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Former Coaches Mack Brown and Butch Davis Join ESPN’s College Football Team

ESPN has two former college coaches joining its college football ranks this season. Former Texas Longhorns coach Mack Brown will be on ABC with John Saunders and new studio analyst Danny Kanell on College Football Countdown on Saturdays at 3 p.m. ET and be part of the halftime and postgame shows for the 3:30 p.m. […]

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Comcast Picks Up SEC Network

As reported by Matt Yoder at Awful Announcing on Thursday, Comcast has picked up SEC Network and will make it available on its Xfinity platforms plus all TV Everywhere apps including Xfinity TV Go and the WatchESPN app. Up until now, pick ups for SEC Network had been going very slowly with only AT&T U-Verse […]

FIFA 2014 World Cup

17.3 Million Americans Watch World Cup Final on ABC; 26.5 Million Overall

I never would have thought in a million years that the World Cup would see huge numbers, however, throw the baby out with the bath water this year. ESPN did a tremendous job in marketing the World Cup. The U.S. men’s national team became a huge story and for one month, the networks of ESPN […]

2014 World Cup Final on ABC Draws Third-Highest Overnight Rating for World Cup

ESPN has announced that Sunday’s Germany-Argentina World Cup Final which aired on ABC, received a 9.7 overnight rating. It’s the third-highest overnight rating for a World Cup match behind the 1994 Final between Brazil and Italy (12.8) and the 1994 Round of 16 match between the USA and Brazil (10.4). Yesterday’s match was 13% better […]

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The Fang’s Bites 2014 FIFA World Cup TV Awards

As we wrap up the World Cup, it’s time to hand out the awards for soccer’s ultimate event. As you know, this is the last year for ESPN and Univision before they hand off to Fox and Telemundo. Both ESPN and Univision are coming off record ratings and viewership giving their successors some numbers that […]

FIFA 2014 World Cup

World Cup Announcing Assignments for Championship Weekend, 07/12 & 07/13/2014

ESPN and Univision are now down to their last two games in their long legacies with the World Cup. After Sunday, it’ll be up to Fox and Telemundo to provide the coverage of soccer’s ultimate event from 2015 until 2024. Hopefully the two networks will be able to match what ESPN and Univision have been […]

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ESPN to Air 143rd Open Championship; Includes All-Tiger Channel

As we get ready for the fourth major tournament of the men’s professional golf calendar, ESPN has announced its coverage plans for the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England. With Tiger Woods expected to compete in the Open, ESPN will dedicate one complete feed on ESPN3 to the golfer on Thursday, July 17 […]

FIFA 2014 World Cup

Netherlands-Argentina Becomes Most-Watched World Cup Semifinal on ESPN

Well, the World Cup viewing records continue to fall for ESPN. A day after setting a record for the Brazil-Germany 7-1 blowout, ESPN set another standard for Wednesday’s Netherlands-Argentina game. On Tuesday, Brazil-Germany received a 4.2 rating and 6.643 million viewers. The Netherlands-Argentina match garnered a 4.3 rating and 6.823 million viewers. These numbers will […]

World Cup Announcing Assignments for Semifinals, 07/08 & 07/09/2014

Just four more match days in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. It begins today with the first semifinal between the host country Brazil and a heavy favorite in Germany. And tomorrow will pit the 2010 runner-up Netherlands against another favorite, Argentina. Ian Darke and Steve McManaman call today’s game for ESPN while Jon Champion and […]

FIFA 2014 World Cup

Brazil-Colombia Becomes Most Watched World Cup Quarterfinal on ESPN Networks

ESPN is certainly happy that there’s still interest in the World Cup despite the United States being eliminated earlier this week. Brazil vs. Colombia is now the most-watched World Cup quarterfinal on the networks of ESPN garnering a 3.6 fast national rating and just under 6.35 million viewers. So to the detractors of soccer and […]

World Cup Announcing Assignments for July 5, 2014

I did not provide you the announcing assignments for Friday’s games as I had to go the Emergency Room to deal with a breakout of hives. After getting a shot of Benadryl, I’m now much better, but it was a difficult night for me going into July 4th. Anyway, I’m fine now and here are […]

Fang’s Bites Podcast No. 19 — Bob Ley, ESPN and Ian Eagle, CBS Sports

This has become an action-packed podcast and with two guests that are quite prevalent in sports media. Bob Ley of ESPN joins us from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where the World Cup is being played. We discuss the following topics: What he’s seen in Brazil; The World Cup itself; Some of his thoughts on the […]

ESPN’s Announcing Assignments for World Cup Quarterfinals

We have the World Cup quarterfinal announcing assignments on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2. On Friday, ESPN2 will air France vs. Germany followed by Brazil vs. Colombia on ESPN. Then on Saturday, ABC airs Argentina vs. Belgium followed by the Netherlands vs. Costa Rica on ESPN. The excellent teams of Jon Champion/Stewart Robson and Ian Darke/Steve […]

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