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Ron MacLean Apologizes After French Referee Comments Cause Social Media Firestorm

04 / 23 / 14

"Hockey Night in Canada" host Ron MacLean has "apologized for setting off a social media firestorm" following yesterday's Canadiens-Lightning game, according to the CP. MacLean during the game "suggested a French-speaking referee should not have worked the game." The comment "apparently st...

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Digger Phelps Retiring From ESPN

ESPN college basketball analyst Digger Phelps last night announced that he would be retiring from broadcasting after 20 years on the network. Phelps, during a live edition of "College GameDay" prior to the UConn-Kentucky national championship game, said, "I spent 20 years at Notre Dame as a coach an ...

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App Review: Razorgator For iPhone

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Final Four TV Numbers Down From '13

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Mixed Reviews For Final Four Teamcasts

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CBS Moving Wolfson To Thursday NFL Games

CBS is moving Tracy Wolfson from her role as the sideline reporter for SEC football games "to a lead sideline reporter role for the network's upcoming NFL Thursday Night Football primetime package," according to Richard Deitsch of SI.com. Wolfson will work with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms on the Thursd ...

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Sochi Helps Yahoo-NBC Top Feb. ComScores

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WWE Network Already Closing In On Sub Goal

WWE this morning announced WWE Network, its over-the-top digital network supported by MLBAM, has garnered 667,287 subscribers in the six weeks since the initial launch of the venture. The service experienced few operational issues during last night's WrestleMania XXX, and WWE expects to soon hit its ...

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Dodgers Viewership Down After First Week Of Season

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Buck Excited To Debut New Fox MLB Booth

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Are Teamcasts The Future Of Big-Game Broadcasts?

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