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This is going to depend a lot on the sport. In general, a reporter does have access to several resources, many of which are accessible to a dedicated fan, but when putting together commentary on the spot it helps a lot to have deep personal knowledge of the sport to consider what facts to research. (This kind of knowledge can be developed by a fan regularly ...


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You're not alone; sometimes even the commentators, who have the same "over-the-shoulder" long-lens view that the folks at home do, will simply refer to a pitch as a "breaking ball" if it drops sharply or curves outside, even though a number of specific pitches can do that. The fundamental theory of pitching is that the batter gains an advantage over the ...


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First, the object is a "football". See Definition 9: The ball used in any game called "football". Second, your premise is mistaken. Commentators do call it the "ball". From http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/sports/league-of-denial/transcript-50/ He fumbled the ball! And let’s see— Minnesota has it! Jeff Seamon on it. Joe Starkey's call of "The ...


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Here are some things to look for while watching on television: Speed Movement - the general direction the ball is moving Break - a sudden shift in direction it's also possible sometimes to tell from arm position and angle but most professionals (even those on the bench) are good enough to make every pitch look the same in terms of ...


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An NFL franchised market (i.e. New York, Chicago, Dallas, etc.). On a week when the NFL team (or teams) in a market is on the ROAD Sunday, Monday or Thursday night or Saturday afternoon, the market will receive three Sunday games... two telecasts by the network with the doubleheader week and one game by the network with the single game week. When an NFL team ...


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According to Wikipedia, the MLB has had instant replay since Aug. 28, 2008. It is used for determining: Fair (home run) or foul. Whether the ball actually left the playing field. Whether the ball was subject to spectator interference. For the 2012 season: Instant Replay will expand to include fair and foul calls and balls that was [sic] caught, or ...


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Being a "should" question makes this difficult to answer, but I'll try. The superstition by the players actually has some basis in reality. The idea is to not inflate the event in the pitchers mind. It's doubtful, but at many points throughout the game the pitcher may not even be aware of a perfect game or no hitter is in progress. In any event, the idea ...


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There are no rules. Players get to give a shout out to one school and they say whatever they want. Would the networks let a player who went to Miami say they went to Oregon? Probably not. But as long as a player played at a school they can mention that school. Some players mention their high school out of pride, others have done it because they left ...


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There are guidelines for social media which is enforced by the IOC. Basically they are encouraged to use social media to post or tweet photos etc as long as; any such postings, blogs or tweets must be in a first-person, diary-type format Also they can't use their social media to promote sponsorships or advertisements. This next quote is probably the ...


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Cricket like baseball is a sport that actually works quite well on the radio, and many commentators on the sport commentate on radio as well as TV. In such 'voice only' circumstances you want to give your audience a summary of the score at frequent intervals, and with Cricket you have the natural cadence of the 'over' of ~6 balls, so this is often used. ...


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Short answer: no, that play doesn't come from a specific game The story behind the play can be found in this article, but below is the important bit: From all those days and nights in front of the television, Meat Loaf -- along with legendary song writer Jim Steinman -- pieced together what is, without question, the most famous baseball play-by-play call ...


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There are a couple of reasons why professional baseball players' salaries are public. Baseball employs a luxury tax rule that penalizes teams when the salaries are too high. The salaries need to be made public in order for this system to work. Other sports have salary cap rules which also require public knowledge of the athletes' salaries. Professional ...


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To understand this phenomenon, you need to know something about the culture of sports in the US. First: there is no promotion/relegation system for professional sports. This means that in any particular sport, most of the US has no local professional team at the highest level. And if you are not living near a major metropolis, you are not likely to ever get ...


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Sometimes tournament organizers show the team colors near the scoresheet. E.g, during Champions League games this information is shown in the upper left corner of the screen, but it can also depend on the broadcaster. Here e.g. the corresponding indicator in the upper left corner shows that Real Madrid players wear white, while Liverpool players are playing ...


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According to Source, it will be around 28 Cameras. The production will be among the most sophisticated ever too, with 28 cameras, including seven ultra-motion cameras, Spidercam as well as graphics with key analytics, all of which will take the viewer right to the heart of the action.


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The first sportsman could be considered to be the Arenas of the Roman Empire. Merchants and Nobles would sponsor gladiators or fights to help enhance their standing. Modern advertising known as branding evolved in the 1800's and I would suspect that sporting events were quickly identified as targets for this marketing strategy. Early teams in ...


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I believe it's The White Stripes - 'Seven Nation Army'.


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Sports are so lucrative for the reasons you mention (huge ad revenue). But you fail to mention the reason the ad revenues are so high. People don't Tivo sports. Sure some people do, but for the most part people want to watch sports live. This is why ad revenue is so high. Football (Soccer) has struggled to get a TV footing in the states, and has only now ...


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I can only speak for Germany but here the Bundesliga (national soccer league) games are only available in paytv for live broadcasts so they collect a fee directly and are then commercial free. The only matches available in free tv are the openers of the season halves (so the season opener and the first match after winter break) and the relegation matches. (...


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This is taken from various websites, so anyone is free to correct me if I'm wrong. Charles Barkley: $1 million/year and has been with TNT for 13 years and his contract is due to expire in 2018. Kenny Smith: $1 million/year Ernie Johnson (host): $2.7 million/year Shaquille O'Neal: $1 million/year Sources: Charles Barkley, Contracts, Extention


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That theme song which played was from Vangelis - conquest of paradise


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According to Google Trends there has not been a significant increase in popularity over time, although the world cup certainly generates unusually high interest (search term "soccer"; graphs limited to US region): Here is the same trend compared with basketball (search term "soccer" in blue, "basketball" in red): Basketball has increased in popularity over ...


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His name is Beau Estes, here is another video of him introducing himself: http://www.nba.com/video/channels/nba_tv/2014/07/10/20140710-free-agency-update.nba/


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It appears that this year (2016) at least that some games will be available via Twitter. https://nflcommunications.com/Pages/2016-'Thursday-Night-Football'-Broadcast-Schedule-Announced.aspx


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There is an "official online distribution channel for regular season games". It's called NFL GamePass but is only available outside the US. Within the US, games are locked up by the contracts with the broadcast networks with the exception of NFL Network games - these are sometimes available live through NFL.com (or have been in the past).


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There is no "legal" way to watch live streaming NFL games online without going through a cable provider. NFL does not allow any websites, even their own, to stream live NFL games. This is due to the huge contracts that the NFL has with CBS, FOX, NBC, and ESPN. If the NFL were to stream live games online, it would take viewers away from these stations, ...


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Best leagues in Europe are almost always on pay channels, which end up cashing in serious sums of money from fans, especially from pubs and cafés that show the game to their guests. In some countries you could see ads added on the dead spots on the pitch (e.g. behind the goals) and even overlaid on the fans sometimes. It's pretty annoying to have invasive ...


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Yes, there are some venues where alcohol advertising is banned, and any team sponsored by an alcoholic beverage company changes its livery for those races. When Williams was sponsored by Anheuser-Busch, the team changed the branding on their car to Sea World Adventure Parks (owned by Anheuser-Busch) for non-alcohol venues. Alcohol advertising is currently ...


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It really depends on the manager. In Belgium I've seen managers give their full line up including exact positions in pregame interviews, while in other games they would even leave a spot open until right before kick off. So, sometimes they know it exactly. Other times they may have to make an educated guess. When TV broadcasters show the team they ...


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