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The Ultimate Fighter off to its best start on FX

Tuesday's premiere of The Ultimate Fighter drew 1.5 million viewers and a 1.1 rating, far and away the highest viewership for any non-finale during the show's two season run on FX.  The ratings for the first two seasons of the show on FX, the 15th and 16th in the franchise's history, continually declined in the ratings. Season 15 in the spring didn't pick up...
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January 26, 2013  |  Discuss

More huge NHL ratings - NBC scores big with "Wednesday Night Rivalry"

Did you think the NHL's enormous ratings the first couple of days of the 2013 regular season were a fluke? Think again. NBC Sports Network's inaugural "Wednesday Night Rivalry", a broadcast which featured the New York Rangers defeating the Boston Bruins 4-3 in OT, was the most-watched regular season game on cable in 11 years and the most-watched regular season...
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January 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Ronaiah Tuiasosopo's first televised interview will be with Dr. Phil

For the third time in recent weeks, a figure loosely related to sports is going outside of the sports bubble to tell their story on TV. Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the supporting character in the Manti Te'o/Lennay Kekua hoax, was interviewed for several hours yesterday by Dr. Phil. Yes, Dr. Phil. The interview with Tuiasosopo, which is apparently going to be airing sometime...
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January 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Bill Raftery's best call ever was 25 years ago today

25 years ago today, Providence traveled to Pittsburgh to take on the Panthers in a Big East conference game. Pitt point guard Sean Miller fed forward Jerome Lane, who unleashed one of the craziest dunks we've ever seen in basketball. Lane not only soared above the Providence defender, but seemed to float in midair for a moment before unleashing his vicious slam that not only...
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January 25, 2013  |  Discuss

The PGA Tour is acting really stupid with this play by play ban

With Tiger Woods playing at Torrey Pines in this weekend's Farmers Insurance Open, it's the first time the PGA Tour begins to sneak into the general consciousness of sports fans in 2013.  To mark the occasion, the PGA Tour is enacting one of the dumbest, most backwards media policies in recent memory. The PGA Tour sent a threatening e-mail yesterday to members of the...
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January 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Rachel Nichols leaves ESPN for CNN

Thursday, CNN and Turner Sports announced the hiring of Rachel Nichols, formerly of ESPN. Nichols willl host a weekend sports program on CNN in addition to covering multiple sports across Turner's network. Details from the announcement: "CNN and Turner Sports have hired veteran ESPN reporter Rachel Nichols, it was announced today by Jeff Zucker, President, CNN Worldwide...
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January 25, 2013  |  Discuss

NBA on TNT halftime mocks Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley left his studio mates in Atlanta Thursday night to call Suns-Clippers from Phoenix with Kevin Harlan and Reggie Miller.  That decision left the bullseye squarely on Barkley's ample backside as the NBA on TNT halftime crew of Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, Shaq, and Chris Webber mercilessly mocked Barkley.  Smith's Kenny's Pictures was devoted to calling...
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January 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Today in ridiculous FIrst Take debate topics all about Tim Tebow...

You wouldn't think First Take would find a way to jam a totally fabricated, ridiculous, absurd, laughable, insane Tim Tebow debate topic into Super Bowl 47 pregame chatter... would you?  No.  That'd be asinine.  Asking "Could Tebow have led 49ers to the Super Bowl" is as moronic as asking "Could Tebow fix the Lakers" or "Could Tebow solve our national...
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January 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Drexel radio call of half court buzzer beater

At the end of the Drexel-Hofstra game on Wednesday, the game was tied at 52. With 5.9 seconds left, the inbounds pass went to junior guard Franz Massenat, who was swarmed by a pair of Hofstra defenders and couldn't even get to half court. Just before the final horn sounded, Massenat threw up a prayer of a shot that somehow went in. Drexel radio announcer Rob Brooks went absolutely...
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January 25, 2013  |  Discuss

The NFL on CBS Twitter account is frustrated with Wells Fargo

If you have two or more email addresses, you've probably fallen victim to all of those pesky tabs and accidentally sent a message from the wrong account. But if you operate a Twitter account for a major company and also have your own personal account, those sorts of mistakes can be slightly more dangerous.  Take this random tweet Thursday from the NFL on CBS. That...
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January 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Breakthroughs in soccer analysis: "**** happens"

If you're not a fan of European soccer, you're missing out on some tremendous announcing. In fact, listening to Ray Hudson call La Liga games from Spain is sometimes more enjoyable and exciting than what actually takes place on the pitch.  In this case, beIN announcer and former German World Cup champion Bodo Illgner wanted to use some American slang to describe a blunder...
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January 24, 2013  |  Discuss

10 VERY Underrated Super Bowl XLVII Storylines

Is this Singletary-era hill the primary reason this 49ers team is in the Super Bowl? Probably not, but we want a full investigation regardless. I have a confession to make. I don't know how else to say this, so I'll just come right out with it: I'm Canadian. And while there are advantages and disadvantages that come with living on either side of the 49th circle of...
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January 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Bulls announcer Stacey King likes his meatballs spicy

Chicago Bulls analyst Stacey King is certainly one of the more colorful, entertaining analysts in the NBA.  With the game tied in the final seconds against the Pistons Wednesday night, Marco Belinelli scored the winning basket after an incredible hustle play from Joakim Noah.  As the ball goes through the hoop, King flips his lid and shouts, "I LIKE MY MEATBALLS SPICY!"...
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January 24, 2013  |  Discuss

AA Podcast #40 - Michelle Beadle

What better way to welcome back the AA Podcast with our first episode of 2013 than by talking to the one and only Michelle Beadle of NBC. Michelle's new show The Crossover launches Monday January 28th from New Orleans during Super Bowl week. We chat with Beadle about The Crossover, Access Hollywood, and more including... -Her input into the format of The Crossover and the...
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January 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Dick Vitale was not happy with his Dukies last night

Dick Vitale's love and admiration for Duke basketball is the stuff of legend in sports broadcasting.  He's truly earned the nickname "Dukie" V over the years with his passionate defenses of Mike Krzyzewski, his endless praise of the Duke program, and his spiritual connection with the Cameron Crazies.  Former Temple head coach John Cheney once said, "You can...
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January 24, 2013  |  Discuss

How Deadspin beat ESPN to the Manti Te'o scoop

The headlines already leaking from Manti Te'o's Katie Couric interview airing today and the admission that he lied are interesting considering the positive press that came Te'o's way coming out of his off-camera interview with Jeremy Schapp last week.  Schapp didn't just interview Te'o, he went on ESPN airwaves and vouched for his credibility (which brings...
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January 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Real Tweets from Real People - The NCAA Sucks

The beacon of integrity and justice that is the NCAA fessed up to totally botching their investigation into the University of Miami and Nevin Shapiro Wednesday.  How bad is it for the NCAA?  They announced an investigation into their own investigation of Miami with embattled president Mark Emmert saying he was "angered" and "saddened" at the embarrassing events...
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January 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Manti Te'o admits to lying in interview with Katie Couric

The latest page turned in the soap opera that is Manti Te'o's life is his admission to Katie Couric that he lied in December by carrying on the myth of Lennay Kekua's death, but again reaffirmed that he played no role in the hoax.  The December timeline quickly emerged as the biggest problem in Te'o's story.  AA first unearthed Te'o's Heisman Trophy...
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January 23, 2013  |  Discuss

NHL fans are watching again... but that doesn't mean they've forgiven the league

From a strictly numerical point of view, the NHL's return from its lockout has gone rather well. David covered some of NBC's great national numbers yesterday.  NBC's Saturday ratings triumph (the best ratings for a national regular-season broadcast since 2002, excluding Winter Classics) and we're seeing similar stories with other hockey broadcasts. However, that...
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January 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Celtic manager Neil Lennon answers reporter's phone

Let the above video be a lesson to any reporter brave enough to use their smart phone as a recording device while forgetting to turn off their ringer.  At this press conference following a recent match, Celtic manager Neil Lennon is interrupted not once but twice by a phone call from a reporter's wife.  Lennon handles the situation with mischievous delight before he's...
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January 23, 2013  |  Discuss

New Sony sound system blocks out announcers for sporting events

Have you ever been excited to watch a game only to become deflated upon discovering one of your least favorite announcers is calling the action?  Who am I kidding, if you've ever visited this website at any point in time, the answer is most certainly yes! Just imagine a world in which you can peacefully watch the Home Run Derby without Chris Berman yelling "BACK, BACK...
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January 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Dodgers, Time Warner agree to carriage deal

The saga of the Los Angeles Dodgers TV rights has finally ended, and the grand champions (aside from the Dodgers, of course) are Time Warner, who Bloomberg is reporting have won the rights to air the team's games starting in 2014. While the exact terms of the deal are not yet known (Bill Shaikin of the LA Times reports that the deal will be between $7 and $8 BILLION DOLLARS...
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January 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Screengrab Snafu: The LA Kings are moving!

We've had our fair share of snafus involving the Los Angeles Kings. including them trading for Steve Nash, a local TV anchor spanking the Devils mascot on-air, an infographic released by the team to explain themselves to the local media, and even the local media confusing them for the Sacramento Kings. Now that hockey is back and the reigning Stanley Cup champions are back...
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January 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Welcome back...

Well that was a fun couple hours.  As you may have noticed, AA was hacked for a brief while earlier today by a very thoughtful person who decided to bring his (or her) own soundtrack for the occasion.  I can't believe I'm typing these words, but the hacking soundtrack actually turned out to be one of the more popular features in AA's history.  (I don't know what...
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January 22, 2013  |  Discuss

HBO's Real Sports returns with Royce White's first interview since suspension

HBO's acclaimed Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel returns on Tuesday at 10 PM, and the main selling point of this month's edition is Bernard Goldberg's interview with Houston Rockets forward Royce White. This is White's first televised interview since he was suspended by the team due to his refusal to take part in practice or games until his demands related to his mental...
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January 22, 2013  |  Discuss
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