Sources: ESPN Really Has No Way To Tell Who Changed Draft Rankings

After Sunday's announcement from ESPN that the network remains unsure who modified Chad Ford's NBA pre-draft rankings years after the fact, we immediately asked, "How is that possible?" Nearly every known content management system tracks changes, and we're told ESPN's usual process is especially well-monitored, with… » 1/27/15 9:30am Tuesday 9:30am

ESPN's Chad Ford Has Been Retroactively Editing Draft Boards For Years

This website has been using ESPN NBA analyst Chad Ford as a punching bag for nearly ten years. And we don't feel a bit sorry for it after discovering tonight (upon unearthing by those Reddit rapscallions) that Ford has been retroactively re-ranking his NBA draft boards years after the fact. » 1/24/15 11:45pm 1/24/15 11:45pm

Sal Paolantonio Has Found The Real Victim Of Ballghazi

We still have nine days until the Super Bowl, everyone. Mark Brunell getting upset over the possibility of Tom Brady fibbing is not the nadir of Ballghazi, though that'd be nice. On this morning's Colin Cowherd radio atrocity, Sal Paolantonio remixed a classic hand-wringing angle—Think of the children!—into something… » 1/23/15 1:40pm 1/23/15 1:40pm

Mark Brunell Almost Cries Over Deflated Balls

This is what we get for having two weeks before the Super Bowl. Stern questions at press conferences over the size and firmness of balls. Unironic tweets explicitly comparing the NFL's investigations to actual police work, despite the fact that last September, we received a big lesson about why it's unwise to hold up… » 1/22/15 6:31pm 1/22/15 6:31pm

FCC Fines ESPN $280,000 For Olympus Has Fallen Spot

Olympus Has Fallen—the 2013 movie about a White House attack that wasn't White House Down—got some TV networks into trouble with its advertising. The FCC dished out hefty fines for one spot's use of the Emergency Alert System sound. You can hear it at the beginning, right before the "THIS IS NOT A TEST" text. It's… » 1/20/15 5:40pm 1/20/15 5:40pm

ESPN Finally Corrects Story That Misquoted Doug Baldwin

Yesterday, we brought up an ESPN report by Seahawks reporter Terry Blount that profanely misquoted Seattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin. For whatever reason, Blount incorrectly inserted a few "motherfuckers" into Baldwin's postgame rant. Last night, ESPN finally got around to correcting the story, adding the following… » 1/20/15 9:22am 1/20/15 9:22am

Fowler Falls For Fake Website, Makes Crazy Claims About Tennis Star

Tonight's Australian Open coverage on ESPN2 featured announcer Chris Fowler explaining to the audience that Japanese pro Kei Nishikori is, among other things, the highest-paid tennis player in the world and the owner of a restaurant chain, a soccer team, and clothing and perfume lines. None of those things are true,… » 1/19/15 9:59pm 1/19/15 9:59pm

ESPN Blames Cardale Jones's Inexperience For Loss That Hasn't Happened

ESPN obviously has a number of graphics and stories ready so that no matter how tonight's national title game proceeds, they'll be ready with the instant analysis. If Ohio State loses and substitute QB Cardale Jones plays poorly—which doesn't look likely, given how well Jones is doing—ESPN will focus on his… » 1/12/15 10:40pm 1/12/15 10:40pm

ESPN Wants Nothing To Do With The Knicks

When the NBA released the national TV schedule in August, the Knicks appeared across ESPN, ABC, and TNT a total of 16 times, tied for ninth most in the league. The NBA has long catered to fans of large market teams—the LOLakers got 20 national TV games even though everybody knew they would be awful and bad TV—but now… » 1/08/15 2:35pm 1/08/15 2:35pm

Keith Olbermann Has A Great Stuart Scott Story

On yesterday's episode—the same one where he re-aired Stuart Scott's 1993 ESPN2 debut—Keith Olbermann decided to honor what he called Scott's "professional courage." Specifically, the time an ESPN executive, piqued by Scott's unique catchphrases, called the anchor into his office and told him he was being too black on… » 1/06/15 9:01am 1/06/15 9:01am