How CBS And The NFL Teamed Up To Screw Wheel Of Fortune And Jeopardy!

In January, CBS acquired the rights to air NFL Network's Thursday Night Football through the first half of the season. That slate turned out to be some of the shittiest professional football ever put on television, and it was a financial catastrophe for the Tiffany network. But prime-time national NFL broadcasts hurt… » 12/12/14 2:45pm 12/12/14 2:45pm

ESPN And TNT Think NBA Broadcasts Are Worth A Lot More Than The NFL's

Adam Silver proudly announced the NBA's new TV deal with ESPN and TNT this morning, one that nearly triples how much its cable partners will pay the league to broadcast its regular season and playoff games. That amount—$2.7 billion a year—is especially insane when compared to what NBC, Fox, and CBS are paying for a… » 10/06/14 4:00pm 10/06/14 4:00pm

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