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As Trump News Cycle Swirls, TV News Bets on Interest in O.J. Simpson

18 July 2017 7:20 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Ashleigh Banfield, the veteran TV-news reporter, has been wandering around this week in the 110-degree heat of Las Vegas. By the time Thursday rolls around, things in that rollicking city are likely to get even hotter.

Banfield is hoofing around Nevada to cover the July 20th parole hearing of O.J. Simpson, the one-time NFL great whose acquittal in the 1994 murder of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman, and subsequent sentencing in 2008 for robbery of sports memorabilia from a Las Vegas hotel room have captivated a nation for decades.

The country’s TV-news outlets believe Simpson’s plight will do so again. He became eligible for parole after serving nine years of a 33-year sentence.

Two high-profile TV series – Espn’s 2016 documentary “O.J.: Made in America” and FX’s 2016 series “The People vs. O.J. Simpson” – returned Simpson’s legal travails to the national conversation. Now, the prospect that he may be freed at a »

- Brian Steinberg

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With Manny Pacquiao, Espn Hopes to Take New Swipe at Boxing

29 June 2017 8:10 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fans who tune into Espn Friday evening will be greeted with a rare sight on the sports outlet: A ticking countdown clock.

The on-screen timer won’t tick down to the start of Scott Van Pelt’s late-night “SportsCenter” or the first pitch of an important baseball game. It will instead try to interest viewers in an event that has become as infrequent on Espn as the ersatz timepiece itself – a major boxing match.

On Saturday, July 1, at 10 p.m., Espn will televise a bout between World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and undefeated contender Jeff “The Hornet” Horn at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia. The fight will also be telecast on Espn Deportes. It is the first time since 2005 that the popular Pacquaio has taken part in a fight that was not limited to pay-per-view.

“We sort of came across this opportunity to really plant a flag back in the sport of boxing in a »

- Brian Steinberg

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Ezekiel Elliott, Julian Edelman, Isaiah Thomas Bare All for Espn Body Issue

26 June 2017 5:02 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

NFL players Ezekiel Elliott and Julian Edelman, NBA great Isaiah Thomas and tennis star Caroline Wozniacki are among the famous athletes who have stripped for the the ninth annual Espn Body Issue. Espn announced the roster on Monday for the magazine that will hit newsstands on Friday, July 7. Other standouts include adaptive snowboarder/mountaineer and retired Marine Corps Sgt. Kirstie Ennis, who is the first veteran featured in the Body Issue, and sprinter/four-time Olympic medalist Novlene Williams-Mills, the first cancer survivor to be featured. Also Read: Sage Steele on New 'SportsCenter' Role, Espn's Evolution: 'Lot's of Changes »

- Debbie Emery

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Sage Steele on New ‘SportsCenter’ Role, Espn’s Evolution: ‘Lot’s of Changes at Our Network’

4 June 2017 5:51 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

(Updated: A previous version of this story said Trey Wingo was among the layoffs. He is still very much at the network and will debut a new Espn Radio show with Mike Golic later this fall, and continue to host the NFL Draft and appear on Espn’s NFL coverage) There’s no avoiding the on-air layoffs that recently rocked Espn. But amid the turmoil and media speculation, there are plenty of positive changes happening at the sports giant. Among them is Sage Steele returning to her roots on “SportsCenter” at the network’s hub in Bristol, Connecticut. “There’s »

- Debbie Emery

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Espn Reporter Walks Off Live Interview, Stuns Hannah Storm: ‘Todd Is Gone!’ (Video)

1 June 2017 12:30 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Hannah Storm is a pro — but even she can still be shocked by an unexpected moment on live TV. The Espn veteran was left high and dry Wednesday on her “SportsCenter” “Face to Face” segment, when Dallas Cowboys beat reporter Todd Archer walked off during a live shot. The topic was “Cowboys Without Romo,” which she was throwing to Archer. The segment turned into “‘Face to Face’ Without Todd.” Also Read: John Clayton Confirms He's Out at Espn, But Is 'Keeping the Ponytail' “Todd is gone!” a surprised Storm said when her on-location journalist walked off camera. She added, “I mean, »

- Tony Maglio

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6 Things We Learned From Espn’s Upfront

16 May 2017 9:11 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The name Espn conjures up images of “Monday Night Football,” “SportsCenter” and reams of stats about your favorite contests. But during an “upfront” presentation to advertisers Tuesday, executives spent a lot more time focused on the intricacies of the business, like ad sales, multi platform distribution and audience measurement.

No one’s eyes glazed over. Execs from the Disney-backed sports media juggernaut were accompanied by Serena Williams, Kelly Rowland and dozens of the network’s on-air personalities, all of whom helped illustrate what those more academic subjects help put into practice. Below are a few more things we learned from Espn’s showcase.

1. Scott Van Pelt wants to be considered among the set that includes Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel. Van Pelt made a brief appearance during the event and made the point that his viewership among young men between 18 to 34 is competitive – if not more so – than his late night rivals.

2. Serena Williams »

- Brian Steinberg

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Espn Revamps ‘SportsCenter’ As It Boosts TV And Digital News Updates

15 May 2017 11:01 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Espn’s calling an audible on SportsCenter, its flagship newscast that’s fighting to hang on to viewers who increasingly turn to mobile devices for the latest scores and video highlights. Disney’s sports channel is focusing its TV schedule around personalities including Steve Levy, Kenny Mayne, John Anderson, John Buccigross, Sage Steele, and Hannah Storm — who have signed new multi-year deals. And starting August 28, SportsCenter will offer frequent news updates on TV as… »

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Espn to Debut Fantasy Football Weekday Show With Matthew Berry (Exclusive)

12 May 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Espn is upping the ante on fantasy sports — which has been a massive traffic driver online — with a new half-hour fantasy football show hosted by Matthew Berry, set to launch on TV and online ahead of the next NFL season.

“The Fantasy Show,” to run Monday through Friday, will feature Berry, a noted fantasy-sports expert who’s worked at Espn for more than 10 years, analyzing the day’s news and developments. That will launch Aug. 1 initially on the Espn App and WatchESPN digital video platforms, leading up to a reprise of the 28-hour “Espn Fantasy Football Marathon” Aug. 14-15 across multiple programs on Espn networks. Following the marathon programming block, “The Fantasy Show” will make its TV premiere on ESPN2 and will run through the rest of the NFL’s 2017-18 season.

That’s in addition to the flood of fantasy football content that Berry and the rest of Espn’s crew will continue to pump out »

- Todd Spangler

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Wife of Espn Legend Chris Berman Killed in Car Accident

10 May 2017 7:30 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Anyone who’s ever watched Espn in the history of the network’s existence knows who Chris Berman is.  He’s a legend.  He’s one of the first anchors to ever appear on Sportscenter and has been a staple in the sports world for over 30 years.   Berman’s countless catch phrases like “he could go all the way!” or rhyming superstar athletes names on the fly with whatever comes to his mind have been part of Berman’s likeability and popularity. Unfortunately Chris Berman had a horrible loss today and we here at TVOvermind want to extend his family our deepest sympathy.   Katherine Berman,

Wife of Espn Legend Chris Berman Killed in Car Accident »

- Nat Berman

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Espn’s Cut Talent Could See Big Rebounds at Other Outlets

3 May 2017 7:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The latest corporate restructuring at Espn has flooded the sports media market with some very recognizable talent.

When Walt Disney’s sports media juggernaut pink-slipped 100 anchors, writers and analysts last week, it made available some of the medium’s most durable names: “SportsCenter” stalwarts, veteran baseball and hockey beat writers and masters of long-form sports storytelling. Espn has positioned the move as one made to focus on personnel who fit a lineup devoted to personality-driven “SportsCenter” broadcasts and digital-video projects built around them.

But the network doesn’t operate in a vacuum. There are scads of competitors — Fox Sports 1, Nbcsn, CBS Sports Network, cable networks operated by the major sports leagues and sports sites like The Ringer, the sports and culture site under the aegis of former Espn star Bill Simmons — that could provide a welcome home for those let go.

Below we look at a few of the people leaving Espn and ponder where they might »

- Brian Steinberg

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Espn Draft Night Coverage Sponsored By Job Recruiting Website Zip Recruiter

28 April 2017 6:30 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Only a day after announcing 100 layoff of on-air talent as well as a heartfelt tribute by Scott Van Pelt to his former colleagues on Sportscenter Espn made a colossal mistake.  It’s almost as if someone high on the chain was saying “They’ll never notice it.”  Either this was carefully crafted prank or the higher ups at Espn are that dumb but what happened yesterday during the NFL draft was inexcusable.  And no, I’m not talking about the Takkarist McKinley dropping the F-Bomb on live TV during his NFL Draft interview. I’m talking about the fact that Espn’s draft was

Espn Draft Night Coverage Sponsored By Job Recruiting Website Zip Recruiter »

- Nat Berman

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Scott Van Pelt’s Emotional Tribute to Laid-Off Espn Colleagues Was Excellent

27 April 2017 10:30 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Scott Van Pelt Aka the bald Matthew Perry had a very tough job on Sportscenter last night.  As many of you already know Espn laid off around 100 on-air personalities in order to save money due to the rising prevalence of cord cutting.   Because of the degree to which cable subscriptions are being eliminated the “Worldwide Leader in Sports” is only just starting what is sure to be a very large overhaul of how they do business and report sports to the world. One on-air personality who did not get the boot was Van Pelt.  Svp had the tough task

Scott Van Pelt’s Emotional Tribute to Laid-Off Espn Colleagues Was Excellent »

- Nat Berman

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Espn Layoffs: Jayson Stark & Trent Dilfer Among Several Big Names Let Go By Sports Giant – Update

26 April 2017 4:50 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Updated, 4:50 Pm: Longtime baseball guy Jayson Stark and veteran NFL analysts Ed Werder and Trent Dilfer are among the dozens of on-air talent and writers laid off by Espn today. Also out are such familiar names as NHL analyst Scott Burnside, legal analyst Roger Cossack and Dodgers reporter Doug Padilla, along with SportsCenter anchors Jade McCarthy, Jaymee Sire, Chris Hassel, Jay Crawford and Darren Hayes. Espn did not release a list people who were laid off — including… »

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Espn Layoffs: A List of Which Employees Have Been Fired

26 April 2017 2:43 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Espn laid off 100 employees on Wednesday as part of a company-wide restructuring.

The struggling cable sports network first announced the layoffs last month.

“We have long been about serving fans and innovating to create the best content for them. Today’s fans consume content in many different ways and we are in a continuous process of adapting to change and improving what we do,” Espn said in a March statement. “Inevitably, that has consequences for how we utilize our talent. We are confident that Espn will continue to have a roster of talent that is unequaled in sports.”

Among those who were let go include anchor Jay Crawford, radio host Danny Kanell, NFL reporter Ed Werder, and baseball reporter Jayson Stark.

Below is a list of former Espn employees who have confirmed their departures via social media (this list will continue to be updated).


SportsCenter” anchor Jay Crawford

Espnu anchor Brendan Fitzgerald

SportsCenter” anchor Chris Hassel »

- Lawrence Yee

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Espn Expects to Part With 100 Staffers as Viewers Shift

26 April 2017 6:36 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Espn expects to part ways with 100 of its journalists, analysts, play-by-play specialists and other members of its talent pool as the Walt Disney sports-media juggernaut places more focus on its rejiggered “SportsCenter” lineup as well as digital content associated with that program.

A person familiar with the situation said those employees will come from the ranks of on-air talent as well as people devoted to producing reports for its print and online outlets. Already, Paul Kuharsky, a nine-year Espn veteran who has covered the Tennessee Titans and southeastern NFL teams, indicated via Twitter that he did not expect his current contract to be renewed when it expires in July.

“Our content strategy – primarily illustrated in recent months by melding distinct, personality-driven SportsCenter TV editions and digital-only efforts with our biggest sub-brand – still needs to go further, faster…and as always, must be efficient and nimble,” said Espn President John Skipper in a memo sent to employees. “Dynamic »

- Brian Steinberg

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TV News Roundup: CBS Casts Dl Hughley as New Lead in ‘Brothered Up’

17 April 2017 4:55 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In today’s roundup, D.L Hughley takes over for Romany Malco in the CBS pilot “Brothered Up,” Khloe Kardashian’s fitspo show has been greenlit for a second season, and Debra Messing will be honored at the 28th Annual GLAAD Media Awards.


CBS has re-cast a lead role in the cop comedy pilot “Brothered Up,” replacing original star Romany Malco with comedian D.L. Hughley, Variety has confirmed. Hughley will star opposite co-lead Adhir Kalyan in the buddy cop sitcom that centers around two cops — an emotionally guarded African-American (Hughley) and an emotionally available Pakistani (Kalyan) — who have to find a way to connect as they patrol their Detroit neighborhood. The comedy hails from Mark Gross, co-executive producer on CBS’s “Man With A Plan,” who is writer and executive producer on the pilot. The decision to re-cast the character came after last week’s table read for the pilot, Deadline »

- Erin Nyren

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Sage Steele Has a ‘Bright and Long-Term Future at Espn, Network Boss Says

6 April 2017 6:09 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Espn president John Skipper spoke out in support of Sage Steele after the “SportsCenter” anchor was the victim of Twitter trolling earlier in the week. “Sage has done a wonderful job for us in a number of important roles. As previously announced, her ‘SportsCenter’ presence has grown and this week alone she has led our coverage from the men’s Final Four and the Masters,” Skipper said in a statement to TheWrap on Thursday. “Sage definitively has a bright and long-term future at Espn and my complete support,” he added. Also Read: Here's Scott Van Pelt's Plan for Calling The Masters: 'Turn the. »

- Debbie Emery

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Here’s Scott Van Pelt’s Plan for Calling The Masters: ‘Turn the Cameras on and Shut Up’

6 April 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Espn’s Scott Van Pelt is the (bald) talking head welcoming viewers to The Masters today, and the midnight “SportsCenter” host has a pretty straightforward strategy for calling all the classy action: “Turn the cameras on and shut up,” he told TheWrap. After all, “They’re not turning it on to see me,” Svp astutely added of the millions who will tune in this week. The new gig requires a bit of a different approach than Van Pelt’s normal light-hearted sports-talk shtick, which he described to us as “loosey-goosey.” Very few would refer to golf play-by-play with the same informal adjective, »

- Tony Maglio

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NBC to Broadcast Winter Olympics Live Across All Time Zones

28 March 2017 1:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC will broadcast all of its 2018 Winter Olympics coverage live across all time zones, the network announced Tuesday.

“Nothing brings America together for two weeks like the Olympics, and that communal experience will now be shared across the country at the same time, both on television and streaming online,” said Jim Bell, president of NBC Olympics production and programming. “That means social media won’t be ahead of the action in any time zone, and as a result, none of our viewers will have to wait for anything. This is exciting news for the audience, the advertisers, and our affiliates alike.”

On most nights of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, the primetime broadcast will begin at 8 p.m./7c. It will be followed in all time zones by local news, and then a “Primetime Plus” program, consisting of live continuing coverage from PyeongChang, South Korea. A replay of the primetime program will follow “Primetime Plus.” NBC »

- Joe Otterson

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Espn Finds Its Next Documentary Series to Follow ‘O.J.’ Oscar Win (Exclusive)

22 March 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Espn’s massive “O.J.: Made in America” documentary inspired the crew in Bristol to think bigger — even before the eight-hour epic won an Oscar.

Next month the sports giant will flood the zone with what it’s hoping will be another culturally resonant, super-sized docu-project: “We the Fans,” a multiplatform package chronicling the lives and relationships of a tightknit group of Chicago Bears season-ticket holders in section 250 of Soldier Field.

The project follows the diehards through the Bears’ atrocious 3-13 season last year. It’s anchored around eight 30-minute episodes that will air over four weeks starting April 11. But before, during, and after the TV run, Espn will spray a considerable amount of content for the project across its website with online-exclusive videos, photo galleries, articles, and a serialized podcast; on its WatchESPN video service; on social media; and in Espn the Magazine.

In fact, “We the Fans” originated from Espn’s digital group, and »

- Todd Spangler

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