Dick Vitale signs new contract, remains with ESPN through 2016-17

As one of the few remaining ESPN employees who date back to the beginning of the network, Dick Vitale still commands a presence to this day. And as he continues well into his 70′s, the college basketball analyst is treasured not only by his fellow employees, but more importantly, his bosses. ESPN has announced that […]

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DirecTV signs new deal with NFL to keep Sunday Ticket

As has been speculated and reported on for months and months, the NFL and DirecTV finally have made it official today – Sunday Ticket is sticking around for several more years.  The two sides announced a new multi-year contract today that will see DirecTV hold its out-of-market NFL package for its subscribers. Here’s the announcement […]

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Your Week 5 NFL Announcing Schedule

Thursday, October 2 Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers, CBS|NFLN 8:25 pm, Jim Nantz, Phil Simms & Tracy Wolfson Sunday, October 5 Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants, FOX 1 pm, Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch & Pam Oliver St. Louis Rams at Philadelphia Eagles, FOX 1 pm, Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa Buffalo Bills […]


ESPN’s Shelley Smith says she has breast cancer

October is breast cancer awareness month where the worlds of sports and entertainment will go pink to support the cause.  On the first day of October, longtime ESPN reporter Shelley Smith revealed on Twitter that she has breast cancer. Smith has been at ESPN since 1993 and full-time at the network since 1997.  In that […]


‘Hockey Night in Canada’ will cut back on Tim Thompson’s montages

Monday afternoon, Rogers presented their massive, expensive new NHL studios to the world. Everyone was impressed by this new combination of hockey and visuals that will hopefully make Hockey Night in Canada all the better. However, one other change was announced that might not make some so thrilled. I think it’s no secret that our site, along […]


Could the FCC fine broadcasters for saying “Redskins”?

We told you earlier this week about the Federal Communications Commission voting unanimously to dump the Sports Blackout Rule. Now it appears that the FCC may take up the issue of the Washington Redskins. What exactly can the agency in charge of regulating the nation’s airwaves do in regards to one of the NFL’s oldest […]


Derek Jeter is launching a new website for professional athletes

Now that Derek Jeter has officially retired and baseball has somehow found a way to move on, many fans are surely left wondering what The Captain’s next move will be.  Will he go into coaching?  A front office role?  Commissioner of baseball?  Television?  President of the United States? Jeter’s first move after the conclusion of […]


Underwhelming TBS broadcast sucks the excitement out of a classic game

The Royals and Athletics contested a classic postseason baseball game that will go down in history on Tuesday night.  The first playoff game in Kansas City in 29 years.  A 4 run comeback in the 8th and 9th innings.  A game that went to extras.  Questionable managing decisions.  Drama.  Intrigue.  And another comeback by the home […]


Week 4 NFL Local Ratings Rankings

Welcome to AA’s NFL local ratings rankings. Every week, we’ll take a look at which teams has the highest TV ratings in their local markets, presented 1-32 and with commentary to help provide context, enjoy. Week 4 Byes: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Arizona, St. Louis, Seattle 1. New Orleans (NBC) - 48.9 If you follow these rankings, you […]

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Could the NFL hit back at ESPN with next year’s Monday Night Football schedule?

When it comes to prime-time NFL games, the broadcast networks get dealt a better hand than ESPN. As the league’s premier package, Sunday Night Football gets better matchups than Monday Night Football. Now that’s been extended to CBS’s Thursday Night Football as well early in the season. But we’ve always basically concluded that said trend was the […]


Viewing Picks for October 1, 2014

All Times Eastern Boxing ESPN Boxing Special, Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, CA IBF Middleweight Elimination Bout Hassan N’Dam vs. Curtis Stevens — ESPN2, 9 p.m. College Football BTN Football & Beyond 2014 — Big Ten Network, noon CFB Daily — ESPNU, 1 p.m. College Football Live — ESPN, 2:30 p.m. ESPNU Film Room — ESPNU, […]

royalssign recaps Athletics victory over Royals… oops

The Royals defeated the Athletics 9-8 in 12 innings in one of the great postseason games in my lifetime.  Kansas City came down from a 7-3 deficit entering the bottom of the 8th to force extras by scoring 3 in the 8th and the tying run in the 9th.  Then, after Oakland scored to take […]

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ESPN will air Midnight Madness to highlight the start of college basketball

Mark your calendars for October 17th, college basketball fans. On that date ESPN will launch the new college basketball season with ESPNU Midnight Madness, a special night of coverage which will combine studio coverage as well as remote coverage from 11 different campuses. In their ninth year of covering the Midnight Madness tradition, ESPN will highlight Arizona, Kentucky, […]


Your MLB Postseason Announcing Schedule: Part I

The MLB Postseason circa 2014 is upon us.  Below you’ll find the broadcast schedule for this week’s games with dates, times, and announcers through October 5th. As an additional guide, the network assignments for the games are a bit confusing.  TBS has the AL Wild Card game while ESPN has the NL Wild Card game, […]

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Midwest markets posted highest local MLB ratings this season

Every couple of months, Sports Business Daily releases local MLB ratings data. Because I’m a baseball addict, I love devouring this information and digesting the data. At the All-Star Break, midwest markets were dominating the local ratings among all teams, with the Tigers, Cardinals, Pirates, Reds and Brewers at the top of the mountain. With the […]