INDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 05:  The Connecticut Huskies celebrate with the trophy after their 82-51 victory over the Syracuse Orange to win the championship game of the 2016 NCAA Women's Final Four Basketball Championship at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 5, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

HBO to offer new documentary series on UConn women’s basketball team

HBO Sports has announced in conjunction with IMG, a new documentary reality series focusing on the UConn women’s basketball team. The series titled, “UConn Huskies: The March to Madness” premieres with an hour-long show on Wednesday, March 1, then subsequent episodes will run for a half-hour. As the Huskies go for their fifth consecutive NCAA […]

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Claire Smith becomes first woman to win BBWAA’s J.G. Spink Award

ESPN’s Claire Smith was named the first female winner of the Baseball Writers Association of America’s J.G. Spink Award for 2017. The honor is given annually to a sportswriter for “meritorious contributions to baseball writing.” Smith will receive the award at the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown next July. Smith, 62, currently works […]

during the Pac-12 Championship game at Levi's Stadium on December 2, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.

Conference championship games suck and should be replaced by an 8-team playoff

Theoretically, conference championship games should be awesome. In a 27-hour period, you’re essentially assured four top 25 games that have major College Football Playoff implications. Should be fun, right? Except it’s definitely not and historically, that’s always been the case. We’ll get into that in just a minute, but I’m guessing many of you awesome […]

during the final round of the Hero World Challenge at Albany, The Bahamas on December 4, 2016 in Nassau, Bahamas.

Tiger Woods predictably sent Hero World Challenge ratings soaring

Here’s a breaking news bulletin for you: Tiger Woods is good for golf ratings. That might be an odd thing to say about someone who before the weekend was the 898th ranked golfer in the world. It might also be an odd thing to say about someone who hadn’t played in an official event since […]

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Viewing Picks for December 6, 2016

All Times Eastern College Basketball Men’s Big 5, The Palestra, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA Villanova vs. La Salle — ESPN2, 7 p.m. Jimmy V Classic, Madison Square Garden, New York, NY Arizona State vs. Purdue — ESPN, 7 p.m. Duke vs. Florida — ESPN, 9:30 p.m. Pearl Harbor Invitational, Bloch Arena, Joint Base Pearl […]

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Would selling or spinning off ESPN help Disney long-term?

The adverse effects on Disney stock from disappointing ESPN results have been well-noted, and some think selling or spinning off ESPN might help Disney’s overall stock performance. Bloomberg’s Tara LaChapelle has a good history of this idea and the latest developments on it: Back in May, I wrote that a breakup of Disney may be [the] […]

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Magic Johnson is returning to ESPN to once again appear on ‘NBA Countdown’

Magic Johnson is returning to ESPN’s NBA Countdown, beginning on Christmas Day, the network announced Monday. Johnson will be part of ESPN’s studio coverage for the network’s five Christmas broadcasts, then will settle into a role as a studio analyst for NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC, beginning Jan. 21 2017. That show will also feature Mike Wilbon and Sage Steele. “I’m […]

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WWE TLC review: AJ Styles retains WWE Title, thanks to some help

The final WWE Smackdown Live pay-per-view took place on Sunday night, with AJ Styles retaining his WWE World Title over Dean Ambrose in a spectacular main event match. In addition to that, two titles changed hands and a whole lot of weapons were used during one of WWE’s most violent events of the year. The […]

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