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Fans Freak at ESPN Fantasy Football Outage

Network apologizes for glitch during highly trafficked Week 1 game

(Newser) - Last night's game between the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts was anything but an ESPN fantasy: Rather, it turned into a social media nightmare after the network's fantasy football website and app went down—somewhat inconveniently during what USA Today Sports says was the "most trafficked fantasy... More »

ESPN Delves Into Michael Sam's Showering Routine

Sports network takes heat from teammates, social media for report

(Newser) - Everyone who thought that Tony Dungy's statements about Michael Sam would be the last we'd have to hear about the NFL linebacker's private life can thank ESPN for reopening that door. Josina Anderson reported yesterday on how the NFL's first openly gay player was getting along... More »

World Cup Sets US Ratings Records

ESPN, Univision score highest-ever figures

(Newser) - ESPN and Univision have scored with their World Cup coverage: The US victory over Ghana Monday night set World Cup ratings records for both broadcasters, with a total audience of 15.9 million viewers. For ESPN, it was the highest-rated men's soccer game ever. The ratings were way ahead... More »

Curt Schilling: I Have Cancer

ESPN hasn't said if he'll remain on TV

(Newser) - Curt Schilling has been diagnosed with cancer, the World Series hero and ESPN personality revealed yesterday. "I've always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to meet the challenges," he said in a statement released by ESPN . "We've been presented with another... More »

Site Apologizes for Outing Trans Woman After Suicide

'Dr. V's Magical Putter' sparks outrage

(Newser) - ESPN personality Bill Simmons posted a long, soul-searching apology yesterday, in the wake of a massive Internet backlash over a piece his Grantland site ran last Wednesday that outed a woman as transgender in the wake of her suicide—a suicide that may have been linked to the reporting of... More »

ESPN Broadcaster Saves Partner With Heimlich

Chris Fowler: I was choking on a chicken sandwich

(Newser) - At times the losing team is accused of choking. This time ESPN announcer Chris Fowler admits he choked, literally, during yesterday's Pinstripe Bowl, the AP reports. Fowler tweeted that he was choking on a chicken sandwich at halftime when fellow broadcaster Jesse Palmer gave him the Heimlich maneuver. "... More »

Barack Obama's Retirement Plan: Host SportsCenter

President has ESPN ambitions

(Newser) - So what are President Obama's plans after he exits the White House? Before he gave a recent speech at DreamWorks Animation, Obama told a bunch of entertainment bigshots at a briefing: "At least I know what I want to do when I retire … host ESPN SportsCenter's... More »

ESPN Analyst: No Women on College Football Panel

David Pollack catching flak for comments on new playoff committee

(Newser) - Big-time fan Condoleezza Rice is expected to be one of nine people named to college football's new playoff committee next year, reports USA Today . But that nugget has gotten ESPN analyst David Pollack into some hot water for suggesting that women have no place on the panel, reports Sports ... More »

Eminem Makes Really Awkward TV Appearance

Says 'nothing' excites him about new album in promotional appearance for new album

(Newser) - Eminem doesn't do a lot of live TV interviews. Now we know why. The rapper made an appearance on ESPN's Saturday Night Football last night in an effort to promote his new album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, and things got, in his own words, "uncomfortable,"... More »

How ESPN Controls College Football

Big bucks and big exposure means the network can make or break college teams

(Newser) - How did college football go from regional amateur games to one of the biggest sporting competitions in the country? Four letters, says the New York Times : E, S, P, and N. By pumping billions of dollars into the game through purchasing TV rights, ESPN (and others, but overwhelmingly ESPN) has... More »

Stats Whiz Nate Silver Moving to ESPN

He'll likely be an Olbermann contributor

(Newser) - Nate Silver, celebrity political statistician and former baseball analyst, has just thrown the New York Times a curveball: He's departing his longtime home at the paper for a gig at ESPN. Nate Silver's contract at the Times, where he soared to fame for his election predictions, is due... More »

Olbermann Back at ESPN, Can't Talk Politics

Deal expected to be announced today

(Newser) - Keith Olbermann has landed back at ESPN, as expected . The sports network is expected to announce today that the former SportsCenter host will return as host of a nightly one-hour program on ESPN2 later in the year, three execs tell the New York Times . Olbermann's return, 16 years after... More »

ESPN Could Help Pay Your Mobile Bill

Content providers consider subsidizing data costs

(Newser) - Sick of worrying about staying within your data limits? ESPN is considering helping you out. The channel has discussed the possibility of subsidizing users' data plans with at least one top wireless carrier, the Wall Street Journal reports. For users, the result could be that ESPN usage wouldn't factor... More »

How to Grab Obama's Ear: Buy ESPN Airtime

Companies target influencers, elite with ads on network

(Newser) - How to woo Barack Obama to your cause? Via ESPN, apparently. Companies and organizations have been buying up ad time on the sports network with the hope of catching the known sports fan's attention, Politico reports. "It's certainly a tactic that’s talked about a lot,"... More »

Olbermann Looking for New Job— at ESPN

President doesn't see a current opening for ex-host

(Newser) - Could Keith Olbermann be returning to his sports-anchor roots? In the midst of a $70 million lawsuit against former employer Current TV, the pundit has been seeking new work at ESPN, the network that kick-started his career, the New York Times reports. Olbermann recently had dinner with network president John... More »

Snowmobiler Dies After X-Games Crash

Caleb Moore, 25, dies a week after being crushed by snowmobile

(Newser) - Caleb Moore died today of injuries suffered during last week's horrific snowmobile crash at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo., his family revealed today in a statement. Moore, 25, hurt himself when he botched the landing on a backflip, bringing his entire 450-pound snowmobile crashing down on his... More »

QB's Girlfriend: ESPN's Fawning Not 'Creepy at All'

But network says Brent Musburger got a little carried away over Katherine Webb

(Newser) - If you haven't heard the name Katherine Webb today, you missed a lesson in instant celebrity-making. Webb, also known as Miss Alabama, is the girlfriend of Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron, whose team won the BCS title last night . But Webb's celebrity turn began early in the game... More »

Drowning in Drone Video, Military Asks ESPN for Help

Air Force trying to figure out how to sort through its video

(Newser) - The Air Force has more video footage from drone missions than it knows what to do with, so it's turning to the experts in video analysis: ESPN. These days, drones fly a lot of what the Air Force calls "pattern of life" surveillance missions, recording compounds for days... More »

ESPN Suspends Commentator Over 'Cornball Brother' Comment

Rob Parker called Robert Griffin III only 'kind of black'

(Newser) - ESPN has indefinitely suspended commentator Rob Parker after his controversial " cornball brother " remarks about Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III yesterday, the network announced in a brief statement today. "Following yesterday's comments, Rob Parker has been suspended until further notice. We are conducting a full review,... More »

ESPN Host: Is QB Griffin a 'Cornball Brother'?

Rob Parker seems to question RGIII's authenticity as an African-American

(Newser) - Robert Griffin III is a young black quarterback for the Redskins who has handled questions about his race with thoughtfulness, writes Dan Steinberg in the Washington Post . "RGIII" doesn't make a big deal of it because he says he wants to be the best quarterback, not the best... More »

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