Patriots-Ravens set cable record

Monday night’s football game between the undefeated New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens set a cable ratings record – 17.5 million viewers for the ESPN, slightly more than the previous record – the 17.2 High School Musical 2 earned in August.The last half-hour of the game notched a whopping 23.9 million viewers – higher than any program on the […]

The 2007 T Dog Media Blog Turkey Awards

With the Pumpkin Pie Awards for Excellence Welcome to the second annual T Dog Media Blog Turkey Awards. Once again, we’re here to serve up the disasters in media in 2007. I have nineteen¬†turkeys to hand out… so let’s get gobbling! And this year’s awards go to… – The Chicago Bears. A Super Bowl hangover this year. And especially Rex […]

SportsCenter reviewed

Larry Dobrow of Ad Age reviews ESPN’s SportsCenter, and he tells what we already know about: It’s an hour (or more) of excessive hype, constant product plugs, and some anchor yelling “Say hello to your little friend!”, plus “The Ultimate Highlight” presented by some shoe or sports drink company. Oh, and don’t forget “Who’s Now”, which sent this once-cool show […]

Samantha What?

News and notes, all wrapped up into one: – Leno appears to be unhappy about being forced out of the famed 10:35 p.m. (CT) time slot for Conan O’Brien in 2009. Late shift, part II? – Christiana Applegate returns to the network that launched her career (1986’s Heart of the City) and is the lead in Samantha Who? In it, […]

The ultimate insult

It’s worst enough the Chicago media has been angering everyone with the shenanigans over the Amy Jacobson- Craig Stebic controversy, and now ESPN has decided to join in, at least angering White Sox fans. In a SportsNation poll, ESPN asked viewers “Which sports team do you most associate with Chicago?” and listed were the Bulls, Cubs, Bears, and even the […]

Dan Patrick leaves ESPN

He hasn’t been on the TV version of ESPN much lately, if hardly at all, so we didn’t see this coming? As rumored last week, Dan Patrick is leaving his radio show at “The Worldwide Leader in Sports” (or as some would put it, “The Worldwide Leader in B.S.”) on August 17. In Chicago, Patrick airs on WMVP-AM from noon […]

McNeil suspended from WMVP. Again.

Dan McNeil of ESPN-owned WMVP-AM has been suspended for three days for calling a female Comcast SportsNet producer a bad name on the “Mac, Jurko, & Harry” show on Tuesday. He slammed her for showing that fan running on the field at Wrigley Monday Night during a Cubs-Rockies game (Perhaps McNeil didn’t see highlights of that Argentina soccer riot on […]

NBA extends pacts with ESPN and TNT

Despite declining ratings for the NBA Finals, the NBA extended its television and digital platform rights until the 2015-16 season for ESPN, ABC, and TNT. The new deals gives ESPN and TNT the rights to stream NBA material onto its digital broadband platforms, including ESPN360 and TNT Overtime.

Basketball bouncing down

The Jazz-Spurs NBA Western Conference Final was a ratings flop, and the San Antonio Spurs advancing to the Finals won’t help the NBA or ESPN. But at least they won’t have the numbers the NHL and NBC will have for the Ducks-Senators Stanley Cup matchup. Sadly for the NBA, that’s the only positive thing out of all this. Meanwhile, the […]

You’re on the clock

In honor of ESPN’s ridiculously overhyped NFL Draft coverage (yes, I checked the calendar – it’s still March, where we are supposed to be consumed with MARCH MADNESS), we’re putting every post on the clock… from noon today until noon tomorrow, every post title will be “on the clock”, including this blog. This is being done to point out the […]

They Gone!

Joel Hollander’s behind just got shoved out the door… Dan Mason, a CBS Radio veteran, is returning to the fold to replace Hollander as president and CEO of CBS Radio, Inc. Meanwhile, Joke Theissman, er, I mean Joe Theissman is out after 20 years working on ESPN’s football games. This past season, he worked alongside Mike Trico and Tony Kornhiser […]

Say so long to "Queer Eye", "Quite Frankly"

The Q’s are out… Bravo dumps Queer Eye for the Straight Guy after five seasons, while ESPN cancels Quite Frankly after two. Rest assured these shows won’t be missed. (Let’s hope Stephen A. stays away from daytime TV… There are already too many bombastic personalties in that field already.)

Toss Up

Welcome to Pardon the Interruption! Filling in for Tony and Mike today, I’m your host, T Dog. The hell with headlines, let’s get to our game today – Toss Up! Let’s go to the producer… Producer: Who is the biggest moron? Jay Mariotti or Bill O’Reilly? Hmmm. That’s a tough one. One is an asshole. The other is an asshole. […]