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    Joe Buck, Greg Norman To Head Fox' Golf Broadcast Crew Beginning With '15 U.S. Open

    Published April 15, 2014 by John Ourand

    Joe Buck and Greg Norman will be Fox Sports' top on-air voices when the network debuts its golf coverage next year, according to several sources. The two will be set up in the 18th green tower at the '15 U.S. Open, when the event will be held at Chambers Bay outside Seattle. The decision to tap Buck and Norman comes as somewhat of a surprise, as neither has announced golf on television before. Norman, a two-time British Open winner, is a member of the Golf HOF. Buck is said to be a scratch go...

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    E:60 Special Highlights The Journeys Of Five Boston Marathon Bombing Survivors

    Published April 15, 2014 by Jillian Fay

    In honor of the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, ESPN tonight at 7:00pm ET will air "E:60 Presents Dream On: Stories from Boston's Strongest." The show highlights the journeys of strength, perseverance and courage for five different survivors of the bombings over the last 12 months. ESPN Exec Producer for "E:60" Andy Tennant called it "the most powerful hour of television that we have produced in the seven years we've been on the air." The show is hosted by ABC News' Bob ...

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    NFL Media COO Brian Rolapp Sits For Q&A, Discusses NFL Network, "TNF" and NFL Now

    Published April 15, 2014

    NFL Media COO Brian Rolapp recently was profiled by THE MMQ... ...t/CEO Steve Bornstein, but also in innovative new media ventures." Rolapp is "behind the invention of a new media tool the NFL will launch in August called NFL Now... ...p the NFL on the cutting edge of how fans consume media.

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    App Review: Nike+ Running For iPhone Goes Far Beyond Basic GPS Tracking

    Published April 15, 2014 by By Amie Sheridan, Correspondent

    The app leverages social media, making an individual challenge seem like a socia...

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    Lack Of Drama, No Tiger Contribute To Lowest Masters Final Round Overnight Since '04

    Published April 14, 2014

    CBS earned a 7.8 overnight for the final round of The Masters yesterday, which saw Bubba Watson take home his second green jacket in three years by topping Jordan Spieth and Jonas Blixt by three shots. That figure is down 24% from a 10.2 rating for Adam Scott’s playoff win over Angel Cabrera last year. Yesterday's round also is down from Watson’s playoff win over Louis Oosthuizen in ’12. That drew an 8.1 overnight on Easter Sunday (Austin Karp, Assistant Managing Editor). In Dallas, Barry Hor...

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    People & Personalities: Sabres Honor Retiring MSG Analyst Mike Robitaille

    Published April 14, 2014

    In Buffalo, Amy Moritz notes the Sabres yesterday honored MSG Network analyst Mike Robitaille, who was "working his final game in the broadcast booth." He was hired in '80 to "work on the team’s radio and television crews," and has "served multiple roles in the broadcast booth with his most popular being the host of 'Hockey Hotline,' which was the postgame show on the Empire Sports Network" (BUFFALO NEWS, 4/14). Meanwhile, in N.Y., Stephen Lorenzo notes Devils TV analyst Glenn "Chico" Resch y...

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  • SBJ Article

    Turner, ESPN expect innovative supplemental feeds to return

    Published April 14, 2014

    These days, almost all the innovation in sports media is coming on the digital side.In sports media, competitors are not shy about copying innovative... ...Final Four, in addition to its digital and social media offerings.“Because we’re in the business of media, and not just television, we look at it from a 36...

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    Penguins again rock local-market TV ratings

    Published April 14, 2014 by John Ourand & Christopher Botta

    For the fifth consecutive time, the Pittsburgh Penguins led the way among NHL clubs for local-market TV ratings for the league’s regular season. The ranking is based on an analysis of ratings information for clubs that make their Nielsen data available. The NHL’s regular season ended Sunday. The Sabres (below) posted impressive ratings, given their record, but will finish far behind powerful division champs Pittsburgh. ...

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    "Draft Day" Film Receives Mixed Reviews, But Praise For NFL Authenticity

    Published April 11, 2014

    The new NFL-themed movie "Draft Day" hits theaters on Friday, and while the film "doesn't have the nuance" of "Moneyball," its "reverence for the gridiron, its heroes and the cities that worship them (particularly Cleveland) will make the movie a first-round pick of diehards," according to Scott Bowles of USA TODAY. Bowles gives the film a two-and-a-half-star rating and writes director Ivan Reitman "does a deft job of capturing the national frenzy" that is the NFL Draft. Not since '04's "Frid...

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    The CBC Will No Longer Bid On Pro Sports TV Rights Amid Massive Budget Cuts

    Published April 11, 2014

    The CBC on Thursday announced that it will "no longer compete with private broadcasters for rights to televise pro sports," and that amateur sports such as the Olympics will only be bid on if the net "can be assured it will break even," according to Curtis Rush of the TORONTO STAR. The news comes as the net, which already is a "bit player" in the pro sports world, plans to cut 657 positions to save C$130M "in order to balance the budget over the next two years." CBC Exec VP/English-Language S...

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    Pac-12 Could See More Regional FB Games On Its Networks As It Cuts Night Contests

    Published April 11, 2014

    The Pac-12 is "moving toward a reduction in night football games next season," but that could "come at a cost: More regional telecasts on the Pac-12 Networks, which potentially could limit availability to viewers throughout the league," according to Jon Wilner of the SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS. The conference and its schools "weren't happy with the number of night games last season," with 33 contests beginning at 7:00pm PT or later so they could air on ESPN, FS1 and Pac-12 Net. In a "show of good ...

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    Final Ratings: NCAA Women's Title Game Best In 10 Years; F1 Up On NBCSN

    Published April 11, 2014

    ESPN finished with 4.27 million viewers for UConn’s blowout win over Notre Dame on Tuesday, marking the best viewership for the NCAA women’s basketball national championship game since UConn-Tennessee in ’04 (5.58 million). This year’s title game is up 33% from UConn’s win over Louisville last year and marks the sixth-best title game audience since ESPN began airing the event in ’96. The top audience remains the ’02 UConn-Oklahoma finale with 5.68 million viewers. ...

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