Blog by: George Thomas and Ron Ledgard
The Cleveland Indians began heating up after the All-Star break and the team’s television ratings on SportsTime Ohio have done the same, according to numbers provided by the regional cable channel.
The team’s last two games against the Detroit Tigers placed No. 1 in prime-time ratings. Wednesday night’s game reached 128,500 Northeastern Ohio households and Tuesday’s game reached 125,000 households.
The Indians, presumed out of it at the break, turned into team resurrection and have gone 24-19 since returning to play. They beat the Tigers 7-0 Wednesday night behind a sterling effort from pitcher Danny Salazar.
The Indians are 8-7 against Detroit in 2014 and climbed back within four games of the second AL Wild Card spot with last night's win. They face Detroit again tonight in hopes of earning a split in the four-game series. First pitch is at 7:05 tonight on SportsTime Ohio with that channel’s pre-game, Indians Live, beginning at 6:30.To read more or comment...
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...
Sometimes it’s good to be king, unless of course you’re completely freakin’ unhinged – say like Hamlet [yeah, I know he was a prince, but work with me] and, I don’t know, King Midas, that guy who could turn things to gold with his touch.
Come to think of it, Midas is sort of like the NFL. There’s very little that the NFL can do and not make a huge pile of stinking cash in the process. Usually people line up to give them money.To read more or comment...
The SEC Network, a joint venture with ESPN, is seven years late to the party. They could, however, be the life of it.
When the channel, which will cover all things related to SEC sports debuts at 5 p.m. today, it will be seven years after the Big Ten Network made its splash.
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany and his partners at Fox were laughed at when they announced they were going to put second tier games from Big Ten teams on a cable network. Critics called it “risky” and said it wouldn’t fly.
Some video providers (Time Warner and Comcast for instance) held out for a while before adding it. And the trickle to add it by smaller systems only came when Appalachian State upset the Michigan Wolverines during the opening week of the college football season.To read more or comment...
This is what worried some when talk of autonomy for the Power 5 conferences surfaced in college athletics.
An ESPN poll revealed that the majority of football coaches in those top 65 schools that comprise those conferences would prefer to play only schools in those conferences.
While it would likely eliminate strength of schedule issues when it comes to polling and how it relates to the upcoming college football playoff, it opens an entirely different can of worms for the likes of Mid-American Conference schools such as the University of Akron and Kent State University.
To be honest, we’re talking what it always comes down to in sports - cash. The Power 5 may as well form their own league today, because the Group of 5 (MAC, American, Conference USA, Mountain West and Sun Belt) would be on life support should something like this occur.To read more or comment...