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UFC introduces digital network

The UFC Network is here! Well...kind of. On Monday, John Morgan of USA Today reported that the UFC would be creating a digital television network that would feature live and on-demand fight programming - including next month's live card from Singapore. According to Morgan, the digital network will allow the UFC to air fight cards in foreign markets - specifically in Asia...
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December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Nomar Garciaparra leaving ESPN for Dodgers network

The new Los Angeles Dodgers RSN backed by Time Warner Cable is looking to be a powerful outfit.  After rumors they were ready to pinch ESPN Sunday Night Baseball analyst Orel Hershiser comes a report from the Los Angeles Times that the network has already signed former Red Sox and Dodgers infielder Nomar Garciaparra from Bristol: "Nomar Garciaparra has been hired as a new...
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December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

NBC will be involved in the bidding for the UEFA Champions League

The bidding for the rights to the UEFA Champions League from 2015-16 through 2017-18 will be furious, and one of the entities believed to be involved is NBC according to Jonathan Tannenwald at The Goalkeeper. The current rights holder, Fox, and the former rights holder, ESPN, are both also expected to be involved. beIN SPORT is expected to at least make a bid. UEFA has split...
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December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

AA Q&A: Scott Moore of Sportsnet

Last week, we gave you a look into the NHL's side of their groundbreaking, 12-year, $5 billion media rights agreement with Rogers Communications and Sportsnet. This week, we're taking a look from the television side of things, with Rogers President of Broadcasting Scott Moore. Moore is the perfect person to discuss this deal, as he played an intregal part in helping his...
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December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for December 3, 2013

All Times Eastern College Basketball Men's Big Ten/ACC Challenge Indiana at Syracuse -- ESPN, 7:15 p.m. Illinois at Georgia Tech -- ESPN2, 7:15 p.m. Penn State at Pittsburgh -- ESPNU, 7:30 p.m. Michigan at Duke -- ESPN, 9:15 p.m. Notre Dame at Iowa -- ESPN2, 9:15 p.m. Florida State at Minnesota -- ESPNU, 9:30 p.m. Rockhurst at Saint Louis -- Fox College...
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December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

SportsCenter is now sending updates about LeBron James tweets

We've joked that SportsCenter will soon be nothing but LeBron James tweets being read on air.  Distirubingly enough, we're closer to that being a reality.  SportsCenter sent this mobile "update" during the Saints-Seahawks Monday Night game. @awfulannouncing Is this even necessary? pic.twitter.com/uw3kCeBusz — Joe Scofero (@JoeScofero) December...
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December 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Screengrab Snafu: MSG thinks the Devils are the Islanders

The New Jersey Devils are facing the Montreal Canadiens on MSG+, but that's apparently news to the broadcast crew. During the first period of the game, they threw up the standard ever-present score bug, which as you can see, falsely indentified the Devils as the New York Islanders. The MSG Network carries Devils and Islanders games (along with the New York Rangers and...
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December 02, 2013  |  Discuss

NFL Ratings, Week 13: Broncos-Chiefs strikes for CBS

Pregame In one of the closer gaps of the year, Fox NFL Sunday only beat CBS' The NFL Today by a count of 2.9 to 2.5. Fox is usually well into the mid-3 range. CBS was also down a tick or two with a lighter Sunday than usual. Fox (Regional Window) Fox had a pretty weak regional slate, with not even a real lead game in most markets, perhaps Arizona-Philadelphia. They...
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December 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Your NHL Announcing Schedule for 12/2-12/8

United States Monday, December 2 Philadelphia Flyers vs. Minnesota Wild, 8 p.m. ET (NBCSN) - Mike Emrick, Pierre McGuire Tuesday, December 3 Dallas Stars vs. Chicago Blackhawks, 8 p.m. ET (NBCSN) - Gord Miller, Pierre McGuire Wednesday, December 4 Philadelphia Flyers vs. Detroit Red Wings, 8 p.m. ET (NBCSN) - Mike Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire Thursday...
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December 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Fan holds up Bitcoin sign at College GameDay, gets handsomely rewarded

If you were watching College GameDay on Saturday at the Iron Bowl, you may have noticed the above sign. The sign asks for Bitcoins, and has a QR code that links to his Bitcoin account. Naturally, a poster on Reddit saw the sign, took a screencap, and blew up the QR code, leading to the fan's account being flooded with Bitcoins. Through 12:45 on Monday afternoon, the fan has...
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December 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Rebecca Lowe in, Michelle Beadle out as NBC Olympics hosts?

Richard Deitsch's weekly SI.com media column usually breaks news and this week's is no exception. He reported that NBC/NBCSN English Premier League host Rebecca Lowe will join NBCUniversal's Olympic coverage in Sochi. NBC says Lowe will host NBCSN's live weekday and weekend coverage.  This will mark Lowe's first Olympic assignment not only in the United States...
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December 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Sky News breaks news that RGIII came out

British diving star, Olympic medalist, and former World Champion Tom Daley came out and announced he was gay in a YouTube video.  Daley's announcement comes on the heels of Jason Collins, Robbie Rogers, and several other prominent athletes making the decision to come out publicly. To commemorate Daley's announcement, Sky News in the UK produced what else, a slideshow...
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December 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Peter King drops F-bomb on Dan Patrick Show

I'm actually shocked this doesn't happen more often during these live look-ins that have become popular on sports studio shows.  While making his weekly Monday visit to The Dan Patrick Show in New York, SI's Peter King dropped an F-bomb during a commercial break... thinking he was in a commercial break.  He apparently missed the memo that some parts of the commercial...
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December 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Screengrab Snafu: Someone is given red card

Technically this is correct.  Someone was sent off during PSV Eindhoven's Europa League game against Ludogorets Razgrad.  (Say that five times fast.)  That someone was Jeffrey Bruma, but who's counting, right?  This is the Europa League after all, which is about as tedious as an NFC East divisional game.  I'm just suprised someone even bothered to operate the graphics...
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December 02, 2013  |  Discuss

ESPNU set to simulcast Paul Finebaum radio show

While we are still months away from the SEC Network's debut in Aug. 2014, the ESPN family of networks will be graced with the presence of the Paul Finebaum radio show a little early. After an incredible Iron Bowl game between Alabama and Auburn, Finebaum's show will be simulcast in its entirety on ESPNU at its normal time of 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time. After a...
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December 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Don Cherry thinks Don Cherry isn't going anywhere

The landmark Rogers-NHL deal has totally transformed the sports media landscape in Canada.  One of the most interesting aspects of the contract is that Rogers has complete and total control over NHL rights in the country and is sublicensing a package to CBC so they can continue the traditional "Hockey Night in Canada" brand for the time being.  Therefore, HNIC will continue...
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December 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Tom Hanks uses his imaginary phone to call for a goal review at Staples Center

We're used to seeing celebrities courtside at Los Angeles Lakers games, but when it comes to their hockey counterparts, the name most commonly associated with the Kings has been Matthew Perry.  That is, until Saturday night, when Tom Hanks was spotted at Staples Center taking in the Kings game against the Calgary Flames with his wife, Rita Wilson. Hanks was not your...
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December 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for December 2, 2013

All Times Eastern College Basketball Men's Florida at UConn -- ESPN2, 7 p.m. Auburn at Iowa State -- ESPNU, 7 p.m. UTPA at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville -- Fox College Sports Central, 8 p.m. Vanderbilt at Texas -- ESPN2, 9 p.m. Mercer at Oklahoma -- ESPNU, 9 p.m. Cal-Irvine at Cal -- Pac-12 Networks, 10:30 p.m. Women's North Carolina Central...
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December 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Detroit Free Press writer votes Ohio State #8 in AP Poll

Saturday was one of the best days in college football history.  A thrilling Ohio State-Michigan game that came down to a failed 2 point conversion try in the final minute and will go down as one of the most memorable contests in the rivalry's history.  An Iron Bowl that produced perhaps the greatest finish in the history of the sport that didn't involve the Stanford band...
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December 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Ron Burgundy anchors real life newscast in North Dakota

There have been a ton of sportscasts built on themes, memes, and impressions this year.  One in Idaho even featured an anchor impersonating Ron Burgundy.  Burgundy made another appearance last night in Bismarck, North Dakota.... except this time it was the genuine article. Will Ferrell is a genius at viral antics.  Much like his Old Milwaukee spots that aired in smaller markets...
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December 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Fox's Eddie George goes crazy while watch Ohio State-Michigan

Saturday's Ohio State-Michigan game was the appetizer to what became an amazing day for college football. The Buckeyes won in a track meet, 42-41 in the Big House at Ann Arbor, MI. And it put Ohio State in prime position for a BCS Championship Game birth when Alabama lost to Auburn in another Buffalo Wild Wings-type of crazy finish.  Watching the traditional rivalry game...
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December 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for December 1, 2013

All Times Eastern College Basketball Men's Global Sports Challenge Cal Poly at Oregon -- Pac-12 Networks, 10 p.m. Old Spice Classic, Orlando, FL 7th Place Game Purdue vs. Siena -- ESPN3, 5 p.m. 5th Place Game Washington State vs. St. Joseph's -- ESPNU, noon 3rd Place Game Butler vs. LSU -- ESPNU, 2:30 p.m. Championship Game Oklahoma State...
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December 01, 2013  |  Discuss

LISTEN: Auburn has great radio call for miraculous ending

Two weeks ago Auburn beat Georgia under extraordinary circumstances on a Hail Mary called "The Immaculate Deflection" among other names. That was merely the warm-up act for what may be the most miraculous, memorable ending to a football game in this or any millenium. With the game tied at 28, Alabama attempted a game winning 57 yard field goal after 1 second was put back...
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November 30, 2013  |  Discuss

WATCH: Announcers videobombed by fans playing Whack-A-Mole

We've seen a ton of clever, creative videobombs this year throughout the sports world, but this may be my favorite.  Creighton met San Diego State in one of five thousand early season tournaments Friday night at the Wooden Legacy.  Coming back from halftime, a group of Aztec fans used the ESPN banner behind announcers Dave Flemming and Sean Farnham for their own human Whack...
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November 30, 2013  |  Discuss

ESPN shines in SBJ survey results

This week's Sports Business Journal released the results of its latest reader's survey on the media. ESPN came out to be the big winner topping four out of 11 categories. The subjects ranged from favorite sports announcer to favorite sports app to which network best covers the NFL. There were some very interesting results. For disclosure purposes, your humble writer did take...
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November 30, 2013  |  Discuss
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