Robert Lipsyte

The AA Q&A: Former ESPN Ombudsman Robert Lipsyte

Robert Lipsyte was the fifth ESPN Ombudsman after George Solomon, Le Anne Schreiber, Don Ohlmeyer and the Poynter Institute. Lipsyte’s term finished in December of 2014 after serving 18 months in the role. During his time, Lipsyte wrote about a whole range of issues including the suspensions of Stephen A. Smith and Bill Simmons, the […]

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15:   Juan Centeno #36 of the New York Mets tags out Kelly Johnson #33 of the New York Yankees at home plate on a Derek Jeter (not pictured) ground ball to shortstop in the eighth inning on May 15, 2014 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

The Mets and Yankees had a weird Twitter kerfuffle

The Subway Series took place over the weekend with the Mets and Yankees squaring off for an early-season battle of New York.  The Mets have been riding high so far this year, surprisingly off to the best start in Major League Baseball at 14-5.  The Yankees took 2 of 3 in the series to move […]


ESPN is suing Verizon over new skinny cable package

ESPN fired a preemptive shot at any cable or satellite providers looking to break the cable bundle model. On Monday, they filed suit against Verizon in the New York State Court because of the new package, which offers ESPN in a separate tier for an additional charge instead of the lowest level tier offered by […]

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Britt McHenry asks for a second chance in return to work

ESPN’s Britt McHenry returned to work on Saturday, and issued another sincere apology on Twitter. The tweet, in its entirety, reads as follows: Back to work. Excited to be covering Caps-Isles today. Now that the suspension is over, I want to say again that I’m so sorry for my recent hurtful actions. My remarks were […]


Viewing Picks for April 27, 2015

All Times Eastern Boxing World Series of Boxing, Plaza De Toros San Marcos, Aguascalientes, Mexico City Mexico vs. Great Britain — Univision Deportes, 8 p.m. (taped 04/24) College Baseball Washington State at Washington — Pac-12 Networks, 10 p.m. College Football B1G Spring Football Report 2015 — Big Ten Network, 7 p.m. College Softball North Carolina […]


Gary Bettman says tanking is a media creation

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has been known to say some wacky things. And there can be the perception that Bettman is in an ivory tower, unaware of his surroundings. This perception came back to bite him when the Commish met with reporters on Friday to discuss the state of the league and other matters. His […]


IMG producing documentary on former NFL player Steve Gleason

The story of former New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason just got a significant boost in its ability to reach the masses. According to The Hollywood Reporter, sports and media agency IMG is getting into the original content business, an effort led by former ESPN executive Mark Shapiro. Its first project will be a documentary about […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 4:  Evgeni Malkin #71, Kris Letang #58 and Chris Kunitz #14 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrate a second-period goal by Letang against the New York Rangers in Game Two of the Second Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 4, 2014 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Pittsburgh Penguins top local NHL ratings once again

The Pittsburgh Penguins may have had a double digit ratings drop in the 2014-15 season, but it didn’t stop the team’s five year streak as the country’s top local market for NHL ratings. Root Sports Pittsburgh averaged a 6.55 rating for the Penguins for the ’14-’15 regular season. While that’s down significantly from the lockout […]

Bruce Jenner

Bruce Jenner interview on ABC garners almost 17 million viewers

Bruce Jenner may be known now for the connection to the Kardashian clan, but for the older generation, Jenner is best known for winning the decathlon gold medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics. And after winning the gold in Montreal, Jenner became a commercial pitchman, actor and a part-time analyst for ABC Sports. But it was marrying […]


Viewing Picks for April 26, 2015

All Times Eastern College Baseball Valparaiso at Oakland — ESPN3, noon Notre Dame at Wake Forest — ESPN3, 12:30 p.m. Kentucky at Florida — SEC Network Plus, 12:30 p.m. Alabama at Mississippi — ESPN, 1 p.m. Boston College at North Carolina — ESPN3, 1 p.m. Clemson at Georgia Tech — ESPN3, 1 p.m. Stetson at […]


Problematic Stephen A Smith comments on Floyd Mayweather and domestic violence come to light

Stephen A. Smith continues to illustrate the very worst of ESPN’s coverage of Floyd Mayweather and domestic violence. As noted this week, Smith’s exclusive interview with Mayweather completely avoided the topic; while ESPN has had strong commentary and analysis on Mayweather’s past of domestic violence elsewhere from the likes of Outside The Lines, Sarah Spain […]

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Twitter Wars: Vice Sports vs The Cauldron

It’s rare that you see two Editors-In-Chief of competing publications go toe-to-toe on Twitter in a public scrap, but that’s exactly what happened on Friday with the heads of two start-up sports endeavors.  Editors-In-Chief Jamie O’Grady (The Cauldron) and Tomas Rios (Vice Sports) squared off in a heated Last Man Standing Twitter War that got real […]

BRIDGEPORT, CT - JUNE 16:  Former Major League Baseball player Pete Rose speaks at a press conference prior to managing the game for the Bridgeport Bluefish against the Lancaster Barnstormers at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard on June 16, 2014 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

MLB will allow Pete Rose to participate in All-Star Game events

Well, since he’s technically a TV personality now, I guess we can go all-in with reporting on Pete Rose. The new Fox MLB analyst will be allowed to participate in July’s All-Star Game festivities in Cincinnati, which Reds owner Bob Castellini stated was his preference earlier this year. This week, I wondered whether or not Rose […]

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The Time Warner-Comcast merger falling apart hurts the hopes of Dodgers fans

There won’t be a mega-merger between Time Warner and Comcast, causing customers across the country to celebrate the immediate lack of an uber-cable provider in this country. But one group of people that won’t be celebrating are fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers, whose best hope of gaining access to Time Warner’s SportsNet LA this […]