Earlier this month, the UFC was sold for $4 billion to, of all places, WME-IMG, the talent agency best known for its co-CEO Ari Emanuel, the inspiration for Entourage’s Ari Gold. SportsBusinessJournal had a good piece recently detailing some of the behind-the-scenes negotiating over the deal in which, among other…
Deadspin has learned that ESPN’s recent loss of three million cable subscribers, which was followed by a significant drop in its parent company’s share price, has attracted the attention of a high-powered law firm that specializes in bringing class-action lawsuits on behalf of defrauded investors.
Tom Jackson has been with ESPN since 1987, and programs he has anchored (including NFL Countdown and NFL Primetime) have won seven Emmy Awards over that time. His partner Chris Berman is possibly leaving after this season, but according to a report from Pro Football Talk, Jackson is leaving ESPN and will not be around…
ESPN has re-signed superstar basketball reporter Zach Lowe to a multi-year contract, according to multiple industry sources. Lowe joined Grantland from Sports Illustrated in October 2012 and spent three years there before transitioning to ESPN.com, after ESPN pulled the plug on Grantland. His contract was up this fall.
Donald Trump may not have been able to convince any famous athletes to speak at this week’s Republican National Convention, but he did get Lou Holtz’s support, dammit, and Lou Holtz is giving it everything he has.
Alabama football head coach Nick Saban, who never seems pleased, seemed especially displeased with radio host Paul Finebaum today on SEC Network. Finebaum asked about his decision to not suspend two players after they were arrested on drug and weapons charges, and Saban pushed back.
ESPN has officially announced that Max Kellerman will be Skip Bayless’s replacement on First Take, confirming weeks of reports that he was the leading contender for the job of sitting stone-faced while Stephen A. Smith yells. Kellerman will give up his radio show and duties on SportsNation to take the position.
ESPN executive vice president John Wildhack, who has been with the network since its inception and was one of president John Skipper’s top lieutenants, has been named the new athletic director at Syracuse University.
Today Serena Williams beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-5, 6-0 with a blistering nuclear warhead of a second set, but that destruction pales in comparison to the wasteland of Chris Broussard left by one Stephen A. Smith as they debated Kevin Durant’s signing with the Golden State Warriors.
O.J. Mayo received an at-least-two-year ban from the NBA today, for repeat violations of the league’s anti-drug program. This is not exactly important news for the NBA, because O.J. Mayo is busted and terrible and probably was on a plane to China when the decision was made anyway. However, it’s an occasion to remember…
Tonight’s conclusion of the NBA season also means the imminent conclusion of Skip Bayless’s tenure as a polluter of ESPN’s airwaves. Many of his co-workers, it seems, are happy to see him leave.
Stephen A. Smith has weighed in on Ayesha Curry’s thoughts on the NBA being rigged. The First Take goon called her classless and said she shouldn’t bring attention to herself.
O.J. Simpson is imprisoned and broke and universally accepted as a multi-murderer. That’s likely about the same condition he’d be in if he’d been convicted of killing Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. So a case can be made that, in the end, he got away with nothing.
The Undefeated has published a soft-focus profile of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston that is so remarkably bad that I honestly don’t understand how or why it ever saw daylight.
Sports media giant/tall Nilla wafer Bill Simmons is the subject of a short, soft profile in The New York Times today, running under the headline “Bill Simmons Prepares To Stand Up To Sports Incorporated.” It begins by describing Simmons as “cool and edgy,” moves into a comparison to Bill Maher, and then labels Simmons…