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A look at the new direction of HBO’s Real Sports

I’ve long been a fan of HBO Real Sports but have found the 2014 season to be my favorite. When Real Sports debuted this season in January, there were many noticeable changes in terms of content, contributors, on screen look, and overall tone. As the year went on, I became curious about the show’s new direction […]

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The Walking Dead may end the NFL and ESPN’s 27 year winning streak

The Texans visit the Steelers tonight for ESPN’s weekly broadcast of Monday Night Football.  For the wide majority of the last decade, the game would have automatically been a shoe-in for the most watched show in cable television that week.  Since moving to ESPN in 2006, Monday Night Football has enjoyed an unprecedented run of […]

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30 For 30 Review – When The Garden Was Eden

Director - Michael Rapaport Length - 90 minutes with commercial (77 minutes without) Installment - #65 of 30 for 30/ESPN Films series Most Similar To - Bad Boys, The Fab Five Grade/Ranking - Mid to high teens out of 65. Review -  For whatever reason, I set the expectation this would be a middle of the road or perhaps even a bottom third 30 for […]


Notre Dame-Florida State is the highest rated college football game of the year

The numbers are out, and ESPN/ABC pulled in big numbers for a regular-season college football game, the Notre Dame-Florida State blockbuster from Saturday night. The game received plenty of attention throughout the week. Moreover, as ABC’s prime-time centerpiece, the contest kicked off at 8:22 p.m. Eastern time following an extended pregame lead-in. All that advance […]


Sean Payton explodes at reporter in postgame press conference

It’s been a frustrating year to be a Saints fan.  Or a Saints player.  And definitely the head coach.  The perennial playoff team touted as a Super Bowl contender this year now finds themselves at 2-4 after their third crippling loss of the season in the final 2 minutes. Sunday’s loss against Detroit was the worst […]


Viewing Picks for October 20, 2014

All Times Eastern College Football BTN Football & Beyond 2014 — Big Ten Network, noon CFB Daily — ESPNU, 1 p.m. College Football Live — ESPN2, 2:30 p.m. Final Verdict — ESPNU, 4:30 p.m. Great8 Plays — ESPNU, 5:30 p.m. ESPNU Championship Drive — ESPNU, 6 p.m. College Soccer Men’s Cal at Stanford — Pac-12 […]


ESPN and Turner to share in NBA jersey ad revenue

When the new NBA media rights deal was announced, it was not a surprise that ESPN and Turner renewed their deals for billions of dollars. As we looked further into the details, we noted that much of the status quo would remain. ESPN/ABC would stay as the home of the Finals. Turner would still maintain […]

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Inside the Numbers: Thursday Night Football vs. NLCS

When you look at the overall numbers, the New York Jets-New England Patriots game on CBS/NFL Network easily beat Game 5 of the National League Championship Series on Fox Sports 1. The combined rating of 10.1 for Thursday Night Football outpaced what Fox Sports 1 garnered, 3.1 for the NLCS series-clinching game. But as most […]


Viewing Picks for October 19, 2014

All Times Eastern CFL Edmonton Eskimos at Saskatchewan Roughriders — ESPN3, 4 p.m. College Football Championship Drive: Who’s In? — ESPN, 8:30 p.m. College Soccer Men’s Maryland at Indiana — Big Ten Network, 1 p.m. Oregon State at UCLA — Pac-12 Networks, 8 p.m. Women’s Texas Tech at Texas Christian — Fox College Sports Central, […]


Brett Favre was a no-show for College GameDay

If you saw College GameDay this morning, you may have noticed Ken Griffey, Jr. was the guest prognosticator during the Saturday Selections segment. He was supposed to be joined by former Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets quarterback Brett Favre. Chris Fowler announced that Favre’s plane had mechanical problems and thus, he […]


Viewing Picks for October 18, 2014

All Times Eastern Boxing Fight Night, 2300 Arena, Philadelphia, PA Heavyweights Steve Cunningham vs. Natu Visinia — NBCSN, 9 p.m. World Championship Boxing, Stub Hub Center, Carson, CA World Middleweight Championship Bout Gennnady Golovkin vs. Marco Anthony Rubio — HBO, 10 p.m. CFL Montreal Alouettes at Toronto Argonauts — ESPN3, 4 p.m. Calgary Stampeders at […]