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  • Colin Kaepernick not of interest to 32 NFL Teams following workout

    11/24/2019 9:44:41 AM PST · by KierkegaardMAN · 71 replies
    ... Kaepernick remains unemployed, and NFL teams remain uninterested...
  • NFL finds 'no such evidence' of Mason Rudolph directing racial slur at Myles Garrett

    11/21/2019 3:54:28 PM PST · by God luvs America · 53 replies
    ESPN ^ | 11/21/2019 | ESPN
    The NFL "found no such evidence" that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph directed a racial slur at Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett just prior to last week's brawl, league spokesman Brian McCarthy said Thursday. Garrett made the allegation during an appeal hearing with the NFL on Wednesday, sources told ESPN's Josina Anderson and Adam Schefter. Rudolph has strongly denied it. "Mason vehemently denies the report of being accused of using a racial slur during the incident Thursday night in Cleveland," Steelers spokesman Burt Lauten said in a statement. "He will not discuss this accusation any further and his focus...
  • Colin Kaepernick shouldn’t expect NFL job offer, ESPN analysts say

    11/18/2019 11:15:41 AM PST · by conservative98 · 36 replies
    Cleveland ^ | 11/18/19
    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- If there is anything we learned from the fiasco that was Colin Kaepernick’s workout Saturday is that it was more about appearances than it was ever about football. For the league, the original, hastily organized, workout seemed to be about protecting itself from a potential second collusion lawsuit than giving Kaepernick another chance to play in the NFL. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have put media restrictions on it or presented him with an “unusual” waiver to sign just hours before. For Kaepernick, the workout, which was scrapped and moved at the last minute to a high school 60...
  • Colin Kaepernick's reps sought different date for workout

    11/12/2019 6:35:52 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 35 replies
    ESPN ^ | 11 12 2019 | Adam Schefter
    NFL clubs were informed Tuesday that a private workout will be held for free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick on Saturday in Atlanta, according to a copy of a memo obtained by ESPN. The session will include on-field work and an interview. All teams are invited to attend, and video of both the workout and the interview will be made available to them. Several clubs have inquired about Kaepernick's current football readiness. He has been out of the NFL since 2016, when he began protesting police brutality and racial injustice by kneeling during the pregame national anthem. In the memo, the league...
  • Internal Memo: ESPN Forbids Discussion Of Chinese Politics When Discussing Daryl Morey's [tr]

    10/08/2019 3:06:54 PM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    Deadspin ^ | October 8, 2019 | Laura Wagner
    If you watched ESPN yesterday, you saw the network repeatedly attempt to grapple with the story of Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey creating an international incident after tweeting and then deleting his support for pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong. You heard talking head after talking head castigate Morey for sending the tweet, speculation over whether he’d keep his job, speculation about the sincerity of his convictions, discussions about what this meant for the Rockets’ bottom line, the observation that it’s unreasonable to expect for-profit companies like the NBA to act morally, and the non-take that cowing to China is...
  • No distractions: An NFL veteran opens up on his sexuality

    08/29/2019 12:11:06 PM PDT · by Nifty · 57 replies
    ESPN ^ | 8/29/2019 | Kevin Arnovitz
    IN EARLY AUGUST, I met with an NFL team that was interested in signing me as a free agent for the upcoming season. This was a big moment for me because, other than the love for my family, playing football again in the NFL is my dream. The team invited me to meet with their front office and members of their coaching staff because, even though I missed all of the 2018 season after suffering a shoulder injury in 2017, I feel the organization believes I have the skills and character to contribute to their success. What they know about...
  • Michelle Beadle, ESPN in buyout talks as winner emerges in power struggle

    09/04/2019 10:42:34 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 3, 2019 | Andrew Marchand
    Michelle Beadle and ESPN are in talks that are expected to result in her leaving the company, The Post has learned. This is part of the continued fallout from ABC/ESPN’s NBA shake-up that right now has Rachel Nichols and her show, “The Jump,” in line for a major promotion in how the network’s coverage will be presented going forward. Beadle and ESPN are negotiating a buyout, which would end her time at the company, according to sources. She makes $5 million per year. She has multiple years left on her contract, but the exact number is unknown.
  • ESPN Announces Monster TV Ratings For Miami-Florida Game

    08/26/2019 12:08:19 PM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    The Spun ^ | August 25, 2019 | Matt Hladik
    Last night’s Miami-Florida game helped ring in what was the earliest start of the college football season ever. Judging by the TV ratings, the early beginning might become tradition. The contest, which kicked off at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN, drew a 4.1 overnight rating. That’s the best for a game on the Worldwide Leader in nearly three years.
  • Movie Showing Elites Hunting Down Trump Supporters Slated to Hit Theaters

    08/08/2019 6:38:19 AM PDT · by budj · 67 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 8/7/2019 | Zachary Stieber
    A movie showing liberals stalking supporters of President Donald Trump is slated to be released in September but has lost an advertisement on ESPN in the wake of two mass shootings on Aug. 3 and Aug. 4. The movie, “The Hunt,” from Universal Pictures, shows people hunting down “deplorables,” a term failed presidential contender Hillary Clinton used to describe supporters of Trump during the 2016 campaign.
  • Familiar look: Clemson, Bama 1-2 in coaches poll

    08/01/2019 6:41:03 PM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 8 replies
    ESPN ^ | Aug 01, 2019 | Andrea Adelson
    The defending national champion Clemson Tigers start the season the way they finished in January -- atop the Amway Coaches Poll. The Tigers received 59 of 65 first-place votes in the poll, released Thursday, giving them the top spot in the preseason coaches ranking for the first time in school history. No. 2 Alabama received the other first-place votes. The 1-2 ranking for Clemson and Alabama comes as little surprise heading into the season, as both teams are favorites to make it back to the College Football Playoff, with the potential to meet for the fifth straight time in the...
  • Dan Le Batard will remain at ESPN after meeting with network boss following anti-Trump outburst

    07/25/2019 11:59:19 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 25,2019 | By Brian Flood
    ESPN host Dan Le Batard will remain at ESPN after meeting with ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro on Thursday following last week’s political outburst that violated company policy. Le Betard skipped his radio program, “The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz," on Monday following a weekend of trying to persuade to soften his rule that politics should be avoided on the sports network. The Miami-based Le Batard missed Thursday show to meet face-to-face with the ESPN honcho and they decided he would remain at the network. Fox News has learned the talks went well and progress was made. Le Betard will...

    07/20/2019 1:26:37 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 21 replies
    Powerline ^ | July 20,2019 | PAUL MIRENGOFF
    For years, ESPN indulged in left-wing politics. I wrote about this here and here. But John Skipper, under whose direction ESPN took this unfortunate turn, is no longer running the network. It turned out that he had an addiction problem. Also, ESPN was hurting financially. ESPN’s new head, Jimmy Pitaro, issued a directive — stop doing politics. To my knowledge, it has been followed. Earlier this week, however, an ESPN talk show host named Dan Le Batard violated ESPN policy. He lashed out at Donald Trump over the president’s suggestion that four radical left-wing congresswoman leave the country. He also...
  • ESPN reminds staffers to stick to sports, not talk politics after star rips Trump on-air

    07/19/2019 12:03:52 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | Jly 19,2019 | Brian Flood
    ESPN honchos reminded staffers on Friday that on-air talent should avoid stories considered “pure politics” after Dan Le Batard slammed President Trump and his own "cowardly" network for not allowing employees to speak out. Le Batard, whose parents are exiles from Cuba, called Wednesday’s Trump rally "deeply offensive" because the crowd targeted Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn, with chants of “send her back.” ESPN allows its personalities to discuss politics when they cross with sports, such as players skipping White House visits and athletes kneeling during the national anthem. Employees, including Le Batard himself, were notified that the policy hasn’t changed...
  • ESPN Le Batard hammers own network for not tackling Trump: If you're not calling it racist<tr>

    07/18/2019 11:10:29 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 18 2019 | Joseph A. Wulfsohn
    ESPN's Dan Le Batard hammers own 'cowardly' network for not tackling Trump: If you're not calling it racist, 'you're complicit' ESPN host Dan Le Batard blasted his own network on Thursday while taking on President Trump over the "send her back" chants that were heard at his North Carolina rally, telling his audience that his employer is "cowardly" for not allowing political discussion and that people are "complicit" if they don't call out the chant as "racist." "This felt un-American what happened last night ... It's not the America that my parents aimed to get for us, for exiles, for...
  • Ryan Leaf joins ESPN as college football analyst

    07/15/2019 6:30:25 AM PDT · by nickedknack · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 15, 2019 | Ryan Gaydos
    Ryan Leaf, the former Washington State quarterback and No. 2 NFL Draft pick whose career was plagued by drug addiction and who served time in prison, joined ESPN as a college football analyst.
  • Trump Has Killed Democrats’ Sense of the Possible

    06/10/2019 5:57:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | June 10, 2019 | Jemele Hill
    Biden’s elevation to front-runner is a testament to how much the president has shaken Democrats’ faith. To former Vice President Joe Biden’s benefit, electability has become the unofficial buzzword of the 2020 presidential campaign. Although it’s still early, most polls show Biden as the clear front-runner among Democrats. A CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll was just the latest to give him a solid lead. Among Iowa’s likely Democratic caucus-goers, 24 percent named Biden their first choice for president—a significant lead in a fractured field that has more than 20 candidates. Biden’s early strength isn’t particularly surprising. He’s an experienced politician. And...
  • Report: David Ortiz Shot, Wounded In Dominican Republic

    06/09/2019 7:52:50 PM PDT · by CtBigPat · 127 replies
    CBS Boston ^ | 6/9/2019
    BOSTON (CBS) – David Ortiz has reportedly been shot during a robbery attempt in the Dominican Republic. Ortiz was shot and wounded at an amusement center in Santo Domingo, his father told ESPN’s Enrique Rojas.Ortiz’s condition is not known.
  • ESPN President: ‘Our Fans Do Not Want Us to Cover Politics’

    05/21/2019 7:53:40 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 60 replies
    0,2019Natiuonal Review ^ | Ma 2 | Jim Geraghty
    Does it seem you hear a little bit less about political controversies in the sports world than you did a year or two ago? Do you find yourself grumbling at your television, “I just want to enjoy watching the game” less frequently? Today’s Los Angeles Times profiles ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro, who took over running the network in March 2018. Deep in the article: Pitaro has also satisfied ESPN’s more traditional fans by steering commentators away from political discussions on-air and on social media, which heightened during President Trump’s criticism of NFL player protests against social injustice during the playing...
  • If We Cancel Kate Smith, We Must Cancel The New York Yankees

    04/23/2019 11:54:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 04/23/2019 | David Marcus
    It was announced this week that both the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Flyers would stop using their traditional recorded version of Kate Smith singing “God Bless America” during their games. This happened after it surfaced that Smith had performed songs now considered racist during during her hey day in the 1930s. The Flyers, with whom Smith is more closely aligned as the good luck charm for their 1974 Stanley Cup run, even removed a statue of her from the Philadelphia sports complex. In a brilliant monologue, sports commentator Jason Whitlock broke down the absurdity of these moves. The...
  • Michael Smith is ESPN’s $10 million forgotten man

    04/11/2019 12:06:10 PM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    NY Post ^ | April 10, 2019 | Andrew Marchand
    It was a mere two years ago that Michael Smith was one of the franchise faces of ESPN. He and his tag-team partner, Jemele Hill, had matching four-year, $10 million contracts and were out front on what was supposed to be a fresher, hipper 6 p.m. “SportsCenter.” Today, Smith is in a gold-plated purgatory, nearly ostracized by ESPN. He is rarely on-air and, according to sources, there is no current plan for his final two years at the network.