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MLB, NFL trying to block Aereo

The seemingly never-ending battle over Aereo, the online streaming provider, took a step towards getting ugly last week. In April, broadcasters failed in an attempt to shut down the service. After that failure, News Corp COO Chase Carey said that the corporation could simply shift Fox to a cable network to avoid Aereo. In response to that, John McCain introduced a-la-carte cable...
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November 18, 2013  |  Discuss

WTOL in Toledo faces the wrath of Browns fans

Chicago Bears fans were not the only fan base to get testy with news outlets yesterday. WTOL in Toledo lost the Browns/Bengals feed, presumably because of the severe weather sweeping the area, but Browns fans were uninterested in the channel's apologies. Severe weather be damned, they wanted to see every second of their game. The comments on the WTOL Facebook page are...
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November 18, 2013  |  Discuss

This is what happens when CNN interviews Rob Ford

What happens when two of the most widely mocked institutions on the internet - Toronto mayor Rob Ford and cable news network CNN come together in one space?  Television magic, that's what!  In a surreal interview, CNN's Bill Weir talks to Rob Ford about being the world famous "Crack Smoking Mayor."  Included in this amazing video is Ford saying "I don'...
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November 18, 2013  |  Discuss

CBS, Turner plan to show Final Four three different ways

The partnership between Turner Sports and CBS has brought several changes to the way we consume March Madness.  Many of them have been very good.  Turner's basketball talent have brought added personality to the telecasts, even if some of their NBA studio personnel aren't admittedly as well versed in the college game.  Some of the best broadcasters in sports like Marv...
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November 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Does Mike Francesa not know who the New York Rangers head coach is?

Another day, another fantastic Mike Francesa clip.  This one comes to us courtesy Jimmy Traina and his debut Big Buzz column at Fox Sports (although my heart was set on the Fox Clicks name).  Here Mike in Long Island has a simple request - can Mike Francesa, the sports pope of New York, name the head coach of the New York Rangers.  Instead of answering the question and moving...
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November 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Jimmie Johnson will anchor SportsCenter on Tuesday

ESPN continues to think outside of the box when it comes to guest anchors for SportsCenter.  After celebrities Billy Crystal and Ken Jeong sat in the anchor's chair to decidedly mixed results, now an athlete is going to host SportsCenter for the first time. Fresh off of his 6th NASCAR title, Jimmie Johnson will co-anchor the 6 PM ET SportsCenter.  And look, there's...
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November 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Bears fans argue with local network about weather coverage during game

The terrible weather conditions on Sunday in Chicago might have been the story of the day in the NFL. The Bears-Ravens game was delayed for nearly two hours thanks to the thunderstorms, and outside of Chicago, tornadoes touched down. 18,000 were without power on Monday morning 100 homes and buildings were damaged, at least six were killed, and 54 were hurt. But you know what...
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November 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Lou Holtz calls out Mark May for his incredible bias

For reasons unbeknownst to people with common sense, ESPN continues to keep the charade going between Lou Holtz and Mark May.  I've yet to see anyone say they enjoy the dynamic between the two, who are college football's version of First Take.  This weekend Holtz broke the fourth wall and called out May for his well-established bias against Ohio State. "You'...
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November 18, 2013  |  Discuss

This Auburn radio call was the highlight of the weekend

Auburn beat Georgia over the weekend in one of the most improbable finishes in sports this season.  Trailing 38-37 with half a minute left and facing a 4th & 18, Auburn QB Nick Marshall flinged the ball downfield where it was tipped by the Georgia defense into the waiting arms of Ricardo Louis. When you're the home broadcast team and you see a miraculous finish unfold...
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November 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for November 18, 2013

All Times Eastern College Basketball men's CBE Classic Houston Baptist at Texas -- Longhorn Network, 8 p.m. Coaches vs. Cancer Classic Portland at Michigan State -- Big Ten Network, 7 p.m. Legends Classic Texas Southern at Texas Tech -- ESPNU, 9 p.m. Maui Invitational St. Francis (NY) at Syracuse -- ESPN3, 7:30 p.m. NIT Season Tip-Off First Round...
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November 18, 2013  |  Discuss

ESPN really wants you to know the result of the Broncos-Chiefs game

We as a collective society have a very short attention span.  Perhaps that's why ESPN was so focused on making sure you, the texting, Facebooking, squirrel-chasing viewer at home, was FULLY AWARE that the Broncos beat the Chiefs on Sunday Night Football.  Just get a load of these rundown topics... 1) Broncos beat Chiefs - check 2) Manning a mile high - helpful additional...
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November 18, 2013  |  Discuss

These failed sportscaster auditions are epic

Complain if you will about your Chris Bermans and Tim McCarvers but you could have it SO much worse. SNL's Jay Pharoh may be the most recognizable face in this bad sportscasters spoof from Above Average but not the funniest - between Fruedian Slip Sue (that's the name I gave her) and Fake English Accent Eric, we really should be reminded that this is not the easiest job...
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November 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Fox Sports 1 enjoys best week since August launch

Fox Sports 1 (FS1) has gotten off to a fairly shaky start since its launch back in August. The network has had its bright spots, but growth has been slow and it's been difficult to steal viewers away from the giant that is ESPN. Things over at FS1 are showing signs of improvement thanks to some big live sporting events.  FS1 posted its most-watched week ever between November...
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November 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Don Cherry brings back the lightning suit during wacky Hockey Night in Canada broadcast

Saturday night's Hockey Night in Canada broadcast of the Buffalo Sabres-Toronto Maple Leafs game was not easy on the eyes. Don Cherry dressed plainly last week out of respect for Remembrance Day, but he was his sartorially splendid self this time around. Cherry said he wore the suit in support of the Tampa Bay Lightning, general manager Steve Yzerman, and presumably their...
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November 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Dan Rather to voice a JFK Assassination anniversary report for ESPN

(Photo courtesy of ESPN Outside the Lines) As we approach the 50th anniversary of the JFK Assassination, various networks have been rolling specials to remember the day. ESPN is no different. On Sunday, it will offer a report on Outside the Lines looking back on the NFL's decision to play games just two days after President John F. Kenedy was killed. It was a difficult weekend...
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November 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks beat writer slammed for not voting Diamondbacks player as MVP

Nick Piecoro is the Arizona Diamondbacks beat writer for the Arizona Republic. He's a pretty good one, too. Piecoro was one of the 30 voters for the NL MVP award, two per market, and he voted Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates first and Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks second. It was a tough choice, and Piecoro justified his vote (not that he needed to). McCutchen ran away with...
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November 16, 2013  |  Discuss

JR Smith fined $25,000 by NBA for Twitter war with Brandon Jennings

Knicks guard J.R. Smith was fined $25,000 by the league after getting into a Twitter war with Pistons guard Brandon Jennings. Jennings' initial tweet was in reference to Smith's brother Chris being on an NBA roster, and the elder Smith responded by defending his brother and then tweeting the now-deleted, ""Might call some of my Number street homies an put ...
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November 16, 2013  |  Discuss

The 2013 Pam Ward Chronicles Week 12

There's just a few weeks left in the Pammies and we're tied at the top between Gary Danielson and Matt Millen. Who wants it more! Assuming either person actually wants the honor of being crowned Pammies champion that is... Week 12 Announcing Schedule Week 11 Winners & Standings Don't forget to leave Pammies quotes in the comments below or tweet them to...
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November 16, 2013  |  Discuss

The ESPN3 Portugal-Sweden announcer was the stuff of legend

In a busy day of international soccer and World Cup Qualifying, there was one standout performer... the ESPN3 announcer for the Portugal-Sweden game.  I've never quite been so intrigued by a game broadcast.  It was equal parts confounding, exhilirating, hysterical, excitable, and ridiculous.  It was like listening to the Portugese Ray Hudson announce a soccer game for the...
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November 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for November 16, 2013

All Times Eastern Boxing Fight Night, Verona, NY Vyacheslav Glazkov vs. Garrett Wilson -- NBC, 2:30 p.m. World Championship Boxing, Ontario, CA WBA Super Middleweight Championship Andre Ward vs. Edwin Rodriguez -- HBO, 10 p.m. 24/7 Pacquaio/Rios -- HBO, 11:15 p.m. College Basketball Viewing Picks College Football Viewing Picks College Hockey Minnesota...
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November 16, 2013  |  Discuss

NHL schedules first regular season network primetime game since 1974

The NHL has long had a troubled relationship with American television. Surely, if you've read a media site over the past decade you've seen it chronicled. From decades without network exposure, to the SportsChannel America failure, to Fox and the glow pucks, to the Disney Monopoly. OLN got in there at some point. It's been checkered in the past, for sure. Nowadays...
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November 15, 2013  |  Discuss

How sports shows can honestly tackle racial discourse

The recent indiscretions of Matt Barnes and Richie Incognito have opened the door (or really a can of worms) for the sports media to jump head first into a pretty complicated, complex, and difficult to navigate (safely) discussion of racial discourse. Below are two clips on the subject, both of which I applaud. Leading off is Cris Collinsworth from this week's Inside The...
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November 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Pennsylvania high school refuses to say Redskins, is overruled by school board

The editorial board of a Pennsylvania high school's newspaper voted to stop using the team's name, which is Redskins, in their publication. Regardless of what side of the issue you fall on, the 14-7 vote in favor of ceasing use of the name and the resulting editorial explaining their decision should have at least showed the school's administration that this wasn't...
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November 15, 2013  |  Discuss

The Blue Jackets are sad on Twitter

On Thursday night, the Boston Bruins beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 in overtime, thanks to a Milan Lucic game-winner past Sergei Bobrovsky. After the Bruins tweeted out a link to the video, the Blue Jackets responded in a manner perfectly suiting their franchise. @NHLBruins :( — NHL Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) November 15, 2013 Oh, the poor Blue Jackets...
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November 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Youngstown Boys gets coveted 30 for 30 Heisman night slot

30 for 30 has seen a solid, if not unspectacular fall slate this year with several good documentaries that haven't quite reached the upper echelon of the acclaimed documentary series.  With the fall slate finished, our attention looks ahead to what has become the prime timeslot for the series, directly after the Heisman Trophy ceremony. ESPN has traditionally placed one...
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November 15, 2013  |  Discuss
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