SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 27: A general view of the stadium during the College Football Sydney Cup match between University of California and University of Hawaii at ANZ Stadium on August 27, 2016 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

The Pac 12 is coming to Fox Sports… Australia?

There was a big sporting event in Sydney this weekend and no, it wasn’t the Sydney Swans clinching top spot on the AFL ladder against Richmond.  It was a regular season game of college football played between California and Hawaii across the Pacific Ocean at ANZ Stadium.  Cal emerged victorious in a 51-31 victory, but […]


FS1 employee Skip Bayless suddenly loves UFC, which airs exclusively on Fox

Sports networks are going to talk about the sports they cover on their studio shows.  Call it cross-promotion, call it “network synergy,” call it whatever you like.  NBCSN isn’t going to give you an hour breaking down the Little League World Series.  ESPN sacrificed NHL Tonight a long, long, loooooong time ago.  And FS1 isn’t […]

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 14:  The Olympic Rings are seen on local beach on Day 9 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Marina da Gloria on August 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

What does NBC need to change about their Summer Olympics coverage?

Seemingly everyone had a bone to pick with NBC’s Olympic coverage this year. While we could rehash all the various controversies and criticisms once again (you can view a few here, here, and here in case you really want a refresher) we’ve decided to be constructive today. We polled our staff and asked a simple […]


Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen once looked like a young Bill Walton

It’s late in the 2016 Major League Baseball season and that means after well over 100 nights of working together, broadcasts can get just a little bit more light-hearted and slap-happy.  That appears to be what happened last night as the Mets gave all the meme lovers out there a wonderful gift in unearthing a […]


The NFL blocking Mike Tirico from calling TNF is micromanagement at its worst

Let’s consider a thought experiment. You are one of the most respected and most accomplished individuals working today in your industry.  Over a period of 25 years, you’ve handled every assignment tossed your way and rose all the way to the top of your company in your position.  And by the way, that company is […]

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Charissa Thompson reflects on the sexist backlash to coloring her hair

This week Real Sports will be doing a feature on female sports media personalities and the sexism that they still face in the industry, even in 2016.  HBO released an eye-opening clip this weekend that will be sure to draw more attention to the issue. Charissa Thompson of Extra and Fox Sports opened up about a […]

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Who is NBC’s best announcer at the Olympics? It just might be Ato Boldon

NBC is fortunate to have a number of great announcers working the Olympics.  From Dan Hicks and Rowdy Gaines calling swimming to Marv Albert and Doug Collins calling basketball (as well as Mike Gorman and Fran Fraschilla) to Leigh Diffey calling rowing.  Up and down the list NBC has some excellent voices to guide viewers […]

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WATCH: Michael Phelps shuts down reporter in airport with authority

Michael Phelps returned home stateside after another successful Olympics in Rio saw him bring his tally to an incomprehensible 23 gold medals.  It was a triumphant and historic Olympics from Phelps as he cemented his place among the all-time great athletes in American history, and maybe even in the history of the world, as he […]

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Jim Harbaugh and Jim Rome are playing the feud

Jim Harbaugh’s honeymoon with the media may be coming to a crashing halt.  Earlier this week, Harbaugh stormed out of a media session at the University of Michigan when he was asked about player suspensions.  Now Harbaugh’s unwillingness to answer some tough questions is gaining attention nationwide from radio host Jim Rome. Rome was critical […]

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 14:  Justin Rose (C) of Great Britain celebrates with the gold medal, Henrik Stenson (L) of Sweden, silver medal, and Matt Kuchar of the United States, bronze medal, after the final round of men's golf on Day 9 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Golf Course on August 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Olympic golf final round outdraws every major but The Masters

It appears the Olympic rings are a bigger draw than Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, and Phil Mickelson. There was much debate about the success and vitality of an Olympic golf tournament coming into Rio 2016, certainly much more when most of the game’s top players began pulling out because of concerns about Zika […]

during the Women's Individual All Around Final on Day 6 of the 2016 Rio Olympics at Rio Olympic Arena on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

NBC exec defends tape delay Olympics, answers to gymnastics criticism

No production of a sporting event gets as much scrutiny as NBC’s coverage of the Olympics.  As we talked about this weekend, it’s the only event that can consistently come close to the NFL’s stratosphere in television viewership.  Even when ratings are down for Rio from where they were in London.  And with that kind […]

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 )

Olympic primetime ratings may be down, but they’re still hugely impressive

The NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Final, World Series, College Football Playoff, NCAA Tournament, Triple Crown, Masters, Daytona 500, Indy 500, and every other sport not named the NFL. None of them averaged 28.1 million viewers on television within the last twelve months. Through seven nights, that’s exactly what NBC’s primetime Olympic coverage has averaged – […]

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 11:  Michael Phelps of the United States shakes hands with Ryan Lochte of the United States after winning the Men's 200m Individual Medley Final on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

VIDEO: CBC announcer mixes up Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte during 200 IM Final

One of the worst nightmares for any announcer is misidentifying key players at a sporting event and getting a game-winning, championship-winning, or gold medal-winning call dead wrong.  Unfortunately for the CBC announcer Elliotte Friedman, that’s exactly what happened in the highly anticipated 200 meter IM gold medal race featuring Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. On Thursday […]


NFL on Fox adds new faces, familiar names for 2016 season

One of the signs that the new football season is almost maybe just about finally upon us after months of waiting is the release of the network broadcasting teams for the coming season. Seeing the announcer depth charts, especially for Fox and CBS, also tell an interesting story regarding where the talent stands at the major […]