Tuesday, March 4
Miami Heat @ Houston Rockets (NBAtv 8PM) Local Broadcast
New Orleans Pelicans @ Los Angeles Lakers (NBAtv 10:30PM) Local Broadcast
Wednesday, March 5
Dallas Mavericks @ Denver Nuggets (ESPN 8PM) Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy
Atlanta Hawks @ Portland Trail Blazers (ESPN 10:30PM) Mark Jones, Jon Barry
Thursday, March 6
Miami Heat @ San Antonio Spurs (TNT 8PM) Kevin Harlan, Greg Anthony
Los Angeles Clippers @ Los Angeles Lakers (TNT 10:30PM) Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, Reggie Miller
Friday, March 7
Memphis Grizzlies @ Chicago Bulls (ESPN 7PM) Ryan Ruocco, Jon Barry
Indiana Pacers @ Houston Rockets (ESPN 9:30PM) Dave Pasch, Jeff Van Gundy
Saturday, March 8
New York Knicks @ Cleveland Cavaliers (NBAtv 7:30PM) Local Broadcast
Sunday, March 9
Miami Heat @ Chicago Bulls (ABC 1PM) Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy
Oklahoma City Thunder @ Los Angeles Lakers (ABC 3:30PM) Mike Tirico, Hubie Brown
Detroit Pistons @ Boston Celtics (NBAtv 6PM) Local Broadcast
Phoenix Suns @ Golden State Warriors (NBAtv 9PM) Local Broadcast
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ESPN, NBCUniversal and Viacom have been fined for airing Olympus Has Fallen trailers which contained tones from the Emergency Alert System. Though each network deserves a hefty fine for airing trailers for a movie which was truly horrible, they're being fined because the trailer's Emergency Alert System tones allegedly confused viewers who heard the trailer and believed there was an actual emergency taking place.
As you might imagine, you're not allowed to use the Emergency Alert System tones outside of their intended purpose. The advertisers behind Olympus Has Fallen ignored this rule, and inserted the tones into the trailer you see below:
It's too bad Fire Joe Morgan has been relegated to the internet mausoleum, because they would be having a field day with the rantings of noted Boston Globe curmudgeon Dan Shaughnessy. The longtime arch-nemesis of basement-dwelling blog boys has come out swinging against... the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference?
According to Dan Shaughnessy, things like logic, math, and scientific advancements in the way in which we understand sports are still scary. Very scary. And the Sloan Conference is all part of a vast conspiracy that seeks to turn sports into Dungeons & Dragons...no comments
The cat and mouse game between television networks and cable and satellite operators has never been more pronounced. With multi-network conglomerates and these distributors doing battle very publicly, consumers often get caught in the middle (many of them saying the heck with it and cutting the cord to move exclusively to streaming platforms). We've seen many notable disputes including Time Warner vs NFL Network (finally resolved after a decade), Dish vs AMC, and even the current Weather Channel v DirecTV feud.
Over the years satellite giant Dish Network has been particularly tough in these negotiations, and particularly with ESPN. The two sides have even gone to court over rights fees and costs. However, Dish and ESPN are turning over a new leaf with a groundbreaking deal that is a major, major development in the sports world.
Dish reached a wide-ranging agreement with Disney that not only settled standing litigation, but also makes all the networks of ESPN available to Dish consumers. This includes the SEC Network, which launches this August, and the Longhorn Network.no comments
An often-recurring element of the Twitter age in sports is the discussion of what parts of an athlete's life are public and private, and that debate is back in the limelight this week thanks to what happened at Penn State's infamous State Paddy's Day parties Saturday. PennLive reporter Anna Orso was there to cover the events and the police and school reactions to them, but she wound up stumbling into a sports story thanks to seeing hotly-touted freshman quarterback Michael O'Connor stagger and fall and hearing him say that Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin "doesn't know shit." She reported that on Twitter, and that created significant backlash against her from both Penn State players and fans, as well as reignited a debate over what a reporter's role is and what should be reported. First, her tweets:no comments
Sports media people in this country like the idea of rivalries existing between networks. We want ESPN and Fox and NBC and CBS to not get along, but from having interacted with a lot of people at all four, the truth is they all have a pretty healthy respect for one another. It's sickeningly decent of all of them.
You know where the real rivalry in sports media is? It's in Canada. You heard me. Kind, lovable, harmless Canada. Where the "Soory's" flow sweeter than Nova Scotia maple syrup. That's where you'll find two networks that hate each other like Rob Ford hates not smoking crack.no comments
We've talked a lot about the changes being made to Fox's Major League Baseball coverage over the past week. Most of it, however, was dealt in the shift in their game broadcasts. News today reminds us of one of the first things Fox announced as part of their upfront for Fox Sports 1.
It was sort of the forgotten element of FS1, but now it's come to fruition. MLB Whiparound will air Monday-Friday on the network (10 p.m. ET on all nights but Wednesdays, when it'll air at midnights), putting it right up against both ESPN's Baseball Tonight and MLB Network's MLB Tonight. Starting March 31st, three baseball shows at the same hour.
The show will essentially feature much of the cast and crew of Fox Sports 1's Saturday pre-game show, which debuts April 5th at 12:30 p.m. ET. However, with that show's host (Kevin Burkhardt) busy on his regular gig as field reporter for the Mets on SNY, Chris Myers and Ryan Field will split duties as host. Field will also host the occasional FS1 pre-game show, while Myers has past experience doing play-by-play for MLB on Fox.
As far as analysts go, MLB Whiparound has the same cast as Fox's Saturday studio team. Former players Gabe Kapler, Eric Karros, CJ Nitkowski and Frank Thomas will all make up a rotating cast. Notable: all four have played in the big leagues within the last decade.
I asked Fox's executive producers John Entz and Erik Shanks what they wanted that would make it different from the other two available shows. They rattled off wanting it to be "at a pace baseball isn't used to," with the show turning around highlights very quickly. Happening in the 10-11 p.m. ET hour means it won't really be a recap show, as numerous games will still be going on. With the talent assembled, I'm more than willing to give MLB Whiparound a go, but it's going to be a stern challenge going directly up against ESPN once again.no comments
Sports Illustrated's issues have been well documented. The revered magazine took a huge online hit with the dissolution of their partnership with CNN.com. A significant part of SI.com's traffic disintegrated as the news outlet traded the old for the new when it kicked Sports Illustrated to the curb in favor of Bleacher Report. If that wasn't foreboding enough, we all know the print magazine business is not exactly a roaring success at the moment.
Sports Illustrated has cut jobs multiple times in the last couple years and the layoffs have reared their ugly head once again. As Time has cut jobs across the company, Sports Illustrated is at the center of the most recent round of layoffs. One of them is talented longtime NFL writer Jim Trotter, who had been with the magazine since 2007. Trotter tweeted about his release thanks to the "budget ax" on Monday.no comments
All Times Eastern
Valparaiso at Texas -- Longhorn Network, 7 p.m.
Central Florida at Temple -- ESPNews, 6:30 p.m.
Michigan at Illinois -- ESPN, 7 p.m.
Iowa State at Baylor -- ESPN2, 7 p.m.
Florida at South Carolina -- ESPNU, 7 p.m.
Creighton at Georgetown -- Fox Sports 1, 7 p.m.
Georgia Tech at Syracuse -- Fox Sports Net-Regional, 7 p.m.
Miami (FL) at Clemson -- ACC Network, 8 p.m.
Virginia Tech at Maryland -- ACC Network, 8 p.m.
South Florida at Houston -- ESPNews, 8:30 p.m.
Alabama at Kentucky -- ESPN, 9 p.m.
Florida State at Boston College -- ESPNU, 9 p.m.
Marquette at Providence -- Fox Sports 1, 9 p.m.
Arizona State at Oregon -- Fox Sports 1, 11 p.m.
Georgetown at DePaul -- CBS Sports Network, 9 p.m.
Katz Korner -- ESPNU, 1 p.m.
Fox College Hoops Tip-Off -- Fox Sports 1, 6:30 p.m.
Inside College Basketball -- CBS Sports Network, 8 p.m.
College Basketball Live -- ESPNU, 11 p.m.
Inside College Basketball -- CBS Sports Network, 11 p.m.