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Gus Johnson out as Fox’s lead soccer announcer

The greatest challenge of Gus Johnson’s career is over. Just a little over a year into Fox’s grand experiment to transform Johnson into the nation’s voice of soccer, it has come to an abrupt end.  As revealed by Richard Deitsch at Sports Illustrated, Johnson is stepping down from his post as Fox’s lead soccer announcer […]

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MLB announces postseason plans, with various notable points

On Thursday, Major League Baseball released an excessive amount of information this year regarding their plans for the MLB Postseason. There’s a lot to break down here, so let’s hit on some of the major bullet points. -No World Series games will be going head to head with either Monday or Thursday Night Football. If […]

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Fox Sports 1 is optimistic about getting higher cable fees

Before Fox Sports 1 launched last year, Fox made concessions with some cable and satellite providers in order to reach 90 million homes when it turned the key to begin operations on August 17, 2013. Instead of receiving its desired per subscriber fee of about 80 cents, Fox agreed to receive lower fees based on […]

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Could ESPN become the Netflix of Sports?

Throughout its 35 years of existence, ESPN has been looking for ways to remain relevant with sports fans. Whether it’s streaming online or producing its own products (remember the ESPN phone?), the Alleged Worldwide Leader keeps looking ahead and not behind. ESPN has grown to become one of the most popular cable networks and a […]

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Viewing Picks for September 14, 2014

All Times Eastern Basketball 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup 3rd Place Game, Madrid, Spain Lithuania vs. France — ESPN2, 1 p.m. (delayed) Final, Madrid, Spain United States vs. Serbia — ESPN2, 3 p.m. CFL Saskatchewan Roughriders at Hamilton Tiger-Cats — ESPN3, 1 p.m. College Field Hockey Albany at Stanford — Pac-12 Networks, 2 p.m. College […]

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Keith Jackson gets a building named for him at his alma mater

It’s been eight years since Keith Jackson retired from calling college football on ABC. Since then, he’s made a few appearances on television, but overall, he’s been enjoying his retirement. This week, Jackson was honored with a building dedicated in his name on the Washington State campus in Pullman. Keith M. Jackson Hall was unveiled […]

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Will “Bill from Gainesville” Muschamp calls into radio show

The coach’s show on radio rarely produces anything memorable. Usually the coach drones about his team’s last game. Callers or members of the live audience ask questions and this formula is used all over the country. Rarely do we get anything newsworthy from these coach’s shows. But this week we did. During a show focused […]

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MLB fans would rather watch local broadcasts than national ones

As the first year of MLB’s new national TV contracts begins to wind down, we can make some statements about how how Turner, Fox, and ESPN are feeling about things. In particular today, we’re going to focus on ESPN. One of the new quirks of the new national deal was the introduction of co-exist broadcasts on […]

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Should the UFC be concerned with The Ultimate Fighter’s slow start?

On Wednesday, season number 20 of The Ultimate Fighter kicked off on Fox Sports 1. The show debuted with just one fight over the two-hour timeslot, though that fight was fantastic. We got plenty of background into the 16 fighters on the show this year, and the premiere was regarded pretty highly across the board. […]

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Viewing Picks for September 13, 2014

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football 2nd Semifinal Fremantle Dockers vs. Port Adelaide Power — Fox Sports 2, 5:30 a.m. Boxing Mayweather vs. Maidana II, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV WBC Welterweight Championship Countdown Live — Showtime, 7 p.m. Main Event — Pay per view, 8 p.m. CFL Toronto Argonauts at Calgary Stampeders […]

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AA Podcast #95 – Josh Elliott

Today’s podcast features a lenghty, in-depth interview with Josh Elliott of NBC Sports. Elliott recently moved to the peacock after a succesful run at Good Morning America saw that show vault over Today to become the number one morning show in the land. Now Elliott serves as a features reporter across a variety of NBC sports and news platforms. We spent a lot of time talking about the Ray Rice story and the credibility crisis facing the NFL as well as his time in morning show television and his future at NBC. Topics include…

- Why this story (Ray Rice-NFL-domestic violence) has resonated with so many in becoming a mainstream sports and news story.
- Being in San Francisco for Sunday Night Football, what the reaction is to the ongoing Ray McDonald and Greg Hardy cases in relation to Ray Rice.
- The pressure mounting on Roger Goodell and whether or not he should lose his job.
- Whether or not this credibility crisis will affect the league’s popularity in any way.
- The larger cultural issues in sports that need changed when it comes to equality.
- Josh’s move from GMA to NBC and the defining factor that led him to a new opportunity.
- His desire to be a great teammate at NBC Sports and what may be in his future at the network. I tried really hard to get Josh to say whether he would rather have Bob Costas’ primetime Olympic job or Matt Lauer’s Today hosting gig, but he deftly handled my line of questioning.
- The ability to tell stories in sports and news and the crossover between working in both.
- The feature story he would most like to do (on Lionel Messi) and his proudest story to date (Steve Gleason).

All that and so much more on this edition of the AA Podcast.


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Big Ten Network looks to go national thanks to east coast expansion

One of the things I was most interested in when I talked to BTN President Mark Silverman on Wednesday was this: what were among the first things he did upon learning that Rutgers and Maryland would become the 13th and 14th members of the Big Ten at the start of this academic year. To get to […]

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NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: September 1-7

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. NBCSN Top 10 (and Select) Programs RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 F1 RACING: Italy Sun 7:30AM- 9:35AM 125 0.3 410 2 F1 EXTRA Sun 9:35AM-10:32AM 57 0.2 […]

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ESPN Ratings Buzz: September 1-7

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 RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME: Virginia Tech vs. Ohio State Sat 8:00PM-11:56PM 236 2.6 4314 2 COLLEGE FOOTBALL […]

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