Donovan McNabb arrested for second DUI offense

Fox Sports NFL analyst Donovan McNabb was recently arrested for a second time for a DUI offense in Arizona.  McNabb’s first DUI arrest came in December 2013.  Fox Sports chose not to discipline him at the time and the former Pro Bowl QB had to spend a day in jail. McNabb’s second DUI arrest reportedly […]


Twitter Wars: Chris Broussard vs Bomani Jones debate premarital sex

Well that’s a headline I thought I’d never have to write… You can only imagine the look on ESPN President John Skipper’s face when one of his support staff informed him that two of his on-air talent were debating the merits and values of sex before marriage on Tuesday.  I think it would be something […]


Your MLB Announcing Schedule for 7/7 – 7/12

Tuesday, July 7 St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs (MLBN 1 pm) Local Broadcast St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs (MLBN 8 pm) Local Broadcast [alt: Rays at Royals] Wednesday, July 8 New York Mets at San Francisco Giants (MLBN 3:30 pm) Local Broadcast [alt: Tigers at Mariners] St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs (ESPN […]


Rory McIlroy’s injury brings out the dumb, from Fox News to Wimbledon to Halifax

Perhaps it says something about Rory McIlroy’s ascension in the golf world that he’s attracting a level of media stupidity often reserved for Tiger Woods. First, after a discussion of McIlroy’s ruptured ankle (which he sustained playing soccer with friends), someone off-camera at Fox News said “He’s a leprechaun, I can’t stand him.” Here’s video: Host Harris […]

during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway on July 6, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Massive rain delay hurts NBC’s return to NASCAR

Sunday was a night that NBC had been long looking forward to, its return to NASCAR at Daytona with the mid-season Coke Zero 400. Moving the race from its customary Saturday night to Sunday, NBC hoped it would attract a bigger audience, but the weather gods would not cooperate. Looking to take a bite out of the FIFA Women’s […]

Bob Ley - Outside the Lines - February 19, 2013

Outside the Lines celebrates 25 years with a primetime special

It began in 1990 and it’s been one of ESPN cornerstones. Whether as a primetime monthly special, daily afternoon program or a Sunday morning show, Outside the Lines’ mission statement has always been the same, providing enterprise and investigative sports journalism stories that normally wouldn’t be told to a mass audience. Despite the fact that […]

in the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Final at BC Place Stadium on July 5, 2015 in Vancouver, Canada.

Women’s World Cup Final beats NBA Finals, World Series and much more

Here’s a remarkable stat for you: the 2015 Women’s World Cup scored more viewers than the clinching game of this year’s NBA Finals.  The most watched NBA Finals in over a decade. Carli Lloyd is bigger than LeBron James.  Steph Curry is no match for Julie Johnston.  Matthew Dellavedova is yesterday’s news.  It’s Meghan Klingenberg’s […]

PAMPLONA, SPAIN - JULY 14:  A reveller runs with a Miura's fighting bull along the passage way into the bullring during the ninth day of the San Fermin Running Of The Bulls festival on July 14, 2013 in Pamplona, Spain. The annual Fiesta de San Fermin, made famous by the 1926 novel of US writer Ernest Hemmingway 'The Sun Also Rises', involves the running of the bulls through the historic heart of Pamplona, this year for nine days from July 6-14.  (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)

Viewing Picks for July 7, 2015

All Times Eastern Baseball Cape Cod Baseball League Bourne Braves at Chatham Anglers — Fox College Sports Atlantic, 7 p.m. Bulls Running of the Bulls, Pamplona, Spain Day 1 — Esquire Network, 2 a.m. Highlights: Day 1 — Esquire Network, 11 p.m. CONCACAF Gold Cup Group A, Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX Panama vs. Haiti — […]

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 22:  Fans in Grant Park celebrate a goal by the U.S. against Portugal in a Group G World Cup soccer match on June 22, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Fans were turned away from the free event after a 10,000-person capacity was reached.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

American soccer won in more ways than one at the 2015 World Cup

Fox Sports just finished televising the 2015 Women’s World Cup.  Of the 12 announcers calling games, 11 of them were American and 1 was a Canadian. And American soccer survived. The biggest storyline when it came to Fox’s World Cup coverage was their focus on American Soccer Announcers.  One of the great debates among American […]

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06:  Sabine Lisicki of Germany serves on Centre Court during the Ladies' Singles final match against Marion Bartoli of France on day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 6, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

ESPN’s Wimbledon coverage and the modern sports media marketplace

There’s plenty to say about ESPN’s coverage of the first week of Wimbledon, but every word on that particular subject must be placed in a much larger context that’s tangled, thorny, and widely misunderstood. Specific treatment of ESPN’s first week at Wimbledon comes later in this piece, but first, a few things need to be […]

VANCOUVER, BC - JULY 05:  Carli Lloyd #10 of the United States of America scores the opening goal against Saki Kumagai #4, Azusa Iwashimizu #3 and goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori #18 of Japan in the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 Final at BC Place Stadium on July 5, 2015 in Vancouver, Canada.  (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)

USA World Cup Final victory smashes ratings records (UPDATED)

With the US Women’s National Team advancing to the 2015 World Cup Final in a rematch against Japan, the biggest media storyline was whether or not the game would surpass the 16 year old record of the 1999 World Cup Final as the most watched women’s soccer game of all-time.  With record ratings and viewership […]


George Shea’s best intros from the 2015 Hot Dog Eating Contest

George Shea’s introductions at the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest are as much a part of the Fourth of July as the gluttony that they precede. The emcee was at it again on Saturday, bringing his unique brand of poetic, bizarre and hilarious descriptions of the competitors to the stage on Coney Island. From […]