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NBC launching NBC Sports Films department

As we’re in the golden age of sports documentaries, there’s an undeniable gold rush for sports networks to take advantage of the interest in the medium.  ESPN has turned 30 for 30 (and the larger specter of ESPN Films) into one of the most respected brands in all of sports with the tonnage of high quality […]

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AA Q&A: Ernie Johnson

Ernie Johnson’s NBA season ended Tuesday night with the Cavaliers’ 118-88 victory over the Hawks, completing a four-game sweep in the Eastern Conference Finals. But the Inside the NBA host is hardly done with his work for the summer, as Johnson will transition into his other regular duties of calling MLB games and the PGA Championship […]

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Viewing Picks for May 28, 2015

All Times Eastern Baseball Pacific Coast League El Paso Chihuahas at Round Rock Express — CBS Sports Network, 8 p.m. College Softball Women’s College World Series, ASA Hall of Fame Stadium, Oklahoma City, OK Florida vs. Tennessee — ESPN, noon Auburn vs. LSU — ESPN, 2:30 p.m. Alabama vs. Michigan — ESPN2, 7 p.m. Oregon […]

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Chris Connelly replaces Bill Simmons as Grantland Editor-in-Chief

With Bill Simmons and ESPN agreeing to publicly part ways before the end of his contract in September, we’ve been wondering what’s next for Grantland in this period of limbo.  Just over Memorial Day Weekend, we noted that his picture was taken off the ESPN.com homepage as the face of Grantland.  Perhaps that was an omen […]

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Who is the new face of ESPN?

Over the last five years, one could successfully argue that Bill Simmons was the star of ESPN. While ESPN execs will tell you that no one person is bigger than the brand, Simmons was the guy who seemed to be the person who had become the face of the network even though he was mostly […]

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Time Inc. acquires FanSided

Here’s some interesting news. In a case of traditional media buying a quote-unquote, new media company, Time Inc. has purchased FanSided and its 300 affiliated websites. FanSided is a sports and lifestyle network with 15 million unique visitors 50 million page views a month. That’s quite impressive. This is a deal that will help Time’s […]

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 30:  Linebacker Anthony Barr #11 of the UCLA Bruins strips the ball  from quarterback Cody Kessler #36 of the USC Trojans for a fumble and a turnover in the fourth quarter at Los Angeles Coliseum on November 30, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  The Bruins won 35-14.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Study finds that *surprise* people watch games for the point spread

Quoting that great line from Claude Rains who played Capt. Louis Renault in Casablanca, “I’m shocked! Shocked to find gambling going on in here,” as he’s handed his winnings. Well, after a study was released by two college professors, it shows that interest in non-competitive college football games increases by as much as 30% thanks […]

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Houston Texans to be on Hard Knocks

This reported by Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com: As Hard Knocks goes into its 10th season on HBO, the Texans which were 9-7 last season, NFL Films will focus on how the team will prepare for the 2015 regular season. One thing that the series likes is charisma and the producers have that in the larger-than-life […]

SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 28:  Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers in action against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi's Stadium on December 28, 2014 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Colin Kaepernick earns a nomination for Worst Social Media Post of 2015

This week has seen extraordinary flooding hit parts of Oklahoma, Texas, and Mexico.  At least 30 people have perished because of the floods and the untold damage to scores of communities is impossible to fathom. But for 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, it was an opportunity to get his stupid hashtag over. In the midst of […]

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Viewing Picks for May 27, 2015

All Times Eastern College Frisbee USA Ultimate College Championship Highlights — ESPNU, 8 p.m. Women’s — ESPNU, 9 p.m. Men’s — ESPNU, 10 p.m. College Golf NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship, Concession Golf Club, Bradenton, FL Finals, Match Play — Golf Channel, 3 p.m. Golf Central Pregame — Golf Channel, 1 p.m. College Softball […]

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 06:  Television broadcaster Ken "Hawk" Harrelson chats with fans during a break between innings as the Chicago White Sox take on the Texas Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field on August 6, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The Rangers defeated the White Sox 3-1.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Hawk Harrelson will miss the current White Sox road trip

Chicago White Sox fans listening for Hawk Harrelson’s voice over the next week and a half won’t be hearing it – Harrelson won’t be with the Sox on their 11-game road trip that started on Monday because of what CSN Chicago described as a “minor surgical procedure.” The radio voice of the Chicago Bulls, Chuck […]

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