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ESPN Ratings Buzz: January 11-17

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 VIEWER RANK PROGRAM DATE START TIME END TIME VIEWERS (000) A18-49 (000) 1 CFP CHAMPIONSHIP (live) Mon 1/11/16 8:27 PM 11:45 PM 25667 10475    ALABAMA/CLEMSON 2 CFP CHAMPIONSHIP SUST (live) Mon 1/11/16 11...
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January 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Bud Light taps Amy Schumer and Josh Rogen for Super Bowl ad

After last year’s depressing crop of Super Bowl ads (remember Nationwide’s dead kid?), this year’s crop will be bringing back the humor. It’s as if the advertising community got together en masse and decided to have America laugh during the commercial breaks. Bud Light will be back this year and has tapped comedians Amy Schumer and Josh Rogen for what it’s calling “The...
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January 22, 2016  |  Discuss

What we know about Super Bowl 50 Week programming: includes daily doses of Jason Whitlock, Jim Rome and Katie Nolan

It’s not Super Bowl Week yet, but as we often do in the Awful Announcing offices, we check ahead to see what will be in store on the networks. As the number of cable sports networks have increased over recent years, Super Bowl Week means an opportunity to fill programming and showcase some personalities. Some of these shows have been previously announced while others are listed...
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January 22, 2016  |  Discuss

A look at the NBA’s history with over the air primetime games

The NBA and ABC begin a new primetime series this week with the new eight-game NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC package. It marks the first time that the NBA will have a regular season over the air primetime package in its history. It’s hard to believe that it’s taken this long as the NBA has had various primetime specials in the past on ABC, CBS and NBC, but never a consistent...
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January 22, 2016  |  Discuss

ESPN’s Robert Smith announces he’s leaving the network

Not to be confused with The Cure’s lead singer, former Ohio State and Minnesota Vikings running back Robert Smith has announced that he’s leaving ESPN, his TV home for the past eleven years: I won't be returning to ESPN in 2016, I want to thank everyone there for making it a great 11 year run. — robert smith (@Robert26Smith) January 21, 2016 As you can see, Smith broke the...
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January 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for January 22, 2016

All Times Eastern BoxingShoBox: The New Generation, Casino del Sol, Tucson, AZWBA-NABA Middleweight Title Decarlo Perez vs. Rob Brant — Showtime, 10:30 p.m. Bundesliga Hamburger vs. Bayern Munich — FS1, 2:30 p.m. Bundesliga Match Day — FS1, 2 p.m. College BasketballMen’s Toledo at Northern Illinois — CBS Sports Network, 6:30 p.m. URI at George Washington — ESPN2, 7 p...
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January 22, 2016  |  Discuss

REPORT: NFL may split Thursday Night Football between CBS and NBC

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the National Football League looking for ways to maximize revenue streams, could divide the Thursday Night Football package between CBS and NBC. An agreement has not been finalized, but the WSJ says CBS and NBC would each broadcast five games with an NFL Network simulcast for those ten contests. NFLN would air the rest of the schedule exclusively...
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January 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Canadian sports networks TSN and Sportsnet duel over the 4K frontier

4K capabilities are becoming a big push in TV sales (even if they don’t always make a huge difference at this point) and broadcasters are starting to produce content using this new technology. As often seen in the sports media world, too, they’re now arguing about who’s first to embrace it. That’s particularly true in Canada, where rivals Sportsnet and TSN have been battling...
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January 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Jessica Mendoza is embracing the pressure that comes with her pioneer status

Jessica Mendoza’s rapid ascension from the first female analyst on an ESPN MLB broadcast to  permanent Sunday Night Baseball analyst in less than a year is remarkable, but it’s left her under a microscope. In a media world where analyst positions are dominated by men who played in the professional league in question, Mendoza is still a relative rarity despite her experience...
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January 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Johnny Miller on how he almost quit after first day on TV, plus his famous “choke” call

NBC’s Johnny Miller has become one of golf’s most prominent television analysts, but that might not have happened if he’d followed through on his plans to quit. Miller is back in California’s Coachella Valley this week after 17 years to call the Career-Builder Challenge on Golf Channel, and that sparked some reminiscing about his first TV broadcast at the same tournament...
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January 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Cleveland radio host Kevin Kiley bashes Bills’ hire of NFL’s first full-time female assistant coach

Kevin Kiley, a morning drive radio host on CBS Cleveland’s 92.3 The Fan, has a problem with women working in professional sports. Kiley made some very stupid comments about the NFL’s first female official in April, saying the job “calls for a lot of ‘man traits,'” and he got even worse Thursday following the Buffalo Bills’ hire of Kathryn Smith as the NFL’s first full...
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January 21, 2016  |  Discuss

YouTube to once again offer the major Super Bowl ads in one channel

As we get closer to the Super Bowl, we’ll begin to hear more about the advertisers and commercials that will air during the Big Game on CBS come February 7. But in the meantime, YouTube has launched its AdBlitz channel once again which will house most of the Super Bowl ads. There are already three videos from KFC and Wix.com offering sneak peeks of their ads and expect more to...
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January 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Koo’s Corner (A monthly column on sports media!) – January 2016 edition

Welcome to the second installment of Koo’s Corner, a column where I throw a bunch of topics, insights, thoughts, and scoops at you (or more like things I probably could have done full articles on but was some combination of too busy or too lazy to get around to doing). Let’s jump right into it. ESPN’s Over The Top Network Efforts May Not Be What We All Envision (Photo by...
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January 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Pierre McGuire does not know his bald guys on the Detroit Red Wings bench

Let’s face it. Either you like Pierre McGuire or you don’t. There’s no middle ground with Pierre. When he makes a misstep during NHL on NBC/NBCSN games, his detractors snicker while his supporters feel sympathetic. Well, Pierre has some more material for hockey fans to ponder. During Wednesday’s St. Louis-Detroit game, McGuire did his regular in-game interview with the coaches...
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January 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Facebook wants you to gather and talk sports on Facebook

Social media has become one of the places to share thoughts on a single sports event. As people become more mobile and vocal on social media, Facebook now wants you to use its platform to discuss a major sporting event. This week, the service announced the creation of Facebook Sports Stadium which comes in time for the NFL Conference Championship games. The platforms will allow...
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January 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Viewing Picks for January 21, 2016

All Times Eastern College BasketballMen’s College of Charleston at Towson — Comcast SportsNet (Mid-Atlantic/Comcast Network), 6 p.m. Western Kentucky at Old Dominion — American Sports Network, 7 p.m. Mount St. Mary’s at Sacred Heart — CBS Sports Network, 7 p.m. Kentucky at Arkansas — ESPN, 7 p.m. Memphis at Cincinnati — ESPN2, 7 p.m. Iowa at Rutgers — ESPNU, 7 p...
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January 21, 2016  |  Discuss

ESPN hands out political guidelines, trying to prevent another Schilling incident

ESPN has always been somewhat wary of how they get involved in politics (see the nixed Simmons-Obama podcast and many other cases), and they appear to be trying extra hard to stay neutral ahead of this year’s presidential election. Deadspin has obtained an internal ESPN memo about political coverage, and while most of it seems rather standard (non-Five Thirty Eight interviews of...
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January 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Gawker sells minority stake to outside investors due to risk of upcoming Hulk Hogan trial

Whatcha gonna do when Hulkamania runs wild on you? Gawker Media is getting some outside financial help. As reported by the New York Times, Gawker has sold a minority stake in its company to investment firm Columbus Nova Technology Partners. Gawker CEO Nick Denton cited the need for additional financing to fund the company’s growth as its flagship site shifts its editorial focus...
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January 20, 2016  |  Discuss

FanDuel reportedly begins layoffs as daily fantasy legal challenges mount

The writing has been on the wall for a while now for daily fantasy sports sites FanDuel and DraftKings as politicians started asking questions and states moved to regulate or outright ban them. When FanDuel started delaying payments to customers in November, it seemed as though they were merely plugging a crack before the ocean came crashing through the wall. Now, according to...
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January 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Philly radio host Josh Innes suspended for using racial slur to describe Eagles player

Very few instances in life where a white person in America uses the term “house negro” end well. Josh Innes, radio host for Philadelphia’s SportsRadio 94.1 WIP, learned that the hard way this week. The incident stems from when Innes was broadcasting before new Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Peterson’s introductory press conference on Tuesday. He was speaking with...
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January 20, 2016  |  Discuss

ESPN president John Skipper sees bright future with cable and streaming audiences

Of the many arms of the Disney Corporation, ESPN has often been considered one of the most financially-dependable and consistent. Recently, however, the landscape has shifted and the Worldwide Leader in Sports has seen ratings plummet in 2015. When profit projections were lowered in August, Disney saw a $22 billion selloff in stock over the course of the next two days. As cable...
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January 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Mike Francesa is done with WFAN at the end of 2017

Mike Franecsa’s tenure with WFAN will conclude at the end of 2017, according to the Sports Pope himself. Francesa appeared on Katie Nolan’s Garbage Time podcast this week, and in an excerpt released on Tuesday night, he broke the news that he’d be leaving WFAN when his contract expired at the end of 2017. On Wednesday’s edition of The Mike Francesa Show, he confirmed that...
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January 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Rate the local NBA announcers – Pacific Division

We close with the Pacific Division, home to plenty of established broadcast teams and franchise icons. In our MLB voting, NL West fans turned out in droves to support their teams, and it turned into a battle of San Francisco vs Los Angeles. Could history end up repeating itself between the Warriors, Lakers, and Clippers? Give each broadcast crew a rating, and if you have strong opinions...
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January 20, 2016  |  Discuss

ESPN announces details of Rachel Nichols’ new NBA show

ESPN officially announced the return of Rachel Nichols to their airwaves on Wednesday, and revealed details about her new daily NBA show, premiering on February 18th. The show will be entitled The Jump, and airs every weekday at 3:30 PM starting on February 18th. More details about the show and her new role via ESPN… The Jump will air on ESPN at 3:30 p.m. ET Monday-Friday. The...
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January 20, 2016  |  Discuss

John Clayton did a SportsCenter hit in a Slayer t-shirt

We love the John Clayton This is SportsCenter commercial where he’s chilling at his mom’s house eating Chinese food while wearing a Slayer t-shirt. On Tuesday night’s SportsCenter, Clayton showed up for a segment on SportsCenter…in a Slayer t-shirt. Of course, he ended up talking about Russell Westbrook in his segment, so let’s not get too excited here. Now, if we can...
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January 20, 2016  |  Discuss
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