Michael McCarthy

ESPN Adds Extra Week To 2019 U.S. Open Coverage By Showing Qualifying Tournament

ESPN’s largest single sports production of the year is getting even bigger. The sports media giant is effectively adding another week to its 2019 U.S. Open tennis coverage by televising and streaming this week’s qualifying tournament. Starting Aug. 20, ESPNEWS will offer six hours a day of qualifying coverage from five courts through Aug. 23. The over-the-top ESPN+ streaming service launched daily coverage of qualifying action from five courts on Aug. 19 and will continue through Aug. 23. TV coverage […]

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ESPN Puts Kids First In Little League World Series Coverage

While the Little League World Series pulls in major league-sized ratings for ESPN, the network doesn’t forget at the end of the day, these athletes are only 10 to 12 years old. For example, the pint-sized sluggers will get their own home run derby contest for the first time this year. But while the derby will be held on Saturday, August 17, ESPN will present an edited, tape-delayed version of the event on Sunday, Aug. 18 at 4:30 p.m – […]

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Exclusive: NFL Planning Business Partnership With Jay-Z’s Roc Nation

The NFL is poised to announce a sweeping business partnership with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, sources tell Front Office Sports. The deal will give Jay-Z a prominent role in the league’s social justice initiative with players as well as creative input into the league’s Super Bowl halftime shows. “The deal effectively positions Jay-Z—who once rapped I said no to the Super Bowl, you need me, I don’t need you’ —as the face of the NFL’s social justice program, Inspire Change, which […]

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Oscar-Winning Deirdre Fenton On DAZN’s Sports Doc Strategy

O.J.: Made in America earned ESPN Films its first Academy Award in 2017. Now Deirdre Fenton, one of the producers behind that Oscar-winning film, is joining DAZN to run the streaming service’s sports documentary business. Fenton was recently named director of original programming production by Jamie Horowitz, DAZN’s executive vice president of content for North America. With former ESPNers John Skipper and Horowitz running the show in North America, DAZN has entered the highly competitive sports documentary business in a […]

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Big3 Facing Growing Pains In Third Season

With its compelling combination of ex-NBA superstars stars like Allen Iverson and a new 3-on-3 format, the BIG3 pro basketball league quickly gained a following..  But The Answer is gone – and the novelty has worn off a bit. Now the startup sports league co-founded by music legend Ice Cube and Jeff Kwatinetz is wrestling with tough decisions. Call it the growing pains for a league trying to crash the overcrowded U.S. sports market. The BIG3 is drawing crowds of […]

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Will Bobby Wagner Inspire Other NFL Players To Strike Their Own Deals?

When the Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner reported to the team facility to begin preparations for next season, he was surely to be pulled aside by one of his teammates and asked a direct question: So how did you do it? The 29-year-old Wagner recently became one of the rare pro athletes to successfully negotiate his own contract without an agent. By most accounts, Wagner didn’t need a silk-suited Jerry Maguire-type at the negotiating table. On his own, the […]

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Potential Changes Coming To FS1’s Undisputed With Producer Promotion And Sharpe Contract

Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe’s Undisputed morning show could be headed for changes. Chris Healey, coordinating producer of FS1’s top-rated studio show, is being promoted to a new role that’s will keep him in charge of Undisputed but also give him more input into other studio shows across the sports cable network. Meanwhile, Undisputed co-star Sharpe is still in negotiations for a new contract, said sources. A proposed new deal for the Pro Football Hall of Famer is “at the […]

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Steve Nash In Talks To Return To Turner’s UEFA Coverage

Will former NBA star Steve Nash continue his second career as a TV soccer analyst? We should find out soon, with the two-time MVP now in “active discussions” for a new contract with Turner Sports. The retired NBA point guard surprised many by joining Turner not a basketball analyst last year, but for soccer. But Nash’s deal with Turner to cover the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League was only for one season, said sources. Turner acquired the rights […]

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Tale Of Two Networks: Why ESPN Can’t Talk Donald Trump – But Fox Talent Can

Why do ESPN personalities like Dan Le Batard and Jemele Hill get in trouble for talking politics – while those at rival Fox Sports’ FS1 cable channel get a free pass? That question is being asked as ESPN opinionists like Le Batard run afoul of ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro’s ‘No Politics’ policy. Le Batard was recently summoned to the proverbial principal’s office for saying his “cowardly” employer doesn’t have the “stomach” to confront President Donald Trump, or hot button racial […]

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ESPN To Avoid Trump And 2020 Election

Dan Le Batard thinks ESPN is too “cowardly” to discuss politics or confront President Donald Trump. But ESPN shot callers like Mike Greenberg and Norby Williamson tell Front Office Sports they agree with ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro’s policy of avoiding politics unless it directly intersects with sports.  They vow to steer clear of the heated 2020 U.S. Presidential Election, when Trump will likely battle a Democratic challenger for a second term. Both Greenberg and Williamson have far more influence on ESPN […]

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