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Boston Globe publishes full texts between John Buccigross, Adrienne Lawrence after ESPN omits notable sections

A day after The Boston Globe reported that SportsCenter anchor John Buccigross had sexually harassed former ESPN fellow Adrienne Lawrence, the paper has published texts between the two that depict the alleged offenses. Texts published by The Globe show that Buccigross sent Lawrence two shirtless photos, prompting Lawrence to request he “put some clothes on.” Given the timestamps...
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10 hours ago

Will Disney and ESPN be able to monetize Fox’s network of regional sports networks?

There are many aspects of yesterday’s officially announced deal that will see Disney take over a wide swath of what was once Fox, once it clears any regulatory hurdles, clearances that are by no means a given. It’s an acquisition that has the power to change the scope of media, from entertainment to news to sports. On the latter point, there’s been plenty of speculation on how ESPN...
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13 hours ago

The 10 best calls of 2017

In 2017, there were plenty of memorable games and moments across the sports world. But what were the best calls of the year? We’ve racked our brains and come up with this list of ten (organized chronologically), and I’m sure absolutely no one will disagree with any of these choices (especially the *three* soccer calls. Oh, the humanity!) Without further ado, here’s the list. January...
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20 hours ago

WFAN names Mike Francesa’s studio after him during guest-packed penultimate show

On Mike Francesa’s penultimate day at WFAN, the station gave him an impressive parting gift: It named his studio after him. That means that when Chris Carlin, Maggie Gray, and Bart Scott take over next week, they’ll do so in the Mike Francesa Studio. Ironically, Francesa’s show Thursday was not actually broadcast from his studio; it was held at the Paley Center for Media. According...
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21 hours ago

Twitch to stream G League games with graphical overlays and co-streaming commentaries that could be used in the NBA one day

The NBA’s developmental G League has been used to test out a variety of different ideas, and now that’s spreading to the broadcasting realm. As per Eric Fisher and John Lombardo of Sports Business Journal, the league has signed a deal with Twitch to stream up to six games a week. That deal is also going to include options for a lot of different features, including enhanced graphical...
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1 day ago

How to fix college football ratings: Coordination, scheduling, and an eight-team playoff

College football ratings declined a bit this year. That should not surprise anyone. A modest to moderate sports ratings decline is inevitable. The audience may still be substantial. But cable customers are cutting the cord by the hundreds of thousands. People under 20 don’t watch “linear” TV. College football is not well placed to handle that shift. It depends on the cable model...
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1 day ago

NBA, Twitter partner for direct message bot that sends you news, scores and highlights

No American sports league has done a better job leveraging social media into fan attention and energy than the NBA. In part due to a lax attitude toward highlight distribution, the league has cultivated a vast community of fans on Twitter and Instagram while growing the profiles of its teams and players. The NBA currently has more Twitter followers and twice as many Instagram followers...
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1 day ago

Disney officially announces purchase of 21st Century Fox, launch of ESPN plus service, stake in Hulu

Disney’s long-rumored purchase of 21st Century Fox was officially announced Thursday morning, opening up a wealth of possibilities with content and technology for the conglomerate’s many properties, including ESPN, ABC and movie franchises such as Marvel and Star Wars. The acquisition, an all-stock transaction, is valued at $52.4 billion, according to reports. That will include the...
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1 day ago

After Mike Francesa’s final show Friday, WFAN will have Chris Carlin, Maggie Gray, and Bart Scott start before official Jan. 2 launch

There isn’t going to be much of a gap between Mike Francesa’s final WFAN afternoon show Friday and the first show of the trio replacing him. Newsday‘s Neil Best reports that Chris Carlin is set to start hosting Monday, and that co-hosts Maggie Gray and Bart Scott will join for at least some of that time, despite their show not officially launching until January. Chris Carlin is...
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2 days ago

Someone made faux Washington Post, ESPN, B/R, SI sites to spread fake news about Redskins name change

From false Adam Schefter accounts to that photo of Michael Bennett burning a flag, fake news has visited the sports world many times before. But rarely, if ever, have we seen a fake-sports-news campaign quite as elaborate or audacious as the one that came to light Wednesday. Someone, for some reason, has created fake web sites designed to look like the Washington Post, ESPN, Bleacher...
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2 days ago

Sports reporter Lindsay McCormick details her own experience of inappropriate behavior at NFL Network

This week NFL Network has been rocked by allegations of sexual misconduct by a number of prominent employees. With the #MeToo movement having an impact on almost every walk of life, it was only a matter of time before the sports media became part of the story. A former NFL Network employee filed suit against the network and named the likes of Marshall Faulk, Eric Davis, Heath Evans...
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2 days ago

The CW to air eSports reality special on ‘Madden NFL 18’

Here’s more proof that TV believes in the future of eSports as a viable entertainment option. The CW will air a one-hour special featuring the very popular Madden NFL 18 video game on December 18. According to The CW, the program will provide an inside look at this month’s Madden NFL competition in Los Angeles. The show will focus on the eight players who will participate in the...
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2 days ago

John Skipper says “our audience is bigger than ever,” “we can afford” the NBA deal, digital moves will let ESPN “adapt”

ESPN president John Skipper (who recently signed a contract extension through 2021) appeared at the Sports Video Group Summit in New York Tuesday and answered plenty of questions in an on-stage “Keynote Conversation,” discussing the company’s use of new viewer metrics such as Nielsen Total Audience, their forthcoming redesigned app and over-the-top ESPN Plus service, criticism of...
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3 days ago

Sunday NFL Countdown goes on the road for the second time ever…to recently laid-off ESPN analyst Jerome Bettis’ restaurant?

We’ve seen more and more NFL shows on the road recently, from ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown road trips and “tailgating hours” (sometimes even involving raw fish) to Fox NFL Sunday at the Eagles-Rams game this past week. Now, ESPN’s taking their own Sunday show on the road (for just the second time in the program’s 36-year history), and they’re going to quite an interesting location...
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3 days ago

Disney-Fox deal in final stages and could be announced Thursday, will reportedly include $60 billion in assets

The deal for Disney to take over much of 21st Century Fox’s assets, including regional sports networks, international networks Star and Sky, and the movie and TV studios, appears to be entering its final stages. CNBC’s David Faber reported last week a deal was close despite interest from other suitors like Comcast, and reported Tuesday that the Disney-Fox deal is on the “glide path...
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3 days ago

ESPN is keeping the bowl system alive by buying up lower-tier games

As always, this college football bowl season will feature not only marquee games like the Rose Bowl, the Cotton Bowl, or even the Citrus Bowl, but also less esteemed events such as the Cure Bowl, the Camellia Bowl, and the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. These lower-tier bowls often draw poor attendance, little media coverage and limited fan interest and have particularly suffered as the...
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3 days ago

ESPN’s Wright Thompson on Twitter: “There is nothing I miss about it and I will never ever get back on it”

ESPN’s Wright Thompson is widely regarded as one of the best sportswriters and storytellers working today. You’ve probably caught his work across a variety of ESPN platforms whether on the website, the magazine, or on television. Thompson is certainly gifted and uses his unique voice to tell the stories of athletes from Tiger Woods to Conor McGregor to Hurricane Katrina survivors...
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3 days ago

Marshall Faulk, Ike Taylor, Heath Evans suspended by NFL Network amidst sexual harassment lawsuit

Bloomberg’s Scott Soshnick and Jordyn Holman reported a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment by multiple NFL Network analysts, including ex-players Donovan McNabb, Heath Evans, Marshall Faulk, and Ike Taylor, as well as former NFL Network executive producer Eric Weinberger, now president of The Ringer. Some of those former players have already been suspended pending an investigation...
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4 days ago

Tom Brady threw a pass to Randy Moss during warmups (and also mocked his shoes)

A decade ago (has it really been that long?), Tom Brady and Randy Moss teamed up to form arguably the most unstoppable quarterback-receiver duo in NFL history. It’s easy to forget, given the Super Bowl and all, but in 2007 Moss caught 23 passes, shattering the NFL single-season record, while Brady set a new mark for passing touchdowns with 50 as the Patriots stormed through the regular...
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4 days ago

College football viewership down for most networks (aside from Fox and FS1) in 2017

The declining ratings and viewership for the NFL are a pair of talking points that only grow louder each week. But while the NFL’s viewership is commonly discussed, the declining viewership for college football in 2017 didn’t get much national attention. Unlike the NFL, where you have three windows on Sunday and individual windows on Monday and Thursday nights, there are multiple...
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4 days ago

Charles Barkley will join Doug Jones at pre-election rally, says people are “brainwashed” into supporting Roy Moore

NBA on TNT analyst Charles Barkley is diving into the Alabama political waters. With much of the country watching the lead-up to the special U.S. Senate election between Democratic candidate Doug Jones and Republican candidate Roy Moore Tuesday, the Jones campaign announced that Barkley will appear at their final pre-election rally Monday night in Birmingham. And in comments to AL...
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4 days ago

CBS broadcasters called Colts-Bills snow “worse than what you saw on television,” “once in a lifetime conditions”

Sunday’s snow-filled Indianapolis Colts-Buffalo Bills game created plenty of issues for the CBS broadcast as well as the players on the field, and the weather wound up having some of the largest impacts seen on a broadcast. (Which is remarkable, considering that just this year we saw a game have to shift to Skycam angles thanks to fog, which then wound up spawning a trend.) Director...
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4 days ago

Shohei Ohtani’s unique skillset is creating unprecedented issues for fantasy baseball developers

Shohei Ohtani, attempting to be the first two-way superstar baseball has seen since Babe Ruth, signed with the Los Angeles Angels on Friday. The 23-year-old Japanese sensation will attempt to become a trend-setting, groundbreaking player, making starts once a week for the Angels as a pitcher while also occasionally starring in a loaded lineup alongside Mike Trout, Albert Pujols,...
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4 days ago

The NFL’s new deal with Verizon is worth nearly $500 million per year, opens mobile streaming up to all carriers

Last month, we told you that Verizon and the NFL were close to renewing the company’s mobile streaming deal. The two sides have now officially announced a new agreement which takes effect next month and will last through the 2022 season. Sports Business Daily reports that the NFL will see Verizon’s rights fee nearly double, going from $250 million annually to almost $500 million...
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4 days ago

Jurgen Klopp gives fantastically feisty interview after controversial penalty decision costs Liverpool

Liverpool and Everton met in the Merseyside Derby on Sunday in one of the most famous rivalries in world soccer. In spite of dominating the game, Liverpool had to settle for a 1-1 thanks to a very soft and controversial penalty decision going against them. Reds manager Jurgen Klopp was obviously frustrated with A) the penalty decision and B) the inability of his own team to put the...
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4 days ago
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