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‘Monday Night Football’ Ratings Hit Near Season High With Saints Win

A 12-9 victory over the Carolina Panthers by the New Orleans Saints last night on Monday Night Football may not have scored big numbers but it sure sprinkled some final gold dust on the road to the Super Bowl for Drew Bees and the boys. While there are still a few more games to go in the regular season for the Saints, who now have a 12-2 record, the top seed for the NFC playoffs and Atlanta look very bright. FINAL: The @Saints improve to 12-2! Read

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Five-Part Lakers Docuseries In Works On Magic & Kareem Showtime Era

EXCLUSIVE: There’s a big series coming up for the Los Angeles Lakers, and LeBron won’t crack the starting lineup. The Los Angeles Media Fund and the Lakers are teaming up with Haven Entertainment to produce a five-episode docu-series focusing on the ’80s Showtime era of the storied basketball team. That was the period when Pat Riley coached the run and gun style distinguished by Magic Johnson's passing and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's scoring and shot blocking, with Jamaal… Read

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‘Sunday Night Football’ Steady With Last Week & 2017

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The playoff-bound Los Angeles Rams ran into a Philadelphia Eagles team that needed a win to just to stay in the conversation. The defending Super Bowl champs spoke up plenty loud, though they had to hold off a late Rams charge for a 30-23 victory on Sunday Night Football. The game continued NBC’s solid ratings win streak for its primetime NFL showcase, with the early numbers topping last season and pretty much keeping pace with last week. Sunday’s game drew a 12.5/21… Read

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‘Thursday Night Football’ Ratings End Season On Fox At Near High; Up From 2017

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In the kind of game that makes football fans proud of their devotion, it came down to the final minutes in last night's matchup between the Los Angeles Chargers and the Kansas City Chiefs in the final Thursday Night Football of the season on Fox. At the end, and after some verbal flubs by ESPN's Stephen A. Smith before the game, the Chargers secured themselves a playoff perch after a comeback and a few brazen moves with a 29-28 victory. In what was a determined team… Read

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NFL & All Its Teams Hit With Antitrust Suit By Oakland Over Raiders’ Relocation

The Oakland Raiders have only three games left in the NFL regular season, but a lawsuit filed today could see those gridiron battles being the last the relocating Bay Area team plays for a while, anywhere. Almost six months after the Oakland City Council gave the go ahead for legal action over the franchise's proposed moved to Sin City, City Attorney Barbara J. Parker tackled the team, the NFL itself and the "unlawful cartel" of the 31 other teams in the league on Monday… Read

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Fox’s MLS Cup Final Ratings Best Since 1997

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Fox’s broadcast of the 2018 MLS Cup final between Atlanta United and the Portland Timbers drew 1.56 million total viewers in primetime Saturday night, making it the most-watched MLS title game since 1997, the U.S. pro soccer league’s second year of existence. Viewership for the game — a 2-0 victory for the hometown United in front of an MLS-record crowd of 73,019 at Mercedes-Benz Arena — jumped more than 90% from last year’s final, when Toronto beat Seattle on ESPN in a… Read

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‘Monday Night Football’ Ratings Dip As Seahawks Beat Vikings With ‘TWD’ Love

Maybe it was the hometown crowd in Emerald City, maybe it was the online cheering from long fan and The Walking Dead star Jeffrey Dean Morgan or maybe it was just strong performances on the field like that of cornerback Shaquill Griffin, but the Seattle Seahawks were in full battle mode on Monday Night Football. Taking down the Minnesota Vikings 21-7 last night on ESPN, the Super Bowl XLVIII champions are now perched for a playoff position going into their three final… Read

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Big Ten Network Taps Fox Sports Ohio Exec Francois McGillicuddy As Its New President

Fox Sports and the Big Ten Conference have appointed Francois McGillicuddy, GM of Fox’s Ohio regional sports networks, as president of the Big Ten Network. The announcement was made today by Eric Shanks, CEO & Executive Producer of Fox Sports and Jim Delany, Commissioner of the Big Ten. McGillicuddy will assume his new role in early 2019 and take over the day-to-day operations for BTN, which are currently overseen by Mark Silverman. Last January, Silverman was elevated to… Read

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‘Sunday Night Football’ Ratings Rise As L.A. Rams Take A Fall

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The Los Angeles Rams’ assured playoff hopes and horns were clipped last night on Sunday Night Football by a Chicago Bears team that piled it on and on in front of their hometown crowd. With a 15-6 victory by Chicago, the name of the game was defense. And no matter how hard Sean McVay's boys tried, they could not break through the Bears' wall enough in a season that has otherwise seen the City of Angels' team blessed. However, on a night that saw the CW's latest annual… Read

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ESPN Executive Admits Drift Into Politics Hurt The Network, Was Miscalculation

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A top ESPN executive has admitted that the network’s move toward politics may have been poison to its ratings. Norby Williamson told the Washington Post in an interview earlier this week that the network has since reversed course on that focus, helping goose its ratings. Still, Williamson told the WaPo that the politics on the network’s flagship SportsCenter damaged ratings. . I think we miscalculated a little bit," Williamson said. "The perception became that you could… Read

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‘Thursday Night Football’ Ratings Fall Hard From Last Week’s Season High & 2017

UPDATED with additional ratings: If last night's Thursday Night Football blowout of the Jacksonville Jaguars by the Tennessee Titans proves anything, it’s that what goes up also goes down. Fueled by a triumphant and NFL history-making performance by running back Derrick Henry, the Volunteer State team crushed the Jaguars 30-9. With 238 yards overall and four touchdowns on 17 carries, Henry became just the second player to have a 99-yard run, the other being by Hall of… Read

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NHL Adds Seattle Franchise for 2021-22, Giving League 32 Teams

Seattle gets NHL franchise

Wanna win a bar bet? Challenge that lug next to you to name the first American team to win the Stanley Cup. It’s not Boston, Detroit or Chicago but the Seattle Metropolitans in 1917. Now the NHL is coming back to the Pacific Northwest. The league’s has board of governors voted unanimously to award its 32nd franchise to Washington state’s largest city. The yet-to-be-named team will begin play in fall 2021, joining the Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks and others in the… Read