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Rogers Sportsnet goes over-the-top: will other sports networks follow?

For all the talk about ESPN maybe or maybe not going over-the-top (selling subscriptions completely on their own rather than as part of a skinny bundle or streaming service), it’s another North American multi-sports network that’s taken the plunge first; Canada’s Rogers Sportsnet. Sport-specific over-the-top packages like MLB.tv, NBA League Pass, and NHL.tv have existed for...
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April 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for April 1, 2016

All Times Eastern Arena Football Arizona Rattlers at Portland Steel — CBS Sports Network, 10 p.m. Australian Rules Football Collingwood Magpies vs. Richmond Tigers — FS2, 4:30 a.m. Adelaide Crows vs. Port Adelaide Power — FS2, 10:30 p.m. BoxingPremier Boxing Champions, DC Armory, Washington, D.C.WBA World Super Lightweight Title Ashley Theophane vs. Adrien Broner — Spike...
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April 01, 2016  |  Discuss

What happened to Rob Parker’s MLB Network segments?

You may remember Detroit sports personality Rob Parker from that time he tried to make a bad joke at the expense of Rod Marinelli’s daughter and earned nationwide scorn.  You might also remember him from that time he got exiled from ESPN after asking if Robert Griffin III was a “cornball brother”… and also earned nationwide scorn. Parker has largely been absent from...
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March 31, 2016  |  Discuss

Matt Harvey won’t talk to the press after punny headlines about his bladder

Players’ Tribune New York City Bureau Chief Matt Harvey may be returning to that role soon, as he’s refusing to talk to the regular media following the tabloid headlines about his bladder infection and his bathroom habits. As Kristie Ackert of The New York Daily News writes, Mets’ manager Terry Collins said Harvey’s decision to close the floodgates on the media Wednesday...
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March 31, 2016  |  Discuss

Mike and the Mad Dog reunion reveals they didn’t speak off-air for six months

Wednesday night’s Radio City Music Hall reunion of famed New York sports radio hosts Mike Francesa and Chris “Mad Dog” Russo after seven and a half years had plenty of notable moments and interviews, but the one The Big Lead’s Ryan Glasspiegel puts first in his list of observations stands out: these guys managed to do a show together without speaking off-air for six whole...
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March 31, 2016  |  Discuss

AA Q+A: Arlo White on EPL studio work, Leicester City, and working for NBC

With regular EPL on NBC host Rebecca Lowe going on maternity leave, NBC’s lead Premier League play-by-play announcer Arlo White has returned stateside to fill in as studio host of Premier League Live for the next two weeks. (Steve Bower will do the remainder of the season from there to let White return to play-by-play ahead of May 15’s Championship Sunday, with NBC Sports Group...
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March 31, 2016  |  Discuss

2016 First Quarter Viewership: ESPN sees declines but still dominates

ESPN remained the dominant cable sports leader in the first quarter of 2016 with an average of 2.08 million viewers in prime time and 948,000 viewers in total day. Among adults 18-49, ESPN was No. 1 in prime time with 866,000 viewers; +3 percent above runner-up TBS which primarily televises reruns of “The Big Bang Theory.” The network only experienced slight declines from year...
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March 31, 2016  |  Discuss

Author of George Washington NIT recap pays tribute to Billy Joel, or just loves the guy

As you surely know being a discerning fan of sports and sports media, the game recap is essentially a dying form of sports journalism. Maybe last rites have already been given, in fact, when we can quickly get scores online and on television. We’ll read a reaction piece or column about the game which covers the pertinent moments later on. But if the game recap is indeed an art...
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March 31, 2016  |  Discuss

Watch: Adam Schefter gives Brian Windhorst advice for checking phone on air

It’s the story that ESPN NBA reporter Brian Windhorst can’t shake. Did he fall asleep on the air during a SportsCenter hit, as it appeared? Or was he looking down at his phone during his segment, which made him look as if he was closing his eyes? Brian Windhorst going full Bob Knight on SportsCenter. Never go full Bob Knight… pic.twitter.com/Dg5hVfA8RK — Jim Weber (@JimMWeber...
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March 31, 2016  |  Discuss

Keith Olbermann tells Bill Simmons SportsCenter can’t be fixed: “It’s not solvable”

Keith Olbermann as a guest on The Bill Simmons Podcast? Oh, that’s probably worth listening to, right? The two high-profile former ESPN employees, both let go by the network during the past year, would surely have some scorching takes to share, along with a few boys’ room stories about behind-the-scenes stuff that maybe wasn’t previously publicized. Could our headphones or...
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March 31, 2016  |  Discuss

Chris McKendry signs new ESPN deal with focus on tennis coverage

Before she was a mainstay on SportsCenter, Chris McKendry was a Division I tennis player at Drexel University. As she worked her way up the broadcasting ladder, eventually anchoring ESPN’s flagship show and reporting on various sports including the X-Games and Women’s World Cup soccer, she never lost her passion for the sport. Now she’ll get a chance to focus solely on tennis...
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March 31, 2016  |  Discuss

Your MLB Announcing Schedule for 4/3 – 4/10

Sunday, April 3 St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates (ESPN 1 pm) Jon Sciambi, Rick Sutcliffe, Doug Glanville Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays (ESPN2 4 pm) Dave Flemming, Curt Schilling, Eduardo Perez New York Mets at Kansas City Royals (ESPN 8:30 pm) Dan Shulman, Aaron Boone, Jessica Mendoza & Buster Olney Monday, April 4 Houston Astros at New York Yankees (ESPN 1 pm...
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March 31, 2016  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for March 31, 2016

All Times Eastern College Aerobatics & Tumbling Baylor at Oregon — Pac-12 Oregon, 10 p.m. College Baseball Oregon at Notre Dame — ESPN3, 6 p.m. Alabama at Georgia — SEC Network, 7 p.m. South Carolina at Vanderbilt — ESPNU, 8 p.m. Arizona State at Washington State — Pac-12 Network/Pac-12 Arizona/Pac-12 Washington, 10 p.m. College Baseball Live — ESPNU, 7:30 p.m. College...
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March 31, 2016  |  Discuss

Your NHL Announcing Schedule for 3/30 – 4/3

Wednesday, March 30 Washington Capitals Philadelphia Flyers (NBCSN 8 pm) Kenny Albert, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire Thursday, March 31 Nashville Predators at Pittsburgh Penguins (NHLN 7 pm) Local Broadcast Friday, April 1 Minnesota Wild at Detroit Red Wings (NHLN 7:30 pm) Local Broadcast Saturday, April 2 Detroit Red Wings at Toronto Maple Leafs (NHLN 7 pm) CBC Simulcast Sunday...
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March 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Roy Williams warns Washington Post writer to “step carefully” following column

On March 25, Kent Babb wrote a piece in the Washington Post about how recent scandals, off-court issues and health scares have taken a heavy toll on North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams. The story goes into detail about Williams’ myriad health problems and implies that the physical toll of coaching might be wearing down the 13-year UNC coach as he tries to hold his...
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March 30, 2016  |  Discuss

The New York Post peed itself coming up with Matt Harvey bladder headlines

The truth is, while there may be some good stories in there from time to time, the thing that really gets people to pick up the New York Daily News or New York Post is the eye-grabbing headlines they plaster on the front & back. Seeing the puns they come up is basically why they still exist. So when a story drops in their laps, such as the one about New York Mets pitcher Matt...
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March 30, 2016  |  Discuss

NYT refuses to retract or correct NFL concussion story

On March 24, the New York Times released a damning rundown of the NFL’s flawed concussion research, including the revelation that hundreds of concussions were not included in the NFL’s collaborative data and that the league took its denial tactics right out of the Big Tobacco playbook. The NFL responded with a 2,520-word rebuttal and accused the NYT of “false innuendo and...
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March 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Time Warner Cable lowers price for SportsNet LA again, but no one bites

Now going into its third year, SportsNet LA is again fighting a battle with Southern California pay TV providers and coming out on the losing end. Earlier this month, SportsNet LA operator Time Warner Cable offered to lower its price for one year as an incentive to get Cox and DirecTV on board to carry the Los Angeles Dodgers-centric channel for this season. But reading between the...
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March 30, 2016  |  Discuss

No Luther Vandross this year; “One Shining Moment” will have a new singer in 2016

Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch broke the news this week: CBS and Turner say no Luther Vandross or Jennifer Hudson for "One Shining Moment" this year. New artist coming. — Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) March 29, 2016 So that means we’ll have a new artist singing the now-iconic song that has been played after each NCAA Nationaal Championship Game since 1987. Except...
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March 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Turner Sports unveils the announcers for the NCAA Final Four Team Streams

For the third straight year, Turner Sports will bring what it calls the “Team Stream” to the NCAA men’s Final Four. And for the third straight year, people will get militant about TNT and truTV having the homer calls while not realizing that the main objective feed with Jim Nantz, Grant Hill and Bill Raftery will be on TBS.  Still, we’ll see angry tweets from fans wondering...
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March 30, 2016  |  Discuss

The mid-day edition of SportsCenter is going bi-coastal

Big changes are in the works for the noon to 1:30 p.m. Eastern edition of ESPN’s SportsCenter. The show will retain co-anchors David Lloyd and Cari Champion (pictured above), but while Lloyd will remain at ESPN’s main campus in Bristol, Connecticut, Champion will be working from the network’s Los Angeles Production Center. The idea is to improve the mid-day show’s access...
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March 30, 2016  |  Discuss

The NFL's new approach to old media

For decades, the NFL played two-hand touch with independent journalists. Under new communications chief Joe Lockhart, though, the league is putting The New York Times through the Oklahoma Drill. Last week, the Times ran a feature piece that rehashed the well-documented sins of the Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Committee, reported the committee’s studies relied on incomplete data...
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March 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Stephen A. Smith will play surveillance expert “Brick” on ABC’s General Hospital

Quite frankly, ESPN First Take co-host Stephen A. Smith is a big fan of ABC’s daytime soap opera General Hospital, and now he’s going to play a role in it. Smith made a brief cameo in 2007, but now he’s receiving a larger part. Maurice Benard, who plays mobster Sonny Corinthos on the show, was a guest on First Take in 2015 and got to talking with Smith about General Hospital...
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March 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Your NBA Announcing Schedule for 3/30 – 4/3

Wednesday, March 30 Atlanta Hawks at Toronto Raptors (NBA TV 7:30 pm) Local Broadcast Miami Heat at Los Angeles Lakers (NBA TV 10:30 pm) Local Broadcast Thursday, March 31 Chicago Bulls at Houston Rockets (TNT 7 pm) Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Greg Anthony & Craig Sager Los Angeles Clippers at Oklahoma City Thunder (TNT 9:30 pm) Marv Albert, Chris Webber Friday, April 1 Cleveland...
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March 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for March 30, 2016

All Times Eastern College BasketballMen’sCollege Basketball InvitationalChampionship Series (Best of three) Game 2: Morehead State at Nevada — ESPNU, 9 p.m. (Morehead State leads 1-0) Vegas 16 TournamentChampionship Game, Mandalay Bay Events Center, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, NV Old Dominion vs. East Tennessee State or Oakland — CBS Sports Network, 10 p.m....
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March 30, 2016  |  Discuss
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