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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 12, 2019. 22 comments

Bernie Sanders And Elizabeth Warren Take Aim At Corporate Interests Gutting Journalism

Bernie Sanders And Elizabeth Warren Take Aim At Corporate Interests Gutting Journalism

Two leading Democratic presidential candidates, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, issued statements today condemning the corporate interests that have increasingly been destroying media institutions.

“Private equity firms are sucking value out of our companies, putting people out of work, and wiping out newspapers and digital news outlets,” Elizabeth Warren tweeted. She said that she had a...

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Oct 11, 2019. 15 comments

Rockets Flack Tells Reporter To Stick To Sports After She Asks Players About Political Expression

Rockets Flack Tells Reporter To Stick To Sports After She Asks Players About Political Expression

Russell Westbrook and James Harden each dropped 22 points in the Rockets’ preseason victory over the Raptors in Saitama, Japan. In the postgame presser, CNN’s Christina Macfarlane asked a question of the two players:

The NBA has always been a league that prides itself on its players and its coaches being able to speak out openly about political and societal affairs. I just wonder after 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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Kinja Kinja Oct 07, 2019. 7 comments

SI Broverlords Try To Explain Themselves In Email To Staff That Explains Nothing

SI Broverlords Try To Explain Themselves In Email To Staff That Explains Nothing

At 11:56 p.m. on Sunday night, staffers at Sports Illustrated/Maven received an email titled “A Message from SI Leadership.” The email was an attempt to do some damage control in the wake of a story Deadspin published on Friday, which detailed how SI’s new owners plan to turn the prestigious magazine into a content mill. The email obliquely refers to our story as “some highly inaccurate...

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Laura Wagner Laura Wagner Oct 05, 2019. 21 comments

Inside TheMaven's Plan To Turn Sports Illustrated Into A Rickety Content Mill

Inside TheMaven's Plan To Turn Sports Illustrated Into A Rickety Content Mill

Now that Sports Illustrated’s three owners, Meredith Corp., Authentic Brands Group, and TheMaven, have completed the

callous layoff of half of Sports Illustrated’s newsroom and finalized a deal that gives control of the publication to TheMaven, a wannabe tech company helmed by notorious scumbags Ross Levinsohn and James Heckman , the future of Sports Illustrated is coming into focus. It’s...

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Samer Kalaf Samer Kalaf Oct 04, 2019. 16 comments

Sports Illustrated Eventually Holds "Transition Meetings," Lays Off Half Its Staff

Sports Illustrated Eventually Holds "Transition Meetings," Lays Off Half Its Staff

After

setting then canceling “transition meetings” today amid reports of substantial layoffs , Sports Illustrated management rescheduled the two meetings and finally went through with them just before the end of the day. This was despite a last-minute public plea from employees to nix a deal with TheMaven, a seedy platform that would replace a number of SI staffers with contract work.

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Tom Ley Tom Ley Oct 04, 2019. 5 comments

Sports Illustrated Employees Call On Parent Company To Cancel Licensing Deal With Scummy Platform

Sports Illustrated Employees Call On Parent Company To Cancel Licensing Deal With Scummy Platform

A group of Sports Illustrated employees, still uncertain what their fates will ultimately be given the

sudden scheduling and then cancellation of today’s “transition meetings,” have released a statement calling on their owners to “save Sports Illustrated” by canceling their licensing deal with TheMaven, a gross platform and digital media company that seems hellbent on replacing a huge chunk...

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Tom Ley Tom Ley Oct 03, 2019. 17 comments

Sports Illustrated Cancels Dreaded "Transition Meetings" 10 Minutes Before They Were Supposed To Start

Sports Illustrated Cancels Dreaded "Transition Meetings" 10 Minutes Before They Were Supposed To Start

Staffers at Sports Illustrated

lived out an employee’s worst nightmare last night , when they received an email from management instructing them to report to one of two meetings at 12 p.m. today. It was clear that the employees at one of those meetings, perhaps as much as 50 percent of the staff, were going to be laid off. Things somehow managed to get worse.

Sources within the company are...

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Chris Thompson Chris Thompson Oct 03, 2019. 15 comments

Liberty Hires Disgraced Reporter Who Got Super Racist On Barstool Sports Broadcast

Liberty Hires Disgraced Reporter Who Got Super Racist On Barstool Sports Broadcast

Liberty University, a regular clearinghouse for disgraced idiots, has once again reached into the scrap heap to create a job opportunity for someone who was rightfully booted out of their chosen profession due to a spectacular professional failure. This time it’s via their media apparatus, and the person being hauled back into the light is a former Fox Sports Florida sideline reporter whose...

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Chris Thompson Chris Thompson Oct 02, 2019. 8 comments

Chris Stone Out As Sports Illustrated Editor-In-Chief, Layoffs Appear Imminent

Chris Stone Out As Sports Illustrated Editor-In-Chief, Layoffs Appear Imminent

Sports Illustrated is currently transitioning ownership and corporate leadership, from Meredith Corp. to Authentic Brands Group, where it will be operated by ad platform and digital media company TheMaven. That transition logged its first major editorial upheaval Tuesday, when it was announced that Editor-in-Chief Chris Stone will be leaving the publication after 27 years. From the sound of...

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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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Dom Cosentino Dom Cosentino Oct 01, 2019. 9 comments

I Love Everything About This Deshaun Watson Exchange With A Reporter

I Love Everything About This Deshaun Watson Exchange With A Reporter

There’s a clip making the rounds that shows part of Deshaun Watson’s press conference following the Texans’ loss to the Panthers on Sunday, and it’s fantastic:

Watson wasn’t trying to own The Athletic’s Aaron Reiss for asking him about “the coverage they were playing,” as at least one corner of the Twitterverse has suggested. Such a reaction implies that the question was dumb, and that the...

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Patrick Redford Patrick Redford Sep 20, 2019. 16 comments

New York Giants Get Tired Of Mike Francesa Telling Them They Stink, Cut Ties With His Show

New York Giants Get Tired Of Mike Francesa Telling Them They Stink, Cut Ties With His Show
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Mike Francesa has really stepped in it this time. The sleepy goofus had a standing weekly interview with New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur every Monday on WFAN, but the relationship between grouchy radio host and grouchy organization has reached its breaking point. Shurmur said today he will no longer appear on...

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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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Laura Wagner Laura Wagner Sep 17, 2019. 6 comments

Massages, Five-Star Hotels, Porsches, And... Mayo-Slathered Sushi?: Tennis Writers Reveal Best (And Worst) Tournament Perks

Massages, Five-Star Hotels, Porsches, And... Mayo-Slathered Sushi?: Tennis Writers Reveal Best (And Worst) Tournament Perks

As a rube who has only ever covered one tennis tournament—the U.S. Open (once in 2017 and once this year)—I was blown away by the perks given to credentialed media: $25 per diem to spend on food around the grounds or in the media cafeteria! Great seats! Free parking! Shuttles to and from the hotels! And until recently, I’ve been told, the tournament also held a daily happy hour for media...

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Laura Wagner Laura Wagner Sep 14, 2019. 19 comments

SB Nation Deletes Racist Article Full Of Jokes About Domestic Violence

SB Nation Deletes Racist Article Full Of Jokes About Domestic Violence

One unfortunate side effect of having thousands of

lowly paid people running a network of hundreds of team sites that drive traffic for a billion-dollar company, is that there’s not a whole lot of time for proper editorial vetting. This problem has manifested itself at SB Nation on numerous occasions , and it’s happened again today with this work of “satire,” written by Tyler Smith, the...

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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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Laura Wagner Laura Wagner Aug 22, 2019. 16 comments

Astros Bar Reporter From Postgame Presser At Justin Verlander's Request

Astros Bar Reporter From Postgame Presser At Justin Verlander's Request

A Detroit Free Press reporter was barred from the Houston Astros’ postgame press conference last night because Justin Verlander said he would refuse to speak with media if the reporter was present.

Anthony Fenech, who has covered the Detroit Tigers for the Free Press for four years, was blocked from entering the press conference, which is a violation of the Baseball Writers Association of...

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