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Snoop Dogg Texts Stephen A Smith That Lakers Are Doomed

The rapper is a diehard Lakers fan having grown up in Los Angeles.

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The Los Angeles Lakers tailspin is taking a toll on Snoop Dogg. The rapper has been steadfast in his diehard support of the purple and gold, but the “First Take” crew had to discuss his latest declaration after Lebron James and L.A. fell into a 3-2 series deficit against the Phoenix Suns.

“Never thought I’d say it, but we sorry and the Clippers are better than us,” Snoop Dogg said on his Instagram. “Frank Vogel can’t coach… this is heartbreaking. AD hurt more than Mary J. Blige records.”

Snoop wasn’t done. Scheduling issues forced him to miss Wednesday’s appearance on ESPN’s “First Take,” but he texted Stephen A. Smith his full thoughts on the Battle for L.A.

“Lakers too many non-shooters,” Snoop Dogg texted to Smith. “Soft ass guards in our rotation, can’t guard, can’t shoot, we doomed. Clippers may come out of the west, and I wouldn’t even be mad at this point if Kawhi [Leonard] and PG-13 [Paul George] faced Brooklyn for it all. Popcorn, get it ready.”

Smith and Kellerman framed the rest of the discussion around the idea that James’ title as the King of L.A. could be up for grabs if they get bounced in the first round and the Clippers become the fifth team ever to lose their first two games in a series at home then move on to the next round. The Lakers and Clippers aren’t even two weeks into their 2021 Playoff campaigns, and they’ve faced a full season’s worth of drama.

Snoop Dogg has come off his pedestal from back in January when he scoffed at the idea of the Clippers on Smith’s ESPN+ show, “Stephen A’s World.”

“Laker to a Clipper man I can’t be faded?” Snoop Dogg said in January. “We talking about the Clippers? The team that has zero banners… there’s something about that purple and gold man. They need to get a whole new stadium, a whole new stigma, cause they’re never going to win playing in our living room.”

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PGA Tour Expects Mic’d Players To Be Common For 2023 TV Broadcasts

“This doesn’t need to be a walk and talk like I did. But we can make it what you want it to be.”

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Following the success with Max Homa last weekend, the PGA Tour is planning to mic a player up this weekend at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

According to Sports Business Journal, the Tour is considering micing up a player on either the 14th or 18th hole at Pebble Beach.

“The point of this is that if you want it to just be, they have an air pod on your caddie and they ask him one question, he could elaborate on something,” Homa said in an interview on the podcast No Laying Up. “That would be an improvement. This doesn’t need to be a walk and talk like I did. But we can make it what you want it to be.”

Homa added that he appreciated that the questions he was asked while taking part in the segment were solely on the task at hand and tackling the hole he was on.

“It wasn’t about how it is being a dad, how it is being in contention, it’s about golf,” he said. “This hole. That’s what we wanted it to be.”

CBS received positive reviews for debuting the new segment in their season debut at Torrey Pines last week.

It will be interesting to see if having players mic’d up for a segment will carry into NBC coverage or if it remains exclusively CBS. Have to think that in April at The Masters, if CBS keeps with it, the segment has the potential to be pretty compelling especially if the interview is with a player in contention or even leading.

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ABC Scores Most Watched NBA Saturday Primetime Game In 4 Years

“The game drew 3.7 million viewers.”

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The Boston Celtics beat the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night. While the game’s controversial finish left LeBron James and Patrick Beverly upset, executives at the Walt Disney Company had nothing but smiles thanks to the performance of ABC.

The game drew 3.7 million viewers. That means the Celtics’ win is the most-watched game in the ABC Saturday night prime-time window in the last four years. A February 2019 game between the Lakers and Golden State Warriors drew 4.1 million.

Boston also delivered the highest-rated game of the NBA season so far outside of the league’s stacked Christmas Day slate.

NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC is experiencing a nice uptick in viewership this season. Through the weekend, the Saturday night games are averaging over 3.4 million viewers according to an ESPN press release.

That number represents a 16% jump from last season. The edition of NBA Countdown that airs before the Saturday night game is having a good season as well. It’s average audience is up 3% to just under 1.5 million.

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NHL Ratings on ESPN, TNT Down in 2nd Year

So far this season, games on ESPN and TNT are averaging 373,000 viewers, which is down from 478,000 last season.

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Viewership totals from ESPN and TNT show NHL ratings have declined heading into the All-Star break, but there are some extenuating circumstances for the nearly 22% drop.

So far this season, games on ESPN and TNT are averaging 373,000 viewers, which is down from 478,000 last season. However, both channels have increased their linear television schedule, doubling from 27 games to 54.

ESPN has aired 18 games with an average of 402,000 viewers. In the same time period last year, the worldwide leader had only aired seven contests, but garnered 622,000 per game. None of ESPN’s games last season had aired on weekends, while the network has broadcast six games on Sunday this year alone. The 12 games ESPN has aired that weren’t on Sunday have averaged 491,000 viewers.

The 2023 NHL All-Star Game will air on ABC Saturday, and the network is hoping for a lift from last season. In 2022, ratings fell 38% from the previous All-Star Game on NBC, and hit the lowest total since 2009. The NHL Skills challenge saw its largest audience in a decade after airing on ESPN in primetime on a Friday evening. Nearly 1.1 million watched the skills challenge, a 30% increase compared to 2020.

At this time last season, TNT had aired 20 games. Through 36 games this season, the network has seen an average of 359,000 viewers. The network is helped by the 2023 Winter Classic, which took place at Fenway Park on Monday, January 2nd. The afternoon contest saw an audience of 1.78 million, up 31% compared to the previous year.

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