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Billy Crystal Rules Out Brian Williams When Seeking a Role Model For Grandkids

Billy Crystal joined HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel to discuss his unique take on athletes behaving badly. The legendary comedian, who was one the very first episode of Real Sports back in 1995, discusses how modern athletes are overexposed because of social media. Show More Summary

Real Sports embracing social media in new ways with Ronda Rousey interview

Here’s an interesting sports media nugget from HBO.  We’ve seen an evolution at Real Sports this year with the program shifting away from Bryant Gumbel’s closing monologue to a variety of comedians with ties to the networks opining on topics in and around sports. Show More Summary

Billy Crystal on HBO’s Real Sports, explaining fallen heroes to his grandchildren

The 20th anniversary of HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel continues to bring in stand-up comedians for their sports-related commentary, and this week, Billy Crystal reminds us he was on Gumbel's first season, too! Two decades after his 1995 appearance, though, Crystal wonders how he'll ever explain fallen sports heroes to his grandchildren. “The truth […]

Billy Crystal Warns Sports Stars To Stay Off Social Media On ‘Real Sports’

As Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel continues to mark its 20th anniversary with the help of comics, Billy Crystal wondered how to explain athletes’ bad behavior to his sports-loving grandchildren. “The truth is, in this age of Instagram...Show More Summary

Ronda Rousey proud to be called best pound-for-pound fighter

A new episode of HBO's "RealSports with Bryant Gumbel" debuts tonight at 10 p.m. PT/ET and on it, correspondent Jon Frankel has a sit-down interview with UFC women's champion Ronda Rousey.

HBO’s Real Sports fights off defamation lawsuit

In 2008, HBO’s Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel reported the manufacturing of soccer balls for Mitre Sports International, a British sportswear and equipment supplier. Mitre has supplied the official for several soccer organizations including the English Premier League, MLS, the FA Cup and many teams around the world. Show More Summary

HBO’s ‘Real Sports’ Wins Defamation Suit Over Depiction Of Child Labor

HBO's Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel has won a civil suit brought against it by Mitre Sports, the UK-based sports equipment manufacturer that had accused the show of defaming it in a 2008 broadcast. The episode explored the use of child...Show More Summary

Baseball’s Warning Track: Blurred Lines and Bright Lights of Race by Wilfredo Gomez

Baseball’s Warning Track: Blurred Lines and Bright Lights of Race by Wilfredo Gomez | special to NewBlackMan (in Exile) On the recent episode of Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, HBO continued to mark the 20 th anniversary of the show by showcasing the talents and skills of an all-star cast of comics. Show More Summary

Chris Rock answers the question, ‘Why don’t black people like baseball anymore?’

Chris Rock describes himself as “an endangered species.” In what way? As “a black baseball fan.” In a segment for HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,” the comedian looked at how and why black players and fans seem to have abandoned participation and interest in what’s long been referred to as “the national pastime.” He […]

Chris Rock’s plea to baseball, for HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel

HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel has added a comedy segment to round out episodes in this spring's new season, and this week, Chris Rock stepped up to the plate with several minutes of warning and encouragement for baseball. Not just Major League Baseball, but all of it, speaking as a baseball fan who's becoming […]

Chris Rock Wonders Why Blacks Abandoned Baseball On HBO’s ‘Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel

Chris Rock debuted on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel last night, and wondered what became of African Americans in baseball. Rock’s the latest comedic voice tapped by HBO to close the sports show’s episodes with some take on an element of the sports industry. Show More Summary

Chris Rock: Black Baseball Fan

Chris Rock on blacks in baseball. From Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel

Alex Boone Speaks on Jim Harbaugh's Exit from 49ers in 'Real Sports' Interview

New Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is the subject of Tuesday’s episode of HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, and the episode will include a telling interview with San Francisco 49ers guard Alex Boone. In the episode, Andrea Kremer profiles Harbaugh and discusses Boone's former coach with the guard. Show More Summary

“Wearing out welcome” isn’t new for Jim Harbaugh

Tuesday’s new episode of HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel includes a look not only at Seattle’s quarterback but also at the former San Francisco head coach who no longer has to deal with Russell Wilson.  Andrea Kremer profiles new Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, who has returned to Ann Arbor decades after he once patrolled…

Russell Wilson says Rangers want him to play baseball

When some of the quotes first emerged from Russell Wilson’s interview with HBO’s Bryant Gumbel regarding Wilson playing baseball, it sounded like the musings of an elite, 25-year-old athlete who thinks he can do anything — but who surely would never undermine his football career by playing professional baseball.  Based on the full interview, it…

Russell Wilson Speaks on Potentially Playing Both Football and Baseball

Russell Wilson is unwilling to shut the door on the baseball diamond just yet. In an interview with Bryant Gumbel for HBO's Real Sports, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback said that he maintains a desire to one day play both football and...Show More Summary

Russell Wilson: I haven’t given up baseball, may play both sports

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson says he’s still considering playing baseball — and not just for a cameo appearance in spring training. Wilson told Bryant Gumbel of HBO that it’s still his dream to be a two-sport athlete. “You never want to kill the dream of playing two sports,” Wilson said. “I would honestly play two…

Newswire: HBO facing defamation lawsuit over Bryant Gumbel report on child labor

As picked up by The Hollywood Reporter, HBO is facing a “huge” defamation lawsuit from sporting equipment maker Mitre Sports over a 2008 episode of Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel that claimed the company used child labor to make soccer balls. Show More Summary

HBO Faces Huge Defamation Trial Over "Hoax" Child Labor Report

CEO Richard Plepler could be forced to testify in a massive case brought by a soccer ball manufacturer over a "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" story that allegedly featured "staged" scenes and “doctored” interviews. read more

Jerry Springer, Harold Ford Jr. and the Designer Who Dressed Bryant Gumbel

We missed Sigourney Weaver by a day. Oh well. As much as we felt like heading to the beach today, the siren’s call of Michael’s beckoned, so we made our way to 55th and Fifth for our weekly Wednesday lunch. The scene was bustling with...Show More Summary

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