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the admiral    9,907

In NHL news, TSN poached the English rights to the Canadiens from Rogers, fortifying their daisy chain of NHL coverage in lieu of the national contract. For those scoring at home:

 

TSN: Winnipeg, Ottawa English, half of Toronto, Montreal English, most Montreal French (RDS)

Sportsnet: Canucks, Flames, Oilers, other half of Toronto, Ottawa French (TVA), some Montreal French (TVA)

 

I don't know how TSN is gonna work out the scheduling with the Senators because Ottawa and Montreal have coterminous TV territories -- from Belleville all the way to Newfoundland -- and now they'll need at least an overflow feed on top of the five they already have, a TSN5+, I guess? Meanwhile, Sportsnet East now has no hockey properties other than picking up the national games. It'd be a good place to put the Nordiques en anglais if a certain Mr. Burnsian owner would allow a team there.

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DG_Now    3,806

The Ringer's NBA podcast coverage features way too many frat douches complaining about UNC and Duke.

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Still MIGHTY    1,819
53 minutes ago, DG_Now said:

The Ringer's NBA podcast coverage features way too many frat douches complaining about UNC and Duke.

 

I like the Ringer's podcasts when they're talking about anything other than the NBA. And they talk aaaaaaaaa lotttttttttttt of NBA.

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dfwabel    960
2 hours ago, DG_Now said:

The Ringer's NBA podcast coverage features way too many frat douches complaining about UNC and Duke.

Ringer NBA podcast as opposed to Bill's Emergency post-draft pod?  Unless I immediately hear Chris Vernon, I don't listen to the NBA shows and delete quickly.

 

I'm currently listening to the TBA draft simulcast with Amin, Windhorst, Jade, and Rachel featuring the Windhorst IPhone system upgrade during the draft.

 

http://awfulannouncing.com/espn/brian-windhorst.html

 

Pretty good since there are better stories than anything Simmons mumble brags about.

 

 

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DG_Now    3,806
23 minutes ago, dfwabel said:

Ringer NBA podcast as opposed to Bill's Emergency post-draft pod?  Unless I immediately hear Chris Vernon, I don't listen to the NBA shows and delete quickly.

 

I'm currently listening to the TBA draft simulcast with Amin, Windhorst, Jade, and Rachel. Pretty good since there are better stories than anything Simmons mumble brags about.

 

The post-draft pod, plus some of the draft previews with Titus. Way too much talk about Duke/UNC/Kansas/Kentucky like any of that stuff matters. Plus it crystallizes that Simmons has surrounded himself with a bunch of young white dudes who have the same opinions and it's kind of a bummer.

 

I listened to the simulcast and got as far as Windhorst installing a phone update. It was pretty good! I wish I had caught the Periscope last night.

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dfwabel    960
13 minutes ago, DG_Now said:

 

The post-draft pod, plus some of the draft previews with Titus. Way too much talk about Duke/UNC/Kansas/Kentucky like any of that stuff matters. Plus it crystallizes that Simmons has surrounded himself with a bunch of young white dudes who have the same opinions and it's kind of a bummer.

 

I listened to the simulcast and got as far as Windhorst installing a phone update. It was pretty good! I wish I had caught the Periscope last night.

THIS!

 

Tate is "ACC or nothing" on all subjects and Kevin O'Connor completes the east coast bias of folks living in L.A. Their college content is awful even with Mallory Rubin who co-hosted a great SI pod with Stuart Mandel (now with FS1). It seems he hired the 75% percentile of the best college newspaper writers, mostly east coast white kids now living in L.A.

Simmons hired Titus off of his blog a decade ago and just wants Gordon Hayward high school stories from him.

Bill talked about going to finals games, but SeatGeek had to pay for it as I doubt he's getting credentials.

 

I'll hold off on The Ringer one until Saturday, if I listen at all.

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the admiral    9,907

The Root Sports RSNs are rebranding to AT&T Sportsnet with the exception of the Northwest affiliate, which will remain Root Sports Northwest. Any idea why? Non-AT&T minority ownership?

 

EDIT: apparently CSN Bay Area has become NBC Sports Bay Area, too. This hasn't happened in Chicago yet but I'm guessing it will.

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dfwabel    960
17 minutes ago, the admiral said:

The Root Sports RSNs are rebranding to AT&T Sportsnet with the exception of the Northwest affiliate, which will remain Root Sports Northwest. Any idea why? Non-AT&T minority ownership?

 

EDIT: apparently CSN Bay Area has become NBC Sports Bay Area, too. This hasn't happened in Chicago yet but I'm guessing it will.

The Mariners bought controlling interest in 2013. AT&T only has 29%.

http://depts.washington.edu/sthp/exhibits/show/seattletelevisionsports/mariners/marinersprofits


So much for Fox Sports web presence.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-26/fox-sports-cuts-web-writing-staff-to-invest-more-in-online-video

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the admiral    9,907

Can I add that the AT&T/Time Warner merger, which would presumably, among so many other things, turn Turner Sports into AT&T Sports, is a terrible idea and must be stopped?

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Cosmic    2,478

Do you guys normally gravitate towards video news stories, sports or otherwise? If it's a sports highlight or a news story that has a compelling video component, sure. Other than that? I normally run the other way. I find it normally takes a video three minutes to tell me what I can read in 30 seconds. If Fox is headed towards mostly video, I won't be going there much.

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Is it just me, or are the player rankings on nfl.com just a huge crock of :censored:? Especially confused old man quality journalist, Gil Brandt's?

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McCarthy    6,420
3 hours ago, Cosmic said:

Do you guys normally gravitate towards video news stories, sports or otherwise? If it's a sports highlight or a news story that has a compelling video component, sure. Other than that? I normally run the other way. I find it normally takes a video three minutes to tell me what I can read in 30 seconds. If Fox is headed towards mostly video, I won't be going there much.

I've never clicked on a link to a sports article and hoped a video would automatically play and I've never actually watched one of those autoplay videos. Furthermore, in the rare cases that I actually want to watch the video on espn.com it takes forever to load. 

 

I think Fox fired their writers because they have to honor Skip Bayless' albatross of a contract. That will end up being the Bobby Bonilla contract of sports television. 

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dfwabel    960
1 hour ago, McCarthy said:

I've never clicked on a link to a sports article and hoped a video would automatically play and I've never actually watched one of those autoplay videos. Furthermore, in the rare cases that I actually want to watch the video on espn.com it takes forever to load. 

 

I think Fox fired their writers because they have to honor Skip Bayless' albatross of a contract. That will end up being the Bobby Bonilla contract of sports television. 

FS1 gets about $1.31/subscriber now, which is up $0.35 from what they got in 2015, but still six times less than just ESPN. Their multiple layoffs since Horowitz was hired really illustrates how little traction they've made since starting nearly four years ago.

 

The albatross is the ESPN Monday Night Football contract.

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jmac11281    1,070
19 minutes ago, goalieboy82 said:

http://www.newsobserver.com/news/business/article158385009.html

i hope New Jersey wins (since the leagues themselves already to Daily fantasy sports)

This would have been great a few years ago. But I feel that it is a little too late for a city like Atlantic City. The city has been struggling for years due to dwindling numbers of visitors. Having casinos open up in the Philadelphia area contributed to that.

I am a little over an hour away from AC and used to go there often. Now, I probably only go once every couple of years. It is basically a ghetto with a beach, boardwalk, and a few casinos. Legalizing sports betting would help AC but not enough. It's a shame, too. I think that AC could have been a 'Little Vegas" of sorts. 

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dfwabel    960
23 hours ago, Cosmic said:

Do you guys normally gravitate towards video news stories, sports or otherwise? If it's a sports highlight or a news story that has a compelling video component, sure. Other than that? I normally run the other way. I find it normally takes a video three minutes to tell me what I can read in 30 seconds. If Fox is headed towards mostly video, I won't be going there much.

With no written work, CFB reporter Bruce Feldman will just be a sideline reporter with also time on the daily shows, but Stuart Mandel got laid off and their podcast, "The Audible" is likely to end. It was by far, the best CFB podcast around.

 

http://thespun.com/college-football/fox-sports-stewart-mandel-bruce-feldman-layoffs

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DG_Now    3,806

Shams Charania of the Vertical is doing a great job of breaking all the signings Woj used to.

 

Super glad ESPN nuked its NBA team for Woj. This and the trade deadline are when Woj is supposed to be of value. What happened?

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