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Bill Simmons showed up on 'Garbage Time' with Katie Nolan

Katie Nolan was teasing the hell out of the Garbage Time intro on Wednesday night. Something big had to be happening for her to hype it like this. For once, the surprise lived up to the hype – Bill Simmons showed up in the cold open to take over Garbage Time. JackO and Joe House namedrops? Hell yeah. Who would have ever imagined that Simmons would show up on Garbage Time...
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October 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Universal Sports is suddenly shutting down next month: paving the way for the Olympic Channel?

By Andrew Bucholtz It’s rare to see a TV network disappear with less than a month’s warning, but that’s what’s apparently happening with Universal Sports. The channel, which is 92 percent owned by InterMedia Partners and 8 percent owned by NBC, was founded in 2006 and has largely focused on airing Olympic sports in the periods between the Olympic Games. It seems the plans...
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October 21, 2015  |  Discuss

MLS #DecisionDay comes with 10 games in two national TV windows. Plus a hashtag!

Mirroring the success of what’s been dubbed “Championship Sunday” in the Barclays Premier League each year, Major League Soccer is finally coming to its own day of playoff reckoning this Sunday, televised nationally on FS1 and ESPN. It’s being called “Decision Day.” It has its own hashtag. From ESPN: ESPN, ESPN Deportes TV and ESPN Deportes Radio will combine to present...
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October 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Your Week 7 NFL Announcing Schedule

Thursday, October 22 Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers [CBS|NFLN 8:25 pm] Jim Nantz, Phil Simms & Tracy Wolfson Sunday, October 25 *Buffalo Bills vs. Jacksonville Jaguars at London [Yahoo! 9:30 am] Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon & Jamie Erdahl * Game to be streamed on Yahoo.com; broadcast in local CBS markets Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions [FOX 1 pm] Chris Myers, Ronde...
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October 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Dan Patrick drops spirited f-bomb at golf simulator during live look in

@awfulannouncing you catch dp dropping the F-bomb? pic.twitter.com/pe05gk3Srv — Caleb Lozano (@caleb_lozano) October 21, 2015 One of the best parts of The Dan Patrick Show are the live look-ins, which are an authentic look at Dan and the Danettes behind the scenes in between breaks of the show.  Today that included the boss (Patrick) delivering a spirited and colorful message...
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October 21, 2015  |  Discuss

As Deadspin and SB Nation return to GIFs and prepare for a possible legal fight, others back off

While Deadspin and SB Nation GIF’s Twitter accounts have returned following an Oct. 12 suspension over Digital Millenium Copyright Act claims from the NFL and NCAA conferences, those suspensions have still had an impact. Deadspin and SB Nation have returned to tweeting sports GIFs and appear ready to fight further copyright claims in court if necessary, but after seeing what happened...
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October 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Week 7 College Football Calls of the Week

We’re back with another edition of the College Football Plays of the Week. So what’s in this week’s episode? We have Mississippi, Notre Dame with Don Criqui, Ohio State with Paul Keels, TCU Horned Frogs, Pittsburgh and Bill Hillgrove, South Carolina, and Florida State and its legendary voice Gene Deckerhoff: Some very exciting calls in Week 7. Can you believe we’re halfway...
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October 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Re-casting Back to the Future with sports media personalities

Hey internet sports fans, you might have heard its Back to the Future Day. It’s the day we can finally open the windows, blast the Huey Lewis & the News and celebrate the Cubbies winning the World Series over Miami! So, with the internet all abuzz over the time-traveling adventures of Marty McFly and Doc Brown, we thought it would be fun to imagine a Back to the Future reboot...
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October 21, 2015  |  Discuss

NCAA to daily fantasy sports sites: Stay away, please

College athletic conferences and the NCAA have made it increasingly clear that they’re not comfortable in a relationship with Daily Fantasy Sports companies like DraftKings and FanDuel. During the past month, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott revealed that the leaders of the five major conferences have asked DraftKings and FanDuel to stop offering games involving college players...
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October 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Kevin Johnson won't run for third term as Sacramento mayor

The timing of this doesn’t appear to be a coincidence. Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson announced on Tuesday that he would not seek re-election for a third term next year. “It was an incredibly difficult choice, but one that I feel confident about,” Johnson wrote in a statement e-mailed to the Sacramento Bee and later posted on Twitter. “As I’m sure there will be much speculation...
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October 21, 2015  |  Discuss

New talk show Undeniable with Joe Buck begins November 18th with Derek Jeter

Back in August, we told you that Joe Buck would be hosting a talk show on AT&T U-Verse/DirecTV’s Audience Network. We now know when it will begin airing. Thanks to a new promo that has begun airing on the Audience Network as well as it being released on YouTube, the series will premiere in November. It gets a nice timeslot, 8 p.m. ET/PT. And the promo gave you the entire guest...
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October 21, 2015  |  Discuss

ESPN to let 350 employees go in current round of layoffs

One of the biggest storylines of the year in sports media is the Bristol Squeeze. ESPN is faced with a budget crisis with the walls closing in on both sides. On one side, exponentially increasing rights fees continue to increase the demand on money going out. On the other, the continued trend of cord cutting and people unsubscribing from cable/satellite channels has a negative effect...
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October 21, 2015  |  Discuss

NHL’s 3-on-3 overtime is bananas and a total blast

When the NHL announced they’d be changing the overtime format from 4-on-4 to 3-on-3, I was excited. I’m not as lukewarm on the shootout as other people seem to be, as it totally eliminated the tie, which made hockey games feel like they had a certain degree of pointlessness. But, it didn’t seem all that fair to go to a shootout, where goals weren’t officially scored to decide...
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October 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for October 21, 2015

All Times Eastern Boxing The Fight Game With Jim Lampley — HBO, 7:30 p.m. College Basketball College Basketball Live: SEC Media Days — ESPNU, 1 p.m. College Football B1G Football & Beyond — Big Ten Network, noon College Football Live — ESPN, 2 p.m. College Football Featured — ESPNU, 5 p.m. ESPNU Film Room — ESPNU, 6:30 p.m. SEC Inside: Missouri at Georgia — SEC...
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October 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Chris Webber to teach master’s course in sports storytelling at Wake Forest

Graduate students in the Wake Forest new masters of arts in sports storytelling program could have a former NBA All-Star and current Turner Sports analyst as their teacher next fall. Chris Webber will be a professor of practice in this new course of study that is part of the university’s documentary film program. According to the Associated Press, he will teach a course on sports...
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October 20, 2015  |  Discuss

NASCAR viewership on NBC/NBCSN down from 2014 levels

This being the first season of NBC’s NASCAR nine-year contract, executives know that this is a marathon and not a sprint. But as the NBC Sports Group has aired 14 of its scheduled 20 Sprint Cup races thus far, the ratings and audience have fallen below the levels of TNT and ESPN/ABC’s last season in 2014. NBC got off to a decent start when it broadcast the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona...
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October 20, 2015  |  Discuss

TV rights are predicted to overtake gate revenues by 2018

Early in the history of televised sports, live broadcasts were seen by many as detracting from the all-crucial gate attendance. Now, selling those broadcasts may become even more important than selling tickets. Paul Bond of The Hollywood Reporter writes that a new study suggests television rights revenues will surpass gate revenues as the top subsector of sports revenue across...
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October 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Local newspaper stops covering Jackson State over lack of access, school says “Fine with us.”

We’ve seen plenty of examples of college coaches and athletic departments trying to exert their influence over the media in the past, and it usually hasn’t ended well for the coaches. In Jackson, Mississippi, The Clarion-Ledger is taking an even stronger stand than usual for an imposed-upon media outlet, though. Rather than just air their grievances with the Jackson State football...
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October 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Video: Frank Caliendo discusses the Star Wars trailer as several ESPN personalities

Corporate synergy is an energy field created by all living brands. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together. I believe that’s a direct quote from Obi-Wan Kenobi in the first Star Wars. Or maybe he was talking about The Force. It’s been a little while since I’ve seen that movie, so I’m not completely sure I’ve got that right. Anyway, the alliance between...
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October 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Watch: Fox’s World Series promo with The Simpsons

Remember when Fox first got the NFL, outbidding CBS for the NFC package of games in 1993? (Perhaps you’re too young to remember or it was before your time. Some of us are old.) At the time, there were all kinds of snarky comments directed at Fox, known mostly for The Simpsons. What, is Homer Simpson going to call the game? HAR. Welcome to 2015. The Simpsons are completely woven...
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October 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Isiah Thomas tells HBO Real Sports Anucha Browne Sanders case “felt like a drive by,” James Dolan thinks she made it up

“A man who can’t stay away from the game of basketball, even if that might be best for everyone.” That is how Bryant Gumbel, host of HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, first describes Isiah Thomas in his piece on the maligned NBA legend turned WNBA executive and his boss, MSG chairman James Dolan. The full profile, which is an absolute cannot miss, airs on Tuesday’s...
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October 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Who farted on ESPN Monday Night Countdown?

Someone definitely farted on the set of ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown.  But while the internet is quick to point the finger at Mike Ditka, I think that’s a bit quick to pull the trigger.  Check out the look on Cris Carter’s face… maybe he’s the guilty party?  That laugh could be a “he who smelt it dealt it situation.”  Maybe it was Chris Berman off camera trying...
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October 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Bob Costas to write his autobiography, with help from Mike Lupica

Are you ready for the Bob Costas memoirs? Well, the renowned sports broadcaster is finally ready to write them. Richard Sandomir of the New York Times reported on Sunday that Costas has agreed to write his autobiography for HarperCollins. “As you look at it, and you’re much closer to the end of the most prominent portion of my career than at the beginning, then a memoir makes...
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October 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for October 20, 2015

All Times Eastern College Basketball College Basketball Live: Big 12 Media Day — ESPNU, 4 p.m. College Football Louisiana-Lafayette at Arkansas State — ESPN2, 8 p.m. B1G Football Coaches Press Conference — Big Ten Network, 11:30 a.m. B1G Football & Beyond — Big Ten Network, noon CFB Daily: The Experts — ESPNU, 1 p.m. College Football Live — ESPN, 2 p.m. Championship...
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October 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Michigan State-Michigan stunner draws strong numbers for ESPN

It was one of the most stunning endings to a college football game in recent memory and it was one in a season that has had quite a few fantastic finishes. For ESPN, Michigan State at Michigan in the Big House in Ann Arbor was not only a tremendous game to watch, but it was also a ratings success for the Worldwide Leader. The game drew a 5.1 overnight rating, making it the most-watched...
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October 19, 2015  |  Discuss
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