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Skydiver plans to jump without wingsuit or parachute on live television

Add Luke Aikins to the list of people attempting highly dangerous stunts live in front of millions of television viewers in search of infamy. On Saturday, Aikins will jump out of an airplane at 25,000 feet without a wingsuit or parachute. The event will be part of a 60-minute special televised by FOX, allowing millions to see […]

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Warren Sapp snatched shark out, hung on to it before it bit him

It turns out there’s even more to the story of Warren Sapp getting bit by a shark, including that he instigated the incident. The former NFL Network analyst joined The Rich Eisen Show Thursday to discuss the shark bite, which happened Wednesday while he was free-diving for lobster off a charter boat in the Florida […]

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ESPN Ratings Buzz: July 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. ESPN Top 10 (and Select) Programs VIEWER RANK PROGRAM DATE START TIME END TIME VIEWERS (000) A18-49 (000) 1 MLB SUNDAY NIGHT (live) Sun 7/24/16 8:00 PM 12:00 AM 1372 522 […]

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Fleetwood Mac performs concert for Vin Scully at celeb-packed gala

The Vin Scully farewell tour has not only continued steadily as the legendary Dodgers announcer’s final season has progressed, it has seemed to get bigger. On Thursday night, Fleetwood Mac performed a set at Dodger Stadium in Scully’s honor at a gala attended by Sylvester Stallone, Matthew McConaughey, John Mayer, Arsenio Hall and Will Forte, according […]

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Ratings for Bill Simmons’ ‘Any Given Wednesday’ aren’t pretty

Last time we checked in on Bill Simmons’ new HBO show, Any Given Wednesday, ratings had just risen 39 percent from the first to the second episode. So let’s just real quick see how things have gone since then, and… AHHH, avert your eyes! Yiiiiiikes, that’s not good. It’s never a positive sign when fewer and fewer people […]

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Turner Sports pleased with ratings on first season of ‘ELeague’

With the proliferation of eSports across many platforms in recent years, it increasingly looks like the future of sports includes watching people play video games. And while ESPN has aired eSports on TV and devoted a section of its web site to gaming (as has Yahoo), Turner sports has made the most ambitious commitment to the […]

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The rise, fall, and rise of Max Kellerman at ESPN

This week concludes Max Kellerman’s first week stepping into the shoes of Skip Bayless as Stephen A. Smith’s co-host on the new-look First Take. The remarkable aspect of Kellerman’s selection is that, in many ways, he was one of the original members of ESPN’s crash course into “Embrace Debate” as the very first host of Around […]

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Can audiences expect NBC to talk about Rio Olympics issues during broadcast?

The latest edition of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast with Richard Deitsch dropped on Thursday and his guest was Sports Business Daily media writer John Ourand. While the two discussed various topics including the ACC Network, Tom Jackson leaving ESPN, and the presumption many have about ESPN leaning left politically, the main topic at hand was the 2016 Rio […]

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Should ESPN sit out the 2016 presidential election?

The biggest story happening in American society right now is the conclusion of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. America gets to look forward to a matchup between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, who the numbers show are two of the most polarizing people to ever be nominated for the presidency. ESPN has been under […]

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Esquire renews controversial ‘Friday Night Tykes’ and spinoff

Everyone’s favorite football-playing-reality-tv-stars-who-are-way-too-young-to-be-reality-tv-stars are coming back! Esquire Network announced Thursday that it had ordered a fourth season of Friday Night Tykes, a docuseries than follows 10-12-year-olds through their Texas youth football leagues, as well as a second season of the show’s spinoff, Friday Night Tykes: Steel Country.  Before we get into the mountain of criticism this show has received, let’s […]

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Viewing Picks for July 29, 2016

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football Geelong Cats vs. Western Bulldogs — Fox Soccer Plus, 5:30 a.m. Greater Western Sydney Giants vs. Richmond Tigers — Fox Soccer Plus, 10:30 p.m. Basketball Women’s USA Basketball Showcase, Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, CT United States vs. Canada — NBA TV, 7 p.m. Men’s USA Basketball Showcase, United Center, […]

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Peyton Manning dons robe, stars alongside Lionel Richie in new DirecTV ads

After 18 years as a professional football player, Peyton Manning is retired, and that means trading pads and playbooks for slippers and bathrobes. That’s the premise behind a series of DirecTV ads in which Peyton copes with football-devoid Sundays by sitting in a park, going grocery shopping, bugging his brother and, obviously, talking about DirecTV. The campaign comes with […]

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Craig Sager to miss Olympics while undergoing bone marrow transplant

NBC announced Thursday that Craig Sager will not cover the Rio Olympics, as he continues to battle leukemia. According to the network, Sager is at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, undergoing treatment. Here’s NBC’s full statement. Craig Sager has returned to MD Anderson to continue his fight against leukemia.  He is preparing for a […]

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Blake Griffin, Ryan Kalil producing The Rocketeer reboot for Disney

Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin and Carolina Panthers offensive lineman Ryan Kalil are getting into the Hollywood producing business. According to The Hollywood Reporter, both professional athletes are part of a new film, TV and digital venture called Mortal Media and are developing a reboot of the 1991 cult favorite The Rocketeer. Griffin and Kalil reportedly […]

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HBO renews Ballers for third season

HBO’s Ballers is two episodes into its second season, but that didn’t stop the premium cable network from renewing its football comedy for a third season. The news comes from no less of a source than the series’ star himself, Dwayne Johnson. The renewal probably shouldn’t be a surprise, as Ballers has drawn strong ratings […]

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