OT: Disney-FOX merger

OT: Disney-FOX merger

Submitted by Sambojangles on December 13th, 2017 at 9:59 AM

Lots of talk in the news this week about Disney buying significant parts of 21st Century Fox. It's not clear yet what exactly they may be buying, but it has pretty big implications for sports fans.

It looks like Disney could be purchasing the Fox regional sports networks. As a Detroit fan, it would be great to consolidate the Tigers, Wings and Pistons under the ESPN umbrella, where most Michigan football and basketball games are already broadcast and streamed. However, it sounds like Fox will be keeping FS1 and the regular Fox broadcast channel. 

Fox owns 51% of the BTN, and that may be moving over to Disney as well. IMO if the BTN got ESPN production value it would be an upgrade. 

Part of the reason the B1G conference has so much TV money is that they have been very successful in playing potential broadcasters off each other to get max value, which is why Fox started broadcasting B1G football this year. I thought an ABC/ESPN/FOX congolomorate would reduce the B1G's leverage at first, but after further reading it looks like they will stay separate for now.

Outside the sports world, lots of big movie franchises would move, and be unified, under Disney. This includes Marvel characters and all Star Wars movie rights.

The articles below have more information. The WSJ one in particular focuses on the impact to sports fans and cable subscribers/cord-cutters, and how sports TV rights are an important piece for anti-trust regulators to consider as part of the deal.



"Awful Announcing" Crew for Michigan @ Wisconsin 2017

"Awful Announcing" Crew for Michigan @ Wisconsin 2017

Submitted by markusr2007 on November 16th, 2017 at 11:37 PM

Here is the announcing crew for Michigan @ Wisconsin, as well as other games, tomorrow:


Noon EST -  Michigan at Wisconsin (FOX):  Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt, Jenny Taft
(Compass Media) Jesse Agler, Chad Brown

Gus & Joel:


Jenny Taft:


Jesse Agler:


Chad Brown, PAC-12 Analyst ?:


Gus and Joel are known quantities up in the booth. I liked their work during the OK State vs TCU game.

Big upgrade over Matt Millen and the Glen Masonry job at Maryland last Saturday.


Sparty vs. Maryland gets Tim Brando-ooh & Spencer Tillman this week, so:




Brady Quinn/Fox announcing was...not great Bob

Brady Quinn/Fox announcing was...not great Bob

Submitted by FGB on September 25th, 2017 at 1:43 AM

I was pretty unimpressed with the announcing team, and Brady Quinn in particular.

This isn't the standard "He went to Notre Dame, he flamed out in the NFL, he sucks" type of critique.  But it seemed like he did no research ahead of this game, and just generally is not very observant.  The short version is:

Not doing his research, and not picking up on little details throughout the game, you can see indications of why he was not a successful NFL QB.  He's still new at this, so maybe he'll improve but I thought this was pretty poor for what I assume is one of their top announcing teams.  Other folks' thoughts?


A few examples that stuck out:

-Amid the wondering why Ty Isaac wasn't getting more carries, they don't mention that he was injured last week until like the fifth time they drone on about his limited attempts.

-On the Speight injury, it takes like four replays for Brady to suggest that MAYBE it was the second hit that caused the injury, which I'm guessing basically everyone saw live or at worst on the first replay.

-Confusing Robbins for Nordin for two quarters.  Ok, they have the same number. Still, Hart has struggled, Robbins is the clear backup....again, a tiny bit of study of the teams you're covering would put you on notice for this change.

-On the ineligible man downfield, they correctly identified that it would have been bogus on Hill, but then just moved on, then later on show no replay when they finally suggest it was on someone else. Compare that to the diligence that happened on the garbage ineligible receiver call in the Florida game. 


How to get FOX broadcast M games overseas?

How to get FOX broadcast M games overseas?

Submitted by RedShirt232 on August 16th, 2017 at 4:33 PM

Does anyone else living internationally know a legit way to get Michigan's FOX and BTN broadcast games?  

I moved to New Zealand late in the season last year and ponied up for ESPN broadcast games through Sky TV and it's app.  

Is there something equivalent for FOX and BTN games?  

Thanks and Go Blue.

Fox Sports 1 Tom Brady interview today

Fox Sports 1 Tom Brady interview today

Submitted by UMgradMSUdad on August 17th, 2013 at 10:31 AM

I see that Fox Sports 1 is running an interview of Tom Brady with Michael Strahan today at 2:30. I'll be interested to see What Fox's analysis of college football looks like. I think much of the country is tired of the ESPN cheerleading for the SEC, and any counter balance to that will be welcome.

You can figure out what channel it's broadcast on in your area here:



DVR reminder: Brock Mealer on Fox and Friends Friday morning

DVR reminder: Brock Mealer on Fox and Friends Friday morning

Submitted by Brown Bear on December 5th, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Sharing this from the Barwis Methods Facebook page. Thought you might appreciate. Tune in or set your DVR's! Brock Mealer and his soon-to-be bride Haley will be appearing LIVE on Fox & Friends on the Fox News Channel this Friday at 7:20 a.m.! That is all. Have a good day MGoFam *iphone crap formatting. Apologies for that.


[PGB:  Thread locked and comments hidden.  People couldn't just say "thanks for the reminder" in the comments - had to breach the "politics" of Fox News right up front and ruin the comment section for the rest of us.] 

Pat Summerall is old and senile.

Pat Summerall is old and senile.

Submitted by FabFiver5 on January 2nd, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Not sure if anyone else is watching the Cotton Bowl, but how in the world does Pat Summerall still get jobs calling football games?!

All game long it's been "excuse me" or "my mistake" or "whoops" whenever he's trying to give you key pieces of information. He even just called a field goal good when it was clearly wide left. He may have been great back in the day, but he has to give it up now.

Daryl Johnston has been trying to save him time after time when Pat can't get the call right. Is he still drinking heavily or what?

OT: Deciphering NFL broadcast rules

OT: Deciphering NFL broadcast rules

Submitted by Bronco648 on September 28th, 2009 at 3:53 PM

Can someone explain the how CBS and Fox determine what games to broadcast in a given location?

I live in Chicago. I HATE the Bears (Vikings fan since Joe Kapp played). I thought I had an idea of what I could expect to see when the Bears are home and when they're away. But, yesterday made NO sense. The Bears were @ Seattle on Fox. So, we got no early game on Fox but did get early and late games on CBS. What games did we get? Early: KC v Philly, Late: Pitt v Cinncy. WTF!

There seems to be a lot of Packer fans in Chicago-land (which is understandable) and we get Packer broadcasts for the most part (GB was @ Rams yesterday). But, those two CBS games made ZERO sense to me.

I've been a DirecTV subscriber for quite some time now, perhaps I'll shame them into giving me NFL Sunday Ticket for the rest of the season for free. I ended up watching the Vikings game on-line (and am glad I did!)

So, if anyone can shed a little light on how things work, I would truly appreciate it.