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“Ballers” must evolve beyond “Entourage” for sports by emulating “Playmakers”

Despite tepid reviews, the HBO series  “Ballers” exceeded all expectations last year in becoming HBO’s most watched comedy show since 2009. The recipe used by executive producers Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson and Rob Weiss — who previously worked together on “Entourage” — to recreate their ratings success wasn’t very complicated: Start with a bunch of parties […]

PISCATAWAY, NJ - NOVEMBER 14:  Drew Brown #34 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers is congratulated by teammate Sam Foltz #27 after Brown kicked the extra point in the first half against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on November 14, 2015 at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

VIDEO: Nebraska sportscaster delivers emotional tribute to late punter Sam Foltz

Last weekend, Nebraska punter Sam Foltz and former Michigan State punter Michael Sadler were tragically killed in an auto accident. Foltz was a First Team All-Big Ten selection last year but is being remembered around Nebraska as someone whose impact was much larger off the field.  During his time in Lincoln, the Greeley, Nebraska native […]

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Report: Zach Lowe re-signs with ESPN instead of heading to Bleacher Report

It looks like one of ESPN’s most prominent basketball voices is sticking around. According to Deadspin’s Kevin Draper, Zach Lowe has elected to sign a new multi-year deal with the Worldwide Leader despite strong pursuit from other suitors: ESPN has re-signed superstar basketball reporter Zach Lowe to a multi-year contract, according to multiple industry sources. […]

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Viewing Picks for July 26, 2016

All Times Eastern Basketball USA Men’s National Team Showcase, Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA United States vs. Communist China — NBA TV, 10 p.m. College Baseball Cape Cod League, Whitehouse Field, Harwich, MA Orleans Firebirds at Harwich Mariners — Fox College Sports Atlantic, 6:30 p.m. College Football B1G Football Media Day 2016: Day 2 of 2 — […]

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Tom Jackson could be leaving ESPN after almost three decades

The year 2016 has represented some monumental sea changes at ESPN.  The network has seen a number of high-profile on-air personalities depart for other television homes while also reshuffling some of their long-running announcing teams and studio programs.  But for longtime ESPN viewers (and that means the wide majority of American sports fans) there could […]

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Golf dips further into virtual reality with 360-degree stream

Virtual reality broadcasts have been a rising trend across many sports, but the degree to which golf is embracing the technology stands out. NextVR broadcast two of the holes at The Masters in virtual reality this April, and this past weekend’s American Century Championship pro-am at Lake Tahoe saw what’s believed to be the first […]

HOUSTON - AUGUST 9: Domonique Foxworth #22 of the Denver Broncos looks on before the game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on August 9, 2008 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The Undefeated adds Domonique Foxworth, LZ Granderson, Mark W. Wright

ESPN’s The Undefeated is continuing to grow. The site, which was launched back in May after years of development, has added three new people to its umbrella, Domonique Foxworth, LZ Granderson and Mark W. Wright. Granderson and Wright are ESPN veterans, while Foxworth is a famed former NFL cornerback and the former president of the […]

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Rate the local MLB announcers, 2016 version – AL West

The AL West was roundly ignored two years ago in our rankings. The division received, by far, the fewest votes of any of MLB’s six divisions. Hopefully this time around, more votes are cast – for better or worse. THESE POLLS WILL CLOSE PROMPTLY AT 3PM ON JULY 27TH Houston Astros -Bill Brown (play by […]

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PlayStation Vue adds NFL Network and NFL RedZone to its streaming lineup

Continuing its aggressive policy to sign stations and networks for its streaming TV service, Sony has announced that it has signed an agreement with the NFL Network and NFL RedZone to add both to PlayStation Vue in time for the 2016 regular season. This adds to the recent signing of 9 local CBS affiliates (four […]

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 23: A general view of the Olympic and Paralympic Village for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Barra da Tijuca. The Village will host up to 17,200 people amongst athletes and team officials during the Games and up to 6,000 during the Paralympic Games on July 22, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

HBO’s Real Sports to investigate the human cost of the Olympics

With the Rio Olympics less than two weeks away, it’s natural to get excited about the Games and the athletes who will participate. However, as Rio de Janeiro races to get its facilities and security ready for the massive operation of the Games, there are several problems that have come into the spotlight. Over at our […]

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07:  The Twitter logo is displayed on a banner outside the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on November 7, 2013 in New York City. Twitter goes public on the NYSE today and is expected to open at USD 26 per share, making the company worth an estimated USD 18 billion.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Twitter signs deal with MLB Advanced Media to stream live MLB and NHL games

Continuing its strategy to sign deals for live streaming events, Twitter has announced a deal with MLB Advanced Media to provide both MLB and NHL games on the social media platform. The deal will call for one live out-of-market MLB and NHL game per week along with a nightly sports highlight show to be produced […]

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Rate the local MLB announcers, 2016 version – NL East

We’re starting in the NL East, which was a disaster two years ago. Two teams finished in the bottom five. Two more finished in the bottom ten. However, one did finish in the top five – and that team hasn’t changed much from our last rankings. THESE POLLS WILL CLOSE PROMPTLY AT 11 AM ON JULY […]

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