Television programs

Virtual slime cannons go off in the end zone after a touchdown during Nickelodeon's kid-focused broadcast of the NFL wild-card playoff game between the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints at the Superdome, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021 in New Orleans. The positive reviews for Nickelodeon's kids-focused broadcast of last Sunday's NFL playoff game showed the potential of alternate broadcasts of sporting events. The success of that broadcast has led to many wondering what other sports it could expand to and when we might see it again in the NFL? (CBS/Viacom via AP)
January 14, 2021 - 4:35 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brian Robbins directed “Varsity Blues” and was the producer of “Coach Carter,” but both of those might have been eclipsed last Sunday with Nickelodeon's successful kids-oriented broadcast of an NFL playoff game. Even a couple days after last Sunday's game, the president of...
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FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2020, file photo, a man wearing a protective face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walks with the Olympic rings in the background in the Odaiba section in Tokyo. Opposition to the Tokyo Olympics is growing with calls for a cancellation as virus cases rise in Japan. The International Olympic Committee and local organizers have already said another postponement is impossible, leaving cancellation, or going ahead, as the only options. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)
January 13, 2021 - 5:00 am
TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency last week for Tokyo and surrounding areas. Amid the surging virus, he again promised the postponed Tokyo Olympics would be “safe and secure” and tried to disconnect the state of emergency from the fate of the games. But...
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Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (24) runs through a hole during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
January 10, 2021 - 9:14 pm
The Latest on wild-card Sunday in the NFL playoffs (all times EST): ___ 9 p.m. The Cleveland Browns are off to a record-setting start in Pittsburgh. The Browns have raced to a 28-0 lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Browns’ 28 points are the most by any team in the first quarter of a playoff...
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A worker cleans seats in Arrowhead Stadium before an NFL football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Kansas City. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
January 07, 2021 - 9:26 pm
Regular-season ratings for NFL games declined this season following two straight years of increases. But in a year that saw the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and a presidential election, the 7% decrease isn't as bad as the league and its broadcast partners feared before the season began...
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FILE - San Francisco 49ers assistant Katie Sowers talks with free safety D.J. Reed (32) and wide receiver Richie James (13) before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Santa Clara, Calif., in this Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, file photo. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)
December 31, 2020 - 4:08 pm
It was a milestone year for women in sports, starting with Katie Sowers becoming the first woman to coach in the Super Bowl and ending with Becky Hammon serving as an NBA head coach. In between was a series of breakthroughs for women who just wanted a chance — and got it. Sarah Fuller became the...
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Charissa Thompson, left, Tony Gonzalez, center, and Michael Vick discuss NFL topics on the set of Fox NFL Kickoff during a 2019 show. The pregame show, like those on other networks, have had their challenges this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.(Lily Hernandez/FOX NFL Kickoff via AP)
December 31, 2020 - 2:47 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When it comes to NFL broadcasts this season, pregame shows have faced the biggest adjustments. Besides having to do all profiles virtually due to COVID-19 protocols, there has been keeping up with late-breaking news and trying to hold the usual lively debates while being socially...
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FILE - Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant goes up for a dunk during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Los Angeles, in this Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, file photo. Bryant is the game’s fourth-leading scorer. He spent 20 years with the Los Angeles Lakers, 18 as an All-Star, and won five titles. Then came the helicopter crash in the fog-shrouded California hills that reverberated across sports and across continents. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
December 29, 2020 - 1:21 pm
There were so many this year. Sports in 2020 was an unending state of mourning. It was as if every week, sometimes days, another luminary fell, bringing a cascade of condolence and remembrance. It began New Year’s Day, a harbinger of what the year held, with the deaths of David Stern and Don Larsen...
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Barcelona's Lionel Messi, centre, runs past Real Valladolid's Ruben Alcaraz, right during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Valladolid and Barcelona at the Jose Zorrilla stadium in Valladolid, Spain,Tuesday Dec. 22, 2020. (Cesar Manso/Pool via AP)
December 27, 2020 - 6:22 pm
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi won't make a decision on his long-term future at Barcelona until the season is over, with the soccer great also raising the possibility of playing in the United States one day in a TV interview broadcast Sunday. “I am going to wait until the end of the season (...
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FILE - In this April 25, 2019, file photo, Charles Davis speaks on the NFL Network set in Nashville, Tenn. Despite last-minute schedule changes, pregame features being done remotely and announcers being separated by more than six feet and plexiglass, networks have been able to weather the challenges of airing games during a pandemic. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan, File)
December 23, 2020 - 2:40 am
Fred Gaudelli wasn't worried if NBC could successfully air “Sunday Night Football” games in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. His bigger concern was if the NFL could make it through the season. So far, both things have happened. Even though games may look the same, most of the processes around...
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, left, interacts with Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho after their English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield in Liverpool, England, Wednesday, Dec., 16, 2020. (Clive Brunskill/ Pool via AP)
December 17, 2020 - 7:30 am
LONDON (AP) — Qatar's sports broadcasting network retained the rights to air all English Premier League games on Thursday for another three years in the Middle East amid a long-running dispute with Saudi Arabia over the pirating of broadcasts. Doha-based beIN Sports has pursued action against the...
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