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Can Fox Sports withstand the chorus of criticism for Clay Travis and Outkick the Coverage?

We saw some rare intracompany conflict this week, with Fox Sports’ Katie Nolan using a segment of her Garbage Time television show to blast a piece from co-worker Clay Travis’ “Outkick The Coverage” vertical. The piece, entitled “How To Land A Husband At The Masters,” was written by Rebecca Johnson (who some figured wasn’t real, but does in […]

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08:  World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Could ESPN viewers really get “confused” by WWE coverage?

Remember that uptick in WWE coverage, particularly from ESPN, around Wrestlemania? It’s raised the hackles of Michael Bradley, a columnist on (the website of Indiana University’s National Sports Journalism Center). Bradley writes that mainstream sports media outlets shouldn’t be covering professional wrestling because it’s entertainment rather than sports, and that by increasing their coverage of […]


Vanity Fair suggests Jamie Horowitz’s NBC tenure was done in by mistrust, leaks and maybe Matt Lauer

The saga of past ESPN producer and potential future Fox Sports executive Jamie Horowitz at NBC is one of the most unusual ones in recent memory, with NBC pulling significant strings to lure Horowitz in from ESPN/ABC to oversee Today, but then firing him three months into his tenure and before he even officially started. Vanity Fair‘s Bryan Burrough has […]

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Chicago radio host Dan Bernstein says he enjoys reporter’s “giant boobs,” Katie Nolan, Michelle Beadle and NABJ fire back

A pair of Chicago radio hosts from 670 AM The Score, Dan Bernstein and Matt Spiegel, showed off some impressive sexism and unprofessionalism on Twitter Wednesday night, turning a conversation about CSN Chicago reporter Aiyana Cristal’s work into one about her breasts. Here are the key tweets in question,   Both have since apologized, with Spiegel […]

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Closed captioning calls Nik Stauskas “Sauce Castillo,” which he and Kings’ fans are embracing

It’s always fun to watch the creation of a player’s nickname in real time, and it’s even more fun when that nickname comes from a closed captioning error. When Sacramento Kings’ guard Nik Stauskas hit a three-pointer Tuesdaay night against the 76ers, closed captioning transformed the play-by-play man’s call of “Stauskas hitting the three” into “Sauce […]


SF Weekly editor says “we didn’t bring Mariotti here to write about domestic violence,” calls his hire “in the spirit of gonzo”

The great Hunter S. Thompson is probably rolling in his grave, as SF Weekly editor Mark Segal Kemp has defended the controversial San Francisco Examiner/SF Weekly decision to hire Jay Mariotti as sports director as “in the spirit of gonzo.” That’s highly problematic, but it’s not even the worst part of Segal Kemp’s piece. That would be […]

MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 05: Commissioner Don Garber, David Beckham and Mayor Carlos Gimenez attends a press conference to announce their plans to launch a new Major League Soccer franchise at PAMM Art Museum on February 5, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Aaron Davidson/Getty Images)

The Howler saga illustrates how MLS needs to develop a thicker skin

“Never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel” may have disputed origins and be technologically unfit for our current media world, but it’s a good piece of advice for sports leagues and figures nonetheless. We’ve seen time after time how silly fights with the media have gone poorly for college coaches and programs, but other […]


Bill Simmons opening the door for a potential ESPN exit?

If you were writing a Sports Media Trade Value column, where would you rank “Bill Simmons’ Expiring Contract”? Unlike many of the players The Sports Guy has typically applied that moniker to, Simmons himself seems to have plenty of value thanks to what he’s accomplished over the years, and his impending free agency could spark a […]