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MLB Network completes most-watched quarter ever

The 2015 MLB season is approaching the halfway point, and MLB Network has to be thrilled about the events of the season’s first half. The tightly contested half of 2015 has resulted in MLB Network posting their most-watched ever quarter ever. Via Nielsen, the second quarter of 2015 saw MLB Network average 213,000 viewers in […]

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The Best of Fox’s FIFA Women’s World Cup Coverage

As the FIFA women’s World Cup draws to a close with the United States getting another crack at winning the title, Fox got exactly what they wanted this summer. Had the United States been eliminated in the quarterfinals to China or semifinals to Germany, the ratings for the World Cup final would be disastrous for […]

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Jason Whitlock isn’t too familiar with this whole World Cup thing

Because he’s no longer running The Undefeated, Jason Whitlock has to do something at ESPN.  That something has included spot duty guest hosting PTI in recent days.  On Wednesday’s episode, he and Tony Kornheiser had a discussion about the US Women’s National Team’s semifinal victory over Germany in the Women’s World Cup.  That conversation featured […]

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Viewing Picks for July 2, 2015

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football Sydney Swans vs. Port Adelaide Power — Fox Soccer Plus, 5 a.m. Beach Volleyball FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, The Hague, Netherlands Men’s and Women’s Quarterfinals — Universal Sports, 6 p.m., 8 p.m. & 11 p.m. (same day coverage) CFL Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Winnipeg Blue Bombers — TSN/ESPN2, 8:30 […]

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NHL draft posts lowest U.S. ratings in three years, lags behind WNBA draft

Producing its own NHL draft coverage for the first time didn’t help NBC draw better ratings for the event. Sports Media Watch reports that NBCSN pulled in just 252,000 viewers for the first day of the draft Friday night, the smallest audience since 2012’s 207,000 and a 25 per cent drop from last year’s 337,000. That […]

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ESPN wants Keith Olbermann to quit “commentary”; driven by his NFL criticism?

There’s something odd about hiring outspoken commentators and then getting mad when they produce outspoken commentary, but that appears to be ESPN’s modus operandi when that commentary targets its business associates. Shortly after driving Bill Simmons out after he spoke his mind about Roger Goodell, the company appears set to push Keith Olbermann out once his […]

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ESPN and Marvel join forces for ‘1 of 1 – Origins’ series of short films

Earlier this year, ESPN Films and Marvel Entertainment — fellow companies under the gigantic Disney umbrella — announced they were teaming up on a series of documentaries (feature-length and shorts) that would essentially tell the origin stories of the closest thing we have to real-life superheroes in our culture: elite athletes. The films combine interviews, […]

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USA-Germany semifinal scores monster rating

Fox Sports has seen great numbers for the Women’s World Cup this year and that continued with the USA-Germany semifinal.  The USWNT’s 2-0 victory over the Germans scored a 6.1 overnight rating according to John Ourand.  It’s the highest rated game of the tournament thus far and the highest rating ever for a soccer game […]

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WWE Raw draws second-lowest non holiday viewership since 1997

WWE Raw has been a staple on Monday nights for the last 22 (yes, 22!) years. But this past Monday’s edition of Raw sunk to depth that WWE hasn’t seen in years. The show drew only 3.46 million viewers, the second-lowest viewership for a non-holiday edition of Raw since 1997. The only lower episode went up […]

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Fox exec blasts U.S. Open critics: “You thought we were going to be perfect on our first show?”

Fox Sports took plenty of criticism for its inaugural U.S. Open golf coverage, both from inside and outside the company, and some of Fox’s executives don’t think that’s fair. John Entz, Fox Sports’ president of production and executive producer of their U.S. Open coverage, told Sports Business Journal the critics’ expectations were unrealistic: “For someone like […]

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ESPN proclaims its web re-design a runaway success

It’s been three months since ESPN relaunched its website. At the time, we chronicled how it looked and while confusing, we noted how it was redone with mobiles and tablets in mind. And there was also the scrolling factor. Lots of scrolling. In fact, scrolling is still one of the main features of the site. […]

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