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Posted Friday 7/06/18 at 3:07PM EDT
Why President Trump is wrong to say NFL ratings are down 20%
The president once again slammed the NFL and National Anthem protests last night at a rally in Montana, saying "ratings are down 20%. But you know why the ratings are down? Yes, the flag.” Actually, overall ratings were down 9% in 2017 and 8% in 2016. But the NFL's declining ratings are part of TV's overall trend of ratings being down across the board as TV viewers flock to other options, including Netflix and Amazon Prime.
Posted Friday 6/08/18 at 2:52PM EDT
Fox's Thursday Night Football adds Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink as sideline reporters
Fox hopes to make Thursday NFL games must-see TV by using two sideline reporters, instead of one.
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 5:41PM EDT
Tracee Ellis Ross says ABC's yanking of a Black-ish episode was "frightening"
The actress says she never got an answer for why ABC shelved the February episode, which tackled the National Anthem Protests. "The details of why the episode was pulled and everything that has surrounded that, I do not have the answers for,” Ross said in a Hollywood Reporter roundtable. “To a certain extent, I have purposefully stayed out of those conversations because I’ve had no power to do something beyond that." Noting that the Black-ish cast is usually involved in the show's content, she added: "I have asked for the information and pushed for the information that I felt would be helpful to me and constructive in what I can do with it, because I find it frightening." Black-ish creator Kenya Barris addressed the pulled episode last month, telling Vulture: "We just had a difference of opinion... I feel like it was something for us that we felt like we couldn’t come to an agreement and mutually decided just to sort of move past it." ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey also said last month that the kneeling "was not even really the issue, but I don’t want to get into that. At the end of the day, this was a mutual decision between Kenya and the network to not put the episode out.”
Posted Tuesday 6/05/18 at 1:02PM EDT
Fox News apologizes for implying Philadelphia Eagles players kneeling in prayer were protesting the National Anthem
In fact, none of the Eagles players kneeled during the National Anthem during their Super Bowl season. Fox News showed the Eagles players while reporting on President Trump disinviting the team from today's ceremony that was to celebrate their Super Bowl victory after most of the team said they wouldn't attend. "This can’t be serious," tweeted Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, before the apology. "Praying before games with my teammates, well before the anthem, is being used for your propaganda?! Just sad, I feel like you guys should have to be better than this."
Posted Wednesday 5/23/18 at 2:17PM EDT
NFL to require players on the field to stand for the National Anthem
The new NFL policy also allows players to stay in the locker room during the anthem. The new policy will fine teams if players don't show respect for the anthem.
Posted Thursday 5/17/18 at 9:56AM EDT
Cleveland Browns to get the HBO Hard Knocks treatment
The woeful NFL team, which last month chose quarterback Baker Mayfield as the No. 1 overall pick, is poised to be the subject of Season 13 of the NFL Films/HBO reality show.
Posted Monday 5/07/18 at 12:30PM EDT
ESPN adds Booger McFarland as Monday Night Football's first on-field analyst
The former NFL player will round out the MNF cast, joining Lisa Salters on the field as Joe Tessitore and Jason Witten work from the booth.
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 7:23PM EDT
What time would a London Super Bowl start?
Talk of a England-based Super Bowl has been ramped up in the past week since the Jacksonville Jaguars' billionaire owner Shahid Khan submitted an offer to buy Wembley Stadium. But Super Bowls usually kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET to coincide with American primetime. That's 11:30 p.m. London time, which would be too late at night.
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 1:46AM EDT
Sports Illustrated's Peter King departs after 29 years to join NBC Sports full-time
King, the leading NFL columnist, has been a contributor to NBC's Football Night in America for more than a decade. And now he'll become a full-time NBC Sports staffer, appearing on its various platforms.
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 1:46AM EDT
ESPN auditioned a slew of people for Monday Night Football before zeroing in on Jason Witten
Pro Football Hall of Famers Randy Moss and Kurt Warner were among the people who auditioned to be MNF's color analyst with new play-by-play announcer Joe Tessitore. ALSO: ESPN offer changed Witten's mind about playing for the Dallas Cowboys for a 16th season.
Posted Thursday 5/03/18 at 2:24PM EDT
ESPN anchor highlights the absurdity of ESPN declining to comment on ESPN's report that Jason Witten is joining ESPN
“No comment from ESPN on this report, says the ESPN anchor,” joked longtime ESPN anchor Bob Ley of ESPN declining to comment on ESPN's report that the Dallas Cowboys tight end is joining ESPN's Monday Night Football. ESPN announced the news this morning in a story with the lead: "Jason Witten is retiring from the Dallas Cowboys and joining ESPN as an analyst for Monday Night Football, multiple sources told ESPN on Thursday."
Posted Thursday 5/03/18 at 10:55AM EDT
ESPN reports Jason Witten has decided to retire and join Monday Night Football
Although it's not official, ESPN is reporting that the Dallas Cowboys tight end has decided to join ESPN's broadcast booth and replace Jon Gruden as color analyst next season.
Posted Monday 4/30/18 at 8:42PM EDT
ESPN is reportedly offering Jason Witten more than double his Dallas Cowboys salary to join Monday Night Football
The beloved Cowboys tight end still hasn't confirmed that he'll replace Jon Gruden on Monday Night Football, but the Dallas Morning News reports he's being offered between $4 million to $4.5 million to join the broadcast booth. If he stayed with the Cowboys, he'd make less than $2 million next season.
Posted Friday 4/27/18 at 9:17PM EDT
About 3.7 million watched the NFL Draft on Fox, compared to 5.3 million on ESPN
However, Fox and NFL Network, which simulcast the same broadcast, combined to have more viewers than ESPN on the first night of the draft. Yet ESPN retained much of its viewership from last year, despite the addition of Fox as an NFL Draft broadcaster. Meanwhile, ESPN's decision to have a college-centric NFL Draft broadcast on ESPN2 backfired, with only 123,000 tuning in. Combing all the networks, the NFL Draft averaged 11.2 million viewers.
Posted Friday 4/27/18 at 2:50PM EDT
Dallas Cowboys have become a "minor league" for NFL broadcasters
If Jason Witten -- whose plan to join ESPN's Monday Night Football reportedly "blindsided" the Cowboys -- does become Jon Gruden's successor, it would mean that three of the top NFL broadcasting crews will feature a former Cowboys player. Fox Sports has Troy Aikman on its No. 1 NFL broadcasting team. CBS Sports has Tony Romo on its No. 1 NFL team. And ESPN would have Witten, the future Hall of Fame tight end.