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Fox Sports’ fake snow is the worst innovation since the glow puck

If you were trying to enjoy some exciting college basketball on the networks of Fox Sports over the weekend, you were likely treated to something unexpected. Fake snow. On the bottom third of the screen, Fox placed a “festive” and “seasonal” graphics overlay of snow around their scorebug.  But that wasn’t all!  No, there was […]

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Viewing Picks for December 22, 2014

All Times Eastern College Basketball Men’s Diamond Head Classic, Stan Sheriff Center, Honolulu, HI Quarterfinals Ohio vs. George Washington — ESPNU, 2:30 p.m. DePaul vs. Colorado — ESPNU, 5 p.m. Loyola Marymount vs. Wichita State — ESPNU, 11 p.m. Miami (OH) at Ohio State — Big Ten Network, 6 p.m. Kansas at Temple — ESPN2, […]

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Snoop Dogg and his son are getting an ESPN documentary series

ESPN creating a five-episode documentary series starring Snoop Dogg and his son might cause one to wince, thinking of past attempts by the network to meld the worlds of entertainment and sports. But Snoop & Son: A Dad’s Dream is solidly set within the world of sports, particularly college football and the recruitment of Dogg’s son, […]

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NBCSN about to post record viewership for 2014

There’s still a small chunk of time left in 2014, but NBCSN is already chalking up the year as a victory. Thanks to the Sochi Olympics, the NHL, the Premier League, Fi and IndyCar, NBCSN is about to post its best year in network history. NBCSN’s total day audience is up 54% when compared to 2013. […]

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The revolving door keeps turning – Barry Larkin leaves ESPN

ESPN has been bleeding MLB analysts in recent years – it seems like every couple of months, someone new heads to greener pastures. The latest name to join the fray – Barry Larkin, who is done with the network. A report from The Big Lead indicates that Larkin is yearning to get a job within […]

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Viewing Picks for December 21, 2014

All Times Eastern College Basketball Viewing Picks English Premier League Newcastle vs. Sunderland — NBCSN, 8:30 a.m. Liverpool vs. Arsenal — NBCSN/Telemundo, 11 a.m. Premier League Live — NBCSN, 7:30 a.m. Goal Zone — NBCSN, 1 p.m. Match of the Day II — NBCSN, 10:30 p.m. Figure Skating ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating ISU […]

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How ESPN created the Camellia Bowl

As Bowl season kicks off today in earnest with five of a total of 39 college football postseason contests, there’s one game that gets its start tonight. That’s the Camellia Bowl in Montgomery, AL. This certainly doesn’t have the history of the Rose Bowl, the Peach Bowl or even the Belk Bowl. The Camellia Bowl […]

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CBS Sports writer hails the virtue of the CBS Sports Classic

Before we dive too deep into this article, first the CBS Sports Classic deserves to be canceled based on the hideous court design alone.  Good grief. The Puerto Rico Tip Off, 2K Sports Classic, Paradise Jam, Battle 4 Atlantis, Maui Invitational, CBE Hall of Fame Classic, Coaches vs Cancer, NIT Season Tip Off, Wooden Legacy, […]

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Viewing Picks for December 20, 2014

All Times Eastern Bobsled FIBT World Cup, Calgary, Alberta, Canada Women’s — Universal Sports, 2:30 p.m. 4-Man — Universal Sports, 5:30 p.m. College Basketball Viewing Picks College Football Viewing Picks College Volleyball Division I Women’s Volleyball Tournament National Championship Game, Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK BYU vs. Penn State — ESPN2, 7:30 p.m. English […]

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What is up with Fox Sports 2?

Back on August 17, 2013, Fox Sports 1 launched to a lot of fanfare. Also launching on that same date taking over Fuel TV’s spot on many cable and satellite providers was Fox Sports 2. While Fox Sports 1 has received most of the media attention, Fox Sports 2 has been relatively quiet. Meant to […]

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NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: December 8-14

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: Liverpool vs. Manchester United Sun 8:23AM-10:26AM 123 0.4 681 2 PREMIER LEAGUE: Newcastle vs. […]

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ESPN Ratings Buzz: December 8-14

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: Atlanta at Green Bay Mon 8:15PM-11:46PM 211 8.5 13958 2 SPORTSCENTER (live) Mon […]

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The Best & Worst of Sports Media in 2014

We continue our year-end extravaganza at Awful Announcing with this recap of everything in the sports media world in our Best & Worst of 2014. Stay tuned over the next couple weeks for the rest of our 2014 Year in Review posts including the top broadcast bloopers of the year, top stories, best clips, and […]

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