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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - DECEMBER 25:  Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns #32 looks to shoot as Oklahoma City Thunder forward Andre Roberson #21 applies pressure during the second half of a NBA game at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on December 25, 2016 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Thunder defeated the Timberwolves 112-100.  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 J Pat Carter/Getty Images)

Your NBA announcing schedule for 1/18-24

Wednesday, January 18 Milwaukee Bucks at Houston Rockets (ESPN 8 pm) Dave Pasch, Doris Burke Oklahoma City Thunder at Golden State Warriors (ESPN 10:30 pm) Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson & J.A. Adande Thursday, January 19 Washington Wizards at New York Knicks (TNT 8 pm) Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller & Rebecca Haarlow Minnesota […]

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 01: Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons throws a pass during the first half against the New Orleans Saints at the Georgia Dome on January 1, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C.  Cox/Getty Images)

Your NFL Divisional Playoff announcing schedule

Saturday, January 14 NFC Divisional Playoff SEATTLE SEAHAWKS at ATLANTA FALCONS, FOX 4:35 pm – Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch & Pam Oliver, Peter Schrager Westwood One – Kevin Kugler, James Lofton & Derek Rackley AFC Divisional Playoff HOUSTON TEXANS at NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS, CBS 8:15 pm – Jim Nantz, Phil Simms & Tracy Wolfson Westwood […]

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 8:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers walks off the field after beating the New York Giants 38-13 in the NFC Wild Card game at Lambeau Field on January 8, 2017 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

NFL viewership fell in nearly all demographics and all regions in 2016

Viewership of this past weekend’s Wild Card playoff games should have been a boost for the NFL as it continues to work through a relatively challenging regular season. Yet if the reported overnights are any indication, the league will be expecting some postseason declines as well unless either the Dallas Cowboys or the resurgent Green […]

AUBURN HILLS, MI - JANUARY 05: Andre Drummond #0 of the Detroit Pistons celebrates a first half basket with Reggie Jackson #1 while playing the Charlotte Hornets at the Palace of Auburn Hills on January 5, 2017 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. 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 Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Your NBA announcing schedule for 1/10-16

Tuesday, January 10 Boston Celtics at Toronto Raptors (NBA TV 7:30 pm) Local Broadcast Miami Heat at Golden State Warriors (NBA TV 10:30 pm) Local Broadcast Wednesday, January 11 Memphis Grizzlies at Oklahoma City Thunder (ESPN 8 pm) Mike Breen, Doug Collins Cleveland Cavaliers at Portland Trail Blazers (ESPN 10:30 pm) Mark Jones, Hubie Brown […]

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 24:   Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates with Ezekiel Elliott #21 after scoring a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Washington Redskins at AT&T Stadium on November 24, 2016 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

The NFL’s post-election bump was real, but grossly overstated

Off and on since Election Day two months ago, the NFL and some sports industry insiders have been pushing the post-election ratings rebound narrative as much as possible. And while there are some legitimate reasons for the league and its partners to be pleased with how the ratings have recovered from the malaise of the […]

SANTA CLARA, CA - JANUARY 01: Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks warms up during pregame warm ups prior to the start of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on January 1, 2017 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Your NFL Wild Card Weekend announcing schedule

Sat, Jan 7, 2017 AFC Wild Card Game OAKLAND RAIDERS at HOUSTON TEXANS, ESPN|ABC 4:35 pm – Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden & Lisa Salters, Adam Schefter Westwood One – Ian Eagle, Trent Green & Laura Okmin Streaming – WatchESPN NFC Wild Card Game DETROIT LIONS at SEATTLE SEAHAWKS, NBC 8:15 pm – Al Michaels, Cris […]

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 26: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions calla play against the Dallas Cowboys during the first half at AT&T Stadium on December 26, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Your 2016 NFL Week 17 announcing schedule

Sun, Jan. 1 – New Year’s Day New England at Miami (CBS 1 pm) Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts & Evan Washburn Buffalo at N.Y. Jets (CBS 1 pm) Andrew Catalon, Steve Beuerlein, Steve Tasker Baltimore at Cincinnati (CBS 1 pm) Carter Blackburn, Chris Simms Cleveland at Pittsburgh (CBS 1 pm) Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon Jacksonville […]

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 25:  Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Boston Celtics looks on during a time-out against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on December 25, 2016 in New York City. 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 Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Your NBA announcing schedule for 12/27-1/2

Tuesday, December 27 Oklahoma City Thunder at Miami Heat (NBA TV 7:30 pm) Local Broadcast Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Lakers (NBA TV 10:30 pm) Local Broadcast Wednesday, December 28 Los Angeles Clippers at New Orleans Pelicans (NBA TV 8 pm) Local Broadcast Toronto Raptors at Golden State Warriors (NBA TV 10:30 pm) Local Broadcast […]

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 18:  Quarterback Trevor Siemian #13 of the Denver Broncos passes against the New England Patriots in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 18, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Your 2016 NFL Week 16 announcing schedule

Thursday, December 22 New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles (NBC|NFLN 8:25 pm) Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth & Heather Cox Westwood One – Tom McCarthy, Tony Boselli Saturday, December 24 – Christmas Eve Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills (CBS 1 pm) Greg Gumbel, Trent Green & Jamie Erdahl Compass Media – Chris Carrino, Brian Baldinger Atlanta […]

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 07:  Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors during the game against the LA Clippers at Staples Center on December 7, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  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 Harry How/Getty Images)

Your NBA announcing schedule for 12/20-26

Tuesday, December 20 San Antonio Spurs at Houston Rockets (NBA TV 8 pm) Local Broadcast Utah Jazz at Golden State Warriors (NBA TV 10:30 pm) Local Broadcast Wednesday, December 21 Milwaukee Bucks at Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA TV 7 pm) Local Broadcast Dallas Mavericks at Portland Trail Blazers (NBA TV 10 pm) Local Broadcast Thursday, December […]

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ESPN is powering a Bachelor Fantasy League for ABC this season

In a bit of corporate synergy that would make Bill Simmons happy, ESPN will be running a fantasy league for The Bachelor, an ABC reality show. The fantasy game is located on ABC’s site, but is powered by ESPN and their fantasy app. Players can guess the top four participants and the eventual winner, along with […]

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 03:  Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates with his team after their 54 to 16 win over the Florida Gators in the SEC Championship game at the Georgia Dome on December 3, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Your 2016-17 college football bowl game announcing schedule

Saturday, December 17 Noon- Celebration Bowl: UNC Central vs. Grambling (ABC) Mark Neely, Jay Walker, Tiffany Greene (RedVoice, LLC) Sam Crenshaw, Hugh Douglas 2 PM- New Mexico Bowl: New Mexico vs. UTSA (ESPN) Adam Amin, Mack Brown, Molly McGrath (ESPN Radio) Roy Philpott, Clint Stoerner, Kevin Weidl 3:30 PM- Las Vegas Bowl: Houston vs. San […]

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 04:  Quarterback Jameis Winston #3 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrates a touchdown by teammate Doug Martin in the first quarter at Qualcomm Stadium on December 4, 2016 in San Diego, California. The Buccaneers defeated the Chargers 28-21.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Your 2016 NFL Week 15 announcing schedule

Thursday, December 15 Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks, NBC|NFLN* 8:25 p.m., Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth & Heather Cox Westwood One – Kevin Kugler, Mike Holmgren Saturday, December 17 Miami Dolphins at New York Jets, NFLN 8:25 p.m., Mike Tirico, Tony Dungy, Doug Flutie & Heather Cox Westwood One – Scott Graham, Mike Mayock Sunday, […]

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01:  Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks in action against the Brooklyn Nets during their game at Barclays Center on December 1, 2016 in New York City.   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 Al Bello/Getty Images)

Your NBA announcing schedule for 12/13-19

Tuesday, December 13 Minnesota Timberwolves at Chicago Bulls (ESPN 8 pm) Adam Amin, Doris Burke, Israel Gutierrez Oklahoma City Thunder at Portland Trail Blazers (ESPN 10:30 pm) Dave Pasch, Jon Barry Wednesday, December 14 Indiana Pacers at Miami Heat (ESPN 7 pm) Mike Breen, Mark Jackson Boston Celtics at San Antonio Spurs (ESPN 9:30 pm) […]

OMAHA, NE - JULY 03:  (L-R) Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky of the United States celebrate during Day Eight of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Swimming Trials at CenturyLink Center on July 3, 2016 in Omaha, Nebraska.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Michael Phelps honors Katie Ledecky’s selection to espnW’s IMPACT25

Last week, espnW announced their IMPACT25, what was deemed as “a who’s who of 25 athletes and influencers who have made the biggest difference for women in sports this year”. On Tuesday morning’s SportsCenter, US Olympian Simone Biles was announced as the Woman of the Year. Each member of the IMPACT25 list had a personal […]

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