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The holiday season is upon us and all we ask for this year is a NHL season. It’s not looking good as the last proposal by the NHLPA was rejected by the owners. The two sides are roughly $182 million apart on the core economic issue, doesn’t sound like much does it? I wouldn’t count on a deal that will give us hockey this season.

The NCAA College football season is over after this championship weekend, The NFL winds down this month, but we do have hoops. Here is the lowdown for sports in December and the National TV schedule for each.

 

College Football in December 

2012 ARMY – NAVY GAME

 

Army Black Knights vs Navy Midshipmen

 

You’re not going to find a better matchup with more historical significance than the annual Army/Navy Game, and this is going to be the 113th battle between these two military powers on the gridiron. Navy leads the current series 56-49-7, and the domination of the Middies has been present over the course of the last 10 years, all of which have been won by the Naval Academy. It marks the first time since 2005 that the Commander in Chief’s Trophy — given to the winner of the round robin played out among the nation’s service academies — will be handed to the team that emerges victorious from this iconic rivalry. This is a standalone game on the schedule with its pageantry, pomp, and circumstance.

 

Date: Saturday, December 8th
Time: 3:00pm (est)
Location: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
TV: CBS

 

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College Football Bowl Schedule
2012-13

Here is the 2012-13 College Football Bowl Schedule with links to each:

Bowl

Date

 

Location

Time (est)

Matchup

Pay Out (per team)

TV

 

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New Mexico

12/15/2012

Nevada (7-5)

Albuquerque,NM

1:00pm

vs.

$456,250

ESPN

Arizona (7-5)

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Famous Idaho Potato

12/15/2012

Utah State (10-2)

Boise,ID

4:30pm

vs.

$325,000

ESPN

Toledo (9-3)

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Poinsettia

12/20/2012

San Diego State (9-3)

San Diego,CA

8:00pm

vs.

$500,000

ESPN

BYU (7-5)

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Beef ‘O’ Brady’s

12/21/2012

Ball State (9-3)

St. Petersburg,FL

7:30pm

vs.

$537,500

ESPN

UCF (9-4)

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New Orleans

12/22/2012

Louisiana-Lafayette (8-4)

New Orleans,LA

12:00pm

vs.

$500,000

ESPN

East Carolina (8-4)

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MAACO Bowl Las Vegas

12/22/2012

Boise State (10-2)

Las Vegas,NV

3:30pm

vs.

$1,100,000

ESPN

Washington (7-5)

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Hawai’i

12/24/2012

SMU (6-6)

Honolulu,HI

8:00pm

vs.

$650,000

ESPN

Fresno State (9-3)

Little Caesars Pizza

12/26/2012

Central Michigan (6-6)

Detroit,MI

6 or6:30pm

vs.

$750,000

ESPN

Western Kentucky (7-5)

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Military Bowl

12/27/2012

San Jose State (10-2)

Washington,DC

3:00pm

vs.

$1,000,000

ESPN

Bowling Green (8-4)

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Belk

12/27/2012

Cincinnati (9-3)

Charlotte,NC

6:30pm

vs.

$1,700,000

ESPN

Duke (6-6)

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Holiday

12/27/2012

Baylor (7-5)

San Diego,CA

9:45pm

vs.

$2,075,000

ESPN

UCLA (9-4)

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Independence

12/28/2012

Ohio (8-4)

Shreveport,LA

2:00pm

vs.

$1,150,000

ESPN

Louisiana-Monroe (8-4)

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Russell Athletics

12/28/2012

Rutgers (9-3)

Orlando,FL

5:30pm

vs.

$2,275,000

ESPN

Virginia Tech (6-6)

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Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas

12/28/2012

Minnesota (6-6)

Houston,TX

9:00pm

vs.

$1,700,000

ESPN

Texas Tech (7-5)

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Armed Forces

12/29/2012

Rice (6-6)

Ft. Worth,TX

11:45am

vs.

$600,000

ESPN

Air Force (6-6)

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Pinstripe

12/29/2012

Syracuse (7-5)

Bronx,NY

3:15pm

vs.

$1,800,000

ESPN

West Virginia (7-5)

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Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl

12/29/2012

Arizona State (7-5)

San Francisco,CA

4:00pm

vs.

$837,500

ESPN-2

Navy (7-4)

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Alamo

12/29/2012

Texas (8-4)

San Antonio,TX

6:45pm

vs.

$3,175,000

ESPN

Oregon State (9-3)

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Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl

12/29/2012

MichiganState (6-6)

Tempe,AZ

10:15pm

vs.

$3,350,000

ESPN

TCU (7-5)

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Music City

12/31/2012

N.C.State (7-5)

Nashville,TN

12:00pm

vs.

$1,837,500

ESPN

Vanderbilt (8-4)

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Sun

12/31/2012

Georgia Tech (6-7)

El Paso,TX

2:00pm

vs.

$2,000,000

CBS

USC (7-5)

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Liberty

12/31/2012

Iowa State (6-6)

Memphis,TN

3:30pm

vs.

$1,437,500

ESPN

Tulsa (10-3)

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Chick-fil-A

12/31/2012

Clemson (10-2)

Atlanta,GA

7:30pm

vs.

$3,967,500 ACC; $2,932,500 SEC

ESPN

LSU (10-2)

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Heart Of Dallas

1/1/2013

Oklahoma State (7-5)

Dallas,TX

12:00pm

vs.

$1,100,000

ESPN-U

Purdue (6-6)

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Gator

1/1/2013

Northwestern (9-3)

Jacksonville,FL

12:00pm

vs.

$3,500,000

ESPN-2

MississippiState (8-4)

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Outback

1/1/2013

South Carolina (10-2)

Tampa,FL

1:00pm

vs.

$3,500,000

ABC

Michigan (8-4)

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Capital One

1/1/2013

Nebraska (10-3)

Orlando,FL

1:00pm

vs.

$4,550,000

ESPN

Georgia (11-2)

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Rose

1/1/2013

Wisconsin (8-5)

Pasadena,CA

5:00pm

vs.

$17,000,000

ESPN

Stanford (11-2)

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Orange

1/1/2013

Northern Illinois (12-1)

Miami,FL

8:30pm

vs.

$17,000,000

ESPN

Florida State (11-2)

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Sugar

1/2/2013

Louisville (10-2)

New Orleans,LA

8:30pm

vs.

$17,000,000

ESPN

Florida (11-1)

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Fiesta

1/3/2013

Oregon (11-1)

Glendale,AZ

8:30pm

vs.

$17,000,000

ESPN

Kansas State (11-1)

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Cotton

1/4/2013

Texas A&M (10-2)

Arlington,TX

8:00pm

vs.

$3,625,000

Fox

Oklahoma (10-2)

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BBVA Compass Bowl

1/5/2013

Pittsburgh (6-6)

Birmingham,AL

1:00pm

vs.

$1,000,025 SEC; $900,000 Big East

ESPN

Mississippi (6-6)

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GoDaddy.com

1/6/2013

Arkansas State (9-3)

Mobile,AL

9:00pm

vs.

$750,000

ESPN

Kent State (11-2)

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BCS Championship

1/7/2013

Notre Dame (12-0)

Miami,FL

8:30pm

vs.

$18,000,000

ESPN

Alabama (12-1)

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Conference Championship Saturday

It’s Conference Championship Saturday, and BCS bowl bids are going to handed out left and right. However, before a single bowl game is locked down, there are some other matters to tend to.

In the Big XII, there are two great games on tap in the 12:00 ET hour. Oklahoma will visit TCU with a potential BCS bid on the line. The Sooners will know whether they’re playing for the BCS for sure depending upon the results of the MAC Championship Game the night before, but either way, they’re still in the Big XII title picture if they can win this one. If this is lost though, it’s almost certainly off to the Cotton Bowl or the Alamo Bowl. Oklahoma State and Baylor will also play in a game that should be a shootout and could help determine if either of these teams really has the ability to move up the Big XII bowl ladder.

Also at high noon, the Conference USA Championship Game will take place at Skelley Field, as UCF and Tulsa meet for the second time in just three weeks. These two teams genuinely hate each other, and they have historically played some awfully close games, so this is one that you’re going to want to keep your eyes on when push comes to shove.

Later in the afternoon in the 3:00 and 3:30 ET hour, more conference titles will be decided. The Sun Belt championship will be handed out to the winner of the Arkansas State/Middle Tennessee State game, while Boise State will look to stake a claim to the Mountain West title if it can take down a Nevada team that has already punched its bowl bid to the New Mexico Bowl. Connecticut and Cincinnati will also be involved in their final Big East games of the season, as the Huskies try their best to get to a bowl game, something that will only happen if they win this game.

And then there’s the big one at 4:00 ET. Last year, after winning the National Championship, Head Coach Nick Saban knew that his team’s goals weren’t quite completely. The Crimson Tide might have beaten LSU in the National Championship Game, but they didn’t win the SEC. This year, they won’t finish with a perfect record, but they will ultimately go on to win the SEC and the whole enchilada if they win both of these last two games. This one against Georgia isn’t just the SEC Championship Game though, it is the de facto national semifinal, as the winner of this one will go on to play the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in five and a half weeks in Miami. Needless to say, the stakes that are already incredibly high just by the nature of the fact that this is a game for a BCS bid, and they are made increasingly higher by the fact that the loser of this one will be out of the BCS completely. This is literally a game worth millions and millions of dollars as well as conference and national title rights as well.

Later in the evening, everything else seems relatively elementary. Pittsburgh will try to get to a bowl game at the expense of a struggling South Florida side that will be happy just to see this season come to a close.

In the 8:00 ET hour, three conference titles will be handed out. Kansas State will already know whether it has anything to play for or not in this one against Texas, and that’s dependent upon what happens with Oklahoma earlier in the day. Should the Sooners lose, Senior Day will also be a celebration of the Cats’ bid to the BCS. If the Sooners win though, this one will probably separate Kansas State from a spot in the Fiesta Bowl and a spot in the Alamo Bowl or the Cotton Bowl. The Longhorns could be playing for a BCS bowl bid as well if enough goes right over the course of the week, but they’re more realistically playing for a spot in the Cotton Bowl.

Florida State and Georgia Tech will fight it out for the right to go to the Orange Bowl in the ACC Championship Game as well at 8:00 ET, while in a kickoff just before 8:20 ET, the Badgers and Cornhuskers will do battle for the second time this year in the Big Ten Championship Game. Should Wisconsin win this one, it will be headed to the Rose Bowl for the third straight year. Nebraska is searching for its first Rose Bowl bid as a member of the Big Ten.

 

national tv broadcast schedule

saturday, december 1st

 

12:00 ET Oklahoma @ TCU (ESPN)
12:00 ET UCF @ Tulsa (ESPN2)
3:30 ET Boise State @ Nevada (ABC)
3:30 ET Cincinnati @ Connecticut (ABC)
4:00 ET Alabama vs. Georgia (CBS)
7:00 ET Pittsburgh @ South Florida (ESPN)
8:00 ET Texas @ Kansas State (ABC)
8:00 ET Florida State vs. Georgia Tech (ESPN)
8:17 ET Nebraska vs. Wisconsin (FOX)

 

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 National Football League

 

As the calendar changes to December, so does the attitude of the NFL players, coaches, and fans. They are looking to the playoffs.  I hate the phrase, “If the playoffs started today”. They don’t and there are many games that remain that will determine who is in, who is out, and who could have been.

As the month of November ends we know this:

Barring catastrophic collapses, the winners of four divisions — NFC South (Atlanta), NFC West (San Francisco), AFC North (Baltimore) and AFC West (Denver) — are decided. Houston (AFC South) and New England (AFC East) also have what should be insurmountable leads entering the final five weeks of the regular season after winning on Thanksgiving Day.

That leaves only the NFC East and NFC North as well as all four wild-card spots up for grabs down the home stretch. The same goes for the first-round playoff byes and guaranteed home-field advantage associated with being the No. 1 seed in each conference.

Here is the schedule in the NFL for the month of December, but keep in mind that “Flex Scheduling” in is full effect.  More on that after the listing.

nfl schedule 

december 2012

Week 13

 

SUNDAY DECEMBER 2
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1:00 PMJacksonville JaguarsBuffalo BillsCBS
1:00 PMSeattle SeahawksChicago BearsFOX
1:00 PMIndianapolis ColtsDetroit LionsCBS
1:00 PMMinnesota VikingsGreen Bay PackersFOX
1:00 PMCarolina PanthersKansas City ChiefsFOX
1:00 PMNew England PatriotsMiami DolphinsCBS
1:00 PMArizona CardinalsNew York JetsFOX
1:00 PMSan Francisco 49ersSt. Louis RamsFOX
1:00 PMHouston TexansTennessee TitansCBS
4:05 PMTampa Bay BuccaneersDenver BroncosFOX
4:25 PMPittsburgh SteelersBaltimore RavensCBS
4:25 PMCleveland BrownsOakland RaidersCBS
4:25 PMCincinnati BengalsSan Diego ChargersCBS
8:20 PMPhiladelphia EaglesDallas CowboysNBC
MONDAY DECEMBER 3
VISITING TEAMHOME TEAMTV
8:30 PMNew York GiantsWashington RedskinsESPN

 

Week 14

 

THURSDAY DECEMBER 6
VISITING TEAMHOME TEAMTV
8:20 PMDenver BroncosOakland RaidersNFLN
SUNDAY DECEMBER 9
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1:00 PMSt. Louis RamsBuffalo BillsFOX
1:00 PMAtlanta FalconsCarolina PanthersFOX
1:00 PMDallas CowboysCincinnati BengalsFOX
1:00 PMKansas City ChiefsCleveland BrownsCBS
1:00 PMTennessee TitansIndianapolis ColtsCBS
1:00 PMNew York JetsJacksonville JaguarsCBS
1:00 PMChicago BearsMinnesota VikingsFOX
1:00 PMSan Diego ChargersPittsburgh SteelersCBS
1:00 PMPhiladelphia EaglesTampa Bay BuccaneersFOX
1:00 PMBaltimore RavensWashington RedskinsCBS
4:05 PMMiami DolphinsSan Francisco 49ersCBS
4:25 PMNew Orleans SaintsNew York GiantsFOX
4:25 PMArizona CardinalsSeattle SeahawksFOX
8:20 PMDetroit LionsGreen Bay PackersNBC
MONDAY DECEMBER 10
VISITING TEAMHOME TEAMTV
8:30 PMHouston TexansNew England PatriotsESPN

 

Week 15

 

THURSDAY DECEMBER 13
VISITING TEAMHOME TEAMTV
8:20 PMCincinnati BengalsPhiladelphia EaglesNFLN
SUNDAY DECEMBER 16
VISITING TEAMHOME TEAMTV
1:00 PMNew York GiantsAtlanta FalconsFOX
1:00 PMDenver BroncosBaltimore RavensCBS
1:00 PMGreen Bay PackersChicago BearsFOX
1:00 PMWashington RedskinsCleveland BrownsFOX
1:00 PMIndianapolis ColtsHouston TexansCBS
1:00 PMJacksonville JaguarsMiami DolphinsCBS
1:00 PMTampa Bay BuccaneersNew Orleans SaintsFOX
1:00 PMMinnesota VikingsSt. Louis RamsFOX
4:05 PMDetroit LionsArizona CardinalsFOX
4:05 PMSeattle SeahawksBuffalo BillsFOX
4:05 PMCarolina PanthersSan Diego ChargersFOX
4:25 PMPittsburgh SteelersDallas CowboysCBS
4:25 PMKansas City ChiefsOakland RaidersCBS
8:20 PMSan Francisco 49ersNew England PatriotsNBC
MONDAY DECEMBER 17
VISITING TEAMHOME TEAMTV
8:30 PMNew York JetsTennessee TitansESPN

 

Week 16

 

SATURDAY DECEMBER 22
VISITING TEAMHOME TEAMTV
8:30 PMAtlanta FalconsDetroit LionsESPN
SUNDAY DECEMBER 23
VISITING TEAMHOME TEAMTV
1:00 PMNew York GiantsBaltimore RavensFOX
1:00 PMOakland RaidersCarolina PanthersCBS
1:00 PMNew Orleans SaintsDallas CowboysFOX
1:00 PMTennessee TitansGreen Bay PackersCBS
1:00 PMMinnesota VikingsHouston TexansFOX
1:00 PMNew England PatriotsJacksonville JaguarsCBS
1:00 PMIndianapolis ColtsKansas City ChiefsCBS
1:00 PMBuffalo BillsMiami DolphinsCBS
1:00 PMWashington RedskinsPhiladelphia EaglesFOX
1:00 PMCincinnati BengalsPittsburgh SteelersCBS
1:00 PMSt. Louis RamsTampa Bay BuccaneersFOX
4:05 PMCleveland BrownsDenver BroncosCBS
4:25 PMChicago BearsArizona CardinalsFOX
4:25 PMSan Francisco 49ersSeattle SeahawksFOX
8:20 PMSan Diego ChargersNew York JetsNBC

 

Week 17

 

SUNDAY DECEMBER 30
VISITING TEAMHOME TEAMTV
1:00 PMTampa Bay BuccaneersAtlanta FalconsFOX
1:00 PMNew York JetsBuffalo BillsCBS
1:00 PMBaltimore RavensCincinnati BengalsCBS
1:00 PMChicago BearsDetroit LionsFOX
1:00 PMHouston TexansIndianapolis ColtsCBS
1:00 PMGreen Bay PackersMinnesota VikingsFOX
1:00 PMMiami DolphinsNew England PatriotsCBS
1:00 PMCarolina PanthersNew Orleans SaintsFOX
1:00 PMPhiladelphia EaglesNew York GiantsFOX
1:00 PMCleveland BrownsPittsburgh SteelersCBS
1:00 PMJacksonville JaguarsTennessee TitansCBS
1:00 PMDallas CowboysWashington RedskinsFOX
4:25 PMKansas City ChiefsDenver BroncosCBS
4:25 PMOakland RaidersSan Diego ChargersCBS
4:25 PMArizona CardinalsSan Francisco 49ersFOX
4:25 PMSt. Louis RamsSeattle SeahawksFOX

 

Flexible Scheduling allows teams to play their way onto the Sunday night schedule. Last season, the NFL implemented for the first time in its history a primetime “flexible scheduling” element on Sundays in Weeks 10-15 and in Week 17. Flexible scheduling ensured quality matchups on Sunday night in those weeks and gave surprise teams a chance to play their way onto primetime. The NFL schedule will again utilize flexible scheduling in Weeks 11-17. The NBC Sunday night time slot for “flex” weeks will list the game tentatively scheduled for Sunday night. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game will be moved to an afternoon start time. Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday, Saturday or Monday nights.

The NFL has commonly moved games between 1:00 p.m. ET and 4:15 p.m. ET on Sunday afternoons, and the NFL now employs flexible scheduling to include one of its primetime packages of games – on Sunday evenings. Sunday afternoon games, as in the past, can still be moved between 1:00 and 4:05 or 4:15 p.m. ET. In Week 17, in order to ensure a Sunday night game with playoff implications, the decision to move the start time may be made on six days notice.

 

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NCAA Men’s Basketball

 

The early-season tournaments are over. Big games have been played. Powerhouses have met. So where do we stand a little more than two weeks into the college basketball season?

Indiana and Duke are battling it out for the top spot in the country. They both had very impressive wins this past week. Here is the case for both. The Hoosiers’ early-season run hasn’t been quite as impressive as Duke’s, but Indiana has handled its business, most notably in a hard-fought overtime win over Georgetown at the Legends Classic.

No team had a better November than Duke. Thus far, the undefeated Blue Devils boast wins over then-No. 3 Kentucky, Minnesota, VCU and then-No. 2 Louisville, all while looking like a mature and polished title contender.

Now we are in December.

The top teams in the preseason, Indiana, Louisville and Kentucky, have been vulnerable at times. They have the potential to be in the Final Four, but they have proved that there are few truly dominant teams out there. Early on, we have seen that there are a number of “mid-major” teams that will be heard from this season. Creighton and Gonzaga stand out as the best of the best over the first month. The Bluejays beat Wisconsin, Arizona State and UAB early. Gonzaga blew out West Virginia and won the Old Spice Classic down in Florida.

The Missouri Valley Conference and the Atlantic 10 have sent messages that they will make some noise. Besides Creighton, keep an eye on Wichita State, which had a great victory over VCU. Illinois State is a legitimate contender. Northern Iowa took Louisville to the final minute. Drake gave California a battle out west.

Butler made a major statement by beating North Carolina out in Maui. Saint Joseph’s got a solid win over Notre Dame and battled Florida State to the wire. Charlotte got out of the gate fast by winning the Great Alaska Shootout. Temple also opened with three straight victories.

Here is the schedule for the Top 25 teams for the month.

 

december 2012

NCAA men’s basketball national tv broadcast schedule

(all times eastern)*

top 25

Saturday December 1st

12:30 PMBaylor at (8)KentuckyCBS
3:00 PMAlabama at (17)CincinnatiESPN2
4:00 PM(3)Michigan at BradleyESPNU
6:00 PMUAB at (14)North CarolinaESPNU
8:00 PM(9)Arizona at Texas TechESPNU
10:00 PM(23)San Diego State vs UCLAESPNU

Monday December 3rd

7:00 PMEastern Michigan at (6)SyracuseESPNU

Tuesday December 4th

7:00 PMTexasvs (20)vs GeorgetownESPN
9:00 PM(5)Louisville at CharlestonESPNU
9:00 PM(18)North CarolinaState vs ConnecticutESPN
11:00 PM(24) UNLV at PortlandESPNU

Wednesday December 5th

7:00 PM(7)Florida at FloridaStateESPN2
9:00 PMSouth Florida at (15) Oklahoma StateESPNU
11:00 PM(12) Gonzaga at Washington StateESPNU

Thursday December 6th

8:00 PMLong BeachState at (6)SyracuseESPN2

Saturday December 8th

12:00 PMArkansas at (3)MichiganCBS
12:00 PMPortland at (8)KentuckyESPN
2:00 PM(19)Colorado at (10)KansasESPN2
3:15 PM(2) Duke vs TempleESPN
8:00 PM(9)Arizona at ClemsonESPN2
10:00 PM(22)Illinois at (12) GonzagaESPN2

Sunday December 9th

6:00 PM(24) UNLV at CaliforniaESPNU

Saturday December 15th

12:00 PMEast Carolina at (14)North CarolinaESPNU
2:00 PM(1)Indiana vs ButlerCBS
7:00 PMBelmont at (10)KansasESPNU
8:00 PMWest Virginia vs (3)MichiganESPN
9:00 PM(12) Gonzaga vs Kansas StateESPN2
9:00 PMTuskegeeat (13)Michigan StateESPNU
10:00 PM(7)Florida at (9)ArizonaESPN

Sunday December 16th

6:00 PMEastern Kentucky at (22)IllinoisESPNU

Monday December 17th

7:00 PMDetroit at (6)SyracuseESPNU
7:00 PMRichmond at (10)KansasESPN2
7:00 PM(13)Michigan State at Bowling GreenESPNU
9:00 PMStanford at (18)North Carolina StateESPN2

Wed December 19th

7:00 PMCornell at (2) DukeESPNU
7:00 PMXavier vs (17)CincinnatiESPN2
9:00 PM(14)North Carolina at TexasESPN2

Thursday December 20th

7:00 PMElon at (2) DukeESPNU

Friday December 21st

7:00 PMFloridaAtlantic at (1)IndianaESPNU

Saturday December 22nd

12:00 PMMcNeese State at (14)North CarolinaESPNU
12:00 PM(6)Syracuse vs TempleESPN2
2:00 PMTexas at (13)Michigan StateESPN2
4:00 PM(10)Kansas at (4)Ohio StateCBS
4:00 PMMarshall at (8)KentuckyESPN2
8:00 PM(7)Floridavs KansasStateESPN2
8:30 PMWestern Kentucky vs (5)LouisvilleESPNU
11:30 PMEast Tennessee State vs (9)ArizonaESPNU

Thursday December 27th

9:00 PM(25)New Mexico at (17)CincinnatiESPN2

Friday December 28th

8:00 PMBaylor at (12) GonzagaESPN2
10:00 PM(16)Missouri at UCLAESPN2

Saturday December 29th

12:00 PMSanta Clara at (2) DukeESPN
12:00 PMWestern Michigan at (18)North Carolina StateESPNU
2:00 PM(24) UNLV at (14)North CarolinaESPN2
4:00 PM(8)Kentucky at (5)LouisvilleCBS

Monday December 31st

12:00 PM(17)Cincinnati at PittsburghESPN2
1:00 PMUNCGreensboro at (18)North Carolina StateESPNU
2:00 PM(13)MichiganState at (21)MinnesotaESPN2
3:00 PMCentral Connecticut State at (6)SyracuseESPNU
4:00 PM(1)Indiana at IowaESPN2
6:00 PM(12) Gonzaga at (15)Oklahoma StateESPN2

 

* = Rankings as of week 4 (Nov 26)

 

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National Basketball Association

The NBA season is still pretty new, as teams are still trading places at the top of the standings and the rankings are still pretty volatile. But right now, we’ve got a pretty clear top six, which includes two teams from the East and four from the West.

Things will start to even out over the next month, and that should give us some more clarity. So, who is the best team in the Western Conference right now? The Grizzlies have the best record, but the Thunder have the best point differential, and the Clippers have played the toughest schedule. In the East, it’s all Heat. They needed overtime to beat the Bucks and came back from a 13-point deficit against the Cavs. Ray Allen was the hero in that one, but the Heat are still suffering defensively (allowing 110 points per 100 possessions) when he’s on the floor.

Here is the national TV broadcast for the month of December with a slew of games on Christmas Day.

december 2012

NBA national tv broadcast schedule (ESPN, ABC & TNT )

 

Wednesday December 6th

Denver @ Atlanta 8:00 pm ESPN
Dallas @ L.A. Clippers 10:30 pm ESPN

Friday December 7th

Boston @ Philadelphia 7:00 pm ESPN
L.A. Lakers @ Oklahoma City 9:30 pm ESPN

Tuesday December 11th

New York @ Brooklyn 7:00 pm ESPN
L.A. Clippers @ Chicago 9:30 pm ESPN

Wednesday December 12th

Dallas @ Boston 8:00 pm ESPN
San Antonio @ Utah 10:30 pm ESPN

Friday December 14th

Boston @ Houston 8:00 pm ESPN
Memphis @ Denver 10:30 pm ESPN

Wednesday December 19th

Brooklyn @ New York 7:00 PM ESPN
Milwaukee @ Memphis 9:30 PM ESPN

Thursday December 20th

Oklahoma City @ Minnesota 7:00 PM TNT
Miami @ Dallas 9:30 PM TNT

Tuesday December 25 (Christmas Day)

Boston @ Brooklyn 12:00 PM ESPN
New York @ L.A. Lakers 3:00 PM ABC
Oklahoma City @ Miami 5:30 PM ABC
Houston @ Chicago 8:00 PM ESPN
Denver @ L.A. Clippers 10:30 PM ESPN

Thursday December 27th

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NHL lockout negotiations officially progressed into their next stage, as NHL and NHLPA leaders met with federal mediators for the first time. The seven-hour meeting, however, concluded with little optimism.

While both sides remained relatively silent about the day’s proceedings—neither NHL commissioner Gary Bettman nor NHLPA head Donald Fehr are permitted to speak publicly about the mediation sessions. The lengthy session failed to provide much information on the current momentum of negotiations, the majority of both in-the-know experts and on-the-sidelines fans have lost confidence in the system.

Of course, after the Bettman vs. Fehr public relations chess battle of the last three months, any compromise between these two increasingly bitter foes seems impossible. Until a physical CBA is created, ratified and implemented, many will find it hard to believe that the lockout is moving toward a conclusion.

But mediation could change that.

After all, for head mediators John Sweeney and Scot Beckenbaugh, this is what they’ve made a living on—solving hundreds upon hundreds of seemingly-unresolvable conflicts.the owners are losing $18 to $20 million and the players are losing $8 to $10 million daily. If the two sides’ positions are only about $182 million apart, both sides will have lost more money than they’re arguing over in a mere two weeks. A Forbes report on the growing NHL profitability gap could help the players’ push for increased revenue sharing. A Toronto Star article last week indicates the NHL could be closer to getting its way with free agency-related issues, such as UFA requirements and entry-level requirements. Albeit slowly, progress has been—and, hopefully, will continue to be—made.

So forget the continent-wide pessimism, ugly press release exchanges and mood-dampening news leaks. Forget the last two months’ endless stream of rejected proposals. Forget the feeling that this latest step is, yet again, not going to yield any progress.

After all of this, mediation might be just what the 2012-13 NHL lockout needs.

 

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