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ESPN Ratings Buzz: April 4-10

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. ESPN Top 10 (and Select) Programs VIEWER RANK PROGRAM DATE START TIME END TIME VIEWERS (000) A18-49 (000) 1 MASTERS GOLF TOURNAMENT (live) Fri 4/08/16 3:00 PM 7:30 PM 3060 781    SECOND ROUND 2 WOMEN’S NCAA BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP (live...
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April 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Golden State Warriors not just set regular season win record, but RSN ratings record as well

The Golden State Warriors remain white hot in the Bay Area. They have resonated with fans after winning last year’s NBA Championship and their quest to break the Chicago Bulls’ regular season win record this season have drawn even more fans to TV as well. The main beneficiary has been Comcast SportsNet Bay Area which have seen ratings for the Warriors increase by an astonishing...
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April 15, 2016  |  Discuss

UW-Milwaukee play-by-play man Bill Johnson quits with scathing Instagram rant

In one of the more memorable media exits we’ve seen in some time, long-time University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee basketball play-by-play man Bill Johnson decided to leave that role after 17 seasons, and he did so with an incredible Instagram rant about the university’s administrators and athletic director Amanda Braun in particular. Here it is: To quote Groucho Marx ...
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April 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Vin Scully has no fear of the number 13

To say Vin Scully is the greatest isn’t doing justice to Vin Scully. The way he weaves tales and is able to tell what’s happening in a game is truly a joy to listen. And when you read what he said, it’s as if he’s writing prose as well. During Thursday night’s Diamonbacks-Dodgers game, Scully discussed the D’Backs’ Nick Ahmed and his number 13 and then transitioned...
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ESPN’s cast of characters back for NFL Draft including Berman, Kiper, Wingo with increased role for Louis Riddick

Let’s face it. You probably haven’t thought about Chris Berman in a while. Yet, he always seems to pop up when it’s time for a big event. This is one of those times. The annual NFL Draft or the Player Selection Meeting as it’s officially known within NFL circles, will be held later this month in Chicago (Thursday, April 28 through Saturday, April 29) and as he has for 36...
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According to NFL insiders, the Rams are targeting Jared Goff AND Carson Wentz with the first pick

The Los Angeles Rams made a big splash just a couple weeks away from the NFL Draft by making a huge trade with the Tennessee Titans to acquire the #1 overall pick. Let’s break down that trade: pic.twitter.com/RU4luOUQDc — Tennessee Titans (@Titans) April 14, 2016 It’s no mystery that the Rams are in need of a franchise quarterback, with Case Keenum the current frontrunner...
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Ranking every primetime game on the 2016 NFL schedule

This year’s NFL schedule features 50 primetime games and 56 nationally-televised games, with one more scheduled to be added on the final Sunday of the season. There’s also a chance that as many as eight Sunday night games will be flexed between Week 5 and Week 16. But working only with what we know right now, we’ve gone ahead and ranked the 56 games you’re currently slated...
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April 15, 2016  |  Discuss

ESPN to broadcast drone racing, starting with U.S. championships in August

The Worldwide Leader In Drone Racing? Drone racing has been picking up plenty of popularity recently, with races in NFL stadiums and other events drawing significant attention. Now, ESPN is set to broadcast some drone-racing events, announcing a multi-year international deal with the International Drone Racing Association: “Drone racing gives anyone the ability to fly like a superhero...
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Viewing Picks for April 15, 2016

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football West Coast Eagles vs. Richmond Tigers — FS2, 6 a.m. BoxingShoBox: The Next Generation, Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, NYBantamweights Stephon Young vs. Nikolay Potapov — Showtime, 10 p.m. Bundesliga Hannover 96 vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach — FS2, 2:20 p.m. College Baseball Nebraska at Michigan — Big Ten Network, 6...
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Your 2016 Sunday Night Football Schedule

Over the past several years, Sunday Night Football has not only become the premier sports package in all of television, it’s become the top rated primetime series in America.  As the schedule is released in April though, it’s always a bit of a guessing game beyond the first few weeks.  To ensure the best matchups even earlier in the season, the NFL mandated flexing can begin...
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April 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Your 2016 Monday Night Football Schedule

Given the amount of money that ESPN pays the National Football League for their rights fees and the fact that there are no flex capabilities, the Monday Night Football schedule is always a product of mystery and intrigue.  Could the NFL ever use the schedule to exert their power and influence over ESPN?  And with the focus on Thursday and Sunday nights, can ESPN be satisfied with...
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April 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Your 2016 Thursday Night Football Schedule

The 2016 NFL schedule was released tonight on April 14th so fans can have a 24 reprieve from the endless conversation, hype, and debate about the draft.  Now we get to spend the next five months of endless conversation, hype, and debate about when games we already knew were happening will take place on the calendar.  Football! First up is your Thursday Night Football schedule,...
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April 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Tim Rohan goes from the NYT to The MMQB

Sports Illustrated’s The MMQB has made a splashy hire, bringing in Tim Rohan from The New York Times starting in June. Rohan first got some national attention in 2012 as the NYT intern who wound up covering Johan Santana’s no-hitter, the first in Mets’ franchise history, and he’s gone on to do plenty of impressive work at the paper, including covering college football on...
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April 14, 2016  |  Discuss

NBCSN posts best cable NHL season in 22 years, record opening playoff night

Despite significant sports competition out there, NBC’s NHL coverage across its channels is posting ratings gains. Earlier this week, NBC announced that its regular season-coverage on NBCSN (94 games) pulled in 378,000 viewers on average, the best numbers for a full season of hockey on cable in 22 years and a eight percent boost over last year’s 349,000. The 11 NHL on NBC games...
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Almost none of the NCAA’s new $8.8 billion TV deal is earmarked for athletes

The NCAA announced its new eight-year, $8.8 billion deal with CBS/Turner for NCAA Tournament broadcast rights with a preemptively defensive statement on Twitter. NCAA extends contract with CBS & Turner for @MarchMadness. More than 90% of revenue continues to benefit athletes: https://t.co/qZ6SQnxK6E — Inside the NCAA (@InsidetheNCAA) April 12, 2016 Part of the NCAA’s...
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Rate the local NHL announcers – Pacific Division

Finally, our quest to evaluate all of the broadcast booths in the NHL comes to the Pacific Division. This division is a fascinating mix of talent in Canada, California and Arizona. There’s quite a bit of disparity in the Pacific and that may ring true with the announcers as well. Last call! Sound off on the Pacific and make sure you check back and add your votes for the Metro...
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April 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Overnights for NBA regular season finales give Warriors slight edge over Kobe Bryant

Even though the Golden State Warriors drive for 73 and Kobe Bryant’s last game were on opposite each other and aired late on the East Coast, they still drew viewers for the ESPN family of networks. The overnight numbers show that ESPN/ESPN2 ended up almost receiving the same rating for Memphis-Golden State which resulted in the Warriors’ record-breaking 73rd regular season win...
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DirecTV to air MLB Network Showcase games in 4K

Last week, DirecTV aired coverage of The Masters in 4K Ultra High Definition making it the satellite provider’s first 4K sports telecast. It will follow up The Masters with a lineup of 25 baseball games produced in 4K by MLB Network. The MLB Network Showcase features up to 25 games and has Bob Costas as its lead announcer. It marks the first time baseball will be aired regularly...
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April 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Apparently, Kobe Bryant and Stephen Curry broke Twitter

It’s one of those moments when Twitter gets overloaded and people can’t access the social media service. Just when fans wanted to tweet about Kobe Bryant’s last game and the Golden State Warrriors’ quest to break the single season record of 72 wins, Twitter went down. The timing was impeccable. It occurred right when Bryant scored the first of his 60 points in his final game...
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This Houston TV poll about the Rockets is the saddest and funniest thing ever

The Houston Rockets were able to sneak into the playoffs as the #8 seed in the Western Conference in spite of a fairly crazy year of turmoil and dubious stats like James Harden setting the record for most turnovers in one season. Their prize for making the postseason is a matchup with the top seeded Golden State Warriors, who just completed the best season in NBA history at 73-9...
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April 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Trey Wingo took a pretty major dig at Darren Rovell on Twitter

ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell takes his tweeting very seriously, especially when it surrounds major events in sports.  Rovell has even talked about how he has tweets loaded up for those big occasions well in advance. Well, Kobe Bryant’s farewell day was one of those occasions and Rovell was firing off the tweets early and often. In 2001, 1,552 babies born in the...
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Marv Albert, Doug Collins and Craig Sager will call men’s Olympic basketball in Rio

NBC’s roster for the Rio Olympics continues to expand, with the network following up the announcement of Mary Carillo and Jimmy Roberts as correspondents with a release this week outlining the big names they have lined up for men’s basketball. Marv Albert will call Team USA men’s games, with Doug Collins on color and Craig Sager on the sidelines. NBC also announced that Marc...
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Viewing Picks for April 14, 2016

All Times Eastern College Baseball Tennessee at Auburn — SEC Network, 7 p.m. Florida at Arkansas — ESPNU, 9 p.m. Oregon State at Washington State — Pac-12 Network/Pac-12 Oregon/Pac-12 Washington, 10 p.m. College Beach Volleyball Arizona State at Arizona — Pac-12 Network/Pac-12 Arizona, 6 p.m. Pepperdine at USC — Pac-12 Network/Pac-12 Los Angeles, 7:30 p.m. College Football...
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Your MLB Announcing Schedule for 4/13 – 4/17

Wednesday, April 13 Miami Marlins at New York Mets (MLBN 1 pm) Local Broadcast Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox (ESPN2 7 pm) Jon Sciambi, Rick Sutcliffe, Doug Glanville Thursday, April 14 Detroit Tigers at Pittsburgh Pirates (MLBN 12:30 pm) Local Broadcast [alt: White Sox at Twins – 1p] New York Yankees at Toronto Blue Jays (MLBN 7 pm) Local Broadcast [alt: Royals at Astros...
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April 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Jamie Horowitz wants to channel Fox News, takes shot at ESPN

Between controversies, criticism, cuts and more, things aren’t looking all that great for FS1 right now, but the state of his glass house isn’t stopping Fox Sports National Networks president Jamie Horowitz from throwing stones at his old employer, ESPN. At the Sports Business Journal World Sports Congress Wednesday, Horowitz took a direct shot at ESPN and its declining SportsCenter...
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April 13, 2016  |  Discuss
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