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Dick Vitale won’t be at Duke-North Carolina this month

We are definitely in a new era at ESPN. In announcing Chapel Hill, NC as its final College GameDay stop of the basketball season for this week’s Duke-North Carolina rematch, the Worldwide Leader has again assigned Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas and Shannon Spake to the game just as it did for last month’s contest. And […]

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Writer details threats from Florida State fans over Jameis Winston story

College football fans can be quite rabid. We know fans in the SEC footprint can be militant especially when someone says something they perceive as negative about their teams. Listen to the callers on the Paul Finebaum Show on radio and SEC Network and you’ll know of what we speak. But then the Florida State […]

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Viewing Picks for March 1, 2015

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football NAB Challenge Round 1, Townsville Football Grounds, Kirwan, Queensland, Australia Gold Coast Suns vs. Geelong Cats — Fox Soccer Plus, 12:30 a.m. Bobsled FIBT World Championships, Winterberg, Germany Men’s 2-Man — Universal Sports, 3 p.m. (same day coverage) College Baseball Clemson at South Carolina — SEC Network, noon Dartmouth […]

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Get ready for Fox Sports 1 vs. ATT U-Verse

We almost made it to March and managed to avoid the dreaded sports programmer vs. cable provider story. Well, that is until now. This is not the typical network vs. provider dispute where negotiations go to the midnight hour and a signal is about to be pulled. This is about sports programming costs and it […]

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Charles Barkley thinks analytics and statistics are different somehow

The neverending, mind-numbing, one-sided battle between Charles Barkley and analytics took an odd turn on Thursday when Barkley showed just how ignorant he was about analytics and statistics in general. Check out this clip from Inside the NBA. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXsEm4F5lBU In summary, Barkley talks about some statistics, a Twitter user tells him those statistics are technically […]

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Viewing Picks for February 28, 2015

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football NAB Challenge, Whitten Oval, Footscray, Victoria, Australia Western Bulldogs vs. Richmond Tigers — Fox Soccer Plus, 12:30 a.m. Bobsled FIBT World Championships, Winterberg, Germany Women’s Heats 3 and 4 — Universal Sports, 3 p.m. (delayed) College Baseball Arizona at Mississippi State — SEC Network, noon Eastern Illinois at Arkansas […]

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ESPN Cuts To Commercial Right As Fighter Is Knocked Down

Below you’ll see a knockdown the closing seconds of round three of the Raymond Serrano vs. Jeremy Bryan fight on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights undercard. Serrano gets caught and goes down as the referee begins his count and then boom….Honda commercial. Although you can see Serrano getting up or even fully up, it’s still quite […]

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NBPA head Michele Roberts misunderstands media with her comments

We’ve seen plenty of pushback from athletes against the media recently, from Marshawn Lynch to Kevin Durant, and some of that appears to have moved on to at least one key union executive: Michele Roberts, the head of the NBA Players’ Association. However, while both Lynch and Durant made some good points, Roberts seems to […]

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Sports and Entertainment Ratings Buzz: February 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. NBA on TNT Thursday, February 19, 2015 “NBA Tip-Off” (8:00-8:15 p.m.) 0.7 household rating, 1.024 million viewers -55% from 2.263 million on 02/20/14 Dallas Mavericks @ Oklahoma City Thunder (8:15-10:48 p.m.) […]

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NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: February 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 NHL REGULAR SEASON: Detroit at Chicago Wed 7:32PM-10:21PM 169 0.5 761 2 NHL REGULAR SEASON: Los […]

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ESPN Ratings Buzz: February 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 COLLEGE BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON: North Carolina at Duke Wed 8:59PM-11:43PM 164 2.6 4136 2 COLLEGE BASKETBALL […]

MARRAKECH, MOROCCO - DECEMBER 19: The FIFA President Joseph S Blatter talks to the media during a FIFA press conference at the Sofitel Marrekch on December 19, 2014 in Marrakech, Morocco.  (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

FIFA gave Fox the 2026 World Cup to avoid a lawsuit

Plenty of people inside the sports media world were more than a little irritated when FIFA gave the American television rights to the 2026 World Cup (and all events up through 2026) to Fox Sports without opening up the bidding to ESPN, NBC, or other potential bidders. Many felt that it was a make good […]

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 29: Teal Bunbury #10 of New England Revolution shoots on net as Luis Robles #31 of New York Red Bulls defends during the second half of Leg 2 of the MLS Eastern Conference game at Gillette Stadium on November 29, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

MLS must get a labor deal done before embarking on new television era

In seven days, the new MLS season is supposed to begin with a matchup between the LA Galaxy and Chicago Fire.  Two days later, the league will embark on their first tripleheader across two networks.  MLS’s two newest franchises, New York City FC and Orlando City SC, will be showcased to the nation on ESPN2 on […]

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Jeff Van Gundy says he’ll “tone down” Bulls bashing

For all the talk of Charles Barkley’s rivalry with Daryl Morey and the Houston Rockets, there’s another ongoing feud between a prominent NBA franchise and a prominent NBA analyst.  Throughout the season, Jeff Van Gundy has been hyper-critical of the Chicago Bulls and their handling of head coach Tom Thibodeau. Van Gundy accused the Bulls of […]

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