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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 […]

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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 […]

SYRACUSE, NY - NOVEMBER 02:  Head coach Jim Boeheim of the Syracuse Orange looks on from the sidelines against the Carleton Ravens during the second half at the Carrier Dome on November 2, 2014 in Syracuse, New York.  Syracuse defeated Carleton 76-68.  (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)

Skipping season-ending press conference only makes things worse for Jim Boeheim and Syracuse

Syracuse University men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim gave a master class in how not to handle a problematic story Saturday, electing not to speak to the media after the Orange’s season-ending loss to North Carolina State. The typical post-game press conference Saturday would have been the first opportunity for media to interview Boeheim following Friday’s release […]

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Joffrey Lupul, Dion Phaneuf and Elisha Cuthbert threaten lawsuit against TSN, Twitter user over “false and defamatory tweet”

The problems with networks broadcasting average users’ tweets with a particular hashtag are numerous, but it’s rare to see them spark a potential lawsuit. That’s what’s happened in the wake of TSN’s NHL trade deadline coverage show Monday, though, which was pulling in tweets with the #TradeCentre hashtag and broadcast the tweet “I want the leafs to […]

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NBPA head Michele Roberts misunderstands media with her comments

We’ve seen plenty of pushback from athletes against the media recently, from Marshawn Lynch to Kevin Durant, and some of that appears to have moved on to at least one key union executive: Michele Roberts, the head of the NBA Players’ Association. However, while both Lynch and Durant made some good points, Roberts seems to […]

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The Top 15 Canadians in American Sports Media

Ed Note: It’s late February.  A bitter cold is sweeping through much of the lower 48.  So what better time to honor the top Canadian imports in American sports media with this polar vortex of a listicle!  It might surprise you to know just how big of an influence and impact our neighbors to the […]

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TSN posts most-watched month in five years, even without the NHL

When Rogers outbid TSN for a 12-year national NHL rights package back in December 2013, it was described as “a massive blow” to TSN, and one that seemed likely to dramatically alter the Canadian media landscape, turning Rogers Sportsnet into the behemoth and TSN into the scrappy underdog. Even those of us who were optimistic about TSN’s […]

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 01:  Magnolia Lane's 60 magnolia trees and the clubhouse are seen at Augusta National Golf Club before The Masters on April 1, 2012 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Joe Posnanski opens up about the sad state of journalism in Augusta

Journalism is at the same time an editorial endeavour and a business, and the divide (or lack thereof) between the sides has always been a subject of much debate. This week, Joe Posnanski revealed one time when the business side appears to have trampled the editorial side. In the wake of black golfer Charlie Sifford’s death […]

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 1: Head coach Tim Beckman of the Illinois Fighting Illini looks on in the first half of the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on November 1, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Illinois coach wants local media to be cheerleaders for bad football program

Coaches in general, and college coaches in particular, often seem to have a poor understanding of the role of the media, but Illinois football coach Tim Beckman seems to understand it even less than most. At his National Signing Day press conference Wednesday, Beckman told the media in attendance they need to be more positive about […]

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