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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 09 / 30 / 14

CBS' Tony Gonzalez will appear on the net's "NCIS" at 8:00pm ET.

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Final Ratings

The Little League World Series averaged 1.72 million viewers on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC, the most-watched tournament ever and a 71% increase from last year. The event also earned a 1.1 final rating, up 57% from last year and the highest since ’02. ABC averaged a 2.7 rating and 4.16 million viewers ...

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Fisher Angry Over ESPN's Sam Report

Rams coach Jeff Fisher "remains angry over a report Tuesday by ESPN’s Josina Anderson that dealt in part with the 'showering habits'" of DE Michael Sam, according to Jim Thomas of the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH. Fisher following practice yesterday said, "I'm extremely disappointed in her pie ...

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CBS Sports Unveils All-Female Talk Show

CBS Sports yesterday revealed "We Need To Talk" as the name of its new all-female weekly sports talk show. The hour-long show, set to debut Sept. 30 on CBS Sports Network, will feature a core group of CBS personalities in addition to a group of rotating panelists from across the sports and media spe ...

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CBS Sports Network Debuts CFB Marketing Effort

CBS Sports Network has rolled out a marketing campaign around its college football schedule with the tag line "Our House. Your Home" that has TV, online and social media elements. CBS Sports produced the spots in-house, in conjunction with Lussier Productions. The spots use talent from the chan ...

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Chargers Suspend Radio Announcer Bauer

Chargers radio color commentator Hank Bauer will not be part of the broadcast for the team's final preseason game Thursday night after he "offended some listeners Sunday telling an anti-Semitic joke," according to Matthew Hall of the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE. The move stems from a conversat ...

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Mayor Seeks FCC Review Of SportsNet LA Impasse

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti is "asking federal regulators to examine the stalemate between Time Warner Cable and other pay-TV operators that's prevented much of the region from watching Dodgers baseball this season," according to Meg James of the L.A. TIMES. Garcetti's request came late Monday in ...

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Media Notes

In Atlanta, Kempner, Leslie & Trubey cite sources as saying that Turner Broadcasting's "job reductions could grow to as many 1,500 workers." Word of "broader job cuts" comes as Turner execs "confirmed plans this week to offer buyouts to 600 older workers as part of a corporate restructuring." Ho ...

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Amazon Acquires Twitch For Nearly $1B

As videogames "become a spectator sport, Amazon just bought the world's largest arena" in the industry with its acquisition of Twitch Interactive, a "popular Internet video channel for broadcasting, and watching, people play videogames," according to MacMillan & Bensinger of the WALL STREET JOUR ...

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App Review: MLB At The Ballpark For iPhone

This week brings my first on-site review of a mobile application, as I took MLB At the Ballpark with me to Citizen's Bank Park on Sunday. I found that At the Ballpark definitely adds to the live game experience, with special offers and conveniences like food delivery and a searchable list of stadium ...

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People & Personalities:

SI.com's Richard Deitsch wrote the longer SEC Network analyst Tim Tebow "stays off the field and the more comfortable he gets in the studio and at game sites, you might start to see him morph more into a full-time broadcaster." SEC Net anchor Joe Tessitore said, "He has told our producers that he wa ...

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