Here Are 9 More Media Companies That Test Employees for Drugs

Earlier this month, Gawker named eight big media companies that continue to screen prospective employees for drug consumption. This drew dozens of emails and hundreds of comments from working journalists willing to talk about their own company’s testing practices. It’s time to spill their secrets. » 7/25/14 8:18am Today 8:18am

We Live In The Golden Age Of Sports Documentaries

A piece in this week's SportsBusiness Journal is nominally about how HBO Sports has lost its preeminence in the sports documentary biz, and sure enough, it has gutted its in-house doc unit in recent years. But it's heartening to realize that even as the former biggest player scales back, the sports documentary scene… » 7/23/14 6:03pm Wednesday 6:03pm

How Rupert Murdoch Could Go To War With ESPN

The blockbuster news that Rupert Murdoch bid $80 billion for Time Warner—and was at least temporarily rebuffed—points to an impending seismic shift in the media landscape. And, as the New York Times points out today, nowhere would that shift be felt more than in the business of televised sports. A Fox takeover of Time… » 7/18/14 10:47am 7/18/14 10:47am

WrestleMania Gets New Orleans Newspaper's Front Page

Today's New Orleans Times-Picayune features five pages of coverage of last night's WrestleMania at the Superdome—an event which managed to bleed over into the public consciousness more than usual, thanks in large part to the end of the Undertaker's streak. Still, it's odd to see wrestling get the front page of any… » 4/07/14 2:14pm 4/07/14 2:14pm

The MLB Regular Season Is Here, So Here's Vin Scully Speaking Australian

The Dodgers and Diamondbacks kicked off MLB's regular season today in Sydney, with L.A. taking Game One and Game Two underway now. Vin Scully is back, of course, and already giving us great sound bytes. Here he is introducing you to tonight's game with his attempt at speaking Australian. » 3/22/14 10:45pm 3/22/14 10:45pm

Baltimore Is One Step Closer to Being a Zero-Newspaper Town

It's not even possible to get mad at the Baltimore Sun now. The Baltimore Sun is a nursing home where newspapering goes to die, or to sink into terminal urine-soaked frailty and confusion. Yesterday it announced it had received the commitment papers for City Paper, the city's alternative weekly, b. 1977 – d. TK But… » 2/21/14 3:36pm 2/21/14 3:36pm

9/11 Truther Sneaked Into Super Bowl By Telling Security He Was Late

The most memorable quote from the Super Bowl was, unexpectedly, "Investigate 9/11. 9/11 was perpetrated by people within our own government." But how in the hell did that guy make it past so many levels of security to interrupt Malcolm Smith's press conference in the first place? Pretty easily, it turns out. » 2/03/14 9:41am 2/03/14 9:41am

Batman On Steroids: How The NFL On Fox Theme Song Was Born

It was March 1994, and Fox Sports president David Hill was on the phone with a new employee. Hill himself was something of a new employee. The network was only a few months old at that point, being built on the fly after Rupert Murdoch had unexpectedly outbid CBS for NFC broadcast rights. Hill was known, if he was… » 1/31/14 2:16pm 1/31/14 2:16pm