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How well is WWE Network doing? Depends how deep you dig

The business of professional wrestling and the business of the WWE are, for the most part, one and the same. They’ve outlasted and absorbed all of their major competition over the years (WCW, ECW) and far surpass the reach of any of their current competitors (Lucha Underground, TNA, ROH). By all accounts, there is nothing […]


Shark Tank recap: Letters from Santa, plastic ice, custom wrapping and shreddin’ gloves

The Shiver: Tonight’s group of sharks: Dallas Mavericks owner and tech-sector maverick Mark Cuban in his usual stage-right chair, real-estate impresariess Barbara Corcoran, venture capital mogul Kevin “Mister Wonderful” O’Leary, QVC Queen Lori Greiner and at the end of the line, infosec entrepreneur Robert Herjavec. The Bait: Backwards Santa letters, indoor ice, custom Christmas wrap […]

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ESPN is reportedly interested in hiring Les Miles

If former LSU football coach Les Miles can’t find another job in coaching, he’s got a fallback plan. According to, ESPN is “very interested” in hiring Miles as a college football analyst. This makes tons of sense, as Miles is a super-successful coach who also happens to be funny, honest and engaging on camera. That’s […]


Viewing Picks for December 10, 2016

All Times Eastern Boxing Showtime Boxing International, Manchester Arena, Manchester, England, United Kingdom IBF World Heavyweight Title Fight Anthony Joshua vs. Eric Molina — Showtime, 5:30 p.m. GH3 Boxing, Sands Bethlehem Event Center, Bethlehem, PA Vacant WBC Latino Welterweight Title Fight David Emanuel Peralta vs. Berlin Aubreu — One World Sports, 9:30 p.m. World Championship […]


Scout Media files for bankruptcy after creditors petition for repayment

Scout Media’s no-good-very-bad 2016 is ending in the same fashion as the company announced Friday that it has filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code, per an internal memo sent to Awful Announcing (and confirmed by the Wall Street Journal). Scout filed the petitions Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the […]


ESPN Ratings Buzz: November 28-December 4

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 25 (and Select) Programs For searching an event or program on this page, type CTRL-F in your browser (if browser is capable) then type your event/program title in the […]

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‘Fox is not messing around’ with Saturday’s MLS Cup coverage

The people over at Fox are quite excited about Saturday night’s MLS Cup between Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders, the first MLS title match on English language network television since Columbus and New York played on ABC in 2008. “There’s a greater reach, a greater prestige to it,” said Fox Sports announcer John Strong— […]


Marv Albert thinks Scottie Pippen is talking to Mark Zuckerberg

Scottie Pippen was court side for last night’s Bulls game. He inexplicably is brother in arms with Jason Whitlock on the fashion front. Obviously Pippen being in attendance is something a broadcast is going to acknowledge. Shit, anyone on some of those 90’s Bulls teams is probably worth a mention, even Jud Buechler. But when Albert did […]

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Jalen Rose says comparing NBA Countdown and Inside the NBA is unfair

In any conversation about ESPN’s NBA Countdown, someone invariably wonders why the show can’t be more like TNT’s Inside the NBA. While Inside the NBA is loose and fun and spontaneous, NBA Countdown can feel rigid and formulaic. But Jalen Rose, who is in his fourth season on Countdown, says the comparison isn’t quite fair. Asked by The Big Lead’s Ryan Glasspiegel about the success of […]