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Newsletter helps to explain sports to non-sports fans

Imagine that you’re not a sports fan and you hear someone talking about the NBA Playoffs or what’s happening in baseball. It would probably sound like a foreign language. And imagine that you want to join in on the conversation, but don’t know how. That’s where a newsletter which targets the sports neophyte can help. […]


Viewing Picks for May 22, 2016

All Times Eastern College Baseball Southwest Athletic Championship, MLB Youth Urban Academy, Wesley Barrow Stadium, New Orleans, LA Texas Southern vs. Alabama State or Southern — ESPNU, 11:30 a.m. Oregon State at USC — Pac-12 Network/Pac-12 Oregon/Pac-12 Los Angeles, 3 p.m. Arizona at Oregon — Pac-12 Arizona, 3 p.m. Arizona State at UCLA — Pac-12 […]

Bob Costas

Bob Costas pulls a height joke at his own expense

There are times when Bob Costas can be pretentious. Then there are those times when the Holy Diminutive One pulls a joke poking fun at himself. During today’s coverage of the 141th Preakness Stakes on NBC, Carolyn Manno was in the infield at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore as the group The Chainsmokers were entertaining […]


Viewing Picks for May 21, 2016

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football Port Adelaide Power vs. West Coast Eagles — FS1, 2:30 a.m. Fremantle Dockers vs. Richmond Tigers — Fox Soccer Plus, 5:30 a.m. Beach Volleyball FIVB Cincinnati Open, Linder Family Tennis Center, Mason, OH Finals — NBC, 3 p.m. Boxing Showtime Championship Boxing, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, […]


College conferences report income for FY’15, SEC and Big Ten once again on top

This week, the college conferences released their finances for the fiscal year ending June 15, 2015 and there are some interesting trends. Once again, the rich remain rich and member schools are receiving a healthy amount of compensation from league offices. Athletic departments receiving those nice financial windfalls can look to use that money as they see […]


A look at local ratings on recent 30 for 30 docs

ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 documentaries have been reknowned for focusing on certain subjects and bringing out the local angle of each story. For the most part, the documentaries have fared well for ESPN, bringing in about 1.4-1.5 million viewers on average. Keeping this in mind, let’s look at same of the recent 30 for 30’s […]


Mike Francesa drops 1,000 names to Bill Simmons

Last Monday when Bill Simmons made his 5½-hour visit to WFAN’s Mike Francesa, the WFAN show turned out to be a huge genuflect-fest at the feet of the Sports Pope. And interestingly, it wasn’t Simmons who was bowing at the feet of Francesa, but it was Francesa telling the former Boston Sports Guy of his importance […]


Viewing Picks for May 20, 2015

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football Hawthorn Hawks vs. Sydney Swans — FS2, 5:30 a.m. Collingwood Magpies vs. Geelong Cats — Fox Soccer Plus, 11:30 p.m. College Baseball Creighton at St. John’s — ESPN3, 1 p.m. Eastern Michigan at Toledo — ESPN3, 1 p.m. Seton Hall at Butler — Fox College Sports Atlantic, 1 p.m. […]


Viewing Picks for May 19, 2016

All Times Eastern Bundesliga Relegation Playoff, 1st Leg Eintracht Frankfurt vs. FC Nürnberg — FS1, 2:30 p.m. Bundesliga Match Day — FS1, 2 p.m. College Baseball Maryland at Michigan State — Big Ten Network, 3 p.m. Louisville at Wake Forest — ESPN3, 6 p.m. Miami (FL) at Florida State — ESPN3, 6 p.m. North Carolina […]


Viewing Picks for May 18, 2016

All Times Eastern Cycling Giro d’italia Stage 11: Modena to Asolo — beIN Sports, 8:30 a.m. Giro d’italia Highlights — beIN Sports, 10:30 p.m. Tour of California Stage 4: Morro Bay to Monterey County at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca — NBCSN, 5 p.m. Golf Golfing World — Golf Channel, 5 p.m. European Tour Weekly — […]

attends ESPN The Party on February 5, 2016 in San Francisco, California.

Should ESPN leave global sports to the other networks?

As ESPN is telling advertsers to air their commercials on its various platforms at its upfront presentation today, it goes into the 2016-17 season as it has to find ways to stand out in an era of mobiles, tablets, smartwatches, connected TVs. With ESPN telling viewers that watching sports live is better rather than watching Netflix […]

beIN Sports

Get ready to see Conference USA games on beIN Sports

We’ve chronicled Conference USA’s reduced rights fees with the latest story this week being that the conference will have to make due with less money with ESPN, CBS Sports Network, American Sports Network and a 4th television partner airing the league’s games. The 4th TV partner was a mystery, but we now know who that mysterious partner […]

HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 09:  Former Houston Astro Craig Biggio takes the field before the AFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs at NRG Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

ESPN to again simulcast its NFL Wild Card Playoff Game on ABC

For the second straight year, ESPN will simulcast its NFL Wild Card playoff game on ABC. It will air during Wild Card Weekend on January 7-8, 2017. The announcement was made today at the ESPN Upfront presentation to advertisers. In addition to the game, ABC will simulcast ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown pregame show prior to […]


Viewing Picks for May 17, 2016

All Times Eastern Boxing Premier Boxing Champions, Black Bear Casino, Carlton, MN Cruiserweights Murat Gassiev vs. Jordan Shimmell — FS1, 9 p.m. College Baseball Oklahoma at Missouri — SEC Network Plus, 5 p.m. Virginia Military Institute at Virginia — ESPN3, 5:30 p.m. Albany at St. Johns — ESPN3, 6 p.m. Indiana at Louisville — ESPN3, […]

BOWLING GREEN, KY - DECEMBER 5:  Head Coach Jeff Brohm of the WKU Hilltoppers celebrates with players and fans after a game against the Southern Miss Golden Eagle at Houchens-Smith Stadium on December 5, 2015 in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  The Hilltoppers defeated the Golden Eagles 45-28.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Conference USA trying to find ways to make up for lost revenue

Maybe this is the new normal for the lower-rung FBS conferences. Conference USA has to deal with less money in its new TV contract. It will have ESPN, CBS Sports Network and the Sinclair-owned American Sports Network airing games starting this season, C-USA will need to find a way to make up for lost revenue from […]