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  • ESPN A Pit Of Sexism, Hostility Toward Women: Report

    12/15/2017 11:27:17 AM PST · by blam · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12-15-2017 | Bradford Betz
    A bombshell report published Thursday described sports channel ESPN's culture as one of hostility and sexual misconduct toward women. The report by The Boston Globe specifically named several men employed by or affiliated with ESPN as being subjects of harassment complaints. Although the sports network has been embroiled in sexual misconduct scandals and lawsuits for years, current and former employees were emboldened to speak up recently after ESPN partnered with “Barstool Sports,” a blog website that has drawn criticism for content viewed as sexist. One blog entry proclaimed that ESPN anchor Sam Ponder’s No. 1 requirement was to “make men...
  • Chicken Wing Spot Prices Collapse 30% As NFL Protests Take Their Toll

    12/14/2017 8:00:58 PM PST · by blam · 44 replies
    Truth In Our Time ^ | 12-14-2017
    Back in November, shortly after Trump ignited a war with the NFL over player protests of the National Anthem, Papa John's insisted that their sales were getting crushed by a backlash from fans who decided to boycott games (we covered it here: Papa John's Pulls NFL Ads Due To "Negative Consumer Sentiment"). That said, the complaint from Papa John's was seemingly discredited as a convenient excuse for poor earnings the very next day when Pizza Hut said they had seen no impact from the NFL protests. Of course, with all of the noise of seasonality, weather and random accounting games...
  • Disney and Fox are closing in on deal, could be announced next week: Sources

    12/05/2017 7:33:30 AM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies
    CNBC ^ | December 7, 2017 | David Faber
    Disney and Twenty-First Century Fox are closing in on a deal, and it could come as soon as next week, according to sources familiar with the matter. CNBC has been reporting that Disney has held talks with the Rupert Murdoch-controlled media company to acquire its studio and television production assets, leaving Fox with its news and sports assets. Fox is also talking with CNBC parent company Comcast, but the talks with Disney have progressed more significantly.
  • Once invincible, ESPN cuts staff amid subscriber losses

    11/29/2017 1:07:33 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    CBS "News" ^ | November 29, 2017 | By AIMEE PICCHI
    Cord-cutting is taking a toll on ESPN, once thought untouchable given its lock on sports coverage. The cable-television network today said it's cutting 150 jobs. Employees who are affected will receive severance, a 2017 bonus and continuing health benefits and outplacement services, the company said. ESPN wasn't the only media company to announce layoffs Wednesday, with BuzzFeed announcing layoffs affecting 8 percent of its workforce and a restructuring of its U.S. business team later. "The majority of the jobs eliminated are in studio production, digital content, and technology and they generally reflect decisions to do less in certain instances and...
  • ESPN eliminating 150 studio, production jobs in latest cuts

    11/29/2017 6:15:45 AM PST · by Zakeet · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 28, 2017
    ESPN says it is eliminating 150 studio and production employees as the sports broadcasting giant continues to shift its focus to a more digital future. [Snip] ESPN has lost about 10 million subscribers during the past six years, based on estimates by Nielsen Media Research.
  • Keith Olbermann Loses Another Gig, All Is Right With The World

    11/28/2017 5:02:32 AM PST · by EyesOfTX · 13 replies
    DB Daily Update ^ | 11.28.2017 | David Blackmon
    Lunatic left-wing commentator, or something, Keith Olbermann, used the whole dustup between the President and Sen. Running-Off-At-The-Mouth as his smokescreen for “ending all political commentary in all venues.” In other words, Olbermann, who has been fired so many times by so many media outlets it’s hard to count, was most likely fired by his only current outlet, the dying GQ Magazine. In a farewell Tweet, the former bad sports newsreader for the also-dying ESPN had this to say: “After “Pocahontas,” Trump’s an ex-president waiting to happen – imminently. So this will be the last episode of #TheResistanceGQ. If you’re a...
  • Is the “ESPN-ization” of the NFL Reversible?

    11/27/2017 9:40:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 75 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 27, 2017 | Erich Reimer
    As Roger Goodell attempts these next few days to not only save his job but ask for a raise and luxurious perks amid NFL ratings that are plummeting even further into the abyss, undoubtedly many football fans across the country are wondering if our recent national trend towards the hyper-politicization of everything is here to stay.When Colin Kaepernick began kneeling last summer during the national anthem during football games, claiming that he was doing it to protest what he believed was the oppression of people of color, it caused a sharply divisive uproar across the country that has now snowballed...
  • ESPN's Scott Van Pelt Insults Millions No Longer Watching (losing 15k subscribers every day)

    11/19/2017 2:22:25 PM PST · by drewh · 56 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | November 19, 2017 7:31 EST | Tom Blumer
    In a Sports Illustrated "Off the Board" podcast, ESPN's Scott Van Pelt took several cheap shots at the network's critics, in the process demonstrating how horribly out of touch he is with financial realities at his network. Van Pelt aimed particular venom at those who have decided that they didn't need to have cable TV any more when ESPN selected Caitlyn-formerly-Bruce Jenner as its 2015 annual Arthur Ashe Courage Award winner, calling them "so dumb that I can’t even pray for you because you’re beyond hope." The podcast's interviewer was SI's Jimmy Traina, who did his part to smear those...
  • ESPN's Scott Van Pelt Has Had It With People Claiming Network Is Dying

    11/17/2017 12:43:06 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 37 replies
    Sports Illustrated ^ | November 17, 2017 | Jimmy Traina
    ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt joined the latest edition of “Off The Board,” hosted by Jimmy Traina, and fought back hard against claims the World Wide Leader is dying. With ESPN recently losing subscribers and facing ratings that aren’t as strong as they once were (Van Pelt’s midnight edition of SportsCenter is actually up 20 percent year-over-year among total viewers), some critics of the network have said its a sinking ship. Van Pelt is having none of it. On how frustrated he gets with the narrative that ESPN is in trouble: “I push back against it. I get it everyday. Largely,...
  • Senator Al Franken Kissed and Groped Me Without My Consent, And There’s Nothing Funny About It

    11/16/2017 7:29:13 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 293 replies
    KABC 790 ^ | 11/16/17 | By Leeann Tweeden
    In December of 2006, I embarked on my ninth USO Tour to entertain our troops, my eighth to the Middle East since the 9/11 attacks. My father served in Vietnam and my then-boyfriend (and now husband, Chris) is a pilot in the Air Force, so bringing a ‘little piece of home’ to servicemembers stationed far away from their families was both my passion and my privilege. Also on the trip were country music artists Darryl Worley, Mark Wills, Keni Thomas, and some cheerleaders from the Dallas Cowboys. The headliner was comedian and now-senator, Al Franken. Franken had written some skits...
  • A Morning News Anchor Just Accused Sen. Al Franken Of Kissing And Groping Her Without Her Consent

    11/16/2017 8:24:44 AM PST · by SpeedyInTexas · 43 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 11/16/2017 | BuzzFeed
    A morning news anchor in Los Angeles is accusing Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken of kissing and groping her without consent in 2006, when he was a comedian headed to entertain U.S. troops overseas along with other celebrities.
  • UCLA players thank Trump, get suspended indefinitely

    11/15/2017 12:27:52 PM PST · by conservative98 · 112 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 15, 2017 | 3:12pm | Bob Fredericks
    President Trump got his wish Wednesday afternoon when the three UCLA basketball players busted in China for shoplifting thanked him for his help in getting them home. The three, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley and LiAngelo Ball — younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball — also apologized to their families and their school, while thanking the Chinese cops for treating them well. “I would like to thank President Trump and the United States government for the help they provided. I am grateful to be back home and I will never make a mistake like this again. I...
  • Trump: Waiting for a 'Thank you' from 3 UCLA basketball players back in US

    11/15/2017 9:39:57 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 65 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | Brooke Singman
    President Trump is hearing crickets from a trio of UCLA basketball players, despite his successful full-court press to get China to drop shoplifting charges against them. The three players, LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley, were arrested after being accused of stealing designer sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store next to the team’s hotel in Hangzhou. Trump, while on a tour of Asia, urged his Chinese counterpart to let them go, and may have been looking for some credit Wednesday. *snip* “Do you think the three UCLA Basketball Players will say thank you President Trump? They were headed for...
  • ESPN’s ‘First Take’ Lauds ‘Patriotic’ Colin Kaepernick for Being Named ‘Citizen of the Year’ [tr]

    11/14/2017 7:42:54 AM PST · by C19fan · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | November 13, 2017 | Trent Baker
    Monday, ESPN’s “First Take” praised Colin Kaepernick, who was announced as GQ’s “Citizen of the Year” for kneeling for the National Anthem and being a “lightning rod and a powerful symbol of activism and resistance.” “First Take” co-host Max Kellerman said Kaepernick “richly deserved” the honor, asking, “Who else would you give it to?”
  • Traina Thoughts: ESPN's NFL Pregame Show Takes Big Ratings Hit

    11/10/2017 11:07:21 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    SI ^ | November 10, 2017 | Jimmy Traina
    1. There's been tons of talk about ratings for NFL games being down this season. A new piece in the Sporting News looks at the numbers for NFL pregame shows. CBS, which seems to change hosts every year, is down, while FOX, which has had basically the same cast forever, is up slightly. The big news, though, is that ESPN is down big.
  • Merry Christmas, ESPN! Here are your layoffs…

    11/10/2017 6:39:01 AM PST · by mandaladon · 32 replies
    BPR ^ | 10 Nov 2017 | Luis Miguel
    ESPN is learning a hard lesson about politics after needlessly dragging itself into the fray: you can’t please everyone. If the network panders to one side of the political aisle, it alienates the other half of its viewership. The backlash over politicized sports coverage has ESPN reeling. The network is finding itself forced to layoff 100 employees, the Hollywood Reporter found. What makes this worst for the heads of the Disney-owned company is that the layoffs come after they delivered a mass firing of 300 employees–five percent of the ESPN workforce–in 2015. The now-frequent large-scale personnel cuts are indicative of...
  • ESPN will lay off more than 100 staffers after Thanksgiving: Report

    11/09/2017 1:20:14 PM PST · by BradtotheBone · 52 replies
    CNBC ^ | 11/9/2017 | Michelle Castillo
    Another round of layoffs are hitting ESPN, according to a Sports Illustrated report. Sources told Sports Illustrated ESPN plans to layoff more than 100 staffers after the Thanksgiving holidays, with SportsCenter in particular expected to lose jobs. ESPN did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment. The company has gone through several rounds of layoffs over the past few years. In April, it let 100 people go, including about 10 percent of ESPN's more front-facing employees including on-air talent and writers. ESPN is going through changes as more people move away from cable and towards stand-alone streaming services. The...
  • Ric Flair Slept with More than 10,000 Women, and Five More Facts from His '30 for 30' Documentary

    11/08/2017 1:39:08 PM PST · by NohSpinZone · 63 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 11/8/17 | Tim Marcin
    He's the "Rolex wearin', diamond ring wearin', kiss stealin' (WOO!), wheelin'-dealin', jet flyin' son of a gun [who's] having a hard time holding this alligators down." That's Ric Flair, in his own words. The retired professional wrestler, who used the moniker "The Nature Boy," is one of the most popular of all time (and easily the most entertaining of the '80s). On Tuesday, he was the subject of the highly anticipated 30 for 30 documentary on ESPN.
  • ESPN’s Sarah Spain Calls Rogue Twitter Employee ... ‘Hero’

    11/03/2017 1:04:59 PM PDT · by Magnatron · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3 November 2017 | Dylan Gwinn
    ESPN personality Sarah Spain, captioned the announcement (of Trump's twitter account being deactivated by a rogue employee) from Twitter with a single word, “Hero:”
  • ESPN's New Social Media Policy: "Don't Embroil The Company in Unwanted Contrroversy"

    11/03/2017 9:51:44 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 22 replies
    Deadspin ^ | November 3, 2017 | Laura Wagner
    ESPN distributed new social media guidelines to its employees Thursday, which reinforced some existing rules about not breaking news exclusively on social media, respecting colleagues, and—oh wait, here’s a new thing: “Do nothing that would undercut your colleagues’ work or embroil the company in unwanted controversy.” The “unwanted” there is doing a lot of work. Unwanted for whom? The employee who feels so strongly about an issue, perhaps the direction his or her employer is going, that they use Twitter to provide their insight? Of course not. The controversies are “unwanted” for ESPN executives, who want to keep advertisers happy,...