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Mike Francesa pulls no punches on Trump, Spitzer, Moonves, Reilly

It’s good to be the Sports Pope. Mike Francesa just had a big reunion with Chris “Mad Dog” Russo at a sold-out Radio City Music Hall, had a successful Francesa Con III, has a 30 for 30 about him on the way, and is still topping the radio ratings in New York on WFAN, and making a reported $5 million annually to do so. Francesa has said he’ll be leaving WFAN at the end of 2017...
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April 12, 2016  |  Discuss

NHL-Showtime all-access show is 'done deal'

The negotiations about the proposed NHL-Showtime all-access show covering the conference finals and Stanley Cup Final have apparently concluded, as Awful Announcing has learned that the Showtime all-access hockey is now a done deal. The yet to be named series will differentiate from previous all-access NHL shows on Epix and HBO in that they’ll be 30 minutes each instead of a full...
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April 12, 2016  |  Discuss

The NHL says they’re not banning GIFs, despite Twitter report

Unauthorized sports highlight GIFs have proven a frequent battleground in recent years, with Major League Baseball, the NFL, college conferences and others seeking takedowns of Twitter accounts that post those highlights. Thus,  it was certainly believable when The Hockey Writers’ Mark Scheig posted on Twitter Tuesday that the NHL was going to ban GIFs ahead of the playoffs, especially...
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April 12, 2016  |  Discuss

CBS and Turner extend March Madness rights through 2032

College basketball ratings took a substantial hit in both the regular season and the NCAA tournament this year, but March Madness broadcasters CBS and Turner seem bullish on the sport, announcing Tuesday that they’d signed an eight-year, $8.8 billion extension to take their joint deal for the NCAA tournament (which previously expired after the 2024 event) through 2032. The deal...
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April 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Rate the local NHL announcers – Metropolitan Division

Today in our ranking of the local NHL announcers we shift our focus over to the Metropolitan Division. Home to the Penguins, Capitals, Rangers, Islanders, Flyers, Hurricanes, Devils and Blue Jackets, the Metro has some heated rivalries on the ice, but will that translate over in how fans vote for the local broadcasts? Will a Penguins fan be able to justify giving a passing grade...
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April 12, 2016  |  Discuss

ESPN signs Todd McShay to multi-year extension

Every year, the NFL Draft becomes a bigger and bigger production, with debate over which marginally pedigreed quarterback should be drafted first (Carson Wentz, really?) forever stretching earlier and earlier into the offseason. With that in mind, ESPN could not possibly part ways with its co-president of endless draft speculation. Thus, the network has announced a long-term extension...
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April 12, 2016  |  Discuss

NBC’s Olympic broadcast lineup rounding into shape

With less than five months to go until the Summer Olympics, NBC’s broadcast lineup is coming together in familiar form. Back in February, the network announced Bob Costas would be the studio host for the millionth straight Olympics, and now NBC has signed on two more familiar faces: long-time correspondents Mary Carillo and Jimmy Roberts. Carillo will be on her 13th Olympic assignment...
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April 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Keith Olbermann follows through on threat, lists Trump Palace condo for sale

You’ve got to give it to Keith Olbermann, he is a man of his word. A month after vowing in a scathing op-ed to sell his Donald Trump-managed New York City condo in protest of Trump’s presidential candidacy, the commentator has followed through, listing the apartment for $3.9 million. According to The Wall Street Journal, Olbermann is taking a loss on the condo, which he bought...
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April 12, 2016  |  Discuss

The State of the WWE Network After Two Years

The WWE Network launched on February 24, 2014 in the United States with the first live pay-per-view (WrestleMania 30) taking place a little over a month later. Last Monday April 4, one day after this year’s WrestleMania 32 event, WWE announced that they had 1,824,000 subscribers worldwide, which was broken down as 1,454,000 paying subscribers and 370,000 free subscribers. In the...
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In Part 1, Ken Burns’ Jackie Robinson film defines the man, not the baseball icon

“If I had a room jammed with trophies and awards, and a child of mine came to me and asked what I had done in defence of black people, and I had to tell that child that I had kept quiet, I would have to mark myself a total failure at the whole business of living.” Ken Burns’ four-hour Jackie Robinson documentary begins with this quote from the baseball legend and civil rights...
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NHL, Showtime nearing agreement for all-access show for Stanley Cup Playoffs

The NHL is approaching a deal with yet another premium TV network for an all-access show. According to Puck Daddy, the NHL and Showtime are finishing up negotiations for an all-access show covering the four teams in the conference finals and Stanley Cup Final. The league has aired a Winter Classic all-access show on EPIX over the last two seasons. Prior to the deal with EPIX, the...
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Viewing Picks for April 12, 2016

All Times Eastern College Baseball Auburn at Kennesaw State — ESPN3, 6 p.m. Florida at Florida State — ESPN3, 6 p.m. Georgia at Georgia Tech — ESPN3, 6 p.m. Nova Southeastern at Miami (FL) — ESPN3, 6 p.m. Northern Illinois at Illinois-Chicago — ESPN3, 7 p.m. Texas at Houston — ESPN3, 7 p.m. Oral Roberts at Oklahoma State — Fox College Sports Atlantic, 7 p.m. North...
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April 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Your NBA Announcing Schedule for 4/11 – 4/13

Monday, April 11 Atlanta Hawks at Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA TV 7 pm) Local Broadcast Sacramento Kings at Phoenix Suns (NBA TV 10 pm) Local Broadcast Tuesday, April 12 Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs (TNT 8 pm) Marv Albert, Chris Webber, Grant Hill Memphis Grizzlies at Los Angeles Clippers (TNT 10:30 pm) Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller Wednesday, April 13 Miami Heat at Boston...
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April 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Elvis Presley, A.C. Green films highlight next batch of 30 for 30 Shorts

ESPN’s bite-sized 30 for 30 Shorts series returns this week with the first of five new documentary shorts, focusing on a golfer in Lower Manhattan who borrows clubs and doesn’t use traditional golf balls. Here’s the full description of Tiger Hood, which premieres online this Tuesday and debuts on the 6 PM SportsCenter this Friday. The first documentary short premieres tomorrow...
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April 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Warriors-Spurs brings a record overnight to NBA TV

Sunday night’s Golden State Warriors-San Antonio Spurs tilt, with both teams chasing history, delivered a record 2.0 overnight for NBA TV. NBA TV’s Warriors/Spurs telecast last night delivered a 2.0 HH metered market rating, the network’s highest overnight rating of all-time — TurnerSportsPR (@TurnerSportsPR) April 11, 2016 The Warriors were chasing their record tying...
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Rate the local NHL announcers – Atlantic Division

Votes are pouring in for the best local NHL announcers over in the Metropolitan Division, but now it’s time to shift our focus over to the Atlantic Division. The Atlantic had some of the best stories of the season (the ageless Jaromir Jagr and the Florida Panthers) as well as some of the most disappointing stories (Montreal Canadiens) and depressing stories (Toronto Maple Leafs...
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April 11, 2016  |  Discuss

NCAA, CBS and Turner discussing putting Final Four and Championship Game on same networks every year

The NCAA is considering amending its men’s basketball tournament TV contract with CBS and Turner to give the Final Four and National Championship some consistency. This year, TBS aired both the Final Four and the final while next year, CBS will broadcast both events. Under the current contract, the two networks will alternate Final Four weekend every year through 2024. However...
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Masters Final Round ratings down slightly from last year

They always say that The Masters doesn’t begin until the Back 9 on Sunday.  Well, when Jordan Spieth made the turn Sunday for the Final Round leading by five strokes, it seemed like it was marking the end of the tournament instead of the beginning and he would have an easy Sunday stroll to victory. Well, the ghosts of Augusta wouldn’t have any of that nonsense, would they? The...
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ESPN’s Adam Schefter says he has no regrets over Greg Hardy interview

ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter has been drawing heavy criticism for his interview last Tuesday with free agent defensive end Greg Hardy. Giving Hardy such a forum to attempt to redeem his image and frame perception of him, almost as it was following some sort of public relations formula, has certainly been scrutinized. But what was especially eyebrow-raising were Schefter’s comments...
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April 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Political ads are coming to Fox Sports regional baseball telecasts near you

Watching a sports broadcast might seemingly provide a respite from political ads, at least besides the spots that local stations buy during local elections. But that is soon going to change if you’re watching a telecast on a Fox Sports regional network. With baseball season beginning and regional MLB broadcasts consistently being the top-rated telecast in a local market, running...
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April 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Dunkumentaries shows that ESPN isn’t afraid to try new things in podcasting

As part of ESPN’s attempted world sports dominance in all mediums, they released something new: a podcast miniseries.  Titled Dunkumentaries, it is a joint ESPN Audio and ESPN Films production.  Dunkumentaries consists of five episodes, none of which are more than 20 minutes in length.  Each episode focuses on a specific dunk or dunk moment as well as its aftermath and the story...
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Viewing Picks for April 11, 2016

All Times Eastern Arena Football Jacksonville Sharks at Philadelphia Soul — CBS Sports Network, 7 p.m. College Baseball Wake Forest at North Carolina State — ESPNU, 7 p.m. ACC Monday Night Pregame — ESPNU, 6:30 p.m. College Football CFB Daily: Spring Blitz — ESPNU, 6 p.m. College LacrosseWomen’s Cal at Stanford — Pac-12 Network/Pac-12 Bay Area, 8 p.m. College Softball...
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April 11, 2016  |  Discuss

VIDEO: “Jerk off fans” try to interrupt Warriors broadcast in San Antonio

The Warriors and Spurs are playing what may be the most important, significant regular season game in NBA history tonight in San Antonio.  So if you’re a fan at the game, what better way to add to the history-making evening than acting like a goober next to the visiting broadcast booth. NBATV was airing the Warriors feed featuring commentary from Bob Fitzgerald and Jim Barnett...
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April 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Sports and Entertainment Ratings: March 28-April 3

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. NCAA Men’s Tournament Final Four: Saturday, April 2, 2016 “At The Final Four” (TBS, 3-4 p.m.): 452,000 viewers (235,000 million adults 18-49) “Final Four Pre-Game” (TBS, 4-5 p.m.): 686,000 viewers (309,000 million adults 18-49) ...
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April 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Sportswriter David Walsh’s story shows media dilemma in Lance Armstrong film The Program

Director Stephen Frears said his Lance Armstrong film The Program was “a crime film,” and that approach may not have been possible if not for someone playing the cop, the person trying to catch the criminal in pursuit of justice. In The Program, currently available On Demand and Digital HD, journalist David Walsh is essentially cast in that role as the one seeking to expose...
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April 10, 2016  |  Discuss
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