Blog by: George Thomas and Ron Ledgard
Other than ESPN analyst Merril Hoge’s blast from a Pittsburgh radio station Wednesday, the volume has gone down on Manziel Mania.
There, Northeast Ohio. You got your summer of relevance. How’d it feel? What’s it worth? Absolutely nothing. Now the season starts for real, tonight on NBC (WKYC Channel 3 locally). And now, if the Browns and their fans truly want relevance, there’s only one place to get it – on the field.To read more or comment...
College football TV schedule for Saturday:
8:30 a.m. — College: Penn State vs. Central Florida (ESPN2).
Noon — College: Ohio State at Navy (CBSSN; WAKR 1590-AM, WQKT 104.5-FM).
Noon — College: UCLA at Virginia (ESPN).
Noon — College: Appalachian State at Michigan (ESPN2).
Noon — College: Indiana State at Indiana (ESPNEWS).
Noon — College: Western Michigan at Purdue (ESPNU).
Noon — College: Northern Iowa at Iowa (BTN).
Noon — College: Tennesee-Martin at Kentucky (SECN)
Noon — College: North Dakota State at Iowa State (FS1).
Noon — College: Youngstown State at Illinois (BTN).
12:30 p.m. — College: Georgia Southern at N.C. State (WUAB Ch. 43).
3:30 p.m. — College: California at Northwestern (WEWS Ch. 5).
3:30 p.m. — College: Alabama vs. West Virginia (ESPN2).
3:30 p.m. — College: South Dakota State at Missouri (ESPNU).
3:30 p.m. — College: Rice at Notre Dame (WKYC Ch. 3).
3:30 p.m. — College: Florida Atlantic at Nebraska (BTN).
3:30 p.m. — College: James Madison at Maryland (BTN).
4 p.m. — College: Arkansas at Auburn (SECN).
4 p.m. — College: William & Mary at Virginia Tech (ESPNEWS).
5:30 p.m. — College: Clemson at Georgia (ESPN).
6 p.m. — College: Ohio at Kent State (WHLO 640-AM)
7 p.m. — College: Idaho at Florida (ESPNU).
7 p.m. — College: Central Arkansas at Texas Tech (FSN).
7 p.m. — College: Northern Arizona at San Diego State (CBSSN).
7:30 p.m. — College: Fresno State at USC (WJW Ch. 8).
7:30 p.m. — College: Southern Miss at Mississippi State (SECN).
8 p.m. — College: N.C. Central at East Carolina (ESPNEWS).
8 p.m. — College: Florida State vs. Oklahoma State (WEWS Ch. 5).
9 p.m. — College: Wisconsin vs. Louisiana State (ESPN).
10:30 p.m. — College: Washington at Hawaii (CBSSN).
Will someone make the stupid stop?
Especially when it encompasses homophobia? Personally, my jaw dislodge from my head as the following report given by ESPN's Josina Anderson droned on and on.
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A deal is near for DirecTV and the NFL, according to multiple reports including CBSSports.com.
What are they bargaining over? The NFL Sunday Ticket that lucrative draw for football fans who enjoy having every single football game at their control on Sunday afternoons along with a couple of other goodies to enhance the experience of fantasy football addicts.
The cost? Only a cool $1.3 to $1.4 billion per year until 2022, according to reports. Yes, the NFL is indeed king and it makes you wonder how the savvy businessmen who run it actually believe they can get away with selling their halftime show to an act they deem worthy while collecting huge sums of cash from broadcasters.
With an AT&T-DirecTV merger looming, the latter party needs the deal to go through. Without it, there’s not a whole lot that DirecTV offers that you can’t get with a good video provider.To read more or comment...
An interesting question came up during a teleconference with members of the media to announce the Mid-American Conference’s new TV pact with ESPN.
Elton Alexander, my esteemed colleague from the Cleveland Plain Dealer asked MAC commissioner Jon Steinbrecher and the Worldwide Leader’s senior vice president, programming and acquisitions, Burke Magnus whether they thought MAC hoops is getting stiffed with the conference’s new TV deal.
Football is indeed front and center in the pact. ESPN now owns the rights to every MAC-controlled football game for the next 13 years. They are free to air games five days a week and they will continue to spread the MACtion brand in the process all while having the ability to license some games to regional partners.
Basketball?To read more or comment...