ESPN To Advertisers: It's Fine! It's Fine! Everything's Fine!

ESPN opened its annual upfront presentation to advertisers in New York earlier this week with a full brass band performing a New Orleans funeral march. It was tempting to read too much into it—ESPN poking fun with some gallows humor about its subscriber losses and recent layoffs of 100 employees—but it revealed itself…

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Brief But Revealing Conversations With People Who Emailed Me To Say ESPN Is Failing Because It's Liberal

ESPN is hemorrhaging money and laying off employees. This is because it is having trouble paying billions of dollars in rights fees while also losing millions of subscribers to cord-cutting. People cancel their cable subscriptions because advances in technology have allowed them to consume all the TV, movies, and…

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No ESPN Isn’t Losing Money Because It’s Liberal You Clueless Morons

ESPN is still going through the worst round of public layoffs in its history, and while the reasons why the company is firing everyone are plainly evident, there are still people out there ascribing the channel’s struggles to its political leanings (which frankly, don’t even exist), and basking in its potential…

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ESPN's Diminished Future Has Become Its Present

ESPN laid off dozens of reporters, writers, analysts, talking heads, and behind-the-scenes folks yesterday. If the names were surprising—some of these people had worked at ESPN for decades, and some were practically synonymous with the network—the layoffs themselves were not. They’ve been coming for months, and really

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Scott Van Pelt's 1 Big Thing A Tribute To Laid-Off ESPNers

Like Bob Ley and a number of other ESPN hosts today, ESPN midnight SportsCenter anchor Scott Van Pelt addressed today’s ESPN layoffs during his trademark 1 Big Thing segment. Van Pelt expressed sympathy for his departed former colleagues, noting that they did nothing wrong to “deserve” being laid off, and acknowledged…

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Stephen A. Smith: "This Damn Phil Jackson Is Still In New York City!"

For anyone masochistic enough to still care about the Knicks, this weekend felt a lot like rock bottom. President Phil Jackson spent Friday afternoon publicly alienating his star player Carmelo Anthony. He also stated that no Knicks player—including Kristaps Porzingis—was off the bargaining table, questioned the value…

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ESPN Columnist Accuses Fellow ESPNer Bill Barnwell Of Secretly Consulting For The Browns

Tony Grossi—a former longtime Cleveland Browns beat writer and current talking head on ESPN 850 WKNR and contributor to ESPN Cleveland—wrote this morning on ESPN.com about the Browns’ upcoming decision with the number one draft pick, and how “analytics complicate it.” Minutes before the publication of this post the…

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LaVar Ball Vs. Stephen A. Smith Made For Some Profoundly Dumb TV

I suppose the logical apotheosis of the media tour that LaVar Ball, patron saint of loud sports dads, has embarked upon over the past month is an appearance on ESPN’s preeminent shouting match, First Take. This morning, Ball joined the program to discuss his series of outlandish public proclamations—that his son Lonzo…

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Brent Musburger Finally Free To Be Horny

Former ESPN broadcaster and over-under aficionado Brent Musburger now has his own radio show for the Vegas Stats & Information Network called “My Guys In The Desert.” The Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore visited him in Las Vegas for a profile, which revealed the depths of his love for gambling, and how he went and lived…

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Can You Guess What Jay Williams Was Trying To Draw Here?

ESPN and ESPN 2 featured wall-to-wall NCAA tournament coverage yesterday, and when you’ve got that much time to fill, the programming can get a little weird. For example, early this morning, various ESPN personalities played a game of March Madness-themed Pictionary. As you can see in the GIF above, Jay Williams…

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ESPN Sued By Tennis Broadcaster Fired Over Venus Williams Remark

Tennis broadcaster Doug Adler, who didn’t return to ESPN’s Australian Open broadcast after commenting on Venus Williams’s “gorilla” or “guerrilla” style of play—that’s the big question here—has sued ESPN and two ESPN executives in charge of tennis broadcasts in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging wrongful…

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Who Could Ever Forget That Amazing Arizona Cardinals Super Bowl Win?

ESPN’s Mark Adams related a story he says Rick Pitino told him years about about the resilience of the 2008 Arizona Cardinals, who lost to the Patriots 47-7 and went on to win the Super Bowl. Perhaps Pitino turned the game off with 40 seconds left?

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