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Texas-Toronto Series Gets Poor TV Treatment From MLB



Let’s face it: The Rangers-Toronto Blue Jays ALDS has been taxing on Rangers fans’ souls, not to mention their eyes and ears.

Now comes Wednesday’s decisive Game 5 with a 3 p.m. start on Fox Sports 1, a network that likely was nothing more than a rumor to most Dallas-Fort Worth viewers until the Rangers postseason.

For Rangers fans, that’s not exactly prime time on prime real estate. It’s not even within shouting distance.

Special thanks to Major League Baseball and Fox Sports 1, who decided the Houston Astros-Kansas City Royals is more worthy of prime time. That series-clinching meeting starts on FS1 at a more respectable 7 p.m.

Why that decision? Well, Houston and Kansas City are two U.S. markets metered for ratings. Toronto might as well be Siberia when it comes to American eyeballs.

What’s a prime-time start worth to Rangers fans? Well, more of them can watch from the comfort of their homes. Consider this: On Sunday, the Rangers-Blue Jays played their only prime-time game of the series. The game scored a 12.2 rating in Dallas-Fort Worth, which translates into about 323,000 homes. The three afternoon starts are averaging about a 6.0 rating, which is about 159,000 homes.

Monday’s Game 4 was supposed to start on FS1 at 3 p.m. But the Astros-Royals ran long, pushing the Rangers-Blue Jays to MLB Network for more than an hour. Why is that a kick in the pants?

Consider this law of diminishing returns: During the regular season the Rangers play on Fox Sports Southwest, which reaches about 2 million of the 2.64 million homes with televisions in Dallas-Fort Worth. Fox Sports 1 hits about 1.8 million. MLB Network reaches about 1.5 million.

That means 300,000 homes had to pick up the game in progress while 40 percent of the entire market was completely shut out. Remember the Cowboys’ playoff games last season? Remember how they were played on over-the-air, Fox-owned KDFW (Channel 4), which reaches 100 percent of homes?

The lowest-rated game of this series? Friday’s Game 2, exclusively on MLB Network, scored a 5.4 in D-FW. That’s lower than some regular-season games.

It’s not rocket science. It’s selling a sport. Baseball loses.

To read more visit the Dallas Morning News where this story was originally published

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Warriors Fans Throw Objects At Charles Barkley On Inside the NBA Set

“Barkley yelled back at the crowd but never actually left the set.”



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Charles Barkley is no stranger to being the object of fans’ ire. The cities of San Antonio and Cleveland have a history of being the butt of the Round Mound of Rebound’s jokes. Thursday night in San Francisco, fans of the Warriors took things to a different level, throwing objects at Barkley on the Inside the NBA set.

The TNT studio show was broadcasting live from outside the Chase Center. The crowd chanted “Chuck, you suck!” at Barkley before the game. After Golden State clinched a birth in the NBA Finals, things got physical.

Fans threw things at the set, including a rolled-up t-shirt, which hit Charles Barkley in the back of the head. That resulted in Barkley leaving his seat and bowing up to the audience.

“Come on Chuck!” Ernie Johnson pleaded as Kenny Smith repeatedly said “Sit down Chuck.”

Barkley yelled back at the crowd but never actually left the set.

Now that the Western Conference Finals are over, TNT’s NBA schedule has concluded. That doesn’t mean Charles Barkley won’t return to San Francisco for the NBA Finals, but it is highly unlikely given the reception he has received there.

Barkley spent most of the postseason telling Golden State fans they were annoying and need to shut up and saying the city of San Francisco has “dirty ass streets”.

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Jon Miller To Call MLB Sunday Leadoff Game On Peacock

“According to a press release, Jason Benetti has a scheduling conflict.”



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Legendary play-by-play man Jon Miller will be returning to the national broadcast booth on Sunday. He will call the San Francisco Giants vs. Cincinnati Reds game for Peacock. He’ll be joined in the booth by Barry Larkin and Shawn Estes.

According to a press release, Jason Benetti has a scheduling conflict. Benetti, the regular play-by-play voice of Peacock’s MLB Sunday Leadoff, is also the television voice of the Chicago White Sox. NBC Sports Chicago has prioritized this weekend’s series between the White Sox and Cubs, making Benetti unavailable to the national broadcast.

Miller has been calling Giants games since 1997 and previously shared the Sunday Night Baseball booth on ESPN with hall of famer Joe Morgan.

The broadcast, called MLB Sunday Leadoff, will begin at 11 a.m. with pregame coverage hosted by Ahmed Fareed. The game broadcast begins at 11:30 a.m.

The game will take place in an exclusive two-hour broadcast window prior to the start of the rest of the league’s day of games.

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Amazon Eyeing Pat McAfee For Thursday Night Football Megacast

“No deal is done yet. A source tells McCarthy that it hinges on McAfee’s very busy schedule, but a Megacast is appealing to the former punter.’



First it was the Mannings. Now it’s McAfee. Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports reports that Pat McAfee could be at the center of an alternate broadcast of Thursday Night Football on Amazon in the 2022 season.

No deal is done yet. A source tells McCarthy that it hinges on McAfee’s very busy schedule, but a Megacast is appealing to the former punter.

Rumors of Amazon’s interest in McAfee began to bubble up last month. While he never directly addressed them, he did make mention on his show that he was “up to something” and insinuated that Amazon wasn’t the only company he was talking to.

McAfee has said on his show in the past that he wants to be part of an NFL broadcast. However, he is firm in that it would not be in the broadcast booth.

“I can’t call games. Not yet,” McAfee said on a show in February. “Have to be done with this show to call games. Because that’s like a 3-day, 4-day thing.” 

In addition to his daily show, McAfee is also committed to the WWE. He is on the road for Smackdown every Friday.

There is no word on exactly what a Pat McAfee-centered broadcast would look like. When reports first came out regarding discussions with McAfee, Ryan Glasspiegel of The New York Post reported that moving The Pat McAfee Show to Amazon was on the table. If that happens, it would make sense to use his entire crew on the Thursday Night Football presentation.

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