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Your 2016 NCAA Tournament Announcing Power Rankings

Earlier this week we asked for you, our loyal, faithful, trustworthy readers, to grade the 2016 NCAA Tournament announcers employed by CBS Sports and Turner Sports. We’ve calculated your grades and averaged out a grade for all eight of the tournament broadcasting teams. Without further delay, here are those rankings in reverse order… 8) Spero Dedes, Doug Gottlieb, Ros Gold...
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March 23, 2016  |  Discuss

NFL Films to stream a “Hard Knocks” style regular season for Amazon

For ten seasons dating back to 2001, HBO’s Hard Knocks has brought fans closer to the NFL by showing the behind-the-scenes machinations of selected teams as they prepare for their regular season campaigns. The show always aired during the preseason and left viewers wanting more as the final show aired just before regular season got underway. Now NFL Films which has produced Hard...
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March 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Your NHL Announcing Schedule for 3/23 – 3/27

Wednesday, March 23 Boston Bruins at New York Rangers (NBCSN 8 pm) Mike Emrick, Pierre McGuire Thursday, March 24 Montreal Canadiens at Detroit Red Wings (NHLN 7:30 pm) Local Broadcast Friday, March 25 New York Islanders at Tampa Bay Lightning (NHLN 7:30 pm) Local Broadcast Saturday, March 26 New York Rangers at Montreal Canadiens (NHLN 7 pm) Local Broadcast Sunday, March 27...
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March 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for March 23, 2016

All Times Eastern College Baseball Central Florida at Florida State –ESPN3, 4 p.m. Louisville at Purdue — Big Ten Network, 6 p.m. Bethune-Cookman at Miami (FL) — ESPN3, 6 p.m. College BasketballMen’sCollege Basketball InvitationalSemifinals (Home Sites) Morehead State at Ohio — Ohio Portal, 7 p.m. Vermont at Nevada — NevadaWolfpack.com, 10 p.m. CollegeInsider.com TournamentQuarterfina...
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March 23, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: ESPN live report disrupted by protester in Cuba

President Barack Obama was in Cuba today on the heels of the United States' newly normalized relationship with Cuba to watch a spring training game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban National Team. The visit was a big move towards a new relationship between the two countries, as Obama and Raul Castro were both in attendance, along with many members of the media. The event...
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March 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Glenn Robinson tells Stephen A. Smith to take feud “to the cage,” Smith sort of apologizes

ESPN First Take co-host Stephen A. Smith has been known for threatening athletes, and now some of those threats are coming back towards him. Long-time NBA veteran Glenn Robinson Jr. (father of Pacers’ forward Glenn Robinson III) seems to have a long-running issue with Smith dating back to when he played for the 76ers (2003-04) and Smith was a Philadelphia Inquirer columnist, and...
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March 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Rovell calls out Djokovich on Twitter, quickly realizes he’s wrong , retreats and deletes tweet

When discussing Raymond Moore’s sexist comments where the former Indian Wells CEO said women’s tennis “ride on the coat-tails of the men”, tennis star Novak Djokovic admitted they were not politically correct, but told the BBC after his match at the BNP Paribas Open that prize money should be “fairly distributed” based on “who attracts more attentions, spectators...
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March 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Craig Sager reveals doctors have given him 3-6 months to live

We learned yesterday that Craig Sager’s cancer is no longer remission, but the news is even worse than that for the NBA on TNT sideline reporter. Speaking to Bernard Goldberg as part of a Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel segment that will air Tuesday night on HBO, Sager revealed doctors have given him three-to-six months to live. Goldberg: What’s the diagnosis? Sager: That’s...
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March 22, 2016  |  Discuss

President Obama talks Brussels terrorist attacks in mid-game Cuba ESPN interview

ESPN doesn’t often discuss non-sports news or politics, but they wound up with a bit of both Tuesday thanks to interviewing President Obama during the Tampa Bay Rays-Cuban national baseball team exhibition game in Havana. Obama was at the game, as was Cuban president Raul Castro, and while there were some lighter moments such as him joining the crowd in the wave, things got very...
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March 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Taiwanese animation, “courtroom sketches,” and other unusual #HulkVsGawk coverage

The initial #HulkVsGawk trial has wrapped up, with Hulk Hogan awarded $115 million in economic and emotional damages and over $25 million in punitive damages from Gawker Media, Nick Denton and A.J. Daulerio. It’s received a lot of very serious coverage, which is fitting considering the potential implications for both Gawker and other media outlets, but given Hogan’s status as...
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March 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Warriors fever reaching an all-time high on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

To say that the Bay Area has fallen in love with the Golden State Warriors is a real understatement. Comcast SportsNet Bay Area which has been the flagship television outlet for the Warriors is seeing record ratings as the Warriors go for a second consecutive NBA Championship. In fact just this season, the network’s six most-watched events in its history have been Warriors games...
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March 22, 2016  |  Discuss

How is this a thing: LeBron James unfollows the Cavaliers, causes international incident

Welcome to “How is this a thing!?” where we examine the dumbest sports stories and controversies circling the sports media and incredulously ask: HOW IS THIS A THING. LeBron James’ Twitter account will surely be studied long after all of us have left the earth.  It will replace all the history lessons about the Revolutionary War and the Renaissance and the other transformational...
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March 22, 2016  |  Discuss

NFL can now flex any team into Sunday Night Football in Week 17; increases chances of play-in game

Ever since the NFL introduced the concept of flex scheduling, first for Sunday Night Football in 2006, and then cross-flexing for Sunday afternoons in 2014, fans have liked the idea of having the best possible games in the NFL’s most-watched timeslots. At the NFL annual meetings in Boca Raton, FL, the clubs approved a resolution that will allow for any team to be flexed into Sunday...
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March 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Margot Robbie set to portray infamous ice skater Tonya Harding in new movie

Margot Robbie apparently enjoys playing villains. The actress will star as Tonya Harding in I, Tonya, a film about the figure skater’s 1994 battle with rival Nancy Kerrigan. In addition to starring, Robbie will also produce the film based on a screenplay by Stephen Rogers. Rogers’ script is based on interviews he conducted with Harding and her ex-husband Jeff Gillooly, who...
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March 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Manziel wins over Jim Brown in greatest Browns player vote

It’s March, which means that every sports and/or pop culture website is contractually obligated to hold their own March Madness tournament in a subject that is relevant to their readers.  If you don’t do a March Madness tournament, I’m pretty sure Al Gore will shut down your website forever. (Please forgive us for not doing a tournament, Al.) Cleveland.com is holding one...
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March 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Ken Burns’ next film is a four-hour PBS piece on the life of Jackie Robinson

Famed documentarian Ken Burns is again looking at baseball, but this time focusing on one player: Jackie Robinson. Burns’ next film, a four-hour, two-part documentary on Robinson, will air on PBS April 11 and 12 at 9 p.m. each night (subject to local listings), and it will cover everything from his early life to his baseball career to his post-playing activism. Burns and Rachel...
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March 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for March 22, 2016

All Times Eastern College Baseball Texas-San Antonio at Texas — Longhorn Network, 7 p.m. Tennessee Tech at Tennessee — SEC Network, 7 p.m. College Beach Volleyball Long Beach State at USC — Pac-12 Network/Pac-12 Los Angeles, 3:30 p.m. Cal at USC — Pac-12 Network/Pac-12 Los Angeles, 5 p.m. College BasketballMen’sNational Invitation TournamentQuarterfinals (Home Sites) St...
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March 22, 2016  |  Discuss

NCAA Tournament teams turning to Facebook Live

Last week, we told you how the new Facebook Live feature lent itself to sports as teams and leagues as well as live events like Peyton Manning’s retirement. Now with the NCAA Tournament underway, college teams are using Facebook Live to provide videos to their teams. Of the 64 teams in the field, 18 were utilizing Facebook Live, posting live video and bringing fans closer to the...
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March 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Hulk Hogan awarded extra $25M in punitive damages

The $115 million Hulk Hogan received from a Florida jury Friday in his civil lawsuit against Gawker Media has grown even bigger. That first award was $55 million for economic injuries and $60 million for emotional distress, and the jury awarded over $25 million in additional punitive damages Monday, some of which was directly applied to Gawker founder and proprietor Nick Denton and...
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March 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Craig Sager reveals his cancer is no longer in remission

NBA on TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager’s cancer is no longer in remission, according to a trailer for Tuesday night’s episode of HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. Sager has battled acute myeloid leukemia for the past two years, and according to the trailer, doctors informed him in February that he was no longer in remission. Known for his chipper demeanor and flamboyant...
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March 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Darren Rovell knows how Twitter can make money: getting users to pay for premium

ESPN’s Darren Rovell has long been known for his use of Twitter, from his rules to his feuds, and now he thinks he’s solved the biggest issue facing the company; how do they monetize the service? Rovell celebrated Twitter’s 10th anniversary by writing a Medium piece suggesting that the service could get billions in revenue if some users chose to pay it: Over the last couple...
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March 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Dan Le Batard blasts ESPN’s coverage of Cuba game in Miami Herald column

If the first rule of ESPN is “Don’t criticize ESPN” and the second rule is “No politics (unless you’re Curt Schilling),” Dan Le Batard may be heading for trouble on both fronts. The Highly Questionable and ESPN Radio host blasted President Obama’s Cuba trip in his Miami Herald column Monday, and he took several shots at ESPN and Major League Baseball’s participation...
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March 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Grade the 2016 NCAA Tournament Announcers

The NCAA Tournament is always an exciting time of year for college basketball fans, but it’s also a very important time of year for the broadcasters as well. CBS and Turner made a couple important changes to their broadcasting lineup this year.  Brian Anderson and Steve Smith were called up to the second weekend of the tournament, Marv Albert stepped aside to focus on the NBA...
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March 21, 2016  |  Discuss

NCAA Tournament 2nd Round on CBS beats NBA on ABC on Saturday

The first weekend of the NCAA Tournament gave viewers excitement for all four days. Whether it was a half-court buzzer beater, a blown 12-point lead in 30 seconds, or a stunning shot at the horn leaving Bill Murray extremely sad, the tournament was a winner throughout. While there were some blowouts all four days, the momentum for the games led to a viewership win for CBS in Saturday...
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March 21, 2016  |  Discuss

truTV gave a graphical middle finger in response to viewership tweet

We’ve chronicled how truTV’s social media accounts have become feisty over the past couple of years, usually hitting back when people complain that they can’t find the network when it comes time for the NCAA Tournament. It began last year when truTV started to raise awareness and for the most part, the campaign was a success. But one particular account, Pick Six Previews, a...
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March 21, 2016  |  Discuss
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