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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and Sunday Night Baseball, but it is ESPN's way of moving forward as viewers abandon cable, while evolving away from "outdated" channels like ESPN News and ESPN Classic.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 Tuesday 2/06/18 at 11:36PM EST
NBC will showcase its Winter Olympics coverage on 4,000 outdoor digital displays in three cities
Olympics fans in New York, Chicago and Philadelphia will be able to watch coverage of the Pyeongchang games while out on the street. “There’s a real-time presence of Olympic content that’s accompanying people who are either heading to work or doing what they do as they maneuver the streets of New York, Philly and Chicago,” says NBC Olympics president Gary Zenkel.
Posted Saturday 2/03/18 at 12:50AM EST
Are play-by-play sports announcers the new anchors?
The two jobs are similar, but with the network news anchor job diminished, play-by-play announcers may be the most-trusted and recognizable faces on network TV.
Posted Thursday 1/25/18 at 3:37PM EST
Vince McMahon’s XFL revival will premiere in January 2020 -- without gimmicks or politics
The new XFL will be in stark contrast to the version that ran on NBC in 2001. There will be no flashy cheerleaders or crazy antics. And players will be forced to stand during the National Anthem -- unlike the NFL. The new XFL will consist of eight teams on a 10-week schedule. “I wanted to do this since the day we stopped the other one," McMahon tells ESPN. "A chance to do it with no partners, strictly funded by me, which would allow me to look in the mirror and say, 'You were the one who screwed this up,' or 'You made this thing a success.'" McMahon hopes to differentiate the XFL from the NFL with faster games that last about two hours. McMahon also emphasized that his players won’t be allowed to be political on the playing field. "People don't want social and political issues coming into play when they are trying to be entertained," McMahon said. "We want someone who wants to take a knee to do their version of that on their personal time."
Posted Wednesday 1/24/18 at 1:23PM EST
Bob Costas says skipping the Super Bowl was a “mutually agreeable” decision
Of his omission from NBC's Super Bowl coverage, Costas told The Daily: “The decision was mutually agreeable, and not only do I not have a problem with it, I am actually happy about it... I have long had ambivalent feelings about football, so at this point, it’s better to leave the hosting to those who are more enthusiastic about it.” Costas noted that he has been pointing out the NFL’s connection to brain trauma on NBC for years. “So the idea that I am only now finding my voice on this, or that NBC was taken aback by what I said (about concussions) at Maryland is just wrong. It’s all simple and straightforward,” he said.
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.
Posted Monday 1/22/18 at 11:51PM EST
ESPN’s announces a 30 for 30 documentary on the Bill Belichick-Bill Parcells relationship
The two legendary coaches, who won two Super Bowls together for with the New York Giants, will get the 30 for 30 treatment. The Two Bills premieres on Feb. 1, just days before Belichick goes for his eighth Super Bowl ring.
Posted Monday 1/22/18 at 1:40PM EST
Report: Fox submitted the highest bid for NFL’s Thursday Night Football, while ABC opted not to bid
According to Sports Business Journal, only three networks -- Fox, CBS and NBC -- made a bid for the Thursday package. Fox’s bid was higher than the combined NBC-CBS bid, which was lower than what the two networks submitted last year. ESPN was expected to submit a bid to air games on ABC, but apparently the two networks couldn’t find a profitable business plan.
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 12:03AM EST
Fox joins ABC, NBC and CBS in vying for NFL’s Thursday Night Football
Fox is the latest broadcast network to submit a bid for the NFL’s Thursday Night Football package, despite Fox CEO James Murdoch blaming Thursday games for a decline in NFL viewership three months ago, Bloomberg reports. CBS and NBC, which paid a combined $450 million for Thursday Night Football last year, are aiming to pay less for the package in 2018.
Posted Tuesday 1/16/18 at 1:35PM EST
Report: ABC is interested in NFL’s Thursday Night Football package
ABC has "emerged as a surprise bidder for the NFL’s Thursday Night Football package," according to SportsBusiness Daily. If ABC does acquire Thursday Night Football package, it would use the NFL production team of sister network ESPN.
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 6:58PM EST
Carrie Underwood debuts her Super Bowl LII song featuring Ludacris
Their performance of “The Champion” will be used to open this year’s Super Bowl from Minneapolis.
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 6:58PM EST
Kobe Bryant is getting a basketball show on ESPN
Each episode of the show Detail will feature the Los Angeles Lakers legend giving his thoughts on an NBA game broadcast the night before. ALSO: ESPN’s new morning Show Get Up with Mike Greenberg, Michelle Beadle and Jalen Rose debuts April 2.
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 2:44PM EST
Erin Andrews accused of going “Hollywood” while working on ESPN’s College Gameday
Andrews was an ESPN sideline reporter who had just come off of competing on Dancing With the Stars when she joined ESPN’s iconic college football pregame show in 2010. According to College Gameday’s Desmond Howard, Andrews seemed more interested in the goings-on in Hollywood than in college football. “She had the Dancing With the Stars and the whole Hollywood thing going on, whatever,” Howard said on ESPN historian James Andrew Miller’s Origins podcast. “We are talking football and she’s in there on that website,” PerezHilton.com. Andrews spent two seasons on Gameday before moving to Fox Sports to cover college football and the NFL in 2012. Fox Sports wouldn’t allow her to be interviewed for the podcast.
Posted Friday 1/05/18 at 11:08PM EST
Will NBC show Snoop Dogg’s halftime show during Saturday’s NFL playoff game?
The rapper is scheduled to perform during halftime of the Atlanta Falcons vs. Los Angeles Rams game airing on NBC on Saturday night.
Posted Thursday 1/04/18 at 9:05PM EST
Al Michaels has been calling primetime NFL games for 32 years, but Saturday will mark the first time he’ll call an NFL game from his hometown Los Angeles
Michaels won’t have to travel far for Saturday’s NFC wildcard playoff game between the Atlanta Falcons and the L.A. Rams at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The stadium is 11 miles from his high school and a short drive from his home in Brentwood. In Michaels's 32 years of calling NFL games on ABC's Monday Night Football and NBC's Sunday Night Football, he never worked a Raiders game when they were in Los Angeles and called six Rams games when they were in Anaheim. ALSO: Michaels will become only the second person to call a 10th Super Bowl.