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Jeff Fisher is steering the Rams away from Hard Knocks

Here at the end of May, it’s a little early to be thinking about the football season. One thing we’re looking forward to before the season gets underway is the return of Hard Knocks on HBO. We still don’t know which team will be featured yet, but we can say with a certain degree of certainty that the featured team won’t be the St. Louis Rams. The Rams are trying to avoid...
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May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

John Madden: NFL announcer still getting painkiller shots from team doctors

On the heels of a newly filed players’ lawsuit against the NFL, legendary broadcaster John Madden dropped a “well, now that you told us this, we’re actually not surprised” bomb on us. He revealed that an unnamed broadcaster was taking advantage of the painkiller shots meant for players. Via the NY Daily News: “I know an announcer that goes down to the locker room to get...
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May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

FIFA has paid millions of dollars for a movie epic about FIFA

From the “you can not be serious” department comes the most amazingly brazen and shameless story I have seen in a long, long time. This week a movie entitled United Passions is debuting at the Cannes Film Festival.  What is United Passions you ask?  It’s a dramatic motion picture telling the glorious story of FIFA. Yes, that FIFA.  The FIFA that has come to earn its reputations...
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May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

League of Denial producer: “ESPN abandoned us”

Award winning documentary League of Denial was groundbreaking work in bringing to like the seriousness of the NFL’s concussion crisis.  It began as a collaboration between PBS and ESPN.  However, before the film was to air on PBS Frontline, ESPN pulled out of the effort at the 11th hour.  It was reported by the New York Times that the NFL pressured ESPN, its most lucrative network...
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May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Jurgen Klinsmann’s son is not a fan of Landon Donovan

The US soccer world was dealt a shocker Thursday night when all-time leading international goal scorer Landon Donovan was left off Jurgen Klinsmann’s 23 man squad for the 2014 World Cup.  Donovan was the hero of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa with his famous game-winning goal against Algeria and has been the most influential USMNT player for well over a decade.  In Donovan’s...
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May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Sunday Night Football dominates the prime-time TV season for the third straight year

In human history (we’re being deliberately hyperbolic), a sports series has been the highest-rated and most-watched show of the primetime TV season on only three occasions. Here’s the list: 1. NBC’s Sunday Night Football, 2012 2. NBC’s Sunday Night Football, 2013 3. NBC’s Sunday Night Football, 2014 From the Peacock: NBC’s Sunday Night Football finished the 2013-14 television...
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May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for May 23, 2014

ALL TIMES EASTERN Australian Rules Football Greater Western Sydney Giants vs. Richmond Tigers — Fox Sports 2, 11:30 p.m. Boxing Boxcino 2014 Tournament, Verona, NY Middleweight Finals & Lightweight Finals — ESPN2, 9:30 p.m. College Baseball ACC Tournament, Greensboro, NC Florida State vs. Maryland — Fox Sports Net (regional)/ESPN3, 11 a.m. Georgia Tech vs. Clemson — Fox...
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May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Rob Gronkowski will guest star on ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’

I don’t really have a great hook to lead off this story. It’s one of those stories where you read the headline and just go “that’s the joke!” We will take a shot, however, at trying to take this seriously. Rob Gronkowski only managed to play in seven games for the New England Patriots last season due to injury. He remains one of the more colorful athletes in the sport,...
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May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Other league networks should follow in NFL Network’s steps with more biopics

A Football Life is good. Sometimes it can be great and sometimes it can be forgettable and that usually ties back to my personal curiosity and interest into the featured individual. Despite the variance of quality, which really is unavoidable for any documentary series that pumps out more than a handful of episodes per year, A Football Life is pretty damn solid. It’s entertaining...
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May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Charlie Sheen is going to be on Baseball Tonight this Sunday

Two weeks after Jon Hamm was on Baseball Tonight prior to Sunday Night Baseball, ESPN is once again adding a celebrity to their set. This week, before the Cardinals vs Reds game at Great American Ballpark, Charlie Sheen will be on the set on Baseball Tonight. Yes, *that* Charlie Sheen – are we suddenly back in 2011? Sheen played Rick Vaughn in Major League, and is reportedly a...
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May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

For the next nine weeks, the NFL won’t be the center of attention

No guarantees here, because the National Football League has a way of keeping itself on front pages of newspapers and in A blocks of sports television news programs regardless of the circumstances, but we’re now finally entering a two month-long stretch in which the NFL at least isn’t supposed to dominate the world of sports media. Usually, that stretch is closer to three months...
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May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Pierre McGuire is probably not going to be the next GM of the Penguins

NBC analyst Eddie Olczyk has found himself in the discussion for a few various gigs around the NHL as we head toward the league’s off-season. It’s something that often happens for the high-profile analysts in any sport as the coaching carousel moves around every year. However, Olczyk’s not the one who’s found himself part of a discussion for one of his old teams. WPXI, the...
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May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Adrian Wojnarowski joining Fox Sports 1 may not be the gamechanger it seems

There was much hullabaloo over The Big Lead report that Fox Sports 1 had signed Adrian Wojnarowski to be an NBA insider for the network.  Any time an upstart network like Fox Sports 1 can add a talented reporter to its ranks, it’s a move that should be celebrated.  Adding respected voices across the sports world like Woj and Bruce Feldman are important to gain credibility with...
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May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

San Antonio radio station ambushing Charles Barkley in public

It was only a matter of time before Charles Barkley’s feud with San Antonio got stupid. Barkley has a long-running gag on Inside the NBA of making fun of the city of San Antonio and its women.  He’s even said that it’s a joke and he’s just having fun.  We’ve even seen Tim Duncan’s girlfriend Vanessa Macias get in on the act wearing a “Barkley Don’t Know” t-shirt...
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May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Tom Hamilton calls walk off balk and it’s glorious

One of our favorite announcers in sports is Cleveland Indians radio play by play man Tom Hamilton.  Nobody in sports does a walk-off like the Indians announcer and his dueling calls with Hawk Harrelson on last swing Indians victories over the White Sox are a national treasure. So who else would you rather have at the mic for the unique scene of a walk off balk? The Indians won a...
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May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

En Fuego: Could Dan Patrick make a SportsCenter return?

Dan Patrick left ESPN in 2007 after almost 20 years in Bristol, Connecticut.  In that time he became one of the most well-known and popular sports anchors in the country.  Specifically, his partnership with Keith Olbermann and “The Big Show” brought SportsCenter to new heights and transformed the sports highlights genre. Since departing Bristol, Patrick has gone on to a successful...
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May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Showtime developing series about doping in sports

I remember hearing about Playmakers my freshman year of high school. Everyone who watched ESPN was weirded out that they were just doing a dramatic show about this fictional football team. What was even stranger was that it pretty much disappeared after all of the promotion for the first episode. We now all know that the NFL was the reason Playmakers was cancelled. Though shows...
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May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Mark Cuban Vents At Bleacher Report Over Article’s Framing Of His Comments On Racism

Below is a video from Inc magazine in which Mavericks owner (among many other things), shares some very genuine personal thoughts on racism today and his philosophy and logic for the upcoming NBA vote on Donald Sterling’s ownership. The clip is part of a larger interview with Cuban spanning multiple topics. For over two and half minutes a very measured and solemn Cuban opens up...
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May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

AA Podcast #93 – Lindsay Czarniak

This weekend represents the biggest day in motorsports across the world and the marquis event is the Indy 500. On today’s podcast we’re joined by the host of the race for ABC, SportsCenter anchor Lindsay Czarniak. This will be Lindsay’s first assignment since having her first child in March. On today’s show we talk about the race, her time away, and working on the 6 PM SportsCenter...
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May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

PBS documentary on Bob Bradley and Egyptian soccer to air June 16th

Bob Bradley, the former head coach of U.S. Men’s soccer, has a fascinating story to tell. Bradley’s career took an interesting turn after his dismissal from Team USA as he accepted the role of head coach of Egpyt’s national soccer team. The move placed him in the heart of the Egyptian Revolution and though Egypt’s Premier League fell apart, Bradley kept pushing his team forward...
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May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

NBA starts fast, NHL slow in conference final

Both the NBA and NHL have had very good playoff seasons on television. The NBA has posted its typical big numbers on both network and cable. Through two rounds, the Stanley Cup Playoffs are the most-watched ever on cable as well as up on broadcast, so everyone’s doing well. Unfortunately, the Montreal Canadiens have not necessarily brought it to the Eastern Conference Final, meaning...
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May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPN will have an iso-cam on Yasiel Puig tonight

Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is good for baseball. He’s a lightning rod, he’s a talking point, and by the way, he’s really good at baseball. As much as the “controversy” over Puig’s assimilation to America makes me groan, at least it gets people talking about the sport. ESPN has a fairly rare showing of Puig in primetime tonight when Los Angeles visits the Mets, and...
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May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Francesa airing his frustrations with Fox Sports

Poor Mike Francesa. It’s been a rough road ever since he began his national Fox Sports 1 simulcast of his WFAN radio show back in February. Over the past three months, his show has been shuffled back and forth between Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2 and sometimes, off both channels due to pre-emptions. He’s found his show pre-empted by MLB, NASCAR, Supercross, European soccer games...
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May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

The time Mayweather fought Brian Kenny instead of Pacquiao

This week marks the five year anniversary of one of the most memorable and entertaining interviews ever conducted on ESPN. Promoting his return fight from a brief retirement, Floyd Mayweather took to SportsCenter in hopes of drumming up interest for his bout against Juan Manuel Marquez. Fireworks ensued as Mayweather’s interview with SportsCenter anchor and boxing aficionado...
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May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Patience needed for WWE Network after rough week

After last week’s disappointing new TV deal sent their stock tumbling by almost 50%, WWE has been a bit of a hot topic in various corners of the Internet. It even led Vince McMahon to publicly admit he was disappointed himself in the new NBC Universal contract, which is as rare as a Bigfoot sighting. Along with the new TV deal, much of the discussion has shifted back to WWE Network...
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May 21, 2014  |  Discuss
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