ESPN Ratings Buzz: May 16-22

If you would like to ask about or request ratings for a program or event on these networks, please reach Douglas on Twitter @SonOfTheBronx. ESPN Top 10 (and Select) Programs VIEWER RANK PROGRAM DATE START TIME END TIME VIEWERS (000) A18-49 (000) 1 NBA PLAYOFFS Thu 5/19/16 8:29 PM 11:07 PM 5492 2739    ECF GAME […]

MESA, AZ - MARCH 10:  Chief baseball officer Tony La Russa of the Arizona Diamondbacks gestures as he talks with coaches in the dugout before the spring training game against the Oakland Athletics at HoHoKam Stadium on March 10, 2015 in Mesa, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Tony La Russa confronted a Pirates broadcaster in the middle of a game

During Tuesday’s Diamondbacks-Pirates game at PNC Park, Pirates reliever Arquimedes Caminero plunked a pair of Diamondbacks hitters. Arizona retaliated for the first beaning, and Root Sports play by play broadcaster Greg Brown talked about the history of beanball wars and retaliation instigated by Diamondbacks chief baseball officer Tony La Russa during his days as a […]


Le’Veon Bell becomes latest athlete to fall into the Skip Bayless Trap

Whaddayaknow, another athlete is mad about something Skip Bayless said on First Take. This time it’s Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell feuding with the ESPN host. Earlier this week, Bell said the Cincinnati Bengals play dirty, and his remarks became a topic across the sports-talk world. Then Bayless initiated the trap he has perfected during his time on First […]


Gawker reportedly exploring a sale amid Hulk Hogan lawsuit

On Wednesday, a Florida judge denied Gawker’s motion for a new trial in its dispute with Hulk Hogan over a sex tape published on the site in 2012, saying the $140 million figure the company owes the former wrestler won’t be reduced. Hogan sued Gawker for publishing a sex tape of him against his will. […]

DraftKings and FanDuel

Are daily fantasy sports in serious trouble? A FanDuel auditor thinks so

Eight months ago, daily fantasy sports looked destined to rule the world. Their commercials were all over the air, participation was at an all-time high, and common sense said one-day lineups were the next step in the fantasy sports evolution. Now, amid clashes with attorney generals and lawmakers in numerous states, daily fantasy’s future seems more bleak by the minute. […]


Brandel Chamblee realllllly wants to know why players misread putts

When it comes to golf analysts, you definitely don’t think of stirring up controversy or moments of tension on telecasts.  Brandel Chamblee bucks that trend just a bit.  Even most casual observers remember his feud with Tiger Woods that provoked threats of a lawsuit.  Chamblee has always been outspoken and never afraid to say what […]


Kirk Herbstreit claims he was disrespected on Baylor’s campus

Whenever ESPN sends its top college football personalities to a campus, the school tends to go all out in making their stay a most hospitable one. Kirk Herbstreit says his most recent trip to Baylor was met with quite the chilly reception from the Bears’ coaches and staff. Baylor fired Art Briles as head coach on Thursday, […]

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 16:  Wide receiver Randall Cobb #18 of the Green Bay Packers makes a catch against cornerback Justin Bethel #28 of the Arizona Cardinals but it was called back due to off setting penalties in the first half in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 16, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Aaron Rodgers: Being mic’d up caused Randall Cobb’s punctured lung

Green Bay Packers star quarterback Aaron Rodgers blames “mic’d up” technology for teammate Randall Cobb suffering a punctured lung in the team’s 26-20 playoff loss to the Arizona Cardinals in January. Rodgers appeared on former teammate A.J. Hawk’s “Hawkcast” podcast on Thursday, and explained how he believes — and he thinks the team believes — […]


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 […]

DALLAS, TX - APRIL 21:  Owner, Mark Cuban before game three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2016 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center on April 21, 2016 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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. […]