Rivalries around the country are being taken to a new level thanks to social media. The biggest rivalry of them all might just be The Game between Ohio State and Michigan. The Buckeyes have held a decisive edge on the field over the last decade and now they've taken that advantage to Instagram. Have a gander at what one Buckeye fan posted when he or she hacked the umichfootball Instagram page, Brutus the Buckeye laying the smackdown on a Michigan mascot.no comments
Same old, same old for the 12 p.m. ET hour of NFL pre-shows on broadcast. Fox NFL Sunday defeated CBS' The NFL Today by a score of 3.5 to 2.8.
CBS (Regional Window)
CBS had a six-way single-header window, featuring the Jets, Ravens, Steelers, Chiefs and Colts, which led the network to some solid numbers. Kansas City led the way with an impressive 44.3 rating for the Chiefs' home game with the Chargers.no comments
In the first installment of our series "What's for Sports Media in 2014," we looked at the new television contract for Major League Baseball that begins next year. MLB is not the only sports league that will have a new contract begin next year. The National Football League will also start a new deal that will pay the league billions of dollars and take the NFL into the next decade. For the first time since 1994, there is no major upheaval among the rightsholders. Let's go in-depth as to what you will see starting in 2014
We already told you about the new flex scheduling rules that will take effect next season in the new television contract. That allows for games in the Sunday afternoon regional windows to be moved to the late afternoon national timeslots on CBS or Fox as well as into primetime on NBC.
Other than that, the regular season on the networks will remain the same. CBS is the home of the AFC as it has since 1998. ESPN will continue to air Monday Night Football. Fox is still the home of the NFC dating back to 1994. NBC will be back for Sunday Night Football. And NFL Network will still be the exclusive home of Thursday Night Football at least in 2014.no comments
Will Ferrell is pulling out all the stops to promote Anchorman 2. First, the never-ending train of SportsCenter guest hosts will continue next Thursday, December 5th, when Ron Burgundy will slide into the anchor chair according to a report from The Big Lead.
While the episodes of SportsCenter guest hosted by Ken Jeong and Jimmie Johnson in recent months have earned our critical scorn, the episodes delivered big ratings for ESPN. Jeong's episode saw viewership jump by 25%, while Johnson's episode saw a viewership rise of 22%.
Ferrell is a bigger star than either Jeong or Johnson, and with Anchorman 2 coming out two weeks after his guest hosting appearance, a significant spike in ratings is expected. Earlier that day, Ferrell will be sitting in with The Dan Patrick Show fully in character as Burgundy on the popular nationally syndicated radio show.
But wait, there's more. Ron Burgundy will also make an appearance this Sunday for TSN during the network's curling coverage and the Roar for the Rings.
That's right, Ron Burgundy doing curling. That has the potential to be the best... or worst thing we've seen this year. It'll certainly be unique.
At this point, we may see more of Ron Burgundy over the next month than we saw of Tim Tebow during the heights of TebowManiano comments
FCS school Georgia Southern made history by walking into the swamp and defeating the Florida Gators, shocking the SEC and the rest of the college football universe. Florida is having a wretched, injury-wrecked season and at 4-7 they're on their way to their worst season since going winless in 1979.
Every week, Florida produces an All Access video behind the scenes of every game. This season, and especially for the Georgia Southern video package, it's been a fantastic study in revisionist history. Aside from the ghostly looks on the faces of the players in the Florida locker room, you would have thought the Gators easily won 49-0. Propaganda can be a wonderful thing. Hopefully the Georgia Southern players that beat Florida and have a bit of a different recollection of what happened can watch this and get a good laugh.
After watching this video produced by the athletic department, no wonder they gave Will Muschamp a vote of confidence!
And we'll always have this excerpt from the above video of two Florida players blocking each other. #ItsGreatUF indeed.
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One of the best things about sports and social media is the creative way franchises have adapted to this new age to entertain fans. A clever viral video is a fantastic way for a team that's usually not in the headlines to gain nationwide attention. Enter the NHL's Nashville Predators.
After a routine regular season victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs late last week, the Preds' video department made what may be the best team-sponsored highlight video I've ever seen. It's not so much about a game of hockey as it is the greatness of America.
It's a fine example of American exceptionalism at its most exceptionalist...no comments
The holiday season is upon us, and the New York Mets are hoping their fans have a safe and happy holiday season. Of course, this video card they released might scare their fans more than anything else.
Matt Harvey and Travis d'Arnaud singing offkey is one thing, but Justin Turner and Lucas Duda singing a duet is a little much for me. As for Jon Niese and Dillon Gee? Well...their singing leaves a lot to be desired. But hey, at least they talked above a monotone, unlike Zack Wheeler.
And then, there's New York's captain David Wright, who looks way too excited and happy to be doing this.
This is what you've gotten yourself into, Chris Young. Enjoy!
Ed Note: This articles appears courtesy The Outside Corner where our Joe Lucia and staff covers all the major storylines of the MLB offseason... and whatever the Mets are doing to keep themselves busy. Follow The Outside Corner on Twitter at @Outside_Corner.no comments
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This morning, Chris Botta of Sports Business Daily wrote a report stating that the NHL TV rights in Canada would be split between TSN (owned by Bell Media), Sportsnet (owned by Rogers Communications) and public broadcaster CBC in a package worth up to $350 million. The idea was that CBC would keep much of its rights -- including the Stanley Cup Final -- but lose the All-Star Game and some playoffs to TSN. Sportsnet would add a made-for-them package of Sunday night games.
However, TSN guru and all-around NHL insider Bob McKenzie tweeted the following this evening a little after 11 p.m. ET, which could send shockwaves through the NHL and Canadian TV.no comments