Rachel Nichols turns down Mayweather-Pacquiao credential after being banned from fight

Turner Sports reporter Rachel Nichols will not cover Saturday night’s Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. After a saga that began when Nichols and ESPN/HBO’s Michelle Beadle tweeted that they were being banned from covering the bout, Nichols released a statement that contradicted the explanation given by Mayweather’s camp: Have had a bunch of folks asking questions about the Mayweather issue. Here’s […]


ESPN reverses course on video games, embraces what was once ‘not a sport’

ESPN made history Sunday night by airing a video game tournament on ESPN2, but it never would have happened seven months ago. The Worldwide Leader put Heroes of the Dorm, a collegiate Heroes of the Storm competition, on its secondary network in a move that contradicted comments made by ESPN president John Skipper last September. When […]


Did Sportsnet withhold a conclusive replay angle to fuel a controversy and get clicks?

Canada’s national NHL rightsholder is doing damage control after releasing the definitive angle of a controversial play two days after it took place. With the Ottawa Senators’ playoff hopes hanging in the balance, defenseman Marc Methot came within inches of winning Sunday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, firing a shot through the crease but inches […]


Dan Shaughnessy fires back at David Ortiz, actually makes compelling argument

When Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz took aim at Dan Shaughnessy over allegations of performance-enhancing drug use in a piece for the Players’ Tribune this week, you knew there would be a response. Lo and behold, the Boston Globe columnist penned an “open letter” to Ortiz that ran in Friday’s edition. After acknowledging Ortiz’s “reporter with […]


NHL reporter retracts Steve Montador suicide report

Former NHL defenseman Steve Montador was found dead in his home on Sunday, and the cause of death is not yet known. While tributes poured in from around the hockey world, Globe and Mail hockey reporter James Mirtle made an assumption he would instantly regret. [via may never know what happened to Montador, nor do we […]


The war on NHL analytics is over, whether columnists like it or not

The fight over NHL analytics has already been decided, but like a certain goaltender tarnishing his legacy by playing well past his golden years, some mainstream media members just can’t let go. The league’s official website will soon provide advanced statistics, and a new player tracking system is on the horizon. The “summer of analytics” saw […]

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ESPN reportedly wins broadcast rights for World Cup of Hockey

Pro hockey is reportedly returning to ESPN. In a shocking development, the network has won the right to broadcast the 2016 World Cup of Hockey in the United States, TSN’s Rick Westhead reports. The eight-team event is set for September 2016 and will take place in Toronto, as the NHL


FCC fines ESPN, Viacom $1.4M for using emergency alert tones to promote movie

The Federal Communications Commission has fined ESPN and Viacom a combined $1.4 million for broadcasting Emergency Alert System tones in the trailer for “Olympus Has Fallen”, a film depicting an attack on the White House released in 2013. The FCC proposed a total fine of $1.93 million against NBCUniversal, ESPN and Viacom back in March, […]


The Hockey Night in Canada control room live stream was a risk worth taking

Rogers Communications will remain in the spotlight all season, but the new Hockey Night in Canada rightsholder peeled back the curtain on Saturday night. The result was must-see-TV, only a bit more meta. Sportsnet set up a camera inside the control room and live-streamed the production of Saturday’s game between the New York Islanders and the Montreal Canadiens […]


Sportsnet reporter shaves off mustache during pre-game report

Now that December’s here, people everywhere are shaving off their Movember moustaches. Sportsnet reporter Gene Principe did it live on the air on Monday night, taking an electric razor to his pushbroom while teeing up a game between the Edmonton Oilers and Arizona Coyotes. Principe is no stranger to on-air hi-jinx. He’s done everything from […]


Chicago sports radio hosts learn they’re fired while on the air

Imagine working away at your desk, opening Twitter and suddenly seeing breaking news that you’ve been fired. That’s what happened to Chicago sports radio hosts Alex Quigley and Ben Finfer. While hosting “Quigs and Finfer” on 87.7 The Game on Thursday afternoon, Quigley scrolled down his Twitter timeline and noticed this tweet from local media critic […]


Mike Tirico Calls Cam Newton “Michael Vick”

ESPN’s Mike Tirico isn’t known for making too many mistakes, but this one was hard to ignore. The Monday Night Football play-by-play man confused Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton with a certain New York Jets pivot. Vick played for the Philadelphia Eagles for five seasons before landing with the Jets, and the Eagles are playing […]


Blazer’s Edge rejects second-tier media credential from Trail Blazers

One of the most popular and most successful team blogs in all of sports won’t have a voice in the locker room this season. Blazer’s Edge, the Portland Trail Blazers blog in the SB Nation network, is refusing media credentials from the team in the wake of a new two-tier policy. The Blazers changed their […]


Carolina Hurricanes reporter suspended after drunk driving arrest

Carolina Hurricanes reporter Chantel McCabe has been suspended for the month of October after being arrested on a drunk driving charge. “In light of what happened this past weekend, we think it is best that Ms. McCabe take some time away from the team,” team president Don Waddell said in a brief statement Tuesday. She is […]


Predators reporter laid off to make way for ‘Newsroom of the Future’

Nashville’s leading daily newspaper began another round of layoffs on Thursday, and the cuts included a well respected hockey reporter. The Tennessean, owned by the Gannett Company, announced plans to “reset” in August, and did so by laying off 15 percent of its staff. The layoffs continued on Thursday, most notably including Predators a universally respected hockey reporter, along […]