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Mitch Perry Report for 3.21.16 — Trying to get with “The Program”

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Good morning, and welcome to the first full day of spring 2016. While ESPN was being trashed via Twitter for hailing Fidel Castro‘s “love of sports,” American fans were absorbed in watching the college basketball playoffs, where we’re now down to the Sweet 16 in what is also known as “March Madness,” a/k/a “The Final Four,” and a/k/a “a lot of overrated basketball,” if you ask me. The NCAA men’s basketball tournament can still thrill on occasion, but it’s a far…

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Fantasy sports companies defend embattled industry

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Daily fantasy sports companies say their industry remains viable despite a rocky start to 2016. The industry’s top companies, DraftKings and FanDuel, are on the defensive after taking hits to their businesses in recent weeks as scrutiny by state policymakers across the country continues to intensify. This week, it was disclosed that ESPN and DraftKings ended an exclusive advertising deal and FanDuel confirmed Wednesday it had laid off 55 workers in its Orlando, Florida, office. ESPN and DraftKings declined to…

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Diane Roberts: Hey, football fans! How’s Donald Trump gonna do?

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Greeting sportsfans, I’m Brent Toast of ESPN, along with former Heisman winner Johnny Twitt. Welcome to the most important event of 2016, the college football national championship! Who will prevail? Will it be the Clemson University Tigers, led by evangelical whackjob Dabo Swinney, or the Crimson Tide of Alabama, coached by gazillionaire and part-time Bond villain Nick Saban? But first, let’s look at the second-most important event of 2016, the race for the White House. Who’s playing with his hand…

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Today on Context Florida: No. 1 political panderer, guns and cars, office workers and rape kits & child safety

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Today on Context Florida: Diane Roberts takes a caustic look at the 2016 presidential race in the manner of banter between ESPN sportscasters to determine which candidate is No. 1 ranked in pandering. In America guns now kill as many people as cars. The facts behind this trend offer an opportunity for cooperation between gun rights factions and gun safety factions. The headline – guns kill as many as cars – at first looks like a slam dunk condemnation of rising…

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Moving semifinals to New Year’s Eve a total flop

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The College Football Playoff is a marvelous thing. The timing of the national semifinal games? Boy, did they get that one wrong. The Orange Bowl, a matchup between top-ranked Clemson and No. 4 Oklahoma that kicked off in the late afternoon on New Year’s Eve, could’ve passed for an Alamo or Holiday Bowl. There simply wasn’t the sort of buzz one would expect from a game of that stature, which surely had a lot to do with a 4 p.m.…

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Ratings for College Football Playoff down 36 percent

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Jimmy Kimmel told people to watch. Even soap opera stars on General Hospital made not-so-subtle references to making plans to watch the College Football Playoff on New Year’s Eve. All the prodding and promoting wasn’t enough to convince many fans to tune in. College football’s move to create a new tradition with semifinal matchups on New Year’s Eve drew ratings approximately 36 percent lower than last season, when the matchups were held on New Year’s Day. The Orange Bowl between…

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College football playoff semifinals make new tradition for New Year’s Eve

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Sometime around 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, Rochelle Carrasco and Jeremy Jehnsen will be having their first dance as a newly married couple. All eyes at the reception will be on them for those few minutes – no small feat since they’ll be having that dance in Lansing, Michigan, around the same time as kickoff of the Michigan State-Alabama matchup in the College Football Playoff semifinals. And most of their bridal party is, you guessed it, Michigan State fans.…

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