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Redskins PR man Tony Wyllie rips Pete Mundo for Colt McCoy question

Teams’ public relations staffers sometimes takes issue with particular lines of inquiry from journalists, but it’s unusual to see that happen over an obvious subject the journalists seemed to make it clear they were going to ask about. That’s what appears to have happened with Pete Mundo (who AA readers may remember from Houston coach […]

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Time Inc. appoints Jim Cavan as FanSided.com editor-in-chief

Sports Illustrated parent company Time Inc. bought Fansided.com and its 300 affiliated websites last May, and now they’re changing things up at the main Fansided.com site with a new editor-in-chief position. That position will be filled by with the Linsanity book he co-wrote and publisher Jonathan Silverman), formerly a senior editor at The Cauldron. Here’s […]

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16:  Gold medalist Simone Biles of the United States celebrates on the podium at the medal ceremony for the Women's Floor on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Essence posts story on Simone Biles with photo of Simone Manuel

It’s apparently not just ESPN’s SportsCenter Twitter account that has issues with identifying American athletes. Less than a week after @SportsCenter sent out a tweet with a story about U.S. swimmer Simone Manuel and accompanied it with a photo of Brazilian swimmer Etiene Medeiros, Essence magazine tweeted about U.S. gymnast Simone Biles (seen above) winning her […]

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 27:  Former ESPN Analyst Curt Schilling talks about his ESPN dismissal and politics during SiriusXM's Breitbart News Patriot Forum hosted Stephen K. Bannon and co-host Alex Marlow at the SiriusXM Studio on April 27, 2016 in New York, New York.  (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

Curt Schilling says he may run for Elizabeth Warren’s Senate seat in 2018

Former ESPN analyst Curt Schilling appears to be continuing his foray into the political realm. After discussing his annoyance that he wasn’t offered a speaking slot at the Republican National Convention and mulling plans to run for president, Schilling is now saying that he wants to challenge Elizabeth Warren for her Massachusetts Senate seat in […]

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Former USWNT stars, analysts rake Hope Solo over the coals

In the wake of the U.S. women’s soccer team’s loss to Sweden on penalties Friday, Hope Solo’s comments that “we played a bunch of cowards” have stirred up a lot of attention and criticism from former U.S. players and analysts. ESPN analyst Julie Foudy, who was briefly a teammate of Solo’s (Foudy retired in 2004, […]

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ESPN says they went after Jordan Rodgers pre-Bachelorette

When reports came out this week of ESPN hiring Jordan Rodgers as a SEC Network analyst shortly after he won the final rose on ABC’s The Bachelorette, many saw his reality TV fame and the Disney connection (Disney owns both ESPN and ABC) as reasons for the move. However, ESPN senior vice president Stephanie Druley […]

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Support pours in for CBC’s Elliotte Friedman, who’s still hard on himself

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation swimming announcer Elliotte Friedman (who’s only doing that job thanks to Steve Armitage having to pull out late over health concerns) made a substantial gaffe Thursday, mixing up the lanes of Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps during the 200-metre IM gold medal race and falsely announcing that Lochte had won before realizing […]

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The MMQB’s Albert Breer has his apparently-hacked account tweet about porn

Albert Breer is known for his NFL reporting, from The Boston Globe to NFL Media to his current role at Sports Illustrated‘s The MMQB, and that’s probably what most of his 374,000 Twitter followers are expecting. On Thursday, they got something very different: a long series of explicit tweets about porn, including a bunch belittling […]

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Salt Lake City tops Olympics ratings again, but ratings are down

Apparently Salt Lake City loves the Olympics. The Utah city has posted the top overall (all nights combined) local market rating for the last seven Games, and as Austin Karp writes in Sports Business Journal, that trend is on pace to continue.  Through five nights of NBC primetime coverage (Friday through Tuesday), Salt Lake has […]

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ESPN – NBC Olympics highlights deal collapses after two days over ad issues

The deal ESPN struck with NBC to show Olympic highlights online while directing viewers to NBC’s official streams only lasted two days, and the reason why is a conflict over advertising. As John Ourand reports at Sports Business Daily, the sides had different interpretations of what advertising “specifically tied” to highlights videos meant: Sources on […]

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CBC hot mic catches swimming analyst saying 14-year-old “died like a pig”

Broadcasters should know to be very, very careful around microphones, and the latest example of why that’s good advice comes from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The CBC’s broadcast of the women’s swimming 200-metre freestyle relay (which saw Canada claim bronze behind the Americans’ gold and Australians’ silver) featured some rather random and potentially offensive commentary […]

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NBC Olympics’ Tyrell Walden-Martin takes Fox photoshop, doesn’t attribute, deletes account

We’ve seen many journalists criticized for taking others’ photos or Photoshopped images on Twitter and repurposing them without attribution, perhaps most notably ESPN’s Darren Rovell. Now, NBC Olympics mobile producer Dan Carson Tuesday night and reposting it on his own feed with no comment or credit, but then repeatedly defended the practice despite criticism, saying […]

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ESPN’s Ed Werder conflates Prince Fielder’s salary with public-sector salaries

An all-too-common tactic for media members around news of athlete contracts or retirements with money still owed them is to compare those athletes’ salaries to those of public-sector employees like police, firefighters or teachers. ESPN NFL reporter Ed Werder is the latest to do this, weighing in on Texas Rangers’ first baseman/designated hitter Prince Fielder’s […]

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ESPN posts revenue gains, buys BAM Tech stake, prepares OTT non-TV offering

Tuesday was a massive day of news for ESPN, with the company formally announcing its long-rumored (talks were “in advanced stages” in April, and a deal was reported in June) purchase of a 33 per cent share in Major League Baseball’s spinoff BAM Tech, plus making its long–anticipated plans to launch an over-the-top service (but […]

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ESPN will air 28-hour fantasy football marathon next week

What do you for television sports content in the dog days of summer, especially if you don’t have Olympic rights? ESPN’s trying something quite new: a 28-hour fantasy football marathon across their TV, radio and digital properties. Here are some details from their release: ESPN will televise the 28-hour Draft Kings Fantasy Football Marathon in […]

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