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This morning, ESPN anchor Stuart Scott died following an extended battle with cancer. The 49 year-old sports anchor will be remembered for his on-air catchphrases and a mind primed for sports facts and figures, but as we keep his family and friends in our thoughts, lets take a look at the epic speech he gave at the ESPY Awards.
This week, Comedy Central’s Tosh. O is not particularly pleased with another network. Viral video extraordinaire Daniel Tosh used his show as a platform to push ESPN’s buttons, following an incident where the sports-related network blatantly ripped off his “Web Redemption” segment.
It’s a tough job to be an on-air personality. Radio and TV personas have to be on all the time. They are expected to be knowledgeable on a variety of topics, and more importantly, they are expected to enunciate clearly. Usually, on-air personalities are pretty good about staying professional, but occasionally, they are a garbled mess.
Love him or hate him, ESPN columnist and analyst Bill Simmons is one of the most outspoken people in sports, fueled by subjectivity and pop culture references. His thought-provoking opinions have landed him in hot water in the past, but the most recent edition of his podcast B.S. Report has gotten him suspended from EPSN for the next three weeks.
Still, at some point in the near future, these kinks should be worked out to the point where we’re shocked when outages do happen, especially on big events. Maybe that will be 3 years. Maybe it will be 5 years. I’m not really sure, but I’m confident in saying it will be under 10.
When it comes to ratings, NFL games are TV’s biggest no-brainers. So it’s no small matter that the 2014-2015 season will feature three significant changes in where and when some of the most important games of the season are played.
Tonya Harding And Nancy Kerrigan Figure Skating Controversy Revisited In 30 For 30: The Price Of Gold
Now matter how dramatic Sochi's figure staking proves to be, there's no way it can live up to the sensational events of the ladies' competition 20 years ago. While everyone probably remembers the Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan scandal, ESPN's 30 for 30: The Price of Gold is a compelling doc that not only offers never before seen footage of the events and new interviews but also crafts a fascinating narrative around Harding's involvement with the attack. A must see for the anniversary.
The ugly battle between Time Warner Cable and CBS is getting uglier by the minute. This morning, the former shocked the entire cable industry by offering to carry the latter’s channels on a purely a la carte basis, which would allow customers to either opt in for individual channels and pay a bit extra or opt out and pay nothing. Members of Congress have been shouting about such a plan for years, but not surprisingly, CBS was having none of that.
We’re a few years into the massive 3D push and all of the fervor for the medium seems to being dying down. At no point has that downtrend been clearer either than this week when the technology was dealt a pretty big blow. On Wednesday, early adapter of 3D TV ESPN announced the company was opting to “discontinue” its available 3D programming due to low usage numbers by ESPN viewers.
Let's face it, most awards shows are pretty boring. Whether or not you love the topic at hand, the actual show more often than not fails to entertain. However, one awards show that never seems to disappoint in the entertainment department is ESPN's The ESPY Awards and it's largely because they know how to hire a host. This year, the 20th for the event celebrating the best in sports, the ESPYS have hired comedian Rob Riggle.
The automotive sponsor is dropping out of Penn State game sponsorship only. Currently, the advertising has pulled out of Saturday’s 12 p.m. ET airing of Penn State against Nebraska. Cars.com advertisements will not appear during next week’s Penn State versus Ohio State game, as well. According to Cars.com spokesman Ron Hall, the company will drop its advertisements in light of negative associations with the University. Cars.com will continue to advertise during other ESPN College Football games.
ESPN is apparently not over the comments Hank Williams Jr. made comparing President Obama to Adolf Hitler, and based on this news, they don’t plan to be anytime soon. Word is, the sports network, which is owned by ABC, has decided to part ways with the singer following his remarks, which did not go over well at all.
After making a comment on Fox News (where else?) in which he compared President Obama’s recent meeting with John Boehner, Republican House Speaker, to a hypothetical meeting between a certain famous Nazi dictator and an Israeli leader, Hank Williams Jr. has been dropped by ESPN. Well, for one night anyway.
Despite ESPN's own forays into scripted television not having gone so well, the sports cable network is still determined to churn out original content. This time, however, they're looking to provide that content for somebody else. ESPN's production unit has sold a new scripted series to ABC. Former Scrubs exec producer Bill Callahan will write and exec produce the show, which will follow four Boston-area friends who regularly gather to watch all their favorite teams play. No word yet on a title or when the show might see air.
When it first hit the market in 2010, 3D TV was touted as the next big thing in home entertainment – by the manufacturers at least. But well into the second half of 2011, it’s looking like 3D TV is headed the way of the Laserdisc – into the infamy of technology that not a whole lot of people bought into, and many of those who did regret. Is 3D TV a monumental fail?