It’s been another busy week in sports media. We’re here to recap the biggest news and events that took place and share some of our best work from the week that was. Without further adieu:
Eagles beat writer kicked out of a press box for “violating fan code of conduct” – Jan. 1
- NBC exec Jon Miller: ‘We have no desire to be the network of soccer’
- Inside The NBA pays tribute to retiring producer Tim Kiely: ‘You’re the best of all time.’
- The American Gladiators Documentary delivers, but not for the reasons you may have hoped for
- Kim Clijsters talks women’s sports’ drive for equality, International Tennis Hall of Fame, and more
Brent Musburger went off on critics, doubled down to wish Joe Mixon “A wonderful career” – Jan 3.
Brent Musburger handled talking about Joe Mixon poorly. The ESPN commentator was criticized online, but doubled down on wishing that Mixon would learn from his mistake and become an NFL pro.
Former WWE announcer and ESPN anchor Todd Grisham joins UFC broadcast team – Jan. 4
After stints at with WWE and ESPN, Todd Grisham signed onto work with the UFC. Grisham will do play-by-play work for UFC cards on FS1 and appear as a studio host for the network.
Trent Dilfer had to apologize for taking serious dig at Adam Schefter – Jan. 4
After suggesting the New England Patriots wanted a Sam Bradford-like package for quarterback Jimmy Garappolo, Adam Schefter had a shot taken at him by ESPN colleague Trent Dilfer. Dilfer implied the Patriots were using Schefter to improve the market for the young quarterback. Schefter was not thrilled, and Dilfer eventually apologized for his comments.
Chris Berman stepping down from several ESPN hosting duties – Jan. 5
In a move that was both expected and surprising, Chris Berman stepped down from most of his duties at ESPN. Berman walked away from hosting ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown and both the NFL Draft and MLB Home Run Derby. Berman’s role with the network will be limited going forward, but he will still work on select projects.
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