The NFL is reportedly looking into moving the 2014 Draft due to a conflict with Radio City Music Hall. The reported date would be May 15th according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, a solid three weeks later than this year's Draft. Everything else on the NFL schedule would reportedly stay the same, including the Combine. Adam Schefter reports for 2015 and 2016, the NFL Combine would move to mid-March with the Draft taking place again in May.
Now, what does this mean from the viewer's perspective? There are a few ramifications that would come about when the NFL Draft is moved back three weeks that you would certainly notice on ESPN and other major networks.no comments
When the Cleveland Indians beat the Seattle Mariners 10-8 in ten innings yesterday (despite what Root Sports may tell you) on a three-run homer by Yan Gomes in the tenth, the reactions from the Mariners TV crew, Indians TV crew, and Indians radio crew were very, very different.
First, we'll lead with the Mariners TV call by Rick Rizzs, Dave Sims, and Mike Blowers. Note the sense of absolute depression in Rizzs' voice calling the homer and realizing that the Mariners have suffered a walkoff loss for the third time this series.no comments
We all saw this coming, but I don't think we realized it would be this bad: the Grizzlies-Spurs Western Conference Finals opener on Sunday drew a putrid 3.9 overnight rating, the lowest for a Conference Finals Game 1 since 2007, when both the Pistons-Cavaliers (3.5, TNT) and Jazz-Spurs (3.8, ABC) did worse than this series.no comments
All Times Eastern
SEC Tournament, Hoover, AL
Kentucky vs. Mississippi -- Fox Sports Net, 10:30 a.m.
Alabama vs. Auburn -- Fox Sports Net, 2 p.m.
Florida vs. Texas A&M -- CSS, 4:30 p.m.
Mississippi State vs. Missouri -- CSS, 8 p.m.
College Football Live -- ESPN, 3:30 p.m.
AVCA Sand Championship -- CBS Sports Network, 7 p.m.
It was a pretty rough day in Cleveland for the Mariners, as Seattle blew leads in both the ninth and ten innings. The Mariners ended up losing 10-8 after a three-run walkoff homer by Indians catcher Yan Gomes in the bottom of the tenth. Apparently, nobody told the fine folks at Root Sports Northwest, as they scrubbed Gomes' homer from the record and proclaimed the Mariners 8-7 winners after the game (despite listing the correct winning and losing starting pitchers).
Considering the Mariners just bought a controlling interest in Root Northwest, maybe they're already using the network to rewrite history. Next up: the Mariners never traded Adam Jones to the Orioles in a package for Erik Bedard.no comments
Screamin' Stephen A. Smith filled in for one of the Mikes on Mike & Mike today as part of six consecutive hours on ESPN2 this morning. Whoever thought of that idea in Bristol needs to have a severe reality check. At one point, the topic shifted to random fans buying gifts for RGIII and his fiancee off their wedding registry. Some people have not taken kindly to this, and Mike Greenberg basically told him to ignore the negativity, because it is inevitable no matter what the topic.
When you're a high profile athlete, no matter what you do, you will have people writing and saying negative things. This makes sense, and Greenberg was right to tell RGIII to just ignore it. It should be a non-story.
Then, Smith swoops in and makes a bunch of nonsensical statements, including:no comments
Eastern Conference Finals
Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers
TNT - Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, Reggie Miller & Craig Sager (Reporter)
ESPN Radio - Kevin Calabro, Hubie Brown
Game 1 Wednesday, May 22 @ Miami (TNT 8:30PM)
Game 2 Friday, May 24 @ Miami (TNT 8:30PM)
Game 3 Sunday, May 26 @ Indiana (TNT 8:30PM)
Game 4 Tuesday, May 28 @ Indiana (TNT 8:30PM)
Game 5* Thursday, May 30 @ Miami (TNT 8:30PM)
Game 6* Saturday, June 1 @ Indiana (TNT 8:30PM)
Game 7* Monday, June 3 @ Miami (TNT 8:30PM)
Western Conference Finals
Memphis Grizzlies vs. San Antonio Spurs ESPN/ABC - Mike Breen, Hubie Brown (G1), Jeff Van Gundy (G2 through G7) & Doris Burke (Reporter)
ESPN Radio - Dave Pasch, Chris Mullin
Game 1 Sunday, May 19 @ San Antonio (ABC 3:30PM)
Game 2 Tuesday, May 21 @ San Antonio (ESPN 9PM)
Game 3 Saturday, May 25 @ Memphis (ESPN 9PM)
Game 4 Monday, May 27 @ Memphis (ESPN 9PM)
Game 5* Wednesday, May 29 @ San Antonio (ESPN 9PM)
Game 6* Friday, May 31 @ Memphis (ESPN 9PM)
Game 7* Sunday, June 2 @ San Antonio (ESPN 9PM)
H/T Sammy!no comments
On today's AA Podcast we welcome award winning sports reporter Tom Verducci. Tom's an award winning field reporter for TBS and MLB Network as well as a game analyst for Fox and a respected writer for Sports Illustrated. Tuesday Tom will appear as a field reporter for MLB Network's coverage of Yankees-Orioles. Tom chats with AA about his many different duties in the baseball media and the 2013 MLB season taking shape. Topics include...
-Being honored as the best sports reporter in the nation.
-The challenge of a sportswriter stepping into the broadcast booth.
-Why he hasn't joined Twitter and his priorities as a reporter.
-Why it's actually fun to follow the Yankees this year.
-Miguel Cabrera possibly winning a second Triple Crown.
-Races in the AL and NL Central.
-The biggest in-game issue MLB must address moving forward.