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Massive gap remains between NBA haves and have-nots thanks to local TV deals

There’s a fascinating report at ESPN today about small market NBA teams struggling to make money, even in spite of the massive cash windfall that has come with new national television deals. The teaser for the piece really says it all...Show More Summary

In an ESPN echo chamber moment, Will Cain went on First Take and ripped Kyrie Irving’s interview

ESPN contributor Will Cain has made his mark as an opinionated pundit, and he definitely delivered along those lines this week. Following Boston Celtics’ point guard Kyrie Irving’s “very much woke” interview with Stephen A. Smith, Max...Show More Summary

Viewing Picks for September 20, 2017

All Times Eastern Boxing The Fight Game With Jim Lampley — HBO, 11 p.m. Bundesliga Matchday 5 FC Köln vs. Eintracht Frankfurt — FS2, 12:20 p.m. Hamburger SV vs. Borussia Dortmund — Univision Deportes, 2:25 p.m./FS1, 2:30 p.m. Hertha BSC Berlin vs. Show More Summary

Virginia Union coach and player slap away phones from reporters in latest NCAA war on access

While several Division I football programs have instituted official practices restricting media access, Division II Virginia Union is restricting media access in a far less official way. Following a 21-20 loss to rival Winston-SalemShow More Summary

Ryen Russillo is “so sick of watching the average-as-hell New York Giants” in primetime

Deciding which NFL games should be placed in primetime is a complicated dance, with factors like the team’s recent record, their fanbase, their market size and their local ratings all taken into consideration. But that sometimes means...Show More Summary

It turns out former Bears’ CB Charles Tillman left Fox to train to join the FBI

After retiring from the NFL last summer, long-time Chicago Bears’ cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman joined Fox Sports as a Fox NFL Kickoff panelist. Tillman didn’t return this year, though, with the show instead adding Tony Gonzalez...Show More Summary

Your MLB announcing schedule for 9/19-9/24

Tuesday, September 19 Minnesota at NY Yankees (ESPN 7 pm) Jon Sciambi, Rick Sutcliffe Cleveland at LA Angels (ESPN 10 pm) Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez, Tim Kurkjian Wednesday, September 20 Minnesota at NY Yankees (ESPN 1 pm) Jon Sciambi,...Show More Summary

“James & The Giant QB” Podcast: Interview With CBS Sports’ Verne Lundquist

Jim Weber interviews longtime CBS Sports broadcaster Verne Lundquist about: • Semi-retirement in Steamboat Springs, CO • What he does & doesn’t miss about calling SEC football games • His upcoming back surgery & rehab • If there’s aShow More Summary

ESPN takes another shot at Fox’s pivot to video, disses CBS too just for the hell of it

Fox and CBS have both talked a big game recently about their respective digital media strategies and why the way they do things online is better than the way that company up the road in Bristol, Connecticut does things. Consider ESPN unimpressed. Show More Summary

Uproxx debuts docu-series on trials of mixed-race high school basketball team in rural Kentucky

Uproxx released on Tuesday all 10 episodes of a documentary series called Us Against the World, which follows an Eastern-Kentucky high school basketball team through a difficult season, amid a “mindset of ‘50s-style paranoia, segregation, and unfair prejudice” in the surrounding area. Show More Summary

WWE Raw Reaction Sept. 18: Reigns’ final words for Cena before No Mercy, Lesnar invites Strowman to Suplex City

This week’s edition of Raw took place one day after the death of one of the greatest performers in WWE history, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan. The Brain was one of the funniest guys in the history of the business who made us laugh as an announcer, managed a lot of great heel wrestlers and, prior Read more... The post WWE Raw Reaction Sept. Show More Summary

Doug Collins to leave ESPN, return to Bulls in front-office role

Long before Doug Collins became an insightful analyst on ESPN’s game broadcasts and studio shows, he enjoyed a successful (though notably titleless) tenure as head coach of the Chicago Bulls. Now, 28 years after being fired from that...Show More Summary

Learfield and IMG College approach college sports mega-merger

Imagine if Coke and Pepsi teamed up for a merger to create one unified beverage-oriented company. Or if Disney and FOX put their differences aside to create the largest media conglomerate possible. As far as college sports media rights...Show More Summary

Mike Francesa explodes on Penn State coach James Franklin for icing a kicker up 56-0

Penn State head coach James Franklin isn’t worried about making any friends or winning any popularity contests. A couple weeks ago, he dissed in-state rival Pitt by comparing them to Akron after gaining revenge for Pitt’s upset victory over the Nittany Lions last year. Show More Summary

Some ESPN executives believe Fox is “orchestrating attacks” against their network

With ESPN under fire from all sides for its handling of the Jemele Hill situation and other incidents like Robert Lee’s removal from a Virginia game, Fox Sports may benefit to some degree. There are other sports networks out there as...Show More Summary

Tiki Barber is reportedly set to join Ronde Barber in Fox booth for Giants-Buccaneers

Tiki Barber has been taking shots at Eli Manning for years. Now, he might get paid to do so as part of his brother Ronde’s Fox broadcast booth. Ronde works with Kenny Albert and Kristina Pink as Fox’s No. 3 NFL crew, and according to...Show More Summary

Viewing Picks for September 19, 2017

All Times Eastern Baseball Triple A Championship Game, PNC Field, Scranton, PA Pacific Coast League vs. International League Memphis Redbirds vs. Durham Bulls — NBCSN, 7 p.m. Boxing Premier Boxing Champions, Sands Bethlehem Event Center, Bethlehem, PA Super Lightweights Naim Nelson vs. Show More Summary

Former OSU player Taylor Decker took offense to being called a former Michigan player on MNF

Detroit Lions left tackle Taylor Decker is currently on the physically unable to perform list (PUP list) due to a shoulder injury suffered in June. And during Monday night’s Lions-Giants game, ESPN’s Sean McDonough and Jon Gruden were...Show More Summary

Jim Brady on backlash to firing Dave Lozo: “I don’t know why that’s controversial”

Monday saw the Jemele Hill/ESPN saga spread to separate company Spirited Media, because Dave Lozo (who freelanced for The Incline, one of Spirited’s three local news sites, and also freelances for Awful Announcing sister site The Comeback)...Show More Summary

The Incline parts ways with freelancer Dave Lozo after he criticized CEO/ESPN public editor Jim Brady

The Jemele Hill/ESPN saga has spread to a totally different company. That would be Spirited Media, which runs local news sites in Philadelphia (Billy Penn), Denver (Denverite), and Pittsburgh (The Incline). Spirited Media’s CEO is Jim...Show More Summary

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