Mike Tirico pokes fun at TNF situation with Dan Patrick

The sports media world has been buzzing over the last couple of days over the New York Daily News report that the NFL put the kibosh on Mike Tirico calling Thursday Night Football on NBC. After the NFL issued a statement over the whole thing, the buzz quieted down, but the buzz started back up […]

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The good, bad and ugly of the 2nd week of NBC’s Olympic coverage

Last week, we provided our thoughts on the first week of NBC’s Olympic coverage. With the Games wrapping up, let’s go with the good, bad and ugly of the second week of the Rio Olympics on the networks of NBC. There are plenty of good, some bad and one particular ugly feature of the coverage. […]

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Did you know NBC’s Olympic theme is actually a mashup?

You’ve heard it every day during the 2016 Rio Olympics and if you’ve watched NBC’s Olympic coverage in the past, you’ve heard it constantly in 1996, 2000. 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014. It’s the familiar trumpets that begin the theme and continues for a while before Bob Costas starts telling us what’s […]

SANTA MONICA, CA - JULY 26:  The NBC Olympic Social Opening Ceremony at Jonathan Beach Club on July 26, 2016 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for NBC Olympic Social Opening Ceremony )

The Olympics are not attracting Millennials

This year’s Olympic ratings have been down significantly from 2012. It marks the first time the Olympics have seen a downturn since 2000 when the Sydney Olympics were held in September and except for one or two events, were completely tape delayed. The Rio Olympics in primetime on NBC have experienced a 17% decline from London […]

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27:  Rings representing both the Olympics and the Industrial Revolution are lit and lifted during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Morry Gash - IOPP Pool /Getty Images)

Viewing Picks for August 21, 2016

All Times Eastern Boxing Premier Boxing Champions, Ford Amphitheater, Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY Welterweights Leonard Bundu vs. Errol Spence, Jr. — NBC, 5 p.m. Drag Racing NHRA Nationals, Brainerd International Raceway, Brainerd, MN Finals — FS1, 2 p.m. Burndown Battle — FS1, 5 p.m. English Premier League Sunderland vs. Middlesbrough — NBCSN, 8:25 a.m. West Ham United vs. […]


Report: Al Michaels, not Mike Tirico, will call Thursday Night Football for NBC

When Mike Tirico was lured to NBC away from ESPN, the conventional wisdom was that he would call Thursday Night Football games with Cris Collinsworth while Al Michaels would continue to call Sunday Night Football. Well, that plan has apparently been kiboshed by the NFL, a.k.a. “The 800 lb. Gorilla.” According to the New York […]

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 19:  Nicole Buchler of Switzerland competes in the Women's Pole Vault Final on Day 14 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Viewing Picks for August 20, 2016

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football Port Adelaide Power vs. Adelaide Crows — FS1, 5:30 a.m. Carlton Blues vs. Melbourne Demons — Fox Soccer Plus, 11 p.m. CFL Edmonton Eskimos at Toronto Argonauts — ESPN3, 4 p.m. Saskatchewan Roughriders at Hamilton Tiger-Cats — ESPN3, 7 p.m. College Volleyball Women’s Orange and White Scrimmage — Longhorn […]


Sling TV to offer local channels through new streaming device

Dish Network’s Sling TV has been offering skinny bundles of pay TV channels, but mostly without ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and PBS, the traditional over the air broadcast networks. The service has been offering Local ABC, Fox and NBC feeds in select markets, but as far as other network affiliates, Sling has not been able […]


ESPN to tweak College Football Live format

ESPN’s College Football Live has been the Worldwide Leader’s daily studio show devoted to the college game. Over the years, the show has been hosted by Rece Davis, Joe Tessitore and many others. As with many of its programs, the show has been based out of ESPN’s Bristol headquarters and has had a permanent set. […]


NBC shoehorns over 3,000 promos into Olympic coverage

If you’ve watched NBC’s Olympic coverage, you’ve noticed plenty of promos for in-house programming. While advertisers are seeing lower ratings for the Rio Olympics compared to other Olympiads, NBC is certainly making sure that viewers know of their upcoming programs. Advertising Age’s Anthony Crupi notes that one ad monitoring site counted more than 3,000 promos […]

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 09:  Logo of Rio2016 appears in court before the men's qualifying volleyball match between the United States and Italy on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracanazinho on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Viewing Picks for August 19, 2016

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football West Coast Eagles vs. Hawthorn Hawks — Fox Soccer Plus, 6 a.m. North Melborne Kangaroos vs. Sydney Swans — FS2, 11:30 p.m. Boxing ShoBox: The New Generation, Rhinos Stadium, Rochester, NY Heavyweights Fred Kassi vs. Jarrell Miller — Showtime, 10 p.m. CFL Montreal Alouettes at Ottawa Redblacks — ESPN3, […]

gawker to cease operation next week

After losing a lengthy trial brought forth by Hulk Hogan that caused the company to file for bankruptcy and then go up for sale only to be purchased by Univision just this week, has announced that it will cease operation next week. In an announcement on the Gawker website, the decision was made following the sale […]

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 24:  Steve Smith #89 of the Baltimore Ravens reacts to a catch during the second quarter of a game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 24, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Ravens WR Steve Smith, Sr. to join ESPN’s Mike & Mike during NFL season

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith, Sr. joins the expanding roster of current NFL players making regular appearances on television during the regular season. He’ll be joining ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike in-studio at selected times on off-days. In addition to his appearances with Mike & Mike, Smith Sr. will contribute to a new digital […]

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 04:  The official logo for the Rio 2016 Olympics games displays during a press conference of Two Years to Go to the Rio 2016 Olympics Opening Ceremony on August 4, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Viewing Picks for August 18, 2016

All Times Eastern College Football CFB Daily: The Blitz — ESPNU, 5 p.m. Green and White Days: Inside Michigan State Training Camp 2016 (series premiere) — Big Ten Network, 7 p.m. CONCACAF Champions League Group H, Estadio Mateo Flores, Guatemala City, Guatemala Suchitepé vs. Real Estelí — Facebook Live/Univision Deportes, 8 p.m. Group A, Estadio […]