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LeSean McCoy said media took ‘ladies only’ party invite out of context

Athletes and celebrities trying to excuse controversial comments by saying they were taken out of context is often a hilarious defense. (Charles Barkley will always be the champion of this, though technically he said he was “misquoted” in his autobiography.) The latest example is Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy, who posted a flyer for a private party he was throwing last...
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The Mike Francesa vs CBS Sports Radio feud is officially on!

As expected, Mike Francesa addressed the brewing feud over the CBS Sports Minute, and it did not disappoint. In case you need caught up on how this latest Francesa Fracas came to be, here’s the Reader’s Digest version: Francesa snidely criticized CBS Sports Radio host Damon Amendolara for a CBS Sports Minute about Hulk Hogan that ran on WFAN.  CBS Sports host John Kincade then...
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ESPN nearing deals to retain Jay Crawford and Kevin Connors

SportsCenter anchors Kevin Connors and Jay Crawford will be staying with ESPN, a source informs Awful Announcing. While the contracts with the pair have not been finalized, a second source confirmed that negotiations are approaching the finish line. Both Connors and Crawford are represented by Playbook, Inc. Connors has been with ESPN for seven years, mainly anchoring SportsCenter...
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Disney CEO says ESPN could “be sold directly to the customer”

The cord cutting phenomenon is getting pretty serious because top media executives are acknowledging it and looking towards a changing future in the industry.  The cable bundle, a la carte pricing, over the top services, the sports rights bubble – these are all just a few pieces in this high stakes game of chess that’s developing as the cable and satellite era transforms into...
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Lexi Thompson is playing with injured wrist suffered when boxing a Golf Digest writer

There is no possible way to make the headline any less salacious and still factually correct, no matter how it gets worded, because Lexi Thompson, winner of the 2015 Meijer LPGA Classic in Grand Rapids, Michigan this past weekend, has been playing this season with an injured wrist after, yes, punching a writer doing a story on her for Golf Digest. Golf Digest is the publication that...
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Mexico coach Miguel Herrera punched a reporter at the Philly airport?

The most GIF-able coach in sports, Mexico National Team coach Miguel Herrera, should have been in a joyous mood today.  Mexico won the Gold Cup after a 3-1 victory over Jamaica in the final and they’ll now play the USA in a mouthwatering clash later this fall to decide who represents CONCACAF at the next Confederations Cup. Alas, in the midst of celebrating the triumph, Herrera...
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With Jason Whitlock out of the way ESPN is going all out for The Undefeated

Two of the three high-profile ESPN vanity sites have uncertain futures – Grantland and The Undefeated.  While Nate Silver still mans the 538 masthead, Grantland and The Undefeated are facing significant questions about their longterm leadership. The two sites face vastly different circumstances in this time of precariousness.  On the one hand, Grantland has built a very good...
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CBS Sports Radio host hits back at Mike Francesa for dissing the CBS Sports Minute

Late last week Mike Francesa spoke out against the plague upon the masses that is the CBS Sports Minute.  While the CBS Sports Minute drew a lot of Francesa’s ire, he also dissed CBS Sports Radio host Damon Amendolara for using his initials when he’s been in the business for only “15 minutes.”  (Amendolara’s actually had his own national show for a few years now, but...
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John Oliver Goes After Sepp Blatter, Vladimir Putin and McDonald’s In Latest FIFA Rant

The greatest thing going in American television today is John Oliver’s relentless pursuit of exposing corruption in hilarious fashion, which means his near weekly screed against the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, better known to most citizens of Earth as the Evil Empire—wait, sorry, sorry, I mean FIFA. These commentaries are always a must see moment on HBO’s...
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Viewing Picks for July 27, 2015

All Times Eastern College Football College Football Live — ESPN, 2 p.m. SEC Coaches Corner — SEC Network, 8 p.m. Golf Playing Lessons From the Pros: Morgan Pressel — Golf Channel, 7 p.m. The Golf Fix — Golf Channel, 8 p.m. Altered Course: Stage 7-Semiifnals — Golf Channel, 9 p.m. Mixed Martial Arts UFC Countdown: UFC 190: Rousey vs. Correia — Fox Sports 1, 9 p.m. MLBAmerican...
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ESPN’s golf coverage is secretly one of the network’s best productions

ESPN is pretty much is getting out of the golf business. Next year’s British Open at Royal Troon will be ESPN’s finale for a while; a new deal with NBC kicks in for 2017. ESPN is out of the U.S. Open with Fox Sports beginning its deal this year. CBS and Turner Sports have the PGA Championship locked up through 2019. Meanwhile, the PGA Tour’s various pacts are through the early...
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NFL wary about the movie “Concussion”

You may not have heard about the upcoming movie “Concussion” which will be a dramatized account of the discovery of CTE in two NFL players who later committed suicide, but it’s a concept that’s been discussed dating back to 2013. The movie is based on a 2009 GQ article “Game Brain” written by Jeanne Marie Laskas. Pro Football Talk says the NFL is formulating a response...
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Cari Champion wishes she could have spoken out more as First Take moderator

Now that she’s done with “First Take,” former moderator Cari Champion is speaking freely about her time at Shawshank on the ESPN2 debate show. Speaking to Newsday’s Neil Best, Champion said she understood her role, but wished she had the opportunity to speak out more. Champion said she understood that she had to feed questions to combatants Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith...
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Pedro Martinez eloquently responds to Colin Cowherd’s comments

On Sunday, Pedro Martinez is getting inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. On Saturday, he was asked about Colin Cowherd’s controversial comments about Dominican ballplayers, which led to his early dismissal from ESPN. Here’s how Pedro responded, in quite an eloquent manner. Here's Pedro's complete answer when asked about Cowherd's comments: pic.twitter.com/xhR1qlWsS8 ...
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ESPN extends agreement with the Missouri Valley Conference

ESPN continues its stranglehold in college sports. Late last week, the Worldwide Leader announced a 10-year extension of its media rights agreement agreement with the Missouri Valley Conference. This agreement now runs through the 2023-24 season. The new contract immediately establishes a dedicated online channel of MVC sports which is branded “The Valley on ESPN3.” The Valley...
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Viewing Picks for July 26, 2015

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football West Coast Eagles vs. Sydney Swans — Fox Sports 2, 2:30 a.m. CONCACAF Gold ClubFinal, Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA Jamaica vs. Mexico — Univision/Univision Deportes, 7:42 p.m./Fox Sports 1, 8 p.m. Univision Deportes Fútbol Club: Edición Copa Oro-Camino a la Gran Final — Univision Deportes, 4 p.m. Fútbol Central ...
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ESPN’s early dismissal of Colin Cowherd is the easy (and ingenious) way out

ESPN unceremoniously dumped Colin Cowherd late Friday afternoon, one week before what was reportedly scheduled to be his final day at the network.  It’s the worst kept secret in sports media that once Cowherd’s contract is done at ESPN, he’ll make the move to Los Angeles and Fox Sports in a mega-million dollar deal. The repugnant nature of Colin Cowherd’s latest controversy...
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ESPN begins three weeks of in-depth NFL training camp coverage today

The NFL has become a year-round endeavor as the most popular sport in the land and there’s no true “off-season” anymore.  However, we’re just about through what is probably the last lull in the schedule between the draft and the start of training camp.  With camps opening up around the league, ESPN and SportsCenter are beginning three weeks of in-depth coverage. Bristol...
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Mike Francesa is not a fan of the CBS Sports Minute

If you listen to any CBS Sports Radio station, you’ve likely had the grave misfortune of listening to a CBS Sports Minute.  They are mini-commentaries from national CBS Sports personalities on the story of the day that are meant to… I don’t know… lead you to veer your car into oncoming traffic?  Whether it’s the tone, delivery, timing, or content, the CBS Sports Minute...
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NBA League Pass: An Emphasis On Flexibility More Than Access

Ed Note: The following appears courtesy our friends at Bloguin’s NBA hub Crossover Chronicles. This week, Joe Lucia offered this analysis of the NBA’s new pricing structure for its League Pass package.  By all means, read the article to gain a fuller grasp of the issue and its tension points. Also read the comments (yes, in this case, the comments add to the story instead of...
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Viewing Picks for July 25, 2015

All Times Eastern Arena Football Tampa Bay Storm at Jacksonville Sharks — ESPNews, 7 p.m. Australian Rules Football Richmond Tigers vs. Fremantle Dockers — Fox Soccer Plus, 2:30 a.m. Western Bulldogs vs. Collingwood Magpies — Fox Soccer Plus, 11 p.m. BasketballThe Basketball TournamentQuarterfinals, McGrath Arena, DePaul University, Chicago, IL Dirty South vs. Overseas Elite —...
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ESPN is taking Colin Cowherd off the air

Wow.  I did not expect to see this coming… In the wake of his controversial remarks about Dominican baseball players on his Thursday radio program, ESPN has taken Colin Cowherd off the air.  Cowherd had announced he was leaving ESPN at the end of his current contract, but there was still believed to be at least a few months left on the deal.  And unlike Bill Simmons, it was...
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HBO Sports will air Kareem Abdul-Jabbar documentary in November

Is HBO Sports going to be putting more of a focus on original documentaries with the addition of Bill Simmons? Perhaps, but that emphasis may have started before Simmons entered the fold. On November 3rd, HBO will be airing Kareem: Minority of One, a documentary focusing on the life and career of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Kareem‘s producer is Deborah Morales (On the Shoulders of Giants...
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NFL launching new Game Pass subscription service for devices including Apple TV

NFL fans looking to get their pro football fix without being connected to cable or satellite service will soon have a new option to watch games. As you might expect, however, there is a catch. The new and improved Game Pass service will be available on several devices such as Apple TV, Xbox One and Xbox 360, in addition to mobile and desktop apps. Game Pass will replace Game Rewind...
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Sports and Entertainment Ratings Buzz: July 13-19

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. Golf Channel Top 10 (and Select) Programs RANK PROGRAM DAY TIME DUR HH VWRS (000) 1 LIVE FROM THE BRITISH OPEN Sun 9:32PM-10:02PM 30 0.2 295 2 LIVE FROM THE BRITISH OPEN Sun 8:32PM- 9:02PM 30 0.2 294 3 LIVE FROM THE BRITISH OPEN Sun 9:02PM...
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