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Mike Francesa says CBSSN would prefer Attila the Hun over him

WFAN longtime radio host Mike Francesa on the

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By process of elimination, Fox Sports 1 and MSG must be the leading contenders for MIke Francesa's TV simulcast, what with Francesa saying on the air Tuesday that the cost of his show would exceed SNY's budget, then saying this about the "people" who run CBS Sports - and CBS Sports Network:

"We don’t get along. We haven’t gotten along for a long time. They would never, ever put me on the CBS...

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Carlos Silva, Yankees radio producer, dies at 50

WCBS 880 radio engineer Carlos Silva poses with

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Carlos Silva, the longtime producer and engineer for Yankees radio broadcasts on WCBS, died Sunday at age 50 of esophageal and stomach cancer, CBS Radio's website reported.

Silva had worked with announcers John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman since 2006; the team's radio broadcasts will move from WCBS to WFAN in 2014.

Silva originally was diagnosed in 2012 but worked the entire 2013 season...

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Giants, Jets are second-rate on TV

Quarterback Eli Manning of the Giants looks over

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New York usually trails smaller, less cosmopolitan markets when it comes to sports ratings, especially for football, and 2013 was no exception.

Average local ratings for both the Giants and Jets dropped for a second consecutive season as the Super Bowl co-hosts finished 30th and 31st in that category among the 32 NFL teams, according to Sports Business Daily.

Giants games averaged 15.3...

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49ers-Packers game draws massive audience

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) talks

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Sunday night's 49ers-Packers game at frigid Lambeau Field averaged 47.1 million viewers, which Fox said was the largest audience for a wild-card playoff round at least since 1988, the farthest back its records could document.

In Milwaukee, 58 percent of homes watched the game, including 80 percent of those with a television in use. In San Francisco, the figures were 40 and 74.

From 7:30...

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NFL wild-card games threatened with blackouts

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers warms up

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The NFL has become increasingly concerned about its customers choosing the comforts of their homes and high-def TVs over fighting traffic, paying big bucks, braving the elements and dealing with loutish fans to see games in person.

That is why the league has worked hard to improve the in-stadium experience, including the additions of vast video boards and frequent replays.

The trend...

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Football Nation tuned in again in '13

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning throws a pass

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There are those who fear for the future of football, given increasing concerns about its dangers. But in the present the sport never has been stronger.

Nielsen released its year-end roundup of television viewing and it showed nine of the top 10 programs were NFL related. The lone exception was the Academy Awards, at No. 7 with 40.4 million viewers.

No. 1 was Super Bowl XLVII at 108.7...

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Jets, Giants to play simultaneously for fourth time in five seasons

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, right,

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The Jets and Giants went a quarter of a century, from 1984 to 2009, without playing at the same time in the regular season – other than against each other. But Sunday they will do so for the fourth time in five seasons.

It occurred twice in 2009, the first time to avoid a conflict for Jets fans observing Yom Kippur, the second to avoid having the Giants visit the Eagles too close to the start...

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NFL uses flex to maintain flexbility

Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) makes

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The NFL’s decision to flex the Dec. 22 Ravens-Patriots game out of prime time for Eagles-Bears initially caused much head-scratching, until Sports Business Journal reported it was driven by an arcane TV contract provision.

It turns out the gap between games taken from CBS and Fox for prime time windows in any given season may not exceed three. If Ravens-Patriots had remained at night, CBS’s...

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CBS, NBC revisit JFK assassination through football eyes

1963: ROGER STAUBACH Quarterback, Navy Roger Staubach's 1,356-point

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No aspect of the assassination of John F. Kennedy will go un-reexamined over the next week, including its impact on the sports world. Two documentaries worth your time on that front:

First, Thursday night CBS Sports Network offers “Marching On: 1963 Army-Navy Remembered,’’ about that year’s epic, controversial showdown, which not only impacted the national mood but also the national championship...

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Poll results: Simms and Nantz No. 1

CBS Sports announcers Jim Nantz, left, and Phil

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Our online reader polls may carry the same scientific weight as the dust generated from a pencil sharpener, but, hey, they're still interesting.

Here are the results from our latest NFL poll, based on 867 votes.

Which NFL game TV broadcast pairing do you think is the best?

37% -- Jim Nantz and Phil Simms (CBS)

23% -- Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth (NBC)

16% -- Mike...

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