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  • ESPN: Look, we re-upped with Tim Tebow, so get off our case

    05/10/2017 2:56:47 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 11 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/10/17 | Dan Calabrese
    Human shield. We love Tim Tebow here - even if he does play in the Mets organization - and we’re always happy to hear that something positive has happened in his career and in his life. So when ESPN re-upped with Tebow on his deal to be part of its college football studio offerings, we were nothing if not pleased. If Tebow wants to do TV while pursuing his baseball dreams, we’re all over it. But we couldn’t help but wonder: Does ESPN usually make such a big deal out of an existing talent re-signing? Because if one were inclined...
  • Wife of ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman dies in two-car crash

    05/10/2017 12:27:06 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 10, 2017 | by Christine Dempsey, Dave Altimari
    Katherine Ann Berman, wife of ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman, was killed in a two-car crash Tuesday in western Connecticut. The fatal crash happened about 2:15 p.m. on a state road in Woodbury, state police said. Edward Bertulis, 87, also died following in the collision, police said Wednesday morning. Troopers are investigating the possibility that Bertulis suffered a medical emergency right before Berman's car crashed into the back of his car a state police source told the Hartford Courant. In a statement about Katherine Berman’s death, the president of ESPN called the crash “a devastating tragedy” and said it was “difficult...
  • ESPN concerns drag on Disney, shares dip

    05/10/2017 12:28:48 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 9, 2017 | Lisa Richwine and Rishika Sadam
    A decline in subscribers and higher programming costs at cash-cow ESPN weighed on shares of Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) on Tuesday, overshadowing a quarterly profit that topped Wall Street estimates. Investors have been closely watching how ESPN navigates the shakeup in television as viewers defect from traditional pay TV services and online services proliferate. Chief Executive Bob Iger told analysts that Disney added customers on new digital platforms, but not enough to make up for subscriber losses from expanded basic cable packages. Shares of the world's biggest entertainment company dropped 2.4 percent in after-hours trading.
  • Latest moves suggest ESPN is prioritizing NBA coverage, de-emphasizing MLB

    05/04/2017 11:51:58 AM PDT · by C19fan · 36 replies
    Awful Announcing ^ | May 3, 2017 | Alex Putterman
    As dominos continue to fall from ESPN’s massive round of layoffs last week, we’re starting to get a clearer and clearer picture of what kind of coverage The Worldwide Leader has in mind moving forward. And after the news that Baseball Tonight is being essentially killed off, while Adrian Wojnarowski and his crew at The Vertical bring their NBA coverage to ESPN, there’s one obvious conclusion to draw: baseball is out, basketball is in.
  • Did Too Much Caitlyn Jenner Doom ESPN?

    05/03/2017 2:29:09 PM PDT · by drewh · 45 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | May 3, 2017
    Last week, ESPN, often referred to as the Worldwide Leader in Sports, laid off around 100 employees. The cuts were painfully public and claimed the jobs of some of the top talent and most familiar faces at the network. At the heart of the latest downsizing, as with earlier layoffs, is math: The network has committed billions of dollars to broadcast live sports, and waves of cord-cutters now threaten the cash flow to pay those bills. But amid the hand-wringing over the cable giant’s business outlook, a subplot has begun to dominate the coverage: ESPN’S politics. . . For several...
  • ESPN’s Michael Smith: ‘If You Are a City in America, You Are a Racist City’

    05/03/2017 12:51:13 PM PDT · by C19fan · 60 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 2, 2017 | Trent Baker
    ESPN “SC6” co-host Michael Smith had a strong reaction Tuesday to a group of Boston Red Sox fans using racial slurs towards Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones Monday night with one fan throwing peanuts at him.
  • The Slow Death of ESPN, and other Sports Thoughts

    05/03/2017 10:04:04 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 24 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-03-17 | Brother Bob
    After enjoying the three day festival known as the NFL Draft, as well as the excellent picks made by my beloved Philadelphia Eagles, this seemed like a great time to weigh in on a few sports-related topics. The Conservasphere has been having a blast dancing on the soon-to be grave of ESPN. After a few years of increasingly obnoxious radical left wing politics being forced on its viewers, as opposed to sports reporting, ESPN is in an economic death spiral. The Nation's resident sports scold, David Zirin, dropped a surprisingly coherent summary:As Ley and others have explained, these layoffs...
  • Longtime ESPN Anchor Linda Cohn Agrees: Liberal Politics Is Driving Viewers Away, Factor In Layoffs

    05/01/2017 11:35:01 AM PDT · by drewh · 29 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | May 1 2017, | Melissa Mullins
    Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you most likely know that ESPN just went through massive layoffs. The reason behind the layoffs? Don't miss the politics factor. How many times have you or someone you know said the following, “Why doesn’t ESPN just stick to sports?” or “Since when did ESPN become a political channel?” Well, apparently Linda Cohn, who has been with the network for over 25 years, thinks politics IS partly to blame for the layoffs. In an interview this past Friday with WABC’s “Bernie and Sid Show,” Cohn spoke about the loss of viewership the network...
  • ESPN kills the goose

    04/28/2017 4:04:12 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 42 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-28-17 | DrJohn
    They had it so good. In 1995 Disney bought Capital Cities/ ABC Inc. for $19 billion.  Along with ABC, Disney acquired the Lifetime and A&E cable channels and something called ESPN, "The Worldwide Leader in Sports." ESPN was a cash cow for Disney. Dannel Malloy and the state of Connecticut, eager to hand out money to wildly profitable businesses, made ESPN one of its "First Five."In support of ESPN’s capital investment and the commitment to retain and create full-time jobs in Connecticut, the state will provide: - A 10-year, $17.5 million loan from the Department of Economic and Community Development...
  • As ESPN Got More Political in 2016, It Lost Republican Viewers

    04/28/2017 3:41:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    Deep Root Analytics ^ | April 27, 2017 | Staff
    Yesterday, it was announced ESPN is laying off upwards of 100 employees – many of whom are prominent on-air talent. The challenges facing ESPN are newly discovered; a lot has been written about ESPN’s recent decline in ratings and subscriptions. FOX Sports – the primary TV competitor to “the worldwide leader in sports” – has enjoyed twisting the knife as ESPN faces cutting on-screen talent to make up for budget shortfalls. The FOX blog “Outkick the Coverage” has attributed ESPN’s decline to the rising partisanship coming out of Bristol, labeling the network “MSESPN” in pieces like this one, headlined “ESPN...
  • Stephen A. Smith fires back at criticism that he should have been among ESPN layoffs

    04/27/2017 7:42:56 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 27, 2016 | Des Bieler
    “Like when they say to me, ‘Screamin’ A.’ — I’m the only dude on the air who’s loud?” Smith said. “I know plenty of white dudes who are screaming and going off. They’re called passionate. I’m called loud.”
  • ESPN Publishes Poetry Tribute To Fugitive Cop Killer on FBI Most Wanted List

    04/27/2017 10:54:48 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    Heat Street ^ | April 27, 2017 | Lukas Mikelionis
    The failing sports network ESPN, which is quickly losing its audience thanks to its overtly liberal pandering, has published a poetry tribute to a convicted cop killer who’s on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list. Just a day before the network laid off 100 employees, including most of its on-air talent, it published five poems about feminism and political resistance on its website’s section aimed at women. This was first noticed by The Federalist.
  • Twitter Can’t Understand Why ESPN Hasn’t Fired Jemele Hill And The Tweets Are Cold Blooded

    04/27/2017 7:32:45 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    BroBible ^ | April 26, 2017 | Cass Anderson
    If you haven’t heard by now, ESPN is laying off 100 members of their journalist and on-air talent staff today. One of the biggest names to be let go so far include Ed Werder, who found out that his dog is dying about 45 minutes before he found out he was fired from ESPN after 17 years of reporting. Other big names include Trent Dilfer, Dana O’Neil, Jeremy Crabtree, and Danny Kanell (amongst others). A quick perusal of Twitter will and you’ll see that one big name is noticeably missing from the list of fired ESPN on-air talent: Jemele Hill....
  • Journalists fire back at ‘dirtbags reveling in ESPN’s layoffs’

    04/26/2017 1:27:47 PM PDT · by C19fan · 81 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 26, 2017 | Cindy Boren
    Job cuts, whether they’re called layoffs or buyouts, are an unpleasant fact of life and when they hit a sports-media company that bills itself as “the Worldwide Leader,” they’re a hot-button target. Plenty of social media users, unhappy at the network’s emphasis on debate and de-emphasis on news, were happy to see misfortune strike the company. Of course, the people affected have lives and families and mortgages and pets and the company’s Bristol, Conn., campus was “in shock” and “frozen” by the departures of what could be 100 colleagues. Others in media, where layoffs and cuts are frequent, felt their...
  • Like it or not, ESPN isn't sticking to sports

    04/26/2017 1:23:30 PM PDT · by C19fan · 51 replies
    ESPN ^ | April 12, 2017 | Jim Brady
    “Hey, ESPN: Stick to sports.” I’ve read thousands of social media posts and reader emails about ESPN over the past 15 months. If there’s one phrase that tends to surface most frequently, it’s that chestnut suggesting the network’s only proper place is in the athletics lane.
  • ESPN Firing Over A Hundred Employees Today

    04/26/2017 11:45:22 AM PDT · by boycott · 54 replies
    OutkickedtheCoverage.com ^ | 4-26-2017 | Clay Travis
    Middle America wants to pop a beer and listen to sports talk, they don't want to be lectured about why Caitlyn Jenner is a hero, Michael Sam is the new Jackie Robinson of sports, and Colin Kaepernick is the Rosa Parks of football. ESPN made the mistake of trying to make liberal social media losers happy and as a result lost millions of viewers.
  • ESPN will cut 100 on-air personalities today

    04/26/2017 8:20:04 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 48 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 26 Apr 2017 | Daniel Roberts
    ESPN will cut more than 100 employees today, Yahoo Finance has learned. That number is much bigger than the 40-50 that was initially reported. ESPN aims to notify all of the people today, if it can do so. It has been widely reported for weeks that big cuts are coming to ESPN—so widely reported, and dissected, and gossiped about, in fact, that ESPN moved up its schedule and is notifying people earlier than it originally planned. The 100 people getting cut are all “on-air talent,” a label ESPN uses for TV personalities, radio hosts, and writers who regularly appear on...
  • ESPN to fire more than 100 on-air employees today

    04/26/2017 8:32:45 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 24 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/26/17 | Robert Laurie
    The MSNBC of sports ESPN used to be the crown jewel in the Disney Corporation’s portfolio. It was thought to be the network cable subscribers couldn’t - and wouldn’t - live without, so it was a perennial cash-cow. Even if the movies, toys, and theme parks underperformed, ESPN could be counted on to generate mountains of Mouse-moolah. Maybe that’s why Keith Olbermann’s twice-former network thought infusing sports coverage with ever-increasing levels of left-wing political content was a good move. After all, if the ratings are bulletproof, why not let the biased, poorly-informed, political opinions fly?
  • ESPN To Cut About 100 Employees; Layoffs To Be Made Public Today

    04/26/2017 6:37:12 AM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    Sports Business Daily ^ | April 26, 2017 | John Ourand
    ESPN will lay off around 100 of its on-air and online anchors, reporters and analysts today, sources tell THE DAILY. So far, no specific names have been confirmed; they are expected to start becoming public this morning. ESPN is not announcing officially who is getting let go. Most of the people who are being laid off are not based in Bristol, which means much of the talent will learn their fate via a phone call. Execs making those calls this morning include Senior VP/Event & Studio Production Stephanie Druley, Senior VP/”SportsCenter” & News Rob King and Senior Coordinating Producer Seth...
  • Guy brutally burns ESPN after they ask permission to use his tweet photo, becomes instant hero

    04/22/2017 11:30:49 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 18 replies
    BizPacReview ^ | 04/22/2017 | Frieda Powers
    ESPN continues to reap what it has sown because of its outspoken politics. The sports network got a brutal denial to a request to use a photo posted from the Boston Marathon on Monday. Facebook user Jack Blakely shared the exchange between ESPN and a Twitter user who posted a picture of a sign-holding man encouraging the runners at the annual event. {..snip..}