Now, belated thoughts on the UFC deal with ESPN

I had planned to spout off on this topic earlier, but now that I feel up to it, I will post about the UFC’s $1.5 billion TV deal with ESPN. From what I can tell, it looks to me like this is partly motivated by incumbent rightsholder FOX acquiring rights to the WWE. So ESPN…

Another bloodbath in Bristol: ESPN cans 150 people

The dream is dead. It’s absolutely dead. This week, ESPN had yet another bloodbath, sending 150 more people to the firing squad. These are production and behind the scenes people, mainly, the real unsung heroes who don’t get recognized on the street but who nevertheless get your favorite programs on the air. But I understand…

Bloodbath Day at ESPN: 100 people being let go, mostly on-air

The executions have been going on all day over at ESPN as a bunch of on-air people and online writers are being sacked. A host of talent has hit the street including Scott Burnside, Pierre LeBrun, Joe McDonald (good grief, ESPN has basically gutted their entire hockey coverage), Dr. Jerry Punch, Brett McMurphy, Jaymee Sire, Paul…

ESPN is getting ready to whack a lot of on-air talent!!

These are tough times for the sports channels in the USA. Now, the word is that ESPN is about to get rid of a lot of on-air talent. They have already made a ton of cuts behind the scenes, with a mass layoff in 2015; now it is hitting the front of the camera. No…

All in all, it’s sad times at ESPN. 300+ layoffs.

   It may be a great time for fans of the NL champion New York Mets. But these are miserable times over at ESPN.  From what I read at Awful Announcing, the Worldwide Leader is having to pay through the nose to keep their exorbitant sports rights; meanwhile, fans at home are cutting the cord…

Sad day in sports as Stuart Scott of ESPN fame has passed away

The bad, but not unexpected news came today that Stuart Scott of ESPN has died. Here is the story about him from ESPN. He had been ill with cancer for a long time. Last year Scott gave a moving speech accepting the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at the ESPY awards in which he spoke…

NOW A FEW THOUGHTS ON TSN IN THE POST-NHL ERA

When news broke that TSN lost national rights to NHL hockey for 12 years, my first suggestion was they become big football fans over there. Turns out TSN is following all my advice, even before I provide it. It turns out right after Rogers took the NHL rights, Bell swiped away the Rogers late-Sunday-afternoon NFL…

FOX SPORTS 1 LAUNCHES ON A BUSY WEEKEND FOR SPORTS FANS

Well, the momentous occasion has finally arrived: the launch happens for Fox Sports 1 tomorrow as they begin their quest to take down ESPN. No doubt, they should benefit by attracting plenty of broadcasting talent who might be repelled by the thought of living in dull and boring Bristol, Connecticut. On board are such famed and heavily-promoted sportscasters as…

ON THE LAYOFFS AT ESPN

In keeping with my continuing coverage of sports TV, read at Deadspin about layoffs of upwards of 400 people at ESPN. Apparently this was a shock to the staff, no warning at all. And parent company Disney was coming off record-highs for its stocks, too. When your company seems to be doing well, you ought to at least keep your…

NOW A FEW WORDS ABOUT FOX SPORTS 1 AND OTHER NEW SPORTS CHANNELS

Been finding out more about this new Fox Sports 1 service that is starting up in August, and what they will be programming. According to MMA Weekly, the new channel’s lineup will be heavily concentrating on their current properties NASCAR and the UFC.  I suppose this should not be so surprising, since the main FOX network holds those…

ESPN IS SHOWING KHL HOCKEY GAMES. I KID YOU NOT!

Today was a historic day for hockey fans. That’s right, for the first time ESPN2 in the USA was showing a live Kontinental Hockey League game. It was Alex Ovechkin and Moscow Dynamo taking on HC Lev. Then they repeated the game later that night! Here’s a live blog of what went down. From what I…

MORE BIG TV NEWS: ERIN ANDREWS LEAVES ESPN

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!! (Okay I admit it, I like Erin Andrews.) In the same week that Ann Curry gave her tearful goodbye to the Today Show on NBC comes word that the popular and ridiculously-hot sideline reporter Erin Andrews has parted ways with ESPN. Erin was one of several sportscasting free agents out there this year and the word is that…