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Viewing Picks for May 29, 2016

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football Collingwood Magpies vs. Western Bulldogs — Fox Soccer Plus, 1 a.m. College Baseball American Athletic Conference Tournament Championship, Brighthouse Field, Clearwater, FL UConn vs. Houston — ESPNews, noon Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament Championship, Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham, NC Clemson vs. Florida State — ESPN2, noon Big East Conference […]

TORONTO, CANADA - MAY 27: Jose Bautista #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays announces the name of the batter over the public address system as he serves his one-game suspension during MLB game action against the Boston Red Sox on May 27, 2016 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

WATCH: Jose Bautista makes his PA announcer debut during suspension

Nearly two weeks after taking a haymaker punch from Rougned Odor, Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista served his one-game suspension Friday — and he had fun with it. Bautista arrived at Friday’s game and talked to reporters while wearing a Kyle Lowry jersey. He later made his Public Address Announcer debut while rocking the black Raptors’ […]

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NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: May 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 VIEWER RANK PROGRAM DATE START TIME END TIME VIEWERS (000) A18-49 (000) 1 NHL EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS (live) Sun 5/22/16 8:08 PM 11:13 PM 1903 […]

during Game Five of the Western Conference Finals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on May 26, 2016 in Oakland, California.

ESPN, Turner experiencing varying returns on Conference Finals

With the Conference Finals in both the East and West wrapping up, ESPN and Turner are in two different boats regarding ratings and viewership for each series. ESPN is in the dumps with the East. Game 5 of Raptors-Cavs drew 5.5 million viewers on Wednesday night, the least-watched ECF Game 5 since 2004 and the […]

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Viewing Picks for May 28, 2016

All Times Eastern Arena Football Philadelphia Soul at Cleveland Gladiators — CBS Sports Network, 7 p.m. Australian Rules Football Essendon Bombers vs. Richmond Tigers — FS1, 5 a.m. Boxing Premier Boxing Champions, Cowboys Dance Hall, San Antonio, TX Super Lightweights Miguel Vazquez vs. Erick Bone — FS1, 10 p.m. CBS Sports Spectacular Fight Night, Gila […]

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Video: Jamie Foxx does a better Stephen A. Smith than Stephen A. Smith

So we’ve already established this week that Stephen A. Smith is on ESPN airwaves for enough minutes that your cable bill should now come with a Surgeon General’s warning.  Well, it wouldn’t surprise you that SAS was part of ESPN’s postgame coverage for Game 6 of the Cavs-Raptors series when Cleveland clinched a trip to […]

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ESPN Ratings Buzz: May 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 VIEWER RANK PROGRAM DATE START TIME END TIME VIEWERS (000) A18-49 (000) 1 NBA PLAYOFFS Thu 5/19/16 8:29 PM 11:07 PM 5492 2739    ECF GAME […]

MESA, AZ - MARCH 10:  Chief baseball officer Tony La Russa of the Arizona Diamondbacks gestures as he talks with coaches in the dugout before the spring training game against the Oakland Athletics at HoHoKam Stadium on March 10, 2015 in Mesa, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Tony La Russa confronted a Pirates broadcaster in the middle of a game

During Tuesday’s Diamondbacks-Pirates game at PNC Park, Pirates reliever Arquimedes Caminero plunked a pair of Diamondbacks hitters. Arizona retaliated for the first beaning, and Root Sports play by play broadcaster Greg Brown talked about the history of beanball wars and retaliation instigated by Diamondbacks chief baseball officer Tony La Russa during his days as a […]

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Le’Veon Bell becomes latest athlete to fall into the Skip Bayless Trap

Whaddayaknow, another athlete is mad about something Skip Bayless said on First Take. This time it’s Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell feuding with the ESPN host. Earlier this week, Bell said the Cincinnati Bengals play dirty, and his remarks became a topic across the sports-talk world. Then Bayless initiated the trap he has perfected during his time on First […]

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Gawker reportedly exploring a sale amid Hulk Hogan lawsuit

On Wednesday, a Florida judge denied Gawker’s motion for a new trial in its dispute with Hulk Hogan over a sex tape published on the site in 2012, saying the $140 million figure the company owes the former wrestler won’t be reduced. Hogan sued Gawker for publishing a sex tape of him against his will. […]

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Are daily fantasy sports in serious trouble? A FanDuel auditor thinks so

Eight months ago, daily fantasy sports looked destined to rule the world. Their commercials were all over the air, participation was at an all-time high, and common sense said one-day lineups were the next step in the fantasy sports evolution. Now, amid clashes with attorney generals and lawmakers in numerous states, daily fantasy’s future seems more bleak by the minute. […]

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Brandel Chamblee realllllly wants to know why players misread putts

When it comes to golf analysts, you definitely don’t think of stirring up controversy or moments of tension on telecasts.  Brandel Chamblee bucks that trend just a bit.  Even most casual observers remember his feud with Tiger Woods that provoked threats of a lawsuit.  Chamblee has always been outspoken and never afraid to say what […]

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