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Fox Sports Names Mark Silverman President, National Networks

Mark Silverman, who leads one of the nation’s bigger regional sports networks, is moving up the line at Fox Sports.

Silverman, currently leader of the Big Ten Network, a joint venture of Fox Sports and the Big Ten Conference, was named president of national networks at Fox Sports, giving him oversight of all programming, production, marketing, and digital for Fox, Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2 live events and studio shows. He will also retain his current responsibilities at Btn. He will start his new job on January 16.

“Mark is an excellent, creative executive who has been in the Fox Sports family for over 11 years with great success,” said Eric Shanks, president and executive producer at Fox Sports. “We couldn’t be more thrilled he has chosen to take this new role on our team.”

Silverman is essentially filling the role previously held by Jamie Horowitz, a celebrated sports executive whose legacy at Fox Sports is a parade
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Shannon Sharpe All In on 'Milds & Yak': Lemme Get My Own Flavor!

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[[tmz:video id="0_kut6g7cj"]] Shannon Sharpe's 'Milds and Yak' viral moment is getting so huge, the NFL Hall of Famer says he's down to create his own signature Black & Mild cigar! Fyi, social media blew up last week when Sharpe busted out a Black & Mild on FS1's "Undisputed" to celebrate his Broncos winning and Skip Bayless' Cowboys losing.  The moment was remixed by a DJ -- and the song has Blown Up! Shannon says he loves it.
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Skip Bayless: 'Jon Jones Is Finished'

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[[tmz:video id="0_07l5w1ui"]] Jon Jones is Done as a competitive fighter. Finished ... this according to Skip Bayless, who says it absolutely breaks his heart. The FS1 star says he's gotten to know Jones through appearances on "Undisputed" -- and tells TMZ Sports news of Jj's positive steroids test crushed him. "How can that guy be either so stupid, or so flawed, and ultimately so shockingly insecure, that you have to resort to steroids or whatever the Ped was
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Espn’s Mark Schlereth Joins Fox Sports 1

  • The Wrap
Espn’s longtime NFL analyst Mark Schlereth has jumped to Fox Sports 1. The former Denver Broncos player tweeted out the news on Tuesday, stating that the move is effective immediately. “I’m excited to announce that starting today 7/11/17 I have moved to @FS1 as a studio analyst. Truly blessed to have this opportunity,” he wrote. Schlereth’s FS1 debut came on Tuesday’s episode of “Undisputed” alongside Skip Bayless, Shannon Sharpe and Joy Taylor. He had previously been with Espn since 2001. Also Read: Laila Ali Talks Muhammad Ali Ahead of Espn Humanitarian Awards: 'He Is in a Better Place Now' The transition was reportedly in.
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Jamie Horowitz Fired as Fox Sports Investigates Sexual Harassment Claims

Jamie Horowitz has been ousted from Fox Sports, where he was president of national networks.

Jamie Horowitz is no longer with Fox Sports effective immediately,” a Fox Sports spokesperson said in a statement. “There is no further comment at this time.”

A source confirmed to Variety that Fox Sports is investigating sexual harassment claims against Horowitz.

In a memo to Fox Sports employees announcing Horowitz’s departure, Fox Sports president and COO Eric Shanks wrote, “Everyone at Fox Sports, no matter what role we play, or what business, function or show we contribute to — should act with respect and adhere to professional conduct at all times. These values are non-negotiable.”

Shanks added that he will assume Horowitz’s responsibilities — including programming, scheduling, and marketing for cable channels Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2 — until a replacement is named.

Horowitz, meanwhile, has hired attorney Patty Glaser, who issued a statement Monday: “The way Jamie has been treated by Fox
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Mike Tomlin Isn't Down with Le'Veon Bell's Rap Tracks, 'I'm Too Old'

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[[tmz:video id="0_wt9dby60"]] Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin loves him some Le'Veon Bell -- but he ain't listening to the Rb's rap music. Bell -- aka "Juice" -- has kinda blown up in the rap world over the past year ... getting some real traction from his Skip Bayless diss track and the secret song he recorded with Snoop Dogg. But Tomlin tells TMZ Sports he hasn't listened to a single second -- not because he's anti-Juice
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Lil Wayne Repeats His Roc Nation Allegiance, 'Jay's Helping Me Any Way He Can' (Video)

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Lil Wayne is insisting he's with Jay Z's Roc Nation now, and no longer a part under Birdman's umbrella ... despite his unsettled legal war to flee Cash Money. Wayne sat down for an interview with Skip Bayless on FS1's 'Undisputed,' and chose his words carefully. Weezy never said he "signed" with Roc Nation ... but laid out what Jay Is doing for him right now. .@LilTunechi reveals why he left Cash Money
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Espn ‘First Take’ Host Molly Qerim on Controlling Heated Debates,Tackling Sports’ Toughest Topics

  • The Wrap
If Molly Qerim can control “First Take” analysts Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman, and survive former side-kick Skip Bayless — then there’s nothing she can’t handle. The Espn host took the reins from Cari Champion 18 months ago, and since then she’s proven that she’s not to be taken lightly. Whether it’s keeping her outspoken colleagues in check or forwarding the sports conversation to prove that she can keep up with the big boys, Qerim has more than earned her stripes on the high-energy debate show. Also Read: Espn Names Samantha Ponder, Suzy Kolber and Trey Wingo
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Le'Veon Bell Gives Diss Track Advice to Nicki Minaj (Video)

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[[tmz:video id="0_c60vnacb"]] Le'Veon Bell knows all about the diss track game (he recently went after Skip Bayless) ... and now the running back/rapper is offering up some hip-hop wisdom for Nicki Minaj.  The NFL superstar joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs Thursday night on FS1) -- where he also talked about how he feels about getting hit with the Steelers franchise tag.  The good news -- lots of money. Bad news -- he wants more long-term security.
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Inside The NBA's barrage of idiocy puts Barkley and Shaq on rocky path

The TNT mainstay has provided fine entertainment over the years but it is becoming increasingly hampered by hot takes and bullying

“Inappropriate. Whiny. [LeBron James is] all of the above. The Cleveland Cavaliers, they have given him everything he wanted. They have the highest payroll in NBA history. Does he want all of the good players? He doesn’t want to compete?”

Skip Bayless has forged a career as a LeBron James troll. From Espn to FS1, he fills time through the calendar year ripping the greatest basketball player in the world. As James continues to pile outstanding season on outstanding season, Bayless’ unyielding attacks have grown increasingly pathetic and baseless, whatever credibility he once had as a talking head falling away faster than his ratings. It would be a shame if the same fate befell TNT’s acclaimed Inside The NBA show.

Related: LeBron James launches tirade against Charles Barkley: 'I
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Le'Veon Bell Drops Another Skip Bayless Diss ... I'm Comin' At Your Neck! (Video)

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[[tmz:video id="0_gxt7bnk8"]] Le'Veon Bell says he doesn't care that Skip Bayless thinks Ezekiel Elliott is a better Rb ... he's Pissed that Bayless doesn't think they're in the same class ... and he's firing Another shot at the FS1 host.  Bell dropped a diss track called "Shrimp Bayless" earlier this week -- and Skip responded on his show, "Undisputed" ... vowing to get Lil Wayne to help him with a rap retaliation. [[tmz:video id="0_z5293vtm"]] But Le'Veon -- who's the most patient running
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Skip Bayless Tappin' Lil Wayne In Le'Veon Bell Diss Track War (Video)

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[[tmz:video id="0_z5293vtm"]] Skip Bayless ain't takin' Le'Veon Bell's diss track lyin' down -- telling TMZ Sports he's reaching out to his pal, Lil Wayne, to fight back against the Steelers Rb.  Okay, full disclosure ... it was our photog's idea since Wayne made the signature track for Skip's show, "Undisputed," on FS1 -- but Skip was all about it and says he's gonna hit Weezy up, Asap!  Bayless admits Bell's track -- "Shrimp Bayless" -- is fire
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Pittsburgh Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell Drops Diss Track Against Skip Bayless (Audio)

  • The Wrap
There’s no doubting Le’Veon Bell’s abilities on the field, but did anyone know that he could rap, too? Even better, the Pittsburgh Steelers running back is using his hip-hop skills to tackle his on-air nemesis, Fox Sports’ talent Skip Bayless. And while the Steelers won’t be playing in Super Bowl Li after being blown out by the New England Patriots in the Afc Championship game, Bell torched the “Undisputed” host with his diss track “Shrimp Bayless” on Monday. Also Read: Super Bowl Parties 2017: TheWrap's Ultimate Guide to the Hottest Invites in Houston “Shrimp Bayless, I been hearing you lately.
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‘Undisputed': 283,000 Tune in to Watch Skip Bayless Eat Crow About His Beloved Cowboys

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‘Undisputed': 283,000 Tune in to Watch Skip Bayless Eat Crow About His Beloved Cowboys
Fox Sports 1’s “Undisputed” broke its own TV ratings record, when 283,000 total viewers tuned in Monday to watch host Skip Bayless eat crow over his beloved Dallas Cowboys. Dubbed “America’s Team,” Bayless’s favorite squad lost a nail-biter NFL Playoff game to the Green Bay Packers the previous day. The former Dallas Morning News columnist had pretty much guaranteed a Super Bowl victory — let alone a divisional round win — for his hometown team. Rut-roh. That’s bad for Bayless, but good for business — right, Fox Sports? Also Read: Skip Bayless Reveals Why Espn Almost Canceled 'First Take' The previous “Undisputed” series.
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Max Kellerman: ‘First Take’ Relaunch ‘Felt Celebratory’ (Exclusive)

  • The Wrap
If you turned on ESPN2 this morning to watch “First Take,” you were probably disappointed — or at least confused. The sports-debate show re-launched on regular ol’ Espn Tuesday, a move many consider overdue. Max Kellerman told TheWrap that he thinks the timing was spot on — but of course he does, given that he joined the franchise a few months ago. Since then, he’s made made many forget or even wish good riddance to former “First Take” host Skip Bayless, who jumped ship for a similar gig over at prime competitor Fox Sports 1. Since his summer start, Kellerman says he.
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FS1's Skip Bayless -- Here's Why Floyd Won't Fight Conor -- Bowk, Bowk, Bowk, Bowk Bowk!!! (Video)

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[[tmz:video id="0_wj179vdv"]] "Undisputed" host Skip Bayless thinks Floyd Mayweather could make hundreds of millions of bucks if he fights Conor McGregor, but he's not holding his breath 'cause he thinks Floyd's a big chicken. The FS1 anchor was leaving Madeo Friday night when he told our photog who he'd pick in what could become a fight for the ages. Read more
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Espn Moves ‘First Take’ To Mothership, Benches Morning ‘SportsCenter’ Block

It’s been five months since First Take co-host Skip Bayless left Espn, and now the Worldwide Leader is hoping to boost the show’s sagging vierwership by moving it from ESPN2 to the Mothership. The yell-fest hosted by Stephen A. Smith and Bayless’ replacement Max Kellerman and Molly Qerim will replace the stalwart morning SportsCenter block beginning January 3. The two hours of SportsCenter that airs from 10 Am-noon Et, will move to ESPN2, also on January 3. SportsCenter Fa…
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‘First Take’ Will Move to Espn Next Year

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‘First Take’ Will Move to Espn Next Year
“First Take,” which airs on ESPN2, will move on up to regular ol’ Espn next year. The Stephen A. Smith-Max Kellerman debate program will basically swap spots with “SportsCenter” beginning Tuesday, Jan. 3. “First Take” runs live from 10 a.m. Et to noon, which will not change. The former “Cold Pizza” will still re-air on ESPN2 daily. Molly Qerim moderates “First Take.” Also Read: Skip Bayless Reveals Why Espn Almost Canceled 'First Take' We couched the switch with “basically” because it’s actually a bit confusing. “SportsCenter Face to Face,” an interview-based show hosted by Hannah Storm, will take the first ESPN2 hour.
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Espn Will Swap Two Hours of ‘SportsCenter’ for ‘First Take’

Espn Will Swap Two Hours of ‘SportsCenter’ for ‘First Take’
Espn has spent months tweaking its nearly ubiquitous flagship program, “SportsCenter,” transforming some hours into a late-night showcase and others into formats that rely on stronger personalities. Now the Disney-owned network is trying something even more radical: Swapping two hours of the program for Stephen A. Smith’s “First Take.”

Espn said Friday it would exchange the two hours of “SportsCenter” that currently air on Espn for the Smith program, which also features Max Kellerman and Molly Qerim. The move will be effective as of January 3. “We think this gives the show, really, the best chance to thrive with the new lineup,” said Burke Magnus, executive vice president of programming and scheduling, for Espn. “We like the lineup,” he added. “We think it’s a a crisper show and we think this will really sort of put its audience on a rocket ship.”.

The executive was referring to the recent departure of the outspoken Skip Bayless, who
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