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Kyle Martino will be staying with NBC after MLS leaves

BOSTON — MLS is leaving NBC Sports following the 2014 season, however, the network’s lead analyst for the league will not be leaving with them. I had a sit-down with NBC’s Premier League soccer crew on Wednesday in Boston (keep an eye out in the coming days and weeks for much, much more from it), […]

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Fox announces revamped college football studio, broadcast teams

We all knew that Fox would be making some changes to their college football coverage following the departure of Erin Andrews. They’d also made some smaller moves in the off-season to acquire new play-by-play man. The network announced their broadcast lineup for the upcoming season on Tuesday, and it looked mostly the same, but with […]

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NBCSN doubles down on late games, rivalries for 2014-15 NHL season

For the first time in a long time, the NHL’s national television partner is showcasing that the state of California is as relevant a place for hockey as say, Pennsylvania or New York. While NBC might suggest the headline to their 103 scheduled games is a Winter Classic in Washington, a high 14 games on […]

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The Simpsons could be Fox Sports Go’s ticket to greater distribution

You may have seen a stirring on Twitter yesterday from the biannual Television Critics Association press tour. A stirring that showed, yet again, that the internet’s love of The Simpsons is deep, endearing and unending. Mmmmmmmm… unending deer [slobbers]. Fox’s cable network FXX made the announcement that the network will officially debut its extensive package of Simpsons reruns […]

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Why doesn’t ESPN use Keith Olbermann in their baseball coverage?

If you follow enough ESPN baseball people on Twitter, you’ll know that the network often puts on what they refer to as the “seamhead” edition of Baseball Tonight. This version of the show features baseball writers from throughout the ESPN universe — Tim Kurkjian, Buster Olney, Jayson Stark, Keith Law and Grantland’s Jonah Keri are featured […]

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NBC’s early EPL schedule includes Double Derbies and lots of Tim Howard

NBC won over pretty much every sports media critic in the land with their coverage of the Premier League last year. They also likely won the league a few new fans by just putting the games on TV, promoting them, and putting a professional production behind them. Their reward: do it all over again, starting […]

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Boston radio bros have unsurprisingly terrible opinions on Erin Andrews

I have a real problem with sports radio. There are plenty of exceptions to this feeling (SVP and Russillo) but — and particularly on a local level — the whole industry seems to just be a bunch of grown men whining about sports, drumming up fake controversies, spouting their proudly “politically incorrect” opinions and judging […]

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Mixed results for Fox’s new A-team in first primetime showcase

Remember 12 months ago, when we were all shrugging, shaking our heads and murmuring “Oh, Grandpa” at Tim McCarver, reciting the lyrics to Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” in the 2013 MLB All-Star Game? Seems like forever ago, as McCarver — despite continuing to work — has sort of quickly faded out of the spotlight, doing little […]

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NBCSN to debut Sunday night sports show

NBCSN is getting back into the late night sports show game, but not necessarily in the way you’d expect. The network will premiere NBCSN Sunday Sports Report, airing each week at 11:30 p.m. ET beginning August 17th, coincidentally the first weekend of the Premier League season, and just a few weeks shy of a new NFL […]

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ESPN’s success with the World Cup came from emphasizing the world

Americans want to see the best. We don’t really care where it comes from, but we prefer it be from here. However, we’re not beneath seeing what the rest of the world has to offer, as long as we have the distinct impression that what we’re watching is the best in the world. The Olympics […]

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A new format brings life to ESPN’s Home Run Derby telecast

The Home Run Derby, once sort of a novelty act trotted out as an appetizer to the MLB All-Star Game, has become — in its own right — a marquee event. 6.7 million viewers watched last year’s contest. While that’s a far cry from the 11 million even who watched the game the next day, […]

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ESPN really got into Busch Stadium’s ‘Star Wars’ night on Wednesday

For years now, teams from various sports have been holding Star Wars nights at stadiums and arenas. It’s a pop culture icon that still has a hold on a couple generations as shared moments of loving a movie or set of movies. Even after the prequels, the original Star Wars films thrive. Using George Lucas’ saga on sports […]

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