Sources: ESPN First Take Boss In Talks With NBC To Produce Today Show

ESPN vice president Jamie Horowitz, the midwife of Bristol's "Embrace Debate" era that made us all a little dumber, has been approached by NBC to take control of the Today show, according to two sources. A deal appears likely, we're told, though Horowitz still has to extract himself from his contract with ESPN. At the… » 1/27/14 4:00pm 1/27/14 4:00pm

Bill Simmons Calls The Bayless-Sherman First Take Meltdown "Awful And…

It's been a while, but Bill Simmons has finally weighed in on something ESPN. Naturally, it's about the show that sucks up the most oxygen in Bristol, First Take. » 3/08/13 11:10am 3/08/13 11:10am

Terrell Suggs Tells Skip Bayless He's "Graduated From Douchebag To…

Last year, Terrell Suggs called Skip Bayless a douchebag, a great TV moment that made up for what it lacked in verbal majesty with a certain frankness of expression. Today, First Take debuted its new half-hour live edition for ESPN. Apparently the suits in Bristol are so worked up about the show after the Rob Parker » 2/07/13 5:03pm 2/07/13 5:03pm

ESPN Suspends Rob Parker After "Cornball Brother" Remarks, Promises "Full …

ESPN execs are not sitting on their hands on this one. A day after Rob Parker's "is he a brother or is he a cornball brother" comments about Robert Griffin III, ESPN said that Parker is suspended indefinitely. » 12/14/12 12:36pm 12/14/12 12:36pm

Why ESPN Should Worry About First Take's Ratings Slide

This has been the working theory: ESPN2's First Take is bad for the soul but awfully good for business. In late September, ESPN made the show the personal property of the professionally disagreeable Skip Bayless, turning the format into wall-to-wall staged argument. The conceit looked like a hit and seemed certain to… » 6/11/12 11:45am 6/11/12 11:45am