The Phillie Phanatic is one of our favorites here at AA, and the clip of him harassing Dick Enberg and Mark Grant from September was a riot. But this clip is a little different - the Phillies produced a "What Does the Fox Say" parody video starring the Phanatic. It's nowhere near as fantastic as the video put together by the Mavericks in October, but if you're a mascot lover, this video will hit all of the right spots. I'm already wondering what next year's meme du jour will be.no comments
Inside the NBA has been the best studio show in sports for several years now and it's random moments of inspiration like this that are the reason why. What other show could get "Leroy Jetson" trending? Watch as Kenny Smith, Ernie Johnson, and Shaq start doing their own drumline while Charles Barkley sits there totaly unimpressed. Why is he being such a Grinch? Did he have a bad experience in 6th Grade band? That has to be it.
Now if we can only get the Inside the NBA crew to play Bangin' on a Trashcan, then that would be the greatest moment in the history of western civilization.
[H/T Hot Clicks]no comments
The arguments against compensating college athletes are becoming less and less credible. Former CBS Sports President Neal Pilson, who is the go-to source for sports television executives from generations gone by, predicts that the television ratings for college football would decline around 15 to 20 percent if college athletes start receiving extra compensation in conjunction with their already-paid college fees.
Pilson, who served as president of CBS Sports for 14 years, released this statement as a part of the NCAA's rebuttal to the Ed O'Bannon image and likeness lawsuit. As a former TV executive, Pilson now serves as a media consultant and professional witness in high-profile cases like this. The NCAA is paying him $825 an hour for his services. This just happens to be a bit more money than any college athlete makes per hour.no comments
Bowl season is upon us, where average to mediocre teams play largely meaningless games in front of small crowds for a couple weeks until the games that we actually care about take place!
Ok, that may be a little harsh as there are actually some intriguing games before January 1st this year and plenty of decent BCS matchups before it all comes to a head January 6th in the final BCS title game. 35 games of college football over 17 days on a journey that goes from New Mexico to Pasadena. ESPN televises 33 of the 35 Bowl games with CBS (Sun Bowl) and Fox (Cotton Bowl) both televising 1 game a piece.
Below you'll find all the dates, times, and announcing assignments as well as the Bowl Game rankings from our friends at Crystal Ball Run as an added guide for you to decide which games are appointment viewing and which you might be ok popping in your DVD copy of It's A Wonderful Life.
Here now your full 2013-2014 Bowl Game Announcing Schedule...
Saturday December 21st
(32) New Mexico Bowl: Washington State (6-6) vs Colorado State (7-6)
2 PM ET, ESPN - Mark Jones, Brock Huard, and Jessica Mendoza
(10) Las Vegas Bowl: #20 Fresno State (11-1) vs #25 USC (9-4)
3:30 PM ET, ABC - Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack, and Samantha Ponder
(31) Idaho Potato Bowl: Buffalo (8-4) vs San Diego State (7-5)
5:30 PM ET, ESPN - Clay Matvick, Matt Stinchcomb, and Dawn Davenport
(18) New Orleans Bowl: Tulane (7-5) vs Louisiana-Lafayette (8-4)
9 PM ET, ESPN - Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham, and Jeannine Edwards
Monday December 23rd
(30) Beef O Brady's Bowl St. Petersburg: Ohio (7-5) vs East Carolina (9-3)
2 PM ET, ESPN - Beth Mowins, Joey Galloway, and Paul Carcaterra
Tuesday December 24th
(26) Hawaii Bowl: Boise State (8-4) vs Oregon State (6-6)
8 PM ET, ESPN - Steve Levy, Lou Holtz, Mark May, and Maria Taylor
Thursday December 26th
(27) Little Caesars Bowl: Pittsburgh (6-6) vs Bowling Green (10-3)
6 PM ET, ESPN - Dave Lamont, Ray Bentley, and Niki Noto
(25) Poinsettia Bowl: Utah State (8-5) vs #23 Northern Illinois (12-1)
9:30 PM ET, ESPN - Joe Davis, Mike Bellotti, and Cara Capuano
Friday December 27th
(28) Military Bowl: Marshall (9-4) vs Maryland (7-5)
2:30 PM ET, ESPN - Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham, and Jeannine Edwards
(24) Texas Bowl: Syracuse (6-6) vs Minnesota (8-4)
6 PM ET, ESPN - Mark Jones, Brock Huard, and Kaylee Hartung
(15) Fight Hunger Bowl: BYU (8-4) vs Washington (8-4)
9:30 PM ET, ESPN - Dave Pasch, Brian Griese, and Tom Luginbill
Saturday December 28th
(23) Pinstripe Bowl: Rutgers (6-6) vs Notre Dame (8-4)
12 PM ET, ESPN - Chris Fowler, Jesse Palmer, and Paul Carcaterra
(21) Belk Bowl: Cincinnati (9-3) vs North Carolina (6-6)
3:20 PM ET, ESPN - Carter Blackburn, Danny Kanell, and Allison Williams
(11) Russell Athletic Bowl: Miami (FL) (9-3) vs #18 Louisville (11-1)
6:45 PM ET, ESPN - Bob Wischusen, Rod Gilmore, and Quint Kessenich
(20) Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl: Michigan (7-5) vs Kansas State (7-5)
10:15 PM ET, ESPN - Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman, and Shannon Spake
Monday December 30th
(34) Armed Forces Bowl: Middle Tennessee (8-4) vs Navy (8-4)
11:45 AM ET, ESPN - Beth Mowins, Joey Galloway, and Paul Carcaterra
(17) Music City Bowl: Ole Miss (7-5) vs Georgia Tech (7-5)
3:15 PM ET, ESPN - Mark Jones, Brock Huard, and Jessica Mendoza
(14) Alamo Bowl: #10 Oregon (10-2) vs Texas (8-4)
6:45 PM ET, ESPN - Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge, and Holly Rowe
(12) Holiday Bowl: #14 Arizona State (10-3) vs Texas Tech (7-5)
10:15 PM ET, ESPN - Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen, and Maria Taylor
Tuesday December 31st
(13) AdvoCare V100 Bowl: Arizona (7-5) vs Boston College (7-5)
12:30 PM ET, ESPN - Tom Hart, John Congemi, and Niki Noto
(22) Sun Bowl: Virginia Tech (8-4) vs #17 UCLA (9-3)
2 PM ET, CBS - Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson, and Tracy Wolfson
(33) Liberty Bowl: Rice (10-3) vs Mississippi State (6-6)
4 PM ET, ESPN - Bob Wischusen, Rod Gilmore, and Quint Kessenich
(19) Chick Fil-A Bowl: #24 Duke (10-3) vs #21 Texas A&M (8-4)
8 PM ET, ESPN - Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack, and Samantha Ponder
Wednesday January 1st
(9) Gator Bowl: Nebraska (8-4) vs #22 Georgia (8-4)
12 PM ET, ESPN2 - Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham, and Jeannine Edwards
(35) Heart of Dallas Bowl: UNLV (7-5) vs North Texas (8-4)
12 PM ET, ESPNU - Clay Matvick, Matt Stinchcomb, and Dawn Davenport
(8) Outback Bowl: Iowa (8-4) vs #16 LSU (9-3)
1 PM ET, ESPN - Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, and Lisa Salters
(5) Capital One Bowl: #19 Wisconsin (9-3) vs #9 South Carolina (10-2)
1 PM ET, ABC - Dave Pasch, Brian Griese, and Tom Luginbill
(4) Rose Bowl: #5 Stanford (11-2) vs #4 Michigan State (12-1)
5 PM ET, ESPN - Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit, and Heather Cox
(7) Fiesta Bowl: #15 UCF (11-1) vs #6 Baylor (11-1)
8:30 PM ET, ESPN - Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman, and Shannon Spake
Thursday January 2nd
(6) Sugar Bowl: #11 Oklahoma (10-2) vs #3 Alabama (11-1)
8:30 PM ET, ESPN - Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge, and Holly Rowe
Friday January 3rd
(3) Cotton Bowl: #13 Oklahoma State (10-2) vs #8 Missouri (11-2)
7:30 PM ET, Fox - Gus Johnson, Charles Davis, and Kristina Pink
(2) Orange Bowl: #12 Clemson (10-2) vs #7 Ohio State (12-1)
8:30 PM ET, ESPN - Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen, and Maria Taylor
Saturday January 4th
(16) BBVA Compass Bowl: Vanderbilt (8-4) vs Houston (8-4)
1 PM ET, ESPN - Dave Neal, Andre Ware, and Dawn Davenport
Sunday January 5th
(29) GoDaddy Bowl: Arkansas State (7-5) vs Ball State (10-2)
9 PM ET, ESPN - Carter Blackburn, Danny Kanell, and Allison Williams
Monday January 6th
(1) BCS National Championship Game: #1 Florida State (13-0) vs #2 Auburn (12-1)
8:30 PM ET, ESPN - Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit, and Heather Cox
We're back for Part II of our Year In Review Podcast Extravaganza Extraordinaire and once again we welcome the Vito Corleone of the sports media industry, Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated. The Year in Review podcast has become a tradition unlike any other at AA as we look back at the biggest stories, newsmakers, and industry trends in 2013. Topics include...
-Media feuds of the year, including RD's many, many... many social media scraps.
-Jay Bilas as his person of the year in sports media
-Did the EPL on NBC have the best debut season ever for a network property?
-Deadspin breaking the Lennay Kekua saga and what it says about the evolution of the industry.
-Sideline reporting coming into focus in 2013.
-The state of journalism at ESPN, OTL, and Embrace Debate taking a step back in 2013.
-Bristol freezing over in the hiring of Keith Olbermann and ESPN's response to FS1.
-Fox Sports Live's launch and where the show may go in order to gain viewership in 2014.
-The Best and Worst of Fox, NBC, and CBS Sports.
-The biggest acquisition and talent move by any network this year.
-And we wrap it up with, of course, a conversation about The Iron Sheik.
For more from Richard, follow him on Twitter @richarddeitsch.
All Times Eastern
Nicholls State at Indiana -- Big Ten Network, 7 p.m.
Nebraska-Omaha at Minnesota -- Big Ten Network, 9 p.m.
Northwestern State at Texas -- Longhorn Network, 8 p.m.
NCAA Division III Championship
Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl, Salem, VA
Mount Union vs. Wisconsin-Whitewater -- ESPNU, 7 p.m.
NCAA Division I Tournament
New Hampshire at North Dakota State -- ESPN2, 8 p.m.
ESPN and the Arena Football League have agreed to a new broadcasting deal beginning in 2014. This multi-year contract will annually place more than 10 regular season and postseason games on the ESPN dial and more than 75 games on ESPN3.
The latest contract between ESPN and the Arena Football League extends a storied partnership. ESPN televised the first ArenaBowl back in 1987 as well as games between 1995-99, 2000-02 and 2007-08.
Consider this a win-win for both sides. The AFL brings its content back to the largest sports network there is and ESPN adds another feather in its self-proclaimed "Worldwide Leader in Sports" title. ESPN director Matthew Volk stated that this new deal solidifies ESPN's year-round commitment to football. AFL Commissioner Jerry B. Kurz commented that his league's move to ESPN shows how much the sport has grown.
Arena League broadcasts may not yield big numbers, but it will give ESPN yet another live event (a football one at that) to build around. ESPN's number one focus is football these days and they'll get any football rights they can get their hands on. As we've seen from the other competing sports networks, live programming is the key to moving the ratings needle.no comments
Ed Note: This piece appears courtesy Bloguin's MLB blog The Outside Corner
During his 16 seasons with eight different MLB teams, Mark DeRosa developed a reputation as a leader in the clubhouse and a sounding board for both veterans and younger players alike. After playing part-time for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2013, DeRosa, 38 and a father of two, made the decision to retire and join MLB Network as its newest former-player-turned-talking-head.
Known for his versatility on the field -- DeRosa played six different positions and batted .268 with 100 home runs and 494 RBI in his career, winning a World Series with the San Francisco Giants in 2010 -- the University of Pennsylvania alum will bring this utility player approach to the set where he will appear across MLB Network’s studio programming. DeRosa seemed to be a natural based on his experience serving as a guest analyst on MLB Network during the 2011 and 2013 postseasons and with TBS during its Division Series coverage this year.
We caught up with DeRosa at the Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, shortly after his debut on MLB Tonight.no comments
Ed Note: AA is pleased to welcome one of the best WWE bloggers on the web, Arda Ocal, for coverage of the squared circle.
On Tuesday Marc Graser, a senior editor with Variety, published a detailed look at WWE's television rights and how the next few months could shake down.
Looking into the points in this in detail, we see some interesting key talking points.
First, Graser notes that all of WWE's television properties expire at roughly the same time, a first for the global entertainment brand. This includes RAW (USA), Smackdown (SyFy), Main Event (ION), Total Divas (E!) and other programming scattered across various channels. WWE is now in a leverage position, being able to negotiate all of its properties to one network.
Currently WWE receives $139.5 million in the United States for its programming. This past summer, NASCAR secured a 10 year, $8.20 Billion dollar agreement with NBC and Fox, pocketing $820 million annually. NASCAR's ratings are comparable on whole to that of WWE, as Graser compared: