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 […]

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AA Podcast #98 – John Smoltz

With the dawn of the 2014 MLB Postseason, we’re joined by one of the best playoff pitchers of the last generation – John Smoltz. After an illustrious career with the Atlanta Braves, Smoltz moved to the broadcast booth and has been a consistent presence covering the sport. In today’s podcast, we talk about John’s TV […]

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FCC unanimously ends their sports blackout rule

In a unanimous 5-0 vote, the Federal Communications Commission threw out the sports blackout rule that had been on the books dating back to 1975. It allowed sports leagues to use the FCC as a crutch to blackout games in local markets. The National Football League especially liked the rule so it could enforce its […]


NFL Ratings, Week 4: Only SNF sees year-to-year gains

Regional Window (CBS) Blackouts: New York, Chicago, Pittsburgh 1. Buffalo (BUF vs. HOU) - 33.3/62 2. Indianapolis (TEN vs. IND) - 31.8/55 3. Baltimore (CAR vs. BAL) - 29.9/59 4. San Diego (JAX vs. SD) - 29.7/57 5. Houston (BUF vs. HOU) - 27.6/55 6. Charlotte (CAR vs. BAL) - 22.1/44 7. Jacksonville (JAX vs. SD) - 21.7/35 8. Nashville (TEN vs. IND) […]


Podcast: Seth Greenberg and Jay Williams are College GameDay’s newest analysts

Later today ESPN will announce the addition of college basketball analysts Jay Williams and Seth Greenberg to the set of College GameDay.  Williams and Greenberg will join host Rece Davis and analyst Jay Bilas as the new quartet for ESPN’s flagship college sports franchise.  The pair replace the retiring Digger Phelps and NBA analyst Jalen […]


Jim Harbaugh says Deion Sanders is full of crap

Deion Sanders, former 49er and current NFL Network Analyst recently made a comment about how current San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh’s players want him gone from the team. A little early in the season for these kinds of rumors, but there you have it. Well, after the 49ers came from behind to beat the […]


Viewing Picks for September 30, 2014

Basketball 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women Group Play Group D, Istanbul, Turkey USA vs. Angola — NBA TV, 2:30 p.m. USA Basketball 2014: A Golden Opportunity — NBA TV, 4:30 p.m. College Football BTN Football & Beyond 2014 — Big Ten Network, noon CFB Daily: The Experts — ESPNU, 1 p.m. College Football Live […]