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Bill Walton growls, works out, talks Dead, and drops popcorn on “Dave?”

Broadcasts featuring Bill Walton are often a lot of fun, featuring discussion of everything from weed and mimosas to volcanoes, and Thursday night’s Cal-Oregon matchup on ESPN2 certainly provided that. First, Walton returned to the growling well he used a couple of weeks back for Cal-UCLA: “Growling and prowling,” oh my. Dave Pasch gets in […]

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Kevin Harlan says former Michigan star Trey Burke went to Ohio State

Mixing up what school a player went to occasionally happens, but saying that a prominent former college player went to one of his school’s biggest rivals? That’s a little more rare, but that’s what Kevin Harlan did on the TNT broadcast of Wizards-Knicks Thursday. Harlan said Washington guard Trey Burke, who shone at Michigan, was […]

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ESPN commentator Doug Adler apologizes for guerrilla/gorilla remark on Venus Williams

Venus Williams’ win over Stefanie Voegele in the second round of the Australian Open Wednesday came with a side of controversy, with many on Twitter (and some media outlets) blasting ESPN over commentator Doug Adler’s perceived comments about Williams’ “gorilla effect.” Some even called for Adler’s firing. However, Adler said Thursday he said “guerrilla effect,” […]

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ESPN and Golden Boy announce agreement to televise new fight series

ESPN and Golden Boy Promotions are bringing a whole lot of boxing to the ESPN airwaves. The two companies announced Thursday a multi-year agreement that will televise 18 fights in 2017 alone and more in subsequent years. The first fight will air March 23 on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, and subsequent bouts are scheduled every two […]

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Serena Williams forced a reporter to apologize for saying she played poorly

On Thursday morning, Serena Williams defeated Lucie Safarova 6-3, 6-4 at the Australian Open.  It may not have been Serena’s most dominant performance ever, but she was never in danger of losing, and most importantly she now moves on to the third round. After the match, the first question posed to Williams was about unforced errors […]

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NBC regional networks will now stream MLB games online for the first time

In a move that will make watching baseball drastically easier for fans in some major MLB markets, NBC Sports has announced it will stream games live on multiple platforms for free, beginning in 2017. Streaming will be available to all CSN subscribers in Chicago, Philadelphia and the Bay Area, who will be able to watch the Cubs, […]

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TNT planning “Players Only” broadcast night with analysts doing play-by-play

Sports networks are experimenting all the time with new ways to deliver games to viewers. We’ve seen special camera angles, special megacasts, special things done with announcers, we’ve even seen First Take make an appearance during halftime of Monday Night Football. Ok, maybe that last one wasn’t so special. In that same vision, TNT will […]

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Over a million people embraced debate on Monday across ESPN and FS1

Those who like to pick on ESPN’s First Take and FS1’s Undisputed had a harder time doing that with Monday’s ratings. The combination of a holiday (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) and hot takes on the Dallas Cowboys’ loss led to remarkable ratings for both shows: According to The Wrap, the 283,000 for Undisputed broke […]

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Viewing Picks for January 19, 2017

All Times Eastern College Basketball Men’s North Carolina-Wilmington at College of Charleston — American Sports Network, 7 p.m. Davidson at La Salle — CBS Sports Network, 7 p.m. Maryland at Iowa — ESPN, 7 p.m. UConn at SMU — ESPN2, 7 p.m. Richmond at Dayton — ESPNU, 7 p.m. UAB at Florida Atlantic — beIN […]

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Jonah Keri had a great reaction to Tim Raines making the Hall of Fame

They say there’s no cheering in the press box, but sometimes, it can be absolutely awesome to watch sportswriters celebrate an accomplishment for one of their heroes. That’s certainly the case with CBS/Sports Illustrated writer and Nerdist podcast host Jonah Keri, who’s long been the foremost advocate for Tim Raines’ case for induction into the […]

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