The rise, fall, and rise of Max Kellerman at ESPN

This week concludes Max Kellerman’s first week stepping into the shoes of Skip Bayless as Stephen A. Smith’s co-host on the new-look First Take. The remarkable aspect of Kellerman’s selection is that, in many ways, he was one of the original members of ESPN’s crash course into “Embrace Debate” as the very first host of Around […]

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Can audiences expect NBC to talk about Rio Olympics issues during broadcast?

The latest edition of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast with Richard Deitsch dropped on Thursday and his guest was Sports Business Daily media writer John Ourand. While the two discussed various topics including the ACC Network, Tom Jackson leaving ESPN, and the presumption many have about ESPN leaning left politically, the main topic at hand was the 2016 Rio […]

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Should ESPN sit out the 2016 presidential election?

The biggest story happening in American society right now is the conclusion of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. America gets to look forward to a matchup between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, who the numbers show are two of the most polarizing people to ever be nominated for the presidency. ESPN has been under […]


Esquire renews controversial ‘Friday Night Tykes’ and spinoff

Everyone’s favorite football-playing-reality-tv-stars-who-are-way-too-young-to-be-reality-tv-stars are coming back! Esquire Network announced Thursday that it had ordered a fourth season of Friday Night Tykes, a docuseries than follows 10-12-year-olds through their Texas youth football leagues, as well as a second season of the show’s spinoff, Friday Night Tykes: Steel Country.  Before we get into the mountain of criticism this show has received, let’s […]


Viewing Picks for July 29, 2016

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football Geelong Cats vs. Western Bulldogs — Fox Soccer Plus, 5:30 a.m. Greater Western Sydney Giants vs. Richmond Tigers — Fox Soccer Plus, 10:30 p.m. Basketball Women’s USA Basketball Showcase, Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, CT United States vs. Canada — NBA TV, 7 p.m. Men’s USA Basketball Showcase, United Center, […]

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Peyton Manning dons robe, stars alongside Lionel Richie in new DirecTV ads

After 18 years as a professional football player, Peyton Manning is retired, and that means trading pads and playbooks for slippers and bathrobes. That’s the premise behind a series of DirecTV ads in which Peyton copes with football-devoid Sundays by sitting in a park, going grocery shopping, bugging his brother and, obviously, talking about DirecTV. The campaign comes with […]


Craig Sager to miss Olympics while undergoing bone marrow transplant

NBC announced Thursday that Craig Sager will not cover the Rio Olympics, as he continues to battle leukemia. According to the network, Sager is at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, undergoing treatment. Here’s NBC’s full statement. Craig Sager has returned to MD Anderson to continue his fight against leukemia.  He is preparing for a […]


Blake Griffin, Ryan Kalil producing The Rocketeer reboot for Disney

Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin and Carolina Panthers offensive lineman Ryan Kalil are getting into the Hollywood producing business. According to The Hollywood Reporter, both professional athletes are part of a new film, TV and digital venture called Mortal Media and are developing a reboot of the 1991 cult favorite The Rocketeer. Griffin and Kalil reportedly […]


HBO renews Ballers for third season

HBO’s Ballers is two episodes into its second season, but that didn’t stop the premium cable network from renewing its football comedy for a third season. The news comes from no less of a source than the series’ star himself, Dwayne Johnson. The renewal probably shouldn’t be a surprise, as Ballers has drawn strong ratings […]

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Brett Favre to be host on SiriusXM NFL Radio

If you thought Brett Favre being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame was the only big news coming for him in August, the three-time NFL MVP has a surprise for you. He’s also going to be a regular part of your satellite radio during the upcoming season. Favre will be a host on Sirius […]

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Sports Illustrated re-designs their website again… and this time it’s not terrible!

Sports Illustrated completely re-designed their website a couple of years ago and the results were less than spectacular.  With more and more web traffic moving to mobile and tablet, Sports Illustrated attempt to focus their attention to those visitors with their re-design.  It was supposed to be “flexible” and “more responsive.” However, the experience in […]

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DirecTV, Dish, Comcast will broadcast delayed NBC’s Rio Olympics coverage in 4K

Ultra HDTV owners, rejoice. So long as you have DirecTV, Dish Network, or Comcast, you will be able to watch 83 hours of NBC Olympics coverage in 4K Ultra HD. There’s just one catch: it won’t be live. 4K offerings will include the Opening Ceremonies and Closing Ceremonies as well as events such as swimming, track & field, basketball, and judo. The ceremonies will be […]

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Olympic Channel to launch right after Rio Olympics ends

The IOC’s Olympic Channel is hoping it can use momentum from August’s Rio Games to get its free international digital product off to a good start, but it won’t actually be launching until right after these Olympics end. From the IOC’s release: Starting Sunday 21 August, after the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games Rio […]

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Twitter signs deal to stream Premier League highlights in the UK

As Twitter continues to sign streaming deals, it has signed an agreement with Sky Sports for English Premier League highlights. This will allow Twitter users in the UK and Ireland to watch real-time highlights on the @SkyFootball account. In addition, the agreement allows for post-match analysis. So now, fans who have received the scorn from […]