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Why didn’t ESPN’s “floor seat” camera angle work as a broadcasting innovation?

Networks are always trying to find new broadcasting innovations, but not every new idea is a good one. One that certainly doesn’t seem positive so far is ESPN’s decision to extensively use a floor seats-level camera during Tuesday’s Ohio State – Michigan basketball broadcast.  ESPN announced last week the game “will feature a “Floor Seat” treatment, where the majority...
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February 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Bill Simmons announces new site's name, takes shot at ESPN

For those wondering where Bill Simmons’ writing will be found in the future, wonder no more. On Wednesday morning, Simmons announced the impending launch of ‘The Ringer’, coming later in 2016. My next website is called The Ringer - launches later in 2016. Check out our logo & sign up for our newsletter at https://t.co/EgdH3mnlbC. — Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) February...
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February 17, 2016  |  Discuss

How Keith Olbermann helped destroyed a Kelsey Grammer ABA comedy

While Keith Olbermann has been referenced for not just burning bridges, but napalming them, it’s a little surprising to see him listed as playing a crucial role in the destruction of a project he wasn’t even involved in. That appears to be the case, though, as David J. Roth‘s excellent Vice Sports history of the late-90s ABA mockumentary The New Jersey Turnpikes cites a review...
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February 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for February 17, 2016

All Times Eastern College BasketballMen’s Dayton at St. Joseph’s — CBS Sports Network, 6 p.m. Iowa at Penn State — Big Ten Network, 6:30 p.m. Boston College at Clemson — ACC Regional/Fox Sports Net, 7 p.m. UMass at Fordham — American Sports Network, 7 p.m. Colgate at Boston University — Campus Insiders, 7 p.m. Holy Cross at Army — Campus Insiders, 7 p.m. Lehigh at...
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February 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Real Tweets from Real People — ESPN’s Michigan-Ohio State “floor seat” camera angle

If you watched the Michigan-Ohio State basketball game on ESPN, you may have noticed something very different about the broadcast. No, it wasn’t the broadcast team of Bob Wischusen and Dan Dakich. No, it wasn’t the venue of Nationwide Arena. It was the courtside low camera angle that the Worldwide Leader chose to use for not just a few minutes, but the entire game. This became...
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February 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Detroit radio host thinks Peyton Manning accuser “looks a little loose”

The debate over whether or not the allegations against Peyton Manning recently brought back to light deserve the coverage they’re getting rages on, but if the reaction by some in the media is any indication, it’s bringing to light just how much of an issue gender continues to play in the world of sports. Factual or not, the allegations drive home the reality that many women...
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February 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Jalen Rose warns that Derek Fisher might steal your Valentine

The timing of Derek Fisher’s firing by the New York Knicks last week caused a few people to wonder if there was something beyond x’s and o’s that might have precipitated the move. The team was still within range of a playoff spot with 27 games remaining and Fisher was in the midst of a five-year contract. That’s probably why rumors about Fisher’s alleged extracurricular...
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February 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Memphis coach Josh Pastner fires shot at Commercial Appeal columnist

The Josh Pastner Era in Memphis started with such promise. After taking over for John Calipari, the longtime Lute Olson assistant was expected to maintain a high level of play for a program used to deep NCAA Tournament runs. He did just that in his first four seasons with the school, going 24-10, 25-10, 26-9, and 31-5, which included three trips to the NCAA Tournament. Since joining...
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February 16, 2016  |  Discuss

NFL looking at its options for the 2016 season opening and Thanksgiving Day games

With the 2015-16 NFL season over, the league is already looking at which games to slot for some of its high-profile days including the 2016 NFL Kickoff and Thanksgiving Day contests. Already, there is jostling among the networks for which games they want to air and which games they want to prevent the other partners from taking. Sports Business Daily notes that the NFL is looking...
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February 16, 2016  |  Discuss

NBA All-Star Game viewership increases from 2015

Turner Sports is happy over the numbers for this year’s NBA All-Star Game. On Sunday, the game which was simulcast on TBS and TNT averaged a viewership of 7.6 million viewers. That is up 6% from 2015’s game. And going up against the Walking Dead’s mid-season premiere on AMC, that is a pretty good number. The game peaked with an average audience of 8.7 million during the 8...
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February 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Buffalo tops the local NHL ratings at Midseason for the first time in seven seasons

The Buffalo Sabres may not be in playoff contention, but with a young rising star in Jack Eichel plus some players who bode well for the future, their games are being watched by local fans. Sports Business Journal did its annual midseason local NHL ratings review and found that the Sabres on MSG Buffalo are on the top of the local ratings heap averaging a 6.81 rating per game. That’s...
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February 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Michelle Beadle appears to have reconciled with WWE

Several months ago, one of WWE’s most prominent fans said she was swearing off the product – ESPN’s Michelle Beadle.  Beadle said she was “turning in my fan card” because of WWE executive/World Heavyweight Champion Triple H’s support of Floyd Mayweather.  Beadle had been notably barred by the Mayweather camp from covering his fight with Manny Pacquiao due to her criticism...
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February 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Tracy McGrady is joining ESPN

ESPN is adding a seven time All-Star to their roster.  According to the AP, former Raptors, Magic, and Rockets star Tracy McGrady will be joining the network as a studio analyst.  And his focus will be on Rachel Nichols’ new NBA show The Jump: Former All-Star Tracy McGrady is joining ESPN as an analyst and will make regular appearances on its new daily NBA show. McGrady will...
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February 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for February 16, 2016

All Times Eastern BoxingPremier Boxing Champions, Sam’s Town Hall & Gambling Hall, Las Vegas, NVBantamweights Alexis Santiago vs. Erik Ruiz — FS1, 9 p.m. College BasketballMen’s Richmond at Davidson — American Sports Network, 7 p.m. Toledo at Central Michigan — American Sports Network, 7 p.m. Northwestern at Purdue — Big Ten Network, 7 p.m. Michigan at Ohio State...
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February 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Should Mike Carey’s review commentary be predictive, or opinionated?

CBS NFL rules analyst Mike Carey has come under plenty of fire over the past few years, and some of it’s deserved. His TV performances have often been stiff, he’s sometimes been slow to weigh in, and he hasn’t yet consistently figured out how to work within the demands of the medium and provide authoritative insight. He’s also had his opinion proven wrong on some high-profile...
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February 15, 2016  |  Discuss

How paying almost $90K for the Ray Rice video boosted TMZ, and where they are now

There are a lot of things that jump out of Nicholas Schmidle’s extensive New Yorker piece on Harvey Levin and TMZ, but one of the biggest is the decisions they’ve made on what to run and what not to run and the money they’ve paid for certain videos. The Ray Rice videos earn a particular focus, with the first one being picked up for $15,000 (or possibly less; the site called...
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February 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Peyton Manning controversy shows complexities, inconsistencies of modern sports, media, and culture

Perhaps the greatest NFL quarterback of all time, who also happens to be the winning quarterback in the most recent Super Bowl, who also may have played his last game in the NFL, is being faced with skeletons being exhumed from his closet in the form of sexual assault allegations while he was in college. Read that paragraph over once again closely.  This should be one of the biggest...
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February 15, 2016  |  Discuss

LeBron James endorsement on Twitter worth $165,000 in value

Good news for entrepreneurs with a product or service to promote. LeBron James could provide an endorsement on Twitter. Well, maybe. Actually, probably not. But there is a slight chance. As might be expected, however, it’s rather expensive. According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, a company called Opendorse — which creates digital and social media endorsement campaigns for athletes...
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February 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Holly Rowe details surgery and treatment for cancer, eyes return at end of February

Since Holly Rowe announced that she developed a new tumor and would undergo surgery to have it removed, the ESPN reporter has been the recipient of hundreds (if not more) well-wishes from fans, colleagues and the athletes and coaches she regularly covers. As Sports Illustrated‘s Richard Deitsch reports, Rowe had 244 text messages from a variety of athletes and coaches waiting on...
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February 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Peyton Manning in high demand for NFL analyst jobs

To the surprise of no one with even a passing familiarity with Peyton Manning and the NFL, the quarterback is poised to be highly in demand as a studio or game analyst for all of the networks that broadcast the NFL once he officially retires as an active player. The only thing that would seemingly keep Manning from the booth or studio would be if he just doesn’t want to do it...
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February 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Australian Football commentator Garry Lyon steps down after affair with co-host’s ex-wife revealed

Imagine a scenario where Charles Barkley walked off the set of Inside the NBA, claiming mental health issues, after a report that he had an affair with Kenny Smith’s ex-wife.  It would be the biggest sports media scandal today, maybe ever, and a huge sports story in general. That’s the equivalent of what’s currently unfolding in Australia, where two of the most prominent AFL...
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February 15, 2016  |  Discuss

In-studio announcers is a trend that’s unfortunately only going to continue to grow

Last Friday night I traveled to the University of Rhode Island to see the Rams take on Dayton while on assignment for The Student Section. The game was televised on ESPN2, and it did not disappoint. A back and forth game ended with a thrilling 69-68 Dayton win. Despite there being over 6,000 people in attendance, and a slew of NBA scouts looking on, two people were conspicuously...
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February 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Von Miller takes light shots at Cam Newton during surprise SNL apperance

Fresh off earning Most Valuable Player honors at Super Bowl 50, Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller made a surprise appearance on this week’s Saturday Night Live, to take some light-hearted shots at Cam Newton. In honour of the recent discovery of gravitational waves, Miller appeared on the Weekend Update segment to talk science, a topic he claims to have studied in college...
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February 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for February 15, 2016

All Times Eastern College BasketballMen’s Long Island University-Brooklyn at St. Francis (NY) — ESPNU, 1 p.m. Oakland at Wright State — ESPNU, 5 p.m. Western Carolina at East Tennessee State — American Sports Network, 7 p.m. North Carolina State at Virginia — ESPN, 7 p.m. Morgan State at Hampton — ESPNU, 7 p.m. Marist at Fairfield — SNY, 7 p.m. Holy Cross at Lehigh...
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February 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Even former NHL players don’t like the NHL’s new website

The NHL’s new website is a disaster. Ever since it launched, the new website has been met with a ton of criticism which extends well beyond the expected critiques which come with a redesign. The new website is extremely difficult to navigate and even harder to find useful information and features fans have grown accustomed to accessing. It turns out that fans aren’t the only...
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February 14, 2016  |  Discuss
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