Your Week 8 NFL Announcing Schedule

A couple notes on this week’s schedule: 1) Breakfast at Wembley with the Lions and Falcons will be nationally televised at 9:30 AM ET. 2) Donovan McNabb steps into the broadcast booth to call Rams-Chiefs. [Insert potential tie joke here.] Thursday, October 23 San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos, CBS|NFLN 8:25 pm, Jim Nantz, Phil […]

Sunday Night Football

Where’s the concern for Sunday Night Football blowouts?

Two weeks ago, the question of “What’s wrong with Thursday Night Football?” was all the rage.  Early on this season the midweek game saw a historic string of blowouts.  And not just any blowouts mind you, we’re talking games that were decided by halftime, if not the end of the first quarter.  Before Colts-Texans and Jets-Patriots […]

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Could the World Series eventually move to Fox Sports 1?

Could the World Series move to cable in the future? You might scoff at the notion now, but Fox Sports president Eric Shanks didn’t completely debunk the notion in a conference call earlier this week, as reported by Capital New York. “There will be an evolution down the road, maybe,” he said Monday in response […]


The NFL will start airing its own anti-domestic violence PSAs this weekend

You may have noticed, in recent weeks, that the National Football League has been airing spots for Law & Order: SVU star Mariska Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Foundation via its “No More” campaign PSAs. In the spots, stars like Hargitay, Amy Poehler, Andre Braugher and Ice-T call for an end to domestic violence. The message is very simple, […]


Robert Klemko given four week suspension from The MMQB

Peter King’s website has handled its first major talent controversy with a fairly lengthy suspension. King announced Thursday via Twitter that MMQB writer Robert Klemko would be suspended for four weeks. The incident in question was originally reported by CBS Chicago: A writer for Sports Illustrated has been charged with hitting a cab driver in Chicago […]


ESPN will expand role for Marty Smith after NASCAR leaves the network

It’s always interesting to see who stays with a network when rights deals expire and move to other networks. Barry Melrose is probably the most notorious example of this, the last remnant (I guess John Buccigross counts) of ESPN’s decade-long broadcasts of the National Hockey League. Despite the World Cup and Premier League leaving, ESPN […]


Viewing Picks for October 23, 2014

All Times Eastern College Basketball ESPNU College Basketball Media Days — ESPNU, 3 p.m. College Football UConn at East Carolina — ESPNU, 7 p.m. Miami (FL) at West Virginia — ESPN, 8 p.m. BTN Football & Beyond 2014 — Big Ten Network, noon CFB Daily — ESPNU, 1 p.m. College Football Live — ESPN, 2:30 […]

MLB: World Series-San Francisco Giants at Kansas City Royals

Game 1 of the World Series least watched on record

A blowout Game 1 of the World Series featuring a small market team and a big market club in its third Fall Classic in five seasons didn’t move the needle for Fox. The San Francisco Giants’ 7-1 win over the Kansas City Royals drew 12.19 million viewers, the lowest ever for Game 1 of the […]


ESPN to start producing films for the FiveThirtyEight site

Beginning this week, ESPN will debut a series of films at the upstart FiveThirtyEight site. As the FiveThirtyEight site deals with analytics and data, so will the film series that will be branded “Signals” and will be produced by ESPN Films. The first film, “The Man Vs. The Machine” which premieres on October 22, will […]

NFL: Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos

Week 7 NFL Local Ratings Rankings

Welcome to AA’s NFL local ratings rankings. Every week, we’ll take a look at which teams have the highest TV ratings in their local markets, presented 1-32 and with commentary to help provide context, enjoy. Byes: Philadelphia, Tampa Bay 1. Denver (NBC) - 47.1 The Broncos’ home market tuned in big time to watch Peyton break the […]


Sports Illustrated’s Oklahoma State investigation ends with a quiet whimper

Remember Sports Illustrated’s huge five part expose into improprieties at Oklahoma State University?  While the investigation was rolled out with plenty of pomp and circumstance at SI, the report quickly fell apart under public scrutiny.  As sources came forward to combat their quotes and other outlets produced documentation to refute claims, the SI juggernaut suffered […]

Cal Bears Football vs. UCLA, Oct 18, 2014, at Cal Memorial Stadium in Berkeley

Behind The Scenes With Pac 12 Network’s The Drive

All Access documentaries and series have mostly been double edged swords. Often winning awards and critical acclaim, the reality is that they typically attract niche audiences that make it hard to turn a profit given the heavy costs of production. Recently Undefeated won the Oscar for best documentary in 2012, yet only brought in a half million […]


Portland Timbers owner tells Timbers Army “STFU”

Things are not quite so rosy in the City of Roses. The Portland Timbers have one of the most passionate fanbases in MLS and things boiled over on Twitter after they were defeated on Tuesday night.  The 3-1 defeat to Olimpia in Honduras knocked them out of the CONCACAF Champions League on goal differential.  With […]


Tim Tebow’s Florida criticism proves he has a future as an analyst

Of all the things we’ve ever accused Tim Tebow of being, “objective” is not one of those things. He was a Gator. He won two national titles. He was Urban Meyer’s guy. Tim Tebow WAS the University of Florida. And then ESPN brought him on as an analyst for the SEC Network. Of course, there […]