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 […]

NFL: Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos

Week 7 NFL Local Ratings Rankings

Welcome to AA’s NFL local ratings rankings. Every week, we’ll take a look at which teams have the highest TV ratings in their local markets, presented 1-32 and with commentary to help provide context, enjoy. Byes: Philadelphia, Tampa Bay 1. Denver (NBC) - 47.1 The Broncos’ home market tuned in big time to watch Peyton break the […]


Sports Illustrated’s Oklahoma State investigation ends with a quiet whimper

Remember Sports Illustrated’s huge five part expose into improprieties at Oklahoma State University?  While the investigation was rolled out with plenty of pomp and circumstance at SI, the report quickly fell apart under public scrutiny.  As sources came forward to combat their quotes and other outlets produced documentation to refute claims, the SI juggernaut suffered […]

Cal Bears Football vs. UCLA, Oct 18, 2014, at Cal Memorial Stadium in Berkeley

Behind The Scenes With Pac 12 Network’s The Drive

All Access documentaries and series have mostly been double edged swords. Often winning awards and critical acclaim, the reality is that they typically attract niche audiences that make it hard to turn a profit given the heavy costs of production. Recently Undefeated won the Oscar for best documentary in 2012, yet only brought in a half million […]


Portland Timbers owner tells Timbers Army “STFU”

Things are not quite so rosy in the City of Roses. The Portland Timbers have one of the most passionate fanbases in MLS and things boiled over on Twitter after they were defeated on Tuesday night.  The 3-1 defeat to Olimpia in Honduras knocked them out of the CONCACAF Champions League on goal differential.  With […]


Tim Tebow’s Florida criticism proves he has a future as an analyst

Of all the things we’ve ever accused Tim Tebow of being, “objective” is not one of those things. He was a Gator. He won two national titles. He was Urban Meyer’s guy. Tim Tebow WAS the University of Florida. And then ESPN brought him on as an analyst for the SEC Network. Of course, there […]


Does ESPN have a double standard with Skip Bayless and Bill Simmons?

It’s no secret that ESPN’s internal discipline has often been inconsistent; they even admit that, with vice-president Patrick Steigman (Bristol’s director of digital and print media) telling ombudsman Robert Lipsyte in September, “We don’t treat everyone the same but we treat everyone fairly.” Still, this week has set up a double standard that seems farfetched even […]


Real Tweets from Real People – America wants Tim McCarver back!

The 2014 World Series represented a little bit of history.  It was the first Fall Classic in 62 years (give or take a couple) that did not have Tim McCarver in the broadcast booth.  The longtime broadcaster retired from national duty and was replaced by two men, Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci. The trio of […]


Viewing Picks for October 22, 2014

All Times Eastern College Basketball ESPNU College Basketball Media Days — ESPNU, 3 p.m. College Football BTN Football & Beyond 2014 — Big Ten Network, noon SVP & Russillo — ESPNews, 1 p.m. College Football Live — ESPN, 2:30 p.m. College Football Featured — ESPNU, 5:30 p.m. College Volleyball Women’s Kansas at Iowa State — […]


Your NHL Announcing Schedule for the week of 10/21

United States Tuesday, October 21 Philadelphia Flyers vs. Chicago Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN) - Dave Strader, Brian Engblom Wednesday, October 22 Philadelphia Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 8 p.m. ET (NBCSN) - Mike Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire Thursday, October 23 Vancouver Canucks vs. St. Louis Blues, 8 p.m. ET (NHL Net) - Local Announcers Saturday, October 25 […]


Bo Pelini says the ESPN-SEC relationship is not good for college football

Before we get started, that’s the greatest sports picture of the year, right? College football is a universe filled with conflicts of interests and complex relationships.  Athletes and institutions, sponsors and scholarships, television networks and conferences. There’s a “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” nature about the sport that always lies somewhere beneath the surface. […]


Bill Simmons goes the diplomatic route in first post-suspension comments

Bill Simmons has been back from his three week suspension for a few days now.  Relegated to Instagram pictures at the golf course for that time, one might think Simmons would come firing on all cylinders with the ESPN-branded muzzle removed. Alas, anyone hoping for more fireworks and a Simmons-led revolution has largely been disappointed. […]


Daniel Cormier is the new full-time UFC Tonight co-host

After Chael Sonnen’s firing  in the summer, the UFC had a spot to fill on the UFC Tonight desk alongside of Kenny Florian. Fox and the UFC used various fighters in the role, and they kept coming back to the same guy – Daniel Cormier. Fox made it official on Monday – Cormier would be […]