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ESPN nearing deals to retain Jay Crawford and Kevin Connors

SportsCenter anchors Kevin Connors and Jay Crawford will be staying with ESPN, a source informs Awful Announcing. While the contracts with the pair have not been finalized, a second source confirmed that negotiations are approaching the finish line. Both Connors and Crawford are represented by Playbook, Inc. Connors has been with ESPN for seven years, mainly […]

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Disney CEO says ESPN could “be sold directly to the customer”

The cord cutting phenomenon is getting pretty serious because top media executives are acknowledging it and looking towards a changing future in the industry.  The cable bundle, a la carte pricing, over the top services, the sports rights bubble – these are all just a few pieces in this high stakes game of chess that’s developing […]

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In addition to ESPN partnership, DraftKings gets huge investment from Fox Sports

Sooner or later, sports will be nothing but interruptions of never-ending DraftKings commercials. Earlier this year, DraftKings announced a major deal with ESPN that made DraftKings the “official daily fantasy sports offering across ESPN’s platforms.”  While that was a massive development for DraftKings, the daily fantasy company actually lost out on a planned $250 million […]

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With Jason Whitlock out of the way ESPN is going all out for The Undefeated

Two of the three high-profile ESPN vanity sites have uncertain futures – Grantland and The Undefeated.  While Nate Silver still mans the 538 masthead, Grantland and The Undefeated are facing significant questions about their longterm leadership. The two sites face vastly different circumstances in this time of precariousness.  On the one hand, Grantland has built a […]

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John Oliver Goes After Sepp Blatter, Vladimir Putin and McDonald’s In Latest FIFA Rant

The greatest thing going in American television today is John Oliver’s relentless pursuit of exposing corruption in hilarious fashion, which means his near weekly screed against the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, better known to most citizens of Earth as the Evil Empire—wait, sorry, sorry, I mean FIFA. These commentaries are always a must see […]

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Viewing Picks for July 27, 2015

All Times Eastern College Football College Football Live — ESPN, 2 p.m. SEC Coaches Corner — SEC Network, 8 p.m. Golf Playing Lessons From the Pros: Morgan Pressel — Golf Channel, 7 p.m. The Golf Fix — Golf Channel, 8 p.m. Altered Course: Stage 7-Semiifnals — Golf Channel, 9 p.m. Mixed Martial Arts UFC Countdown: […]

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NFL wary about the movie “Concussion”

You may not have heard about the upcoming movie “Concussion” which will be a dramatized account of the discovery of CTE in two NFL players who later committed suicide, but it’s a concept that’s been discussed dating back to 2013. The movie is based on a 2009 GQ article “Game Brain” written by Jeanne Marie […]

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Cari Champion wishes she could have spoken out more as First Take moderator

Now that she’s done with “First Take,” former moderator Cari Champion is speaking freely about her time at Shawshank on the ESPN2 debate show. Speaking to Newsday’s Neil Best, Champion said she understood her role, but wished she had the opportunity to speak out more. Champion said she understood that she had to feed questions […]

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ESPN extends agreement with the Missouri Valley Conference

ESPN continues its stranglehold in college sports. Late last week, the Worldwide Leader announced a 10-year extension of its media rights agreement agreement with the Missouri Valley Conference. This agreement now runs through the 2023-24 season. The new contract immediately establishes a dedicated online channel of MVC sports which is branded “The Valley on ESPN3.” […]

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Viewing Picks for July 26, 2015

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football West Coast Eagles vs. Sydney Swans — Fox Sports 2, 2:30 a.m. CONCACAF Gold Club Final, Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA Jamaica vs. Mexico — Univision/Univision Deportes, 7:42 p.m./Fox Sports 1, 8 p.m. Univision Deportes Fútbol Club: Edición Copa Oro-Camino a la Gran Final — Univision Deportes, 4 p.m. […]

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ESPN’s early dismissal of Colin Cowherd is the easy (and ingenious) way out

ESPN unceremoniously dumped Colin Cowherd late Friday afternoon, one week before what was reportedly scheduled to be his final day at the network.  It’s the worst kept secret in sports media that once Cowherd’s contract is done at ESPN, he’ll make the move to Los Angeles and Fox Sports in a mega-million dollar deal. The […]

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ESPN begins three weeks of in-depth NFL training camp coverage today

The NFL has become a year-round endeavor as the most popular sport in the land and there’s no true “off-season” anymore.  However, we’re just about through what is probably the last lull in the schedule between the draft and the start of training camp.  With camps opening up around the league, ESPN and SportsCenter are […]

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