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A World Cup Guide From a TV Fan's Point of View

by Scott Harris, posted Jun 17th 2010 1:00PM
Soccer: it seems like the simplest sport in the world. After all, it's basically just 22 guys kicking a ball around a giant field until one of them knocks it through the goal except, oh yeah, you can't use your hands. Simple. So why is the World Cup so confusing to watch on television?

For decades, media pundits and sports snobs have been claiming that Americans don't like soccer, but the truth of the matter is that we like the sport just fine -- it's watching it on television that turns us off.

That's because viewing a match is so fundamentally different from the way that we watch all of our other sports that the networks can turn a basic header into a total head-scratcher by the time they're done with it.

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'ESPN 30 for 30' - 'June 17, 1994' Recap

by Joel Keller, posted Jun 17th 2010 11:03AM
OJ Simpson pulls into his house during the infamous white Bronco chase - 'June 17, 1994' on 'ESPN 30 for 30' Most people who are over the age of 25 probably remember the major event of June 17, 1994. It was the day that O.J. Simpson and A.C. Cowlings took the Los Angeles police, an army of TV helicopters, and 95 million Americans on a slow chase up the 405 freeway. He was supposed to turn himself in that morning and be charged with murdering his ex-wife Nicole and waiter Ron Goldman, a story that had riveted the country all week long.

But to sports fans like me, O.J. wasn't the only story. The Rangers had just won the Stanley Cup, and they had their ticker-tape parade in lower Manhattan that day. Then, while the white Bronco was slowly making its way to Brentwood, the Knicks and Rockets were at Madison Square Garden, playing the pivotal fifth game of the NBA Finals. Meanwhile, Arnold Palmer was playing his last-ever US Open round, the World Cup opened in Chicago, and baseball was chugging along despite the rumblings of labor strife.

Filmmaker Brett Morgen (who directed 'The Kid Stays in the Picture') tries to recapture that day in the documentary 'June 17, 1994,' part of the mostly-excellent 'ESPN 30 for 30' series. While Morgen does a mostly effective job of capturing the chaotic nature of the day, but he also tries to force feed chaos and drama into a day that didn't need any more of either. By doing it, he diluted the impact of what was a memorable day.

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The Week in Sports TV: June 11-17

by Scott Harris, posted Jun 11th 2010 2:00PM
The weekend is fast approaching and with it, another opportunity for a summer barbecue or day at the beach. The only thing that could make it even better would be a great sporting event to watch on TV. Too bad there's nothing going on these days in the world of sports. Nope, we can't think of anything on the tube a sports fan might be interested in.

Except, you know, the biggest and most important sporting event in the entire world.

Oh, yeah. That's right, the 2010 FIFA World Cup kicks off today. Of course, if you believe the mainstream media, you might be under the mistaken belief that nobody in America cares about soccer, but the truth is a little different. Nielsen, for instance, estimated that some 17 million Americans watched the 2006 World Cup final between Italy and France, and according to our math, 17 million is significantly more than zero.

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2010 World Cup Schedule on TV: Get Ready for Some Football (AKA Soccer)

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Jun 9th 2010 7:00PM


This summer brings the biggest event in football -- or soccer as we call it on this side of the pond. It's the Super Bowl for the international set and the best soccer teams from around the globe are gearing up to stake their claim on the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The 2010 World Cup Television Schedule will play on several different stations including ESPN, ESPN2, ABC and games will stream online at ESPN360.com.

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The Week In Sports TV: June 4-10

by Scott Harris, posted Jun 4th 2010 3:00PM
If there's one thing all sports fans can agree on, its that there's just not enough sports on television. Oh, sure, there are literally dozens of local and regional networks broadcasting track meets, fishing competitions and minor league baseball games around the clock, but when it comes to sports, can there ever really be enough?

Of course not. That's why each Friday, beginning today, we'll be providing you with a quick look at the upcoming week in televised sports. Because, let's face it: the last thing you want to do is accidentally schedule some face time with your loved ones during an important game. Or replay of an important game. Or airing of 'Rudy.'

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Nike Writes the Future With New Soccer Ad

by Chris Jordan, posted May 21st 2010 5:08PM
Do you still doubt that soccer is the world's game?

Then you haven't seen the new Nike World Cup-themed ad, a globe-spanning spectacle of action and reaction featuring players Cristiano Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Wayne Rooney and Americans Tim Howard and Landon Donovan along with celebs and fellow athletes Roger Federer, Kobe Bryant and Homer Simpson.

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ESPN Gives Chris Berman a Contract Extension

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 19th 2010 10:07PM
chris_berman_espn_2009Chris Berman is a fixture at ESPN. He's like the Jay Leno of ESPN, and as such, Berman's just gotten an extension to remain with ESPN for ... forever. Or so it seems. Berman's deal has been termed multi-year. Considering that he's going to be 55 on his birthday -- May 10 -- and he claims that he doesn't want to be broadcasting in his 60s, that means he's probably going to be doing the Swami for at least five more years.

Berman has been called the face of ESPN, and that's probably true. He's been there since 1979, just one month after the sports cable giant began as a fledgling idea that many assumed would never make it. An all-sports network? Are you mad? Seems hard to believe that now, but 31 years ago it was a radical notion and Chris Berman was a wannabe sportscaster in Hartford, Connecticut, who took a chance with the cable start up. It paid off big time when ESPN became the worldwide leader in sports broadcasting.

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Onion Sports Network on Comedy Central

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 14th 2010 4:00PM
Comedy CentralComedy Central and The Onion are teaming up to produce a new comedy series about sports. Well, not so much series ... more like a parody of ESPN. The show will be called the 'Onion Sports Network' and Comedy Central has ordered ten episodes. This should not be confused with the Onion News Network.

I can't recall anybody doing a half-hour comedy news program focusing on sports. 'The Daily Show' pretty much has cornered the parody news and politics market (although the same could be argued about the 'Weekend Update' segment on 'Saturday Night Live'). The concept has potential. There are many sports fans that love comedy and vice-versa. There is also already a built-in audience from using The Onion's brand.

Other attempts have been made at genre news parody with the only stand-out being 'The Colbert Report' parodying opinion-style news. 'Chocolate News' didn't last long and don't get me started on 'The Half Hour News Hour.' Hopefully this show will have a longer run.

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Start the 3D TV Revolution Without Me

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 3rd 2010 9:00AM
3D_TV_watching_glassesTechnology is a marvelous thing, right? No, no, this is not a story about the Apple iPad coming out this weekend or the wonders it promises to bring -- just ask Phil Dunphy. He called it the first day of the rest of your life.

But no, the technology that has me scratching my head is 3D television. That's right, the state-of-the-art, mind-blowing idea that you will be able to watch television in a way you never have before. Bigger than a big screen. Better than high definition. More powerful that a home theater sensurround experience.

Next weekend, if you have invested in a first generation 3D TV for about $2,500, you'll be able to watch the Masters Golf Tournament in 3D. And you had better spend on the glasses, too, because not all sets are sold with the spectacles that make the 3D possible in the first place. Funny, you would think that the glasses were included, but apparently not. It's like some computers that ship without a power cord. Are you kidding me?

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Comcast Planning 3D Coverage of Masters Tournament

by Erika Milvy, posted Mar 16th 2010 1:31PM
Tiger Woods MastersIs 3D the new fore?

According to Variety, Comcast is planning to air the upcoming Masters tournament in 3D on its own dedicated channel and website, Masters.com. The tournament, which runs from April 8-11, will be available in 3D for two hours per day to those who own 3D-enabled technology.

Meanwhile, 3D coverage will not be available on ESPN or CBS, which has broadcast the Masters since 1956.

Still, ESPN plans to show the World Cup and NBA games in 3D on a brand-new network, beginning in June. Discovery, Imax and Sony have plans to jointly create a 3-D entertainment channel next year.

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Comcast served legal papers by The Tennis Channel

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 6th 2010 4:03PM
ComcastGet it? Tennis Channel? Served? Ha! (Sorry, no more jokes like that.)

The Tennis Channel has filed a lawsuit against Comcast, saying that the cable giant discriminates against its programming. Comcast has channels like The Golf Channel and VERSUS on various tiers of their cable system but no Tennis Channel.

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How Will NBC Change Under Comcast Ownership?

by Scott Harris, posted Dec 4th 2009 1:00PM
As we reported yesterday, cable giant Comcast has reached a deal to buy NBC from parent company General Electric. Whether or not the agreement makes financial sense is something for business folks to worry about, because television fans have a more important question on their minds: how will it affect their shows? Will it, in fact, be Comcastic?

While who owns the network may not seem all that important at first glance (quick: who owns CBS?), directives from the parent company often filter into programming, from the overt (such as the incessant cross-promotion between Disney-owned networks ESPN and ABC) to the more subtle (the parody version of GE that exists on '30 Rock').

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Yankees Parade TV Coverage - Watch the World Series Champions Celebrate

by Patricia Chui, posted Nov 6th 2009 4:52PM
Missed the New York Yankees parade because you had something pesky like work or school to attend? Watch footage of the parade through lower Manhattan and see the World Champion Yankees accept the keys to the city.

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What You Missed Last Night: Stephen Colbert does ... the sports?

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 3rd 2009 12:01PM
You don't usually see Stephen Colbert talking about sports. He even addresses that a little bit in this clip from last night's show, where he talks about the winner of the New York City marathon and Olympic speedskating.

This show remains one of the funniest shows on television.

[Watch clips and episodes of The Colbert Report and other shows at SlashControl.]

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Jay-Z and Alicia Keys Will Perform at World Series Game 2

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Oct 28th 2009 1:26PM
Jay-ZAlthough he was originally scheduled to perform at tonight's opening World Series game, Jay-Z has been bumped to Game 2. R&B songstress Alicia Keys will perform the national anthem, and prior to that, she'll join New York's reigning rap king Jay-Z on his current single, 'Empire State of Mind.'

Because of the soggy weather that's soaked the New York area in the last 24 hours, the thought is that a stage on the field could affect the playing conditions in some form.

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