Fox Sports 1 Can’t Defeat College GameDay With Familiar Formulas

We’re more than halfway through the current college football season, the second one in which Fox Sports 1 has competed with ESPN for the attention of a national audience. Everyone in the college football television industry knows it’s hard for FS1 to compete with ESPN in terms of games, because ESPN owns the vast preponderance […]


Bill Simmons finally has his sanctuary in the Grantland Basketball Hour

Within the first two minutes of the Grantland Basketball Hour, legendary WWE announcer Jim Ross voiced over an animation of Kevin Love coming to Cleveland and the show had “rented” John Tesh’s Roundball Rock.  Freed from the shackles of ESPN NBA Countdown and back from his three-week suspension, the Grantland Basketball Hour is Bill Simmons’ […]


Viewing Picks for October 24, 2014

All Times Eastern College Field Hockey Michigan State at Michigan — Big Ten Network, 3:30 p.m. Cal at Stanford — Pac-12 Bay Area, 5 p.m. College Football South Florida at Cincinnati — ESPN2, 7 p.m. Troy at South Alabama — ESPNU, 7:30 p.m. BYU at Boise State — ESPN, 9 p.m. Oregon vs. Cal at […]


College Football Viewer’s Guide: Week Nine

Ed Note: The following viewers guide comes to us courtesy our friends at The Student Section. It’s one of the laws of college football physics: When anyone says that a given week is going to be dull, at least in certain spots, that week — especially the supposedly dull game window — springs to life. Last […]


Your Week 8 NFL Announcing Schedule

A couple notes on this week’s schedule: 1) Breakfast at Wembley with the Lions and Falcons will be nationally televised at 9:30 AM ET. 2) Donovan McNabb steps into the broadcast booth to call Rams-Chiefs. [Insert potential tie joke here.] Thursday, October 23 San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos, CBS|NFLN 8:25 pm, Jim Nantz, Phil […]

Sunday Night Football

Where’s the concern for Sunday Night Football blowouts?

Two weeks ago, the question of “What’s wrong with Thursday Night Football?” was all the rage.  Early on this season the midweek game saw a historic string of blowouts.  And not just any blowouts mind you, we’re talking games that were decided by halftime, if not the end of the first quarter.  Before Colts-Texans and Jets-Patriots […]

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Could the World Series eventually move to Fox Sports 1?

Could the World Series move to cable in the future? You might scoff at the notion now, but Fox Sports president Eric Shanks didn’t completely debunk the notion in a conference call earlier this week, as reported by Capital New York. “There will be an evolution down the road, maybe,” he said Monday in response […]


The NFL will start airing its own anti-domestic violence PSAs this weekend

You may have noticed, in recent weeks, that the National Football League has been airing spots for Law & Order: SVU star Mariska Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Foundation via its “No More” campaign PSAs. In the spots, stars like Hargitay, Amy Poehler, Andre Braugher and Ice-T call for an end to domestic violence. The message is very simple, […]


Robert Klemko given four week suspension from The MMQB

Peter King’s website has handled its first major talent controversy with a fairly lengthy suspension. King announced Thursday via Twitter that MMQB writer Robert Klemko would be suspended for four weeks. The incident in question was originally reported by CBS Chicago: A writer for Sports Illustrated has been charged with hitting a cab driver in Chicago […]


ESPN will expand role for Marty Smith after NASCAR leaves the network

It’s always interesting to see who stays with a network when rights deals expire and move to other networks. Barry Melrose is probably the most notorious example of this, the last remnant (I guess John Buccigross counts) of ESPN’s decade-long broadcasts of the National Hockey League. Despite the World Cup and Premier League leaving, ESPN […]


Viewing Picks for October 23, 2014

All Times Eastern College Basketball ESPNU College Basketball Media Days — ESPNU, 3 p.m. College Football UConn at East Carolina — ESPNU, 7 p.m. Miami (FL) at West Virginia — ESPN, 8 p.m. BTN Football & Beyond 2014 — Big Ten Network, noon CFB Daily — ESPNU, 1 p.m. College Football Live — ESPN, 2:30 […]

MLB: World Series-San Francisco Giants at Kansas City Royals

Game 1 of the World Series least watched on record

A blowout Game 1 of the World Series featuring a small market team and a big market club in its third Fall Classic in five seasons didn’t move the needle for Fox. The San Francisco Giants’ 7-1 win over the Kansas City Royals drew 12.19 million viewers, the lowest ever for Game 1 of the […]


ESPN to start producing films for the FiveThirtyEight site

Beginning this week, ESPN will debut a series of films at the upstart FiveThirtyEight site. As the FiveThirtyEight site deals with analytics and data, so will the film series that will be branded “Signals” and will be produced by ESPN Films. The first film, “The Man Vs. The Machine” which premieres on October 22, will […]