ESPN's New Hire Says Global-Warming Fears Are "Intellectually Dishonest"

ESPN is a sports media conglomerate that largely, intentionally operates under the conceit that sports exist within a vacuum, untouched by the outside world except for instances in which the outside world intrudes on the sports universe. It’s a fallacious conceit, but it has some unintended positive consequences. Its… » 5/19/15 3:50pm Tuesday 3:50pm

Report: Bill Simmons Won't Be Appearing On Any ESPN Platforms

When ESPN president John Skipper announced that he would not be renewing Bill Simmons’s contract last week—four months ahead of his current contract’s expiration date—a lot of people were left wondering how Simmons would spend his last few months as a lame-duck employee. According to Sports Illustrated’s Richard… » 5/15/15 1:35pm 5/15/15 1:35pm

ESPN Grills Gronk About Patriots' Balls

Cheerful ogre Rob Gronkowski and Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. swung by ESPN this morning to plug some stuff about the Madden cover, but Jay Crawford and Chris McKendry (rightfully) took the opportunity to lob Ballghazi-related questions at Gronk, who answered them by talking about how he likes lifting weights and… » 5/13/15 3:05pm 5/13/15 3:05pm

How To Employ Bill Simmons

Bill Simmons’s ESPN legacy is much bigger than his byline. Over the last six years, he has conceived of the acclaimed documentary series 30 for 30 and launched ESPN’s high-quality sports and entertainment offshoot, Grantland. Soon he won’t have either. But he’ll always have the thing he’s best at (and no, that’s not… » 5/12/15 1:21pm 5/12/15 1:21pm

Bill Simmons Is A Shitty Writer

So last week, ESPN canned Bill Simmons. And now everyone’s doing the fun thing where we speculate about where he will end up for the next phase of his career. Where’s ol’ Bill gonna go? Fox? Turner/Bleacher Report? NBC? A boutique startup underwritten by a messianic venture capitalist with a boner for the NBA? Who’s… » 5/11/15 12:22pm 5/11/15 12:22pm

Deadcast: Is Colin Cowherd Leaving ESPN To Do Political Talk Radio?

Bill Simmons was fired by ESPN on Friday, and Jason McIntyre over at The Big Lead has speculated that Simmons was fired partly because ESPN didn’t want to set a salary precedent with him when they’ve got contracts for other on-air talent coming up later in the year, most notably Skippy Bayless and braying donkey Colin… » 5/11/15 10:31am 5/11/15 10:31am

Mark Jackson Defends Mayweather, Pretends To Be Boxing Expert

Former NBA coach and current ESPN analyst Mark Jackson aggressively defended Floyd Mayweather’s legacy against a straw man “hater” in the middle of today’s Grizzlies-Warriors game on ABC, declaring anyone who doesn’t recognize the welterweight champion as an all-time great “doesn’t know boxing,” and that those who… » 5/03/15 4:35pm 5/03/15 4:35pm

Mike Wilbon: You're "Naïve" For Expecting Boxers Not To Abuse Women

Gutless starfucker troll Mike Wilbon rambled his way to an awkward defense of serial domestic abuser Floyd Mayweather Jr. tonight on ESPN, having been inexplicably asked about tonight’s fight while covering the NBA playoffs in Los Angeles. Wilbon’s lengthy and nonsensical response implored viewers to understand the … » 5/02/15 9:28pm 5/02/15 9:28pm

Here Is The Insane Playbook For Jason Whitlock's "Black Grantland"

Earlier today, we published “How Jason Whitlock Is Poisoning ESPN’s ‘Black Grantland’,” where, among other things, we take a look at the plans Jason Whitlock has outlined for his upcoming site in a document called “The Playbook.” It’s worth reading in full, and you can do so below. » 4/27/15 5:55pm 4/27/15 5:55pm