Every television network still loves Notre Dame football

College football is about a month away, which means the networks are starting to finalize their plans. While ABC has owned Saturday primetime, Fox continues to try and edge its way in with a weekly game that starts slightly earlier each week. CBS doesn’t go to primetime for football often, but they’re taking advantage of […]


ESPN’s worst nightmare has come to life thanks to First Take

It was only a matter of time.  Only a matter of time before someone on First Take said something stupid enough to drag the show’s carcass back into the headlines.  This time, it wasn’t Skip Bayless, nor even the ghost of Rob Parker.  It was Stephen A. Smith and his comments on women “provoking” assault. […]


ESPN to air Seahawks training camp as a SportsCenter Special

On July 29th, ESPN will air a live SportsCenter Special that will feature your Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks at training camp. The network has bounced around different NFL training camps this summer, but this will be a two-hour special devoted solely to the Seahawks. The details from a network press release: ESPN will provide a […]


Fox Sports delves into the world of content portals with Just A Bit Outside

Author-based content portals are ceasing as a trend, and growing as a necessity among providers. Think about all of the portals out there – Grantland, The MMQB, Vox, 538, Jason Whitlock’s Black Grantland… content portals are popping up like weeds nowadays. Fox Sports is the latest to jump onboard with Just A Bit Outside, their […]


Viewing Picks for July 26, 2014

All Times Eastern Arena Football Arizona Rattlers at Orlando Predators — CBS Sports Network, 7 p.m. Australian Rules Football Brisbane Lions vs. Gold Coast Suns — Fox Sports 2, 2:30 a.m. Hawthorn Hawks vs. Sydney Swans — Fox Soccer Plus, 5:30 a.m. Beach Volleyball World Series of Volleyball, Long Beach, CA Women’s Quarterfinal — Universal […]

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Fox strikes back at WEEI; pulls all advertising from station

The fallout from the WEEI/Erin Andrews controversy has now reached new heights. It began the day after the MLB All-Star Game when WEEI morning show co-host Kirk Minihane called Fox Sports’ Erin Andrews a “gutless bitch” and then a week later, made an apology laced with a tirade about Andrews being a waitress had she […]


MLB Network will have live coverage of the Baseball Hall of Fame induction

After a year with no inductees, MLB Network is striking while the iron is hot during this year’s Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. This Sunday, MLB Network will devote the bulk of their day to the induction, with coverage starting at 11 AM. At 11 AM, MLB Network’s coverage begins with the airing of […]


Ratings (and impressions) from a soccer-stacked Wednesday

There were five soccer matches on television Wednesday night between three of the major sports networks. This is obviously a sign of America’s greater moral decay, but we’ve got bigger fish to fry than that. Here are the ratings numbers for those five games on Wednesday (H/T


NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: July 14-20

NBCSN Top 10 Programs RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 INDYCAR SERIES: Streets of Toronto – Race 2 Sun 3:53PM- 5:37PM 104 0.3 484 2 TOUR DE FRANCE – EXTRA Sat 11:40AM-12:00PM 20 0.2 430 3 TOUR DE FRANCE – LIVE Sat 7:59AM-11:40AM 221 0.3 405 4 F1 RACING: Germany Sun 12:00PM- […]


ESPN Ratings Buzz: July 14-20

ESPN Top 10 Programs RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 2014 GILLETTE HOME RUN DERBY (live) Mon 9:03PM-11:59PM 176 3.4 5402 2 BASEBALL RAIN DELAY (live) Mon 8:00PM- 9:03PM 63 2.5 4035 3 GOLF: OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP: Final Round (live) Sun 8:00AM- 2:04PM 364 2.3 3299 4 MLB SUNDAY NIGHT: L.A. Dodgers/St. Louis […]


Michelle Beadle calls out First Take for Ray Rice segment

Michelle Beadle is going to say what she thinks.  That’s what has led her to being one of the most popular sports personalities in the industry… and to some notable clashes with others along the way. On Friday, she went where few ESPN employees are willing to go and publicly criticized First Take for their […]


NESN to drop simulcast of WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan

It hasn’t been a good week for the WEEI Morning Show known as Dennis and Callahan, hosted by two elderly Boston curmudgeons who have cultivated controversy over the years. We have chronicled the anti-Erin Andrews comments of D&C’s supposedly young and edgy cohort Kirk Minihane from last week and his subsequent “apology” or lack thereof […]


Would a Ronda Rousey-Gina Carano fight truly draw eyeballs to the UFC?

Ronda Rousey has been Dana White’s golden goose over the past two years. She’s smashed through the UFC’s womens bantamweight division, finishing all four of her opponents, three in the first round. In Rousey’s last two fights, she eschewed her signature arm bar for striking, and as a result, knocked out both Sara McMann and […]


SEC Network quest for world domination almost complete with TWC agreement

Last we visited the distribution journey of SEC Network, they had just agreed to a major deal with Comcast.  Now, America’s other cable giant is officially on board. The ESPN-backed new kid on the sports television block has come to terms with Time Warner Cable, who will carry the network for its August 14th launch. […]