Viewing Picks for May 27, 2016

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football Sydney Swans vs. North Melbourne Kangaroos — FS2, 5:30 a.m. Melbourne Demons vs. Port Adelaide Power — Fox Soccer Plus, midnight AFL Highlights — Fox Soccer Plus, 4 a.m. Boxing CBS Sports Spectacular Fight Night, Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino, Niagara Falls, NY Heavyweights Jarrell Miller vs. Nick Guivas […]


Chris Berman might be retiring after this NFL season (UPDATED)

Shocking news out of Bristol as The Big Lead reports the one man who is perhaps more synonymous with ESPN than anyone, Chris Berman, will be leaving the network after the 2016 NFL season when his contract expires. Berman started at ESPN just after the network launched in 1979 and has been in Bristol for almost forty […]

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Mark Cuban and Tim Cowlishaw flail away at each other on Twitter

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has been in the news lately for saying that he would listen to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton if she were to ask him to be her vice presidential running mate. On Wednesday, James Pethokoukis wrote an op-ed for The Week touting Cuban’s merits as a vice presidential selection for Clinton. […]

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SportsCenter report: “ESPN has fired Art Briles”

Baylor’s announcement that they plan to dismiss head football coach Art Briles, sanction athletic director Ian McCaw and re-assign president Ken Starr over the handling of various sexual assault allegations against members of its football team was huge news Thursday, but if you caught it first on SportsCenter, you might think that a very different […]

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Showtime sues Top Rank over legal fees from Pacquiao-Mayweather lawsuit

It’s been just over a year since Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao finally met in the boxing ring and set a record for pay-per-view buys, grossing more than $600 million in revenue. Unfortunately, the broadcast wasn’t without problems as several cable and satellite providers reported outages before and during the fight, with many viewers unable to […]


Fox invited Vin Scully to MLB All-Star Game broadcast, but he said no thanks

During his final season calling Los Angeles Dodgers games, broadcaster Vin Scully and baseball’s All-Star Game seem like a perfect match, don’t they? Not only does Scully deserve one last moment in front of a national audience during one of MLB’s spotlight events, but it would make the Midsummer Classic even more special than it already […]

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Who really is North America’s best sportswriter?

Last week Slate published a piece declaring Zach Lowe the best sportswriter around today.  While that may be one publication’s opinion, there are certainly other opinions as well.  So this week we asked our staff who their pick would be for North America’s best sportswriter… Liam McGuire: There’s a bunch of candidates for me,Sean McIndoe (formerly Grantland, […]


Cassidy Hubbarth talks about her unique path to ESPN

Cassidy Hubbarth, the host of ESPN’s NBA Tonight and NBA Coast to Coast, did not take the most traditional path to becoming one of the network’s rising younger anchors. Along the way, Hubbarth, 31, was a weekend traffic reporter for, a site that contributed information to Chicago’s local NBC affiliate. “Even though I lived […]

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Reacting to live WWE Smackdown on Tuesdays and return of the brand extension

World Wrestling Entertainment announced that Smackdown will become a live show every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET on USA Network starting on July 19. It’s the first time in the show’s 17-year history that it will be live every week. WWE also revealed that they will bring back the brand extension that will split the WWE […]

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ESPN expands The Basketball Tournament coverage

It looks like ESPN will be continuing with some of its more unusual summer programming this year, as the network’s announced that they’ve expanded their deal with social media-driven event The Basketball Tournament. The network will now air all 15 of TBT’s Super 16 games, with 11 of those being televised on ESPN channels and […]

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Peyton Manning won’t sue Al Jazeera America over HGH report

Hey, remember the allegations that NFL stars Peyton Manning, Clay Matthews, James Harrison, Julius Peppers and Mike Neal were all taking HGH? For a while there, the allegations raised by an Al Jazeera America report looked like they might tarnish the reputation of one of the NFL’s most iconic stars. But after some back and forth over the validity of the report and […]