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Brandon Marshall to perform high-wire act on 'Inside the NFL'

The Chicago Bears' Brandon Marshall sits on the

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The venerable “Inside the NFL’’ on Showtime has a different look for this season, including a new night (Tuesday), a new host (Greg Gumbel) and new cast members (Boomer Esiason, Ed Reed).

But all of that is trumped by this: Among the new analysts will be Brandon Marshall, who happens also to be an active player as a receiver for the Bears.

The team approved of the plan, which most weeks...

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Is NFL overdoing it in prime time?

Al Michaels

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NFL games on Thursdays are nothing new, but putting them on a major broadcast network is – and that’s exactly what the league will do early this season on CBS.

Might that dilute NBC’s Sunday night and ESPN’s Monday night packages, or is there no end to fans’ appetites?

I asked the lead voice of NBC’s “Sunday Night Football,’’ the most-viewed prime time show in America three years running.

“I’m...

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Matching wits: CBS' new No. 2 NFL team is Fouts, Eagle

DAN FOUTS (Inducted 1993) Team: Chargers (1973-83) Games:

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There are no changes this season in the lead NFL booths at CBS, NBC, Fox and ESPN, but both CBS and Fox have new No. 2s.

Fox has elevated Kevin Burkhardt and John Lynch, part of a meteoric rise for Burkhardt that will see him depart as SNY’s Mets reporter later this month.

CBS moved up Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts to succeed Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf after Dierdorf retired from the network....

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Oh my: Dick Enberg still talkin' baseball

Dick Enberg interviews Roger Federer.

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Dick Enberg, who has been summoned to call one last U.S. Open match for CBS Sunday, rarely works on national television anymore, which leads many sports fans to assume he has retired.

“Oh, I get that all the time,’’ he said. “People say, ‘Hey, what are you doing now that you’re retired?’ I say, ‘Well, let’s start with 140 games a season.’’’

Enberg, who turns 80 in January, has been the...

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'The Simpsons' are good sports

"Always feel with your heart, although it's better

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With FXX’s 12-day, 552-episode marathon of “The Simpsons’’ winding down at last, soon it will be time to eat, sleep and reconnect with family members.

First, this observation: Until the network strung together the entire quarter century, I did not fully appreciate the depth of sports-themed shows in the archives.

ESPN.com once did a list of the best 100 sports moments on the show...

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SNY to profile Dwight Gooden in documentary

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Dwight Gooden, the last professional athlete I followed as an unabashed fan before I turned into a crusty, cynical old sportswriter, turns 50 this autumn. Fifty! Say it ain’t so, Doc.

Anyway, on at 9:30 p.m. Monday SNY will get a jump on the retrospectives surrounding that milestone – as well as the 30th anniversary of his first Mets season – when...

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Melo, Eli among investors in secondary ticket site

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 15: Professional basketball

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Need a difficult-to-get ticket to a big game?

Eli Manning or Carmelo Anthony might be able to hook you up.

SeatGeek, the secondary ticket market search engine, announced Thursday it had raised $35 million in financing, with Anthony, Manning and Manning's brother Peyton among the investors.

Here is Bloomberg's story on the transaction, since reading the original news release turned...

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Josh Lewin's radio partner suspended for anti-Semitic joke

The new Mets radio announcer Josh Lewin will

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No, not Howie Rose!

It was Josh Lewin's other radio partner - Hank Bauer, who works Chargers games with him - who landed in hot water thanks to an anti-Semitic joke he made during San Diego's preseason game against the 49ers.

Bauer was suspended for Thursday night's preseason finale against the Cardinals.

Lewin's primary summer job is calling Mets games on WOR radio....

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ESPN takes a bath on Michael Sam shower story

St. Louis Rams rookie defensive end Michael Sam

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Could ESPN's Josina Anderson have done a better, more delicate job on some elements of her report earlier this week about how Michael Sam has been accepted by his Rams teammates?

Yes, she could have.

But was her story so egregious it warranted a firestorm of social media criticism, an apology from ESPN, an angry response from Rams coach Jeff Fisher and the full Jon Stewart indignation...

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Greg LeMond recalls slaying the Badger

ESPN’s 30-for-30 returns Tuesday with “Slaying the Badger,’’ which focuses on Greg LeMond – who is back to being officially the only American to win the Tour de France – and his 1980s friend/teammate/rival Bernard Hinault.

The film, based on the book of that name by Richard Moore, reveals time has not healed old wounds for LeMond and his wife, Kathy.

This might be the best thing about...

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