Video: Chris Fowler rips “stupid” and “uninformed” claims of ESPN’s SEC bias

The consternations over ESPN’s perceived SEC bias have reached a fever pitch recently.  They were given some legitimacy when Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said the ESPN/SEC relationship was not good for college football.  That came on the heels of #FSUTwitter conspiracy theories that ESPN was out to get Florida State and Jameis Winston and threats […]


Your Week 9 College Football Announcing Schedule

Saturday, October 25 Noon- Texas at Kansas State (ESPN) Dave Pasch, Brian Griese, Tom Luginbill (Westwood One) Jason Benetti, Derek Rackley Noon- Rutgers at Nebraska (ESPN2) Beth Mowins, Joey Galloway, Paul Carcaterra Noon- Minnesota at Illinois (ESPNU) Clay Matvick, Anthony Becht Noon- Memphis at SMU (ESPNews) Mike Couzens, Gene Chizik Noon- North Texas at Rice […]


Frank Thomas – the cheeriest personality in sports television?

Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Thomas has done a pretty decent job in his first year as an MLB analyst for Fox Sports 1. But I’ve noticed something about Thomas in his retirement that I never noticed during his pro career – the man is full of smiles and seems incredibly joyful. It seems like […]


Viewing Picks for October 25, 2014

All Times Eastern College Football Viewing Picks College Hockey Men’s Colorado College at New Hampshire — Fox College Sports Atlantic, 7 p.m. Niagara at Notre Dame — NBCSN, 7 p.m. Bemidji State at Minnesota — Fox College Sports Pacific, 8 p.m. College Soccer Men’s Cal Poly at Cal-Santa Barbara — Fox College Sports Pacific, 10:30 […]

Thursday Night Football

A look at CBS’ Thursday Night Football

As CBS has ended its portion of the Thursday Night Football schedule and hands off to NFL Network, let’s take a look at how it handled its first primetime package. CBS gave this a playoff feel. It added more cameras as opposed to a regular Sunday afternoon game, additional replay machines, two pregame shows with […]


NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: October 13-19

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. NBCSN Top 10 (and Select) Programs RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 NHL REGULAR SEASON: Boston at Detroit Wed 8:03PM-10:57PM 174 0.3 592 2 PREMIER LEAGUE: Swansea at […]


ESPN Ratings Buzz: October 13-19

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. ESPN Top 10 (and Select) Programs RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 NFL REGULAR SEASON: San Francisco at St. Louis Mon 8:15PM-11:44PM 209 7.9 12712 2 NASCAR SPRINT […]


The Royals actually own the highest rated game in World Series history

Ed Note: The following appears courtesy The Sherman Report. Nope, it wasn’t the Yankees, Red Sox, or Dodgers. The answer: Kansas City-Philadelphia for Game 6 of the 1980 World Series. The Phillies victory over the Royals did a 40 rating with a 60 share. Let me repeat that again: a 40 rating and 60 share are […]


Peter King learned nothing from the NFL’s PR crisis

The story of The MMQB’s Robert Klemko facing multiple charges in Chicago for allegedly punching a cab driver and then speeding off in the cab is one of the more bizarre examples of sports media members getting in trouble. King announced on Thursday that SI and The MMQB had suspended Klemko for four weeks for the […]


Fox Sports 1 Can’t Defeat College GameDay With Familiar Formulas

We’re more than halfway through the current college football season, the second one in which Fox Sports 1 has competed with ESPN for the attention of a national audience. Everyone in the college football television industry knows it’s hard for FS1 to compete with ESPN in terms of games, because ESPN owns the vast preponderance […]


Bill Simmons finally has his sanctuary in the Grantland Basketball Hour

Within the first two minutes of the Grantland Basketball Hour, legendary WWE announcer Jim Ross voiced over an animation of Kevin Love coming to Cleveland and the show had “rented” John Tesh’s Roundball Rock.  Freed from the shackles of ESPN NBA Countdown and back from his three-week suspension, the Grantland Basketball Hour is Bill Simmons’ […]


Viewing Picks for October 24, 2014

All Times Eastern College Field Hockey Michigan State at Michigan — Big Ten Network, 3:30 p.m. Cal at Stanford — Pac-12 Bay Area, 5 p.m. College Football South Florida at Cincinnati — ESPN2, 7 p.m. Troy at South Alabama — ESPNU, 7:30 p.m. BYU at Boise State — ESPN, 9 p.m. Oregon vs. Cal at […]


College Football Viewer’s Guide: Week Nine

Ed Note: The following viewers guide comes to us courtesy our friends at The Student Section. It’s one of the laws of college football physics: When anyone says that a given week is going to be dull, at least in certain spots, that week — especially the supposedly dull game window — springs to life. Last […]