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Laura Wagner Laura Wagner Oct 15, 2019. 17 comments

The Future Of Adrian Wojnarowski's Tencent Show Is Up In The Air After He "Liked" Daryl Morey's Hong Kong Tweet [Update]

The Future Of Adrian Wojnarowski's Tencent Show Is Up In The Air After He "Liked" Daryl Morey's Hong Kong Tweet [Update]

Now that last week’s roiling spat between the Chinese government and the NBA has mostly cooled, the global-sports-industrial complex is back to business as usual. Pre-season NBA games were held in China on Thursday and Saturday and everything went off relatively smoothly (with only a few minor hitches ), and the Chinese government has also reportedly tamped down on its rhetoric against the...

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Laura Wagner Laura Wagner Oct 09, 2019. 24 comments

Internal Memo: ESPN Forbids Discussion Of Chinese Politics When Discussing Daryl Morey's Tweet About Chinese Politics

Internal Memo: ESPN Forbids Discussion Of Chinese Politics When Discussing Daryl Morey's Tweet About Chinese Politics

If you paid attention to ESPN channels yesterday, you saw the network repeatedly attempt to grapple with the story of Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey creating an international incident after tweeting and then deleting his support for pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong. You heard talking head after talking head castigate Morey for sending the tweet, speculation over whether...

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Samer Kalaf Samer Kalaf Oct 01, 2019. 5 comments

Chris Mortensen Puts On A Clinic In Wife Appreciation Using The Combined Powers Of His Phone And Laptop

Chris Mortensen Puts On A Clinic In Wife Appreciation Using The Combined Powers Of His Phone And Laptop

This just in: ESPN reporter Chris Mortensen is smitten ... with his wife!

The NFL insider took a moment from breaking stories Sunday morning to announce that he and his wife Micki were celebrating their 35th anniversary. Ol’ Mort celebrated the occasion with a photo of his wife. It was unclear as to whether that was her “sultry or ‘you’re in trouble’ look,” as he described it, but either way,...

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Laura Wagner Laura Wagner Sep 18, 2019. 21 comments

Heartwarming: Paul Finebaum Gets His Ass Handed To Him Over Lazy Cam Newton Take

Heartwarming: Paul Finebaum Gets His Ass Handed To Him Over Lazy Cam Newton Take

ESPN made some good TV this morning.

It started with Paul Finebaum slobbering over the “class” Eli Manning showed in getting benched:

“I think it’s the right move but I also think you have to pause for a second and respect the way Eli Manning has handled this. The Giants blew it a couple years ago, they probably should have gotten rid of him then but they held on and Eli took a beating but he...

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Laura Wagner Laura Wagner Sep 17, 2019. 18 comments

Join Us In Pretending Not To Know What Chris Mortensen's Rat Tweets Are About

Join Us In Pretending Not To Know What Chris Mortensen's Rat Tweets Are About

Yesterday, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen tweeted out a series of rat emojis.

He tweeted the first rat at 6:36 p.m., shortly after NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted that Jalen Ramsey had requested a trade , which was exactly one minute after ESPN’s Adam Schefter, along with Mortensen, had broken that news.

Mortensen sent the second rat tweet (two rats) at 10:14 p.m., four minutes after Rapoport...

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Chris Thompson Chris Thompson Sep 14, 2019. 23 comments

Just Tim Tebow Hootin' And Hollerin' About "Selfish Culture" On First Take

Just Tim Tebow Hootin' And Hollerin' About "Selfish Culture" On First Take

Future Mets All-Star Tim Tebow was on First Take Friday morning to talk with Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman about California’s legislative push to allow college athletes to profit from endorsements. That’s really as much information as you need to know that this was a brutally unpleasant few minutes of television, and that you would be better off not watching it.

The clip below is the...

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Chris Thompson Chris Thompson Sep 10, 2019. 18 comments

Dear ESPN, Please Stop Using Yellow In Your Monday Night Football Down-And-Distance Graphic [UPDATE: It's Gone]

Dear ESPN, Please Stop Using Yellow In Your Monday Night Football Down-And-Distance Graphic [UPDATE: It's Gone]
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For reasons passing understanding, ESPN’s Monday Night Football presentation uses a sickly greenish-yellow color for the graphic showing the down and distance. It’s a big highlighter-yellow block on the bottom right of the screen, and it’s ugly, and I hate it. On top of being ugly, it looks like a penalty flag has...

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Laura Wagner Laura Wagner Aug 29, 2019. 12 comments

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Barry Petchesky Barry Petchesky Aug 28, 2019. 6 comments

Adam Schefter Doing Ads For An NFL Sponsor Is So Embarrassing

Adam Schefter Doing Ads For An NFL Sponsor Is So Embarrassing

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is a reporter who reports on the NFL. That implies certain things, or at least it used to, namely that a reporter should not have a personal financial stake in the NFL, a business they ostensibly cover objectively, making more money. This seems uncontroversial to me, and for decades upon decades in journalism, it was uncontroversial to everyone.

Things have changed,...

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Chris Thompson Chris Thompson Aug 23, 2019. 7 comments

ESPN's Ariel Helwani Pops A Boner Over Having A Role In Conor McGregor's PR Campaign

ESPN's Ariel Helwani Pops A Boner Over Having A Role In Conor McGregor's PR Campaign

Conor McGregor is many objectionable things. He’s a massive  shithead , an outspoken bigot , a rich showy asshole , a violent rage-monster , a destroyer of other people’s personal property , and a puncher of helpless old men . He was accused of sexual assault in December. He’s also a man whose livelihood depends upon maintaining just the barest patina of respectability, so that ruddy...

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Laura Wagner Laura Wagner Aug 23, 2019. 13 comments

ESPN's ACC Network Will Rely On Cheap Student Labor

ESPN's ACC Network Will Rely On Cheap Student Labor

The long-anticipated ACC Network launches tonight. The network, which includes a linear TV channel and a digital streaming platform, will be owned by ESPN with revenues and cost split by ESPN and the ACC, but the specifics of that arrangement—who bears what costs and who gets what percentage of the revenue—are unclear. In its press release, ESPN wrote:

Approximately 450 live contests including...

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Tom Ley Tom Ley Aug 16, 2019. 11 comments

Rex Ryan Is Still Thinking About Those Feeties

Rex Ryan Is Still Thinking About Those Feeties

Rex Ryan loves feet—specifically his wife’s feet, and we have all known this for years and years. What’s inspiring about Ryan is not that he has an admiration for feet, but that he is extremely comfortable with the entire world having knowledge of that admiration.

With that in mind, please enjoy this moment from today’s episode of Get Up:

Every episode of Get Up should just be Rex Ryan making...

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Laura Wagner Laura Wagner Aug 12, 2019. 12 comments

Sports Media's Bias Against Men Doesn't Prevent Ed Werder From Getting His Old Job Back

Sports Media's Bias Against Men Doesn't Prevent Ed Werder From Getting His Old Job Back

Remember last year when Ed Werder, who was laid off from ESPN in 2017, went on a Twitter rant about how people who encouraged women to apply for jobs in sports were “disqualifying” men from getting those jobs? Remember when he pretended that there wasn’t a massive gender imbalance in sports media in favor of white men like himself, and when he implied that actively promoting diversity in the...

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Chris Thompson Chris Thompson Aug 01, 2019. 18 comments

ESPN Baseball Broadcast Derailed By Unbearable Argument Over Lineup Optimization

ESPN Baseball Broadcast Derailed By Unbearable Argument Over Lineup Optimization

In the third inning of Wednesday night’s Cubs-Cardinals broadcast on ESPN, play-by-play guy Jon Sciambi brought up an interesting stat about the lousy season-long performance of the second-base and center-field positions for the Cubs. This line of thought led fellow commentator Eduardo Pérez to bring up Chicago’s recent trade to acquire Tony Kemp from the Houston Astros. In a matter of...

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Samer Kalaf Samer Kalaf Jul 30, 2019. 11 comments

Jimmy Pitaro Says The Research Shows Viewers Like ESPN Best When It's A Bland Paste

Jimmy Pitaro Says The Research Shows Viewers Like ESPN Best When It's A Bland Paste

ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro’s purpose has been clear from the start —he is the massager of the balls , there to soothe the company’s corporate interests, the reactionary to predecessor John Skipper . But with employee Dan Le Batard’s honest and true radio rant two weeks ago about how a “stick to sports” philosophy is “cowardly,” Pitaro’s had to defend his strategy. To do so, he resorted to...

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Samer Kalaf Samer Kalaf Jul 29, 2019. 13 comments

Jennifer Lopez Surprised Alex Rodriguez With A Birthday Cake, But He Didn't Eat It

Jennifer Lopez Surprised Alex Rodriguez With A Birthday Cake, But He Didn't Eat It

Alex Rodriguez was in his usual spot in the Sunday Night Baseball booth for Yankees-Red Sox when he was surprised by fiancée Jennifer Lopez and his two daughters. Saturday was his 44th birthday, and they had brought him a cake. The baked good itself was ... understated.

Perhaps A-Rod had been all caked out from earlier in the weekend. During her concert on Friday, J-Lo had brought out a...

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Samer Kalaf Samer Kalaf Jul 24, 2019. 14 comments

Mark Sanchez Drops Football Career, Walks Headfirst Into New Opportunity

Mark Sanchez Drops Football Career, Walks Headfirst Into New Opportunity
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You won’t have Mark Sanchez to kick around anymore on NFL Sundays. Instead, please reschedule your buttfumble jokes for Saturdays.

Rex Ryan’s favorite quarterback is retiring, and will take a gig at ESPN as a college football analyst. From Andrew Marchand of the New York Post:

Sources tell The Post the former Jets...

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Tom Ley Tom Ley Jul 22, 2019. 21 comments

Report: Dan Le Batard Chose To Stay Off Radio Today After Talks With ESPN President

Report: Dan Le Batard Chose To Stay Off Radio Today After Talks With ESPN President

ESPN personality Dan Le Batard is not hosting his daily radio show this morning, a decision that he reportedly made after having spent the weekend talking to ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro about the network’s policy against talking politics. The reasoning behind Le Batard’s absence was reported by John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal:

This is all the result of an impassioned rant Le Batard...

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Gabe Fernandez Gabe Fernandez Jul 21, 2019. 17 comments

Report: ESPN Reminds Employees Of Craven No-Politics Policy In Wake Of Dan Le Batard's Criticism Of The Network And Trump

Report: ESPN Reminds Employees Of Craven No-Politics Policy In Wake Of Dan Le Batard's Criticism Of The Network And Trump

It was only a matter of time before ESPN decided to do something in response to Dan Le Batard very correctly calling the network’s anti-politics stance “cowardly,” after he denounced the “send her back” chants that Trump’s racist supporters decided to hoot and holler on Thursday. Surprisingly, however, the response was a relatively tame, and quite passive-aggressive, emailed reminder to...

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Chris Thompson Chris Thompson Jul 19, 2019. 22 comments

Dan Le Batard Goes In On President Trump, Rips ESPN's "Cowardly" No-Politics Pivot

Dan Le Batard Goes In On President Trump, Rips ESPN's "Cowardly" No-Politics Pivot

Dan Le Batard used a portion of his Thursday show to denounce the scene at Donald Trump’s rally in North Carolina Wednesday , when the racist president stirred the racist crowd into a racist euphoria that featured chants of “send her back” directed at Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. Le Batard called the chants “un-American” and correctly described the president’s deliberate “instigation of racial...

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