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New channels for fight and fantasy fans

Featherweight Paul Geraci of Bellmore Kickboxing reacts after

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There seems to be no end in sight to the proliferation of specialized sports outlets, but say this for Len Asper, CEO of Toronto-based Anthem Media, which recently brought FNTSY Sports Network and Fight Network to Cablevision:

In fantasy and combat sports (including mixed martial arts, boxing, kickboxing and wrestling), he at least has two growth areas with favorable, young-skewing demographics...

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Erin Andrews goes pro

Sports reporter Erin Andrews attends The 2014 ESPYS

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Erin Andrews has a knack for finding her name in the news, even when she merely is an innocent bystander.

Her 2014 began with an infamous sideline interview of the Seahawks’ Richard Sherman.

Then just within the past week or so came news she would replace Pam Oliver as Fox’s top NFL sideline reporter, she interviewed Adam Wainwright after his controversial comments about grooving an...

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Fox's Time Warner bid takes aim at ESPN

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2012 file

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The bombshell this week that Fox offered $80 billion to buy Time Warner – an offer Time Warner promptly rejected – has implications throughout the media industry.

But regardless of the other elements of the proposal, one of the biggest motivations for Fox surely is adding to its sports portfolio, and finding a short-cut to an elusive ambition: providing serious competition for ESPN.

With...

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Everything is awesome at Jets movie night

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The vibe at MetLife Stadium Wednesday night was a tad out of the ordinary for a facility that this year has hosted everything from the Super Bowl to Beyonce and Jay Z. But not in a bad way.

On the Jets’ first-ever Movie Night about 8,000 people took advantage of lovely weather and free admission – and free popcorn – for activities that included locker room tours, pictures with cheerleaders...

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TV networks still like Yankees

American League All-Star Derek Jeter of the Yankees

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The Yankees have been ratings catnip for national TV networks for decades and this season is no exception – with Derek Jeter’s farewell tour as a bonus.

How will that play out over the weeks and months to come?

ESPN has used three of its maximum six Sunday night slots on the Yankees, with Aug. 3 against the Red Sox on the schedule and two yet-to-be-announced games likely to follow by...

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Yankees ratings on YES rebound from 2013

Yankees play-by-play man Michael Kay calls Hartsdale home.

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The 2010s have seen a steady decline in Yankees ratings on YES, bottoming out last season after a 31-percent drop in viewership during the Bombers’ playoff-free campaign.

But thus far in 2014, things are looking up, with an average of 283,000 viewers per game tuning into YES, a rise of 24 percent compared to the All-Star break last season.

Still, that is a far cry from, say, 2007, when...

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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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Drake denies fickle finger of fandom

FILE - In a Wednesday, April 9, 2014

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The rapper Drake, who will host the ESPYS Wednesday night, has a reputation for, um, fluid fan affiliation – one to which he took exception Friday on a conference call with reporters.

Asked whether Cleveland might be his new favorite sports city, he said, “First of all, I'd like to say that despite what everyone on the Internet thinks, I do not team-jump. In the past, I've always supported...

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ESPN is lost in golf translation

Tiger Woods of the US plays a shot

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Stop the first 1,000 American golf fans you see on the street and ask what they call the tournament in Great Britain this week and I’d bet 999 of them would say it’s the British Open.

The other one probably works in Bristol, Conn., where it is always and only “The Open Championship.’’

Yes, I realize that is the official name, and the one commonly used in the U.K. But it is annoying that...

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Nike to unveil new Derek Jeter ad Tuesday

Derek Jeter in the Nike ad RE2PECT, released

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People who find Yankees worship in general and Derek Jeter worship in particular difficult to take face a challenging few months as the Captain’s retirement tour winds down.

My advice: Grin and bear it, because there is no avoiding it, and for the most part the guy has earned it.

So rather than turn off the TV when Nike's Jordan Brand unveils its new, 90-second Jeter ad before his first...

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