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ESPN Has Taken A Moneyball Approach To This Summer’s Many Talent Decisions

Bill Simmons is out. Colin Cowherd is out. Keith Olbermann is out. Three huge names—and three enormous contracts—are officially off the ESPN books this summer, replaced by…wait a second, has ESPN replaced those three with anyone? Cowherd was the one ESPN tried to keep of those three, and despite every effort to stop their polarizing […]

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Viewing Picks for August 4, 2015

All Times Eastern Baseball Big League World Series, J.B. Red Owens Sports Complex, Easley, SC Championship Game U.S. Champion vs. International Champion — ESPN2, 7:30 p.m. College Football College Football Live — ESPN, 2 p.m. CONCACAF Champions League Group G, Estadio Mateo Flores, Guadelupe, Mexico Deportivo vs. Real Salt Lake — Fox Soccer Plus, 10 […]

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Craig James is suing Fox Sports over his 2013 dismissal

Does anybody remember Craig James?  You know, the former SMU running back turned college football analyst turned overbearing football dad turned conspiratorial coach killer turned failed US Senate candidate?  That Craig James? Well, you better be sitting down for this one because James is back in the news.  According to the New York Times, the […]

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ESPN gives Jeremy Schaap a long-term contract extension

Another veteran ESPN presence will be with the network for some time to come, as Bristol announced Monday that they’ve signed senior news correspondent Jeremy Schaap to “a new long-term extension.” Schaap has been with ESPN since 1994, serving in a variety of roles, but he’s been particularly notable for his work on E:60 for the last […]

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 07:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns a shot in the Men's Singles Final against Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland on day fifteen of the 2015 French Open at Roland Garros on June 7, 2015 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

ESPN drops the French Open; NBCSN could step in

After airing the French Open either as the main cable rights holder or a subleasee dating back to 2003, ESPN has decided it will no longer air the event. Since 2007, it had been subleasing rights from Tennis Channel and at one time was airing matches from noon until 5 p.m. ET, but since 2013, […]

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College GameDay announces first and last stops for 2015 regular season

Today ESPN and College GameDay announced the first and last stops for the college football studio show that has taken on a life of its own in its travels around the country. GameDay and ESPN had a number of compelling matchups to choose from in the first week of the season – Texas-Notre Dame, Arizona […]

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ESPN asked Ian Darke to call college football games?!?

Ian Darke was the latest guest on the SI Media podcast and revealed a nugget of information that blew our minds.  After riding a wave of momentum that saw him catapulted into the mainstream of American sports media after the 2010 World Cup, Darke says he was approached by ESPN about calling college football for […]

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Spencer Tillman and Tim Brando will be reunited at Fox Sports

Earlier this year, it was announced that veteran college football analyst Spencer Tillman was leaving his position in the CBS Sports studio after a lengthy run of 16 years.  At the time, it was described as a mutual decision between Tillman and CBS with the former Oklahoma Sooner to part ways.  And now we might know […]

HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 29:  Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros receives congratulations from Luis Valbuena #18 after hitting a home run in the third inning against the Kansas City Royals at Minute Maid Park on June 29, 2015 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Houston Astros have come all the way back from their 0.0 ratings

As recently as last year, the Houston Astros were drawing low ratings on their now-defunct Comcast SportsNet regional sports network. In fact, they were so low, they registered a 0.0 more than once. The fact that the Astros had put a poor product on the field and Comcast SportsNet Houston was only distributed to 40% […]

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 18:  Luis Antonio Valencia of Manchester United tackles Nemanja Matic of Chelsea  during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on April 18, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

EPL’s upcoming TV rights requirements pave the way for NBC

Ed Note: The following appears courtesy Bloguin soccer site 32 Flags. Sports Business Daily outlined the EPL TV bidding rights whereas bids are expected to be due by August 8. As expected, the networks who have or have had EPL TV rights, NBC (current rights holder), ESPN and Fox (previous rights holders) are expected to […]

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Viewing Picks for August 3, 2015

All Times Eastern Baseball National Youth Baseball Championship, Baseball Heaven, Yaphank, NY 11U Championship — CBS Sports Network, 10 a.m. 12U Championship: A-1 MVP vs. A-2 Team Halo — CBS Sports Network, 1 p.m. CFL Toronto Argonauts at Hamilton Tiger-Cats — ESPN2, 7 p.m. College Football College Football Live — ESPN, 2 p.m. Cycling Tour […]

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Bringing the Olympics to the next generation via its own channel

Last week, the International Olympic Committee gathered in Malaysia to vote on the host city for the 2022 Winter Games (Beijing, a city that has no snow, but that’s a story for another day). But the meeting that was officially deemed the 128th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur also discussed one major issue that the Committee […]

FOXBORO, MA - MAY 24:  Ryan Desilets and Jon Harmon both from Milford, Massachusetts, show support for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady at the "Free Tom Brady" rally at Gillette Stadium on May 24, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The rally was held in protest of Brady's four game suspension for his role in the "deflategate" scandal.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The Patriots vs. the NFL over Deflategate leaks to ESPN is fascinating

As the Deflategate story reaches a crescendo, the release of e-mails by the New England Patriots to the National Football League regarding leaks to ESPN shows some interesting behind-the-scenes machinations. At the “Wells Report in Context” site which was created by the Patriots to show their side of the controversial thesis, there’s a section that shows the correspondence between […]

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