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ESPN Issues Reminder After Anti-Trump Blast

Dan Le Batard criticized President Trump and his recent racist tweets

(Newser) - ESPN is reminding employees of the network's policy to avoid talking about politics after radio talk show host Dan Le Batard criticized President Trump and his recent racist comments and ESPN itself on the air this week, the AP reports. (See Le Batard's commentary here .) The reminder... More »

Report: ESPN Host Fired, Escorted Out of Building

Sources say Adnan Virk was accused of leaking information

(Newser) - One day, Adnan Virk was a rising star at ESPN, where he was a lead host on college football and a regular Baseball Tonight host. The next, he was fired and escorted off the premises in disgrace, according to the New York Post. Sources tell the Post that the 40-year-old... More »

Verizon Comes Close to Dumping Disney Channels

But the two companies hash out a deal

(Newser) - Verizon customers can continue to watch ESPN, ABC, and other channels owned by Disney after the two companies announced a deal over programming fees, the AP reports. The telecommunications giant and the entertainment company say in a joint statement Sunday: "Verizon and The Walt Disney Company have reached a... More »

ESPN Star's Wife Was 3 Times Over Legal Limit When She Died

Suit alleges Katherine Berman was intoxicated before she was served

(Newser) - Connecticut's Dram Shop Act makes liable an establishment that serves alcohol to an intoxicated person if that person subsequently kills or injures someone, and it's what a somewhat high-profile suit was filed under. The suit alleges Katherine Berman, the 67-year-old wife of ESPN personality Chris Berman, was... More »

Female ESPN Host: That's It, I'm Done With NFL

Michelle Beadle says league doesn't care about women

(Newser) - Michelle Beadle has some more free time on the weekends—and the ESPN pundit says she has the NFL to thank for it. The co-host of the network's Get Up! program tweeted an image of a cringing Jerry Seinfeld Wednesday along with the line: "Me, pretending to be... More »

Trump Slams 'Spineless Surrender' of ESPN

He starts petition to have anthem televised

(Newser) - With legal troubles swirling, President Trump—and his fundraising committee—have found a fresh target: ESPN. Trump has started a petition calling for the network to televise the national anthem before Monday Night Football this season, USA Today reports. "Just after we heard a sitting governor trash America, ESPN... More »

ESPN Won't Broadcast Anthem at NFL Games

Network says it has no plans to do so amid the controversy

(Newser) - Those looking to see for themselves how NFL players are responding to the national anthem will be out of luck on ESPN broadcasts of Monday Night Football this year. The network tells Axios that it does not plan to broadcast the anthem in the upcoming season. "We generally have... More »

ESPN Ex-President: Cocaine Extortion Led to My Resignation

John Skipper explains abrupt departure

(Newser) - John Skipper abruptly resigned as president of ESPN in December, offering a vague explanation that addiction problems were behind his decision. Now, he explains in a lengthy interview with the Hollywood Reporter that he bought cocaine from someone who then tried to extort him. "They threatened me, and I... More »

ESPN President Resigns, Writes of 'Embarrassment'

John Skipper says he will tend to a substance problem

(Newser) - ESPN President John Skipper resigned Monday to tend to what he frames as a long-running but unspecified substance problem. "I have struggled for many years with a substance addiction. I have decided that the most important thing I can do right now is to take care of my problem,... More »

An 'Ocean Full of Sharks': Reports of Harassment at ESPN

Two dozen current and former employees speak out

(Newser) - "It's like cutting your arm in an ocean full of sharks," a current ESPN employee says of being a young female staffer at the sports network. "The second new blood is in the water, they start circling." She says she's personally received unwanted touching... More »

ESPN Suspends Jamele Hill for Jerry Jones Tweets

The Cowboys owner said he would bench any players who 'disrespect the flag'

(Newser) - ESPN anchor Jemele Hill has been suspended by the network for two weeks for making political statements on social media, the AP reports. Hill's more recent tweets targeted Jerry Jones after the Dallas Cowboys owner stated that players who disrespect the flag would not play for his team. Hill... More »

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 »

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