September 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Tim Tebow was a natural on his Good Morning America debut

Tim Tebow made his debut on Good Morning America during a segment called “Motivate Me Monday.” He looks more relaxed than you could possibly imagine for his morning show debut. More and more people are becoming convinced this television thing might work out for him after all… The segment features Deven Jackson, a ten-year old determined to still play football despite losing...
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September 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Ray Lewis has some VERY profound thoughts on momentum

Ray Lewis was a polarizing figure as an NFL player and the jury is certainly still out on his abilities as a television analyst.  After last night’s Monday Night Football game, Lewis dropped this gem from the Department of Redundancy Department. How huge is momentum?  It’s HUGE… Thank god we have Ray Lewis to explain things to us https://t.co/dIHeTRDEBp — Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat...
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September 16, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPN announces new slate of 30 For 30 films for the fall

30 For 30 is one of the best things ESPN has ever done. Incredible content is released under the banner of the critically-acclaimed series each year, and we’ve been jonesing for some new films after this summer’s Soccer Series concluded. Finally, we have our wish – the newest series of 30 For 30 will kick off on Tuesday, October 7th, and some of the featured films look incredible...
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September 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Vikings message board shuts down thanks to Adrian Peterson controversy

The Minnesota Vikings reinstated embattled running back Adrian Peterson to the team after deactivating him for Sunday’s game against the Patriots.  The Vikings’ decision to stand by Peterson was already controversial before new allegations of child abuse arose Monday night.  One group of Vikings fans were so disgusted they shut down a popular message board for the team. The...
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September 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Rihanna to CBS: “F— you.”

Last week CBS pulled their theatrical opening featuring Rihanna and Don Cheadle for the debut of Thursday Night Football.  This editorial decision was taken in light of the Ray Rice controversy and the network’s pregame coverage for the Steelers-Ravens game.  The decision was probably a sensible one considering the hard news element of the pregame show and the fact that a planned...
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September 16, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPN.com is undergoing a dramatic redesign today

For the first time in five years, ESPN.com will undergo a complete redesign as they look to keep pace with a more mobile-friendly platform.  Just how much of a change will sports fans notice? Constant change is a part of life on the internet.  Every time you log into Facebook, it’s different than the time you logged on before.  Twitter is looking at making fundamental changes...
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September 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for September 16, 2014

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football 2014 Australian Rules Football League All Australian Awards — Fox Soccer Plus, 6:30 a.m. College Football BTN Football & Beyond 2014 — Big Ten Network, noon CFB Daily: The Experts — ESPNU, 1 p.m. College Football Live — ESPN, 2:30 p.m. College Football Featured — ESPNU, 4:30 p.m. Inside College Football — CBS Sports Network...
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September 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Fran Fraschilla said he could have scored on James Harden

James Harden’s defense is notorious as being as laughably bad as the worst primetime network sitcom.  Basically, James Harden’s defense is the Cavemen of basketball.  During the FIBA World Cup, which the USA won easily amidst a lot of worrying that they wouldn’t, Harden was able to take his defense to the international stage. ESPN international basketball analyst extraordinaire...
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September 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Broncos fans want Phil Simms to stop calling their games

Jim Nantz and Phil Simms have called plenty of Denver Broncos games over the years given the team’s long-term success.  And now Broncos fans are coming together to gently ask CBS to never have them call another Denver game again, specifically the former Giants quarterback.  Nantz can stay. Broncos fans (apparently) think Simms has a deep-seeded bias against their team.  Perhaps...
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September 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Your MLB Announcing Schedule for 9/15 – 9/21

Monday, September 15Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves (MLBN 7 pm) Local Broadcast [alt: Yankees at Rays]Seattle Mariners at Los Angeles Angels (MLBN 10 pm) Local Broadcast [alt: Phillies at Padres]Tuesday, September 16Milwaukee Brewers at St. Louis Cardinals (ESPN 8 pm) TBACincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs (WGNA 8 pm) Len Kasper, Jim DeshaiesSeattle Mariners at Los Angeles...
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September 15, 2014  |  Discuss

A frustrated Jason Kipnis went off on an Indians fan on Twitter

On Saturday night, the Cleveland Indians lost a heartbreaker against the Detroit Tigers, falling 5-4 after a two-run homer in the eighth inning. Frustrated with losing another tough game to a division rival, an Indians fan tagged second baseman Jason Kipnis in an angry tweet. Kipnis didn’t just let it roll off his shoulders. @TomHorsman Pardon my language but you're a ******* idiot...
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September 15, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Ratings, Week 2: CBS, Fox down, NBC up

Regional Window (Fox) Blackouts: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Minneapolis, Washington Fox drew a 12.3 rating for their regional window, which featured Seattle/San Diego in most of the country. This was down nearly four percent from last year’s 12.9. Locally, the Saints and Browns were up, but most of Fox’s window featured teams (the Giants, Dallas, Seattle, San Diego, Arizona, Detroit...
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September 15, 2014  |  Discuss
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