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Dan Patrick reteams with Olbermann on NBC's Football Night in America

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 7th 2008 8:01PM
Dan Patrick with cigarNBC's Football Night in America is something like too much of a good thing. The network seems intent on stuffing the Sunday night broadcast with everything but the kitchen sink.

When Tiki Barber retired from the New York Giants, he joined their broadcast. Same thing with Jerome Bettis of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Then Keith Olbermann, a sports guy before becoming the host of MSNBC's Countdown, was inserted into the show. And that was on top of the three mainstays Bob Costas, Cris Collinsworth and Peter King.

Now, you can add one more star to the constellation. Dan Patrick is joining Football Night in America. Patrick, formerly the main man at ESPN -- and Keith's longtime partner on Sports Center as well as Dan's radio show -- will be paired up with Olbermann again and will be slotted in as pre-game show's co-host.

There's no question that Patrick will be an asset. His 18 years at ESPN proved that, and I admired his maverick spirit when he bolted the comforts of Bristol, Connecticut and set up a new deal with his radio show.

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Hannah Storm heading to ESPN morning

by Allison Waldman, posted May 12th 2008 10:04AM
StormI hope Hannah Storm enjoyed sleeping late since she's been off the CBS Early Show because her new gig will be on the AM shift once again. And she'll be back talking sports. ESPN is going to announce tomorrow that Hannah Storm will anchor a new, revamped SportsCenter morning edition. SportsCenter is already on every morning, so you have to assume that by adding Storm to the mix, the folks at Disney (ESPN's parent company) are looking to pump up the old format and maybe bring in some new viewers -- like maybe those who used to watch Hannah on CBS.

Of course, there's already two other competing morning shows on the ESPN family of channels, Mike & Mike in the Morning which stars Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, and First Take (formerly known as Cold Pizza) with Jay Crawford and Dana Jacobson.

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Nielsen cable ratings for the week ending December 23

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 28th 2007 2:08PM

MNF logoHere are the weekly cable ratings, by number of viewers.

It's funny, when I was typing this out, I had a strong sense of deja vu. I had to keep on checking to see if this was the ratings from a month ago or the ratings for this week, but it is indeed correct. Monday Night RAW and SpongeBob often make the list, but shows like SportsCenter, The Santa Clause 2, I Love New York 2, and Tila Tequila threw me for a loop for a second there.

1. Monday Night Football (ESPN)

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Nielsen cable ratings for the week ending December 2

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 6th 2007 8:08AM

MNF logoHere are the weekly cable ratings, by number of viewers.

What's this, a football game in the top ten besides Monday Night Football? I don't know how the Packers/Cowboys game on NFL Network came in second this week. Was it a pivotal game or something? I don't really watch football. Monday Night RAW shows up again (still not sure why it's considered two different hours instead of one, two-hour show), along with weekly favorite SpongeBob. Tin Man got great ratings for Sci-Fi Channel.

1. Monday Night Football (ESPN)

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Nielsen cable ratings for the week ending September 30

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 3rd 2007 9:37AM

Sky HighHere are the weekly cable ratings, by number of viewers.

1. Monday Night Football - New Orleans vs. Tennessee (ESPN)
2. High School Musical 2 (Disney)
3. Sky High (Disney)
4. Sky High (Disney)
5. College Football - Auburn vs. Florida (ESPN)
6. Rock of Love (VH-1)
7. WWE Monday Night RAW - 9pm (USA)
8. WWE Monday Night RAW - 10pm (USA)
9. High School Musical 2 (Disney)
10. SportsCenter - Mon (ESPN)

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Keith Olbermann new co-host of Football Night in America

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 16th 2007 2:31PM

Keith OlbermannKeith Olbermann has a new gig.

Or should I say "another gig," as he'll still be host of MSNBC's Countdown. But he's going to add a co-hosting position on NBC's Football Night In America, the pre-game show that airs at 7pm on Sunday nights before the NFL game that NBC telecasts.

Olbermann has a long history in TV sports, having hosted ESPN's SportsCenter with Dan Patrick years ago (he was one of the models for the characters on Sports Night) and his own show on FOX Sports Network that was good but didn't last too long. This will be his first job in network sports in several years, other than what he does on Dan Patrick's radio show. Olbermann will join Bob Costas, Cris Collinsworth, Jerome Bettis, and Tiki Barber, who started on NBC this morning.

[via TV Newser]

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NY Mag features Olbermann as "Limbaugh for lefties"

by Meredith O'Brien, posted Apr 9th 2007 7:01PM
Keith Olbermann"Bush-bashing accidental liberal hero." "Keith the Impaler."

Those phrases were used to describe MSNBC's Keith Olbermann in a New York magazine profile of the cable talker who first earned fame as the wise cracking sports guy on ESPN's SportsCenter, which later inspired Aaron Sorkin's SportsNight.

The article -- which describes Olbermann as a "world class agitator" and "sworn enemy" of Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly -- says Olbermann appeals to liberals like radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh appeals to conservatives.

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Things I Hate About TV: "At the end of the day..."

by Jay Black, posted Jan 3rd 2007 9:02AM
As a red-blooded American male who has trouble relating to his father, I watch a lot of sports. That means I also watch a lot of sports related television. PTI, Around the Horn, Inside the NFL, The Sports Reporters, NFL Live, NFL Prime Time, Sportscenter, and even Jim Rome is Burning (but only when my wife is out of earshot - for some reason the sound of Rome's voice makes my wife very angry. She doesn't follow sports; I think it's just a gut reaction to smugness.) Thanks to TiVo, I watch them all, fast-forwarding past all the topics that don't interest me.

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Nielsen basic cable ratings for the week ending December 24

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 29th 2006 8:09AM
Santa Clause 21. Monday Night Football (ESPN)
2. The Santa Clause 2 - Monday, 8pm (Disney)
3. WWE Monday Night RAW - 10pm (USA)
4. WWE Monday Night RAW - 9pm (USA)
5. SportsCenter - Monday (ESPN)
6. SpongeBob SquarePants - Saturday, 9:30am (Nickelodeon)
7. Fairly Odd Parents - Saturday, 10am (Nickelodeon)
8. Fairly Odd Parents - Sunday, 10:30am (Nickelodeon)
9. SpongeBob SquarePants - Sunday, 9:30am (Nickelodeon)
10. The Santa Clause 2 - Monday, 10pm (Disney)

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Nielsen basic cable ratings for the week ending October 29

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 2nd 2006 8:20AM
SpongeBob 1. Monday Night Football (ESPN)
2. Flavor of Love 2 (VH-1)
3. SpongeBob SquarePants - Sat, 9:30am (Nickelodeon)
4. Sportscenter - Mon (ESPN)
5. WWE Monday Night RAW - 10pm (USA)
6. Fairly Odd Parents - Sat, 10am (Nickelodeon)
7. WWE Monday Night RAW - 9pm (USA)
8. SpongeBob SquarePants - Sat, 9am (Nickelodeon)
9. SpongeBob SquarePants - Sun, 9am (Nickelodeon)
10. SpongeBob SquarePants - Sun, 9:30am (Nickelodeon)

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Parents name their son ESPN... again

by Anna Johns, posted Oct 10th 2006 2:32PM
espn logoOkay sportsfans, you may have gone too far. Over the weekend, a couple in Biloxi, Mississippi named their newborn son ESPN Montana Real. That would be 'ESPN' after the sports network and 'Montana' after legendary football player, Joe Montana. Rusty and Leann Real are not the first parents to name their kid ESPN. There's an Espn Malachi McCall in Pampa, Texas; Espn Curiel in Corpus Christi, Texas; and Espn Blondeel in Michigan. Come on! That has to be funny for, like, five minutes. Right?!? By the way, the husband picked out the name.

Would you name your child after anything (a character, actor, show, network) on television? If so, what?

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Nielsen basic cable ratings for the week ending September 23

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 28th 2006 8:28AM
Monday Night RAW1. NFL Football - Steelers vs. Jaguars (ESPN)
2. WWE Monday Night RAW - 10pm (USA)
3. Nextel Racing (TNT)
4. WWE Monday Night RAW - 9pm (USA)
5. Sportscenter (ESPN)
6. Pirates of the Carribean (USA)
7. The Suite Life of Zack and Cody (Disney)
8. Dog: The Family Speaks (A&E)
9. College Football - Wisconsin vs. Michigan (ESPN)
10. Nip/Tuck (FX)

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Peter Gammons returns to ESPN tomorrow night

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 19th 2006 1:53PM
Peter GammonsPeter Gammons has been off the air since suffering a brain aneurysm last June, and boy do I miss him. Don't get me wrong; Gammons' substitutes on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball have done a good job. But he was one of the few people on that program and on Baseball Tonight that you could trust to give insightful analysis and insider information that wasn't full of bluster, catch-phrases, and smugness.

So this is good news: According to ESPN, Gammons will return to the channel on a part-time basis, starting Wednesday night. He'll appear from Fenway Park for both the 6 PM SportsCenter and the 7 PM edition of Baseball Tonight. He will be scheduled for further appearances as he becomes more comfortable. Good to see Peter back, especially considering it's been less than three months since his surgery.

[Thanks to Tim UF for the tip.]

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When did ESPN expand PTI into SportsCenter?

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 26th 2006 8:53PM
Pardon the InterruptionI haven't watched ESPN's Pardon the Interruption in a while; I listen to Jim Breuer's Sirius show from 4-6 PM and never seem to remember to switch over to PTI at 5:30. Not to say I don't like it; in fact, Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser have a chemistry together I haven't seen since Gene Siskel was still alive and arguing with Roger Ebert.

But when I do get around to watching the show, I notice a troubling trend: ESPN has decided to expand the show, delaying the final "Big Finish" segment until about fifteen minutes into the 6:00 SportsCenter.

What gives? I mean, I know why they're doing it; PTI fans will stick with SC until that segment airs, thus boosting the highlight show's ratings. But I still think it's a cheap and manipulative move by ESPN. I no longer watch SC because the anchors there are too worried about creating catchphrases than actually describing sports highlights. To have to sit through 15 minutes of some flunkie going "say 'ello to my little friend!" when someone hits a home run just to see PTI finish just stinks. Guess I won't be watching the "Big Finish" anytime soon. Too bad.

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