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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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Giving sports fans a television outlet will create Fanarchy

by Jason Hughes, posted May 11th 2009 5:34PM
Zach SelwynSports fans will get a sneak peek at what is essentially their own show on June 7 at 11pm ET. After that, Versus network's new series Fanarchy will air 10:30pm ET Tuesdays. The show will be hosted by ESPN Dream Job finalist and former AOTS host Zach Selwyn and feature seven armchair quarterbacks each week bitching at one another about whatever topic Versus dreams up. Think of it like sports talk radio only now you can see the sweaty former jocks who think they can still fit into their high school football jerseys.

If Versus is looking for train wreck potential, then they've certainly struck gold here. I don't even think Star Trek and Star Wars fans are as fanatical as a hardcore sports fan. That said, it might be a nice change of pace to hear regular people talking about their take on the sports world as opposed to the rich suits that make up SportsCenter and its ilk. We could hear a lot more "what the hell is he bitching about? He makes 24 million a year while I'm working at Wendy's for eight bucks an hour and I had to go in with a broken ring finger!"

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The Soup spills on the sporting world

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 15th 2008 2:54PM
Matt IsemanOne of the long-time staples on cable has been The Soup (formerly Talk Soup) on E!. What started as a spoof of the various bizarre and goofy talk shows that permeated the airwaves throughout the '90s was reborn as a show that makes fun of all things television and pop culture now. Now the brand is seeking to expand to provide the same brand of satire and commentary to the sports world. Sister network Versus will air Sports Soup twice a week beginning October 14th, 2008. Of course, as with Joel McHale on The Soup the success of its new sister show will rest solely on the shoulders of its host, Matt Iseman.

In looking at Iseman's Wiki entry, it looks like this show was originally branded After Further Review. I guess they thought associating it with an already successful show with a similar format would improve its ratings. The network is still trying to establish itself as a viable sports brand in the ESPN world. Adding a show like this might be just the thing they need to drum up some buzz.

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Dennis Miller gets a new show on some channel called Versus

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 5th 2007 4:23PM

Dennis MillerWhen Dennis Miller took over doing the color commentary on Monday Night Football several years back, fans of the show either loved him completely or hated him completely. You either really dug his arcane references and humor or you sighed a lot and wondered why he was in the booth (for the record, I don't really like football, so I didn't mind him in the booth at all). Now sports fans can relive those glory days!

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Family Guy fights American Dad

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 24th 2006 1:00PM
family guy american dadChris over at Ad Jab found this awesome online game created to promote the arrival of American Dad on DVD. The game is essentially set up like Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat or games of that nature, except it pits characters from American Dad against characters from Family Guy. So, if you ever wanted to use Stewie to kick the loving bejeezus out of Stan from American Dad, this is your chance. There's an arcade version and a two-player version, so you can waste time and do it with someone you love. That's how this thing called the "Web" brings us together. I haven't gotten that far in the game, but according to Chris the "big boss" you fight in the end is actually Ryu from Street Fighter. That's a very "Family Guy" kind of gag, I must say.

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Blog Barney Vs. TV Barney

by Ryan j Budke, posted Dec 28th 2005 10:06AM
For those of you that didn't know, Barney, from How I Met Your Mother, actually does have a blog. The writers He writes to it pretty frequently, most of the time twice a week, and whether they're show related or not, the posts are always quality. This past week, however, Barney and I are having a little dispute. As you'll remember, I put a lot of research into my post last week about Barney's "Get Psyched Mix" from the show; painstakingly copying all of the songs off of a blurry, handwritten cd from the episode, solely for your enjoyment. Then, Barney has to go and post an entirely different list of songs on his blog! So, while both take you to legendary heights of psyched-ness, we'd like you all to tell us which one you think is better.

Song lists and poll after the jump...
 

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