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Viewing Picks for November 25, 2016

All Times Eastern Bundesliga SC Freiburg vs. Red Bull Leipzig — FS2, 2:20 p.m. Bundesliga Weekly — FS2, 4:30 p.m. College Basketball Men’s Battle 4 Atlantis, Imperial Arena, Atlantis Paradise Island, Paradise Island, Bahamas 3rd Place Game Wichita State vs. Michigan State — ESPN2, 1 p.m. Championship Game Louisville vs. Baylor — ESPN, 3:30 p.m. 5th Place Game Virginia...
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November 24, 2016  |  Discuss

CBS’ Aretha Franklin 'time of possession' graphic got plenty of buzz

The length of a national anthem rendition is always interesting, even leading to over/under prop bets for the Super Bowl. Few performances come in as long as the over four-and-a-half-minute one Aretha Franklin delivered Thursday ahead of the Detroit Lions–Minnesota Vikings game, though, and that led to CBS referencing that in a time of possession graphic at the half: Time...
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November 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Rams games trailing other NFL broadcasts in Los Angeles market ratings

The Los Angeles Rams go into the NFL’s Week 12 action with a 4-6 record, seemingly on their way to the 7-9 record that head coach Jeff Fisher told his players during training camp he intended to avoid. That mediocrity during the team’s first season back in Los Angeles after relocating from St. Louis apparently has prevented local fans from embracing the Rams, at least on television...
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November 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Mike Pereira has “Ice Cube” workroom at 50 degrees to “keep everyone alert”

The latest The Oral History Of The Kick Six The agony and ecstasy of attending a Jim Boeheim press conference FS1 is adding Rob Parker to Skip and Shannon: Undisputed because of course they are ...
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November 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Iowa newspaper writes Tommie Frazier’s still playing QB for Nebraska

Are all Nebraska quarterbacks named “Tommy” or “Tommie” alike? That’s what Iowa newspaper The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier seems to think. In a story in Wednesday’s paper about the upcoming Iowa Hawkeyes-Nebraska Cornhuskers game, they confused current Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. with famed former Huskers’ QB Tommie Frazier (seen at left above with Ernie...
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November 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Your 2016 college football Week 13 announcing schedule

Thursday, November 24 7:30 PM- LSU at Texas A&M (ESPN) Dave Flemming, Jesse Palmer, Laura Rutledge (Compass Media) Drew Bontadelli, Tony Hill WatchESPN exclusive 4 PM- Miles at Alabama State (ESPN3) Eric Clemons, Jay Walker Friday, November 25 Noon- Houston at Memphis (ABC, ESPN3) Tom Hart, Andre Ware, Cole Cubelic Noon- NC State at North Carolina (ESPN) Adam Amin, Mack Brown...
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November 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Colin Cowherd thinks he and Donald Trump have a lot in common

Colin Cowherd watched the wild 2016 election cycle, in which Donald Trump seized the presidency through brash appeals to voters’ base-level beliefs and emotions, and he apparently thought, “Hey, this guy is kind of like me.” According to a fascinating piece by The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis, Cowherd sees a lot of himself in Trump. After all, they’re both bombastic Northeasterns...
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November 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Lisa Salters: ‘I don’t know how Jon Gruden doesn’t win Analyst of the Year every year’

ESPN sideline reporter Lisa Salters did an interesting Q&A with BillPenn.com this week, speaking about her Philadelphia roots, her favorite Thanksgiving foods and what aspects of her job she enjoys most. But what caught our eye most of all was Salters’ comments about ESPN analyst Jon Gruden. When asked how she likes working with Gruden and Sean McDonough on Monday Night...
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November 23, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: A brave reporter asked Bill Belichick about the butt fumble and lived to tell the tale

Tuesday marked the fourth anniversary of Mark Sanchez’s infamous butt fumble against the Patriots, and with New England set to play the Jets again this weekend, one truly courageous reporter asked Bill Belichick the question on no one’s mind: “Have you found any excuse this week to analyze film of the butt fumble.” To say Belichick was not amused would be like saying Michael...
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November 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Gary Cohen signs multi-year deal to remain voice of the Mets

One of the best broadcast booths in all of sports television, whether it be on the local or national level, is sticking together for what appears to be a few more seasons. Popular play by play man Gary Cohen of SNY will remain as the voice of the New York Mets after signing a new multi-year contract according to the New York Daily News. Cohen has teamed with former Mets stars Keith...
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November 23, 2016  |  Discuss

The College Football Playoff is all about ratings, not results

When you really think about it, the College Football Playoff as it stands isn’t that much better than the BCS. Sure, it ensures that the two or three teams that really deserve to be in consideration for the national championship get their shot. And yes, it gives that fourth team a chance to play for the title as well where such a thing was unheard of. But at the end of the day...
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November 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Watch: Rece Davis drops a “Tennessee, champions of life” reference

The Tennessee Volunteers were eliminated from contention for the SEC’s East Division title and a berth in the conference championship game Saturday when Florida beat LSU, but head coach Butch Jones said his seniors “won the biggest championship – that’s the championship of life.” That quote provoked plenty of meltdowns from fans, as you’d expect, and it also led to ESPN’s...
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November 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Watch: Real Sports interviews Hockey Night in Canada Punjabi broadcasters

The Hockey Night In Canada Punjabi broadcasters have received significant international fame over the last year, starting with Harnarayan Singh’s viral “BoninoBoninoBonino!” call that spawned numerous interviews, including one with AA’s Alex Putterman. Now, they’ve been featured on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. Here’s a short clip of their interview with Andrea...
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November 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Obama trolls Jordan at Presidential Medal of Freedom Awards

This year’s Presidential Medal of Freedom Awards had a major sports component, with Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Vin Scully (whose reaction to learning about the medal was great) all among those recognized with the highest American civilian honor. That led to plenty of sports moments at the ceremony Tuesday, including President Obama noting that Jordan (who was again...
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November 22, 2016  |  Discuss

ESPN and other Disney TV units causing a financial drain on the company

The latest ESPN reveals details for Ric Flair 30 For 30 documentary, including director Rory Karpf NASCAR suffers another season of major viewership declines College GameDay expands to five hours for OSU-Michigan...
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November 22, 2016  |  Discuss

ESPN/ABC really going all out for Michigan-Ohio State

Earlier this week, we told you about ESPN expanding this Saturday’s edition of College GameDay to a whopping five hours beginning at 7 a.m. ET in advance of the Michigan-Ohio State game. Now we have ESPN’s coverage plans for the game which will air on ABC at noon ET. First, the ESPN/ABC main college football announcing team of Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Samantha Ponder...
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November 22, 2016  |  Discuss

On the 100th birthday of broadcast icon Chick Hearn, a side by side of LA’s best ever: Vin Scully

In the year of Vin Scully and on the Sunday of a weekend of Thanksgiving, the broadcast heavens will celebrate one Francis Dayle (Chick) Hearn, born 100 years ago this November 27th. Hearn was a baby in a cradle in 1916, a handful of years before radio would even hit the airwaves. He reached age 30 when the NBA tipped off and was 43 when the Lakers moved to Los Angeles. But not...
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November 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Dellavedova, the movie? A biopic is in development

Guard Matthew Dellavedova is no longer part of the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers, having been traded to the Milwaukee Bucks during the offseason. But he’s still a fan favorite because of his scrappy style of play (they’d call him a gamer in baseball) and the energy he brings to the court. And his legend continues to grow in his native Australia, so much so that a biopic...
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November 22, 2016  |  Discuss

NASCAR suffers another season of major viewership declines

Let’s play through a scenario – a legend achieves arguably the greatest individual feat in his sport and you have the ability to watch it live on your television. A headline like that should draw massive television ratings and draw in casual fans from all over. Not for NASCAR and Jimmie Johnson, though. On Sunday Johnson won his record-tying seventh NASCAR championship, entering...
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November 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Richard Sandomir talks obituaries, commissioner who wants advance interview

The latest ESPN reveals details for Ric Flair 30 For 30 documentary, including director Rory Karpf College GameDay expands to five hours for OSU-Michigan, Rivalry Week NFL RedZone's Scott Hanson makes reference...
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November 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Baylor athletic department official arrested after confrontation with sportswriter

At this point, the Baylor University athletic department is perhaps best described as a nightmare circus. (Complete with terrifying clowns.) Given that atmosphere, it’s somehow not all that surprising to learn that an assistant AD was arrested earlier in November for allegedly assaulting a sportswriter, and yet that’s what happened. The latest ...
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November 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for November 22, 2016

All Times Eastern College Basketball Men’s Cancun Challenge, Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, Riviera Maya, Mexico Mayan Division Semifinals New Jersey Institute of Technology vs. Georgia State — YouTube, 12:30 p.m. Idaho State vs. Eastern Kentucky — YouTube, 3 p.m. Riviera Division Semifinals Texas Tech vs. Auburn — CBS Sports Network, 6 p.m. Purdue vs. Utah State — CBS...
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November 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Fox networks sign on to DirecTV Now, offer 4K sports broadcasts to DirecTV subscribers

AT&T’s forthcoming DirecTV Now streaming service just added an important new piece. The service, which is scheduled to cost $35 a month and carry over 100 channels, officially will carry Fox Networks Group content thanks to a Fox – AT&T extension announced Monday. Variety‘s Todd Spangler has more on exactly what will be included in DirecTV Now: Fox Networks Group reached...
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November 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Amazon is pushing for sports rights, but NBA turned them down for League Pass

The Amazon buildup towards trying to gain live sports rights continues. They quietly hired SI/120 Sports veteran James DeLorenzo in March to head a new sports group, and they’ve since hired content-acquisition people and made attempts to land particular sports rights. According to The Wall Street Journal’s Shalini Ramachandran, that Amazon drive for sports rights is continuing...
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November 21, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Charissa Thompson posts videos of Terry Bradshaw modeling shirtless

Fox Sports’ Charissa Thompson came out of a TV hit Sunday and wandered right into a half-naked Terry Bradshaw in the Fox studios. In videos reportedly first posted to Thompson’s Instagram but now alive through TMZ, the 68-year-old Bradshaw poses in a blazer without an undershirt, lets various people pet his hairy chest and eventually takes off his shirt altogether. Let’s take...
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November 21, 2016  |  Discuss
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