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Craig Sager: From the brink of death to the NBA All-Star Game

Less than a year ago, things were looking bleak for Turner Sports NBA reporter Craig Sager. While he was at a CBS seminar in New York, just days before he was set to travel to Omaha to cover the NCAA Tournament, Sager’s doctor recommended he not travel to the tournament after taking a bone marrow biopsy. The biopsy revealed that Sager’s leukemia had returned, mere days after...
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February 10, 2016  |  Discuss

FS1 to air the FIFA Presidential Election

While FS1 has been in flux with its studio programming, its live sports coverage remains intact. Fox has announced that the network will have extensive coverage of the FIFA Presidential Election on February 26. Overall, FS1 will air over six hours of coverage on that day beginning at 3 a.m. ET. Rob Stone will host the coverage with Alexi Lalas and contributor Mark Young in the studio...
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February 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Daily Show takes on Fox News’ criticism of Beyonce halftime performance

It seems as though we’ll remember Super Bowl 50 for it’s controversies more than we’ll remember the actual game itself. Cam Newton’s actions in the post-game press conference are all anyone wants to talk about in the days since. Except maybe Fox News, who wanted to make sure that some of that righteous indignation was being saved for Beyonce and her halftime performance...
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February 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for February 10, 2016

All Times Eastern College BasketballMen’s Tulane at East Carolina — ESPNews, 6:15 p.m. Butler at Seton Hall — FS1, 6:30 p.m. Wake Forest at Georgia Tech — ACC Regional/Fox Sports Net, 7 p.m. Lehigh at Bucknell — American Sports Network, 7 p.m. Nebraska at Wisconsin — Big Ten Network, 7 p.m. American at Boston University — Campus Insiders, 7 p.m. Lafayette at Holy Cross...
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February 10, 2016  |  Discuss

VIDEO: This may be the best Gregg Popovich interview yet

Gregg Popovich interviews are always a fascinating study in human psychology and tonight was no different.  Pop treated David Aldridge to his A+ sarcasm tonight by breaking down the first quarter in fantastic detail. Aldridge: Pop, your impressions of the first quarter… Pop: We’re behind and they’re ahead. Aldridge: Why is that? Pop: They scored more than we did and we were...
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February 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Fox marks down DraftKings investment by 60 percent, as company’s value drops $95 million

As impressive as the explosive growth of daily fantasy sports was six months ago, the plummet of the industry could be equally remarkable. Data leaks called the integrity of the games into question and invited intense scrutiny, notably from state governments (notably in New York and Massachusetts) and federal investigators asserting that DFS was a form of gambling and should be banned...
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February 09, 2016  |  Discuss

ESPN’s exclusive relationship with DraftKings is over

ESPN’s exclusive relationship with daily fantasy sports giant DraftKings is over reports Daniel Roberts of Yahoo! Finance. The original advertising deal (reached on the heels of ESPN backing away from investing in Draftkings) – was announced last June came at the industry’s high point before the ground beneath them started cracking. The deal allowed DraftKings to become...
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February 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Your NBA Announcing Schedule for 2/9 – 2/14

Tuesday, February 9 San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat (TNT 8 pm) Marv Albert, Reggie Miller, Chris Webber & David Aldridge Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors (TNT 10:30 pm) Kevin Harlan, Jon Barry, Rosalyn Gold-Onwude Wednesday, February 10 Los Angeles Lakers at Cleveland Cavaliers (ESPN 8 pm) TBA Houston Rockets at Portland Trail Blazers (ESPN 10:30 pm) TBA Thursday, February...
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February 09, 2016  |  Discuss

ESPN’s 30 for 30 Shorts return with five new documentaries

ESPN’s 30 for 30 Shorts documentary series, an offshoot of their wildly-popular 30 for 30 series, returns with a new slate of five short films. One new documentary will debut every Tuesday at 10 a.m. ET for the next five weeks starting today. Docs will then re-air later in the week on Friday Night Movie Night, during the 6 p.m. ET hour of SportsCenter. Previous 30 for 30...
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February 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Your NHL Announcing Schedule for 2/9 – 2/14

Tuesday, February 9 Dallas Stars at Minnesota Wild (NBCSN 8 pm)​ ​D​ave Strader, Brian Boucher Wednesday, February 10 New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins (NBCSN 8 pm) ​Kenny Albert​, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire Friday, February 12 Los Angeles Kings at New York Rangers (NHLN 7 pm) Local Broadcast Saturday, February 13 Anaheim Ducks at Chicago Blackhawks (NHLN 8:30...
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Cleveland, San Antonio, Golden State lead rise in NBA local ratings despite major market struggles

The Golden State Warriors’ incredible dominance this season has helped to boost national NBA packages on TNT, ABC and ESPN, and NBA TV, and they’re also finding a huge amount of success with their regional broadcasts. Sports Business Journal‘s John Ourand and John Lombardo report that the Warriors have more than doubled their average rating this season, and that’s helped...
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February 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Clemson radio host think women should stick to announcing women’s games

Meet Mickey Plyler, host of The Mickey Plyler Show (obviously) on 105.5 The ROAR in Clemson, S.C. During Plyler’s program on Tuesday, the topic of female sports announcers was broached and you can probably already tell that things went downhill in a hurry. "Women should call women's games, men should call men's games" — @Mickeyplyler on basketball coverage @1055TheROAR ...
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February 09, 2016  |  Discuss

English Premier League unveils its new logo

Today, the world’s most popular sports league gave its fans a look at the logo that will be used starting for the 2016-17 English Premier League campaign. The logo was unveiled in this tweet: From next season, the Premier League is going to look a little bit different…https://t.co/4n4mNohG2Z — Premier League (@premierleague) February 9, 2016 The secondary logo will just...
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February 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Mike Lupica now writes for Sports on Earth??? And he’s now on Twitter???

One of the more insufferable writers in America is Mike Lupica. He has an inflated ego and is willing to let you know how good he is in no uncertain terms. Yet, he remains as a featured coleum its with the New York Daily News after taking a significant pay cut after the paper’s latest round of layoffs last year. The Sports Reporters panelist and former ESPN Radio New York host...
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February 09, 2016  |  Discuss

ESPN public editor Jim Brady’s Grantland column comes under fire from former staffers

Grantland has been gone since ESPN suspended publication on October 30, but its impact is still being felt in sports media. That’s most recently the case with ESPN public editor Jim Brady’s long-promised column on Grantland’s shuttering, which ran Monday. That column, headlined “Looking back at Grantland, ESPN decision sad, not necessarily wrong,” recapped much of the previous...
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February 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Ranking Denver’s potential opponents for the 2016 season opener

Schedule-wise, the only thing we do know about the 2016 NFL regular season is that the  Denver Broncos will host the prime-time opener on NBC on Thursday, Sept. 8. And we know that there are eight potential opponents for Denver that night. Here’s how we rank those opponents from most to least appealing: 1. Carolina Panthers: Although we’re writing this under the assumption...
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February 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Marv Albert signs long-term contract extension with Turner Sports

Basketball fans are going to be treated to listening to the iconic voice of the sport for at least a few more years. Today Turner Sports will announce that broadcasting legend Marv Albert has signed a new multi-year contract extension with the network to continue as the lead voice for the NBA on TNT.  He will continue to call NBA regular season games, playoff games, and the All...
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February 09, 2016  |  Discuss

McShay: Attending Michigan signing day a 'mistake'

Michigan’s resurgent football program took signing day to controversial new heights last week with its star-studded event that included a cast of guests including Tom Brady, Derek Jeter and Ric Flair. ESPN draft expert and college football reporter Todd McShay was also there, for some reason, and now he is saying it was a mistake on his part to be there. The boundaries between...
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February 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for February 9, 2016

All Times Eastern BoxingPremier Boxing Champions, Sands Bethlehem Event Center, Bethlehem, PALightweights Jamel Herring vs. Luis Eduardo Flores — FS1, 11 p.m. College BasketballMen’s Bowie State at Maryland — Big Ten Network, 6 p.m. Duquense at Dayton — American Sports Network, 7 p.m. Miami (OH) at Western Michigan — American Sports Network, 7 p.m. George Mason at URI...
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February 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Brent Musberger wants you to bet on Joe Lunardi’s bracketology

Every Brent Musberger broadcast carries the alluring possibility he’ll sneak in a gambling reference, usually by alluding to an over/under or getting a bit too excited about a last-second basket that happens to affect the point spread. Musberger usually veils his references enough to avoid alienating the gambling averse, but during the first half of Monday night’s Texas-Oklahoma...
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February 08, 2016  |  Discuss

New developments in Colleen Dominguez lawsuit against FS1 makes a bad week for Fox Sports even worse

FS1 has come under plenty of fire for various programming decisions lately, but some of what came out Monday about their personnel decisions has the potential to cause even more problems for the network. Former Fox Sports reporter Colleen Dominguez, who joined Fox from ESPN in February 2014, filed a gender- and age-discrimination lawsuit against the company in December and spoke...
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February 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Cam Newton is whatever you want him to be

During a particular episode of The Simpsons, Grandpa Simpson is shown in flashback watching the introductions to Super Bowl III between the Indianapolis Colts and New York Jets. Introduced first is Jets quarterback Joe Namath, with his billowy hair and long sideburns. “Look at them sideburns! He looks like a girl,” Abe Simpson exclaims. We immediately cut to an image of Colts...
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February 08, 2016  |  Discuss

ESPN Radio hosts argue; one walks off … was it real?

On Sunday, Israel Gutierrez and Amin Elhassan were co-hosting their “Izzy & Amin” ESPN Radio show talking about the Super Bowl when they got heated over Peyton Manning (who doesn’t these days). It got to the point where Elhassan decided to walk off the show leaving Gutierrez to fly solo for a short period. It sounded like Gutierrez was goading him to walk off. Elhassan...
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February 08, 2016  |  Discuss

CBS had an uneven Super Bowl 50 broadcast

When you broadcast the most-watched program of the year, mistakes and glitches are elevated and are noticeable to the American viewing public. In a pregame interview with Awful Announcing, CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus said he was hoping for a clean broadcast with a game that went to overtime. Unfortunately for the Tiffany Network, the game delivered neither. It wasn’t a clean...
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February 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Anna Kendrick, Zac Efron, and Adam Devine perform the history of sports movies on ‘The Late Late Show’

On The Late Late Show with James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Zac Efron, and Adam Devine helped Corden perform the history of sports movies in seven minutes, and it went pretty well. The group got started off with a nice fix of baseball films, including The Bad News Bears, and transitioned into Field of Dreams, and The Sandlot. For basketball, they did Hoosiers, where Efron jokingly...
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February 08, 2016  |  Discuss
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