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Steve Byrnes of Fox Sports passes away at 56

Tragic news from the sports media and auto racing world.  Two days after the NASCAR cup race at Bristol was named in his honor, Steve Byrnes of Fox Sports has passed away.  He was 56.  Byrnes had been undergoing a lengthy battle with cancer. Fox Sports released the following statement: It is with tremendous difficulty and […]

CINCINNATI, OH - APRIL 12:  Bryan Price the Manager of the Cincinnati Reds is ejected by umpire Joe West (left) in the 8th inning during the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Great American Ball Park on April 12, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Managers like Bryan Price need to quickly learn what the media’s job really is

 journalism (noun) – the collection and editing of news for presentation through the media; writing characterized by a direct presentation of facts or description of events without an attempt at interpretation report (noun) – a story in a newspaper or on radio or television that is about something that happened or that gives information about something […]

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03:  Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrates after scoring during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Manchester City at Stadium of Light on December 3, 2014 in Sunderland, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

The EPL may offer multiple rights packages for American television

Here’s an interesting sports rights nugget that comes from World Soccer Talk via Sports Business Journal (the original is behind a paywall).  The EPL is entertaining the idea of offering multiple rights packages to American networks for the next TV contract that will begin after the 2015-2016 season. We’ve seen multiple networks broadcast EPL games […]

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Viewing Picks for April 21, 2015

All Times Eastern College Baseball Marist at St. John’s — ESPN3, 3 p.m. Mississippi Valley State at Alabama — SEC Network Plus, 3 p.m. Texas-Arlington at Texas A&M — SEC Network Plus, 3 p.m. Seton Hall at Monmouth — ESPN3, 3:30 p.m. College of Charleston at Georgia Southern — ESPN3, 6 p.m. Stetson at Florida […]

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Tracy Wolfson reports Tyreke Evans is out as he walks onto the floor

Tracy Wolfson is one of the best sideline reporters in the industry, but we all have one of those moments.  Before Game 2 of the Pelicans-Warriors series tipped off, Wolfson filed a report about injuries to New Orleans guards Tyreke Evans and Jrue Holiday.  The sideline reporter said that both players would miss the game […]

PHOENIX, AZ - MAY 29:  Manager Bryan Price #38 of the Cincinnati Reds watches from the dugout during the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on May 29, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Reds manager Bryan Price erupts in an all-time classic rant (with audio!)

Bryan Price is dealing with some early adversity this year with the Cincinnati Reds.  The Redlegs are 1-7 in their last 8 games after starting 4-0 in the NL Central.  And while there’s still an eternity of time left in the season, Price’s frustration boiled over in a conversation with the local media on Monday in […]

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Your MLB Announcing Schedule for 4/20 – 4/26

Monday, April 20 Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox (MLBN 11 am) Local Broadcast New York Yankees at Detroit Tigers (ESPN 7 pm) Dave O’Brien, Aaron Boone, Mark Mulder Tuesday, April 21 St. Louis Cardinals at Washington Nationals (MLBN 7 pm) Bob Costas, John Smoltz & Tom Verducci [Alt: Cubs at Pirates] Wednesday, April 22 […]

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 19: Avery Bradley #0 of the Boston Celtics fights for a loose ball with LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first half during Game One in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs 2015 at Quicken Loans Arena on April 19, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Cavs-Celtics Game 1 scores big for ABC

While the NBA on ABC struggled overall this season, the Cleveland Cavaliers were one of the few highlights. They were involved in five of the six games this season that drew a rating over a 2.0, so ESPN had to have high hopes for the Cavs-Celtics series, which started this past Sunday on ABC. Game […]

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MLS fans not happy with getting bumped to Fox Sports 2

The distribution issues facing Fox Sports 2 are slowly coming to a head.  Yesterday the neat and tidy schedule of Fox Sports got hit with a curveball as the NASCAR race in Bristol faced a lengthy rain delay.  When it was restarted in the evening, coverage moved to Fox Sports 1.  That meant the MLS […]

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Schizophrenic SportsCenter puts ESPN’s identity crisis on full display

When the news was announced that Tim Tebow would be signing with the Philadelphia Eagles, we all prepared for the inevitable – a deluge of hysterical coverage from ESPN that would treat it with the importance of the Berlin Wall coming down. The network has always had an unhealthy obsession with Tebow ever since his […]

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19:  Mario Balotelli of Liverpool looks on during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Liverpool FC and Besiktas JK at Anfield on February 19, 2015 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The levels of social media abuse towards EPL players is shocking

Social media is a great and wonderful tool that has brought our world closer together and allowed us to interact with others in ways we could never dream of before.  Unfortunately, with all the good that social media has brought there is also a dark side.  It’s also much easier to abuse, threaten, intimidate, and […]

BRIDGEPORT, CT - JUNE 16:  Former Major League Baseball player Pete Rose looks on during batting practice prior to managing the game for the Bridgeport Bluefish against the Lancaster Barnstormers at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard on June 16, 2014 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

Pete Rose joining Fox brings him one step closer to reinstatement

This weekend, Fox Sports blew the mind of baseball fans across the country when they hired banned MLB hit king Pete Rose as a studio analyst. While there was some negative feedback for Fox following the hire, many baseball fans were enthused and overjoyed about Fox bringing Rose closer to the game, regardless of how good or […]

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