Floyd Mayweather Bans Michelle Beadle, Rachel Nichols From Covering Bout

In the past year, Michelle Beadle has emerged as one of the most important and independent voices at ESPN. When First Take’s Stephen A. Smith suggested that battered women were guilty of provoking their assailants, it was Beadle who offered the most eloquent and vocal denunciation of Smith’s comments. A relative… »5/02/15 1:03pm5/02/15 1:03pm

This Is the Interview About His Ancestor Ben Affleck Tried to Suppress

Ben Affleck really didn’t want people to know that one of his distant ancestors owned slaves—going so far as to lobby celebrity genealogy TV show Finding Your Roots to suppress the segment in which that ancestor is discussed. But we got our hands on a copy of the script—and now you can read the mild interview that… »4/23/15 9:46am4/23/15 9:46am

The Thriving Industry That Helps Encourage Book Censorship

We have rating systems for movies, television shows, and video games—so why not rating systems for books? That's the thought behind services that rate books with the aim of helping parents and protecting children. But these services are contributing to censorship in schools—and harming public education in the process. »10/01/14 4:00pm10/01/14 4:00pm

NBC Edited Out 38% Of The Closing Ceremony. Here's What You Missed.

It's no secret NBC makes significant edits to its tape-delayed broadcasts of Olympic ceremonies. We've never seen them leave out as much as they did last night, though, in excising more than 50 minutes from an already brisk Sochi closing ceremony; that left U.S. viewers seeing less than 62% of the event. We tracked… »2/24/14 8:45am2/24/14 8:45am

Here's Everything Else NBC Edited Out Of The Opening Ceremony Broadcast

NBC promised to show yesterday's Olympic Winter Games opening ceremony events from Sochi "as they happened." That obviously wasn't true, though compared to the network's butchering of London's closing ceremony two years ago NBC managed to keep most of the substance. Viewers in the U.S. saw 91% of the opening ceremony,… »2/08/14 11:07am2/08/14 11:07am

Stephen A. Smith Says "Nigga, Please" On ESPN2, And Everyone Gets Stupid In Response

On Thursday morning's First Take, Stephen A. Smith expressed his disbelief that Kobe Bryant would miss time with an injury by saying "nigga, please." This was not a thing he should have said on TV, yet he did. It was barely noticeable, but at least one person noticed, uploaded the video, and certain folks began… »10/26/12 12:35pm10/26/12 12:35pm

Here's The Opening Ceremony Tribute To Terrorism Victims NBC Doesn't Want You To See

The major transitional element of today's London Olympics opening ceremony was a downtempo performance of adoptive sporting anthem "Abide With Me" by Scottish singer Emeli Sandé. The song and accompanying dance were a tribute to the victims of the 7/7 terror attacks in London that claimed 52 victims days after the… »7/27/12 10:55pm7/27/12 10:55pm

The London Olympics Website Does Not Want You Linking To It Unless You're Going To Be Nice

As a mega-moneyfest, the Olympics demand a massive amount of corporate sanitizing. For spectators, this means having anything you didn't obtain from an official Olympic sponsor confiscated, but this has been going on for years and for the most part, that's the Faustian bargain you make in order to attend the world's… »7/13/12 1:30pm7/13/12 1:30pm

That List Of "Words You Can't Text In Pakistan" Is Actually The List Of Things You Can't Put On NFL Jerseys

There's a document circulating today that allegedly contains the list of words that the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) wants banned from text messages. A few tipsters forwarded it our way after noticing that the list included phrases like "Rae Carruth," "Neon Deon," and "He Hate Me,"—all things that would… »11/21/11 3:35pm11/21/11 3:35pm

Elon University's Elders Were Apparently None Too Happy About That Whole "Comedic" Video Thing

Something really, really sad happened since the "Welcome to the EU" video by East Infection, Juice Box, and the Bigger Guys made its way from Elon University to Deadspin and back to Elon's administrative and athletic-directing offices. Namely, it seems as if Elon higher-ups were concerned about potential reputational… »5/07/11 6:00pm5/07/11 6:00pm

Why Did FanHouse Pull Video Of Antonio Margarito And Brandon Rios Joking About Freddie Roach's Parkinson's? (UPDATE)

Prepping for his fight with Manny Pacquiao, Margarito and Rios made some ill-advised jokes about Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach's Parkinson's disease. The video, shot by a FanHouse "reporter," was edited to take out the bad stuff, then deleted altogether. Here it is. »11/10/10 4:40pm11/10/10 4:40pm