Why do Eric Shanks and Charlie Dixon put up with Clay Travis’ race-baiting in return for 0 extra viewers?

September 20, 2018

Eric Shanks (pictured above) and Charlie Dixon provided the opportunity so I’m running with it. Race-baiting is bad and harmful unless you’re racist and I’ve been using the lousy viewership for FS1’s LOCK IT IN to make that point precisely because Fox Sports rewarded race-baiting clown Clay Travis with a TV show. Some have asked “but why not go after Skip Bayless instead of Clay?”   I have a simple test for…

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Enabling Clay Travis’ race-baiting

September 18, 2018

Hello hello I don’t know why you say goodbye, I say hello Hello hello I don’t know why you say goodbye, I say hello – John Lennon & Paul McCartney Federal Express had been “FedEx” for at least a couple of years before I noticed that the empty space between the E and x formed that arrow. Someone had to point it out to me and they did so while…

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A Ratings Travis-ty? Nobody is watching Fox Sports new gambling show

September 13, 2018

Leave Clay Travis alone! Just kidding. Bust Clay’s chops all you want. Clay brought the scorn and derision about LOCK IT IN’s ratings on himself. I’m not rooting for LOCK IT IN to fail. I was rooting for Clay to be spared the ignominy of low ratings by Fox Sports never rewarding his behavior with a TV job to begin with. Had Fox not hired Clay I think the show…

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NFL TV Ratings: expect them to go down & expect the NFL to shrug

September 2, 2018

Prediction: NFL’s TV ratings this season will be down 5-10% Prediction: the NFL will spin that by noting that the national NFL windows were the most-watched programming on TV by a wide margin. Both are easy predictions. The ratings prediction might  be wrong but until that trend reverses I’m riding with it. I wouldn’t worry too much about the TV ratings if I were the NFL. I’d worry more about…

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Mailbag: Why target Fox Sports’ nonsense instead of ESPN’s?

August 31, 2018

Scott from Phoenix writes: I’m not political. I watch both Fox Sports & ESPN programming. Focusing on Fox Sports in this example doesn’t make sense. ESPN isn’t innocent when it comes to ginning up divisive nonsense. Why pick on Fox exclusively? Scott asks a reasonable question. I’m not nearly as sure my answer is reasonable. But just like I have it in me to grab a pair of binoculars at 4AM…

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High Noon (Alaska Time)

August 9, 2018

h/t @vlime286 for the naming convention. Backchannel messages expressing disbelief that I’m delighted by HIGH NOON’s move to 4pm?  I has them. I’m not talking about idiot minions who follow intellectually dishonest doofus “Boobs” characters on the Internet either. I’m talking about reasonable people who I know and like asking me why I’m shilling for ESPN about HIGH NOON moving and getting shortened to 30 minutes. I’m not doing the…

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HIGH NOON (9AM Pacific) Debut

June 4, 2018

  I love Bomani & Pablo and no matter what my personal opinion of their show is I’m rooting for their success. The debut show’s production aesthetic triggered my 1992 Wolfenstein 3D brain.  Where do I have to run? What’s trying to kill me? Where do I have to shoot? Even the soundtrack of the first segment had a Wolfenstein vibe. It completely distracted me from the most important part of…

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