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 7/23/14 6:03pm

Which Sports Network Wastes The Most Space With Its Scores Ticker?

When ESPN introduced the "BottomLine" as an experiment on its new ESPN2 channel nearly 20 years ago, few expected the feature to become as ubiquitous in sports broadcasting as it has. Today, nearly every cable sports net has its own version of the scores ticker, and in an industry that clings to convention it's… » 5/29/14 9:31am 5/29/14 9:31am

This Will Be The Most Interesting Baseball Video You Watch Today

The grammar for how baseball is broadcast on television is not an obvious one, as the sport's irregularly-shaped field and rapidly-changing scenes of action makes it the most challenging to televise. Today we take for granted how baseball is supposed to "look," but the man responsible for crafting the game's… » 9/27/13 2:10pm 9/27/13 2:10pm

Why Did ESPN Cut 10 Minutes From A Podcast Of Keith Olbermann's Show?

Keith Olbermann made his much-anticipated return to ESPN this week, and if you've missed any episodes of his new show, audio podcasts can be found on the Worldwide Leader's website. But if you were to listen to the podcast from Wednesday's program, you'd notice that significant portions are missing. Those excised… » 8/30/13 2:54pm 8/30/13 2:54pm

This Is What It Looks Like When An ESPN Network Goes Off The Air

The Worldwide Leader In Sports became a bit less world-wide last night, as ESPN shut down operations around much of the globe while handing over control of its channel in the UK and Ireland to British Telecom. Here's what overseas viewers watching ESPN America saw in the network's final moments: » 8/01/13 3:10pm 8/01/13 3:10pm

NBC's The 'Lights [Sic]: Like SportsCenter, But With Sports

The morning after the London Olympics came to a close, NBC Sports Network ( Versus, Outdoor Life Network) premiered The 'Lights, described by the network as as "a catalyst for our new programming lineup" that "will quickly provide sports fans all of the scores and highlights they crave as they start their day."… » 8/24/12 3:16pm 8/24/12 3:16pm

Charles Barkley, Emmy Award Winner

The Sports Emmys were last night in New York, and for a gathering of media people eager to congratulate themselves, nobody really seemed to care. (Just one person was livetweeting the results, the only realtime coverage of the event.) But one winner filtered out into the general consciousness: Charles Barkley won the… » 5/01/12 12:05pm 5/01/12 12:05pm