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By New York Daily News | January 12, 1994
NEW YORK -- Despite losing NFL TV rights to the Fox Network, CBS will keep its hand in the game next season by continuing "The NFL Today" pre-game show.CBS yesterday confirmed its decision to do an hour-long version (noon-1 p.m. EST) of the popular show, which previously ran a half-hour. CBS Broadcast Group president Howard Stringer announced the plan during a closed-door meeting Monday night with CBS affiliates attending a three-day session at the La Costa resort in Carlsbad, Calif.CBS's decision opens the door to a few questions, such as who will appear on the show?
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2012
Analyst Brian Billick and play-by-play announcer Thom Brennaman delivered smart, smooth and informative coverage of the Ravens' victory over the Dallas Cowboys Sunday on Fox. The entire production - from Laura Okmin's sideline reports to the myriad and sharply focused angles from which the cameras closely followed key plays - was so vastly superior to what Ravens fans usually get with second- and third-string CBS Sports crews that the telecast felt...
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By Milton Kent | September 21, 1999
Though he spent three hours in the "Monday Night Football" booth last night, ABC analyst Boomer Esiason's most astute observations yesterday came during his appearance on Don Imus' morning radio show.Esiason, on the phone from Dallas, the site of last night's game, chuckled at the thought of the overwrought Sunday NFL pre-game shows, and wondered aloud, "What's going on?"Esiason spoke specifically of Terry Bradshaw's tear-filled chat with Green Bay's Brett Favre and his wife, Deanna, over the quarterback's problems with drinking and prescription drugs.
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By Edward Lee | September 16, 2012
Quarterback Joe Flacco has completed 14 of 17 passes for 92 yards and one touchdown en route to helping the Ravens take a 17-7 lead against the Philadelphia Eagles at halftime. Flacco, who is enjoying a 108.8 rating and has connected with eight different receivers, was a topic of discussion on two pre-game shows earlier in the morning. On ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown, the analysts were asked whether Flacco is ready to be an elite quarterback. Here is what a few of them said: Former Denver Broncos linebacker Tom Jackson: “(The)
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By RAY FRAGER | January 27, 1991
If there's one word that can be used to describe the prospects for today's Super Bowl telecast, it's unbe-blimp-able.OK, so that's not a word. But the Super Bowl is not a football game. It's an Event. It's a Television Event. It's a Major Television Event. It's the kind of thing that makes you want to capitalize words unnecessarily.But there won't be any blimp. Precautions against terrorism have led officials to close the airspace above Tampa Stadium during the game -- and that includes ABC's blimp.
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By RAY FRAGER | February 1, 2008
Presenting more sports media notes while looking ahead to perhaps our greatest national holiday, embraced by those of all faiths and no religion, by those with every shade of skin, by those whose American roots go back 400 years or last year and by those from one end of the political spectrum to the other, Super Bowl Sunday: Just added to the Super Bowl festivities: The coin for the flip will be carried out to midfield by ESPN's Dana Jacobson, who will...
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By MILTON KENT | January 25, 1995
Believe it or not, beyond all the bluster about introducing the nonfootball fan to the biggest game of the year, there really is a credible reason for a two-hour Super Bowl pre-game show, and hype master Brent Musburger has it."There's an economic component here," said Musburger, who will be host of ABC's shindig from Miami on Sunday afternoon (4 p.m., Channel 2). "There are a lot of advertisers who want to be associated with the Super Bowl, but there just aren't that many availabilities during the game, so we have a longer pre-game show."
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | March 13, 1996
*TC After fighting the NFL pre-game show battle with Fox and ESPN with a hand tied behind its back, NBC joined the club and expanded its "NFL on NBC" to an hour, beginning next season, in an announcement made at the league's meetings in West Palm Beach, Fla., yesterday.In expanding the show from its current 30-minute format, NBC made a number of affiliate-friendly moves that helped sell the move to local stations that might not have been so willing to accommodate the sports division.For instance, NBC has promised to give five minutes of commercial time to local stations in the first half-hour to sell as their own to compensate for the revenue that might be lost by the expansion, which, in some markets, like Baltimore, will cut into lucrative local Sunday news shows.
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By RAY FRAGER | January 24, 1992
Here we sit, on the cusp of the Super Bowl -- and, as those of you who ever have sat on a cusp know, it's darned uncomfortable.On Sunday, CBS is making a bold move, increasing the Super Bowl pre-game show by a half-hour, giving us a 2 1/2 -hour lead-in to the Ultimate Game. "The Super Bowl Today" airs at 3:30 p.m. (channels 11, 9), featuring all of your favorite CBS stars -- Greg Gumbel, Terry Bradshaw, Lesley Visser, Pat O'Brien, Dan Fouts, Randy Cross and the announcers for the Game of Games, Pat Summerall and John Madden.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | August 2, 1996
The Ravens have tapped Baltimore native and veteran local sportscaster Tom Davis to call the TV play-by-play on the three preseason games that are available for local telecast, including tomorrow night's opener.Davis, who is host to the Orioles pre-game show on Home Team Sports and does morning sports updates on WQSR (105.7 FM), will be joined in the booth by analyst Paul Maguire, with former Colts linebacker Stan White doing sideline interviews.The telecast airs live at 7: 30 tomorrow night on Channel 54, with a replay at noon Sunday on Channel 45. It will be produced by HTS.On the radio side, Infinity, the team's carrier, has announced that Steve Davis, Channel 45's weekend sports anchor, will be host of the pre-game and halftime shows, starting tomorrow.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 10, 2012
WJZ-TV, which angered many fans in May when it cut away from a dramatic 17th inning win by the Baltimore Orioles to go to "60 Minutes," found itself in the same kind of programming crunch Monday. The CBS-owned station cut away from the men's finals of the U.S Open tennis championship at 6:30 Monday night to go to its Baltimore Ravens pre-game show. The station started running a crawl about 6:10 p.m. telling viewers they could follow the men's finals by going online to the station's website, wjz.com.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 1, 2012
Just when you thought you couldn't possibly hate CBS Sports' coverage of the Baltimore Ravens more, along come Dan Marino and Boomer Esiason with their ignorant pre-game predictions Sunday. “I love the Bengals to come of age today,” Esiason said. “I think Baltimore's going to be the fifth seed,” Marino added. “Baltimore has not been a good road team all year.  And A.J. Green is coming back for Cincinnati. That means Pittsburgh's got to beat Cleveland, which I think will happen.  They will be the No. 2 seed, and Cincinnati gets in the playoffs today.”  Right, guys.
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By RAY FRAGER | March 28, 2008
It's Friday, and so here's one more unpleasant thing before the weekend - another set of sports media notes: After working the first two games of the major league season for ESPN in Japan earlier this week, Gary Thorne's vocal cords should be over jet lag in time to call Monday's Orioles opener. Thorne is joined by Jim Palmer in the booth and Amber Theoharis on the field. The game will be simulcast on WJZ/Channel 13 and Mid-Atlantic Sports Network at 3 p.m. However, the high-definition version of the Orioles vs. the Tampa Bay Rays will be available only on the MASN HD channel, not WJZ. WJZ's pre-game show begins at 2, featuring sports anchor Mark Viviano and his news-desk colleagues.
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By RAY FRAGER | February 1, 2008
Presenting more sports media notes while looking ahead to perhaps our greatest national holiday, embraced by those of all faiths and no religion, by those with every shade of skin, by those whose American roots go back 400 years or last year and by those from one end of the political spectrum to the other, Super Bowl Sunday: Just added to the Super Bowl festivities: The coin for the flip will be carried out to midfield by ESPN's Dana Jacobson, who will...
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August 26, 2006
Ravens unworthy of benefit of doubt Tuesday's Sports section led with the headline: "Unofficial targets?" The article following rhetorically asked whether the Ravens are assessed more penalties than deserved. The answer is probably yes, but it's easy to see why. Much like a pitcher who has been consistently wild throughout his stint in a baseball game is not given the benefit of the doubt on close calls, the same may be true of the Ravens. Any team that celebrates the most routine play as if it were the Second Coming deserves a torrent of flags.
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By KEVIN COWHERD and KEVIN COWHERD,SUN COLUMNIST | November 12, 2005
It's football season, you have tickets to the big game and for once you'd like to throw a tailgate party that involves something more than beer, Doritos and a few hotdogs withering on the hibachi. For tips on throwing a first-class tailgate party, we headed to the legendary bash hosted before every Ravens home game by the Poe Brothers, who are really affable brothers Marc and Gary Scher. Held in parking lot G at M&T Bank Stadium, this is the Mount Everest of all tailgate parties, a lavish, but not pretentious, affair for some 50 guests highlighted by a Maryland crab soup so good you'd push your mother out of the way for the last bowlful, and a crab dip delicious enough to make grown men weep.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN SPORTS MEDIA CRITIC | July 14, 1998
For the first time in its 28 years, "Monday Night Football" will have a pre-game show, and Baltimore stands to be a part of that history.Steve Bornstein, who serves as president of ABC Sports and ESPN, said the odds are "better than 50-50" that the network will bring the "MNF" pre-game and halftime shows to the new ESPN Zone restaurant for the entire 1998 season."
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By Milton Kent | August 29, 1997
For many, the opening weekend of the NFL season signals the end of a long spring and summer slumber, where the world comes back into focus after months of dormancy. For some others, the beginning of a pro football campaign means the onset of a nightmare of months of hype and overkill.The truth for most people is probably somewhere in the middle, but no matter your feelings, the season is upon us, with no fewer than five national media outlets gearing up to hit you hard and heavy with pigskin coverage.
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By RAY FRAGER | February 4, 2005
HOW TO TAG the Super Bowl? The ultimate game? Duane Thomas cured us of that. An unofficial American holiday? Sure, we all agree. How big is it? It's intergalactic, planetary (note pathetic attempt to be cool by quoting a 7-year-old Beastie Boys song). It's a pageant (note pathetic attempt at indie cred with Wag the Dog movie reference). The NFL gives it those mock heroic Roman numerals - thankfully not being used in The Sun - usually reserved only for Rocky movies and old-money heirs with homes in the Hamptons.
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By Dave Barry and Dave Barry,Knight Ridder/Tribune | December 21, 2003
LET'S SAY YOU'RE a middle-aged guy. It's a Sunday afternoon, and you're planning to relax by watching a little football, defined as "11 consecutive hours of football." You settle on the sofa and turn on the pre-game show, and the first thing you see is a commercial for a pickup truck. This is followed by another commercial for a pickup truck, and then, for a change of pace, several more commercials for pickup trucks. Then there are about 45 seconds of men talking about football, followed by still more commercials for pickup trucks.
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