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CFP expansion: Bump Army-Navy or go head-to-head with NFL?

Oct. 14, 2021 13:28 PM EDT

If a 12-team format is the future of the College Football Playoff —- and odds are that it still is despite a recent detour on the road to expansion — among the many details that need to be worked out is when it would start. There are two choices that will be...

ESPN secures rights to Monday night wild-card game

Oct. 13, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — ESPN has signed a five-year agreement with the NFL to broadcast the Monday night game during the first weekend of the playoffs, beginning this season. The announcement was made by ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro at the CAA World Congress of Sport. The NFL...

Mark Harmon makes quiet exit as 'NCIS' regular on CBS

Oct. 12, 2021 20:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The lead character of television's most popular drama exited the show Monday without a fuss, and without the immediate ratings bump that would be expected if there had been. “NCIS” star Mark Harmon, who has played Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs...

ESPN, Turner Sports ready to drop the puck on NHL coverage

Oct. 12, 2021 00:31 AM EDT

One of Jimmy Pitaro's top objectives when he became ESPN president was to get the National Hockey League back on the network. On Tuesday night, Pitaro's goal will be realized. Besides the Seattle Kraken's first game, the return of hockey to ESPN and the addition of Turner...

Broadcaster Kaat apologizes for "40-acre" comment

Oct. 08, 2021 16:39 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — MLB Network broadcaster Jim Kaat apologized during Friday's AL Division Series game between the Astros and White Sox after saying teams should try to “get a 40-acre field full of” players who look like Chicago infielder Yoán Moncada. Kaat, a former...

Century mark: Johnson-Klatt call 100th game together on Fox

Oct. 08, 2021 02:53 AM EDT

There aren't too many announcer/analyst teams that get to reach 100 games together, but Fox's Gus Johnson and Joel Klatt will reach the century mark this weekend. Johnson and Klatt will be on the call for Saturday's game when No. 4 Penn State visits third-ranked Iowa. The...

Ratings surge: NFL is up 17%, averaging 17.3 million viewers

Oct. 06, 2021 15:31 PM EDT

NFL and network executives expected ratings to increase this season. But the rate through the first four weeks has still taken many by surprise. Games are averaging 17.3 million viewers on television and digital, a whopping 17% increase over last season and 3% compared to...

Major League Wrestling turns heads in primetime showcase

Oct. 06, 2021 12:01 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Alexander Hammerstone grimaced in pain as he kept a hand pressed on his championship belt against his right leg. The Major League Wrestling heavyweight champ suffered a gnarly sprained ankle early in a title match and gutted out the rest of the bout on one good wheel. ...

Koepka, DeChambeau to face off in made-for-TV match in Vegas

Oct. 05, 2021 18:08 PM EDT

Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau will finally get their match, even if it’s just 12 holes. After butting heads in a dispute driven largely on social media for the better part of two years, Koepka and DeChambeau will face each other in the latest edition of “Capital...

Brady's return leads NBC to strong Sunday football ratings

Oct. 05, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Brady wins in the television ratings, too. NBC relentlessly promoted the Tampa Bay quarterback's return to New England, and the Bucs-Patriots game reached the biggest “Sunday Night Football” audience in years, the Nielsen company said. ...