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World Cup scores for ESPN

Russia's President Vladimir Putin, left, FIFA President Sepp

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ESPN executives promised before the World Cup the network’s enthusiasm would not be diminished by the fact Fox will take over for 2018 and ’22. They delivered.

The Worldwide Leader did an excellent job with the worldwide spectacle, and blessed with a favorable time zone, exciting games and an intriguing American team, the ratings were strong – both on ESPN and Univision, the Spanish-language...

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ABC to televise its 50th consecutive Indy 500

Helio Castroneves, of Brazil, listens to music as

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ABC marks its 50th consecutive year televising the Indianapolis 500 Sunday, a marriage between a sports event and an American TV network third only in length to CBS and The Masters and ABC and the Little League World Series.

It is difficult to convey to youngish people how big the event once was – so big that in 1971 I convinced my mother to leave a 10-year-old alone in an Elizabeth, N.J.,...

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Brent Musburger moves from lead ESPN booth to SEC Network

Brent Musburger on the set of ESPN's College

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ESPN announced that Brent Musburger and Jesse Palmer will be its lead announcing team for college football games on the new SEC Network, starting Aug. 28 with Texas A&M at South Carolina.

The news means that Musburger, 74, no longer will be ESPN's lead college football play-by-play man for major events such as Saturday night games on ABC and the national championship game.

ESPN did...

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Erin Andrews will stay with Fox Sports despite new DWTS gig

Fox Sports sideline reporter Erin Andrews during a

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Erin Andrews will join ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" as a co-host, the show announced Monday.

I will leave the basics of this matter to our non-sports media/entertainment crew, but for the purposes of our little corner of the world the important thing is that Ms. Andrews will continue in her multi-faceted role with Fox Sports.

Andrews - a former contestant on DWTS - is following the...

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