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Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (86) is stopped for a first down by Atlanta Falcons free safety Isaiah Oliver (26) Atlanta Falcons strong safety Keanu Neal (22) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in Atlanta. The Atlanta Falcons won 24-20. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
September 17, 2019 - 6:14 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The new television season hasn't begun yet, but the football season has, and it's carrying the networks in the interim. Four NFL games finished among the Nielsen company's top 12 shows last week, led by the Sunday night matchup of Philadelphia against Atlanta. ABC devoted its entire...
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Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (86) is stopped for a first down by Atlanta Falcons free safety Isaiah Oliver (26) Atlanta Falcons strong safety Keanu Neal (22) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in Atlanta. The Atlanta Falcons won 24-20. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
September 17, 2019 - 5:14 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The new television season hasn't begun yet, but the football season has, and it's carrying the networks in the interim. The Nielsen company says four NFL games finished among its top 12 prime time shows last week, led by the Sunday night matchup between Philadelphia and Atlanta. ABC...
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FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2018, file photo, Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake (32) runs for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The NFL revealed 70 of the 100 greatest plays in league history on Friday night with a TV special produced by NFL Films that has everything from spectacular offensive performances to defensive gems. In balloting conducted by The Associated Press, 68 media members on a nationwide panel voted for their top 100. Among those disclosed is the play some have dubbed “The Drake Escape.” (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
September 13, 2019 - 10:03 pm
What a play. Make that 100 of them. The NFL revealed 70 of the 100 greatest plays in league history on Friday night with a TV special produced by NFL Films that has everything from spectacular offensive performances to defensive gems. In balloting conducted by The Associated Press, 68 media members...
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FILE - In this Dec. 23, 2018, file photo, Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph runs into the end zone untouched for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit. Rudolph has had a pretty stable career with just the Vikings, but he was involved in at least one significant trade. In his father's fantasy football keeper league.(AP Photo/Jose Juarez, File)
September 13, 2019 - 12:43 pm
Kyle Rudolph is now in his ninth season with the Minnesota Vikings, the team that drafted him in 2011. He's had a stable career with just that franchise, but he was involved in at least one significant trade. In his father's fantasy football keeper league. "My dad actually did not draft me when I...
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In this photo provided by Starpix, James Pitaro speaks at the Paley Center for Media in New York, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro expects competition from Silicon Valley when the NFL's television contracts come up for renewal. The cable network's $15.2 billion, eight-year contract with the league for Monday night games runs through 2021. CBS, NBC and Fox and NBC have deals with the NFL that extend to 2022. Amazon, Google and Facebook could be among the bidders. (Patrick Huban/Starpix via AP)
September 12, 2019 - 2:38 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro expects competition from Silicon Valley when the NFL's television contracts come up for renewal. The cable network's $15.2 billion, eight-year agreement with the league for Monday night games runs through 2021. CBS, NBC and Fox and NBC have deals with the...
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September 11, 2019 - 9:06 am
The NFL's opening weekend to its 100th season delivered strong ratings for all games. The league and Nielsen said Wednesday there was an average of 17.1 million viewers for games, which is a 5 percent increase over last year. The New York Giants game against the Dallas Cowboys on Fox averaged 23.9...
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People eat and watch football at a Buffalo Wild Wings, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Las Vegas. MGM Resorts International and Buffalo Wild Wings are launching a mobile football game app for customers to pick favorite NFL teams, choose weekly fantasy performers and make proposition picks. Officials said the goal is to expand later at Buffalo Wild Wings in states where sports betting is legal through a mobile app called BetMGM. (AP Photo/John Locher)
September 10, 2019 - 9:44 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Television networks will be happy to know that ratings will go up for many of their programs next year, simply because the Nielsen company will count more people. The company whose numbers provide the currency for the TV industry says its change will begin next September, when it...
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Green Bay Packers' Adrian Amos intercepts a pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Chicago. The Packers won 10-3. (AP Photo/David Banks)
September 10, 2019 - 6:06 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Sept. 2-8. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership. 1. NFL Football: Green Bay at Chicago, NBC, 22.24 million. 2. NFL Football: Pittsburgh at New England, NBC, 22.21 million. 3. "NFL Thursday Pre-game," NBC, 14.79...
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In this Feb. 25, 2014, photo, longtime sportscaster and announcer Fred McLeod works with Austin Carr, right, at a Cleveland Cavaliers game in Cleveland. McLeod has died. He was 67. The Cavaliers said McLeod died suddenly Monday night, Sept. 9, 2019, but did not elaborate. They called him a "great friend and teammate" and a "heart-felt ambassador." (Lynn Ischay/The Plain Dealer via AP)
September 10, 2019 - 1:35 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Fred McLeod's passion poured through the TV no matter what game he was covering. The longtime sportscaster and announcer, who called Cleveland's NBA championship in 2016 and told his cameraman to keep rolling when Stanford's band was on the field in 1982, died Monday. He was 67...
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In this Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, photo, former NBA star Dennis Rodman poses wearing a T-shirt depicting himself in a wedding dress at a 1996 book promo event, in Los Angeles. After a career of spectacular highs and very public lows, Dennis Rodman keeps finding new ways to surprise. The former NBA star, featured in a new ESPN documentary, weighs in on his personal brand, bisexual athletes, North Korea and Trump. Rodman's spectacular personal highs and very public lows are the subject of the new ESPN "30 For 30" documentary "Dennis Rodman: For Better or Worse." (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
September 10, 2019 - 11:29 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dennis Rodman keeps finding new ways to surprise. The 58-year-old former NBA star built his own personal brand of flamboyant individualism well before social media made every pro athlete accessible to fans. He says: "I was just being free." After winning two championships with...
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