Viewing Picks for July 24, 2016

All Times Eastern Arena Football Cleveland Gladiators at Arizona Rattlers — ESPN2, 9 p.m. Australian Rules Football Hawthorn Hawks vs. Richmond Tigers — Fox Soccer Plus, 1 a.m. Basketball USA Basketball Showcase, Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA United States vs. Communist China — NBA TV, 8 p.m. Cycling Tour de France Stage 21: Chantilly to […]

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13:  Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool and Arsene Wenger Manager of Arsenal look on during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on January 13, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Facebook doesn’t know the difference between Liverpool and Arsenal

Facebook’s Trending Topics has been a source of controversy in recent months.  Earlier this year, there were allegations that Facebook suppressed news stories that were more politically conservative in nature from their trending bar even if they actually drew enough traffic to be considered “trending.” On Saturday, Facebook’s trending topics drew attention for another reason – its inability […]


NBCSN and Fox Sports Ratings Buzz: July 11-17

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 VIEWER RANK PROGRAM DATE START TIME END TIME VIEWERS (000) A18-49 (000) 1 NASCAR SPRINT CUP RACE (live) Sun 7/17/16 1:48 PM 4:43 PM 3301 […]

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Staten Island Yankees to give out 2,500 Tony Reali bobbleheads

There have only been a few broadcasters immortalized in bobblehead form, and it’s even more unusual to see someone who doesn’t call games for the team commemorated this way, but that’s what will happen Saturday night when the short-season A ball Staten Island Yankees host the Tri-City ValleyCats in New York-Penn League action. The Yankees […]


MLB Network’s Hall of Fame introduction video is awesome

You probably forgot about the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony this year. It’s understandable – NBA free agency captured much of our attention this month. We’re fretting about the Olympics in a couple of weeks. Football is coming. But the induction of Ken Griffey Jr and Mike Piazza takes place this Sunday, and as […]


Viewing Picks for July 23, 2016

All Times Eastern Arena Football Portland Steel at Tampa Bay Storm — CBS Sports Network, 5 p.m. Australian Rules Football West Coast Eagles vs. Melbourne Demons — Fox Soccer Plus, 2:30 a.m. Geelong Cats vs. Adelaide Crows — FS1, 5 a.m. Basketball The Basketball Tournament Quarterfinals, Gallagher Center, Philadelphia, PA City of Gods vs. The […]

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USA Basketball will simulcast NBA TV streams of pre-Olympic games on Facebook

Facebook’s importance as a place for sports streaming is continuing to grow. There have been plenty of broadcasts on Facebook Live before, from MLB teams doing behind-the-scenes content to an unexpected ACC lacrosse championship broadcast, and key Facebook executives like VP of partnerships Dan Rose have talked about even more, so USA Basketball’s announcement Friday […]

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Dick Vitale tweets Trump’s speech “filled with lies,” deletes, might write in Coach K

ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale is known for his enthusiasm about basketball, charitable fundraising, concerts and movies, but he’s also apparently very into fact-checking political speeches. On Friday, Vitale tweeted a link to a USA Today article fact-checking Donald Trump’s Republican National Convention speech from Thursday night, and commented on it in typical Dickie […]


ESPN Ratings Buzz: July 11-17

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 VIEWER RANK PROGRAM DATE START TIME END TIME VIEWERS (000) A18-49 (000) 1 HOME RUN DERBY Mon 7/11/16 8:10 PM 10:33 PM 5524 2371    2016 […]

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In appreciation of Dennis Green’s famous press conference meltdown

Former Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals coach Dennis Green died Friday at age 67, which is sad news for the entire NFL community. While Green was a successful college and professional coach with a 113-94 record over 13 seasons in the NFL, he’s remembered best for one press conference meltdown in 2006. Green’s Cardinals blew […]

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WWE Battleground Preview: What former Shield member will leave as WWE Champion?

The WWE World Heavyweight Championship will be on the line this Sunday at Battleground as former Shield “brothers” have a triple threat match for the first time ever. Dean Ambrose, newly drafted to Smackdown, defends the title against Raw roster draftees Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns in what should be an outstanding match. Even though […]


Twitter partners with Campus Insiders to stream college sports events

Twitter is not messing around in its attempt to make headway in the sports streaming market. In the last few weeks Twitter has inked a deal with the NBA to stream exclusive shows, agreed to stream events from the Pac-12 Network, and reportedly been in talks with MLS and Turner Sports. On Friday, the social media platform […]

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Does American media pay enough attention to women’s sports?

You may not know it from watching mainstream sports television or reading America’s newspapers, but women play professional sports too. It’s true! They play basketball and soccer and hockey and softball and more. They compete quadrennially during the Olympics, sure, but also year-round in all kinds of pro leagues and international events. And all of […]


ESPN promotes FiveThirtyEight & The Undefeated overseer Marie Donoghue

ESPN recently announced that longtime exec Marie Donoghue has been promoted to a new role as executive vice president, global business and content strategy for the company. Donoghue is moving up from her role as senior vice president, global strategy and business affairs and business development, which she’s held since 2012. Long considered one of the most powerful figures […]