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ESPN comes in third when it comes to televised sports. Some hackers for the St. Louis Cardinals face serious jail time. Marvin Lewis fighting for his job.

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ESPN trailed NBCSN, FS1 in total primetime viewers last week: Worldwide Bronze Medalist In Sports?

ESPN's presence in the sports TV game has usually been so dominant that their executives can say cable sports competitors are really only challenging ESPN2 rather than the main network, but that wasn't the case this past week. As Sports TV Ratings reports, both NBCSN and Fox Sports 1 beat the main ESPN network in total primetime viewers last week, with NBCSN also winning in the demographic of adults 18-49. NBCSN pulled in 1,198,000 viewers on average, with FS1 having 680,000 and ESPN just 665,000.

St. Louis Cardinals Hackers Facing Serious Federal Jail Time
By now pretty much every news outlet has reported or commented on the bombshell New York Times story that lit up the sports world today about an FBI investigation into the alleged hacking of the Houston Astros player personnel database.

Cincinnati Bengals: Marvin Lewis fighting for his job | isportsweb
The seconded longest tenured coach currently in the NFL may be out of a job when the 2015 season comes to a close. For 12 years, Marvin Lewis has coached the Cincinnati Bengals, making them a consistent playoff team and creating a unit that is one of the toughest during the regular season.

Top 150 fantasy players for 2015: Late-round gems -
All right sometimes the NFL is easier to predict then the "Red Wedding" episode (maybe not that often), but you get the drift. Speaking of predictions, here's my first crack at a Top 150 list heading into 2015.

Cincinnati Bengals DT Devon Still excited to be on practice field - Cincinnati Bengals Blog - ESPN
Devon Still had been aching to get back in the Cincinnati Bengals' locker room. While his teammates spent the last two months building camaraderie as they went through the team's offseason workout program, he was out East, looking after a 5-year-old whose story and strength have captivated the nation for nearly a year.

Saints QB Ryan Griffin stitched up after champagne-bottle attack at CBD lounge |
New Orleans Saints backup quarterback Ryan Griffin needed more than 50 stitches to close facial lacerations he received after being struck with a champagne bottle during an argument earlier this month at a Central Business District lounge, New Orleans police records show.

'Versatility' continues to be offseason buzzword for Bengals - Cincinnati Bengals Blog - ESPN
Hue Jackson was speaking primarily about the Cincinnati Bengals who play on his side of the football, but his quote below could be applied to virtually any position on the team's roster.

Cincinnati Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis' Learning is Cool event a great way to honor academics - Story
My oldest son, Rhys, made the honor roll all year since moving here from Florida. So he received tickets to the Marvin Lewis Community Foundation's Learning is Cool night at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. There were roughly 7,000 students being honored. That's something we should all be proud of.