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LeBron James and ESPN are working together on a Disney show

It’s not too often we cover the happenings over at Disney XD in these parts, but this is the rare exception.  LeBron James will be an executive producer for a show on the network entitled “Becoming” centering on the journeys of professional athletes to the top of their sport.  The series will of course feature […]

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Thursday Night Football has a competitiveness problem

Tonight, CBS and NFL Network will air their fourth Thursday night simulcast of the year when the Minnesota Vikings visit the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. When Green Bay hosted the Vikings last year, the game ended in a 26-26 tie. Ties aren’t appealing, but it’s fair to say CBS — which reportedly paid […]

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Ryder Cup ratings hit rock bottom on NBC

The 2014 Ryder Cup bombed on television and that’s putting things nicely. Saturday’s coverage of the event brought home a 1.7 rating while Sunday’s coverage was only slightly better with a 1.8. The number for Sunday was the lowest NBC has seen since they started covering the Ryder Cup in 1991. NBC was probably pretty optimistic […]

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Viewing Picks for October 2, 2014

All Times Eastern College Football Central Florida at Houston — ESPN, 7 p.m. Florida Atlantic at Florida International — Fox Sports Net, 7 p.m. Alabama State at Alcorn State — ESPNU, 7:30 p.m. Benedict at Miles — CBS Sports Network, 8 p.m. Arizona at Oregon — ESPN, 10:30 p.m. BTN Football & Beyond 2014 — […]

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Dick Vitale signs new contract, remains with ESPN through 2016-17

As one of the few remaining ESPN employees who date back to the beginning of the network, Dick Vitale still commands a presence to this day. And as he continues well into his 70′s, the college basketball analyst is treasured not only by his fellow employees, but more importantly, his bosses. ESPN has announced that […]

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DirecTV signs new deal with NFL to keep Sunday Ticket

As has been speculated and reported on for months and months, the NFL and DirecTV finally have made it official today – Sunday Ticket is sticking around for several more years.  The two sides announced a new multi-year contract today that will see DirecTV hold its out-of-market NFL package for its subscribers. Here’s the announcement […]

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Your Week 5 NFL Announcing Schedule

Thursday, October 2 Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers, CBS|NFLN 8:25 pm, Jim Nantz, Phil Simms & Tracy Wolfson Sunday, October 5 Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants, FOX 1 pm, Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch & Pam Oliver St. Louis Rams at Philadelphia Eagles, FOX 1 pm, Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa Buffalo Bills […]

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ESPN’s Shelley Smith says she has breast cancer

October is breast cancer awareness month where the worlds of sports and entertainment will go pink to support the cause.  On the first day of October, longtime ESPN reporter Shelley Smith revealed on Twitter that she has breast cancer. Smith has been at ESPN since 1993 and full-time at the network since 1997.  In that […]

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‘Hockey Night in Canada’ will cut back on Tim Thompson’s montages

Monday afternoon, Rogers presented their massive, expensive new NHL studios to the world. Everyone was impressed by this new combination of hockey and visuals that will hopefully make Hockey Night in Canada all the better. However, one other change was announced that might not make some so thrilled. I think it’s no secret that our site, along […]

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Could the FCC fine broadcasters for saying “Redskins”?

We told you earlier this week about the Federal Communications Commission voting unanimously to dump the Sports Blackout Rule. Now it appears that the FCC may take up the issue of the Washington Redskins. What exactly can the agency in charge of regulating the nation’s airwaves do in regards to one of the NFL’s oldest […]

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Derek Jeter is launching a new website for professional athletes

Now that Derek Jeter has officially retired and baseball has somehow found a way to move on, many fans are surely left wondering what The Captain’s next move will be.  Will he go into coaching?  A front office role?  Commissioner of baseball?  Television?  President of the United States? Jeter’s first move after the conclusion of […]

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Underwhelming TBS broadcast sucks the excitement out of a classic game

The Royals and Athletics contested a classic postseason baseball game that will go down in history on Tuesday night.  The first playoff game in Kansas City in 29 years.  A 4 run comeback in the 8th and 9th innings.  A game that went to extras.  Questionable managing decisions.  Drama.  Intrigue.  And another comeback by the home […]

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Week 4 NFL Local Ratings Rankings

Welcome to AA’s NFL local ratings rankings. Every week, we’ll take a look at which teams has the highest TV ratings in their local markets, presented 1-32 and with commentary to help provide context, enjoy. Week 4 Byes: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Arizona, St. Louis, Seattle 1. New Orleans (NBC) - 48.9 If you follow these rankings, you […]

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Could the NFL hit back at ESPN with next year’s Monday Night Football schedule?

When it comes to prime-time NFL games, the broadcast networks get dealt a better hand than ESPN. As the league’s premier package, Sunday Night Football gets better matchups than Monday Night Football. Now that’s been extended to CBS’s Thursday Night Football as well early in the season. But we’ve always basically concluded that said trend was the […]

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Viewing Picks for October 1, 2014

All Times Eastern Boxing ESPN Boxing Special, Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, CA IBF Middleweight Elimination Bout Hassan N’Dam vs. Curtis Stevens — ESPN2, 9 p.m. College Football BTN Football & Beyond 2014 — Big Ten Network, noon CFB Daily — ESPNU, 1 p.m. College Football Live — ESPN, 2:30 p.m. ESPNU Film Room — ESPNU, […]

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