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Jimmy Butler’s Debut Scored Huge TV Ratings

Kevin Kinkead - November 15, 2018

NBC Sports Philadelphia press release:


Sixers-Magic Ranks #1 Wednesday Night on Cable in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA – November 15, 2018 – NBC Sports Philadelphia posted the network’s highest rated regular season Sixers game since 2001, as Jimmy Butler made his debut with the team following Monday’s trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves. According to Nielsen, NBC Sports Philadelphia registered a 6.2 HH overnight rating, which also ranked as Wednesday night’s #1 show on cable in Philadelphia.

Butler scored 14 points in the five-point loss to the Orlando Magic.

Last night’s game was also the most-streamed 76ers game in network history, with 36,000 uniques and 2.5 million minutes streamed, respectively, as new high marks.

Season to date, the 76ers are averaging a 2.86 HH rating on NBC Sports Philadelphia, up 4 percent compared to this point last season, and up 5 percent in A25-54.

The 76ers face the Utah Jazz tomorrow night at 7 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Philadelphia. Expanded coverage begins at 6 p.m. with a special hour-long edition of Sixers Pregame Live. Fans can download the MyTeams by NBC Sports app for all their Sixers coverage, including live streams of all Sixers games, and pre- and postgame programs.


How bout that?

Is the Wings’ Home Opener in Danger of Being Cancelled?

Chris Jastrzembski - November 15, 2018

The Philadelphia Wings are scheduled to start their new expansion season one month from today with a home game against the Buffalo Bandits at the Wells Fargo Center.

The key phrase in that sentence is “scheduled to start,” because the National Lacrosse League season is going to be delayed due to ongoing collective bargaining negotiations with the Professional Lacrosse Players Association.

It’s gotten testy at times:

The deadline that NLL commissioner Nick Sakiewicz mentioned came and passed. But the first two weeks of the season were not cancelled as the league originally suspended their 5 PM deadline as conversations with the PLPA continued.

However, after reportedly exchanging proposals and counter proposals throughout the day, the first two weeks of the season will be cancelled after all.

Via NLL press release:

The League suspended its 5:00pm deadline yesterday to allow the PLPA to provide a new counterproposal. After a thorough review of the PLPA’s counterproposal, it is clear we cannot accept the terms the PLPA has put forward, and therefore, have made a decision to reject it. We believe those terms would have both short and long term negative consequences on our member clubs and the League which we are not willing to accept. Therefore, there is not yet an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement.

With respect to the upcoming season, the PLPA has instructed its players not to attend training camps or submit to physicals, making the formation of rosters and operation of the opening of the season impossible.

Therefore, and regrettably, because of the PLPA’s current position, the first two weekends of the 2018-19 season, which includes games on December 1 and December 8, 2018, are cancelled.

We will provide further communications on the 2018-19 schedule as updates become available.

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Sports Betting Updates

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DraftKings Sportsbook Review

DraftKings Sportsbook has been live in New Jersey for over two full months now and a lot has changed since launch. While they were the first out of the gate for legal US sports betting, they now face competition from many sites, including FanDuel Sportsbook, SugarHouse Sportsbook, BetStars and others. How do they stack up and what promos does DraftKings Sportsbook offer? Let’s take a closer look. Bonus: First bet matched up to $200 Minimum

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Your Complete Eagles and Saints Betting Guide

In many ways, the Philadelphia Eagles enter their matchup with the New Orleans Saints this weekend in a similar spot to what their previous opponent, the Dallas Cowboys, found themselves in a week ago. More than a touchdown underdog on the road against what’s believed to be a far superior team, the Eagles appear outclassed and overmatched. Most people figured they were tuning into the Cowboys’ funeral a week ago, and just as many, if

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Every New Jersey Sportsbook Promo You Need To Know This Weekend

Black Friday is just about a week away, and if you’re like me, you could probably use some extra spending money to take advantage of all the hot deals that will soon be out there. Good news. There will be plenty of betting opportunities to find some winners this weekend. It’s Week 11 in the NFL and the race for the playoffs is revving up. Every Top 25 college football team is in action. There’s

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Ten Songs We Need to Forever Ban from Sporting Events

Kevin Kinkead - November 15, 2018

This is a spin-off of the “50 Hot Takes” article where I griped about NBA arena music.

Hot take #25:

I hate music in the middle of a sporting event, especially during Sixers games. It feels corny and inauthentic. The fan atmosphere was great at The Wells Fargo Center last season and you don’t need shitty mumble rap to be played in the middle of a possession to generate an interesting ambience.

That was mostly a basketball complaint. I don’t have a problem with other audio, like walk-up music. Chase Utley and “Kashmir” would be a good example of that. Of course you’re going to hear “Fly Eagles Fly” and the Sixers’ theme song and the Flyers’ goal song and other pieces of music that are used at the right time and in the right place.

Those are cool. No problem there.

My complaint is centered on worn-out arena music that we’ve been listening to for 20 years now, which is why it’s time to retire these ten songs from every American sporting venue:

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The Markelle Fultz “Nerve Damage” Conspiracy Theory

Kevin Kinkead - November 15, 2018

Markelle Fultz is not injured, at least not according to the 76ers.

About two weeks ago, this topic came up again in regard to the deleted Drew Hanlen tweet which suggested that the Sixers’ second-year guard was “still not healthy.”

We asked Brett Brown about that tweet after the November 6th practice session, to which he responded:

“You know, I think nobody is ever 100% healthy. To the best of my knowledge he’s healthy enough to go do what he’s doing. I only (recently) learned about the, what was it.. what do we call it? The tweet.. (Markelle) will speak for himself, but he’s been playing basketball and doing well. He’s fine.”

Brown then reiterated that there’s no “conspiracy theory” surrounding Fultz or his health.

Markelle himself had this to say about that topic:

Are you 100% healthy or close to it? 

“For sure. I mean, nobody is ever 100% healthy in this game. You play five games in seven days and you get bumps and bruises. That’s life in the NBA. It’s the stuff you signed up for when you get here. But I’m working every day to get better.”

This has not stopped Twitter sleuths from forming some wild theories. One lengthy thread from last night picked up steam and suggested that Markelle is dealing with some sort of nerve damage in his shoulder.

I’ve dropped in the tweets after the jump:

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Do the Eagles Truly Miss Frank Reich?

Kevin Kinkead - November 15, 2018

Russ thinks the departure of coordinator Frank Reich and quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo is part of the reason why the Eagles’ offense is struggling this season. Reich left in the spring to take the Colts’ head coaching job while Flip is now the Vikings’ offensive coordinator.

Other people also believe this, and it may very well be true, but I’ve never been a huge fan of the “Reich and DeFilippo” argument because I don’t know how we can accurately pinpoint their contributions to the offense.

We know, for instance, that Doug Pederson calls the plays. We know that he makes the decisions when to run, when to pass, when to go for two, and when to attempt an analytics-driven 4th and 8 play.

Unless we’re sitting in the film room with that group of coaches or wire-tapping their headset communication, we just don’t have a true understanding of what’s being said and how much influence Reich had in designing the game plan and helping Pederson execute it from the sidelines.

There’s just a lack of empirical evidence to work with here.

What we can do is look at how each guy is doing this year, and Reich has the Colts’ offense playing pretty damn well. They’re sixth in the league with 28.9 points per game. They’re putting up 380 yards per game, which ranks 9th overall. They lead the league with a phenomenal 52% conversion rate on third down.

How much of that is due to Andrew Luck coming back healthy and starting to look like himself again? How much of that is due to Reich’s fingerprints on the offense and inside the locker room in general? What does first year coordinator Nick Sirianni contribute to the game plan and offensive output?

The easiest argument is to say, “well the Colts look good with Frank Reich and the Eagles look bad without Frank Reich.”

The other side of that coin is this:

Reich and Flip were in their respective positions in 2016, when the Eagles struggled offensively after starting the season 3-0. The obvious explanation for that is the team featured a first-year head coach and a new staff working with a rookie quarterback. If Reich was uber-important during the Super Bowl-winning season, then is he also responsible for the previous year’s struggles?

It’s hard to say.

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Blowing Big Leads – Observations from Magic 111, Sixers 106

Kevin Kinkead - November 15, 2018

Last night was supposed to be Jimmy Butler’s coming out party, but instead we’re sitting here talking about the same problem we were talking about last week and last year.

The Sixers blew another huge lead, this time watching a 16-point fourth quarter advantage evaporate in front of dozens of people at the Amway Center. Orlando went on a 21-0 run and got a clutch three-pointer from Terrence Ross to close out the game in crunch time.

It was 92 to 76 at the 10:51 mark in the fourth quarter when the Magic ripped off seven straight points, forcing Brett Brown to use a timeout. That seemed like a no-brainer call for a team that looked static on offense and had just missed a three point shot after committing a turnover.

Another two minutes transpired as Orlando pulled ahead 95-92, and only then did Brown use a second timeout to try to stop the bleeding.

It shouldn’t have gotten to that point in the first place.

That timeout should have been used after Joel Embiid was blocked on a dunk attempt, resulting in a Ross three-pointer at the other end. The obviously rattled Sixers followed it up with another poor offensive possession and gave up another basket, which saw Orlando extend their lead even further.

Here’s the play in question:

Call the timeout right there.

Your team is obviously staggered after a sequence like that. Bring them over to the bench and regroup.

I feel like Brett sometimes lets these things go on for an extra possession or two while his team flounders on the court. Sure, he used that first timeout when the run was at 7-0, but didn’t call the second until Orlando had put 12 more points on the board. He had four timeouts in his pocket when the run began, so it wasn’t like there was a concern of burning through every timeout. He’s not Andy Reid. And while I appreciate the fact that Brown likes to allow his guys to play through their slumps and figure it out on their own, sometimes you just have to stop the clock to let a guy like Ross simply cool off for a bit.

Even then, it wasn’t like the Sixers were smooth to finish the game. Wilson Chandler had to bail out the squad with three ridiculous buckets in the span of something like two minutes, first hitting a tough floater in traffic, then a 27-foot three pointer, followed by a baseline reverse dunk off the dribble. He then came out of the game for Mike Muscala due to the minutes restriction he was given as a result of his preseason hamstring injury.

The Sixers had some chances late, drawing up an inverted pick and roll and some DHO action for JJ Redick, who committed an offensive foul on the first play and stepped out of bounds on the second.

Result = bad loss.

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Crossing Broadcast: Jimmy Butler’s Debut, Fultz v. Hanlen, Losing to Dallas, A Job Posting Gone Wrong

JoyOnBroad - November 15, 2018

The guys break down Jimmy Butler’s much-anticipated debut for the Sixers, his fit with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, and adjustments they’ll need to make. They also recap the drama surrounding Markelle Fultz and his now former trainer Drew Hanlen, the Eagles’ loss to the Cowboys, and a sportswriting job posting gone wrong.

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Check out the other shows on the Crossing Broad Podcast Network including: Crossed Up: A Phillies PodcastSnow the Goalie: A Flyers PodcastIt’s Always Soccer in Philadelphia, and Crossing Broad FC: A Soccer Podcast.

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Steelers Players are “Rummaging Through” Le’Veon Bell’s Stuff

Kevin Kinkead - November 14, 2018

Le’Veon Bell didn’t report to the Steelers today, which means he can’t play for the rest of the season and gives up $14 million dollars.

Some of his teammates decided that Bell wouldn’t have any use for his football gear, so they removed the nameplate from his locker and began rummaging through his stuff:

“More playful than malicious”

Well that’s good. And if Bell can afford to walk away from $14 million, then I guess he can buy himself some new Jordans.