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Breaking down the prime-time NFL packages for 2014

The NFL now technically has four separate prime-time television packages on four different networks, with CBS and NFL Network basically splitting the Thursday batch. And so when the league finally released its full 2014 regular-season schedule on Wednesday, it gave us an opportunity to break down who got the best and worst run of games […]

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Pearlman’s ‘Showtime’ shows access isn’t essential to telling complete story

Ed Note: The following appears courtesy Ed Sherman and the National Sports Journalism Center. Today’s journalism lesson comes from Jeff Pearlman. Subject: How to write a 482-page book without ever getting access to the three main characters in the story. Pearlman’s latest, “Showtime,” is a detailed and entertaining account of the great Lakers teams during the […]

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Let’s laugh at Keith Hernandez struggle with the Cardinals lineup

Maybe Keith Hernandez spotted another attractive lady downing a giant hot dog, because he’s not exactly focused on the St. Louis Cardinals lineup.  Watch the Mets analyst fumble through the outfield and infield before finishing strong with Yadier Molina. His cohorts in the SNY booth can only laugh at him, and that camaraderie is one […]

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Pierre McGuire loves his junior hockey references

Pierre McGuire is a man who knows a lot of things about hockey. That’s not exclusive to the NHL. As viewers of the NHL on NBC and NBCSN are often quick to mention, the man seemingly knows the high school, college and/or junior hockey team of every player who has ever played in the game. […]

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American soccer fans aren’t getting any closer to accepting Gus Johnson

Before this knockout round of the Champions League began, I called this slate of European games a “make or break” season for Gus Johnson as a Fox Soccer announcer.  In his second year with Fox Soccer, this would be the time the narrative would be set on Johnson’s viability as a soccer announcer. Without the […]

Video: Blue Jackets beat Penguins in dramatic Game 4

The Penguins-Blue Jackets series is turning out to be the star attraction of the Stanley Cup Playoffs thus far.  It’s a series that has featured one dramatic turn after another and Game 4 was the best and most exciting chapter yet.  After the Penguins took a 3-0 lead in the 1st period, Columbus clawed back […]

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Your 2014 Thursday Night Football Schedule

2014 is a new era for the NFL as they expand to broadcast television for two nights a week.  After a prolonged period of intrigue, CBS emerged as the surprise winners of an 8 game primetime package.  Gone are the days when NFL Network produced their own games on Thursday nights – this is CBS’s […]

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Your 2014 Monday Night Football Schedule

ESPN will air their 9th season of Monday Night Football in 2014 and the 45th year for the revered franchise overall.  Unlike their Sunday Night Football brethren, there are of course no flex games for MNF.  That has led to the insanely expensive ESPN schedule in recent years suffering from some primetime duds.  The addition […]

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Your 2014 Sunday Night Football Schedule

Another NFL-related national holiday on the calendar was celebrated today with the release of the 2014 NFL schedule.  It says everything about the NFL’s stranglehold on the nation that the revealing of the 17 week regular season schedule is treated with the same hype as the Beatles appearing with Sullivan.  Nevertheless, here we are. We […]

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Fox Sports 1 dedicating tribute show to Derek Jeter

We’re less than 20% of the way through Derek Jeter’s final MLB season, and the retirement tour is already getting kicked into high gear. Fox Sports 1 will be airing an hour-long tribute show to Jeter at 8:30 PM next Tuesday, featuring interviews with current and former players and people around baseball heaping praise onto the Yankee […]

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So how much is a NFL Playoff game worth? Try $100 Million!

Earlier this week, ESPN made it official that it would carry one NFL Wild Card Playoff game beginning with the 2014-15 season. For those who follow the industry and ESPN in particular, it was not a surprise. Of all of the NFL’s TV partners, ESPN pays the most in rights fees for Monday Night Football, […]

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Matt Harvey deletes Twitter account because the Mets are cramping his style

New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey decided to commemorate the 6 month anniversary of his Tommy John surgery with a picture on Twitter.  The picture shows Harvey smiling and offering his middle finger to the camera from the time of the operation. It’s a little crass, yes, but it’s funny and harmless.  Athletes have tweeted […]

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SEC Network releases commercials for every school, here are the best

Announcing a new network is one thing, but getting the word out is another. The ESPN-affiliated SEC Network launches on Aug. 14, the first day of the college football season. The network unveiled 14 school-specific ads, showcasing something special about each institution. Each of these 14 ads will run in the regional area of the schools, […]

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Colin Cowherd’s latest John Wall rant shows ESPN at its worst

I feel sorry for Dan Steinberg of DC Sports Bog.  That seems a little odd to say given he’s a funny, successful writer at the Washington Post.  But I do feel sorry for him… simply because Colin Cowherd has said so many dumb things about DC professional athletes that Steinberg has had to transcribe over […]

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