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ESPN Announces It Will Cut Ties With Bill Simmons

In the biggest sports media story of the year-to-date, ESPN has announced it will not renew the contract of Captain Blowhard, a.k.a. Bill Simmons. The New York Times’ Richard Sandomir broke the story this morning. Simmons’ contract is up in September. ESPN and Simmons had been negotiating a contract extension, but the two sides failed […]

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36th Annual Sports Emmy Award Winners

The 36th Annual Sports Emmy Awards were handed out in New York on Tuesday, May 5. NBC’s coverage of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games was a big winner, but in several technical categories. We can’t say the usual suspects won because Bob Costas did not pick up the Outstanding Studio Host Award. Ernie Johnson won […]

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ESPN’s 2015 Monday Night Football Schedule

Continuing the posting of the NFL schedules for 2015, we have ESPN’s Monday Night Football slate for the season. It kicks off with a Week 1 doubleheader and for the first time, it’ll involve four NFC teams. It seems appropriate that if Tim Tebow makes the Philadelphia Eagles, ESPN will have his first NFL game […]

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 08:  A detail of the official National Football League NFL logo is seen painted on the turf as the New York Giants host the Atlanta Falcons during their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at MetLife Stadium on January 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

2015 NFL Regular Season Schedule Announced

So the NFL schedule has been announced. It’s a 256-game schedule spread over 17 weeks. A few new things from last year. CBS gets the Week 1 doubleheader for the first time since 2000. From 2001 until last year, CBS had conceded the Week 1 late game to Fox due to its coverage of the […]

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MLB Viewing Picks for 04/18-19/2015

All Times Eastern Saturday, April 18 Studio and Pregame Shows MLB on Fox Sports 1 Pregame — Fox Sports 1, 3:30 p.m. MLB Tonight — MLB Network, 4 p.m. MLB Tonight — MLB Network, 7 p.m. Baseball Tonight — ESPN2, 10 p.m. Quick Pitch — MLB Network, midnight Baseball Tonight — ESPN2, 12:30 a.m. (Sunday) […]

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MLB Viewing Picks for 04/11-12/2015

All Times Eastern Saturday, April 11 Studio and Pregame Shows MLB on Fox Sports 1 Pregame — Fox Sports 1, 12:30 p.m. MLB Tonight — MLB Network, 2 p.m. MLB Epic Moments: A Battle in the Bronx — Fox Sports 1, 4 p.m. MLB Tonight — MLB Network, 10 p.m. Quick Pitch — MLB Network, […]

OKLAHOMA CITY - MARCH 20:  A detail of a NCAA logo  decal is seen at center court as the Kansas State Wildcats play against the Brigham Young Cougars during the second round of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Ford Center on March 20, 2010 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

College Basketball Viewing Picks for 04/4-5/2015

All Times Eastern Saturday, April 4 Studio and Pregame Shows At the Final Four — TBS, 3 p.m. College GameDay live from Indianapolis, IN — ESPN, 3:30 p.m. The Final Four Show — TBS, 4 p.m. BTN Tip-Off Show 2015: Final Four Pregame — Big Ten Network, 5 p.m. Best of College Basketball — CBS […]

OKLAHOMA CITY - MARCH 20:  A detail of a NCAA logo  decal is seen at center court as the Kansas State Wildcats play against the Brigham Young Cougars during the second round of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Ford Center on March 20, 2010 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

College Basketball Viewing Picks for 03/21-22/2015

All Times Eastern Saturday, March 21 Men’s NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship 3rd Round Studio and Pregame Shows NCAA Tip-Off — TNT, 5 p.m. NCAA March Madness 360 — CBS Sports Network, 6 p.m. NCAA March Madness 360 — CBS Sports Network, 11 p.m. Inside March Madness — TBS, midnight College GameDay — ESPN2, […]

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College Basketball Viewing Picks for 03/14-15/2015

All Times Eastern Men’s schedule courtesy of Matt’s College Sports on TV Men’s announcing assignments courtesy of Eye on Sky and Air Sports Women’s schedule and announcing assignments courtesy of Eye on Sky and Air Sports Saturday, March 14 Studio and Pregame Shows College GameDay — ESPNU, 11 a.m. College GameDay — ESPN, noon BTN […]

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College Basketball Viewing Picks for 03/07-08/2015

All Times Eastern Men’s schedule courtesy of Matt’s College Sports on TV Men’s announcing assignments courtesy of Eye on Sky and Air Sports Women’s schedule and announcing assignments courtesy of Eye on Sky and Air Sports Saturday, March 7 Studio and Pregame Shows College GameDay live from Chapel Hill, NC — ESPNU, 10 a.m./ESPN, 11 […]

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ESPN Gains Rights to 2016 World Cup of Hockey

In a surprise when it was first reported early last month, ESPN has won the rights from the NHL to the 2016 World Cup of Hockey in Toronto. It will air a minimum of 16 games, 17 if the final goes 16. The event occurs starting in September and will last until October 1. Traditional […]

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Wednesday’s Sports Media Notebook — 03/04/2015

As we hit mid-week, let’s do another edition of the notebook. NEWS CBS announced on Tuesday that it has hired former Colorado, Washington and UCLA football coach Rick Neuheisel as a studio analyst. He’ll join the cast of College Football Today before SEC games and Inside College Football on CBS Sports Network. Neuheisel had been […]

Tuesday’s Sports Media Notebook — 03/03/2015

Back to do a sports media notebook for you. Let’s get to it. NEWS NASCAR beat reporter Jim Utter of the Charlotte Observer notes that Sunday’s Sprint Cup race in Atlanta did well for Fox and was up from last year’s second race which was held in Phoenix. That along with increased viewership for the […]

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Sunday’s Sports Media Notebook — 03/01/2015

It’s been more than ten days since you had a notebook. Things have gone rather haywire and I’ve been quite busy dealing with issues at home, but you don’t have to be bogged down with what I’m going through. You want content so here it is. NEWS With Monday being the NHL Trade Deadline, fans […]

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