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ESPN Host Assailed for Calling Trump 'White Supremacist'

White House says 'SportsCenter' host Jemele Hill's comments are a 'fireable offense'

(Newser) - An ESPN host who tweeted about President Trump is finding herself in the White House's crosshairs, with press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders calling the comments a "fireable offense," per CNN . The offending tweet by SportsCenter host Jemele Hill, which she posted Monday: "Donald Trump is a... More »

ESPN Analyst Dumps Football Over 'Carnage' on the Field

Ed Cunningham walks away from long career, saying the game is 'unacceptable'

(Newser) - An ESPN and ABC sports analyst is ditching his job because he finds the sport he's analyzing to be "unacceptable." That sport is college football, Ed Cunningham tells the New York Times , and he's leaving a two-decade career of offering his commentary on it because of... More »

ESPN Pulls Announcer From UVa Game Due to His Name

Commentator Robert Lee's moniker too similar to Confederate general's: network

(Newser) - ESPN may have been trying to nip a future hubbub in the bud, but, as CNN notes, it just created a whole new controversy. Asian-American announcer Robert Lee was slated to call the University of Virginia's home-opening football game against William and Mary on Sept. 2, but the ESPN... More »

Football Team Needed a Player, and a 5-Foot-2 Girl Stepped Up

ESPN profiles rural Texas team, but not with the ending you might expect

(Newser) - ESPN has a lengthy feature on a high school football team in Texas, but Friday Night Lights this isn't. The story is about a team in tiny Harrold, Texas, where the schools are so small they play a six-man version of the game on a shorter field. Players... More »

'Iconic' Voice Returning to Monday Night Football

But not everyone is excited to see Hank Williams Jr. in ESPN fold again

(Newser) - "Are you ready for some football," with the singer whose "iconic" voice left Monday Night Football six years ago? The Tennessean reports that Hank Williams Jr. has returned to ESPN's good graces, with his signature opening and music video for a reworked "All My Rowdy... More »

Who Beat Out LeBron for Most Famous Athlete

That would be Cristiano Ronaldo, per ESPN ranking

(Newser) - Tom Brady who? The all-star NFL quarterback might be a household name in the US, but he doesn't even make the top 20 of ESPN's list of the most famous athletes in the world, reports the Boston Herald . The 10 most well-known athletes, based on social media followers,... More »

Woman Will Call NFL Game for 1st Time in 3 Decades

ESPN's Beth Mowins will do the honors this September

(Newser) - ESPN has tapped Beth Mowins to call the second part of a season-opening Monday Night Football doubleheader in September, making her the first woman to do play-by-play duties on an NFL game in 30 years, the AP reports. The network says Mowins will team with former NFL Coach Rex Ryan... More »

Wife of Beloved ESPN Anchor Killed in Car Crash

Chris Berman's wife, Kathy, was 67

(Newser) - Sad news out of ESPN : The wife of veteran broadcaster Chris Berman was killed in a car crash in Connecticut. Police say Katherine Ann Berman, 67, died in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon in Woodbury. The other driver, 87-year-old Edward Bertulis, also was killed. Police say Berman's car hit... More »

Dozens of Journalists, Talent Laid Off by ESPN

Trent Dilfer, Ed Werder are 2 of the 100 or so employees laid off Wednesday

(Newser) - ESPN has lost more than 10 million subscribers in recent years as more and more people are going without cable, the New York Times reports. That decline had major consequences Wednesday when the sports network laid off about 100 of its on-air talent and journalists. Just a few of those... More »

Found: College Basketball Star Who Vanished 30 Years Ago

Benny 'the Outlaw' Anders discovered by filmmaker in Detroit area

(Newser) - In the 1980s, the University of Houston's Cougars basketball team—aka the Phi Slama Jamas—made their way into three Final Fours. The player described by the Houston Chronicle as "one of the more flamboyant members" has now been found in the Detroit area by a filmmaker, three... More »

College Marching Band Takes a Knee, Station Won't Air Game

ESPN radio affiliate says it won't air East Carolina U's game because of anthem protest

(Newser) - In what its parent company's CEO is calling a "protest to a protest," ESPN affiliate radio station 101.1 FM (WFAY) is turning its back on broadcasting East Carolina University's football game Saturday against South Florida after members of the ECU marching band took a knee... More »

Longtime ESPN Personality John Saunders Dead at 61

He spent nearly 30 years with the sports network

(Newser) - John Saunders, a host and anchor at ESPN for three decades, is dead at the age of 61, Hannah Storm announced on the sports network Wednesday, at times breaking down. Saunders started at ESPN as a SportsCenter anchor in 1986. He went on to host The Sports Reporters and cover... More »

Cancer-Stricken Sportscaster to Work First NBA Finals

Craig Sager calls it a 'great honor'

(Newser) - A beloved NBA sideline reporter will finally get to cover the NBA finals some 34 years into his career and two years into his battle with leukemia. Craig Sager, 64, of TNT—known for donning "the brightest, most colorful suits," per the New York Post —has never... More »

ESPN Cans Curt Schilling for 'Unacceptable' Facebook Post

He shared controversial thoughts on transgender issues

(Newser) - An "unacceptable" Facebook post about transgender bathroom laws was the final straw for ESPN, which fired Curt Schilling Wednesday. The former All-Star pitcher, who had worked at the network since 2010, shared a meme, which can be seen here , that showed an overweight man in tight, ripped women's... More »

ESPN Hopes OJ Simpson Will Help It Break Into the Oscars

It plans to qualify its new documentary series for an Academy Award

(Newser) - As the so-called golden age of television rolls on, ESPN is attempting to strike another blow for the idiot box against the silver screen. The Los Angeles Times reports ESPN will be qualifying its new 7.5-hour OJ Simpson documentary series, OJ: Made in America, for the Academy Awards by... More »

NFL Player Sues ESPN Reporter After Losing Finger to Firework

The reporter tweeted a photo of his medical chart

(Newser) - An NFL player who blew off a chunk of his hand with a firework last Fourth of July is suing ESPN and one of its reporters who tweeted a photo of his medical chart, Courthouse News Service reports. "ESPN obtained medical charts that show Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul had... More »

Mass-Media Prof Asks for 'Muscle' to Remove Journo

Mizzou activists mob photographer, cameraman, tell them to leave 'safe space'

(Newser) - A University of Missouri photojournalist on freelance assignment for ESPN found himself in a confrontation with student activists Monday as they tried to ban him from the tent city they'd set up on campus in response to recent racial strife there, the New York Times reports. A tense video... More »

Litigious Yankees Fan Won't Get $10M for Napping at Game

He says ESPN defamed him by showing him dozing

(Newser) - A 27-year-old New York Yankees fan who sued after ESPN cameras caught him napping during a game in April 2014 had his $10 million defamation lawsuit thrown out by a judge last month, the Smoking Gun reports. Not even a second-row seat and a matchup with the hated Boston Red... More »

Curt Schilling Loses Gig for Comparing Muslims to Nazis

ESPN yanks him from Little League broadcast

(Newser) - Retired baseball player Curt Schilling discovered today that when it comes to retweeting Hitler memes, sometimes it's one strike and you're out. The New York Daily News reports ESPN removed Schilling from his gig covering the Little League World Series, and the former pitcher could face further punishments... More »

Keith Olbermann Leaving ESPN

Will he return to news for Election 2016?

(Newser) - Keith Olbermann is a man without a network again. ESPN will not renew his contract at the end of this month, news that seems to have been broken by author James Miller in a tweet . The network calls Olbermann a "tremendous talent" but says it "ultimately made a... More »

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