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Posted Wednesday 6/20/18 at 1:32PM EDT
ESPN is divided by politics: New president says we're not "a political organization"
According to The Hollywood Reporter, new ESPN president James Pitaro "is asserting his leadership of ESPN at a time of internal division at the network, which is caught in the crosshairs of the Trump culture wars and the worsening economics of cable TV." The internal divide has pitted "woke" performers like Jemele Hill against the "Bristol tradition." As one executive notes, ESPN is painted as a liberal network when much of the leadership is actually conservative. "The network itself takes a terrific knock for being some kind of pinko lefty operation,” says one executive, adding that ESPN's Bristol headquarters "is not a bastion of liberalism. And it's laughable that that's the perception." Pitaro's mandate has been to calm the waters of the political divide. Upon taking over earlier this year, Pitaro told employees ESPN is not "a political organization. Of course there will be an intersection between sports and politics. We will cover that fairly. But we are focused on serving the sports fan.” ALSO: A black ESPN executive reportedly called Jemele Hill and Michael Smith's "SC6" SportsCenter "too black."
Posted Tuesday 6/19/18 at 5:37PM EDT
Around the Horn's Tony Reali made an emotional return after losing one of his twin boys shortly before birth
On Father's Day, the ESPN host tweeted about the "heaviness of giving a eulogy for a son who never had a chance to breathe."
Posted Friday 6/15/18 at 12:35PM EDT
ESPN resorts to crude drawings to sidestep Fox's World Cup highlights exclusivity
"With limited/no World Cup video for our show, we will improvise," tweeted SportsCenter anchor Scott Van Pelt. "My daughter drew Saudi Arabia/Russia for last night."
Posted Wednesday 6/13/18 at 1:59PM EDT
ESPY Awards to pay tribute to the coaches who died in the Parkland school shooting
The Best Coach Award will be presented posthumously to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School heroes Aaron Feis, Scott Beigel, and Chris Hixon at the July 18 ceremony.
Posted Monday 6/04/18 at 9:38PM EDT
ESPN's High Noon sports talk show uses eight cameras and aims to have the visual quality of a film
The sports chat show starring Bomani Jones and Pablo Torre, which premiered today, is trying to stand out by using letterboxing and an Ennio Morricone–style theme, as if it's an actual big-screen movie. High Noon is also being shot with 24 frames per second to give it a film look, rather the usual 30 or 60 frames per second. Most studio shows use four cameras, but High Noon employs eight cameras to show the hosts listening to each other from different angles.
Posted Monday 6/04/18 at 2:49PM EDT
ESPN extends Doris Burke's contract
Following a season in which Burke became the first woman to be a regular, full-time national NBA game analyst, the NBA reporter has extended her ESPN contract.
Posted Friday 6/01/18 at 2:37PM EDT
Jon Stewart to report for ESPN's SportsCenter on Sunday
The former Daily Show host, who has become an advocate for military veterans since leaving television, will present an "SC Featured" segment Sunday night at 10 p.m. ET on a member of the military. According to ESPN, Stewart "will tell the story of U.S. Army Maj. Christina Truesdale, a competitor in next week’s Department of Defense Warrior Games being held at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado. The Warrior Games is a multi-sport event for wounded, injured or ill service personnel and veterans. Truesdale, a flight surgeon, jumpmaster and veterinarian, has dealt with several injuries and health challenges that almost took her life. She was inspired to compete in the Warrior Games after seeing some of last year’s event on ESPN."
Posted Thursday 5/31/18 at 9:13PM EDT
Report: ESPN bosses are telling the network's most outspoken hosts to be careful on Twitter in wake of the Roseanne Barr controversy
According to the New York Post, "ESPN was specifically reaching out to the most politically outspoken of its broadcasters. Jemele Hill, Keith Olbermann and Kenny Mayne are the ones most frequently associated with venturing outside of sports."
Posted Friday 5/25/18 at 10:33AM EDT
ESPN expands Keith Olbermann's role
The former ESPN and MSNBC star, who returned to ESPN in a contributing role in January, will guest-anchor 20 SportsCenter shows a year and co-host a few editions of Pardon the Interruption. He'll also host segments for SportsCenter from the MLB All-Star game and the World Series.
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 10:30PM EDT
Danica Patrick announced as the first female host of the ESPYs
After 26 years, the ESPN awards show will have its first female host in the retiring NASCAR driver when it airs on ABC on July 18. "This is such a huge honor," she told Good Morning America. "At the end of the day, I love a challenge and I love sports, (and) those are two things that come together to host the ESPYs. It’s our only show! So, I love it, I love meeting all the different people and hearing all the stories. I truly leave the ESPYs every year and think to myself, ‘I am so inspired, I feel like I suck.’ Because everybody has such a great story. I want to be one of those stories!” Patrick is currently dating Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, whom she first met at the ESPYs in 2012.
Posted Wednesday 5/16/18 at 5:46PM EDT
ESPN's ESPY Awards to honor Larry Nassar sexual assault survivors with the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage
“We are honored to recognize the courage of these women at The 2018 ESPYS, to acknowledge the power of their voices, and to shine a very well-deserved spotlight on what speaking up, fighting back, and demanding accountability can accomplish,” says ESPN's Alison Overholt of the ceremony that will air on July 18 on ABC.
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 1:10PM EDT
ESPN and Netflix partner on a 10-hour Michael Jordan documentary series, titled The Last Dance
HBO Andre the Giant director Jason Hehir will helm the extensive look at the Chicago Bulls and NBA icon. The Last Dance is expected to premiere on Netflix and ESPN in 2019.
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 1:10PM EDT
Coming soon to ESPN: High Noon (9 am Pacific)
ESPN personalities Bomani Jones and Pablo Torre will talk sports every weekday on their new show, premiering June 4.
Posted Wednesday 5/09/18 at 5:28PM EDT
ESPN names new SportsCenter anchors to take over the 6 p.m. timeslot from Jemele Hill and Michael Smith
Sage Steele and Kevin Negandhi will helm the 6 p.m. SportsCenter starting on Monday. ESPN is reverting back to the "SportsCenter" name after calling the show "SC6" during the Hill-Smith era.
Posted Wednesday 5/09/18 at 1:30PM EDT
ESPN discontinues its public editor program
From 2005 to 2017, ESPN had an outside editor tackle journalistic controversies for the outside world. ESPN has opted to discontinue having a public editor, citing the rise of real-time feedback via social media.