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Michael Wilbon Says NBA's 1-And-Done Rule's Gotta Go, But Racist?!

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The NBA's 1-and-done rule is "complicated" and objectionable" and has got to go ... so says ESPN star Michael Wilbon -- but he definitely stopped short of calling it "racist." We got the "Pardon The Interruption" host leaving Craig's in L.A. -- and asked him about Stan Van Gundy's recent comments about the league's 1-year collegiate mandate being racist ... since most athletes it's holding back are black. "The '1-and-done' is complicated and
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Keith Olbermann to Return to ESPN Next Week – At Least, for 2 Days

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Keith Olbermann to Return to ESPN Next Week – At Least, for 2 Days
Someone wake up Dan Patrick: Keith Olbermann is returning to ESPN next week. The assignment is temporary — for now, at least — as Olbermann will fill in for Michael Wilbon opposite Tony Kornheiser on popular sports debate program “Pti.” The guest stint appears to be another step in a possible full-time reunion between Olbermann and self-proclaimed Leader in Sports. Next Thursday and Friday, March 1 and 2, marks Olbermann’s first time doing “Pardon The Interruption.” Also Read: Keith Olbermann Says NBC News 'Enabled' Matt Lauer, Slams Fired Star as 'Vindictive' Olbermann got his start in media co-hosting ESPN’s “SportsCenter” alongside Patrick, which...
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Hollywood Reacts to Jemele Hill Controversy

Hollywood Reacts to Jemele Hill Controversy
Controversy was ignited on Monday when Espn’s “SportsCenter” anchor Jemele Hill tweeted her views on Donald Trump, calling the president a “white supremacist” and a “bigot.” Espn subsequently distanced itself from her comments, tweeting a statement denouncing her tweets and stating that the station had spoken with Hill regarding the incident.

Hill then issued a statement expressing regret that her comments “painted Espn in an unfair light” via Twitter on Tuesday, but not before White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded to a reporter’s question about the incident: “I think that’s one of the more outrageous comments that anyone could make, and certainly something that I think is a fireable offense by Espn,” she said.

In response to the goings on, the entertainment industry took to Twitter to express support for Hill.

Jemele Hill is sharp. Speaks her mind and never has to ‘get back to you on that.’ We
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Espn’s Dan Le Batard on Magic Johnson Criticism: ‘Social Justice Warriors Are Eating Their Own’

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Espn’s Dan Le Batard on Magic Johnson Criticism: ‘Social Justice Warriors Are Eating Their Own’
This week’s announcement that Magic Johnson has been named team president for the Los Angeles Lakers sparked celebration from many long-suffering fans, but caused a division among some of Espn’s top talent. “Highly Questionable” host Dan Le Batard kicked off a firestorm when he criticized the five-time NBA champion’s ability to run the team, saying he only got the top job because “he’s famous and charming.” Le Batard’s comments triggered an instant reaction, most notably from fellow Espn host, Mike Wilbon, who blasted him on Twitter asking: “Did the electricity go out in LeBatard’s
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Espn's Michael Wilbon Blasts NFL Refs Over Cam Newton Hit, Demands They Be Suspended

Michael Wilbon is not happy with the NFL refs who worked Monday Night Football this week, when the Carolina Panthers took on the Washington Redskins. 

In the game, Panthers' star quarterback Cam Newton took a hit to the head while he was attempting to slide. A flag was thrown, but as Newton was getting up, he threw the football in the direction of the player who hit him, so rather than call a personal foul for roughing Newton, the refs penalized the quarterback for taunting. 

Wilbon, co-host of Espn's Pardon the Interruption, was irate. 

"The officiating crew should be suspended rest...
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‘Pti’ Hosts Tony Kornheiser and Mike Wilbon Sign Contract Extensions to Stay at Espn

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“Pti” hosts Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon have signed new multiyear contract extensions to stay at Espn. Both will also continue their work on other platforms owned by the powerful Disney cable channel, most notably Wilbon’s NBA commentary. The popular Kornheiser and Wilbon also do the “Pti” podcast and a daily segment during the opening minutes of the 6 p.m. “SportsCenter.” This week marks the 15-year anniversary of “Pardon the Interruption,” which is Espn’s most-watched daily studio program, averaging more than a million viewers per day when including ESPN2’s 6:30 p.m. re-air. Also Read: Is a Netflix + Espn Service in the.
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Top TV for 2014: 10 more great returning series

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I am what James Poniewozik at Time would call an Everybody Gets a Trophy kind of person. With the Baseball Hall of Fame, I'm a big Hall kind of guy. (Vote Tim Raines this year, people!) I like honoring as much excellence as I can, whenever I can, even if it comes at the risk of making everything a bit less special because so many things are being called special. Even before the Too Much Good TV deluge began in the last couple of years, I was always somebody who tried to squeeze more than 10 shows into his yearly top 10 lists, whether through ties or other bending of the rules. One year, number 2 on my list was "Fact-based movies and miniseries," a ridiculous cheat that allowed me to squeeze six productions into one slot; another, I didn't even do a top 10 at all, but an amorphous list of things like
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President Obama -- Pardon The Interruption ... But I'm Golfing with Espn Hosts

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Happy time, people ... at least it was for "Pardon the Interruption" hosts Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser yesterday when they snuck in a full round of golf with President Obama! The gang all met up at the Congressional Country Club in Bethseda, Maryland yesterday ... along with a White House aide (who completed the 4-some) ... and played the 90-year old course. It's not the first time the Prez hooked up with the Pti gang for some golf -- last year,
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As Rivals Grow Vocal, Espn Touts ‘SportsCenter,’ World Cup

Espn took some time to cheer about its presentation of sports as a central facet of life, burnishing not only the content it provides but the way in which it distributes it.

“We tell the stories of what it means to be human,” said Ed Erhardt, the Walt Disney outlet’ president of global customer marketing and sales, holding forth at an “upfront” assembly of ad buyers and marketing executives.

Meanwhile Espn President John Skipper told the crowd that Espn had launched 80 different programs and products in the last year or so – a testament to the company’s determination to continue providing new ways of covering sport no matter how consumers wish to access them.

Espn made its pitch as sports-media outlets owned by rival companies have been making more noise. On Monday, some executives at NBC’s upfront presentation spent almost as much time talking about parent company NBCUniversal’s
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Espn Touts New ‘SportsCenter’ Set; ‘Pti’ Co-Hosts Sign New Multi-Year Deals

Espn Touts New ‘SportsCenter’ Set; ‘Pti’ Co-Hosts Sign New Multi-Year Deals
Espn teased its new “SportsCenter” set and announced contract extensions for “Pardon the Interruption” co-hosts Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon at its upfront presentation to advertisers Tuesday. The new studio space, at Espn's Digital Center in Bristol, Conn., is about 10,000 square feet and boasts 114 monitors. It is technically two studios, allowing one show to rehearse while another shoots, and will debut in June. Also read: NFL Fines Miami Dolphins Player Over ‘Horrible’ Tweets About Michael Sam Kornheiser and Wilbon, who have co-hosted “Pti” since 2001, signed new multi-year extensions, the network said. Espn also touted its 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil coverage.
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Magic Johnson leaves Espn over Bill Simmons feud?

NBA legend Magic Johnson announced Thursday (October 11) that he was leaving Espn, where he has appeared since 2008 as a basketball analyst on "NBA Countdown." In a statement, Magic said he was leaving due to other commitments, but a report claims he actually called it quits due to fellow analyst Bill Simmons.

A source tells Deadspin that Simmons has essentially been handed control of "NBA Countdown." Magic was reportedly unhappy when co-host Michael Wilbon's role on the show was diminished.

Both Johnson and Simmons have released statements, saying a feud between them doesn't exist and that there are no hard feelings on either side. "I loved getting to know Magic these past 12 months and was saddened to hear about his decision," Simmons says, adding that Johnson is his friend and he was working ideas that could lead to them working together in the future. Meanwhile, Magic's agent reiterates that the
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Keith Olbermann plays small ball in first ESPN2 show

Keith Olbermann plays small ball in first ESPN2 show
He began his new show with a little Jack Paar reference and finished with his Edward R. Murrow sign off, but in between, it was — for better and for worse — the old Keith Olbermann. (And most likely, the Keith Olbermann Espn intended to hire.) Olbermann wrapped himself in the banner of the Worldwide Leader, reminiscing through archived video clips of his younger days and poking fun of his first go-around at ESPN2 by donning the same infamous jacket he wore back in 1993 and updating his nose-cutting “welcome to the end of my career” remark for embattled Jets coach Rex Ryan.
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Espn's Bill Simmons on joining 'NBA Countdown' and his close encounter with Mike Francesa

Espn's Bill Simmons on joining 'NBA Countdown' and his close encounter with Mike Francesa
When Bill Simmons first became the Boston Sports Guy, writing an obscure blog for AOL in the early days of the internets, he gradually cultivated a loyal audience who appreciated his exhaustive essays dissecting Beantown’s sport fandom while sprinkling in Karate Kid and Road House references. He wrote from a fan’s perspective, which is the only perspective he could afford at the time, but that voice ultimately made him famous and influential. He’s been at Espn now since 2001, and if he doesn’t yet run the network, he certainly is one of the Sports Leaders’ most important assets.
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Stars React To 'Green Mile' Star's Death

Stars React To 'Green Mile' Star's Death
A sampling of the outpouring of love and memories from the Hollywood and sports worlds Monday following the death of Michael Clarke Duncan, many of them on Twitter:

_ "I am terribly saddened at the loss of Big Mike. He was the treasure we all discovered on the set of `The Green Mile.' He was magic. He was a big love of man and his passing leaves us stunned." – Tom Hanks.

_ "I'm devastated at the loss of Michael Clarke Duncan, one of the finest people I've ever had the privilege to work with or know. Michael was the gentlest of souls – an exemplar of decency, integrity, and kindness. The sadness I feel is inexpressible. _Frank Darabont, director of "The Green Mile."

_ "(at)OfficialMCD I cant believe you are gone my friend. I will miss our Lakers vs Mavs bets and texts . You will not be forgotten. Rip" – Dallas Mavericks owner
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Magic Johnson Expanding Role on NBA Pregame Show

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Magic Johnson Expanding Role on NBA Pregame Show
Espn and ABC's NBA pregame show is expanding Magic Johnson's role and moving to Los Angeles. Beginning Christmas Day at 2 p.m., the "Kia NBA Countdown" will originate from the Espn Los Angeles Production Center at L.A. Live – across the street from Staples Center. Johnson will become a featured analyst -- joining Jon Barry, Michael Wilbon and Chris Broussard. He will also continue to interview NBA stars and provide analysis on "SportsCenter" and other Espn shows. The show has previously aired from Bristol, Conn. and New York City. "It’s been a lot
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Keith Olbermann and Dan Patrick reunite to talk Espn movie

Keith Olbermann and Dan Patrick reunite to talk Espn movie
Ever since 20th Century Fox decided to turn that 745-page Espn oral history into a movie, everyone has been speculating who will play their favorite quippy on-air personalities like Keith Olbermann and Dan Patrick. Even Keith Olbermann and Dan Patrick. The former SportsCenter tag-team partners reunited last night on Olbermann’s Current TV show and had some fun casting themselves and their former co-workers. It was only semi-serious, with Olbermann using the game as an opportunity to take pot-shots at his perceived former rivals. When Patrick suggested Ryan Gosling for dashing Craig Kilborn, Olbermann replied, “That’s alright, but he
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Keith Olbermann and Dan Patrick dream cast Espn movie, chat about 'Worst Person' Newt

On the July 28th edition of "Countdown with Keith Olbermann," Keith was joined by former Espn "SportsCenter" co-host Dan Patrick who stopped by to chat about fantasy-casting the movie version of the Espn saga -- plans for which are actually underway at 20th Century Fox. When Patrick said he thinks the screenwriters will focus on the mid-90s era at Espn because, thanks to Keith, there was tension in the building, Keith replied emphatically, "How come no one ever told me there was tension in the building? I didn't know!" Some of their dream casting picks? Larry David or Paul Giamatti for Tony Kornheiser; Sinbad or Forest Whitaker for Michael Wilbon; Tim Meadows for Stuart Scott. Finally, Patrick
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Empathy For The Devil | Pajiba Sports

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Today I address a controversial topic.

I love dogs. I absolutely love them. I often cite them as my favorite animal. When I am a guest at someone's house, I have been known to completely eschew all polite social pleasantries to frolic with any dogs that I might meet.

Yes, I am that guy at the party sitting in the corner, sipping his drink, and scratching the mutt-in-residence behind the ear as I telepathically confide in my canine friend that speech is wasted on humans.

When engaging in an intensely competitive game of "Serious Thumbs Up" with my nieces, I concentrate on the absence of my dearly departed four-legged childhood friend Zooey in order to maintain a serious visage and thus win the game.

Unless you consider my lack of human social skills controversial, we have not arrived at the controversial part: Lately I have been feeling as if I
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LeBron’s “Decision”? To Avoid the Path of Greatness

I know I saw something last night on Espn, which with its sycophantish idolatry of supposed sports heroes mights as well be called Bspn, America’s Bullshit Leader. I know I heard talking heads such as Michael Wilbon and Jon Barry and Chris Broussard (until he mysteriously disappeared) speak in empty sports babble, saying the same things over and over and over, waiting for LeBron James to be fed oversize beach balls by the once-incisive Jim Gray. Wilbon, although he claims to be from the Midwest, looked like an East Coast dandy with all that pink; the only thing missing was a man purse. Broussard looked like he was melting, since he was the one who had reported that LeBron would be going to the Miami Heat but was now clearly running for his life, naming every NBA team with the exception of the Toronto Raptors as a possible contender.
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The 5 Most Ridiculous Parts From Espn’s LeBron James Announcement

LeBron James announced Thursday night that he’ll be playing for the Miami Heat next year. James made this announcement during a one-hour special on Espn. How did Espn manage to fill an hour of prime-time programming with a grain of information that I’ve already conveyed in that two-line introduction? The same way American Idol results shows manage to exist — by padding it with a bunch of time-wasting nonsense, obviously. Here are the five most impressively insulting examples: 1. Photoshops Of LeBron In Five Different Jerseys “With just minutes before the big announcement,” proclaimed Stuart Scott, “let’s take a look at what LeBron James would look like wearing the jerseys of his five different suitors.” Espn then showed that photo above, which is not news, information, or a thing. But what would LeBron James look like if he played…On The Moon? Thanks, Worldwide Leader In Sports and Theoretical Photoshops!
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