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  • ESPN Pundit Apologizes For Saying Black People Aren’t Oppressed In America [VIDEO]

    09/02/2016 9:34:40 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 59 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/2/16 | David Hookstead
    ESPN sports pundit Paul Finebaum apologized for saying black people aren’t oppressed in America. “I really don’t understand, not to look at the country back then, this country has issues, but this country is not oppressing black people,” Finebaum said during an appearance on ESPN. He is now backing off of his comments. “I could spend the rest of my life trying to talk my way out of it, but I can’t. I blew it. I simply did not have a good grasp of the situation. I know better. I’ve lived in this country. I see what is going on...
  • JPP’s Fireworks Debacle Could Now Cost ESPN Millions

    08/25/2016 9:50:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    ESPN ^ | August 25, 20 | Julia Marsh
    A Florida judge has green-lighted Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul’s invasion-of-privacy lawsuit against ESPN and its reporter Adam Schefter for posting his private medical records online to millions of readers. SNIP The NFL star says Schefter “improperly obtained” Pierre-Paul’s medical chart, showing the defensive end had his right index finger amputated, and posted an image of the records on his Twitter page. SNIP
  • Reliving 1976 Decathlon Win With Caitlyn Jenner

    08/16/2016 11:34:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    ESPN ^ | Chris Connelly
    For Caitlyn Jenner, there are places to be and people to speak with. There are camera crews and magazine covers, finely crafted documentaries and the raw urgency of reality TV. There are ex-spouses with stories to share and 10 children, many of them living their own lives, out loud and then some. There are more transgender women getting to tell their stories about their life journeys. And yet, almost a year-and-a-half since going public with her gender transition, Jenner says her life is much less complicated than it has ever been. "I don't have any more lies," she told ESPN....
  • ESPN Panel: ‘NFL Players Don’t Speak Enough on Social/Cultural Issues’

    08/17/2016 8:09:36 AM PDT · by rktman · 87 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 8/16/2016 | Bruce Bookter
    ESPN’s Around the Horn has gone from one of the best, longest running panel shows the network has ever had, to an absolutely farcical flagship of left-wing lunacy. Yesterday, the panel at ATH lamented the fact that Cam Newton didn’t feel racially persecuted. Because, apparently, that’s bad. On Tuesday’s edition of the show, the panel discussed really silly comments made by the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers, who said the NFL’s culture makes players not speak publicly on cultural issues, out of fear of repercussions.
  • ESPN host John Saunders dead at 61

    08/10/2016 8:28:26 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 36 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | August 10, 2016 | FoxNews.Com
    DEVELOPING: Longtime ESPN host John Saunders has died at the age of 61, the network announced Wednesday.
  • ESPN’s Kellerman thinks Snyder will change [Redskins] team name

    08/06/2016 5:35:28 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 56 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | August 4, 2016 5:56 pm | Noah Frank | @NoahFrankWTOP
    RICHMOND, Va. — ESPN’s show First Take, with co-hosts Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman, visited Redskins Training Camp in Richmond Thursday to film on site. Kellerman was asked by the media on hand about the team this year, the NFC East, and the often-discussed controversial nickname. Kellerman said that not only did he think the name should change, but that it would happen under the current regime. “Yes, it will change and Dan Snyder will change it,” Kellerman declared. “And I’m looking forward to that day, because I’m very disappointed in him right now.” Snyder has repeatedly said...
  • ESPN Loses 4 Million Subscribers In Past Year (11+ MM in 5 years after hard PC swing to the left)

    08/05/2016 12:29:44 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 57 replies
    Outkick the Coverage ^ | August 4, 2016 | Clay Travis
    In the past five years ESPN has lost 11,346,000 subscribers according to Nielsen data. If you combine that with ESPN2 and ESPNU subscriber losses this means that ESPN has lost over a billion dollars in cable and satellite revenue just in the past five years, an average of $200 million each year. That total of a billion dollars hits ESPN in the pocketbook not just on a yearly basis, but for every year going forward. It's gone forever. That's not just bad, this is downright cataclysmic. And it's getting worse. In the past year ESPN lost 4.159 million subscribers, that's...
  • ESPN: THE WORLDWIDE LEADER IN BULLS**T

    07/15/2016 9:31:23 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    Powerline ^ | July 15, 2016 | Paul Mirengoff
    Each year, ESPN holds something called the ESPYs. Apparently, the event is a sort Academy Awards for sports. The idea seems ridiculous. Part of what makes sports wonderful is that it’s not show business. According to Larry O’Connor at HotAir, and confirmed by other reports I’ve seen, “the ESPY award broadcast was filled with about as much race-baiting, left-wing politics as the Democrats convention in Philly will have two weeks from now.” Moreover, “ESPN, the Disney-owned network that created and produces the awards broadcast on their parent network ABC, went out of their way to feature and celebrate the divisive...
  • The ESPY’s Open With Pro-Black Lives Matter Message –‘The Racial Profiling Has to Stop’

    07/14/2016 12:30:24 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/13/16 | Trent Baker
    This year’s “ESPY Awards” on ABC opened with NBA stars Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James delivering a message regarding last week’s death of two African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement, and the Dallas attack on police officers that left five dead and several others injured. “We cannot ignore the realities of the current state of America,” Anthony said. “The events of the past week have put a spotlight on the injustice, distrust and anger that have plagued so many of us. The system is broken. The problems are not new. The violence and the racial...
  • ESPN to Televise Obama Infomercial on Race, Gives Host Supporting Black Lives Matter On-Air Role

    07/14/2016 6:03:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 13, 2016 | Daniel J. Flynn
    ESPN provides Barack Obama with an hour-long, commercial-free commercial for free in primetime that advertises the president’s views on race. “The President and The People: A National Conversation,” a townhall-style event with an audience — at least in part — hand picked, simulcasts on ESPN and ABC at 8 p.m. Eastern this Thursday.
  • ESPN To Give Mizzou Football Team Humanitarian Award For Black Lives Matter Strike

    06/20/2016 8:16:24 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 28 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/19/2016 | Blake Neff
    ESPN announced it will give the University of Missouri (MU) football team a special humanitarian award in July for the team’s strike, which led to the the school’s president being fired and a massive drop in enrollment.[snip]Now, ESPN has decided to reward MU’s football team for its acts. The sports network announced Friday that the 2015 team will be collectively honored at its second annual Sports Humanitarian of the Year awards, which are held in tandem with the ESPY awards. During the July 12 show in Los Angeles, the team will be given the Stuart Scott ENSPIRE award, named in...
  • Cavs win 2016 NBA Finals Championship!

    06/19/2016 8:26:11 PM PDT · by Pontiac · 155 replies
    WEWS ^ | 6/19/16
    BLOG: After 52 years, Cavs win NBA Finals Championship The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated defending champions Golden State Warriors, 93-89, in Game 7 of the NBA Finals for the first title in franchise history.
  • ESPN’s Daft Columnist Howard Bryant Found Racism in the Oddest Place

    05/30/2016 9:09:54 AM PDT · by russbart · 24 replies
    Howard Bryant, the moral authority columnist for ESPN, has found more systemic racism, something he is ever on the lookout for, even if it isn’t there. His latest article, “The Unspoken Truth” is about the plague now besetting our nation – police officers singing the National Anthem before games. [As an aside, a police officer was shot in the head yesterday trying to protect citizens]
  • Why Hasn't ESPN Disciplined Jemele Hill For Political Tweet About The Orlando Shootings?

    06/14/2016 12:30:23 AM PDT · by ConservativeTeen · 28 replies
    Forbes ^ | 06/13/2016 | Alex Reimer
    Earlier this year, ESPN sent a memo to its employees that tells them to refrain from making political statements. But it seems as if the policy has a double standard. Jemele Hill, a co-host on ESPN2′s His & Hers, tweeted Sunday that it’s wrong for Americans to condemn homophobia in Islamic cultures, given the discrimination that gay people have faced in the United States. The tweet was a response to the reaction following the Orlando shootings, where a gunman pledged allegiance to ISIS before killing 49 people and wounding 53 more inside of a popular gay nightclub early Sunday morning.
  • Brock Turner's father sparks outrage in rape case ("a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action")

    06/06/2016 10:48:54 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 119 replies
    ESPN ^ | June 6, 2016
    Brock Turner's father sparks outrage in rape case A six-month jail sentence for Stanford swimmer Brock Turner, who was convicted of sexual assault, has caused public outrage. His father's letter asking the court for leniency has only fanned the flames. "His life will never be the one that he dreamed about and worked so hard to achieve," Dan A. Turner wrote in the letter asking for probation. "That is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20 plus years of life." Turner had been convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster...
  • ESPN Writer Ignites Outrage With Latest Comments About Police And Patriotism

    05/31/2016 9:59:52 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 20 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 5/30/16 | Jack Davis
    When police officers sing the national anthem before a sporting event, it is nothing more than “staged patriotism” that divides communities, argues Howard Bryant in a column in ESPN The Magazine. “Policing is clearly one of the most divisive issues in the country – except in the sports arena, where the post-9/11 hero narrative has been so deeply embedded within its game-day fabric that policing is seen as clean, heroic, uncomplicated. Following the marketing strategy of the military, police advocacy organizations have partnered with teams from all four major leagues to host ‘Law Enforcement Appreciation’ nights, or similar events,” Bryant...
  • Sports Drive-Bys Upset by Poll Showing 90% of Native Americans Aren't

    05/23/2016 12:02:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 23, 2016 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Now, on this Redskins business. They surveyed 504 Native American, Indians. Ninety percent of 'em said: We don't care. Washington Redskins doesn't affect us, doesn't mean diddly-squat. We don't care. So the Drive-Bys are not happy. The Sports Drive-Bys are not happy, and the sports Drive-Bys (I won't mention any names) are out there lecturing Native Americans on how they should care, and they're lecturing everybody else on how they should care. And you know what one of the latest approaches is? This is so telling. It is so... I can't remember when it was, but it's...
  • Report: MLB nearing changes to strike zone and intentional walks

    05/22/2016 11:56:31 AM PDT · by Mariner · 74 replies
    Yahoo via Big League Stew ^ | May 22nd, 2016 | Mark Townsend
    According to ESPN's Jayson Stark, Major League Baseball is on the verge of making two rules changes that could only be described as ground-breaking. In a report filed on Friday, Stark says that the league's competition committee reportedly agreed to alter the strike zone and eliminate the four-pitch intentional walk during their meetings with owners this week. Those two changes could be implemented as early as the 2017 season. The strike zone is currently defined as the volume of space above home plate and between the batter's knees and the midpoint of their torso. Of course, if you asked most...
  • ESPN Panel Incensed That Native Americans Too Dumb to Be Offended by Redskins

    05/20/2016 7:02:07 AM PDT · by rktman · 46 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 5/19/2016 | Bruce Bookter
    The Washington Post released a poll on Thursday, which showed that 90% of Native Americans do not take offense to the word, Redskins. The sports media responded to this poll by apologizing for decades of fear-mongering, race-baiting, and trying to make a national crisis out of something that is not even a crisis in the Indian community. Just kidding. They freaked out. On ESPN’s Around the Horn, host Tony Reali asked his panel whether or not the fact that the supposedly offended Native Americans, being not so offended, changed their views on the issue? Spoiler alert: it didn’t:
  • Media Circus: What to expect from the launch of The Undefeated [More ESPN SJW Nonsense]

    05/16/2016 8:37:12 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    SI ^ | May 15, 2016 | Richard Dietsch
    If one is to judge a sports media brand based on its external press, the last 12 months have not been good for ESPN. From hemorrhaging subscribers to declining ratings for its flagship show to excruciating company layoffs to high-profile talent leaving the network, it’s been a steady drumbeat of negative news coming out of Bristol Land. But on Tuesday at 7:00 a.m ET, with the launch of The Undefeated, ESPN’s micro site on the nexus of sports, race and culture, the company gets a big opportunity to boast about something transformational and positive within its walls.
  • Curt Schilling, North Carolina, the Feds, DOJ, and Transgender Bathroom Bills

    05/13/2016 8:52:40 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/13/16 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    Despite the moral and legal implications, the fact is that this is a local issue, and big corporations and the federal government are doing all they can to bully local governments and State governments into compliance...or else. Is that freedom? Baseball Great Curt Schilling was fired by ESPN for daring to share the image and message shown on his personal social media page. The sports network considers Mr. Schilling’s personal opinion about the perverted mental illness of transgenderism to be discrimination. I don’t care how nice these people may seem to liberals, and how much they want to pat themselves...
  • ESPN fires outspoken Christians Ray Lewis and Cris Carter

    05/10/2016 11:30:44 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 38 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/10/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Of course. “Dan, you have no evidence whatsoever that ESPN fired them because of their Christianity.” You’re right. I don’t. It’s possible they didn’t and I certainly can’t prove they did. But here’s what I do know: ESPN has already proved it will fire people who are outspoken in the expression of views that don’t comport to the left-wing worldview that ESPN either a) holds; or b) intends to appease at every opportunity.
  • Social Justice Warriors at ESPN Prod LeBron James for Quitting His Gun-Control Activism

    05/08/2016 4:58:16 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 16 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | May 5, 2016 | Clay Waters
    ESPN, not content to cover sports, wants in on the burgeoning social-justice market as well. In “Waiting for LeBron," an ESPN magazine essay posted May 3, Washington Post reporter Eli Saslow pondered why Cleveland Cavaliers basketball legend LeBron James backed off his brief anti-gun activism. That flurry -- which consisted mostly of a few tweets and remarks after a practice -- came after the tragic drive-by-shooting death last October of the five-month-old daughter of Cleveland resident and avid Cavaliers fan Charles Wakefield. Saslow’s histrionic analysis of James “the athlete and the activist” makes it clear that LeBron has (somehow) let...
  • Abby Wambach hired by ESPN [Two check mark hire]

    05/05/2016 7:23:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    CNN ^ | May 4, 2016 | Ahiza Garcia
    The retired U.S. Women's Soccer star has been hired to serve as an analyst and contributor for the sports network. Wambach will cover soccer during the Rio Olympics and the UEFA European Championships this summer and will also work for other parts of the network such as ESPN Films and shows like "Outside the Lines."
  • Curt Schilling not happy ‘bloody sock’ game cut from...‘30 for 30’ [ESPN purges history]

    05/02/2016 3:10:45 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 52 replies
    wash post ^ | 5/2/16 | D Bieler
    Curt Schilling was recently fired by ESPN in large part because of his frequent social-media activity, specifically controversial memes and comments shared by the former pitcher. So when reports circulated online that ESPN had cut Schilling’s memorable “bloody sock” performance in the 2004 ALCS from its Sunday airing of a “30 for 30″ documentary about that Red Sox-Yankees showdown, it was no surprise to see him weigh in quickly, and strongly.
  • Curt Schilling not happy ‘bloody sock’ game cut from Red Sox-Yankees ’30 for 30′

    05/02/2016 5:33:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 1, 2016 | Des Bieler
    Curt Schilling was recently fired by ESPN in large part because of his frequent social-media activity, specifically controversial memes and comments shared by the former pitcher. So when reports circulated online that ESPN had cut Schilling’s memorable “bloody sock” performance in the 2004 ALCS from its Sunday airing of a “30 for 30″ documentary about that Red Sox-Yankees showdown, it was no surprise to see him weigh in quickly, and strongly.
  • Curt Schilling: ESPN biased against political conservatives

    04/28/2016 6:49:04 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 34 replies
    hotair.com ^ | APRIL 28, 2016 | LARRY O'CONNOR
    Former Boston Red Sox pitcher and ESPN baseball analyst Curt Schilling hurled some high, hard ones at his former employer appearing on “Breitbart News Patriot Forum” on Sirius XM. Schilling described the climate behind the scenes at the sports network for anyone who may be right of center, politically: “We had the green room in ESPN. One of the things I got early on, people would walk up to me--I had people come up to me whispering, ‘Hey, I’m with ya. I’m a Republican, too.’ It was like a deadly serious thing, like, we didn’t talk… like religion on the...
  • Curt Schilling says ESPN has ‘some of the biggest racists in sports commentating’

    04/28/2016 8:45:18 AM PDT · by oh8eleven · 21 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 28 April 2016 | Amara Grautski
    "Some of the most racist things I’ve ever heard have come out of people that are on the air at ESPN," Schilling said, according to Newsday. "They’re some of the biggest racists in sports commentating.” “You listen to Stephen A. Smith, and Stephen A. Smith was the guy who said that Robert Griffin didn’t play quarterback for [Washington] because he’s black," Schilling said after the show. "No, Robert Griffin didn’t play quarterback for [Washington] because he [Stunk]."
  • Curt Schilling says ESPN is biased against political conservatives

    04/27/2016 8:18:01 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 34 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | 4/27/16 | Mark Townshend
    One week after being fired from ESPN after commenting on and promoting a controversial anti-transgender meme on his Facebook page, Curt Schilling is firing back at his former employers. In a one-hour guest appearance on SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s “Breitbart News Patriot Forum,” the former pitcher-turned-analyst flatly accused the sports network of being biased against political conservatives and having inconsistent standards when it comes to reprimanding on-air talent. According to Newsday, Schilling's commentary was recorded on Wednesday afternoon and is scheduled to air at 8 a.m. Thursday morning. Here's just a sampling of what he had to say. “It was apparent...
  • Curt Schilling: ‘Some of the Biggest Racists in Sports Commentating’ Work at ESPN

    04/27/2016 2:25:35 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 34 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 27, 2016 | Dan Riehl
    Former Boston Red Sox ace Curt Schilling was the special guest at a “Breitbart News Patriot Forum” listener event for SiriusXM in New York City on Wednesday.
  • Sam Bradford demands trade after Eagles' move for No. 2 pick

    04/25/2016 11:31:37 AM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    ESPN ^ | April 25, 2016 | Staff
    The Philadelphia Eagles have been informed that quarterback Sam Bradford wants to be traded and will not be showing up for their offseason program any longer, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
  • Cruz Campaign Manager Held Up "Cruz 2016" Sign During Live ESPN Broadcast

    04/25/2016 9:05:43 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 27 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 25, 2016 | Trent Baker
    A man was seen on the ESPN broadcast of the Boston Red Sox at the Houston Astros game Sunday holding up a “Cruz 2016” sign.
  • Drone racing competitions to air for first time on ESPN3

    04/24/2016 5:50:15 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 7 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 13, 2016 | Samantha Masunaga
    The fledgling sport of drone racing is about to fly onto more screens. The International Drone Racing Assn. has signed a multiyear international distribution deal with sports media giant ESPN, marking the first time the sport will be on major network television. In drone racing, competitors maneuver small flying drones around a course and wear goggles that show the drone's perspective of the track. At home, viewers will see a version of that perspective. The 2016 National Drone Racing Championships, held in New York City in August, and the 2016 World Drone Racing Championships, set for Kualoa Ranch, Hawaii, in...
  • ESPN Has a Right to Fire Curt Schilling. What Rights Do People of Faith Have?

    04/22/2016 11:01:39 AM PDT · by detective · 62 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 21, 2016 | Ryan T. Anderson
    ESPN has fired Curt Schilling. The company said that his speech went against company values because ESPN is “an inclusive company.” What’s at stake here?
  • Baseball Legend Curt Shilling Fired By ESPN for Comments on Transgender Bill

    04/21/2016 1:20:42 PM PDT · by Morgana · 42 replies
    wcbm.com ^ | April 21, 2016 | wcbm.com
    BOSTON — Former Red Sox pitcher and ESPN baseball analyst Curt Schilling has been fired from his position as an analyst for ESPN following comments he made on social media earlier this week regarding the bills going through several states to require people to use the bathroom of their assigned gender. The bill impacts the transgender community, because many of those individuals prefer to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify.
  • ESPN fires Curt Schilling after anti-transgender comments

    04/21/2016 7:09:33 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 35 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 04/20/16 | Ryan Lazo
    Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling throws out the first pitch at Fenway Park in 2012. By Ryan Lazo Apparently ESPN decided it was about time Curt Schilling was on the other side of a Strike Three call. The network fired their controversial baseball analyst for providing offensive commentary on social media following his comments and blog post on the topic of transgender people. “ESPN is an inclusive company,” Walt Disney Co. DISN, +0.00% -owned ESPN said in a statement. “Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated.” ESPN’s...
  • Bathroom bullies cost Curt Schilling his job at ESPN [Who Else Will Be Forced to Conform?]

    04/21/2016 8:53:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 82 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/21/2016 | Thomas Lifson
    We are in the midst of a top-down sexual revolution, being forced on the public by the massed power of media, corporations, and governments in thrall to the small but powerful sexual minority intent on redefining sexuality.  Those who dare to oppose them, especially with mockery, can see their livelihoods destroyed.  They cannot handle mockery, because their latest cause is absurd and based on lies. Curt Schilling, a hero to Red Sox Nation and a highly regarded baseball analyst for CNN, dared to protest and mock the forcible intrusion of males on women’s restrooms.  As The New York Times...
  • Curt Schilling, ESPN Analyst, Is Fired Over Offensive Social Media Post <bathroom dust up>

    04/21/2016 4:47:04 AM PDT · by mykroar · 57 replies
    CNBC.com ^ | 4/21/2016 | Richard Sandomir
    Curt Schilling, a former All-Star pitcher and one of the highest-profile baseball analysts on ESPN, was fired from the network Wednesday, a day after he drew intense criticism for promoting offensive commentary on social media. Schilling, who had worked for the network since 2010 and most recently offered analysis on "Monday Night Baseball," was dismissed after sharing a Facebook post this week that appeared to respond to the North Carolina law that bars transgender people from using bathrooms and locker rooms that do not correspond with their birth genders. The post showed an overweight man wearing a wig and women's...
  • ESPN Social Justice Warriors Fire Baseball Legend Curt Schilling for Transgender Comments

    04/21/2016 4:26:50 AM PDT · by detective · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 20 Apr 2016
    Curt Schilling was sacked from his job as a baseball analyst by American sports broadcaster ESPN on Wednesday, following a sarcastic online post that was seen as attacking transgender people. The former Major League Baseball pitcher on Tuesday reposted a photo on Facebook showing a large man wearing a wig and women’s clothing.
  • ESPN fires analyst and former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling

    04/20/2016 8:14:34 PM PDT · by Robwin · 58 replies
    MSN Sports ^ | 04/20/2016 | Associated Press
    BRISTOL, Conn. — ESPN announced that it has fired network analyst and former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling following his comments on Facebook about transgender people. In a statement released Wednesday, ESPN said "Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated." This week, Schilling reposted an image of an overweight man wearing a long blond wig and revealing women's clothing. It included the phrase: "Let him in! To the restroom with your daughter or else you're a narrow minded, judgmental, unloving, racist bigot who needs to die!!!" Schilling added...
  • ESPN Fires Curt Schilling for Anti-Transgender Comments

    04/20/2016 5:15:51 PM PDT · by monkapotamus · 101 replies
    Variety ^ | April 20, 2016 | Alyssa Sage
    “A man is a man no matter what they call themselves,” read Schilling’s comment, which he apparently posted in response to a photo about a recent North Carolina law that restricts transgender people’s access to bathrooms and locker rooms. “I don’t care what they are, who they sleep with, men’s room was designed for the penis, women’s not so much. Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.” ESPN issued a statement on Tuesday, saying “ESPN is an inclusive company. Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated...”
  • NFL Coach Sean Payton: ‘I Hate Guns,’ It’s ‘Madness’ We’re ‘Hanging Onto’(stick to fball coach)

    04/12/2016 7:31:24 AM PDT · by rktman · 80 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 4/11/2016 | Dylan Gwinn
    In the wake of the murder of his former player, defensive end Will Smith, this weekend, New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton issued a challenge to Black Lives Matter, to stand-up and protest black-on-black violence, the same way they protest white-on-black violence. Actually, he’s not. That would be helpful. Instead, he’s calling for a gun ban. In a USA Today Sports article, Payton let fly:
  • An ESPN host wore a t-shirt on air mocking the Cleveland Indians' controversial logo

    04/08/2016 5:38:19 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 53 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/07/2016 | Cork Gaines
    ESPN host Bomani Jones wore a "Caucasians" t-shirt mocking the Cleveland Indians' "Chief Wahoo" logo during the "Mike & Mike" show on Thursday. The shirt includes the word "Caucasians" in the Indians' font, with a character based on "Chief Wahoo" that has white skin (instead of red), a basic nose (instead of a large, hooked nose), blonde hair (instead of dark hair parted, and held down by a head band), and a dollar sign (instead of a feather). Here are the two logos side-by-side:
  • ESPN’s SportsCenter Deletes Tweet Praising Fidel Castro’s Love of Sports

    03/21/2016 2:11:56 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 17 replies
    mediaite ^ | March 20th, 2016 | by Alex Griswold
    The Twitter account for ESPN’s SportsCenter sent out a tweet Sunday about Fidel Castro’s love of sports that was criticized for painting the Cuban dictator in a positive light. “Savior and scourge, Fidel Castro was many things to many people,” the now-deleted tweet read. “One thing all can agree on: He loved his sports.” Shockingly, a lot of people on Twitter didn’t appreciate SportCenter‘s humanization of a brutal despot.Logan Dobson ‎@LoganDobson So did many of the dissidents he had murdered, Bonda ‎@BenOndaTop @SportsCenter "Harsh Communist Dictator...But, he loved his sports! What a guy! Give him an ESPY for courage!" -...
  • Fantastic Lies - ESPN Films 30 for 30

    03/14/2016 9:03:49 AM PDT · by NohSpinZone · 33 replies
    ESPN ^ | 3/13/16 | ESPN.com
    On March 13th, 2006, the Duke University lacrosse team had a party. What happened there became a nightmare that changed lives, ruined careers, tarnished a school's reputation and even jeopardized the future of the sport at Duke.
  • ESPN Removes Mike Ditka From 'Sunday NFL Countdown' because he supports Trump

    03/09/2016 6:49:08 PM PST · by vekzen · 86 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 3/9/2016 | Cathy Burke
    Sports network ESPN is yanking NFL legend Mike Ditka from its marquee football show "Sunday NFL Countdown," giving him an "unspecified emeritus-type NFL role at the network," sports website The Big Lead reports. Matt Hasselbeck and Charles Woodson will take over for the exiting Ditka and former first overall pick Keyshawn Johnson. Ditka has given several interviews in support of Republican front-runner Donald Trump, the last one over the weekend, when he called President Barack Obama "the worst president we've ever had" — and said he'd vote for Trump.
  • ESPN Removes Mike Ditka From ‘Sunday NFL Countdown’ Days After Pro-Trump Interview

    03/09/2016 7:56:45 AM PST · by rktman · 53 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 3/9/2016 | Christian Datoc
    In January, a Deadspin report uncovered a leaked ESPN memo, urging on-air talent to avoid making political statements. The memo — which ESPN claims was circulated in early January — requires employees to “refrain from political editorializing, personal attacks or ‘drive-by’ comments regarding the candidates and their campaigns (including but not limited to on platforms such as Twitter or other social media). (RELATED: ESPN Shuts Down Curt Schilling For Conservative Views)
  • ESPN Demotes Ditka after Hall of Famer Calls Obama ‘Worst President We’ve Ever Had’

    03/09/2016 5:20:54 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 53 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 03/09/16 | Breitbart Sports
    Less than a week after calling President Barack Obama “the worst president we’ve ever had,” Mike Ditka lost his job on ESPN’s marquee Sunday football program. The Big Lead reports that the cable network hired Matt Hasselbeck to replace Ditka on Sunday NFL Countdown. Hasselbeck performed well in relief for an injured Andrew Luck this past season. He threw nine touchdowns to five picks and went 5-3 as a starter. But at 40, and with brother Tim enjoying a successful run as an analyst at ESPN, the 18-year NFL veteran opted to call it a career and start a...
  • Who’s On Track For The Nomination?

    03/08/2016 11:30:03 PM PST · by blueplum · 11 replies
    FiveThirtyEight.com / ESPN ^ | 07 Mar 2016 ongoing | Aaron Bycoffe and David Wasserman
    Tracking a candidate’s progress requires more than straight delegate counts. We’ve estimated how many delegates each candidate would need in each primary contest to win the nomination. See who’s on track and who’s falling behind.
  • Curt Schilling critical of Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton

    03/02/2016 6:12:49 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 18 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 3/2/16 | Andrew Mahoney
    Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump may be the front-runners to win the nomination for their respective parties in the 2016 presidential race, but ESPN Major League Baseball analyst Curt Schilling is not impressed. The former Red Sox pitcher made a lengthy appearance on Kansas City’s 610 sports radio Tuesday afternoon, and after talking baseball for the first 20 minutes, the conversation shifted to politics, and Schilling did not hold back. He took particular exception to Clinton’s use of a private computer server to send classified information. “If she’s allowed to get to the general election before she’s in prison, I’ll...