during the 2015 NHL Winter Classic at Nationals Park on January 1, 2015 in Washington, DC.

The NHL on NBC turns 10: “It’s exceeded a lot of our hopes and expectations”

The NHL’s 2015-16 season marks the start of the second decade in the league’s U.S. broadcast deal with NBC Sports, and that deal has worked out amazingly well for both sides. Since the initial 2005-06 season, ratings have grown tremendously; across the regular season and Stanley Cup playoffs, games now average one million viewers per game versus […]

HONG KONG - JULY 29:  Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Paris Saint-Germain reacts during the friendly match between Kitchee and Paris Saint-Germain at Hong Kong Stadium on July 29, 2014 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong.  (Photo by Victor Fraile/Getty Images)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic reveals talks of a movie about Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Movies about athletes come and go through time to varying degrees of success, and yet the film and television industry will likely never stop making them. For one, they’re cheap to produce. For two, people loves sports, and the rise to stardom of the world’s elite athletes are often compelling tales with almost always happy […]


Viewing Picks for October 8, 2015

All Times Eastern College Football South Carolina State at Bethune-Cookman — ESPNU, 7:30 p.m. SMU at Houston — ESPN2, 8 p.m. Washington at USC — ESPN, 9 p.m. B1G Football & Beyond — Big Ten Network, noon CFB Daily — ESPNU, 1 p.m. College Football Live — ESPN, 2 p.m. College Football Featured — ESPNU, […]


Your Week 5 NFL Announcing Schedule

​​Thursday, October 8 Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans [CBS|NFLN 8:25 pm] Jim Nantz, Phil Simms & Tracy Wolfson Sunday, October 11 Washington Redskins at Atlanta Falcons [FOX 1 pm] Chris Myers, Ronde Barber &, Jennifer Hale Seattle Seahawks at Cincinnati Bengals [FOX 1 pm] Joe Buck, Troy Aikman & Erin Andrews Chicago Bears at Kansas […]

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Amidst NY AG’s investigation, DraftKings CEO blames “bad reporting,” says he’s open to regulation

The questions about daily fantasy sites such as DraftKings and FanDuel continue to grow in the wake of this week’s data leak and insider trading allegations, particularly with the New York attorney general’s office beginning an inquiry into those allegations Tuesday, ESPN airing an Outside The Lines investigation into daily fantasy Tuesday, ESPN no longer airing daily-fantasy-sponsored segments, and […]


Your NHL Opening Week Announcing Schedule

NHL Opening Week Wednesday, October 7 New York Rangers at Chicago Blackhawks (NBCSN 7:30 pm) Mike Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings (NBCSN 10 pm) John Forslund, Joe Micheletti Thursday, October 8 Minnesota Wild at Colorado Avalanche (NBCSN 9 pm) Chris Cuthbert, Pierre McGuire Friday, October 9 Chicago Blackhawks […]

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Rays pitcher Chris Archer brings fresh analysis to ESPN

The networks have a habit of hiring current players during the MLB Postseason as guest analysts. Fox used A.J. Pierzynski and David Ortiz over the past few to mixed success. TBS has also utilized current players during its coverage. But the people who stick out and bring their “A” game to the table are few […]

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06:  Luke Gregerson #44 of the Houston Astros celebrates defeating the New York Yankees in the American League Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium on October 6, 2015 in New York City. The Astros defeated the Yankees with a score of 3 to 0.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Yankees-Astros is the highest rated Wild Card Game in MLB history

The Yankees may not have won last night’s AL Wild Card Game, but they certainly helped to produce a big victory for ESPN.  The Astros-Yankees contest (actually won by Houston) drew a 5.7 overnight rating for the mothership, the highest rated Wild Card Game in MLB history.  And perhaps equally as meaningful, it’s the highest rated MLB game […]


15 Darren Rovell Twitter rules that Darren Rovell no longer follows

Darren Rovell of ESPN is one of the foremost authorities on sports business in America, building a personal brand over the last ten years that, with occasional hiccups, is rivaled by very few in his subset of our industry. As with many ESPN personalities, Rovell’s immense popularity on social media has made him countless enemies. […]


Jason Whitlock is already on the offensive against ESPN (and Deadspin)

Well, that didn’t take long.  Jason Whitlock was officially gone from ESPN for about 14 whole minutes when he decided to launch a couple Twitter barbs against his former employer, as well as constant-thorn-in-his-side Greg Howard from Deadspin. First, Whitlock’s tweets about ESPN, in which he accuses the network of a double standard – suspensions for criticism […]

<> on August 1, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Ronda Rousey will be co-hosting SportsCenter on Wednesday

Ronda Rousey has a fight coming up next month, so I guess it’s time again for mainstream outlets to jump back on her bandwagon. This Wednesday, Rousey will co-host the 6 PM SportsCenter alongside Lindsay Czarniak, becoming the first female athlete to serve in the guest anchor role. Rousey will also be running through the […]


Viewing Picks for October 7, 2015

All Times Eastern College Football B1G Football & Beyond — Big Ten Network, noon College Football Live — ESPN, 2 p.m. ESPNU Film Room — ESPNU, 6:30 p.m. SEC Inside: South Carolina at Missouri — SEC Network, 7 p.m. SEC Film Room — SEC Network, 7:30 p.m. College Volleyball Women’s Texas at Baylor — ESPNU, […]