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Al Michaels Apologizes for Harvey Weinstein Joke on ‘Sunday Night Football’

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Al Michaels Apologizes for Harvey Weinstein Joke on ‘Sunday Night Football’
Veteran sports broadcaster Al Michaels jokingly compared New York Giants wide receivers to Harvey Weinstein’s very bad week on “Sunday Night Football” — and apologized on-air within the hour. “Sorry I made a reference earlier,” the NFL primetime play-by-play man began his mea culpa. “I tried to be a little flip about somebody obviously very much in the news all over the country. It was not meant in that manner. So my apologies, and we will just leave it at that.” Partner Cris Collinsworth echoed Al’s “leave it at that” sentiment, and so they did. Also Read: Model Recorded That Harvey Weinstein.
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NFL Sound Guy Gets Completely Creamed by Minnesota Vikings Player (Video)

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NFL Sound Guy Gets Completely Creamed by Minnesota Vikings Player (Video)
Head on a swivel, NFL sound guy. Here’s some free life advice: Never step onto a football field if you don’t want to get hit. That’s something Bernie Beaudry probably wishes he was reminded of last weekend. That’s because on Sunday, the dude got completely creamed just trying to do his job. Minnesota Vikings Defensive Tackle Linval Joseph plowed over Beaudry while emerging from the locker room tunnel during pregame introductions. Also Read: Bill Simmons Gets Torched by NBC's Cris Collinsworth Over Canceled HBO Show Joseph stands 6’4” and weighs 329 pounds. Beaudry, who, ah, does not, ended
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Bill Simmons Gets Torched by NBC’s Cris Collinsworth Over Canceled HBO Show

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Bill Simmons Gets Torched by NBC’s Cris Collinsworth Over Canceled HBO Show
Cris Collinsworth 1, Bill Simmons 0. During a Super Bowl Xlix rematch between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks Sunday night, former Grantland editor-in-chief Bill Simmons was critical of NBC Sports analyst Collinsworth’s commentary. “Somebody needs to gently break the news to Collinsworth that the Pats have a weak front 7 and that’s why Seattle’s o-line looks good,” he tweeted. Also Read: Bill Simmons' HBO Talk Show 'Any Given Wednesday' Canceled Simmons was skating on thin ice considering that his HBO show “Any Given Wednesday” was canceled on Nov. 4 after just four months due to dire ratings,
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Cris Collinsworth -- Shot Fired at Bill Simmons ... Your Show Flopped!

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Cris Collinsworth is straight Twitter beefin' with Bill Simmons ... and it's kind of awesome. Here's the long story short ... Simmons was snarkin' on Twitter Sunday night during the Pats vs. Seahawks game on 'Snf' ... which Collinsworth was announcing.  Bill commented that someone needed to "gently" inform Cris that the Seahawks offense was dominating the Pats because they have a weak front 7.  Cc didn't take kindly to the criticism and fired back.  "Thanks Bill, we'll look
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Fans: Mike Tirico Sidelining Is an ‘Absolute Crime’

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Fans: Mike Tirico Sidelining Is an ‘Absolute Crime’
Enjoy Mike Tirico while you can, football fans, because once the regular season starts on Sept. 9 he’ll be sidelined. The Espn veteran commentator, who moved over to NBC earlier this year, is calling the “Thursday Night Football” preseason matchup tonight between the Atlanta Falcons and the Miami Dolphins. But he won’t be joining Cris Collinsworth in the analyst booth during the regular season because he wasn’t named in the network’s initial bid. That has sparked an outcry among fans who grew to love Tirico’s distinctive and enlightening play-calling when he shared duties with Jon Gruden
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TNT’s Ernie Johnson Gives Emmy to Stuart Scott’s Daughters

TNT’s Ernie Johnson Gives Emmy to Stuart Scott’s Daughters
Ernie Johnson sure is a class act.

On Tuesday night at the Sports Emmys, the TNT host gave his award for best studio host to the daughters of late Espn anchor Stuart Scott, who lost his battle with cancer in January.

Ernie Johnson @TNT Won #SportsEmmy best studio host accepts,says "this belongs w Stuart Scott" gives to his children pic.twitter.com/WNTtY8TXQz

Holly Rowe (@sportsiren) May 6, 2015

TNT’s Johnson knows a thing or two about fighting cancer. In 2006, he took a leave of absence during his battle with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He later returned as host of the Emmy-winning show “NBA on TNT” alongside Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith.

Scott’s daughters attended the 36th Sports Emmys on behalf of their father, who was honored for his service and dedication to sports media.

This Emmy was for @TaeAndSyd & dad Stuart Scott, courtesy of Ernie johnson. Watch https://t.
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#SB49: Super Bowl 2015 pregame show TV schedule

#SB49: Super Bowl 2015 pregame show TV schedule on NBC begins Sunday, Feb. 1, at 12pm Et, with the special Football America: Our Teams. NBC has a total of six hours of Super Bowl Xlix pregame show coverage. Full press release and details from NBC Sports below: NBC Sports Presents Six Hours Of Super Bowl Xlix Pre-game Coverage NBC Super Bowl Xlix Pre-Game Show Begins on NBC at Noon Et on Sunday, Feb. 1 Dan Patrick, Josh Elliott, Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison, Hines Ward, Mike Florio, Peter King, Bob Costas, Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya Preview Super Bowl Xlix … Continue reading →

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'Sunday Night Football' Team Talks Redskins Controversy and New Thursday Competition

This story first appeared in the Aug. 29 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. CBS Sports is gearing up for Thursday Night Football, the NFL's first expansion into broadcast primetime since 2006, when Sunday night games moved from Espn to NBC. But the crew at NBC Sports -- including chairman Mark Lazarus, 51; play-by-play team Al Michaels, 69, Cris Collinsworth, 55, and sideline reporter Michele Tafoya, 49; coordinating producer Fred Gaudelli, 54; and director Drew Esocoff, 56 -- says it is not concerned about the incursion. "We're not playing against anybody," says Michaels. And Lazarus notes that CBS' eight weeks

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell: Football ‘Has Never Been Safer’

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell: Football ‘Has Never Been Safer’
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell defended professional football's attempts to reduce head injuries Thursday, but declined to say whether there is anything wrong with the way the game is played. As a Wrap reporter pressed Goodell for a yes or no answer, CBS CEO Les Moonves interrupted to ask for someone else to ask a question. They spoke at a Television Critics Association panel about CBS's “Thursday Night Football.” Also read: Cris Collinsworth Says ‘League of Denial’ Won't Stop His Kids From Playing Football A judge recently approved a multimillion-dollar settlement in which the NFL agreed to pay former NFL players who say.
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Cris Collinsworth Says ‘League of Denial’ Won't Stop His Kids From Playing Football

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Cris Collinsworth Says ‘League of Denial’ Won't Stop His Kids From Playing Football
Days after a judge approved a settlement in which the National Football League will pay out hundreds of millions of dollars to players with concussion-related health claims, NBC analyst and former NFL player Cris Collinsworth said he doesn't hesitate to let his two sons play the game. Collinsworth was asked at a “Sunday Night Football” panel Monday to comment on the PBS's 2013 “Frontline” special “League of Denial,” which detailed how players suffer brain disorders, including dementia, after years of gridiron collisions. One of his sons played in high school, and the other — Austin Collinsworth — plays at Notre...
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NBC Tops Sports Emmys, Extends ‘Sunday Night Football’ Streak

NBC led the field Tuesday with six wins at the 35th annual Sports Emmy Awards, presented at Frederick P. Rose Hall in Gotham.

The Peacock’s “Sunday Night Football” (pictured) extended its streak in the live sports series category to a sixth consecutive year. NBC’s other wins included Bob Costas for sports personality in studio, Michele Tafoya for sports reporter and Cris Collinsworth for sports event analyst.

NBC sibling Telemundo also nabbed two trophies, including Andres Cantor’s win for on-air personality in Spanish.

Fox Sports ran a close second to NBC with five nods, including the prize for live sports special for last year’s World Series coverage.

Turner Broadcasting pioneer and former Atlanta Braves owner Ted Turner was feted with the org’s life achievement award.

Here is a complete list of winners:

Outstanding Live Sports Special

The 109th World Series – Red Sox vs. Cardinals Fox

Executive Producers

John Entz,
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NBC Sports Group, ‘Sunday Night Football’ Lead The League At Sports Emmys

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NBC‘s Sunday Night Football has been the most-watched primetime program for four years running at it kept another streak alive tonight. The show won its sixth consecutive Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Sports Series during the ceremony at Lincoln Center in Manhattan, with color man Cris Collinsworth and sideline reporter Michelle Tafoya also taking home the hardward. The Peacock led all networks with a half-dozen wins — including Bob Costas for Outstanding Studio Host, his 26th career nod — followed by Espn, Fox and Mlb Network with five apiece. Mlb landed the Outstanding Live Sports Special Emmy for its coverage of the Red Sox-Cardinals World Series. Showtime scored a Tko in the Outstanding Edited Sports Event Coverage category for its All Access: Mayweather vs. Canelo Epilogue. NBC Sports Group, which also includes Nbcsn and Telemundo, scored a leading 10 wins; Espn was second with a combined seven trophies for the flagship network,
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Sunday Ratings: Grammy Awards, Bachelor, Pro Bowl, Family Guy

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Sunday, January 26, 2014 ratings -- New episodes: America's Funniest Home Videos, 60 Minutes, The Simpsons, Bob's Burgers, Family Guy, and American Dad!. Sports: Cris Collinsworth's Sunday Night Football and 2014 Pro Bowl. Specials: The Bachelor and The 56th Annual Grammy Awards. Reruns: Bob's Burgers, American Dad!, Castle, and America's Funniest Home Videos.

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TV ratings: Grammy Awards on par with 2013, Pro Bowl holds steady

Fast National ratings for Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014

The 56th Grammy Awards drew about as big an audience as the 55th Grammys, with early ratings showing the prime-time portion of the show (which ran to 11:45 p.m. Et) in line with last year's numbers.

Also Sunday, NBC's Pro Bowl telecast was pretty much even with last year's despite the extra competition from the Grammys. "The Bachelor: Sean and Catherine's Wedding" didn't draw much of an audience for ABC, but it did improve significantly on a "Bachelorette" wedding special from December 2012.

CBS drew 25.9 million viewers and a 14.6 rating/22 share in households in primetime, beating the combined total of the other three networks. NBC (9.3 million, 5.4/8) came in second, although its numbers may rise with its live football broadcast. ABC (5.6 million, 3.7/6) took third, and Fox trailed with 3 million viewers and a 1.8/3.

CBS also dominated the 18-49 demographic with an 8.1 rating. NBC scored a 3.1 to finish second,
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USA Lures Gmc To Sponsor Anti-Bullying Documentary Starring NFL Players

USA Lures Gmc To Sponsor Anti-Bullying Documentary Starring NFL Players
Football players get teased and shunned too.

As part of a continuing public-service campaign that typically features characters from its slate of original programs, NBCUniversal’s USA is expanding an annual effort it makes in conjunction with the National Football League to help young people who face prejudice and bullying.

For three years, USA has aired a one-hour documentary during Super Bowl weekend showing NFL players discussing personal stories of how they overcame discrimination. In the past, the program has not been sponsored, according to a spokeswoman for the network. But this time, General Motors’ Gmc trucks will align itself with an expanded effort.

Starting Monday, December 2, USA Network and the National Football League will feature a weekly on-air vignette and webisode series on charactersunite.com, an extension of the previous program. The digital content will lead into the third annual showing of “NFL Characters Unite” on Friday, January 31, at 7 p.
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USA Network Expands 'NFL Characters Unite' Partnership

USA Network and the NFL are expanding their NFL Characters Unite partnership for the third year. In addition to the annual one-hour documentary that airs during Super Bowl weekend, the expanded pact includes weekly on-air vignettes and a new web series launching Monday, Dec. 2 that will live on CharactersUnite.com, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The series kicks off with Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb. The initiative will then end with the third NFL Characters Unite doc, narrated by Sunday Night Football's Cris Collinsworth, premiering Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 at 7 p.m. Est/Pst on

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What to TiVo: Tuesday

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ABC 8:00 Extreme Weight Loss (new) 10:00 Body of Proof (repeat) 11:35 Jimmy Kimmel Live (new, with guest Josh Duhamel) 12:37 Nightline (new) CBS 8:00 NCIS (repeat) 9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (repeat) 10:00 Person of Interest (repeat) 11:35 Late Show With David Letterman (new, with guest Matt Damon) 12:37 The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (repeat, with guest Kat Dennings) Fox 8:00 So You Think You Can Dance (new) NBC 8:00 Hollywood Game Night (repeat) 9:00 America's Got Talent (new) 11:34 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (repeat, with guests Katy Perry and Cris Collinsworth) 12:37 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (repeat, with guests Justin Timberlake and Timothy Olyphant) The CW 8:00 Whose Line Is It Anyway (new) 8:30 Whose Line Is It Anyway (repeat) 9:00 Capture (new) More TV to watch when you read more.
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Cowboys face Dolphins, NFL Hall of Fame on "Sunday Night Football" - details

Sunday Night Football, television’s No. 1 primetime program, kicks off the NFL’s 2013 preseason schedule with the NFL/Hall of Fame Game this Sunday at 8 p.m. Et as Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys face second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill, his new free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace and the Miami Dolphins. Calling Cowboys-Dolphins from Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio is seven-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his 28th season as the voice of the NFL’s premier primetime package; 14-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth, who has won the Emmy for Outstanding Event Analyst in each of his four seasons in the Sunday Night Football booth; and sideline reporter Michele Tafoya, who won the inaugural Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports
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TCA: Touchdown for Neo! 'Sunday Night Football' Plans 'Matrix'-Style Replays

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TCA: Touchdown for Neo! 'Sunday Night Football' Plans 'Matrix'-Style Replays
NBC's "Sunday Night Football" is introducing 360-degree replays that will finally allow fans to second-guess referees, "Matrix"-style. Beginning with the game from Dallas on Sept. 8, the network will have 24 cameras in each end-zone to allow spinning camerawork inspired by the Keanu Reeves saga. NBC coordinated the cameras with Cowboys Stadium. The new replays are just one way "Sunday Night Football," television's highest-rated and most-watched show, is trying to appeal to the broadest audience possible. "We're trying to be a show that really appeals to everybody," analyst Cris Collinsworth said during a
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