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Steve Simmons still trying to push Phil Kessel hot dog narrative that’s full of bologna

Toronto Sun columnist Steve Simmons’ claim in print last week that former Leafs’ forward Phil Kessel ate a hot dog from the same vendor almost every day has sparked widespread derision, with Keith Olbermann blasting Simmons twice  and Pension Plan Puppets exposing how geography made Simmons’ account highly improbable. Simmons initially remained largely silent in the wake […]

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Keith Olbermann’s ESPN contract won’t be renewed, and he’s gone as of July 31

It looks like Keith Olbermann is on his way out from ESPN again. Only a week after The Hollywood Reporter wrote that ESPN wanted Olbermann to “quit commentary,” particularly commentary bashing the NFL and Roger Goodell, if he wanted his contract renewed, famed reporter James Andrew Miller tweeted that Bristol has elected to part ways with Olbermann regardless […]

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Rory McIlroy’s injury brings out the dumb, from Fox News to Wimbledon to Halifax

Perhaps it says something about Rory McIlroy’s ascension in the golf world that he’s attracting a level of media stupidity often reserved for Tiger Woods. First, after a discussion of McIlroy’s ruptured ankle (which he sustained playing soccer with friends), someone off-camera at Fox News said “He’s a leprechaun, I can’t stand him.” Here’s video: Host Harris […]

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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 […]

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NHL draft posts lowest U.S. ratings in three years, lags behind WNBA draft

Producing its own NHL draft coverage for the first time didn’t help NBC draw better ratings for the event. Sports Media Watch reports that NBCSN pulled in just 252,000 viewers for the first day of the draft Friday night, the smallest audience since 2012’s 207,000 and a 25 per cent drop from last year’s 337,000. That […]

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ESPN wants Keith Olbermann to quit “commentary”; driven by his NFL criticism?

There’s something odd about hiring outspoken commentators and then getting mad when they produce outspoken commentary, but that appears to be ESPN’s modus operandi when that commentary targets its business associates. Shortly after driving Bill Simmons out after he spoke his mind about Roger Goodell, the company appears set to push Keith Olbermann out once his […]

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Fox exec blasts U.S. Open critics: “You thought we were going to be perfect on our first show?”

Fox Sports took plenty of criticism for its inaugural U.S. Open golf coverage, both from inside and outside the company, and some of Fox’s executives don’t think that’s fair. John Entz, Fox Sports’ president of production and executive producer of their U.S. Open coverage, told Sports Business Journal the critics’ expectations were unrealistic: “For someone like […]

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Is the Longhorn Network a failure? What does LHN mean for Texas, ESPN and the Big 12?

The University of Texas’ much-maligned Longhorn Network has been back in the news recently, with Oklahoma chancellor David Boren calling it “the elephant in the room” and “a problem” last week. That caused C. Austin Cox of The Best College Sports News Network to ask an interesting question Monday: “Has Texas’ LHN Officially Failed?” Cox discusses […]

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SportsCenter’s going on the road to cover cornhole, horses, horseshoes, hot dogs and hoops

Taking SportsCenter on the road isn’t a new concept for ESPN; they’ve done so for unquestionably big events such as the NFL Draft, the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight and the NBA Finals in recent months. This summer, though, they’re going to be hosting SportsCenter at the site of some much more unusual events on five consecutive weekends, events ranging […]

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Women’s College World Series beats Men’s counterpart in ratings

If “women’s sports in general [are] not worth watching,” as Sports Illustrated’s Andy Benoit infamously posited this week (he later apologized, but still got called out by Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler), there are a lot of viewers who disagree. The Women’s World Cup has been drawing incredible ratings in the U.S. and around the globe, and […]

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 17:  Defender Meghan Klingenberg #22 of USA reaches for a high ball in the first half against Mexico during their international friendly match at StubHub Center on May 17, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)

Meghan Klingenberg and Morgan Brian of the USWNT live with Jeff Van Gundy

U.S. defender Meghan Klingenberg has earned lots of plaudits for her play at this Women’s World Cup, but she and teammate Morgan Brian might not even be the most widely-recognizable figures in their house. That’s because the two of them live with ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy and his family in Houston while they’re […]

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