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    You Are Looking Live: SEC Network Airs First Games Without Any Major Issues

    Published August 29, 2014

    The SEC Network "couldn’t have had a more auspicious debut" than Thursday night's telecast of the season-opening Texas A&M-South Carolina game, according to Cecil Hurt of the TUSCALOOSA NEWS. The crowd-noise lead-in "was perfect, far better than bombast from the booth would have been." The net's Brent Musburger "is a recognized voice that brought instant credibility." However, Jesse Palmer "is still developing as an analyst." He needs to be "more willing to tell us things that the average fan...

    Tags: SEC, ESPN, Media
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    Rams' Fisher Angry Over ESPN Piece On Sam's Shower Habits, Reporter's Tactics

    Published August 28, 2014

    ...ff Fisher "remains angry over a report Tuesday by ESPN’s Josina Anderson that dealt in part with the 'sh... ...Fisher did say that he "appreciated the apology" ESPN issued yesterday morning. ...eived an additional apology in a phone call" from ESPN Exec VP/Programming & Production John Wildhack." ESPN Senior VP/SportsCenter & News Rob King yesterday...

    Tags: St. Louis Rams, NFL, ESPN, Media
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    ESPN Apologizes For Discussing Michael Sam's Showering Habits In Recent Report

    Published August 27, 2014

    ESPN this morning issued an apology for a report that... ...t in reporting on LGBT-related topics in sports" (ESPN). ESPN's Josina Anderson included the notes about Sam's... " ESPN initially defended the report, saying, "In respon... ...ler writes as the "preeminent sports-news source, ESPN knows it has a responsibility to uncover unfair t...

    Tags: St. Louis Rams, Franchises, ESPN
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    ABC Earns Highest Overnight Rating For Little League World Series Title Game Since '09

    Published August 25, 2014

    ...d Sherman writes the "big winner" of the LLWS was ESPN, which was provided with the "best bargain in TV... " ESPN "hit the jackpot with incredible storylines that... ...binson West team "was getting ready to go live on ESPN after Sunday's loss to South Korea in the Little...

    Tags: Media, ESPN
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    Mo'Ne Davis Helps ESPN Earn Best-Ever Overnight Rating For Little League Game

    Published August 21, 2014

    ...s LLWS game, but her presence on the mound led to ESPN's highest-rated game ever from Williamsport. ...in over Pennsylvania, up 143% over the 1.4 figure ESPN received for the comparable California-Connecticu... ...ntyre notes the Angels-Red Sox game that aired on ESPN2 opposite the LLWS earned just a 0.3 rating. "Everything lined up for a big rating, and ESPN got one. But 17x what the Red Sox and Angels did on ESPN2 at the same time?

    Tags: Media, ESPN
  • SBD Article

    MAC's New 13-Year TV Deal With ESPN Will Aid Schools In Wake Of Autonomy Ruling

    Published August 20, 2014

    The Mid-American Conference and ESPN yesterday announced "a 13-year television and dig...  MAC Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher and ESPN Senior VP/Programming Acquisitions Burke Magnus s... ...maining three years of the contract," which gives ESPN "exclusive rights to all MAC sporting events. ESPN3 streaming capability will "be embedded on MACspo... " ESPN will "aid the schools in the startup, but the uni...

    Tags: Media, ESPN
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    ESPN2 Little League Game Outdraws ESPN's A's-Braves In Head-To-Head Competition

    Published August 18, 2014

    ESPN2 last night  from 7: ...Pennsylvania's walkoff against Texas, beating out ESPN's broadcast of A's-Braves "Sunday Night Baseballl... ...ght's game, but pitched on Friday afternoon, with ESPN drawing a 1.0 overnight for her two-hitter from 3... " ESPN has "more cameras than we see at many major-leagu...

    Tags: Media, ESPN
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    SEC Network Debuts With Three-Hour Version Of "SEC Now," Few Technical Glitches

    Published August 15, 2014

    See the listing for the SEC NETWORK The SEC Network debuted Thursday night with a three-hour edition of "SEC Now," the channel's signature studio show, followed by a one-hour special titled, "SEC Storied: The Stars Are Aligned." The net came on the air at 6:00pm ET with a taped introduction from Brent Musburger discussing the accolades and accomplishments of the SEC. Musburger said, "Tonight, we start a new chapter in that history: A place to watch the games, a place to celebrate excell...

    Tags: Media, SEC, ESPN
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    SEC Network To Launch Tonight With Three-Hour News Show From All 14 Campuses

    Published August 14, 2014

    In South Carolina, Neil White notes ESPN officials are "ecstatic" about the SEC Network di... " ESPN Senior VP/College Networks Justin Connolly said,... " ESPN "paid for the camera and installation, while the... ...lex Byington notes Auburn’s ability to "put on an ESPN-style production, with the capacity to produce mu... ESPN Senior Dir of College Sports Programming Dan Marg...

    Tags: SEC, ESPN, Media
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    LeBron's Move To Cleveland Predictably Results In Fewer National TV Games For Heat

    Published August 14, 2014

    ...otal number of national TV appearances among TNT, ESPN and ABC also "plummeted" from 25 to 16. TNT "orig... ...earances on national television," including 10 on ESPN, 10 on TNT, five on ABC and four on NBA TV (Cleve... ” ESPN's J.A. Adande said, "You knew it was coming. ...all tuned in on December 25” (“Around The Horn,” ESPN, 8/13). ESPN. ...inst former teammates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh (ESPN.

    Tags: Media, NBA, ESPN, TBS/TNT
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    Bill Simmons Leaving "NBA Countdown," Will Host Grantland-Branded NBA Show

    Published August 13, 2014

    ESPN yesterday announced that Bill Simmons will no lon... Up to 18 one-hour episodes will air on ESPN during the NBA season (ESPN). In Miami, Barry Jackson reported ESPN execs "haven't decided who might replace Simmons...

    Tags: Media, ESPN, NBA
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    Minding My Business With ESPN "NBA Countdown" Host Sage Steele

    Published August 13, 2014 by Josh Carpenter

    Name: Sage Steele Title: ESPN/ABC "NBA Countdown" host Age: 41 Where I’m from: Indiana Where I call home: Scottsdale Focusing on right now: Paying really close attention to all things NBA while taking a break and hanging out with my three kids and my husband. Steele makes spending time with her family a priority during the NBA offseason Best advice: My dad is a West Point grad, and throughout our chi...

    Tags: People and Pop Culture, ESPN
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