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Live From South Korea, Baseball Returns to ESPN

Opening Day is Tuesday on network

(Newser) - ESPN's search for a sport being played during the pandemic shutdown has paid off. Starting Tuesday, the network will carry six games a week from the KBO League. South Korean baseball is the only professional league playing through the pandemic, the Wrap reports. "I hope the KBO League... More »

Thursday's NFL Draft Will Be a Strange One

League teams up with ESPN to hold 'unprecedented' virtual draft

(Newser) - Commissioner Roger Goodell won't have to leave his "man cave" to preside over this year's NFL draft, because it's going to be a "virtual extravaganza," per the New York Post —meaning the entire thing will be produced remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic.... More »

Obama's Title in Jordan Film Gets a Laugh

But director has his reasons for labeling him 'former Chicago resident'

(Newser) - ESPN began airing its 10-part Michael Jordan documentary Sunday night, and one small moment from The Last Dance drew a bit of attention online. When Barack Obama appeared in the film, the chyron described him only as "Former Chicago Resident," notes People . Sites such as BuzzFeed and Vulture... More »

Despite Virus, We May Soon See an NBA Face-Off

ESPN report says 'high-profile players' may soon take part in game of 'horse' from home gyms

(Newser) - Who says athletes can't play basketball while self-isolating during the coronavirus pandemic? Although it's almost certain we're not going to be seeing NBA games for the rest of this season—or games out of most professional sports anytime soon, despite President Trump's Saturday conference call with... More »

ESPN Has Good News for You, Sports Fans

Michael Jordan documentary dropping a couple months early

(Newser) - The documentary looking at Michael Jordan’s last championship season with the Chicago Bulls is set for release nearly two months sooner than expected with no sports to air due to the coronavirus pandemic. ESPN and Netflix announced on Tuesday that the 10-part documentary series called The Last Dance will... More »

ESPN Has a Plan. Here It Is

Sports network considering original programming, archived games amid pandemic

(Newser) - With the sports world essentially shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic (and marble racing videos becoming increasingly popular as a result), what exactly is going to air on ESPN? The sports network revealed the beginnings of its plan today explaining just that: As the Wall Street Journal , Variety , and CNN... More »

Late ESPN Reporter's Fiancee Details His Last Days

Katy Berteau shares what Ed Aschoff likely died from

(Newser) - As the ESPN family continues to mourn Ed Aschoff, who died on his 34th birthday on Christmas Eve, the reporter's fiancee took to Twitter with a touching, image-filled tribute. Tweeting from Aschoff's account, Katy Berteau thanked everyone for their support, noting "it has brought me brief moments... More »

ESPN Reporter Dead at 34

Ed Aschoff dies of pneumonia on Christmas Eve, his 34th birthday

(Newser) - Ed Aschoff "smiled with his entire being," told stories as "one of the smartest, brightest reporters" around, and was always the best-dressed guy in any room, his colleagues at ESPN say in a heartbreaking obituary. Aschoff, a college football reporter for the network, died on Christmas Eve,... More »

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 »

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