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 […]

Steve Simmons

Is Steve Simmons’ hot dog story about Phil Kessel accurate?

Toronto Sun columnist Steve Simmons drew a lot of attention to himself last week with a piece blasting Maple Leafs’ forward Phil Kessel on his way out of town (Kessel was traded to Pittsburgh), writing that the Leafs were “Sick of his act. Tired of his lack of responsibility,” and that Kessel “didn’t eat right, train […]

HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 23:  ESPN Monday Night Football cameras point during the game between the Tennessee Titans and  the Houston Texans on November 23, 2009  at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.  The Titans won 20-17.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Exploding rights fees putting the squeeze on sports networks

Two major stories that broke in the last week at arguably the two most prominent sports divisions in the country had the same underlying theme: the need to keep costs under control. – First, this website reported cuts were being made at Fox Sports 1 at the television newsdesk.  Not only were there some jobs lost […]

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 21:  The Gentlemen's (left) and Ladies' (right) singles trophies are seen on Centre Court during previews at Wimbledon on June 21, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Viewing Picks for July 6, 2015

All Times Eastern Cycling Tour de France Stage 3: Anvers to Huy — NBCSN, 7 a.m. Primetime Highlights — NBCSN, 8 p.m. Golf Golf Channel Academy: Ian Woosnam-Scoring Irons — Golf Channel, 7 p.m. The Golf Fix — Golf Channel, 8 p.m. Altered Course: Stage 4: Time is Ticking — Golf Channel, 9 p.m. Mixed […]

in the FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 Semi-Final Match at Olympic Stadium on June 30, 2015 in Montreal, Canada.

Moms and their children are watching the Women’s World Cup

As we approach today’s Women’s World Cup Final with the U.S. facing Japan once again, Fox gets ready to wrap up the month-long tournament with some interesting facts in hand. With the ratings for the matches reaching record levels for both Fox and Fox Sports 1, the U.S. time zone-friendly Women’s World Cup has brought […]