Your MLB Announcing Schedule for 7/28 – 8/3

Monday, July 28 San Diego Padres at Atlanta Braves (MLBN Noon) Local Broadcast Toronto Blue Jays at Boston Red Sox (ESPN 7 pm) Dave O’Brien, Aaron Boone Tuesday, July 29 New York Yankees at Texas Rangers (FS1 8 pm) Joe Buck, Tom Verducci Colorado Rockies at Chicago Cubs (WGNA 8 pm) Len Kasper, Jim Deshaies Atlanta Braves at Los […]

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What we know about Monday Night Football in 2014

We continue with our “What We Know” series on the NFL TV packages that begin anew this season with a contract that will end in the early 2020′s. We’ve already provided you with “What We Know” on Thursday Night Football, the NFL on CBS and NBC’s Sunday Night Football. It’s now time for ESPN’s Monday […]


John Madden turned down the chance to announce one final game

WWMD… What Would Madden Do?  Maybe that’s a question that comes to mind for football fans when it comes to the present slate of NFL broadcasters and current affairs in the league.  This week Richard Deitsch at Sports Illustrated had an interview with Madden that touched on numerous subjects. Perhaps the most interesting insight was […]

Hope for a way forward after a week of chaotic insanity

I’ve been writing about, reporting on, and analyzing this sports media industry on a full-time basis for over three years now.  And I can safely say that I’ve never seen a period of time as chaotic, distressing, and insane as what transpired last week. Reflecting over the weekend, it was easy to be discouraged about the […]

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The Baseball Hall of Fame has enacted the “Le Batard Rule”

Starting this winter, a new rule will be in effect for the Baseball Writers Association of America members voting for the Baseball Hall of Fame. Nicknamed the Le Batard Rule (after Dan Le Batard infamously donated his vote to Deadspin last winter, and then proceeded to turn in a ballot better than 95% of the […]


Stephen A. Smith apology only invites more questions

ESPN’s first statement on the controversy that has enveloped the network after Stephen A. Smith’s comments on domestic violence amounted to an advertisement for Monday’s First Take.  There the network said, Smith would address the controversy in full. Monday’s First Take opened with what appeared to be a taped apology from Smith on set alone […]


Video: The Hall of Fame honored Ralph Kiner and Tony Gwynn on Sunday

During Sunday’s Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on MLB Network, the Hall did something that should have also been done two weeks earlier at the All-Star Game – they honored late MLB Hall of Famers Tony Gwynn and Ralph Kiner. Two minutes. Yes, the video didn’t honor the other recently deceased players and personalities […]


Stephen A. Smith leaving ESPN Radio for SiriusXM

Stephen A. Smith is polarizing. Whether he’s on First Take or ESPN Radio in New York, he always garners a reaction. So imagine him on another national platform like SiriusXM radio. It’s about to happen. The New York Daily News reports that Smith will be joining the “Mad Dog Radio” channel and host his own show […]


Viewing Picks for July 28, 2014

All Times Eastern College Football B1G Football Media Day 2014 — Big Ten Network, 10:30 a.m. 2014 College Football Media Days — ESPNU, 1 p.m. College Football Live — ESPN, 2:30 p.m. CFB Daily: The Blitz — ESPNU, 5 p.m. Top 25 College Football Games of 2013: No. 15: Georgia vs. Tennessee — ESPNU, 7 […]


ESPN offers first remarks on Stephen A. Smith controversy

It’s been a very long weekend of discussion regarding Stephen A. Smith’s comments about Ray Rice’s suspension. A reminder that Smith is in hot water for saying that, while men need to continue to be educated that domestic violence is never the answer, “we also have to make sure that we learn as much as […]

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HBO producing sports mockumentary starring Andy Samberg

Before ESPN’s “30 for 30″ series essentially took the title away, HBO was the pioneer of quality sports documentaries. So it might stand to reason that the premium cable network would plow new ground in the making of sports mockumentaries. Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) will star in 7 Days […]


Baltimore Ravens attempt to rehabilitate Ray Rice’s reputation

In the wake of the NFL’s punishment of the Baltimore Ravens’ Ray Rice (or lack thereof) and subsequent reaction to domestic incident involving his then-fiancee, now wife Janay, the team is attempting to gain control of the message and take a new tact on his reputation. The team’s Senior Vice President for Public and Community […]

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Charles Barkley says he’s no longer friends with Tiger Woods

During an appearance on Friday on a Philadelphia sports radio station, TNT’s Charles Barkley declared that he’s not a friend of Tiger Woods. The two were friendly in the past, but telling Mike Missanelli of 97.5 The Fanatic, Barkley said they are friends no longer. Barkley expanded on his statement: “Well I think that when […]


A compilation of Pierre McGuire’s most awkward moments

Ed Note: The following post appears courtesy Bloguin’s national NHL site Puck Drunk Love. Pierre McGuire is an interesting man. The word “interesting” in the previous sentence could be replaced with a lot of different words, but it’s clear that most hockey fans feel that McGuire is one of the most awkward, if not creepy, […]