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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Fox’s U.S. Open coverage

After what seemed weeks of hype, Fox’s inaugural excursion at the U.S. Open has come and gone. This being Fox Sports Group’s first time airing the nation’s golf championship, there were a lot of eyeballs viewing the event. And every time Fox didn’t make the cut or failed to meet expectations, the reactions on social media were quick, swift and cutting. Some were fair, others...
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June 22, 2015  |  Discuss

‘Ballers’ can use NFL team logos without league permission

By Ian Casselberry If you watched the premiere episode of Ballers Sunday night on HBO, perhaps you noticed the official NFL logos being part of the on-screen scenery. Maybe you also wondered how the show was able to use those NFL logos and uniforms, given that the content of the episode — some of which included former players dealing with injuries and pain, along with a current...
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June 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Andrew Hawkins took a shot at ESPN over Father’s Day tweet

Sunday was Father’s Day, and ESPN’s NFL Twitter account paid tribute to some of the dads across the league. Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins noticed something about the tweet though, and called attention to it. You get a D for diversity RT @ESPNNFL: Happy Father's Day to all the NFL Dads out there. pic.twitter.com/AfIU8wZ3KN — Andrew Hawkins (@Hawk) June 21,...
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June 22, 2015  |  Discuss

ESPN adds Jay Williams to NBA Draft coverage

The NBA Draft takes place this Thursday on ESPN, and many of the faces you see will be the same as last year – with one noteworthy (and obvious, if you’ve been following the sports media news lately) exception. According to SI’s Richard Deitsch, Jay Williams will take Bill Simmons’ spot at the desk, joining Rece Davis, Jay Bilas, and Jalen Rose. Davis, Bilas, Rose, and Williams...
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June 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for June 22, 2015

All Times Eastern College BaseballNCAA College World Series, TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, Omaha, NEChampionship Series Game 1: Virginia vs. Vanderbilt — ESPN, 8 p.m. College World Series Pregame — ESPNU, 7:30 p.m. College World Series Postgame — ESPNU, 11 p.m. College Basketball Inside College Basketball: Draft Special: Lottery Preview — CBS Sports Network, 6 p.m. European...
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June 22, 2015  |  Discuss

The “New Face” Of Women’s Soccer Is Who?

Ed note: The post below is a syndicated post from Linkedin by Becky Carlson, the Head Coach of Quinnipiac Rugby. Carlson is the first female D-I NCAA Rugby Coach in the United States. Below she shares her views on Fox Soccer’s coverage of the USWNT. The USA Women’s National Soccer Team is taking on Nigeria tonight and here I sit, writing an article. As a dedicated fan and supporter...
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June 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for June 21, 2015

All Times Eastern Arena Football Spokane Shock at Portland Thunder — ESPN2, 10 p.m. Beach Volleyball FIVB Grand Slam — NBC, 4 p.m. BoxingPremier Boxing Champions, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NVWelterweights Rances Barthelemy vs. Antonio DeMarco — CBS, 4 p.m. Copa AméricaGroup C, Estadio Municipal Bicentenario Germán Becker, Temuco, Chile Colombia vs. Peru — beIN...
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June 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Scott Van Pelt’s gets emotional on his final ESPN Radio show

As we told you last month, armed with a new contract, Scott Van Pelt will be heading into a new era of SportsCenter when he solo anchors a midnight ET edition. Unfortunately, it means the end of his radio show with his good friend, Ryen Russillo. The final SVP & Russillo show came on Friday and as he said goodbye to his radio audience, Van Pelt got emotional as he closed the...
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June 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Looking inside Fox’s US Open ratings

Fox Sports has reason to be happy about its 1st round ratings at the U.S. Open. In its first year as the home of USGA tournaments, Fox saw an average of two million viewers on both Fox Sports 1 and the Fox Television Network between 12 p.m. and 11:09 p.m. ET for Thursday’s coverage of the U.S. Open. Despite glitches and some bumps in the road for Fox’s first major golf tournament...
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June 20, 2015  |  Discuss

John Sterling goes typically over the top in calling ARod’s 3,000th home run

Alex Rodriguez got his 3,000th career hit on Friday. Hitting the first pitch from Justin Verlander, A-Rod hit a home run into the right field stands at Yankee Stadium. He’s the third man to hit a homer for his 3,000 hit after Wade Boggs and yes, Derek Jeter. MLB.com has provided five different calls of the game from Michael Kay on YES, Mario Impemba on Fox Sports Detroit, Bob Costas...
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June 20, 2015  |  Discuss

How will Canada’s Thursday Night (CFL) Football compare to what we’ve seen in the U.S.?

On some levels, the NFL’s expansion of Thursday Night Football has been a big success, but on others, it’s been a flop. They’re not the only pro football league trying to make Thursday a big football night, though, as the Canadian Football League announced Friday that they’re starting their own regular Thursday Night Football package on TSN (which will be aired in the U.S...
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June 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for June 20, 2015

All Times Eastern Arena Football Orlando Predators at Arizona Rattlers — CBS Sports Network, 8 p.m. Philadelphia Soul at Los Angeles KISS — ESPN2, 11 p.m. BoxingPremier Boxing Champions, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NVWelterweights Adrien Broner vs. Shawn Porter — NBC, 8:30 p.m. Golden Boy Live, Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaMiddleweights David Lemieux vs. Hassan...
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June 20, 2015  |  Discuss

SportsTime Ohio’s Bruce Drennan says David Blatt’s about to resign, is instantly proven wrong

Lots of media reports are later proven wrong, but it’s quite something to see one debunked within seconds live on TV. Bruce Drennan of SportsTime Ohio (also known for serving a prison term for not paying taxes on gambling winnings, ranting about how bad the Indians are, and getting mad at prank callers)  was setting up the Cavaliers’ press conference Thursday, which came...
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June 19, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Stanley Cup Final delivered big ratings for NBC

The 2014-15 Stanley Cup Final is officially in the books and the Chicago Blackhawks have been crowned the champion. While the hockey world continues to marvel and despise the Blackhawks for their third title in six seasons, NBC has released their final ratings for the Stanley Cup Final. In short, NBC saw some big numbers for the Final between the Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning...
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June 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Sports and Entertainment Ratings Buzz: June 8-14

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. Golf Channel Top 10 (and Select) Programs RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 PGA TOUR: 2015 FedEx St. Jude Classic Sun 1:00PM- 2:30PM 90 0.5 718 2 PGA TOUR: 2015 FedEx St. Jude Classic Sat 1:00PM- 2:30PM 90 0.4 564 3 GC PREGAME LIVE...
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June 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Twitter bid for NFL Bills-Jaguars game, looks to create comprehensive live event coverage

Exclusively-streamed games, such as the NFL is doing with Bills-Jaguars on October 25, have obvious value for tech companies that are already into streaming video. That group includes companies such as Netflix, Google, Apple and Yahoo (which won the rights for this one, reportedly paying $10 million to do so). However, there also were some surprising companies without a lot of...
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June 19, 2015  |  Discuss

NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: June 8-14

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. NBCSN Top 10 (and Select) Programs RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 NHL STANLEY CUP FINAL Game 4: Tampa Bay at Chicago Wed 8:03PM-10:56PM 173 2.2 3914 2 NHL STANLEY CUP FINAL Game 3: Tampa Bay at Chicago Mon 8:03PM-11:06PM 183 2...
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June 19, 2015  |  Discuss

ESPN Ratings Buzz: June 8-14

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 RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 MLB SUNDAY NIGHT: Cincinnati at Chicago Sun 8:00PM-12:06AM 246 1.0 1467 2 COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: TCU vs. LSU Sun 3:30PM- 6:53PM 203 0.7 1195 3 PARDON THE INTERRUPTION...
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June 19, 2015  |  Discuss

KARK’s Mallory Brooks: LeBron brought “a lot of sex…success to Cleveland, but just not enough”

There are plenty of perils in live TV, and one’s a slip of the tongue. Here’s Little Rock, Arkansas NBC affiliate KARK morning anchor Mallory Brooks talking about just what LeBron brought to Cleveland: Brooks quickly recovers to make it clear she meant success, but it’s pretty great to see both the on-screen and off-screen people cracking up over this. The “We like the Golden...
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June 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Premier Boxing Champions reportedly moving to Fox Sports 1

Since Fox Sports 1 began in August 2013, it has aired periodic boxing cards promoted by Oscar de la Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. Fox’s contract with Golden Boy expires at the end of this month and it appears that it will bring in a new boxing series to replace it. ESPN.com reports that it will be none other than Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions which has bought time on...
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June 19, 2015  |  Discuss

CBS New York uses Maple Leafs logo for Blue Jays

On Thursday, the Toronto Blue Jays beat the New York Mets 7-1. Someone at CBS 2 in New York missed the memo, and used the logo (and name!) for the Toronto Maple Leafs instead. The "Ny" Mets are not our favourite squadron. #TMLtalk pic.twitter.com/5Ggusf4of8 — Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) June 19, 2015 Let’s be honest here – the Leafs winning games in June? C’mon man...
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June 19, 2015  |  Discuss

First impressions from Fox’s US Open golf coverage

Thursday represented a historic day for golf as Fox Sports offered live coverage for their first major championship at the 2015 US Open.  There were plenty of questions and plenty of unknowns for how Fox would handle golf heading into the event at Chambers Bay.  We all know Fox’s history in pushing the envelope when it comes to live sports, even venturing into a universe of their...
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June 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Cari Champion to leave First Take today; will become a SportsCenter anchor

We’ve noted here at Awful Announcing that Cari Champion has had the Herculean task of moderating the quagmire that is First Take, sitting between Skip “The Butcher” Bayless and Stephen A. “A is for Angry” Smith. Since October 2012, Champion has been witness to Smith making silly comments about domestic violence, Ben Roethlisberger, women’s soccer and other issues. And...
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June 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Your Round of 16 Women’s World Cup Announcing Schedule

​Saturday, June 20 Lansdowne Stadium, Ottawa Germany vs Sweden (FS1 4 pm) Justin Kutcher, Aly Wagner Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton China vs Cameroon (FS1 7:30 pm) JP Dellacamera, Cat Whitehill, Tony DiCicco & Julie Stewart-Binks Sunday, June 21 Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton Brazil vs Australia, (FS1 1 pm) John Strong, Danielle Slatton Olympic Stadium, Montreal France vs South...
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June 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for June 19, 2015

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football Carlton Blues vs. Port Adelaide Power — Fox Soccer Plus, 11:30 p.m. College BaseballNCAA College World Series, TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, Omaha, NE Virginia vs. Florida — ESPN2, 3 p.m. Vanderbilt vs. TCU — ESPN, 8 p.m. College World Series Postgame — ESPNU, 11 p.m. Copa AméricaGroup A, Estadio El Teniente, Rancagua, Chile Mexico...
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June 19, 2015  |  Discuss
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