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Martina Navratilova says John McEnroe is paid 10 times more than she is for a similar BBC role

Martina Navratilova and John McEnroe are both world-famous tennis players who enjoyed brilliant careers and remain among the most well-known names in their sport. Both are also deeply knowledgeable about the game and fully comfortable in front of the camera. Show More Summary

Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin loses patience with reporters following upset loss to Nevada

Cincinnati was hardly the only top seed that was shockingly eliminated from the NCAA Tournament on Sunday. The Bearcats can get in line with cross-town rival Xavier (a No. 1 seed in the West region), Michigan State and defending champion North Carolina, all of whom suffered upset losses. Show More Summary

Viewing Picks for March 19, 2018

All Times Eastern College Basketball Men’s National Invitation Tournament 2nd Round (Home Sites) Stanford at Oklahoma State — ESPNU, 7 p.m. LSU at Utah — ESPNU, 9 p.m. Washington at St. Mary’s — ESPNU, 11 p.m. Western Kentucky at USC — ESPN2, 11:30 p.m. Show More Summary

Michigan freshman Jordan Poole hits three-point buzzer-beater after crazy one-hand pass, Brad Nessler provides great call

Things looked pretty dire for the third-seeded Michigan Wolverines in the final seconds of their second-round NCAA Tournament game against the sixth-seeded Houston Cougars Saturday night. Michigan trailed 63-61 in the final minute, and that could have been even a wider lead if the Cougars had hit some foul shots. Show More Summary

Lane Kiffin is out to prove he actually predicted UMBC over Virginia, firing back at piece with support from FAU trustee

The UMBC Retrievers’ 74-54 win over the Virginia Cavaliers Friday marked the first-ever #16 seed victory over a #1 seed in the men’s NCAA basketball tournament, and it led to quite the triumph for those who picked them. Many of those...Show More Summary

Reporter asks Virginia players if they knew no 16-seed had ever won in the NCAA Tournament, cringes ensue

On Friday night, Virginia guards Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy suffered what was almost certainly the most devastating loss of their basketball careers, as the Cavaliers became the first No. 1 seed to ever fall to a No. 16 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Show More Summary

Fox Sports apologizes after comedian’s offensive joke about NASCAR driver Daniel Suarez

Fox Sports invited comedian Sarah Tiana onto its NASCAR RaceHub show Saturday for a segment in which she generated “superlatives” for various drivers. The network might now wish it hadn’t. A day later, Fox has apologized (sort of) for...Show More Summary

UMBC Twitter dunks on Seth Davis, Jon Heyman, and more while documenting the Retrievers’ historic upset

The UMBC Retrievers just became the first 16-seed to knock off a 1-seed in the NCAA Tournament, and they did so in blowout fashion with a 20-point victory over the Virginia Cavaliers. And the UMBC Athletics Twitter account was every bit as impressive as the basketball team on Friday night. Show More Summary

AA Q&A: Rob Stone of Fox Sports talks World Cup ratings, covering Russia, and the 2026 World Cup bid

Fox Sports studio host Rob Stone’s Tuesday was probably busier than yours. After helping ring the opening bell at NASDAQ to celebrate the 100-day countdown until the start of the 2018 World Cup, Stone went downtown to do some video for Sports Illustrated. Show More Summary

Adam Schefter says fining Jerry Jones is like ‘circumcising the mosquito’

Adam Schefter was delivering a standard hit Wednesday evening on SportsCenter when he uttered a phrase that has, in all likelihood, never before been heard on ESPN’s airwaves. Here’s how Schefter replied to a question about whether NFL...Show More Summary

The UFC is still having trouble getting a big increase for its TV rights, thanks to limited numbers of TV-focused bidders

Back in November, we wrote about how the UFC wasn’t finding much luck in trying to land a much-bigger rights deal, and it appears that’s still the case. The UFC’s internal projections ahead of the 2016 sale of the company to Endeavor...Show More Summary

Michael Lombardi’s comments about Josh Rosen and humanitarianism led to a media shitstorm

Former NFL executive and current media figure (most notably with The Ringer) Michael Lombardi has dropped some hot and wrong takes over the years, and it looks like he’s at it again. On an episode of The Ringer NFL Show podcast  released...Show More Summary

Russell Wilson to host NFL Draft mentoring show on ESPN, modeled after Jon Gruden’s QB Camp

When Jon Gruden left ESPN to coach the Raiders, he left not only a vacancy in the network’s Monday Night Football broadcast booth but also a hole in its pre-NFL Draft coverage. For eight years, Gruden’s QB Camp was a spring staple on ESPN airwaves, providing a unique and compelling way for viewers to meet quarterback prospects. Show More Summary

Kenny Smith on NCAA’s ‘predatorial environment:’ ‘If that was anything other than sport, people would have been locked up’

The recent FBI probe into college basketball programs and agents paying players in violation of the NCAA’s amateurism rules has forced every hoops observer to think long and hard about whether those rules make sense, whether the status quo is sustainable and where college sports go from here. Show More Summary

ESPN and Fox are reportedly willing to pay Peyton Manning $10 million (!) a year

We have known for some time that ESPN and Fox are interested in bringing aboard Peyton Manning as an NFL game analyst for the 2018 season. A report from Sporting News’ Michael McCarthy on Wednesday indicates just how high that interest is. Show More Summary

What is the perfect potential television role for Peyton Manning?

The intrigue surrounding the possibility of Peyton Manning finally coming to a television set or streaming device near you is seemingly never-ending. Ever since he retired, Manning’s name has come up for every single major job opening at the networks that cover the NFL. Show More Summary

While NBC Olympic ratings dropped for the PyeongChang Games, CBC Olympic ratings again rose

The trend in Olympic ratings is dramatically different depending on which side of the Canada-U.S. border you examine. For the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games, NBC’s primetime ratings were down 17 percent on average from the 2014 Sochi Olympics, averaging 17.8 million viewers. Show More Summary

Viewing Picks for March 7, 2018

All Times Eastern Australian Rules Football Men’s JLT Community Series Melbourne Demons vs. St. Kilda Saints — Fox Soccer Plus, 3 a.m. (Thursday) College Basketball Men’s Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament 2nd Round, Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, NY Florida State vs. Show More Summary

Ian Rapoport gets Twitter pushback after insisting that Lamar Jackson being asked to run WR drills is normal

There are times when the Twitter group think mob feeding frenzy is regrettable. There are also times when it’s a nice reinforcement that common sense can still win out. This is the latter. Ian Rapoport went back to the well for another...Show More Summary

AA Weekly Recap: Radio host goes on epic rant after Ian Rapoport bails mid-interview

? Chad Dukes unleashes incredible 20-minute rant after Ian Rapoport hangs up mid-interview – Feb. 26th Washington D.C. sports talk host Chad Dukes lost his mind after getting hung up twice by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Ian Rapoport apologizes on-air to Chad Dukes for bailing on him twice – Feb. Show More Summary

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