during the West Regional Semifinal of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Staples Center on March 26, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

Comparing March Madness viewership to bowl season misses the point

On Thursday, Richard Sandomir of the New York Times wrote an interesting article, comparing the viewership totals from this year’s bowl season to the viewership totals from the first two rounds of March Madness. Based on the data, he concluded that the “meaningless” bowl games were a bigger draw than the NCAA Tournament games. While […]


Sports and Entertainment Ratings Buzz: March 16-22

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. NCAA March Madness Tuesday, March 17, 2015 on truTV TIME PROGRAM HH VWRS (000) 6:30 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament: First Round: Hampton 0.6 903 9:05 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament (bridge) 0.8 […]


NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: March 16-22

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 PREMIER LEAGUE: Manchester United vs. Liverpool Sun 9:19AM-11:32AM 133 0.5 950 2 NHL REGULAR SEASON: Chicago […]


ESPN Ratings Buzz: March 16-22

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 NBA REGULAR SEASON: Cleveland at Miami Mon 8:00PM-10:32PM 152 1.3 1890 2 NBA REGULAR SEASON: L.A. […]

ANAHEIM, CA - NOVEMBER 3:  Nick Boynton #44 of the Phoenix Coyotes skates against the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center on November 3, 2006 in Anaheim, California. The Ducks won 6-2. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Arizona Coyotes analyst Nick Boyton arrested after biting security guard

It’s been a rough year on and off the ice for the Arizona Coyotes, and their long season took another strange turn on Thursday morning. Radio analyst Nick Boynton, a former NHL player who was hired by the team this past July after an 11 season NHL career, was arrested at Buffalo casino for biting a security […]

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 14:  David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox looks back as he walks off the field after striking out during the 3rd inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on September 14, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

David Ortiz eviscerated Dan Shaughnessy over PED allegations

Since it launched last year, The Player’s Tribune has been home to some pretty interesting content penned by athletes. One of the latest posts on the site is by Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz, talking about PED use. After discussing drug testing and the new restrictions placed on substances in 2003, Ortiz begins to talk about […]


The best of Bill Walton’s Reddit AMA

Watching a basketball game with Bill Walton as one of the announcers is an experience unlike any other. Walton is simply one of a kind and when I saw his name pop up on Reddit’s IAmA site as an upcoming guest, it definitely piqued my curiosity. On Thursday afternoon, the legendary Bill Walton took part in a […]

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Chicago radio host Dan Bernstein says he enjoys reporter’s “giant boobs,” Katie Nolan, Michelle Beadle and NABJ fire back

A pair of Chicago radio hosts from 670 AM The Score, Dan Bernstein and Matt Spiegel, showed off some impressive sexism and unprofessionalism on Twitter Wednesday night, turning a conversation about CSN Chicago reporter Aiyana Cristal’s work into one about her breasts. Here are the key tweets in question,   Both have since apologized, with Spiegel […]

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Closed captioning calls Nik Stauskas “Sauce Castillo,” which he and Kings’ fans are embracing

It’s always fun to watch the creation of a player’s nickname in real time, and it’s even more fun when that nickname comes from a closed captioning error. When Sacramento Kings’ guard Nik Stauskas hit a three-pointer Tuesdaay night against the 76ers, closed captioning transformed the play-by-play man’s call of “Stauskas hitting the three” into “Sauce […]


SF Weekly editor says “we didn’t bring Mariotti here to write about domestic violence,” calls his hire “in the spirit of gonzo”

The great Hunter S. Thompson is probably rolling in his grave, as SF Weekly editor Mark Segal Kemp has defended the controversial San Francisco Examiner/SF Weekly decision to hire Jay Mariotti as sports director as “in the spirit of gonzo.” That’s highly problematic, but it’s not even the worst part of Segal Kemp’s piece. That would be […]


Second Round Voting For Announcer Cameo Bracket

Well we thought we were going to keep the voting open a little longer but the first round yielded very little bracket busting drama. Advancing to our Elite Eight on one side of the bracket we have: Bob Uecker as Harry Doyle in Major League with a whooping 98% of the vote over Jim Rome and Chris […]

NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 08:  The Connecticut Huskies pose after defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 79 to 58 in the NCAA Women's Final Four Championship at Bridgestone Arena on April 8, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

ESPN’s Coverage Of The Women’s NCAA Tournament Carries Echoes Of Other Sports

With first-rate professionals Kevin Negandhi, Kara Lawson, and Rebecca Lobo in the studio, ESPN has respected the intelligence of viewers during the 2015 Women’s NCAA Tournament. Showcasing Lawson and Lobo, the two best women’s analysts not named Doris Burke, has marked yet another step forward in the continuing evolution of ESPN’s women’s college basketball coverage. […]

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NCAA Tournament Announcing Power Rankings

The votes have been cast, the grades have been calculated and we’re ready to reveal our March Madness Announcing Power Rankings!  Before we reveal the rankings, it’s worth noting that all of the broadcast teams graded fairly well.  Every team had significantly more A and B votes than D and F and in the case […]