PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 10:  Starting pitcher Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on April 10, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Jake Arrieta deals with PED suspicions voiced by ESPN’s First Take

Perhaps the largest casualty resulting from baseball’s scandals with PEDs during the past 20 years is our sense of wonder. We can’t look at an amazing accomplishment or outstanding feat performed on the field, an impressive body of work put together over the course of a 162-game season, and completely accept that those achievements are […]

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NFL Draft viewership up 3% on ESPN

The NFL draft was chalked full of good drama this year. Laremy Tunsil slid down the draft boards due to a possible inside smear campaign, Myles Jack also slipped due to possible injury concerns and the Cleveland Browns were actually doing smart things. It made for entertaining television, evident by ESPN announcing the 2016 Draft […]

SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy after winning Super Bowl 50 against the Carolina Panthers at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Peyton Manning may not be an NFL analyst this season after all

In the days nearing his final game, the conventional wisdom surrounding Peyton Manning was that once his playing days were over, he would head to a network, most likely CBS and replace Phil Simms as Jim Nantz’s partner. But it seems that isn’t going to be the case. According to Bob Raissman at the New York Daily […]

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Vin Scully talked about beards and it was riveting

As we count down the days to Vin Scully’s retirement, his stories and tales just seem so much more precious to hear. Whether it’s explaining “GOAT” or discussing the number 13 or Madison Bumgarner’s encounter with a rattlesnake, his time at the mic is a must listen. During Saturday’s game between the Dodgers and the […]

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 26: ESPN color commentator Trent Dilfer smiles during a broadcast prior to the NFL game between the Baltimore Ravens and Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on October 26, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Nils Nilsen/Getty Images)

Could Trent Dilfer be the next big name to leave ESPN?

In spite of losing two of their most well-known personalities within a couple days of each other, ESPN is battling back against the narrative that they are facing a “talent exodus.”  That public relations work might become a little bit harder, though, if another big named talent decides to leave the network for greener pastures. […]

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Former ESPN college football analyst Robert Smith is heading to Fox Sports

When former Ohio State and Minnesota Vikings running back Robert Smith announced he was leaving ESPN as a college football analyst, the next step in his television career seemed rather obvious.  On Sunday night, it became a reality. SI’s Richard Deitsch tweeted that Smith was joining Fox Sports along with Big Ten Network: With an […]

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Viewing Picks for May 2, 2016

All Times Eastern Arena Football Los Angeles KISS at Philadelphia Soul — Univision Deportes, 8 p.m. Bundesliga Werder Bremen vs. VfB Stuttgart — FS1, 2:30 p.m. College Baseball Florida State at Clemson — ESPNU, 7 p.m. ACC Monday Night Pregame — ESPNU, 6:30 p.m. College Softball Auburn at Tennessee — SEC Network, 7 p.m. English […]

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 19:   Pitcher Curt Schilling #38 of the Boston Red Sox grabs at his ankle as it appears to be bleeding in the fourth inning during game six of the American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees on October 19, 2004 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

ESPN edits 2004 ALCS Game 6 and Curt Schilling out of “Four Days in October” re-air, Red Sox fans cry “foul”

It’s aired on ESPN and ESPN Classic numerous times. Boston Red Sox fans love rewatching the 30 for 30 documentary “Four Days in October” chronicling the historic four game comeback against the New York Yankees after being down 0-3 in the 2004 American League Championship Series. Interesting looking back now, it has two former ESPN employees […]

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WWE Payback stops as Enzo Amore suffers serious injury

A very scary moment during a tag team match at WWE Payback on Sunday, as Enzo Amore suffered a serious (unscripted) injury that forced WWE to temporarily stop the Pay-Per-View event. Simon Gotch tried to throw Amore out of the ring, and Amore’s head got awkwardly caught under the bottom of the rope, before then hitting […]

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Philly.com headline: “Meet the KKK-illies”

When it comes to unfortunate sports headlines, this one may be the leader in the clubhouse. Early Sunday morning, Philly.com posted a story about the proliferation of strikeouts from the Phillies pitching staff.  Unfortunately, it was published with the following headline: Eep. We all know that the “k” is the statistical symbol for a strikeout… but […]

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Sports and Entertainment Ratings Buzz: April 18-24

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 VIEWER RANK PROGRAM DATE START TIME END TIME VIEWERS (000) A18-49 (000) 1 NBA PLAYOFFS Thu 4/21/16 9:53 PM 12:33 AM 4583 2513    GOLDEN STATE/HOUSTON 2 NBA PLAYOFFS […]

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Wash, rinse, repeat: DirecTV rejects invitation to start talks over SportsNet LA

As the DirecTV/SportsNet LA dispute drags on into its third year, a California-based Congresswoman was hoping to get DirecTV and SportsNet LA operator Time Warner Cable to the table. However, DirecTV didn’t bother to show up and left TWC holding the bag. Representative Janice Hahn invited representatives from both companies to meet in her office, but […]

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Paul Heyman is starring in his own reality show

Ladies and gentlemen, the advocate for Brock Lesnar, Paul Heyman, is starring in his own reality show. So Paul Heyman is not only one of the most entertaining people in all of wrestling, he’s one of the most entertaining people on earth. He also promotes himself incredibly well, so it makes sense that Heyman would […]

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