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WWE drops Jerry Lawler from commentary, moves him to pre-event shows

There’s a broadcasting shakeup over at WWE, and it will see Jerry Lawler no longer commentating on matches. Following Tuesday’s WWE Draft, the company announced it will be changing up its broadcast teams, and as part of that, Lawler is moving aside. WWE then later sent out an update that Lawler and Booker T will […]

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Bethlehem Shoals tweets he wants to beat mother of Benghazi victim to death

Free Darko founder Nathaniel Friedman, who goes by Bethlehem Shoals online, currently writes for GQ, and has been involved in everything from AOL FanHouse to Bleacher Report to The Classical, stirred up a pot of controversy with his Twitter comments Monday night. During Patricia Smith’s Republican National Convention speech that saw her blame Hillary Clinton […]

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 31:  Head coach Tom Herman of the Houston Cougars celebrates alongside the trophy after their 38-24 win over the Florida State Seminoles during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome on December 31, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Tom Herman’s mad about Baylor reports, nostalgic for newspapers

Houston Cougars head football coach Tom Herman has taken exception to media reports before, and now he’s upset about one form of media and nostalgic for another one. Pete Mundo of Heartland College Sports wrote last week that Herman had discussed taking the Baylor job and that his agent had been in Waco for a […]

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Former Fighting Irish coach Lou Holtz is not a fan of immigrants

Lou Holtz sometimes made outrageous pronouncements during his tenure as a NCAA head football coach (1969-2004) and ESPN analyst (2004-2015), and he’s continued that at the Republican National Convention. Holtz is one of the many sports figures to endorse presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, and unlike several sports types Trump tried to bring along, he […]

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Erika Nardini is the new CEO of Barstool Sports

Barstool Sports has taken a lot of criticism for misogyny and harassment from both its writers and its readers in the past, so it’s remarkable to see that their new CEO is a woman. That would be Erika Nardini, who most recently was president and chief revenue officer at direct-to-consumer influencer platform Bkstg, but also […]

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Doug Farrar goes from Sports Illustrated to Bleacher Report

Bleacher Report has beefed up their NFL coverage further, hiring Doug Farrar from Sports Illustrated. Farrar changed his Twitter account to reflect the move and announced the job change in a series of tweets Monday: This looks like a nice move for Bleacher Report, as Farrar’s well-known in the football community and has developed a […]

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ESPN will launch ACC Network by 2019, extends ACC rights through 2036

The much-anticipated ACC Network is finally going to become a reality. The conference has been talking about the idea with ESPN since at least 2011, hoping to catch up to other conferences’ revenues from their networks, and there were discussions last year of a 2017 target date. While the ACC’s athletic directors have been very […]

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Bill Walton is catching Pokemon Go fever

ESPN’s Bill Walton is known for his many diverse interests, from the Grateful Dead to Temecula to volcanoes to quasars, so perhaps it’s not all that surprising that he’s now getting into Pokemon Go. Interest in the smartphone app is sweeping the world and even forcing places like Arlington National Cemetery and the National Holocaust […]

HOLLYWOOD - JULY 13:  Actor Mark Wahlberg arrives at the 13th Annual ESPY Awards at the Kodak Theatre on July 13, 2005 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)

Mark Wahlberg: The NFL complained about Ballers until Concussion came out

There’s a long history of the NFL fighting certain portrayals of the league in film and television, from the NFL-instigated (and Chris Berman-supported) cancellation of ESPN’s Playmakers to the wars over League of Denial and Concussion. Despite a much different and much less concerning approach, it appears that HBO’s Ballers has still managed to pique the […]

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The upside of automated game stories

The expansion of The Associated Press’ automated game story program from some NCAA games last year to coverage of all minor-league baseball teams this year has sparked some concerns from journalists, and rightfully so. While this particular program isn’t taking away any jobs, if these automated stories are successful, that could lead to them being […]

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Twitter will stream 150+ games from Pac-12 Networks’ digital broadcasts

It seems Twitter’s drive to become a home for sports streaming is continuing. Following their test run of streaming at Wimbledon and their deal to stream the NFL’s Thursday Night Football broadcasts this fall, the company is living up to their comments about wanting more sports streaming deals, most recently signing one with the Pac-12 […]

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