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FOOTBALL: THE “REAL” REFEREES RETURN

September 27, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

After this year’s football season kicked off to more talk about the decisions of the substitute referees called in to replace the ones locked out by the NFL (there was a veritable national uproar over a missed call that gave the Green Bay Packers a win over the Seattle Seahawks Monday night), the league has […]

NBC IS LOCKED OUT BY NHL OWNERS, TOO — BUT IS THAT BAD?

September 17, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

The decision by the National Hockey League’s owners to initiate a lockout of the league’s players over the weekend had “good news/bad news” written all over it for NBC. On the one hand, the network is still required to pay the league $200 million as its annual payment on the $2-billion 10-year deal it signed […]

HUNGER GAMES IN 4TH WIN — FIRST TO DO SO SINCE AVATAR (Update)

April 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Lionsgate’s Hunger Games has become the first film since Avatar to win four weekends in a row. (Avatar remained at No. 1 for seven weeks.) With an estimated gross of $21.5 million, it easily held off challenges from three newcomers. Its closest rival was Fox’s The Three Stooges, which nevertheless performed far better than industry […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: LOCKOUT

April 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The French-made (produced and co-written by Luc Besson) English-language Lockout is arriving without a single positive review from a critic at a major-market newspaper. It is, writes Manohla Dargis in the New York Times, “as dopey an entertainment as imaginable.” However, she allows, “it’s also a reminder that the film’s star, Guy Pearce, has always […]

BASKETBALL RETURNS ON XMAS — NO AUDIENCE LOSS EVIDENT

December 27, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

It would appear that the NBA lockout that delayed the start of the current season until Christmas Day had little or no effect on viewership — that is, judging from ratings for Sunday’s quadrupleheader carried by ABC, ESPN and TNT. In fact, the Boston Celtics-New York Knicks game on TNT averaged 5.9 million viewers, making […]

OWNERS, PLAYERS AGREE TO END LOCKOUT

November 26, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

At 3:00 a.m. today (Saturday) Ken Berger of CBSSports.com got the scoop — “BREAKING: Tentative agreement reached, according to one of the negotiators,” he reported on Twitter. In subsequent posts, he reported that after a 15-hour negotiating session, the NBA players and owners had reached a tentative agreement to end the 149-day-long lockout and to […]

NETWORKS GET READY FOR FOOTBALL

July 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

That sudden breeze you may have felt on Monday afternoon may have resulted from the collective sighs of countless broadcasting, cable, satellite and advertising workers after they received word that the four-month NFL lockout had effectively ended and that the planned regular-season games will be played on schedule. (The Hall of Fame Game, which was […]

NFL LOCKOUT? IT WON’T HARM ESPN, SAYS IGER

May 12, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

ESPN is shielded from financial harm if the NFL and players fail to reach an agreement that would end the lockout, Disney chief Robert Iger has told CNBC’s Julia Boorstin. As reported by AdWeek magazine, Iger indicated that plans are in place to run college football on Monday nights, for which ESPN will up its […]

CBS NIXES AD FROM NFL PLAYERS ASSOCIATION

February 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The CBS College Sports Network has turned down an ad from the National Football League Players Association that presents its side of the dispute over a new contract with the owners association. The “Let Us Play” ad was to have run four times during the cable network’s coverage of Saturday’s college all-star game. A CBS […]