BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 15:  Yao Ming (R) former NBA basketball star talk with Shaquille O'Neal during the 2014 NBA Global Games match between the Brooklyn Nets and Sacramento Kings at MasterCard Center on October 15, 2014 in Beijing, China.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

NBA set to earn $700 million from Chinese streaming deal with Tencent

Television rights deals have become one of the main sources of income for professional sports leagues over the years.  It’s a multi-million dollar business, and often times, multi-billion dollar business for the biggest leagues.  But when it comes to revenue from television deals, we usually just focus on what professional sports earn in America.  There’s a […]


ESPN won’t have an online MLS package this year as MLS Live returns

When Major League Soccer inked their new rights deal with ESPN, one of the most interesting subplots of the deal was ESPN also acquiring the digital rights to MLS games. ESPN was supposedly creating an over the top service for MLS games that wouldn’t be airing nationally, but apparently, that’s not the case for the 2015 season. […]


Viewing Picks for January 30, 2015

All Times Eastern Bobsled FIBT World Cup, La Plagne, France Women’s 2-Man — Universal Sports, 1 p.m. (same day coverage) Boxing Friday Night Fights, Foxwoods Resort and Casino, Mashantucket, CT Lightweights Karl Dargan vs. Tony Luis — ESPN2, 9 p.m. College Basketball Men’s Harvard at Princeton — ESPNU, 6 p.m. Yale at Columbia — American […]

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Marshawn Lynch might be fined six figures over his hat? Are you serious, NFL?

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has been attending all the media sessions in Glendale, Ariz. at Super Bowl XLIX. Throughout his mandatory appearances, Lynch has said nothing of note, repeatedly stating the only reason for his presence is to avoid a fine from the NFL. Unfortunately for Lynch, he might be fined anyway. During […]


Fox Sports has promise, but there’s plenty of work to do after USMNT debut

Ed Note: This post appears courtesy our friends at 32 Flags, Bloguin’s international soccer vertical. When it was announced that ESPN and Fox Sports would split a 10-game schedule of United States men’s national team games, there was a collective groan from most of the soccer viewing public. The hardcore fan had been put off […]

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The Atlanta Hawks now have the best Twitter account in sports

The Atlanta Hawks have been all the rage in the NBA this season.  Their 17th straight win last night now puts them in the Top 15 of all-time NBA winning streaks.  At 38-8, they have the best record in the Eastern Conference by 7 games and are doing it with a perfectly assembled lineup of […]


Super Bowl XLIX should smash the television viewership record yet again

For 11 out of the past 13 years, the Super Bowl has seen an increase in viewership, culminating in the record 111.5 million people that tuned in for last year’s game.  Eventually, the list of the most watched programs in American television history will be nothing but Super Bowls as the game competes only with […]


Dan Dakich will get extra security in Iowa on Saturday

No announcer has had a wilder month than ESPN college basketball analyst Dan Dakich.  First there was his radio feud with WEEI in Boston that raged during AFC Championship Week.  Then came a brief dust-up with Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery after Dakich called out Hawkeye center Adam Woodbury as “gutless” for poking the eye of […]


Viewing Picks for January 29, 2015

All Times Eastern College Basketball Men’s DePaul at Providence — Fox Sports 1, 2 p.m. Michigan State at Rutgers — Big Ten Network, 6 p.m. Saint Louis at George Mason — A-10 Network, 7 p.m. Western Kentucky at Louisiana Tech — CBS Sports Network, 7 p.m. Bryant at St. Francis (PA) — Fox College Sports […]

MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 24: Jonathan Papelbon #58 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches during the ninth inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on September 24, 2014 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

Did one Phillies beat writer plagiarize another?

We’re going down the plagiarism road again, and unfortunately, this is a situation that happens all too often these days in the day of aggregation. On Tuesday, Philadelphia Daily News Phillies beat writer Ryan Lawrence posted a column about a potential Jonathan Papelbon trade to the Milwaukee Brewers. In the column, Lawrence included some details […]


Ten Super Bowl commercials already unveiled

Ed Note: This post appears courtesy our friends at Awful Advertisements, who will be covering all the commercials swirling around Super Bowl Sunday. Many people look forward to the Super Bowl not because of the game but because of the commercials. These spots cost big money and a growing trend is companies releasing their commercials […]

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 18:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates after defeating the Indianapolis Colts in the 2015 AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium on January 18, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Colts 45-7. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Some of the best prop bets about the Super Bowl broadcast

Perhaps the most ridiculous part about the Super Bowl each year is the “exotic” prop bets that Las Vegas casinos roll out for the game. This year is obviously no exception to the rule, and some of the props this year will require paying attention to some small details from NBC’s broadcast. For instance, in case you like […]

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SportsCenter adds 3 new “millennial” reporters

You’ve probably heard a lot of nasty things about the millennial generation.  They’re lazy.  They’re entitled.  They expect everything to be handed to them and can’t be bothered to finish the job that they sta… yada, yada, yada, I can’t be bothered to finish that thought. Have no fear fellow millennials, because ESPN is here for […]

addresses the media at Super Bowl XLIX Media Day Fueled by Gatorade inside U.S. Airways Center on January 27, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Marshawn Lynch vs The Media: Who ya got?

Super Bowl Media Day was as big of a clown show as ever this year.  Of course, one of the star attractions was the one player who didn’t want to be there – Marshawn Lynch.  The Seahawks RB and his laconic personality stonewalled every question sent his way.  Naturally, that led to many NFL media […]


ESPN expands its National Signing Day Coverage

For the 10th consecutive season, ESPN has National Signing Day covered from start to finish. The annual day when high schoolers commit to where they will play college football takes place Feb. 4 and ESPN will have everyone involved, especially its new networks. ESPNU will be the primary home of the coverage, airing 11 hours […]