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  • ESPN Radio Overhauls Weekend Lineup (All Female Show)

    01/24/2015 9:44:45 AM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies
    All Access Music Group ^ | January 23, 2015 | Staff
    ESPN AUDIO has revamped its weekend lineup. Among the changes are eight new shows, including the expansion of an existing podcast to a weekly radio show and the launch of a new show presented by the female-centric espnW website. The new shows include "espnW PRESENTS: SPAIN AND PRIM" (noon-2p (ET) SATURDAYS) with SARAH SPAIN and PRIM SIRIPAPA ..................................................... espnW Editor-in-Chief ALISON OVERHOLT said, “SPAIN AND PRIM is yet another extension of espnW’s increasingly successful cross-platform expansion, and one we began fostering with ESPN RADIO last year with our first show focused on domestic violence and the NFL’s reaction. SARAH and...
  • Bidding war between networks, sports leagues will increase price of cable TV

    01/24/2015 6:36:09 AM PST · by C19fan · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 23, 2015 | Cecilia Kang
    Cable TV is about to get more expensive for millions of consumers because of a bidding war between networks and the country’s most powerful sports leagues. Time Warner Cable, Cablevision and scores of rural cable providers are tacking on sports surcharges each month, the direct result of higher fees they are paying to ESPN and other sports networks to carry their channels. Beginning Feb. 5, DirecTV will raise fees by 5.7 percent. The rise in cable prices is likely to test the patience of customers, who may already be tempted to cut their cords in exchange for streaming options that...
  • Liberal Icon Keith Olbermann Mocks Joni Ernst for Growing Up Poor

    01/21/2015 1:09:15 PM PST · by blueyon · 68 replies
    Gateway Pundt ^ | 1/20/15 | Kristinn Taylor
    Liberal icon and current ESPN host Keith Olbermann took to Twitter Wednesday night to callously mock Sen. Joni Ernst for her growing up in a poor working family in Red Oak, Iowa. Ernst spoke of her childhood when she gave the Republican response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address: “As a young girl, I plowed the fields of our family farm. I worked construction with my dad. To save for college, I worked the morning biscuit line at Hardees. “We were raised to live simply, not to waste. It was a lesson my mother taught me every...
  • College Championship Game video introduction just said 'In a time of inequity?

    01/12/2015 5:09:45 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 39 replies
    ESPN
    Did I just hear that right? Just a minute ago ESPN was running a video introduction of the game with a guy narrating and I could swear he just said 'in a time of inequity in this country' Blah, blah, blah 'one can say it's only a game' but blah, blah,blah ,' that's what it is 'A GAME......and so on. What the heck?
  • Obama leads tributes to ESPN anchor

    01/04/2015 1:21:34 PM PST · by ealgeone · 57 replies
    THE DAILY MAIL ^ | 01/04/2015 | KIERAN CORCORAN
    President Obama has led tributes to Stuart Scott, the longtime SportsCenter anchor and ESPN personality who died today from cancer at age 49. The network says Scott died Sunday and had fought cancer since a diagnosis in late 2007, remaining dedicated to his craft even as he underwent chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. In his sports presenting career, which began in 1987 in South Carolina, he rose from local stations to prominence on the national sports network, coining now-unavoidable phrases including the celebratory 'boo yah'. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2896280/Longtime-ESPN-sportscaster-Scott-dies-49.html#ixzz3NtFFzWHE Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  • Stuart Scott dies at age of 49

    01/04/2015 7:02:19 AM PST · by John W · 73 replies
    espn.com ^ | January 4, 2015 | Steve Wulf
    Stuart Scott, a longtime anchor at ESPN, died Sunday morning at the age of 49. Among the features of the new ESPN studio in Bristol is a wall of catchphrases made famous by on-air talent over the years. An amazing nine of them belong to one man -- from his signature "Boo-Yah!" to "As cool as the other side of the pillow" to "He must be the bus driver cuz he was takin' him to school."
  • Obama: ‘I Spend Most of My Time Watching ESPN in the Morning’

    12/12/2014 11:55:32 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 87 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | December 12, 2014
    While on ESPN radio with Colin Cowherd, President Obama admitted that he gets a little overwhelmed by politics in the morning and looks to a different kind of news channel. “Listen, I spend most of my time watching ESPN in the morning,” Obama said. “I get so much politics I don’t, you know, want to be inundated with a bunch of chatter about politics during the day.”
  • Obama: Pro, college football a 'little bit of an old boys' network' (ESPN radio interview)

    12/12/2014 11:05:16 AM PST · by maggief · 35 replies
    LA Times ^ | December 12, 2014 | CHRISTI PARSONS
    President Obama said Friday that professional and college football have been “a little bit of an old boys’ network” but that he thinks sports franchises are now establishing clear policies to address the off-the-field behavior of their athletes. “This is not unique to the NFL,” Obama said in an ESPN radio interview. “There have been some blind spots that are rooted not just in pro football but back into college football.... Certain behaviors have been tolerated.” (snip) Asked whether NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had “too many men” around him as he was handling the matter, Obama made an argument for...
  • Obama in-law Craig Robinson joins ESPN as analyst

    10/11/2014 7:51:43 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 13 replies
    AP ^ | October 7, 2014
    BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) -- Craig Robinson, the former Oregon State coach and President Barack Obama's brother-in-law, is joining ESPN as a college basketball analyst. The network said Tuesday that Robinson will call games and work in the studio for college sports channel ESPNU.
  • eSPN's Bill Simmons suspended for Goodell rant; barred from Twitter

    09/25/2014 5:28:49 AM PDT · by quimby · 17 replies
    laslimes coservatives ^ | 9-25-2014 | BY RYAN PARKER
    As per laslimes lawsuit, notext can be copied here @fr.com Moderators, please remove this threadif it violates the latimes rules here at Freerepublic. -thanks One additional comment, itried 3 times to post the link from the article, then had to go to drudge to get the real link. Sheese, these websites are paying big bucks to kids to try and confuse us with the web adresses-
  • ESPN's Bill Simmons suspended for Goodell rant; barred from Twitter

    09/25/2014 3:43:53 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 26 replies
    latimes.com ^ | 9-24-2014 | RYAN PARKER
    ESPN analyst Bill Simmons has been suspended for three weeks after he made profane comments about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during a podcast. In addition, Simmons is not allowed to use Twitter while suspended, an ESPN spokesman confirmed to The Times. Shortly after the suspension was announced, #FreeSimmons began trending worldwide on Twitter. ESPN's Bill Simmons suspended after profane Roger Goodell rant L.A. Times staff writer Ryan Parker reports on ESPN analyst Bill Simmons' suspension from the sports network after comments he made about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. On The B.S. Report podcast hosted on ESPN.com, Simmons used the F...
  • ‘Does he think before he speaks?’ ESPN lets Ray Lewis comment on Ray Rice

    09/21/2014 2:39:18 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 12 replies
    Probably the last person in the world who needs to be giving commentary on covering up crimes is Ray Lewis. But that’s exactly what he did this morning on ESPN.
  • ESPN Used To Be A Sports Network

    09/18/2014 4:52:37 AM PDT · by LeoMcNeil · 32 replies
    There was a time not too long ago where you could turn on ESPN or sports talk without being subjected to politics. Unfortunately sports programing has turned into an endless stream of political issues pushed almost exclusively by sports journalists. The NFL is their current target. Ray Rice beat up his then fiancee. Everyone has known that he punched her for over six months, the NFL responded with a 2 game suspension. Then a video of the attack came out. Suddenly the NFL suspended Rice indefinitely and ESPN has decided to have a “national conversation” about how we need to...
  • Report: Rice set to appeal NFL's indefinite suspension Monday

    09/14/2014 6:20:35 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 72 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | 9/14/2014 | staff
    When the Baltimore Ravens released Ray Rice earlier this week, the NFL followed suit with its own punishment and suspended the running back indefinitely. How long that suspension may last is unclear, but it sounds like Rice plans to fight it. Citing multiple media reports, NBC Sports' Pro Football Talk says Rice intends to file an appeal Monday that "will be handled by the NFLPA and by an outside lawyer retained by Rice." Initially, Rice received a two-game suspension in July, after an initial video showed him dragging his unconscious then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, out of a casino elevator in New...
  • ESPN sources contradict Roger Goodell's 'ambiguous' statement

    09/12/2014 11:54:08 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 46 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 9/12/2014 | staff reports
    Four sources close to Ray Rice have told ESPN [link at URL] that the former Ravens running back acknowledged to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell during the league's investigation that he punched Janay Rice in an Atlantic city elevator, knocking her unconscious. If that is the case, it would seem to contradict Goodell's statement to CBS this week that Rice's account of the February assault in the Revel casino to investigators was 'ambiguous'. "Ray didn't lie to the commissioner," one of the sources said on ESPN's "outside the Lines." "He told the full truth to Goodell - he made it clear...
  • Why The Sudden Outrage Over Ray Rice?

    09/10/2014 4:40:58 AM PDT · by LeoMcNeil · 58 replies
    Ray Rice has been fired from the Baltimore Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL. Why? That’s the million dollar question at this point. It seems to be more about political correctness and caving to political lobby’s than anything else. We’ve known for months that Rice beat up his then fiancee and knocked her unconscious. This fact resulted in a minor criminal case and a two game suspension from the NFL. Earlier this week gossip site TMZ got hold of the closed circuit video of the attack and now ESPN’s hoard of commentators is completely outraged, Rice has been fired...
  • ESPN poll: 71% support team keeping “Redskins” name — including 53% of liberals

    09/02/2014 6:58:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/02/2014 | AllahPundit
    The raw numbers look nice for those who favor keeping the name, but pay attention to the trendline. Way back in 1992, just eight percent supported changing it; last year, as the lefty messaging machine got rolling, it bumped up to 14 percent. Through eight months of this year, it’s up another nine points. Where will it be five years from now?Glass half-full or half-empty?Don’t read too much into the numbers among liberals. They’ll become strongly negative soon enough, as opposition to “Redskins” slowly joins the canon of What Good Progressives Believe. The number among the under-45 set is...
  • Michael Sam cut by Rams

    08/30/2014 1:08:15 PM PDT · by GreenAccord · 205 replies
    espn.com ^ | 8/30/2014 | Nick Wagoner and Adam Schefter
    EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The St. Louis Rams released defensive end Michael Sam on Saturday, according to multiple league sources. Sam's efforts to become the first openly gay player in NFL history came up just short in a competition against undrafted rookie Ethan Westbrooks. Westbrooks is one of nine defensive linemen to land a roster spot. Sam officially hit waivers Saturday at 4 p.m. ET when all NFL teams had to trim their rosters down to the league-mandated 53 players. From there, the other 31 teams will have 24 hours to put in a claim for Sam.
  • ESPN apologizes for reporting on whether Michael Sam is showering with his teammates after practice

    08/27/2014 1:40:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/27/2014 | AllahPundit
    I don’t get it. After it found itself at the epicenter of a storm of criticism over a report on the shower habits of Michael Sam, the first openly gay player on an NFL roster, and his teammates, ESPN responded Wednesday morning with a further statement on the report.“ESPN regrets the manner in which we presented our report. Clearly yesterday we collectively failed to meet the standards we have set in reporting on LGBT-related topics in sports.”…In its initial response to the firestorm, ESPN reponded Tuesday: “In response to recent questions about Sam fitting in with the team, multiple...
  • Chris Long didn't appreciate ESPN's Michael Sam shower segment

    08/26/2014 9:22:38 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 38 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | August 26, 2014 | Will Brinson
    Tuesday's SportsCenter featured an awkward break down of Michael Sam -- Rams defensive lineman and the first openly-gay player in the NFL -- and his shower habits. While Josina Anderson reported Kendall Langford said Sam is "one of the guys and seems to be taking a rookie approach in terms of listening and learning at his own pace" she also reported one unnamed Rams defensive player's position on Sam's showering with teammates. "Another defensive player told me Sam is 'respecting our space' and from his perspective he seems to think Michael Sam is kind of waiting to take a shower...
  • Keith Olbermann Calls on ESPN to Ban 'Redskins'

    08/24/2014 5:21:01 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 60 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com ^ | August 24, 2014 | Breitbart News
    On his Friday program, Keith Olbermann called on ESPN to "officially" ban the use of "Redskins." Citing Greg Gumbel, Tom Jackson, Peter King, Phil Simms, Mike Caray, Tony Dungy and others who have expressed concerns about using the team's name, Olbermann said that ESPN is the "conduit of sports" in the country while also being "loathe to be the news." Olbermann said that list of the words he and his colleagues cannot say on the air is "justifiably long" and "way less offensive than the name of the Washington team." He said he personally felt that "it is time for...
  • ESPN Punishes Honest Discussion on Domestic Violence But Praises Chris Brown

    08/24/2014 2:25:26 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 5 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | August 24, 2014 | Paul M Winters
    In a startling example of hypocrisy, ESPN features a video of singer Chris Brown "breaking ankles" during warm ups for a celebrity basketball game, praising his "skills" less than a month after suspending its own commentators for open and honest discussion on domestic violence. The clip, obtained from the Instagram account of "nitty71" was featured ob the sports networks site with the gushing title Chris Brown Breaks Ankles (video at end of article). Courtesy of ESPN. ESPN had suspended commentator Stephen A Smith for comments he made in late July related to the suspension of NFL running back Ray Rice,...
  • ESPN Insider: Suspensions Creating "Minefield" For Shout Show Hosts

    08/13/2014 6:20:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    Deadspin ^ | August 13, 2014 | Dave McKeena
    Education reformers often cite reducing suspensions in our nation's schools as a top priority. Lots of recent studies show that this form of punishment does more harm than good. They might do well to read some of those studies over at ESPN's Bristol campus, where the lords of discipline are now handing out suspensions at a rate that would make even an old school junior high principal wobble. Pundits tasked with discussing controversial topics on cue—and, above all, inspiring a reaction—are now worried not just about doing their jobs, but about not saying the wrong thing, even if no one...
  • Second ESPN host suspended after admitting he hit his girlfriend in domestic violence discussion

    08/09/2014 6:02:48 AM PDT · by dennisw · 41 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 8 August 2014 | By A. Greg
    Second ESPN host suspended after admitting he hit his girlfriend in Ray Rice domestic violence discussion just days after another tells women not to 'provoke' men Max Kellerman has been suspended from his ESPN positions He told listeners on ESPN-LA radio that he once hit his now-wife when they were in college The admission came during a discussion of Ray Rice's domestic abuse of his wife ESPN's Stephen A. Smith has also been suspended for comments he made while discussing the same case A boxing commentator and radio host has been suspended from his job with ESPN-LA Radio following a...
  • Billboard mocking LeBron James earns Dan Le Batard suspension from ESPN

    08/08/2014 7:41:46 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 8 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | August 7, 2014 | Daniel O' Leary
    ESPN's message was sent out loud and clear Thursday: Don't go at The King. Dan Le Batard, host of "The Dan Le Batard Show" on ESPN Radio in Miami, decided to poke LeBron James by taking out a billboard in Akron that said "You're Welcome, LeBron. Love, Miami" with a picture of two championship rings. Le Batard executed the stunt in response to James' letter in Sports Illustrated in which he announced he was returning to Cleveland but did not thank the fans in Miami.
  • Mika: Stephen A. Smith Made 'Absolutely Valid Point' About Domestic Violence

    07/30/2014 6:52:56 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 35 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    There are days when Mika Brzezinski will surprise you. Take Morning Joe today, and Brzezinski's comments on the news that ESPN had suspended Stephen A. Smith for a week for his comments about women "provoking" domestic violence. Said Mika: "I think it's too bad we can't have a conversation without people exploding, because I think he was trying to make a point. It might have been inartful but there was a point to what he was saying that is absolutely valid and has value." Surprising, no? View the video here.
  • 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 · 43 replies
    Entertainmentwise.com ^ | 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
    Streaming online - Watch: http://espn.go.com/watchespn/player/_/id/1824045/size/condensed/>
  • 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
    http://www.breitbart.com ^ | 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...