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Posted Monday 2/19/18 at 11:12PM EST
ESPN announcer baffled by college baseball pitcher's It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia-inspired bio
ESPN's Sam Levitt had no idea that Kent State pitcher Eli Kraus' bio was influenced by Charlie Kelly's FX dating profile.
Posted Saturday 2/17/18 at 1:46AM EST
Jamie Foxx walked off a live SportsCenter interview when asked about Katie Holmes
SC6 anchor Michael Smith couldn't help but ask about Foxx's relationship with Holmes, which Foxx doesn't talk about.
Posted Friday 2/16/18 at 2:13PM EST
Both ESPN and Fox are hoping to get Peyton Manning for their primetime NFL games
The retired NFL quarterback reportedly has the option of picking between ESPN's Monday Night Football and Fox's Thursday Night Football, should he want to enter broadcasting. ALSO: ESPN is reportedly considering replacing Monday Night Football announcer Sean McDonough.
Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 9:04PM EST
Fox has doubled down on the NFL -- will it acquire Monday Night Football next?
Following 21st Century Fox's deal with Disney, the Fox network will have a lot of need for unscripted programming, and the NFL fits the bill with Fox opting to acquire Thursday Night Football and the NFL Draft. With ESPN's expensive Monday Night Football deal -- costing $1.9 billion a year -- ending in 2021, there could be a chance that Fox acquires Monday NFL games for its sister cable network FS1. ALSO: ESPN is losing control of the NFL Draft after becoming the only network to broadcast it as a major event.
Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 4:30AM EST
Fox will broadcast the NFL Draft for five years
The rights to the NFL Draft, which will air for the first time on network TV this year, were part of Fox's recent five-year-deal for Thursday Night Football. According to The New York Times, Fox will air the first round on Thursday, April 26 and the second and third rounds on Friday, April 27. Fox's NFL Draft coverage will mix talent from both Fox and NFL Network, with the same broadcast airing on both networks. It's unclear if Fox will show the final day of the draft on Saturday, April 28.
Posted Wednesday 2/14/18 at 5:44PM EST
Fox will reportedly televise the NFL Draft
For the first time, the NFL Draft will be shown on a broadcast network live from Dallas, in addition to airing on its traditional outlets of NFL Network and ESPN, according to ProFootballTalk, which adds: "It’s believed Fox will carry a simulcast of the NFL Network feed, with ESPN continuing to televise the event on its own." As sports media critic Richard Deitsch notes, "NFL is hurting ESPN here by splitting the audience and clearly throwing it’s usually live to Fox, which just paid them big dollars for (Thursday Night Football). NFL will gain more overall audience for Draft too, so a ratings PR play by them."
Posted Thursday 2/08/18 at 6:30PM EST
SportsCenter’s Michael Smith calls out ESPN for silencing Jemele Hill
Smith, who as of this week hosts the SC6 version of SportsCenter by himself without Hill, says he didn’t especially like that ESPN steered away from mining the chemistry between him and Hill. “There was a time we weren’t even talking to each other (on air) anymore,” he explained on James Andrew Miller’s Origins podcast. “Like no more Michael and Jemele, not less, not here and there. No more Michael and Jemele talking. No more of their commentary. It’s just strictly live shots and analysts. That’s what pissed me off so much. I’m like, so wait a second, you all acknowledge that one of the strengths that we have going for us as a show is Michael and Jemele’s chemistry, but Michael and Jemele don’t f*cking talk to each other? How does that make sense?”
Posted Tuesday 2/06/18 at 11:36PM EST
ESPN will charge $5/month for its “ESPN Plus” subscription service
Disney CEO Bob Iger says subscribers will have access to “thousands” of hours of live sporting events not currently available on ESPN, plus the contents of the 30 for 30 library. But it won’t include the games that will be broadcast on ESPN’s cable channels.
Posted Sunday 1/28/18 at 3:52AM EST
Jemele Hill: SportsCenter “really wasn’t my calling” because my previous work at ESPN involved commentary
“The function of SportsCenter is not necessarily built for anchor commentary,” she tells Variety. “So much of my career at ESPN – almost exclusively at some points – has been in commentary.” She adds: “They hired me as a columnist. I’ve been giving my opinion since day one.”
Posted Friday 1/26/18 at 11:08PM EST
Why ESPN’s Jemele Hill-Michael Smith SC6 experiment with SportsCenter was never going to work
Even without Hill’s President Trump controversy, it was clear from the get-go that the SC6 experiment wasn’t going to work, says Ryan Glasspiegel, who likens SportsCenter to an ocean tanker. “They were joining the legacy SportsCenter brand and the show immediately felt disjointed trying to blend the styles of where everyone and everything came from,” he says. “This was exacerbated by the fact that different demographics watch daytime television than at 6 pm — and yes, there was a certain sect of viewers who were never going to give Mike and Jemele a chance.”
Posted Friday 1/26/18 at 5:56PM EST
Jemele Hill is “amused by the rumors that I was demoted,” says “I asked” to leave SportsCenter
The ESPN anchor posted a statement on Twitter saying, “the truth is pretty simple and not nearly as dramatic. I asked to leave the show — some of y’all probably need to read that sentence again — because of a strong desire to return to reporting, writing, and commentary.” She added that she considers herself “lucky” to have worked as a SportsCenter anchor. ALSO: An ESPN exec says Hill first initiated talks about her SC6 exit before Christmas.
Posted Friday 1/26/18 at 1:32PM EST
Jemele Hill is leaving SportsCenter to join ESPN’s The Undefeated
According to Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch, Hill personally requested the move to ESPN’s vertical on race and culture. “People I trust at ESPN, people who have dealt me straight for years, tell me Jemele Hill asked for the switch,” Deitsch tweeted. “You’ll no doubt hear otherwise. Up to readers to believe who they trust.” Hill’s last day on SportsCenter’s SC6 will be one week from today, almost one year to date that SC6 launched. The move follows Hill's controversial comments accusing President Trump of being a white supremacist.
Posted Thursday 1/25/18 at 9:04PM EST
CNN president Jeff Zucker reassured his employees after security threat — and said he’s not leaving CNN for ESPN
At a town hall meeting, Zucker called this week's threat “a very, very rare occurrence." As for the ESPN job, Zucker said he has had no discussions with Disney. “I fully intend to stay at CNN and have no desire to work at ESPN," Zucker said.
Posted Tuesday 1/23/18 at 2:19PM EST
ESPN has reached out to Peyton Manning to replace Jon Gruden on Monday Night Football
ESPN executive Mark Druley said Gruden’s departure was not a surprise, and they’ve begun a search that will include ESPN employees and Peyton Manning. “We like Peyton Manning,’ Druley said. “And we would be foolish not to talk him.”
Posted Tuesday 1/23/18 at 2:19PM EST
ESPN and Fox to share Alex Rodriguez
The former New York Yankee will join ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, while continuing to work as a baseball analyst on Fox Sports’ playoff coverage.