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GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 09: Trevin Wade #31 of the New York Giants defends a pass intended for Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers during the second half of a game at Lambeau Field on October 9, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Giants 23-16. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Why are NFL ratings down? The league’s greed has finally caught up to it

There’s been an endless amount of hand-wringing and finger pointing about the NFL’s 11% dip in TV ratings thus far this fall. It’s Colin Kaepernick’s fault. No, it’s because of the presidential election. Wait, maybe it’s live streaming. Or the Olympics. Or the progressive sports media. Or the lack of brand-name quarterbacks. Or Deflategate. Or CTE. Or Ray Rice. While some or […]

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Brent Musburger’s third year in exile at SEC Network is a travesty

I hope you cherish watching Brent Musburger call the Clemson-Auburn game this weekend on ESPN, because unless you’re an SEC die-hard, it’s probably the last you’ll see of him in 2016. That’s because after Week 1, Musburger will be exiled to the SEC Network for the third straight year. Over the last two years there, Musburger […]

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How a GIF of Aly Raisman’s floor routine got me permanently banned from Twitter

I thought the only people to get permanently banned from Twitter were Leslie Jones’ online bully and terrorists. Apparently those who post a GIF of Aly Raisman Olympic floor routine also fall into the same category. It all started when I saw a GIF of her sublime first pass on the floor routine two weeks ago on the front […]

BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 11: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers looks on before the start of a preseason NFL game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on August 11, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Cam Newton’s GQ ‘controversy’ is exactly why people hate the media

Let me be blunt: The Cam Newton GQ “controversy” over him saying the United States is “beyond” racism is complete and utter bullshit. It’s nothing new for the media to manufacture controversy to feed the 24-hour news cycle. Just six months ago the media spent two whole weeks asking the question, “Why do people hate Cam […]

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“Ballers” must evolve beyond “Entourage” for sports by emulating “Playmakers”

Despite tepid reviews, the HBO series  “Ballers” exceeded all expectations last year in becoming HBO’s most watched comedy show since 2009. The recipe used by executive producers Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson and Rob Weiss — who previously worked together on “Entourage” — to recreate their ratings success wasn’t very complicated: Start with a bunch of parties […]

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Joe Buck’s mid-career makeover reeks of desperation

Joe Buck’s attempt to reinvent himself with a beard, tattoos, and interviews showing his affinity for the f-word in a concerted effort to show the “real” Joe Buck reminds me of the unpopular kid at your high school who gives himself a post-graduation makeover in an attempt to be cool in college. In fairness to […]

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 02:  Sports writer Rick Reilly is shown prior to the start of Super Bowl XLVIII between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks  at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Rick Reilly continues tarnishing legacy, one terrible tweet at a time

I was a researcher at ESPN The Magazine when The Worldwide Leader hired Rick Reilly away from Sports Illustrated in 2008 and have sadly watched as he’s flushed his own illustrious legacy down the toilet ever since. At the time he was hired by ESPN, Reilly was the most famous sports writer in America; he […]

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ESPN’s “Dream Job” 12 years later: where are they now?

It may be hard to remember now, but there was once a time when ESPN’s original programming did not consist entirely of sports writers yelling at each other. “Stump the Schwab,” “2 Minute Drill” and the legendary “Playmakers” are just some of the shows from this prehistoric era before The Worldwide Leader decided to “Embrace Debate” with countless “Pardon […]

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Why FOX Sports 1’s pivot to “Embrace Debate” is doomed to fail

FOX Sports 1 has been on the air for nearly three years and you probably still don’t know its channel number. So after failing spectacularly to compete with ESPN on news via its SportsCenter clone, “FOX Sports Live,” FOX has pivoted to compete with The Worldwide Leader on debate. Fittingly, the man leading this charge […]

CLEVELAND, OH - JANUARY 18: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors and LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers react during the first half at Quicken Loans Arena on January 18, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

NBA Finals schedule keeps getting harder on East Coast viewers

Get your caffeine pills ready because the least fan friendly championship among the four major American pro sports is about to get worse, starting Thursday night. Check out this schedule: Game 1 (Thursday): Cavaliers at Warriors, 9:00 PM ET Game 2 (Sunday, June 5): Cavaliers at Warriors, 8:00 PM ET Game 3 (Wednesday, June 8): […]

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