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ESPN reverses course on video games, embraces what was once ‘not a sport’

ESPN made history Sunday night by airing a video game tournament on ESPN2, but it never would have happened seven months ago. The Worldwide Leader put Heroes of the Dorm, a collegiate Heroes of the Storm competition, on its secondary network in a move that contradicted comments made by ESPN president John Skipper last September. When […]

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 27:  Josh Hamilton, outfielder for the Texas Rangers, talks with the media at Globe Life Park on April 27, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. Hamilton was acquired from the Los Angels in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

SBNation deletes hateful Josh Hamilton article

When operating a massive blog network with dozens or hundreds of blogs, questionable content occasionally slips through the cracks. In the late hours of Monday night, some of that questionable content slipped through the cracks at SBNation’s Angels blog, Halos Heaven. In the now-deleted post, Rev Halofan (the site’s editor) said some downright hateful things […]

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SportsCenter dedicated extensive live coverage to Manny Pacquaio getting off his bus

SportsCenter is pulling out all the stops for the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather fight this week in Las Vegas.  A cast of thousands will be on-site in Vegas with several episodes of SportsCenter emanating from Sin City and special programming geared towards the fight taking over Bristol airwaves.  ESPN has touted going all-in with SportsCenter for Mayweather-Pacquiao […]

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6 Things We Learned About Jason Whitlock’s Amazing Leadership Skills at The Undefeated

Deadspin’s Greg Howard delivered quite the birthday present to Jason Whitlock on Monday – a 10,000 word magnum opus that effectively buries Whitlock’s planned ESPN vertical The Undefeated before it even officially launches. Howard has chronicled the inside story of Whitlock’s ESPN venture before with intense questions for the vision and execution of the site, but his […]

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Viewing Picks for April 28, 2015

All Times Eastern College Baseball Hofstra at Monmouth — ESPN3, 3:30 p.m. Kentucky at Louisville — SEC Network, 6 p.m. Nebraska at Creighton — CBS Sports Network, 7 p.m. James Madison at Liberty — ESPN3, 7 p.m. Michigan State at Notre Dame — ESPN3, 7 p.m. Northern Illinois at Illinois-Chicago — ESPN3, 7 p.m. Prairie […]

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Charley Casserly has a mini-meltdown live on NFL Network

NFL Network analyst and former NFL GM Charley Casserly was sitting down with Dan Hellie for your typical, run-of-the-mill segment about the NFL Draft.  Casserly isn’t new to television and has probably done hundreds of these mundane Q&As to get his expert opinion.  This one didn’t quite go as planned, though. Casserly angrily lectured Hellie for […]

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NBA ratings drop across cable, slightly rise on local RSNs

Earlier this month, we brought you the news about the NBA on ABC struggling a bit. Well, the overall viewership from last season to this year was roughly flat (3.588 million viewers this season compared to 3.584 million last year, still the second lowest mark over the past seven seasons), but TNT, ESPN, and NBA […]

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Voting for the 2015 People’s Sports Media Awards is now open!

After long hours burning the midnight oil at AA HQ we’ve settled on our list of final nominees after pouring over our staff’s choices and reader nominations via your comments and social media submissions.  Below are the list of hopefuls for the 2015 People’s Sports Media Awards.  Your task is simply to vote for the […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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