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Bob Costas leaves game broadcast to use the restroom

Bob Costas is a broadcasting legend.  He seems to have somehow defied the aging process.  He’s one of the most respected personalities in the entire sports and news industry. But when nature calls, even Bob Costas has to answer. While broadcasting Yankees-Mariners on MLB Network Tuesday night alongside John Smoltz, Bob Costas had to use the restroom in the bottom of the 7th inning...
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April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Dan Patrick will host new Sports Jeopardy show

One of the running gags on The Dan Patrick Show is the host potentially leaving his Dannettes for the promised land of replacing Alex Trebek on Jeopardy. Well, Dan Patrick hosting Jeopardy is now actually becoming a reality.  But it’s not the Jeopardy you know and love from its years in syndication.  A new Sports Jeopardy show will be launching online and through digital media...
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April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

NASCAR on Fox hitting record low ratings

NASCAR’s ratings have been the subject of great debate over the past several seasons.  Since peaking in the mid-2000′s, the sport has seen a significant drop in television viewership. After what seemed like a period of stabilizing audiences over the last 2 seasons, NASCAR is once again seeing a downward trend in 2014.  According to Sports Media Watch, America’s most popular...
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April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

The Wizards have a message for ESPN’s NBA experts

"experts" #dcRising pic.twitter.com/0QuS3bsHVl — Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) April 30, 2014
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23 former players set to participate in an NFL-sanctioned journalism boot camp

The NFL continues to do its damnedest to give current and recently-retired players a chance to stay employed in the sports industry by holding boot camp-style media training sessions each offseason. You’re probably familiar with the popular “broadcast bootcamp,” which takes place at the NFL Films headquarters in Mount Laurel, New Jersey annually in June, but the league also...
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April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Peter Kostis is back on the course and raising cancer awareness

The number that sticks with Peter Kostis now is 18, and it has nothing to do with golf. As of last week, Kostis has been contacted by 18 people who found out they have colon cancer after getting tested because of the CBS golf analyst spreading the word about his battle with the disease. “They all have a good prognosis,” Kostis said. “I feel good about that. It shows what kind...
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April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for April 30, 2014

ALL TIMES EASTERN Boxing Mayweather vs. Maidana Pre-Fight Press Conference — CBS Sports Network, 4 p.m. College Football College Football Live — ESPN2, 5 p.m. Inside College Football: Draft Special: Prospect or Suspect? — CBS Sports Network, 7 p.m. College Gymnastics Women’s NCAA Championships — ESPNU, 8 p.m. College Softball Nebraska at Wisconsin — Big Ten Network, 4...
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WATCH: David Aldridge gives emotional pregame report

As expected, emotions ran high before Game 5 between the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night. With the basketball world still affected by the news of Clippers owner Donald Sterling receiving a lifetime ban and $2.5 million fine for making racist remarks that were caught on tape, the pre-game scene at Staples Center was emotionally charged. Just prior to...
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April 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Irish sports TV show provides “Post-Match” analysis of a wedding

Imagine you’ve just gotten married and you’re at the reception. Your lovely bride announces she’s put together a surprise video to show to the entire gathering. And you begin to sweat fearing it could be pictures of when you were a kid or those silly drunken college days. But instead, it’s your favorite sports show analyzing your wedding. That’s exactly what happened to...
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Clippers website makes statement in wake of Donald Sterling’s lifetime ban

This afternoon NBA Commissioner laid the hammer down on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.  Silver banned Sterling for life from the NBA and announced that he would do everything in his power to encourage the league’s Board of Governors to force him to sell the team. Silver and the league have been applauded for delivering what appears to be at or near the maximum punishment...
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30 for 30: Soccer Stories Review – Ceasefire Massacre

Title – Ceasefire Massacre Directors – Alex Gibney and Trevor Birney Length – 30 minutes with commercials Installment – #5 of 8 in 30 for 30′s Soccer Stories Review – Halfway through the 30 for 30: Soccer Stories, it’s clear ESPN has focused in on stories that are multi-dimensional.  Whether this be legends of the game like Diego Maradona or Garrincha or moments...
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30 for 30: Soccer Stories Review – The Myth of Garrincha

Title – The Myth of Garrincha Director – Marcos Horacio Azevedo Length – 30 minutes with commercials Installment – #4 of 8 in 30 for 30′s Soccer Stories Review – One of the great soccer players who ever lived now rests in a cemetery in Rio de Janeiro with someone else’s headstone marking his grave. “He deserved something much better.  He was the greatest...
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Jimmy Fallon pranks fans into booing Robinson Cano to his face

On Monday night’s episode of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, there was a segment where New Yorkers booed a cutout of Robinson Cano and furiously changed their stance when Cano himself popped out from behind the cutout. While the skit did provide some laughs, I think it also represents the hypocrisy of the modern fan. Fans have no qualms about booing a player or talking crap...
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Bomani Jones shines a light on what really matters with Donald Sterling

Bomani Jones was way ahead of everyone else on the horror show that is Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.  Jones wrote a column for ESPN.com’s Page 2 in 2006 with the headline, “Sterling’s racism should be news.”  That was 8 years ago. Sterling’s offensive and racist behavior has been well documented for years, but nobody did anything about it because it was...
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The good and the bad of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on television so far

We’re nearly two weeks into the annual tournament of endless madness that is the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It’s been an excellent first round — really, the combined insanity of the NBA and Stanley Cup Playoffs has made for as good a two weeks in sports as I can remember — and there’s obviously a lot of television coverage to look over. The NHL is a special challenge, because...
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April 29, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPN is now worth over $50 billion dollars

How far will $50 billion dollars get you in today’s world? Well, for starters, you could construct an entire Olympic venue from scratch as they did in Sochi, Russia. You could buy every NFL franchise with $13 billion dollars left over to spend at your own leisure.  Maybe you would want to go and buy the entire NHL, whose 30 teams are worth just over $8 billion dollars. The 10...
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Video: Shaq breaks out the Birdman dance

It’s no secret that Shaquille O’Neal is an enormous fan of Chris “Birdman” Andersen.  So while the Heat were sweeping away Michael Jordan’s Bobcats in Round 1, The Big Aristotle blessed us all with a dance dedicated to the Birdman once again. Let’s just say it’s probably a good thing that Shaq hasn’t been invited yet to Dancing With the Stars.  I think I saw better...
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April 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Why were NBA rightsholders slow on Donald Sterling coverage at the outset?

It’s a story that shook the NBA and the sports world when TMZ unveiled the now infamous audio purporting to the Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling making racial epithets to his girlfriend early Saturday morning on the East Coast. It was quickly followed by Deadspin which quickly put up its own story linking to TMZ. Yahoo! Sports put the Sterling story on its front page...
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Viewing Picks for April 29, 2014

ALL TIMES EASTERN College Baseball Nebraska at Creighton — CBS Sports Network, 7:30 p.m. College Football College Football Live — ESPN2, 5 p.m. Inside College Football: Draft Special: The Playmakers — CBS Sports Network, 6:30 p.m. Golf Inside the PGA Tour — Golf Channel, 6:30 p.m. Playing Lessons From the Pros: Greg Norman — Golf Channel, 7 p.m. Golf’s Greatest Rounds...
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April 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Don Cherry Wears Bruins Tie on Coach’s Corner

Don Cherry has a reputation as the Craig Sager of Canada. The Hockey Night in Canada pundit gets CBC viewers talking on a nightly basis during the playoffs with his lavish outfits, but he’s usually careful not to show any major leanings in his choices. Monday night was another story. That’s a Boston Bruins tie he’s wearing. On a national broadcast. In Canada. Cherry played...
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April 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Hard Knocks decision on the horizon for NFL/HBO

Hard Knocks was once on life support with the venerable HBO series going inside an NFL training camp unable to find a cooperating partner.  Franchises have shied away from the spotlight of Hard Knocks because of the insular nature of the NFL world, treating every piece of team information with the seriousness of government secrets.  That’s not a realm that seems amenable to cameras...
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April 28, 2014  |  Discuss

AA Podcast #89 – Liam McHugh

On today’s podcast we shift our attention to the NHL postseason and chat with NBC sports host Liam McHugh. Liam is the lead studio anchor for NBC’s coverage of the NHL as well as Notre Dame football, the Tour de France, and other sports. In many ways, he is one of the faces of the young NBCSN. Today we talk with Liam about the Stanley Cup and his career at NBC. Topics include…...
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April 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Your MLB Announcing Schedule for 4/28 – 5/4

Monday, April 28 Oakland Athletics at Texas Rangers (ESPN 8 pm) Dave O’Brien, Aaron Boone Tuesday, April 29 Seattle Mariners at New York Yankees (MLBN 7 pm) Bob Costas, John Smoltz [alt: Rays @ Red Sox] Wednesday, April 30 Milwaukee Brewers at St. Louis Cardinals (MLBN 1:30 pm) Local Broadcast [alt: Tigers @ WSox 2PM] Detroit Tigers at Chicago White Sox (WGNA 2 pm) Ken Harrelson...
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April 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets boycott reporter who made fun of Bartolo Colon’s weight

If you’re a beat writer covering a specific sports team, the last thing you’d probably want to do is piss off all the players so that they refuse to talk to you. Unfortunately, that is what Mets beat writer Mike Puma did last week. Puma, who writes for the New York Post, had less than flattering things to say about pitcher Bartolo Conlon, even though he pitched the team to a...
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April 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Hall of Fame coach and longtime ESPN analyst Dr. Jack Ramsay passes away

Hall of fame basketball coach and longtime television and radio commentator Dr. Jack Ramsay passed away at the age of 89 on Monday. Ramsay had been battling cancer and stepped away from the broadcast booth because of health issues last season during the NBA Playoffs.  He had been working as a lead analyst for ESPN Radio’s coverage of the association.  Before working for ESPN...
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April 28, 2014  |  Discuss
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