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Rising star Cari Champion signs multi-year extension with ESPN

After putting in several long years as a host/babysitter of First Take, Cari Champion is thriving at ESPN. The latest Why are NFL ratings down? The league's greed has finally caught up to it ESPN deletes video celebrating violent college football hits Madden-style Giants OL Ereck Flowers accused...
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October 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Kevin McHale will return to Turner Sports as NBA analyst

After four-plus largely successful seasons as head coach of the Houston Rockets, Kevin McHale is returning to television. The latest Why are NFL ratings down? The league's greed has finally caught up to it ESPN deletes video celebrating violent college football hits Madden-style Giants OL Ereck...
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While TV ratings are going down, Sling credits NFL for viewership rise

Unless you’ve been under a rock or out of the country for the last two weeks you know that the biggest story in sports media is free-falling NFL ratings on television. All of the league’s primetime television windows are down and down by a large enough percentage to send the NFL into a prevent defense mode. While there are a number of theories about the NFL’s slip in ratings...
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October 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Panthers make fun of NFL’s silly new social media rules

Last week we told you about the NFL’s new archaic, backwards, incomprehensible, mind-numbing, counter-productive, heavy-handed, anti-social social media policy for their franchises. In short, the NFL has now banned its own teams from sharing its own highlights from its own games on Twitter. Why? So the teams can retweet official NFL “branded” accounts and funnel them all of...
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“James and the Giant QB” College Football Podcast: Bruce Feldman recaps Week 6

Awful Announcing contributor Jim Weber and former Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen recap Week 6 of the 2016 college football season. That includes the crazy finish between Tennessee and Texas A&M (2:00), the postponed Florida-LSU game (3:45), the hot seats for Texas’ Charlie Strong and Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly, Penn State kicker Joey Julius taking another huge hit (11...
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Viewing Picks for October 11, 2016

All Times Eastern College Football B1G Football & Beyond — Big Ten Network, noon College Football Live — ESPN, 1:30 p.m. CFB Daily — ESPNU, 4 p.m. ESPNU Championship Drive — ESPNU, 6 p.m. College Football Playoff: Top 25 (season premiere) — ESPN, 7 p.m. Inside College Football — CBS Sports Network, 9 p.m. A Season With Florida State Football — Showtime, 10 p.m...
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October 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Reporters counter Donald Trump’s claim of “locker room talk”

Since the 2005 tape of Donald Trump’s lewd comments to former Access Hollywood host Billy Bush surfaced on Friday, the Trump campaign has tried to spin and defend by claiming it’s “locker room talk.” And again during Sunday’s Presidential debate with Hillary Clinton, Trump used the term when defending his comment of grabbing a woman’s genitals. Some athletes have already...
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October 10, 2016  |  Discuss

NFL beats MLB Postseason in DC and Dallas

The latest Why are NFL ratings down? The league's greed has finally caught up to it ESPN deletes video celebrating violent college football hits Madden-style Giants OL Ereck Flowers accused of pushing ESPN reporter Jordan Raanan after rough game The MLB in-game interviews...
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Bleacher Report to stream high school football on Facebook Live hoping to attract millennials

The latest The MLB in-game interviews must be stopped FS1 is getting pummeled for using new camera angles for the NLDS Disney's potential Netflix acquisition could do wonders for ESPN Mistakes and complaints define TBS's MLB postseason coverage right now ...
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ESPN deletes video celebrating violent college football hits Madden-style

In the post-Jacked Up era, ESPN and other sports media outlets are, at least ostensibly, committed to promoting player safety in football and resisting the urge to glorify the game’s violence. The latest The MLB in-game interviews must be stopped FS1 is getting pummeled for using new camera angles for the NLDS ...
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The presidential debate didn’t totally destroy Sunday Night Football’s ratings

Last month, ESPN’s Monday Night Football went up against the first presidential debate, and the football game barely lived to tell the tale. That night, more than 80 million people watched the debate, dooming MNF to record-low viewership. The latest The MLB in-game interviews must be stopped FS1 is getting pummeled for...
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Wolf Blitzer trolled with ‘College GameDay’ sign on CNN

During an election year, cable news has a tendency to feel like one long pre-game show. Leading up to the day votes are cast, we get some primaries, a few debates and the rest of the time just talk, talk, talk, talk, talk, talk and talk. So it makes some sense that someone watching CNN’s coverage of Sunday night’s presidential debate could get confused where he was. Loving...
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October 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Why are NFL ratings down? The league’s greed has finally caught up to it

There’s been an endless amount of hand-wringing and finger pointing about the NFL’s 11% dip in TV ratings thus far this fall. It’s Colin Kaepernick’s fault. No, it’s because of the presidential election. Wait, maybe it’s live streaming. Or the Olympics. Or the progressive sports media. Or the lack of brand-name quarterbacks. Or Deflategate. Or CTE. Or Ray Rice...
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October 10, 2016  |  Discuss

O.J.: Made in America, Gleason lead Critics Choice Documentary Awards nominations

ESPN has shown significant awards ambitions for its 30 for 30 documentary, O.J.: Made in America. It will be quite a while before we know if the film gets the Academy Awards love that the network is hoping for. But awards contenders often have to build up to that sort of recognition. O.J.: Made in America may have taken an important first step on that path, however. And another...
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October 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Giants OL Ereck Flowers accused of pushing ESPN reporter Jordan Raanan after having nightmare game

In the wake of their third straight loss, the New York Giants may find themselves with an unwelcome distraction. Dan Duggan of NJ Advance Media reports that Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers pushed ESPN reporter Jordan Raanan after a testy exchange. From Duggan’s article shortly after the game: “Flowers was conducting a routine interview with two reporters in front of his...
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Viewing Picks for October 10, 2016

All Times Eastern College Football B1G Football Coaches Press Conference 2016 — Big Ten Network, 11:40 a.m. B1G Football & Beyond — Big Ten Network, noon College Football Live — ESPN, 1:30 p.m. CFB Daily — ESPNU, 4 p.m. ESPNU Championship Drive — ESPNU, 6 p.m. Golf The Golf Fix — Golf Channel, 7 p.m. Playing Lessons; Long Drivers: Jamie Sadlowski and Joe Miller —...
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AA’s top @ClippitTV videos of the week: JVG on domestic violence; Irvin & Faulk mock Simms

This article is sponsored by Clippit. Clippit is an awesome app that allows us to quickly grab 30-second clips from a handful of live TV broadcasts and share them on social media. Jeff Van Gundy on the NBA and domestic violence On the topic of Derrick Rose during a Knicks-Rockets preseason game, ESPN’s Jeff Van Gundy had some very strong thoughts regarding domestic violence and...
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October 10, 2016  |  Discuss

The MLB in-game interviews must be stopped

Newsflash: Almost everyone tuning in for baseball games doesn’t care about interviews during the baseball game. This should read sarcastically, but apparently TBS, MLB Network, FS1, and ESPN actually need to be made aware of this news. “Wait, did that entire game go by without a single interview from the dugout in the middle of an inning? That’s bull****.” — No one, ever...
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October 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Sports and Entertainment Ratings Buzz: September 26-October 2

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. NFL Network Top 10 (and Select) Programs VIEWER RANK PROGRAM DATE START TIME END TIME VIEWERS (000) A18-49 (000) 1 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL Thu 9/29/16 8:27 PM 11:17 PM 7895 3856    2016 WK 4 – MIA VS. CIN 2 TNF PRE-KICK Thu 9/29/16 8...
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October 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia now embracing debate to attract millennials

The latest FS1 is getting pummeled for using new camera angles for the NLDS Disney's potential Netflix acquisition could do wonders for ESPN Mistakes and complaints define TBS's MLB postseason coverage right now ESPN Films debuting three new 30 for 30 documentaries...
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Transgender hockey player Harrison Browne coverage reminds us the power of names

Friday was a big day for the Buffalo Beauts of the National Women’s Hockey League, but it was an even bigger day for Buffalo player Harrison Browne, who publicly announced that he is the first openly transgender player in American professional team sports. The news is historic for obvious reasons but it also helps to serve those in the media who are still figuring out the nuances...
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October 09, 2016  |  Discuss

ARod back on Fox NFL Sunday to throw footballs again, but this time doesn’t break monitor

Alex Rodriguez is back on Fox for another tour of the MLB Postseason. And he made a return visit to Fox NFL Sunday today. Like last year, he showed off his arm by throwing a football at Jay Glazer, but unlike last year when he broke an expensive video monitor, Fox made sure to protect the equipment. This year, Glazer was put in a dunk tank and ARod was asked to hit a target to get...
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WATCH: Ian Darke tells embarrassing story about missing keys

We’ve all been there before, we’ve lost our keys and can’t seem to find them. It is one of the worst feelings in the world and the anxiety only gets worse when you can’t figure out where they have gone. You may think you have a bad lost keys story, well ESPN’s Ian Darke may top them all. During the USA-Cuba game, which may have had the worst conditions anyone has seen during...
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Could tonight’s Presidential debate drop SNF to its lowest rating ever?

The latest FS1 is getting pummeled for using new camera angles for the NLDS Disney's potential Netflix acquisition could do wonders for ESPN Mistakes and complaints define TBS's MLB postseason coverage right now ESPN Films debuting three new 30 for 30 documentaries...
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Viewing Picks for October 9, 2016

 All Times Eastern The latest FS1 is getting pummeled for using new camera angles for the NLDS Disney's potential Netflix acquisition could do wonders for ESPN Mistakes and complaints define TBS's MLB postseason coverage right now ESPN Films debuting three new 30...
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