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  • ESPN's Stephen A. Smith Gets Taste of Out of Context Liberal Wrath

    07/25/2014 5:52:50 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 5 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | July 25, 2014 | Paul M Winters
    Along with being one of America's most honest and entertaining personalities in sports media, ESPN's Stephen A. Smith is member of a distinguished club of individuals who are regularly vilified and edited so as to be taken out of context as a consequence of supporting policies which incur liberal wrath. The latest faux controversy over allegedly controversial statements he made with Skip Bayless on ESPN's First Take. During the discussion which focused on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's decision to suspend Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for two games as a result of his domestic violence charges, generally thought to...
  • ESPN’s Wilbon: Influence..‘Religious Right’ in Footb' Preventing Players from Accepting Michael Sam

    07/23/2014 9:59:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 60 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 23, 2014 | Andrew Johnson
    The NFL hasn’t been sufficiently accepting of Michael Sam, who came out as the first openly gay professional football player earlier this year, due to the religious Right’s influence in NFL locker rooms, says one ESPN commentator. On Tuesday, Pardon the Interruption’s Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon were discussing former NFL coach Tony Dungy’s recent comments that media attention would have pushed him away from drafting Sam. Kornheiser said he was optimistic that NFL players would be personally tolerant of Sam, though. “I’m more skeptical,” Wilbon countered. “I think there is a component, a subculture of the religious Right, that...
  • 2014 ESPYs: First Openly Gay NFL Player Michael Sam Holds Hands With Boyfriend On Red Carpet

    07/17/2014 5:23:23 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 42 replies ^ | 7/17/14 | Alicia Adejobi
    During the ceremony, Michael gave an incredibly emotionally-charged acceptance speech Michael Sam became the hero of the 2014 ESPYs last night when he not only proudly walked the red carpet with his boyfriend, but also brought the audience to tears with his emotional and inspiring speech when accepting an award for his incredible courage.
  • Golfer-in-Chief Hits the Links With ESPN Host Who Said ‘I Use the N-Word All Day Every Day’

    07/13/2014 11:48:33 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 11 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | July 13 2014 | Mike Miller
    On Saturday, President Obama interrupted his busy schedule of playing pool, drinking beer and jumping lines at BBQ joints to play golf an exclusive private country club in Maryland with ESPN host Michael Wilbon. Not like he has anything else to do, right? There’s nothing unusual about the president hitting the golf course – he’s done it at least a record-setting 177 times over his term. But it’s who he is playing golf with that’s interesting. As IJReview’s current Editor-at-Large Larry O’Connor reported for Breitbart in November 2013, Wilbon made the eyebrow-raising comment: “People can be upset with me if...
  • Yankees fan caught sleeping on TV sues ESPN, MLB for $10 million

    07/07/2014 4:41:00 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 22 replies
    Sporting News ^ | 7/7/14 | Troy Machir
    A New York man who was caught sleeping at a recent Yankees game against the Red Sox on ESPN is filing a $10 million defamation suit against broadcasters Dan Shulman and John Kruk for their "avalanche of disparaging words," according to the New York Post. Andrew Robert Rector admitted that he "briefly slept" while in attending the April 13 game between the A.L. East rivals, and when ESPN cameras caught him sleeping during the fourth inning, the Sunday Night Baseball announcers launched into what he described as an "unending verbal crusade" against him, with their "vituperative utterances" redistributed on the...
  • WORLD CUP Soccer USA vs Germany ***LIVE THREAD***

    06/26/2014 9:41:49 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 46 replies
    ESPN ^ | June 26, 2014 | ESPN
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  • Barack Obama, the ESPN President

    05/27/2014 10:16:53 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 1 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-27-14 | Vince
    I’m a big fan of Matt Damon movies. I’m not however a big fan of Matt Damon’s politics. But that’s OK with me. It’s a relationship that works well for both of us. He gets my money when I’m watching Bourne Identity or Ocean’s 11 and he uses that money and fame to find a bigger soapbox from which to spout comments that I usually ignore. In the same respect, if you’re a fan of sports there are probably a couple players in the NFL or the NBA who you enjoy watching and are glad they are on your team,...
  • I ‘Don’t Give a Damn’: ESPN Commentator on Mark Cuban and Race After Being Labeled an ‘Uncle Tom’

    05/24/2014 9:33:40 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 42 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May 24 ,2014 | Jason Howerton
    ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith refused to backdown on Friday after he came under fire for defending Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban’s comments about bigotry in a recent interview. Despite being labeled an “Uncle Tom” and a “sellout” by some in the black community, Smith made it clear that he stands by what he said “100-fold.” Smith went on to argue that what Cuban said is “100 percent correct.” The commentator also addressed the “elephant in the room,” which he said many white people won’t talk about out of fear of being labeled “racist.” “I look at our unemployment rate...
  • I ‘Don’t Give a Damn’: Popular ESPN Commentator Goes on EPIC Rant About Mark Cuban and Race...

    05/24/2014 12:34:55 AM PDT · by Bratch · 39 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May 24, 2014 | Jason Howerton
    Full Title: I ‘Don’t Give a Damn’: Popular ESPN Commentator Goes on EPIC Rant About Mark Cuban and Race After Being Labeled an ‘Uncle Tom’ ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith refused to backdown on Friday after he came under fire for defending Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban’s comments about bigotry in a recent interview. Despite being labeled an “Uncle Tom” and a “sellout” by some in the black community, Smith made it clear that he stands by what he said “100-fold.”“‘Stephen A. Smith is a sellout,’ ‘Stephen A. Smith is an Uncle Tom,’ ‘Stephen A. Smith ain’t black,’ ‘you ain’t...
  • Michael Sam the Sham

    05/17/2014 5:21:43 AM PDT · by C. Edmund Wright · 52 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 5-17-2014 | Edmund Wright
    A funny thing happened on the way to Michael Sam just wanting to play football -- and on being judged by his performance on the field and not his sexual orientation. After all, we were told ad nauseam, by Sam and his promoters in the sports media, that this is what Sam is about. If you Google “Michael Sam just wants to play football,” some 67 million results pop up. He also flatly stated that he "wanted to stop talking about his sexual orientation" and "let (his) work on the field speak for itself” in a radio interview, among other...
  • Reacting to Gay Kiss During NFL Draft Should Not Get You Suspended, Says ESPN's Stephen A. Smith

    05/14/2014 7:05:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/14/2014 | Morgan Lee
    ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith blasted the Miami Dolphins' decision to suspend safety Don Jones after he tweeted "omg" and "horrible" after watching footage of Michael Sam celebrate becoming the first openly gay NFL player by kissing his boyfriend live on TV. Smith has said people should not be punished just for reacting negatively to a homosexual couple kissing, and insisted that those with views that do not condone homosexual behavior should also be respected. CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO... Smith, who appeared to talk about ESPN's coverage of Michael Sam, on FirstTake on Monday, stressed that the kiss...
  • ESPN Denounced NFL as 'Unworthy of Contemporary Society' If Sam Was Undrafted

    05/13/2014 1:37:09 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 150 replies
    While Tuesday's Washington Post covered ESPN's elaborate planning to broadcast "a kiss that rocked the sports world" -- after openly gay Michael Sam was drafted, and they don't mean the later cake-shoving kiss that seemed a little scarier given Sam's size -- the debate over the kiss submerged the flagrant liberal editorializing that ESPN aired a few minutes before the Rams selected Sam with the 249th pick. ESPN reporter Chris Connelly (formerly with MTV) uncorked pre-emptive anger, that if Sam went undrafted, the verdict of "history" (read: liberals) "will be derisive laughter, aimed at a league thus deemed by many...
  • Michael Sam: The NFL Goes All-Gay

    05/12/2014 8:59:46 AM PDT · by mojito · 34 replies
    WhiskeysPlace ^ | 5/11/2014 | Whiskey
    With the selection of Michael Sam as the 249th draft pick in the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams, the NFL has gone All-Gay, all the time. A nicer thing couldn’t happen to a more deserving league. Sam’s canny move in coming out assured his selection. The NFL could not afford the negative publicity of NOT picking the only Openly Gay College Football Player eligible for the draft. A smart move by a guy with limited speed, strength, and size, likely to be completely ineffective against the NFL’s players. [....] Sam is a mediocre at best, NFL player. He...
  • 'I can't believe ESPN even allowed that to happen': former NFL running back (subject: Sam's kiss)

    05/12/2014 6:18:14 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 97 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | May 11, 2014 | Joshua Gardner
    A now-retired Super Bowl-winning NFL running back went on a Twitter tirade on Saturday after openly gay 2014 draft pick Michael Sam kissed his boyfriend on television. Derrick Ward, 33, who was a member of the New York Giants Super Bowl XLII-winning team, didn't hide his disdain for ESPN's decision to air Sam's smooch with boyfriend Vito Cammisano after learning he would become a St. Louis Ram. 'Man U got little kids lookin at the draft,' Ward complained. 'I can't believe ESPN even allowed that to happen.'
  • Shooter fears he killed Pat Tillman

    04/18/2014 11:37:23 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 15 replies
    ESPN ^ | 4/18/2014 | Mike Fish
    For the first time, one of the three Army Ranger platoon mates who fired at Pat Tillman speaks publicly about what happened that fateful day, ten years ago this week. OLYMPIA, Wash. -- In his first public statements about the death of Pat Tillman, the former NFL player turned Army Ranger, one of the fellow Rangers involved in the 2004 friendly-fire incident in Afghanistan told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" he has lived for 10 years with the thought that he might have fired the fatal shots. "It is possible, in my mind, that I hit him," said Steven Elliott, who...
  • Brent Musburger to SEC Network, Will No Longer Call Sat. Night Football on ABC

    03/12/2014 7:06:52 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 12, 2014
    On Wednesday, ESPN announced that Brent Musburger will leave his partnership with Kirk Herbstreit on ABC's Saturday Night Football broadcast to join Jesse Palmer to call games for ESPN's new SEC Network. It is believed that ESPN did not want to lose Chris Fowler's services in a contract year, and the GameDay host is the favorite to be in the booth with Herbstreit. There may be a bigger role for Rece Davis as well.
  • Wilbon, Kornheiser: Openly Gay 'Marginal' Jason Collins Entry in NBA Not a Big Deal

    02/23/2014 10:19:39 PM PST · by Rufus2007 · 16 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | February 24, 2014 | Staff
    On Friday’s broadcast of ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption,” co-host Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser speculated on the importance of Jason Collins’ contract with the Brooklyn Nets as the first openly gay player in NBA history. According Wilbon, the novelty of Collins’ participation has been diminished by former Missouri defensive play and NFL prospect Michael Sam’s announcement. ...more(w/video)...
  • ESPN's Keith Olbermann argues with 13-year-old girl on Twitter

    01/16/2014 5:48:00 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 30 replies
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | January 16, 2014
    Keith Olbermann of ESPN recently named former Flyer and current Vancouver Canuck Tom Sestito the "World's Worst Person In Sports," which is a reoccurring segment on his talk show "Olbermann." Sestito jokingly thanked Olbermann for the recognition on Twitter.
  • ESPN Senior Writer: 'Duck Dynasty' Patriarch 'Racist or Dumb,' 'Disgrace to the South'

    01/02/2014 7:51:55 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 46 replies ^ | January 2, 2014
    An ESPN senior writer said that Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson is a "disgrace to the South" and either a "racist or dumb" for saying that he did not witness the mistreatment of blacks in his personal experience in the Jim Crow South. Robertson described himself as someone who was "white trash" and worked in the fields with blacks in his controversial interview with GQ magazine.
  • ESPN's Pajama Boy Attempts to Redefine Masculinity

    01/01/2014 8:05:47 AM PST · by C. Edmund Wright · 40 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12-31-2013 | C. Edmund Wright
    ESPN's normally excellent "Sports Reporters" show joined the ranks of GLAAD, Organizing For America (OFA), Out2Enroll and others in yet another attempt by the cultural left to redefine what it means to be a man in this country in 2013. At least, this was the apparent goal of panelist Pablo Torre, who ended the show in his Parting Shot (all four panelist get a parting shot each week) with a soliloquy titled "Redefining Masculinity." It can be searched and found under that name in fact, and for what it's worth, you will notice that Torre could easily be a stand...
  • HELP! Need Freeper who saw todays Pajama Boy Sports Reporter on ESPN

    12/29/2013 9:58:32 AM PST · by C. Edmund Wright · 31 replies
    Vanity | 12-29-13 | Self
    Need help here….there was an astonishing "Pajama boy" analysis this morning on the ESPN Show, "The Sports Reporters" - in their parting shots segment. Little Pablo Torre, who looks the part of a pajama boy, and who does not deserve a spot on this show, which is probably the best on ESPN, went off on a rant about the new definition of "manhood." I NEED THIS VIDEO for an article…or a transcritpt. I've not been able to find it….
  • Did ESPN’s Chris Broussard Rally the Religious ‘Duck Dynasty’ Movement?

    12/23/2013 9:48:26 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 12 replies
    Variety ^ | 12/23/13 | Stuart Oldham
    ESPN analyst Chris Broussard, who drew a firestorm of controversy earlier this year following his anti-gay remarks regarding NBA basketball player Jason Collins, took to Twitter last week and told people of faith to “stand 4 what you believe!” less than 24 hours after the “Duck Dynasty” suspension of star Phil Robertson. “Men & women of God always stand 4 what u believe!” he wrote in the tweet at 1:48 p.m., which went widely unnoticed on Thursday. “DO NOT FOLD, BUCKLE or BACK UP!” he added. Broussard, a devout Christian, didn’t specifically mention Robertson in his tweet. He did not...
  • Exclusive -- ESPN Reverses Course, Will Air Ad Containing Words 'God,' 'Jesus'

    12/12/2013 6:05:30 PM PST · by Morgana · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Breitbart Sports
    **UPDATE** Breitbart News exclusively learned on Thursday afternoon that ESPN will air the original ad on Saturday from Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center with the words "Jesus" and "God." ESPN issued this statement to Breitbart News on Thursday: “We have again reviewed the ads submitted for the SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center and have concluded that we will accept the original requested commercial. It will run in Saturday’s VCU at Northern Iowa basketball game on ESPNU. This decision is consistent with our practice of individual review of all ads under our commercial advocacy standards.”
  • ESPN reverses decision to ban Catholic hospital's Christmas ad

    12/12/2013 5:07:54 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 20 replies
    ESPN has reversed its decision banning a Christmas commercial from a Catholic children’s hospital because of its religious content -- a stunning reversal in the face of widespread outrage from Christians. The sports programming juggernaut had originally passed on the ad because it included references to God and celebrating the birth of Christ, officials at the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation in Missouri, which provides financial support for the hospital, told me. “ESPN came back to us and said it was denied due to religious advocacy,” said Dan Buck, executive director of the foundation. “We were disappointed and dumbfounded with their...
  • Exclusive -- ESPN Reverses Course, Will Air Ad Containing Words 'God,' 'Jesus'

    12/12/2013 3:02:02 PM PST · by mojito · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/12/2013 | Breitbart Sports
    UPDATE - Breitbart News exclusively learned on Thursday afternoon that ESPN will air the original ad on Saturday from Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center with the words "Jesus" and "God." ESPN issued this statement to Breitbart News on Thursday: “We have again reviewed the ads submitted for the SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center and have concluded that we will accept the original requested commercial. It will run in Saturday’s VCU at Northern Iowa basketball game on ESPNU. This decision is consistent with our practice of individual review of all ads under our commercial advocacy standards.”
  • Mike Shanahan was reportedly ready to quit because of Daniel Snyder’s favoritism

    12/08/2013 10:34:19 AM PST · by Perdogg · 36 replies
    Mike Shanahan was reportedly ready to quit because of Daniel Snyder’s favoritism of Robert Griffin III The Washington Redskins are an absolute mess right now, with every day bringing a leaked story of discontent to top the previous one. Here's a pretty wild one: Coach Mike Shanahan reportedly had cleaned out his office before last season's wild-card game against Seattle because he was ready to quit as soon as the season ended. Why was Shanahan ready to go? Because of owner Daniel Snyder's coddling of quarterback Robert Griffin III. That report comes from A team spokesman in the story...
  • ESPN's SportsCenter goes wall to wall with Mandela coverage...Huh?!

    12/05/2013 6:15:43 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 44 replies
    So I am sitting a local sports pub/bar, you know the ones with all sorts of games and sports shows on big screens everywhere.... all of a sudden, I look up and see Barack Hussein Obama speaking LIVE from D.C. "What is going on?!" I asked my companion.... Sure enough, it is an extended statement from the worst occupant of the Oval Office in 100+ years, and it goes on and on and on....then the Sports Center talking heads continue to ramble about the death of Nelson Mandela. On a sports network. About sports news.
  • Jerk of the Week - Kevin Blackistone

    11/10/2013 1:20:14 PM PST · by rightwingerpatriot · 6 replies ^ | November 10, 2013 | RightWingPatriot
    There are many reasons that enter into making our Jerk of the Week decisions. Hypocrisy, dishonesty, and elitism are a few of the characteristics that adorn our nominees. Our usual target is progressive liberals, who slaver like mad dogs over the prospect of limiting the freedoms of Americans and controlling every aspect of our lives. However, several of the biggest reasons to land on our Jerk list are an anti-American attitude and disrespecting our military. We don't believe in blind worship of our military but understand that the vast majority of those in uniform sacrifice a great deal for our...
  • ESPN Panelist: Star-Spangled Banner is a "War Anthem" (Lefty Looney Alert)

    11/09/2013 6:15:56 AM PST · by tom h · 38 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 11/6/2013 | Jonathon M. Seidl
    If you ask journalism Professor Kevin Blackistone what he thinks about the special and controversial Northwestern University football jerseys adorned with an American flag, he’ll tell you the country should nix the playing of a “war anthem” before sporting events and that the NFL has bought into the “mythology” of a fallen soldier that once played for the Arizona Cardinals ...
  • ESPN Baseball Legend Peter Gammons Takes Swipe At Ted Cruz

    10/17/2013 11:45:57 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 51 replies
    Twitter ^ | 10/18/2013
    Peter Gammons ‏@pgammo 19m How great is this week when the two teams down 3-2 are pitching Kershaw Scherzer, Ryu, Verlander? Not even Ted Cruz can mess these moments Geeze Peter...can't leave politics out of baseball? Gotta just get a dig in there for your Disney overlords? I loathe what ESPN has become. Just one giant PC factory and love fest for Obama and his cult.
  • 96-year-old shows up an overconfident poker player (video only)

    09/19/2013 10:28:57 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 8 replies ^ | 9-17-2013 | ESPN
    That's called a 'slowroll' for all you whippersnappers out there.
  • Obama Plays 27 Holes (Spends 6 hours golfing with ESPN hosts)

    09/14/2013 8:54:23 PM PDT · by kristinn · 65 replies
    Politico ^ | Saturday, September 14, 2013
    After morning briefings on the crisis in Syria, President Obama played 27 holes at Andrews Air Force base, according to the White House. Tony Kornheiser and Mike Wilbon, hosts of ESPN’s "Pardon the Interruption,” and aide Marvin Nicholson joined the six-hour golf game.
  • Driver's girlfriend slaps Max Papis

    09/02/2013 6:43:24 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 21 replies
    ESPN ^ | September 1, 2013 | Marty Smith
    Max Papis told that he suffered a dislocated jaw following Sunday's Camping World Truck Series race in Bowmanville, Ontario, when another driver's girlfriend slapped him on the left side of the face in a post-race rage. Papis did not know the name of the female who struck him, but said she was driver Mike Skeen's girlfriend.
  • Fox Sports 1 may challenge ESPN

    08/17/2013 1:04:26 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 45 replies
    Bloomington Pantagraph ^ | 8/17/13 | Jim Benson
    When ESPN launched in 1979, nobody thought much of it. While there was finally a station for sports-starved fans to counter network television (cable was a dream back then), watching Australian Rules Football wasn’t exactly must-see TV. Eventually ESPN grew into a daily destination. “SportsCenter” couldn’t be missed, especially when Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann were on their game. College basketball flourished with telecasts from coast to coast. When the NFL and MLB jumped on board, the station really took off. Over time, many ESPN on-air personalities seem more interested in becoming celebrities than real journalists (can you say Stephen...
  • ESPN Host Fired for Allegedly Calling Co-Host ‘House N*gger’

    08/14/2013 9:51:40 AM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 8/14/13 | Andrew Kirell
    ESPN has fired Numbers Never Lie host and former NFL star Hugh Douglas after he purportedly called his co-host Michael Smith a “house n*gger” and an “Uncle Tom” during a drunken confrontation earlier this month. During the National Association of Black Journalists Convention earlier this month in Orlando, Douglas allegedly shouted the slurs at his co-host. Deadspin was the first to report on the incident: Douglas was, again, very drunk. Lots of people were drinking, so this was less of a big deal, but then he started making some movements toward the stage at the club. … One person told
  • Douglas out at ESPN after yelling racial slurs, threatening co-host Michael Smith during drunken....

    08/13/2013 12:26:23 PM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 30 replies
    New York Post ^ | 08/13/13 | JUSTIN TERRANOVA
    Hugh Douglas’ drunken tirade cost him his job at ESPN. A week after reports surfaced of Douglas acting belligerently and screaming racial slurs at colleague Michael Smith, the former Jets and Eagles linebacker tweeted that he was “leaving ESPN.” * * * Douglas then called Smith an “Uncle Tom’’ and a “house n----r and threatened to fight him several times, according to the Web site The Big Lead.
  • Destroying Football: The Left's Endgame

    08/09/2013 4:55:05 AM PDT · by Dysart · 74 replies
    AT ^ | 8-9-13 | Timothy Birdnow
    The latest fad among football sportswriters and commentators seems to involve crowing about head injuries and long-term health effects from playing football.BREAK All this teaches a lesson to the children: private, individual action is dangerous and should be avoided. Life must be lived within the guardrails, carefully planned and safeguarded by society. Even more distressing to the left is that sports started as a means of training for soldiers. That is why football is so appealing to America; it is a he-man sport, a vestige of the old America, where an association of free men stand together in battle. Yes,...
  • Blitzed ex-Jet in race rant - hurls 'n-word' at his ESPN co-host

    08/07/2013 6:13:17 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 18 replies
    New York Post (via Deadspin) ^ | August 7, 2013 | KATE SHEEHY
    Espn host and former Jets defensive star Hugh Douglas hit a co-host below the belt in a drunken tirade at a Florida bar — calling him “Uncle Tom’’ and a “house n----r,’’ sources said. The hulking Douglas, 41, spit the slurs at “Numbers Never Lie’’ colleague Michael Smith after the boozed-up Douglas made a move to the deejay’s microphone at the House of Blues on Friday in Orlando, and Smith tried to stop Douglas from embarrassing himself, according to the Web site Deadspin.
  • ESPN Losing Viewers

    08/02/2013 10:47:11 AM PDT · by BO Stinkss · 60 replies ^ | 07/31/2013 | Cole Muzio
    Chief competitor Fox Sports 1 is not expected to launch until mid-August, but ESPN is already rapidly losing viewers. Ratings show that the 24/7 sports network saw a double-digit drop in Q2 and saw an 8% drop in day viewership and a 12% drop in prime time audience comparing July 2013 to July 2012. While the network did not feature the NBA Draft or College World Series this July as it had the previous year, many conservative viewers have turned off the network due to its embrace of liberal viewpoints and the impending return of left-wing pundit Keith Olbermann. The...
  • Report: ESPN Hires Nate Silver to Contribute to 'Olbermann'

    07/20/2013 8:47:39 AM PDT · by Bratch · 27 replies
    Breitbart Sports ^ | July 19, 2013 | Breitbart Sports
    ESPN will reportedly announce next week that it has hired Nate Silver to contribute to Keith Olbermann's new late-night talk show. The numbers-crunching baseball geek gained national fame when he correctly projected the outcomes of the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections. The New York Times, which reported the news on Friday, hired Silver, who brought his FiveThirtyEight franchise with him, in 2009.
  • Keith Olbermann returns to ESPN - but forbidden to talk politics

    07/17/2013 7:15:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/17/2013 | Rick Moran
    Keith Olbermann, late of current TV, late of MSNBC, late of CNN - well, you get the picture. Keith can't hold a job because he's got a big mouth and no sense. That combination fits perfectly on ESPN. Olbermann will make his return to television at the network where he first made a name for himself. Paired with Dan Patrick in the 1990's to anchor ESPN's signature broadcast, "Sportscenter," Olbermann's snarky cynicism about professional sports and athletes was a breath of fresh air from the usual fare of hero worship and highlight reels offered by local news outlets. Olbermann willl...
  • Obama Plays Golf With ESPN Hosts Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser

    07/14/2013 7:54:34 AM PDT · by maggief · 34 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 13, 2013 | Chris Good
    Able to play golf with pretty much anyone he wants, President Obama is spending his Saturday on a military course with ESPN’s Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser, co-hosts of “Pardon the Interruption.” (snip) On Friday, Wilbon, Kornheiser, and Tony Reali–host of ESPN’s “Around the Horn” and PTI’s longtime on-air fact-checker — ate lunch at the White House and visited with Obama in the Oval Office.
  • Report: Tebow’s Camp Says NFL Career Might Be Done

    06/02/2013 6:04:06 AM PDT · by KevinDavis · 101 replies
    CBS ^ | 05/31/2013
    The NFL might have seen its last bit of Tebowing. A new report claims that some of those closest to Tim Tebow have suggested that the unemployed quarterback’s NFL career is likely done. ESPN’s David Fleming reports that members of Tebow’s own camp privately told him that his days in the league are “probably over.”
  • Report: ESPN Is Laying Off Hundreds Of People

    05/21/2013 9:43:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/21/2013 | Leah Goldman
    A tipster told Deadspin that ESPN is planning to lay off more than 400 employees today. A source at ESPN confirmed to Deadspin that layoffs were planned, and while 400 seemed high, the number of layoffs will be "in the hundreds." As Deadspin also points out, ESPN may need to cut costs because they have recently gotten rights to several live events (like the US Open Finals) which are very expensive. ESPN gave us the following statement: We are implementing changes across the company to enhance our continued growth while smartly managing costs. While difficult, we are confident that it...
  • George Soros: Media Mogul (Lefty Businessman Spends Millions Funding Journalism)

    08/19/2011 8:23:22 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Media Research Center ^ | August 15, 2011 | Dan Gainor and Iris Somberg
    On April 8, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi headlined a Boston conference on ''media reform.'' She was joined by four other congressmen, a senator, two FCC commissioners, a Nobel laureate and numerous liberal journalists. The 2,500-person event was sponsored by a group called Free Press, one of more than 180 different media-related organizations that receives money from liberal billionaire George Soros. Soros, who first made a name for himself in investing and currency trading, now makes his name in politics and policy. Since the 2004 election, the controversial financier has used his influence and billions to push a laundry list...
  • ESPN Host: Palin Addressed 'Dumb,' 'Angry,' Phony Patriots at NRA Convention

    05/07/2013 1:29:56 PM PDT · by Nachum · 93 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/7/13 | Tony Lee
    Mike Lupica, the ESPN host and regular panelist on the network's Sunday "The Sports Reporters" program, wrote in a column that former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin addressed "mean," "dumb," "angry," and phony patriots at the NRA convention last Friday in Houston, Texas. In a New York Daily News column published late Sunday evening, Lupica also called NRA attendees the "craziest and creepiest gun lovers on the planet" who are also "phonies" who think "they're patriots and brave defenders of the Second Amendment." Outraged that Palin rightfully called out those like Lupica who have shamelessly tried to exploit senseless tragedies like...
  • The Sky Is Not Falling: A Defense of Chris Broussard

    05/06/2013 4:19:47 PM PDT · by rhema · 3 replies
    Juicy Ecumenism ^ | 5/5/13 | Mikhail Bell
    On Monday, April 29, Washington Wizards center Jason Collins publicly announced that he was gay. Hours after Collins’ announcement, the career of ESPN writer Chris Broussard hung in the balance for remarks he made on Outside the Lines that were deemed a “distraction” by the network. Amid public praise for Jason Collins, Broussard, a Christian, spoiled the party with his principled commentary on the 34-year old NBA player’s announcement. The revelation, Broussard said, was met with a “mixed bag of reactions [among NBA players and coaches], just like there is throughout America.” In his Outside the Lines interview, the reporter...
  • ESPN Apologizes for Discussion in Which Christian Commentator Said Gay Sex is a Sin

    05/02/2013 7:42:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 37 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 4/30/13 | Matthew Archbold
    In a discussion about an NBA player coming out as gay, ESPN commentator Chris Broussard said on the air that he's a follower of Jesus Christ and believes that homosexuality is against God’s law. “I’m a Christian,” he stated. “I don’t agree with homosexuality. I think it’s a sin. I think all sex outside of marriage between a man and a woman is [sin].” Today, ESPN issued sort of an apology, saying: “We regret that a respectful discussion of personal viewpoints became a distraction from today’s news. ESPN is fully committed to diversity and welcomes Jason Collins’ announcement.”
  • Petition: ESPN Must 'Immediately Suspend' Broussard for 'Gay Bashing'

    05/01/2013 6:52:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 106 replies
    Breitbart Sports ^ | May 1, 2013 | Tony Lee has started a petition to get ESPN reporter Chris Broussard immediately suspended from the network for comments he made regarding Jason Collins's homosexuality, which Broussard said was a sin according to his personal Christian beliefs. The group said Broussard was engaging in "gay bashing." The petition reads: Chris Broussard's hateful attack on Jason Collins for being gay was an unacceptable misrepresentation of the Christian faith. ESPN must immediately suspend Chris Broussard and guarantee that their network will never again be used for gay bashing. In its "petition background" statement, the left-wing organization says that after Jason Collins "emphasized the...

    04/30/2013 12:53:40 PM PDT · by F15Eagle · 164 replies
    The Blaze.Com ^ | Apr. 29, 2013 6:40pm | Jason Howerton
    Reacting to NBA player Jason Collins’ decision to publicly come out as gay on Monday, ESPN analyst Chris Broussard said he wouldn’t classify a homosexual as a “Christian” because the Bible makes it clear that it is a sin. He went on to say that living in unrepentant sin, not just homosexuality, is “walking in open rebellion to God.” “Personally, I don’t believe that you can live an openly homosexual lifestyle or openly– like premarital sex between heterosexuals– if you are openly living that type of lifestyle then the Bible says you know…that’s a sin,” Broussard explained. He continued: “And...