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Erin Andrews Receives Death Threats (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 5th 2010 9:00PM
Erin Andrews Receives Death ThreatsErin Andrews has had a really tough year. First she was secretly videotaped. And now the ESPN reporter is getting death threats. 'Inside Edition' (weekdays, syndicated) reports that Andrews has received at least a dozen e-mails from an unspecified stalker. These e-mails threaten Andrews with "violence and even murder."

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In His Time, Chet Simmons Changed Sports TV

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 29th 2010 1:02PM
chet_simmons_espn_pioneerChet Simmons was a true television pioneer. The things we watch today and consider essential to our viewing, didn't exist before Simmons created it. You know that little show on ESPN, 'SportsCenter'? That was Chet Simmons. All this is important to appreciate because Simmons died last week in Atlanta at the age of 81. In his passing, it's time to appreciate that Simmons was a visionary television executive who had the gumption and wherewithal to make his visions a reality.

Simmons started in his career at ABC Sports, one of Roone Arledge's right hand men, and part of the team that came up with the 'Wide World of Sports.'

Today, the show is remembered as an Emmy-winning program that literally scanned the world looking but 'Wide World of Sports' was really groundbreaking entertainment. You saw things on that show that were new and different and always filmed brilliantly. Whether it was ski-jumping in Austria or cliff-diving in South America, 'Wide World' was exciting. And Simmons understood that sports fans craved more.

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Tiger Woods Says Nothing in ESPN, Golf Channel Interviews

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 22nd 2010 10:28AM
Tiger WoodsSo, did you see the interview that Tiger Woods gave to ESPN and The Golf Channel yesterday? It was ... odd. It was one of those interviews that had the appearance of telling us a lot, but after it was over you realize that you learned exactly nothing and your opinion on the matter didn't change one bit.

Woods talked to ESPN's Tom Rinaldi (the interview that I saw) for five minutes and to Golf Channel's Kelly Tilghman for five minutes. The rules were he could be asked anything but the interviews had to be held at the Isleworth Country Club in Florida and they had to be held to five minutes.

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Tiger Woods: 'I Didn't Know I Was That Bad' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 22nd 2010 5:01AM
Tiger Woods Interview, ESPNTiger Woods gave a short interview on 'SportsCenter' (10PM ET on ESPN) that answered most questions without really saying too much of anything. When asked why he hadn't sought treatment earlier, Woods said, "I didn't know I was that bad." Really? Because everyone else knew it right away.

He said he figured it out by "stripping away denial, rationalization ... you strip all that away and you find the truth." Woods said he's excited to play golf again, but plans to continue his treatment.

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Dodger Great Orel Hershiser Joining ESPN 'Sunday Night Baseball'

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 5th 2010 9:00AM
orel_hershiser_espn_microphoneIf you look at the picture of Orel Hershiser on the right, you might think he's a pretty unimposing guy. However, the former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher is something of an Einstein when it comes to playing the game of baseball. Therefore, it makes perfect sense and is a brilliant move that he will be joining ESPN's 'Sunday Night Baseball' broadcast as an analyst.

Hershiser should have been put in the booth as soon as he was signed with ESPN, but all good things in their time. Now the former MVP, Cy Young award winner and World Series champ will be lending his expertise to the broadcast anchored by Jon Miller, the play by play guy, and former Cincinnati Reds star Joe Morgan as the lead analyst.

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If ESPN Gets the Olympics, It Would Ditch Tape Delay

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 26th 2010 4:03PM
ESPNAs we talked about in this week's edition of the TV Squad Podcast, NBC is getting a lot of bad press (again) for their programming decisions for the Olympics. Too much focus on personal drama, too many odd interviews interrupting events, and tape delays. That last one is what irks people the most, and one network says that if they had the Olympics they wouldn't have a tape delay, they'd show everything live.

That network is ESPN. They're going to bid on the 2014 winter games and the 2016 summer games, and if they win, they're going to scrap the whole tape delay thing.

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Drew Brees Has One Commercial That's Better Than Peyton Manning's

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 4th 2010 5:22PM
drew_brees_traffic_jam_ESPNWith the Super Bowl just a couple of days away, there's been tons of attention paid to both the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts players. And it's all justifiable. After all, they've made it to the ultimate NFL game. But when it comes to commercials, the king is most likely Peyton Manning. Whether it's "Cut that meat" or Sony TVs or licking the inside of Oreo cookies with his brother Eli, Peyton has the upper hand on the entire NFL in ads.

But wait, there is another quarterback in the Super Bowl, Drew Brees, and he has at least one commercial that ranks right up there with the funniest stuff either Manning has done. It was a 'This is SportsCenter' promotion for ESPN.

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CNN consults programming advice from ... ESPN?!?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 29th 2010 11:00AM
Once again people, I'm forced to ask the question: what the hell is going on here? Is up now down? Has black become white? Did Keith Olbermann just spend an inordinate amount of time and energy in his last "Special Comment" to discussing why Glenn Beck is TV's most "huggable" pundit?

CNN has been looking for ways to prop up their sagging ratings in the never-ending cable news wars by becoming a network that actually just delivers news as opposed to "from-the-hip," unsubstantiated opinions, as long as you don't count their constant monitoring of their viewers' Twitter feeds. Apparently they are so desperate for a format change that they have consulted a former ESPN producer to suggest ways to revamp their style.

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Australian Open 2010 TV Schedule

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Jan 20th 2010 7:00AM
Australian Open TV Schedule

The 2010 Australian Open Tennis TV schedule is ready. While most of us on this side of the globe are dreaming our winter blues away, the world's greatest tennis stars are in full swing down under at the Australian Open. Let's face it, late night talk show options are dwindling. Why not bounce on over to watch the Australian Open? The matches will be broadcast live for the rest of the month on ESPN/ESPN2.

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Sorry, Snooki: the Obamas Don't Watch 'Jersey Shore'

by Gary Susman, posted Jan 13th 2010 12:00PM
It's been weeks now, and still, President Barack Obama has had nothing to say about two of the greatest threats to American security.

We're speaking, of course, about Snooki and The Situation, from MTV's new series 'Jersey Shore.' Alas, according to First Lady Michelle Obama, it's a show the First Family does not watch. "I've heard about it," Mrs Obama tells People, in an interview all about the Obamas' TV viewing preferences. "Not seen it."

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Discovery Channel also going 3D

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 6th 2010 10:29AM
The only way a 3D version of ESPN could be cooler is if ESPN aired some kind of awesome competition at the X-Games that involved skateboarders and sharks.

So until some stoned extreme sports team organizer invents "sharkboarding," we'll just have to settle with a three-dimensional Discovery Channel.

The network is teaming with Sony and IMAX to launch its own 3D, 24-hour channel by 2011. It doesn't say exactly what the programming will entail, but expect a lot of giant man-eating animals trying to jump out of your TV and claw their way up the food chain.

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ESPN shooting with 3D TV, but will it score?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 5th 2010 9:00PM
If three dimensional television is just a passing fad, then clearly no one told ESPN.

The all sports cable network will implement 3D technology with a new sports channel, set to premiere this year. The first 3D game will be the FIFA World Cup in June.

Would you watch your sports if they were in glorious 3D? If anything, it would make watching soccer tolerable.

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Peter Gammons Leaving ESPN

by Nicholas White, posted Dec 8th 2009 8:00PM
One of baseball's most expert commentators is leaving his home of 20 years, ESPN -- the place that made him a star.

Peter Gammons, an analyst best known for his clear, spot-on commentary of Major League Baseball players and trends, announced Tuesday that he is leaving the sports network for the MLB Network this week, according to a report at ESPN.com.

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ESPN sets record with Monday's Saints-Pats game

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 3rd 2009 10:02AM
MNF_logoOn Monday night, ESPN had one of the best NFL match ups of the season -- the undefeated New Orleans Saints versus perennial powerhouse New England Patriots. The game was, perhaps, a preview of the Super Bowl because it's entirely possible that the Saints and the Pats could make it through the playoffs to the ultimate game.

Well, without much more than the usual hype, ESPN's Monday Night Football got the huge audience this kind of contest warrants. It was the second most-watched cable program of all time. Yes, you read that correctly. The second most-watched cable program of all time. Over 20 million total viewers -- 21.4 million -- tuned in to watch the game... which turned out to be a bit of a dud. But that doesn't matter to ESPN because they scored big time.

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NBC chooses Brett Favre over Tom Brady

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 25th 2009 8:29PM
nbc_football_night_in_americaOne of the perks NBC has over the other networks when it comes to its football coverage is what's called the flex schedule. Unlike CBS and Fox and ESPN which get the games that are scheduled months in advance without regard for ideal match ups, NBC has the option of plucking a better game for the Sunday Football Night in America broadcast. Hence the term, flex, as in flexible.

Thus far this season, NBC has had three chances to flip the switch and passed. However, on December 6, NBC has chosen a Vikings/Cardinals game over a Pats/Dolphins match.

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