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San Diego Padres adding Tony Gwynn Jr. to broadcast team

Former players coming back to the teams with which they’re most associated, whether in a front-office sort of role or as a broadcaster, is almost always a nice story. It’s fun for the fans, it’s a good post-career move for the athlete, and it’s good public relations (and more) for the club. But Tony Gwynn Jr. taking a role with the San Diego Padres might mean just a bit more...
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Bill Walton goes shirtless during ESPN broadcast to the dismay of one woman

The world got to see a whole lot of Bill Walton Saturday night, as the ESPN commentator briefly got shirtless during the call of the Kansas-Texas game to pull on another tie-dyed shirt with “Keep Austin Weird” on it. The reaction from the woman behind him was priceless: Let’s zoom in on that reaction a bit more: Later on, we got to see Walton discussing talking to Stevie Ray...
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Mark Cuban complains to Turner president David Levy about Bleacher Report tweet, now deleted

Social media in sports is largely fun and games. That is, until someone takes things a bit too seriously. On Saturday, that person was Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. Cuban directed his anger at Bleacher Report for posting a tweet which included video of Dirk Nowitzki shooting an airball with the words “DIRK FOREVER.” B/R deleted the tweet, but it was screen capped by Deadspin...
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Kyle Brandt’s Good Morning Football Oscars monologue included a shot at FS1

Kyle Brandt of NFL Network’s Good Morning Football has produced some great themed Friday segments over the last while, from Star Wars to Goldeneye to a tribute to Chris Berman, and his latest even included some sports media commentary. On Friday, Brandt and GMFB co-hosts Peter Schrager, Nate Burleson and Kay Adams dressed up in tuxedo t-shirts for an Oscars segment, and Brandt...
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AA Weekly Recap: Changes at FS1 lead to Jay and Dan’s ouster

It’s been another busy week in sports media. We’re here to recap the biggest news and events that took place and share some of our best work from the week that was. Without further adieu: Sacramento Kings announcer Grant Napear was very happy the team traded DeMarcus Cousins – Feb 20 Longtime Kings play by play announcer Grant Napear went on a Twitter rant following Sacramento’s...
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Did Colin Cowherd rip off Bill Simmons’ “VP of Common Sense” idea?

There are only so many sports ideas, but when one is floated by a highly-prominent columnist, used repeatedly by him, repeatedly attributed to him by others, and then over a decade later, floated as a completely new and original idea by a former colleague of that columnist, it raises questions. The two people in this case are Bill Simmons and Colin Cowherd, both formerly of ESPN...
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Time Inc. confirms they’ve ended partnership with Chat Sports; did fake writers play a role?

In the wake of Daniel Roberts’ explosive Yahoo Finance story on how Chat Sports’ attempt to buy The Cauldron ended with ugly accusations of impersonating lawyers and forged term sheets, Time Inc. has ended their partnership with Chat Sports. Roberts broke the news Friday evening on Twitter, citing sources. It appears that Chat Sports has already removed their branding referencing...
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Report: Turner Sports and Univision will air the Champions League in the U.S.

U.S. broadcast rights for the Champions League are changing hands. Turner Sports has reportedly won the bidding for English-language rights, while Univision has won Spanish-language rights. Fox previously held rights in both languages. The news was first reported by World Soccer Talk and then confirmed by Sports Business Daily. Per SBD, Turner will pay $60 million a year for three...
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Al Michaels’ famous ‘Do you believe in miracles?’ call came ‘out of my heart, at the moment’

Wednesday was the 37th anniversary of the United States’ famous upset of the Soviet Union at the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey tournament, and to celebrate the occasion, Rich Eisen invited Al Michaels onto his radio show to reminisce on his call of the game. Michaels recalled fearing that the game would be a massive blowout and telling his partner Ken Dryden that “all he can ask...
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Charles Barkley swore on air, so TNT put a poop emoji over his mouth

Charles Barkley is not exactly know for choosing his words carefully on the air. He makes jokes he shouldn’t, he trashes great players and  shares analysis that doesn’t always make sense. And sometimes he swears with the cameras rolling. On Thursday night’s Inside the NBA, Barkley recalled talking to Spike Lee about the New York Knicks, commenting that, “He don’t...
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Oregon’s Willie Taggart refuses to speak to beat reporter over story

Newly hired Oregon football coach Willie Taggart is taking offense over an article written by Andrew Greif, beat reporter for The Oregonian. According to the Daily Emerald, Greif’s article from January 16 detailed particularly rough workouts that resulted in three Oregon players having to go to the hospital. Because of that, strength and conditioning coach Irele Oderinde was suspended...
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Turner EVP Craig Barry talks TNT’s new Players Only NBA broadcasts, with players filling all roles

Beginning on Monday, Turner’s trying something very different for some of their NBA broadcasts; a Players Only franchise. For five consecutive weeks of Monday night doubleheaders where former NBA players will fill all roles on the broadcast. That includes play-by-play, studio host and reporter roles, as well as the more standard color commentator and studio analyst roles. Turner...
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NFL Media got Deshaun Watson to participate in a behind-the-scenes pre-draft doc series

One of the most hotly-debated prospects heading into the NFL draft is Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, who just led his team to a national championship and has shot up many draft boards. Watson’s preparation for the draft is a notable story, and something lots of media outlets would love to gain behind-the-scenes access to. But which one actually pulled it off? Interestingly...
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One of the only black female sports editors at a U.S. metro daily has joined ESPN

ESPN’s The Undefeated just made another impressive hire, and one that also shows some of the diversity challenges the traditional sports media faces. They’ve named Lisa Wilson senior editor for sports, and her hire would be noteworthy in its own right; she’s done plenty of impressive things, especially as the executive sports editor at The Buffalo News since 2011. However,...
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Dan Le Batard’s Magic Johnson criticism called racist by Keyshawn Johnson, Mychal Thompson

The ESPN airwaves got quite fiery Thursday, with some ESPN-on-ESPN crime to boot. After Dan Le Batard blasted the Lakers’ elevation of Magic Johnson to president of basketball operations on his own show, Keyshawn Johnson, LZ Granderson and Jorge Sedano discussed those comments on their ESPN LA morning radio show, with Johnson accusing Le Batard of making those comments based on...
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Gruden’s QB Camp returns to ESPN April 11 for its 8th season

With apologies and all due respect to fans of the NBA, NHL and college basketball, in addition to baseball fans excited about the beginning of spring training. But for football fans, NFL Draft season is about to begin with the league’s scouting combine starting next week. Prospects will undergo plenty of evaluation from now until April 27, when the NFL’s annual player selection...
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Could David Ortiz join the Red Sox broadcast booth this season? Big Papi is interested

Now that he’s retired, what is former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz going to do with his time? He probably needs something to do after he’s done teaching tennis lessons and claiming lost tennis balls that he launched out of the court on his taxes. Though he might not be swinging a bat for the Red Sox this season, he still may be involved with the team in a different capacity...
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TV networks continuing to press NASCAR into major changes to reverse ratings slide

With this week’s Daytona 500, NASCAR begins a new era with races broken up into three stages before declaring a winner. It’s a revolutionary idea that goes back to the sport’s short track, roots but also provides more “winning moments” in the hopes of drawing more fans for longer period of time to tune into the races. In short, NASCAR had to do something this offseason...
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WFAN confirms they’d consider Chris Christie to replace Mike Francesa, but could it happen?

The chances of New Jersey governor Chris Christie replacing Mike Francesa as a sports talk host on New York City’s 660 WFAN appear to be rising. Francesa will leave the station this December, and Christie leaves office three weeks later. There’s been speculation about Christie as a possible Francesa replacement for months, as he’s regularly called into Francesa’s show, has...
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FSU AD says ACC Network could bring up to additional $15 million in revenue to schools

ESPN will finally be launching the ACC Network in time for the 2019 football season. While that’s still two years away, the schools are already looking forward to the increased revenue that is soon to come there way. It’s no secret that the ACC (and the Big 12 and Pac 12) are lagging well behind the SEC and Big 1o in the conference revenue race. For the 2014-2015 fiscal year...
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Bill Walton handled a glockenspiel, wore face paint, and criticized DeMarcus Cousins

The Bill Walton verbal acid trip continued Wednesday night, with Walton calling the Cal-Oregon game alongside usual play-by-play partner “Dave??” Pasch. Things started long before tipoff, with Pasch tweeting this photo of Walton with a glockenspiel (which he’s used before at Cal!) in front of the Golden Bears’ band and asking for captions: Here are some of the best ones he...
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Report: Kings flagship station pulls radio host off air for criticizing DeMarcus Cousins trade

On Monday, KHTK 1140 radio host Damien Barling harshly criticized Vlade Divac and the hometown Sacramento Kings for a poor return in the DeMarcus Cousins trade. Two days later, Barling has reportedly been pulled from the air in what his co-hosts say was a retaliatory suspension.On Wednesday, Barling’s co-hosts on “The Lo-Down,” Jason Ross and Ken Rudolph, came onto the air...
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Chat Sports tried to acquire The Cauldron, and all hell broke loose

One of the more fascinating sports media stories in some time comes from Daniel Roberts over at Yahoo Finance, who’s dug into how Sports Illustrated parted ways with The Cauldron earlier this month and how that may have been impacted by Chat Sports’ earlier failed acquisition of The Cauldron. It’s a long and convoluted story, but well worth reading in its entirety. The key...
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Golf blog No Laying Up got the Trump-Rory story and forced the White House to admit to an alternative fact

If there’s one sport that is going to intersect with politics often throughout the length of the Trump presidency, it’s golf. Donald Trump is involved with 17 golf courses around the world, including some big-time properties. His Trump Doral course hosted a World Golf Championship event through last year, though that tournament has now moved to Mexico, which the PGA Tour insists...
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HBO releases footage and trailer for new doc series on UConn women’s basketball team

The latest Magic Johnson leaves ESPN again, this time to join Los Angeles Lakers full-time AA Q&A: MLB Network's Harold Reynolds Network exec says presidential election and oversaturation brought NFL ratings down in 2016-17 Turner Sports to offer single-advertiser...
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