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Rob Stone named primetime host for Women’s World Cup

One of the major media stories of this calendar year will be Fox’s debut on the international soccer stage airing their first World Cup.  The 2015 Women’s World Cup is rapidly approaching this summer and so far the network has made several changes in anticipation of the event.  Fox has added new pieces like Alexi Lalas, […]

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Lindsay Czarniak is leading SportsCenter through its next evolutionary step

Wednesday night’s 6 PM ET edition of SportsCenter begins with anchor Lindsay Czarniak quickly running through the top three stories of the day – the breaking news of Reggie Bush’s release from the Lions, Rajon Rondo’s one game suspension in Dallas, and Derrick Rose’s latest knee surgery.  At 6:03, Czarniak interviews Nick Friedell of ESPN […]

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Who would win a Katie Nolan for Ian Darke trade?

On Tuesday Ryan Glasspiegel of The Big Lead posted a very interesting report that Fox Sports 1 starlet Katie Nolan was almost traded to ESPN for Ian Darke.  Reportedly, Bill Simmons was high on Nolan for a role at Grantland, but negotiations broke down when Fox also wanted versatile reporter Marty Smith added to the […]

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Danica Patrick one of several active NASCAR drivers to call races for Fox

Fox Sports will be looking to give racing fans another reason to watch NASCAR Xfinity Series races this year – a rotation of top Sprint Cup drivers as a guest analyst in the broadcast booth.  We’ve seen several drivers work the odd Saturday race here and there over the years, but this represents a dedicated […]

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Keith Olbermann reaches a crossroads in his ESPN renaissance

Given how cold it’s been in much of the country, maybe it’s true that hell has indeed frozen over since Keith Olbermann returned to ESPN in August of 2013.  Olbermann gracing Bristol airwaves yet again (albeit from New York) is the most improbable prodigal son story maybe in the history of sports media.  One ESPN […]

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Your NHL Announcing Schedule for 2/24 – 3/1

Tuesday, February 24 Philadelphia Flyers at Carolina Hurricanes (NBCSN 7 pm) Jim Jackson, Keith Jones, Chris Therien Wednesday, February 25 Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Capitals (NBCSN 8 pm) Mike Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire Thursday, February 26 Minnesota Wild at Nashville Predators (NBCSN 8:30 pm) Dave Strader, Brian Engblom Friday, February 27 Chicago Blackhawks at Tampa Bay Lightning […]

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Your NBA Announcing Schedule for 2/23 – 3/1

Monday, February 23 Toronto Raptors at New Orleans Pelicans (NBAtv 8 pm) Local Broadcast Memphis Grizzlies at Los Angeles Clippers (NBAtv 10:30 pm) Local Broadcast Tuesday, February 24 Indiana Pacers at Oklahoma City Thunder (NBAtv 8 pm) Local Broadcast Wednesday, February 25 Los Angeles Clippers at Houston Rockets (ESPN 8 pm) Mark Jones, Jeff Van Gundy San Antonio Spurs […]

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 22:  Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, and Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, lead the field during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Daytona 500 overnight rating not encouraging for NASCAR, Fox

The 2015 NASCAR season is a huge year of transition for the sport.  They enter into new television contracts with NBC and Fox, which includes several races on their relatively young cable networks.  NASCAR’s ratings decline over the last decade is well-known, but partnering with FS1 and NBCSN and airing Cup races there represents a risk […]

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Bleacher Report enlisting outside marketing to help further improve its image

Bleacher Report has undergone a massive transformation since the days of the slideshow about the worst natural disasters in the history of sports.  The company went from being the highly successful, yet highly loathed outcast of the sports blogosphere to being a serious player in the mainstream media. It began with B/R’s Lead Writer program […]

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Soccer writer brilliantly roasts racist Chelsea fans

By now you’ve probably heard of another unfortunate and racially charged scandal in European soccer.  This time it was Chelsea fans bragging about their being racist after a Champions League match against PSG in Paris.  The fans were caught on videotape singing “we’re racist and that’s the way we like it” and shoving a black […]

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ESPN & Fox personalities unite in derision of New York media scribes

This is not something you see every day.  Over the weekend two of the old guard in New York sports media columnists, Phil Mushnick of the New York Post and Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News, both dedicated space to ridiculing Katie Nolan’s new FS1 vehicle Garbage Time. Here’s Mushnick’s take, which is […]

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 22:  Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, and Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, lead the field during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Real Tweets from Real People – Fans revolt over Daytona 500 commercials

Traditionally the Daytona 500 has stood for the number of miles run in the Great American Race.  This year, it seemed like that number stood for the amount of commercials Fox aired during the race.  NASCAR, more than any other sport, is dominated by sponsorships and advertising but it this year’s edition took it to obscene levels. […]

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Recalling the failed Spoiler Alert for the Miracle on Ice

Today marks the 35th anniversary of one of the seminal moments in American sports history – the Miracle on Ice.  Believe it or not, the game was not broadcast live, but on tape delay in primetime.  The USA-USSR game was played at 5 PM ET in Lake Placid but not aired on ABC until 8 […]

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Roundtable: What moments should be covered in the ESPN movie?

Earlier this week we spoke with the author of Those Guys Have All The Fun, Jim Miller, regarding the news that he was writing a screenplay for the movie adaptation of the oral history.  Miller has been coy about which era of ESPN’s 35+ year history would make it to the silver screen.  Given there’s […]

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