When the FCC gets buck on someone, it usually has something to do with explicit language and/or nudity of the accidental kind. In this case, however, the big bucks are coming out over a movie trailer.
I’d love to know how many sports contests in the past have ever taken an immediate tonal dive due to religious beliefs getting brought up. It doesn’t seem the likeliest of incidents to happen while nearby cheerleaders are pumping up the crowd.
Over the weekend, ESPN hosted the college football national championship and absolutely crushed in the ratings. Even more impressive, though, is that the network now holds the top 20 most-viewed programs in all of cable television. Can you guess what they all are?
After the College Football Playoff semi-finals crushed in the ratings last week, most people were expecting a huge turnout this week, when Ohio State squared off against the University of Oregon for the National Championship. A huge turnout is exactly what they got.
Even people who are willing to shell out more than $100 bucks for cable each month knows the service is expensive. Certain companies, like Netflix and HBO, have already been working to bring homes cheaper ways to access content. This week, another service entered the fray.
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.