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ESPN: can The Worldwide Leader in Sports manage its own decline?

The sports broadcaster has been buffeted by layoffs, declining revenue and a stormy political climate. Will it adapt to a changed media landscape?In the summer of 1998, ESPN did what successful American sports entities tend to do: it opened a restauran…

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ESPN kneels before advertisers by silencing Jemele Hill for doing her job | Marina Hyde

ESPN asked Jemele Hill to ‘discuss sports topics, news, culture, and social issues’ and to tweet on ‘a current issue impacting sports’ – then suspended her for doing exactly thatMore than a week into her suspension for some highly anodyne tweets relate…

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Kaepernick backs ESPN anchor Hill after she calls Trump a white supremacist

  • ESPN sends out apology after series of tweets by SportsCenter host
  • Former 49ers quarterback says he stands with Jemele Hill

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has tweeted his support for ESPN anchor Jemele Hill after she called Donald Trump a “white supremacist”.

Hill’s attack on the president caused ESPN to issue an apology on Tuesday, with the broadcaster saying her views “do not represent the position of ESPN.” And “she recognizes her actions were inappropriate”.

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ESPN’s portrait of a gang-infested Dublin attracts bemusement in Ireland

  • Profile of UFC star Conor McGregor depicts ‘clannish, parochial’ city
  • Dubliners joke that UN should be called in to solve problems

In his longform article on the UFC star Conor McGregor’s roots in the Dublin suburb of Crumlin, ESPN’s Wright Thompson paints a grim picture of the city. Drug dealers hang out on street corners. Bodies pile up as gangs fight for turf. Beatings are administered merely for being on the wrong street at the wrong time, and young lovers are afraid to walk the streets for fear of straying into the wrong territory.

It’s a chilling and evocative portrait from a very fine writer. The only problem is that Dublin’s actual inhabitants don’t appear to recognise the city in question.

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Warriors, Charles Barkley and Bob Ley pay tribute to fired ESPN workers

  • Around 100 employees, including well-known names, lost their jobs
  • ESPN looking to cut costs as subscriber base falls

After a tumultuous day at ESPN, in which the broadcaster laid off around 100 employees on Wednesday, including some of the network’s most popular on-air and online personalities, tributes were paid to those who lost their jobs.

Perhaps the most striking came from the Golden State Warriors. Their assistant coach, Mike Brown, spoke about Ethan Strauss, a highly respected writer who covered the team and lost his job on Wednesday.

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Warriors, Charles Barkley and Bob Ley pay tribute to fired ESPN workers

  • Around 100 employees, including well-known names, lost their jobs
  • ESPN looking to cut costs as subscriber base falls

After a tumultuous day at ESPN, in which the broadcaster laid off around 100 employees on Wednesday, including some of the network’s most popular on-air and online personalities, tributes were paid to those who lost their jobs.

Perhaps the most striking came from the Golden State Warriors. Their assistant coach, Mike Brown, spoke about Ethan Strauss, a highly respected writer who covered the team and lost his job on Wednesday.

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ESPN layoffs hit on-air reporters and anchors as 100 employees face cuts

  • ESPN to lay off around 100 on-air and online anchors, reporters and analysts
  • Employees affected include some of network’s most popular personalities

ESPN was set to lay off around 100 employees on Wednesday, including some of the network’s most popular on-air and online personalities, according to multiple reports.

The Disney-owned sports giant had no plans to announce the names of the employees affected, but a number of the anchors, reporters and analysts who were informed of their release spoke out on social media.

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Thursday Night Football: a ‘poopfest’ that was never meant for fans

For nearly a decade TNF has helped the NFL hold sway over television executives. But it may have outlived its usefulness

A popular perception is that the NFL’s Thursday night games – broadcast on the league’s own NFL Network and recently described by the Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman as a “poopfest” – are a product of greed. This is not entirely true. Thursday Night Football had a lot more to do with power and leverage than a simple sniff at the money.

This week the Giants play the Eagles in what could be the final ever, regular Thursday night telecast. Recently, Profootballtalk.com reported the league is looking hard at cutting back their schedule of Thursday night games, citing a source that said the games don’t generate enough money to be worth the overload of prime time football (never mind that the match-ups are often underwhelming and leave little time for players to recover if they have played the previous weekend). The NFL denied the report but it is clear that Thursday Night Football has now served its mercenary purpose and has become a drag on the rest of televised football. At the very least, the broadcast will have significant tweaks if it returns.

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ESPN host John Saunders dies at 61: ‘He was an extraordinary talent’

Saunders joined the network in 1986 covering numerous sportsHosted Sports Reporters for 15 yearsCause of death has not yet been announcedESPN sportscaster John Saunders, who hosted Sports Reporters for the last 15 years, has died, the network announced…

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LeBron James leads call to end gun violence: ‘We have to do better’

  • James and fellow NBA stars appear on stage at ESPY awards
  • ‘We all feel helpless and frustrated by the violence,’ Cleveland star says

LeBron James won five trophies, including best male athlete and best NBA player, at the ESPY Awards on Wednesday night when frivolity gave way to a James-led call to end gun violence and racial profiling.

Related: ESPY Awards 2016: Sager gives powerful speech in moving ceremony – as it happened

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ESPY Awards 2016 – live!

1.05am BST

And we’ve begun. A somber beginning here as NBA stars Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James discuss the rash of police violence against black people and speak out about athletes doubling as activists. Powerful words and not how I expected this to begin, well done on the producers’ part.

12.59am BST

Note: the ESPYs are still closer to an actual sporting event than the Pro Bowl is.

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Why Fox Sports, not ESPN, is winning America’s summer of soccer

ESPN’s Euro 2016 coverage has been mixed, while Fox has been sharper, funnier, and truer to an authentically American culture of the sport

Who has won America’s summer of soccer – ESPN or Fox Sports? To frame the question in this binary is to ignore, of course, the claim of another channel perhaps more familiar to the occasional American football fan. For long stretches of the winter, while MLS is in hibernation, the summer international tournaments are either long forgotten or far in the future, and the people of this country turn their attention to the double thrill of dressing in weather-flexible layers and making jokes about coffee flavored with pumpkin spice, football’s cultural airtime is occupied almost entirely by NBC’s coverage of the English Premier League.

Related: Chile beat Colombia after long weather delay to set up final with Argentina

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Abby Wambach joins ESPN in wide-ranging broadcast role

  • Former USA striker will act as analyst and reporter
  • World Cup winner will also host podcast and discuss controversial topics

Retired US soccer star Abby Wambach is joining ESPN as an analyst and a contributor.

Wambach, the leading goal scorer of all time, will cover the European Championships in France and the Rio Olympics in August. But her role won’t be limited to soccer: she will work across multiple platforms including ESPN Films and shows including Outside the Lines, according to the network.

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Curt Schilling: ESPN has ‘some of the biggest racists in sports commentating’

  • Former pitcher’s comments come after firing from network
  • Says political views are not allowed unless part of the ‘liberal agenda’

It was unlikely that a figure as outspoken as Curt Schilling was going to stay silent for long after ESPN fired him last week – but when the comeback came, it was extraordinary.

Schilling was dismissed from the network after sharing a transphobic post on Facebook but in an interview with the Breitbart News “patriot forum” on Thursday, hosted by Sirius XM, he accused ESPN of racism.

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Skip Bayless leaves ESPN and expected to join Fox Sports

Skip Bayless, the controversial co-host of First Take, is leaving ESPN after 12 years, the sports network confirmed on Tuesday. Bayless is widely expected to join Fox Sports.

ESPN said in a statement: “Skip Bayless has decided to leave ESPN when his contract expires at the end of August. His final appearance on First Take will be the day after the NBA finals conclude. We want to thank Skip for his many contributions to ESPN. His hard work and talent have benefited ESPN for 12 years.”

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Jon Gruden is football’s No1 fan and the NFL’s worst scout

The former Tampa Bay coach is held up as an expert on quarterback prospects but his NFL sure shots have a habit of coming horribly unstuck

Why are we still listening to Jon Gruden?

ESPN viewers know that it’s impossible to avoid him during NFL draft season thanks to his popular segment Gruden QB Camp, which puts prospects through the paces for an entire day with the Monday Night Football analyst. Even the many who have chosen to avoid ESPN networks entirely, save for watching live sporting events, will find it difficult to escape him during the offseason. Draft coverage in non-ESPN-related outlets routinely references Gruden’s analysis of QB prospects, seemingly valuing it above all others. There are precious few places that didn’t report on Gruden calling Carson Wentz “the most NFL-ready quarterback” in years.’

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Curt Schilling descended from a compelling voice to a petty bully

The World Series winning pitcher had potential to make a positive difference after his playing days. Instead he devoted himself to peddling bigotry

You have to wonder what it is in Curt Schilling’s mind that constantly makes him self-destruct. Does he really hate his public, post-baseball life so much that he would throw away the Hall of Fame and a good television job over a handful of trashy, offensive Facebook memes?

Once he was baseball’s best big-game pitcher, the man you wanted on the mound in the seventh game of the World Series. Off the field he offered meaningful baseball commentary in a way that made him more thoughtful than your typical ballplayer. Owners listened to him. Congress invited him to talk about steroids. Bernie Sanders told him he should become a politician.

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Win Butler’s political MVP speech at All-Star celebrity game cut off by ESPN

  • Win Butler named MVP of Friday’s NBA All-Star celebrity game
  • Arcade Fire frontman abruptly cut off during acceptance speech
  • Butler (15 points, 14 rebounds) led Team Canada in 74-64 win

After he was named Most Valuable Player of Friday’s NBA All-Star celebrity game, Win Butler said he was retiring from the annual Friday night exhibition. What he did next all but ruled out any future invitations.

The Arcade Fire frontman, speaking with ESPN’s Sage Steele, leveraged the platform of a nationally televised acceptance speech to share his political views – before promptly getting the hook.

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Caitlyn Jenner accepts ESPY award with message of ‘accepting people for who they are’ – video

In her speech accepting the Arthur Ashe courage award at the ESPY awards on Wednesday night, Caitlyn Jenner called for greater acceptance of people ‘for who they are’ by the sporting world and wider society. She also acknowledged her responsibility to …

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Floyd Mayweather’s domestic violence history clouds fight as female reporters say they were banned

CNN and ESPN journalists accuse boxer’s team of trying to block press credentials. ‘Confusion’ revives speculation about troubled history with women

Two top female sports reporters said on Saturday Floyd Mayweather’s support team tried to block them from attending the boxer’s highly touted fight with Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas, prompting speculation that the alleged action was due to their reporting on his history of domestic violence against women.

Rachel Nichols of CNN and Michelle Beadle of ESPN said on Saturday that Mayweather’s team had blocked their press credentials and would not allow them into the arena for the Saturday night fight.

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