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Posted Friday 4/20/18 at 10:50PM EDT
ESPN is happy to get a stronger slate of Monday Night Football games, particularly Jon Gruden's Raiders return
ESPN and the NFL are in the midst of a strained relationship. But the 2018 schedule released Thursday was satisfying to ESPN. The first night of Monday Night Football will include former MNF analyst Gruden in his first regular season game as the new head coach of the Oakland Raiders. ALSO: Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran had a big impact on NFL scheduling.
Posted Thursday 4/19/18 at 1:54PM EDT
In turning down NFL TV work, Peyton Manning didn't want to critique brother Eli Manning
Peyton Manning was offered a hefty salary to either join ESPN's Monday Night Football or Fox's Thursday Night Football. But he reportedly didn't feel comfortable calling games featuring his brother, who plays quarterback for The New York Giants. As Andrew Marchand reports, "for Peyton, not doing Eli’s games was not necessarily a deciding factor in turning down Fox and ESPN, according to sources, but it was part of the process. What it does show is Peyton’s hesitancy to go into broadcasting because, if he had called a Giants game, it would have been a novel event, and no one would have expected him to rip his brother on national TV."
Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 6:42PM EDT
NFL's primetime games will begin a few minutes earlier
According to The Boston Globe, the NFL plans to announce that ESPN's Monday Night Football will kick off at 8:15 p.m. ET instead of 8:30 p.m. NBC's Sunday Night Football will start at 8:20 p.m. ET instead of 8:30 p.m. and Fox's Thursday Night Football will also start at 8:20 p.m. ET, up from 8:25 pm.
Posted Tuesday 4/17/18 at 7:01PM EDT
ESPN and Fox Sports are teaming to bid on UFC TV rights
The rival sports media companies are pitching a joint bid to split up the UFC TV package, with as many as 15 fight events to be shown on the new subscription service ESPN+. TV rights are expected to soar from the $120 million Fox is currently paying to between $300 million and $400 million.
Posted Tuesday 4/17/18 at 1:41PM EDT
NFL execs envision showing the NFL Draft live simultaneously on ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC
Next week will mark the first time that the draft will be shown on broadcast television when Fox shows Days 1 and 2 and ABC shows Day 3. According to Michael McCarthy, "as the annual football festival grows in popularity, some league executives envision the draft potentially becoming the sports equivalent of a U.S. presidential election — a sports event televised simultaneously across most or all of the national broadcast networks: NBC, CBS, Fox and ESPN's sister Disney network ABC." ALSO: Why would ESPN considering hiring Brett Favre for Monday Night Football in the #MeToo era?
Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 10:36PM EDT
ESPN+ is ESPN’s most important product launch in years
The $4.99 streaming service launching today doesn't include many ESPN staples like Monday Night Football and Sunday Night Baseball, but it is ESPN's way of moving forward as viewers abandon cable, while evolving away from "outdated" channels like ESPN News and ESPN Classic. "The company has struggled to stem the continuing loss of subscribers to cord-cutting, and needs digital services to succeed to maintain the same level of vitality with the next generation of sports fans that it has with the current one," says Kevin Draper. "If successful, ESPN+ and the ESPN app could define the network in this era, just as SportsCenter did in the 1990s and early 2000s, becoming an essential hub for obsessive sports fans. If they aren’t, the company will have to continue to rely on what is likely to be a shrinking market for pay television."
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 10:24PM EDT
ESPN's Get Up has a fresh, unique and fun format -- too bad its ratings are disappointing
Since the unique format hasn't resulted in an uptick in viewers, so far, expect the show to evolve to something that's more headline-grabbing.
Posted Thursday 4/05/18 at 6:37PM EDT
ESPN's Get Up ratings have been disappointing so far
While it's still early, ESPN's pricey new morning show has delivered fewer viewers than the SportsCenter airings it replaced.
Posted Monday 4/02/18 at 9:00PM EDT
ESPN announces its streaming service ESPN+ will launch on April 12
ESPN's new streaming service will be called "ESPN+," not "ESPN Plus." ESPN is promising "thousands of live events" in addition to its back catalogue of programming and studio shows. But it won't feature any of the biggest games broadcast on ESPN. ALSO: Here is what ESPN+ does and doesn't have.
Posted Monday 4/02/18 at 9:00PM EDT
ESPN's Get Up morning show feels like a mashup of all of ESPN's successful shows
ESPN's expensive new morning show premiered Monday looking like it's still hasn't found its footing. As Bryan Curtis notes, "It strives to be a show built from pieces of other successful ESPN shows: SportsNation; Around the Horn; NBA Countdown; and even that old warhorse SportsCenter. In an interesting decision, the Get Up crew did SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays—the very same ones that were showing on ESPN2—each hour. The message seemed to be: This is all the stuff you like about ESPN, only we’re doing it much earlier."
Posted Friday 3/30/18 at 1:40PM EDT
ESPN star insists new Get Up show won't be "woke"
The Hollywood Reporter's story last week on ESPN's new morning show starring Mike Greenberg, Michelle Beadle and Jalen Rose came with the headline: "ESPN Plans to Wake Up Woke With New Morning Show," implying that Get Up will delve into political topics. But Greenberg says that headline was misleading. "I can tell you I was on that call," he tells Sporting News. "I was in that interview. What Jalen said was, 'If the president tweets something about sports while we’re on the air, then we will talk about it.' Somehow that became a headline that we’re going to be a 'woke' talk show. I don’t even know what that means, much less how it relates to what we were talking about. That, in my opinion, was a very misleading headline relative to the intention of the show."
Posted Wednesday 3/28/18 at 6:02PM EDT
ESPN scores a leading 54 Sports Emmy nominations
NBC and Fox tied for a distant second with 31 nominations apiece.
Posted Wednesday 3/21/18 at 1:47PM EDT
NFL Draft will now air on ABC and Fox
NFL Draft will not only air for the first time on broadcast television this year, but all seven rounds will be shown on a major network. The NFL announced today that Fox and NFL Network will simulcast the first three rounds, while ESPN and ABC will simulcast the last four rounds. The NFL Draft is scheduled for April 26-28. Round 1-3 will air on Thursday and Friday on Fox, NFL Network and ESPN. Rounds 4-7 will be shown on ESPN, ABC and NFL Network on Saturday.
Posted Tuesday 3/20/18 at 3:15PM EDT
ESPN offers a preview of Get Up, its new three-hour morning show
Mike Greenberg, Michelle Beadle, and Jalen Rose are featured in a trial run of their new show, which launches on April 2.
Posted Thursday 3/15/18 at 9:38PM EDT
ESPN employees were "blindsided" by former president John Skipper's cocaine extortion revelation
ESPN employees, speaking anonymously, tell Deadspin there was never any indication that Skipper used cocaine in their interactions with him. Skipper's interview with ESPN historian James Andrew Miller raises the question of why he had to resign from his job when John Lasseter, the head of Pixar and the Disney animation studios, was allowed to take a six-month leave of absence after he was hit with multiple allegations of sexual harassment. ALSO: Some ESPN staffers were relieved by Skipper's revelation because they couldn't find any wrongdoing.