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UMass guard Derrick Gordon becomes first openly gay NCAA men’s basketball player

A University of Massachusetts sophomore became the first openly gay player Wednesday in Division I men’s college basketball. Derrick Gordon came out to ESPN and Outsports a week after sharing his story with his teammates and coach, saying he no longer wanted to hide. “I didn’t want to have to…

Olbermann: Corporate sponsors ‘terrified’ that Sochi Olympics will be another ‘master race Olympics’

ESPN host Keith Olbermann opened his Monday show by highlighting early signs of panic from Olympic sponsors that anti-LGBT laws in Russia could cause American advertisers and audiences to effectively boycott the games. On Sunday, the Associated Press reported that an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member said that sponsors were…

Can Nate Silver save ESPN from itself?

Last March, ESPN hit what some observers considered a new low for the 34-year old network. Commentator Skip Bayless, a real blowhard’s blowhard, got in an on-air shouting match with Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard…  …

ESPN apologizes for racial slur headline on Jeremy Lin

Sports network giant ESPN apologized Saturday morning for using a racial slur to describe new basketball sensation Jeremy Lin on its mobile website. ESPN ran the headline “Chink in the Armor” after Lin suffered his first defeat as a starter Friday evening when his team, the New York Knicks, lost…

World Cup More Popular than Baseball?

Maybe not, but the number of viewers were comparable to those of the World Series! For the ESPN empire and Univision, any questions about the return on their investment in the World Cup are being answered by viewers. On Saturday, the United States’ loss to Ghana was seen by 14.9…

Who’s Better At News?

The top story on ESPN is about Charlie Weis’ firing. The top story on CNN is about Tiger Woods. Which one of these organizations is better at news? You be the judge.…

Fantasy football gameweek: site switch

Last year, I fizzled out in my attempts to keep up with Premier League fantasy football (perhaps this had something to do with my focus being on American fantasy football for a living). We used the premierleague.com site to manage everything, and I have to say I was impressed by…

ESPN + EPL + US = 0?

So The Gaffer at EPLTalk broke the story last week that ESPN2 would be carrying Premier League games in the USA. They’ve already scooped up all of Setanta’s games in the UK, and fretting over their potential blundering of the coverage has become a pastime of its own across the…

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