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NFL Network reportedly hires Fox’s Peter Schrager to host new morning show

Last April, NFL Network put its daily morning show, NFL AM, on what turned out to be a permanent hiatus. As we begin the march into the 2016 NFL season, NFL Network is launching a new show to fill that slot, and one of the hosts will reportedly be a very familiar name to NFL fans – Fox Sports NFL insider Peter Schrager. The Sports Business Journal broke the news of the new show...
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Yasiel Puig wears awesome Vin Scully-themed cleats

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig wore an awesome pair of customized Nike spikes on Sunday in Arizona, paying tribute to legendary Dodgers play-by-play man Vin Scully. The outside of the left shoe reads, “Win for Vin”, and features an image of the Hall of Fame broadcaster. The inside of the right shoes reads a hashtag “#ITFDB”, as in Scully’s trademark opening...
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Viewing Picks for July 18, 2016

All Times Eastern College Football Big 12 Live From Media Days — FS2/Fox Sports Southwest, 10 a.m. Big 12 Media Days — Longhorn Network, 11 a.m. 2016 College Football Media Days: Big 12 — ESPNU, 1 p.m. College Football Live — ESPN, 1:30 p.m. CyclingTour de France Stage 16: Moirans-en-Montagne to Berne — NBCSN, 8 a.m. Tour de France Pre-Race Show — NBCSN, 7:30 a.m. Primetime...
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Sports and Entertainment Ratings Buzz: July 4-10

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. MLB Network Top 10 (and Select) Programs VIEWER RANK PROGRAM DATE START TIME END TIME VIEWERS (000) A18-49 (000) 1 AFTERNOON BASEBALL GAME Sat 7/09/16 1:00 PM 3:57 PM 371 83    DETROIT AT TORONTO 2 PRIME BASEBALL GAME Thu 7/07/16 7:00 PM...
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Don Orsillo takes Mark Grant’s pointer and has some fun

In Don Orsillo’s first year with the San Diego Padres, he has formed a very fun team with analyst Mark Grant. The two have had some fun in the booth. One common theme for their time together has been Mark Grant’s pointer. Grant has used the pointer when he and Orsillo donned eye black during one particular late afternoon, but then Grant got a little taste of his own medicine...
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Pac-12 Network gets picked up by one more cable provider, but not DirecTV

Last summer, we thought with the AT&T purchase of DirecTV that it would only be a matter of time until the satellite provider would pick up Pac-12 Network. But here we are a year later and there’s no agreement in sight. This despite Frontier Communications just picking up Pac-12 Network for the Southern California market. Frontier will make Pac-12 Network available on its...
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Stephen A. Smith tells us to “Stay off the damn weeeeeee-duh!”

Stephen A. Smith has a certain fascination with marijuana. Well, at least in pronouncing weed “Weeeeee-duh”. The Twitter account @Whoabot has noticed this and has posted videos of SAS making this extended pronunciation at various times on First Take. Either he has a lot of free time or he has become obsessed. Then some others got involved. In any event they are quite funny. ...
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Real Salt Lake pulls newspaper columnist’s credential and bans him from covering game

As the Internet is trumping old school media coverage of sports, teams are finding ways to reach fans in non-traditional ways. But even as newspapers try to find a footing, they still can be the big fishes in various markets. However, teams still have the power to allow certain members of the media into their press boxes. For Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer, it chose to ban...
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Viewing Picks for July 17, 2016

All Times Eastern Beach VolleyballAVP Tour, Manhattan Beach Pier, Manhattan Beach, CA Manhattan Beach Open: Finals — NBC, 3 p.m. CyclingTour de France Stage 15: Bourg-en-Bresse to Culoz — NBCSN, 7 a.m. Tour de France Pre-Race Show — NBCSN, 6:30 a.m. Late Night Replay — NBCSN, midnight eSports 2016 EVO World Championships — ESPN2, 10 p.m. GolfThe Open Championship, Royal...
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NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: July 4-10

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 VIEWER RANK PROGRAM DATE START TIME END TIME VIEWERS (000) A18-49 (000) 1 NASCAR SPRINT CUP RACE (live) Sat 7/09/16 7:56 PM 11:03 PM 3192 812    KENTUCKY 2 NASCAR SPRINT CUP START (live) Sat 7/09/16 7...
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Bill Walton is catching Pokemon Go fever

ESPN’s Bill Walton is known for his many diverse interests, from the Grateful Dead to Temecula to volcanoes to quasars, so perhaps it’s not all that surprising that he’s now getting into Pokemon Go. Interest in the smartphone app is sweeping the world and even forcing places like Arlington National Cemetery and the National Holocaust Museum to ask visitors not to play it, so...
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Andy Samberg’s making a “Tour de Pharmacy” Lance Armstrong mockumentary for HBO

7 Days In Hell executive producers Andy Samberg and Murray Miller are going to follow up that well-received HBO tennis mockumentary with another sports one, this time focusing on Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France, and doping. Appropriately, it’s titled Tour de Pharmacy. Here’s more information on the project, from Michael O’Connell of The Hollywood Reporter: Murray Miller...
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Mark Wahlberg: The NFL complained about Ballers until Concussion came out

There’s a long history of the NFL fighting certain portrayals of the league in film and television, from the NFL-instigated (and Chris Berman-supported) cancellation of ESPN’s Playmakers to the wars over League of Denial and Concussion. Despite a much different and much less concerning approach, it appears that HBO’s Ballers has still managed to pique the league’s ire, with...
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Viewing Picks for July 16, 2016

All Times Eastern Arena Football Philadelphia Soul at Tampa Bay Storm — ESPN2, 4 p.m. Cleveland Gladiators at Los Angeles KISS — CBS Sports Network, 10 p.m. Australian Rules Football North Melbourne Kangaroos vs. Port Adelaide Power — Fox Soccer Plus, 2:30 a.m. Adelaide Crows vs. Collingwood Magpies — FS1, 5:30 a.m. BoxingPremier Boxing Champions, Legacy Arena, Birmingham...
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ESPN Ratings Buzz: July 4-10

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 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP FOOTBALL (live) Sun 7/10/16 2:30 PM 6:00 PM 4104 2139    FINAL: PORTUGAL/FRANCE 2 TENNIS: WIMBLEDON (live...
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CBS Sports adds Ethan Skolnick as NBA insider

CBS Sports has continued to make over their digital presence, announcing on Friday that Ethan Skolnick has been hired as an NBA insider. Skolnick had worked with CBS since 2015, creating digital videos for the website, but will also begin to write for the website while also continuing to create live and on-demand video. Skolnick has previously written for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel...
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The NFL and the Warriors dominate list of most-watched sports broadcasts of 2016 so far

Every once and a while — caught in the excitement of the NBA Finals, maybe — you forget that the NFL rules America. Then you see a list of the most-watched sporting events of the year and you remember. With 2016 over halfway over, Sportsmediawatch.com has a list of the 50 most-viewed sports broadcasts of the year, and football reigns supreme. To no one’s surprise, the Super...
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Catalan TV photoshops flabby abs onto Cristiano Ronaldo

Studies show that 84 percent of soccer viewers only watch the sport because Cristiano Ronaldo is hot.* And that makes this heresy especially galling: As highlighted on RMTV yesterday, Catalan national TV PHOTOSHOPPED Cristiano's stomach! pic.twitter.com/xE4puCEdOH — Phil Kitromilides (@PhilKitro) July 14, 2016   Curse those Catalonian Barcelona supporters, depriving us...
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New Katy Perry song ‘Rise’ to be NBC Olympic anthem

Late Thursday night, Katy Perry tweeted a link to a new song called “Rise,” and minutes later, NBC announced that the single would serve as its anthem for the 2016 Olympics in Rio. TOGETHER WE #RISE https://t.co/wP3dnMEdAx — KATY PERRY (@katyperry) July 15, 2016 The song will be featured throughout NBC broadcasts — on TV, online and on the radio — during next month’s...
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Is Fox Sports shifting the goalposts with FS1’s competition with ESPN?

As FS1 approaches its third anniversary, the network has reinvented itself.  Once promising to be an alternative to ESPN and “The One for Fun,” FS1 has now become ESPN 2.5 with much of its daily lineup dedicated to notorious bloviators who came from ESPN like Colin Cowherd, Jason Whitlock, and soon, Skip Bayless. The influx of ex-ESPN talent makes it even more ironic that...
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ESPN finding it harder and harder to stay politically-neutral

At the 2015 ESPYs, ESPN awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage Award to Caitlyn Jenner for the “enormous courage” required in her decision to publicly come out as a transgendered woman. It was a controversial decision at the time, made more so by reports that claimed Jenner’s camp lobbied for the award in exchange for PR plugs and letting ABC get an exclusive first post-surgery...
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Ex-Scout CEO Jim Heckman looks to build something new, takes heat from critics

The fallout at Scout Media continues to grow in the wake of the board terminating chairman and former CEO Jim Heckman and the product team quitting en masse earlier this week. That shakeup saw plenty of accusations flying from all sides, with the board alleging Heckman had “advanced his own personal interests at the expense of the company’s” and “abused his access to and...
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Viewing Picks for July 15, 2016

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football Fremantle Dockers vs. Geelong Cats — FS2, 6 a.m. Richmond Tigers vs. Essendon Bombers — Fox Soccer Plus, 11:30 p.m. BoxingPremier Boxing Champions, Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino, Tunica, MS Junior Lightweights Sergey Lipinets vs. Walter Castillo — ESPN, 9 p.m. Boxeo Telemundo, Kissimmee Civic Center, Kissimmee, FL NABO Super...
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The case for the upside of automated game stories

The expansion of The Associated Press’ automated game story program from some NCAA games last year to coverage of all minor-league baseball teams this year has sparked some concerns from journalists, and rightfully so. While this particular program isn’t taking away any jobs, if these automated stories are successful, that could lead to them being used at other levels to do work...
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Twitter will stream 150+ games from Pac-12 Networks’ digital broadcasts

It seems Twitter’s drive to become a home for sports streaming is continuing. Following their test run of streaming at Wimbledon and their deal to stream the NFL’s Thursday Night Football broadcasts this fall, the company is living up to their comments about wanting more sports streaming deals, most recently signing one with the Pac-12 Networks. On Thursday, the Pac-12 announced...
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