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Fox Sports averages nearly a million viewers for Copa America coverage

America’s growing interest in international soccer continues to show in television ratings. According to WorldSoccerTalk.com, Fox Sports averaged 997,300 viewers per game at this month’s Copa America Centenario, in part thanks to the United States’ surprise run to the tournament’s semifinals. The most-viewed game on Fox was the U.S.’s match against Argentina (3,290,000...
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July 01, 2016  |  Discuss

ESPN will make the most of unique setting at Fort Bragg on Sunday

In a first for Major League Baseball, a regular season game will be played at an active military base on Sunday night when the Marlins and Braves go head to head at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. ESPN will broadcast the game as their weekly Sunday Night Baseball telecast, and lead producer Andy Reichwald spoke with Awful Announcing about the preparations necessary to put this special...
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July 01, 2016  |  Discuss

The MMQB has disabled its comments section, and more sites should do the same

Once upon a time, comments sections on online articles were a revolutionary forum for reader interaction, the quickest and easiest ever way for an audience to respond to content-providers. They were a smart and useful tool that any credible news organization needed to take advantage of, lest they appear disinterested in their readers. But somewhere along the way, the comments section...
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July 01, 2016  |  Discuss

AP using automated service to cover minor league games

As the news industry evolves, the usage of automated writing technology to create stories is only going to grow. Financially and logistically, it’s becoming impossible to ask huge news companies to cover every angle with actual reporters. However, the demand for coverage of those stories remains. The Associated Press, which began using automated writing to cover certain stories...
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July 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Bill Simmons’ ratings rise for Week 2 of Any Given Wednesday

Bill Simmons’ Any Given Wednesday debuted last week to some mixed reviews… ok, it was mostly bad reviews.  But because it was on HBO, there was lots of swearing, though! Lots and lots of swearing!  Especially from Ben Affleck! Simmons’ strong-suit has never been television, but the HBO show at least allows him to loosen up and be himself, much more than the Grantland Basketball...
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July 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Vince Wilfork on ESPN Body Issue cover: “will give people a different look at what I am”

Vince Wilfork was the cover athlete for ESPN The Magazine’s latest Body Issue that hit newsstands on Wednesday. Wilfork is on the tail end of his career, and has been a force in the NFL since he entered the league in 2004. He’s also known for his large frame.
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July 01, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Pirates broadcaster Bob Walk loses battle with chair

Everyone reading this article can identify with Pittsburgh broadcaster and former Pirates pitcher Bob Walk. You’re in your office chair, or your chair at school, or at the kitchen table. You take a leisurely lean back. It feels good, so you keep going, pushing your chair right to the edge, relying on your innate athleticism and sense of balance to keep you upright. And then, disaster...
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July 01, 2016  |  Discuss

2016 Second Quarter Viewership: TNT Tops, Double-Digit Yearly Gains for NBA TV

With most of their prime time during the year’s second quarter devoted to the NBA Playoffs, TNT was again the No. 1 cable network in prime time from late March thru late June. In 2016 in prime time, TNT averaged 2.102 million viewers — up 2 percent from the same time frame in 2015 (2.068 million). Despite a highly-rated Western Conference Finals between the Golden State Warriors...
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July 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for July 1, 2016

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football Port Adelaide Power vs. Richmond Tigers — FS2, 5:30 a.m. Basketball2016 FIBA U17 World Championships Men’s Semifinal, City Arena, Zaragova, Spain United States vs. Lithuania — ESPNU, 3 p.m. BoxingBoxeo Telemundo, Auditorio Plaza Condesa, Mexico City, Mexico WBO Latino Super Featherweight Title Carlos Ruiz vs. Sebastian Diaz — Telemundo...
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July 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Mike Tirico signs off ESPN: “Thank you for letting us in your house”

Mike Tirico’s on-air goodbye for ESPN came approximately an hour later than scheduled, but it was no less classy and touching a farewell to a personality that’s been a integral piece of the network for 25 years. Thanks to Portugal and Poland going to extra time and a 1-1 tie in their Euro 2016 quarterfinal match on Thursday, Tirico’s signoff and the tribute from his colleagues...
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June 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Disney buys 33 percent share of MLB Advanced Media, 4-year option for bigger stake

In its continuing efforts to seemingly take over the world — or at least virtually every form of media we consume — Disney has acquired a major stake in MLB Advanced Media. As reported by Bloomberg’s Scott Soshnick and Christopher Palmeri, Walt Disney Co. has purchased a one-third stake in MLB’s streaming video operation, BAM Tech, which might eventually lead to a spinoff...
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June 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Watch: Fox Sports Live tweaks Speak For Yourself with “Debating Naked” promo

We don’t know how much fun FS1, Colin Cowherd, Jason Whitlock and Jason McIntyre are having with their new show Speak For Yourself during its initial launch. (Recent reports of poor early ratings aren’t likely to improve any moods.) But at least someone is having fun with FS1’s newest addition to the sports debate show landscape. Namely, FS1 colleagues and hosts of Fox Sports...
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June 30, 2016  |  Discuss

ESPN offered to start CWS deciding game in primetime, and the NCAA turned them down

According to Sports Business Daily, ESPN offered to televise the decisive game of the College World Series on the flagship ESPN station in primetime Thursday, , and the NCAA turned them down. Instead, the NCAA opted for an afternoon start to the game between Coastal Carolina and Arizona, and because Wimbledon was locked into ESPN and a Euro 16 quarterfinal was slotted for ESPN2...
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June 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Brett Favre to appear on special QB Camp episode with Jon Gruden

For seven years, Jon Gruden has been the (somewhat self-appointed) Saint Peter for NFL quarterbacks. Before you pass through the pearly gates and into the league, you must first impress Gruden at his annual series QB Camp. Well Gruden is now claiming domain over the Hall of Fame’s gates as well. ESPN announced Thursday that Gruden hosted Brett Favre this week for a special QB...
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June 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Sling TV adds NBC Sports Network, others

Sling TV, a service that allows viewers to watch live TV online, has added NBC Sports Network to its roster of channels, the company announced Thursday. Along with NBCSN, Sling is launching NBC, USA, Bravo, Syfy, BBC America and more, bringing its total number of channels over 100. As far as sports stations go, Sling already offers all ESPN channels, as well as FS1, FS2 and...
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June 30, 2016  |  Discuss

So close to finding out what happened to Sports By Brooks, but mystery rages on

For those of us who consider ourselves “Old Sports Internet,” there are certain things we remember that you kids today just can’t understand. We remember a time when Bill Simmons columns came with a background color best described as “expired mustard.” Twitter, Facebook and Reddit? Back then, if you wanted someone to read your post, you made sure it went up on Fark or...
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June 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Bob Costas is taking his Olympic future on a “case-by-case” basis

The future of Bob Costas as NBC’s primetime Olympic host, and the speculation over who his successor might be, is one of the favorite water cooler topics amongst sports media wonks.  The ageless Costas has been the Olympic host for NBC since the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki (ok, maybe it was 1992 in Barcelona, but it just seems like ’52 instead). As for when Costas might step aside...
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June 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Watch: Miles Teller is ripped as boxer Vinny Pazienza in Bleed for This trailer

We’d all like to see Miles Teller get punched in the face, right? Even just a little bit? Except when J.K. Simmons is screaming at him in Whiplash. And maybe not when he’s slogging his way through a terrible Fantastic Four movie. Teller seemed like he needed a hug then. But Teller comes off as a pretty smug guy in his movies and public appearances. That might make him a perfect...
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June 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Hulu gauging potential OTT subscribers’ interest in packages like Sunday Ticket

Over-the-top streaming services are becoming a big part of the sports world, and when Hulu launches theirs in 2017, they may be trying to bring in direct-from-league packages like NFL Sunday Ticket. The Sunday Ticket package is currently only available to DirecTV subscribers, and there’s no firm indication that that will change, but ahead of the launch of their new streaming service...
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June 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for June 30, 2016

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football West Coast Eagles vs. Essendon Bombers — Fox Soccer Plus, 6 a.m. CFL Ottawa Redblacks at Montreal Alouettes — ESPN2, 7 p.m. Toronto Argonauts at Saskatchewan Roughriders — ESPN2, 10 p.m. College BaseballCollege World Series, TD Ameritrade Park, Omaha, NE Championship Series Game 3: Coastal Carolina vs. Arizona — ESPNU, 1 p.m. ...
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June 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Sporting News sends out tweets saying they like poop

Usually when someone sends out crazy tweets and later says, “I got hacked!”, you think, “Suuuure.” But in the case of the Sporting News on Wednesday evening, I think they really were hacked. @sportingnews hey guys, might want to look into this . . . pic.twitter.com/wSrik78qMZ — Zach Jones (@iAm_ZachJones) June 29, 2016 Either @sportingnews has been hacked, or they really...
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June 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Tom Verducci says Clayton Kershaw is on “the greatest pitching run of all time”

It’s no secret that Los Angeles Dodgers’ pitcher Clayton Kershaw is having a terrific season, posting an 11-2 record with a 1.79 ERA, 145 strikeouts to 9 walks, and 5.5 Wins Above Replacement from FanGraphs (4.6 from Baseball Reference). That’s also building off a 2014 season that saw him win the NL Cy Young and a 2015 season that saw him win both the Cy Young and the NL MVP...
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June 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Korean announcers go crazy for Hyun-Soo Kim’s home run

It’s always interesting to see how announcers from different parts of the world call certain events, such as Iceland’s Gudmundur Benediktsson, or England’s Ian Darke and Steve McManaman, or Canada’s Harnarayan Singh and his Punjabi calls. The latest fun one is from Tuesday, and has these Korean broadcasters calling Hyun-Soo Kim’s second home run of the season for the Baltimore...
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June 29, 2016  |  Discuss

WWE hires Fox Indianapolis sports anchor

In the wake of recent layoffs, the WWE is now replenishing its stock of non-wrestling talent. Indianapolis sports anchor Charly Arnolt is the latest hire by the sports entertainment company. She’ll be a host most like on the NXT series as she already announced on her Facebook page that she’s moved to Orlando where it’s based: Hey everyone! As some of you may already know ...
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June 29, 2016  |  Discuss

So how does NBC find announcers for the Olympics?

With 28 sports to cover and over 2,000 hours to fill on TV, NBC has to find play-by-play announcers and analysts to call the events. Now if you’re a veteran Olympics viewer, then names like Rowdy Gaines (swimming), Cynthia Potter (diving), Ato Boldon (track & field), Doug Collins (basketball), Teddy Atlas (boxing) and Tim Daggett (gymnastics) are quite familiar. But for the...
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June 29, 2016  |  Discuss
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