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XFL Would ‘Welcome’ Female Announcers To Broadcast Booth

The XFL promises to ‘reimagine’ the game of pro football. One way Vince McMahon’s reborn league might do it is by having female announcers call games from the broadcast booth. “We want the best broadcast teams possible and, of course, we’d welcome women in the booth,” Jeffrey Pollack, the XFL’s president and chief operating officer, said in a statement to Front Office Sports. “What matters to us is talent, a love of football, and passion for the XFL. Gender should […]

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If ESPN Cuts Ties With Dan Le Batard, Is DAZN Waiting in Wings?

Dan Le Batard’s future at ESPN came into question this week when he tore into President Donald Trump on his popular show, directly challenging ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro’s no politics ban. As of Friday afternoon, Le Batard was still on the air. But he missed the first hour of his TV/radio simulcast in Miami, while ESPN sternly reminded all of its on-air talent – including Le Batard – to steer clear of the third rail of politics. During June, Le […]

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British Open Already Has Winner: Undefeated Titleist Pro V1 Golf Ball

The most dominant player at the 2019 British Open will be 1.68 inches in diameter and weigh 1.62 ounces. Say hello to the undefeated heavyweight champ of the golf world: the Titleist Pro V1 golf ball. Since launching nearly 20 years ago, the Pro V1 and its sibling Pro V1x have become the No. 1 choice for PGA and LPGA Tour stars. As the world’s top players clash at the 148th British Open in Northern Ireland Thursday, most will be […]

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Nets Drawing “Yankees-Like” Attention At YES With Durant And Kyrie

The call that Howard Levinson of YES Network had been waiting for about the Brooklyn Nets came when he was out shopping with his son. After staring intently at his phone, his son suddenly grabbed Levinson’s arm and screamed the Nets were landing both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Finally, there would be some light at the end of the subway tunnel for the Nets, who have played second fiddle to the New York Knicks in the Big Apple since […]

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Eagles Take Flight With Podcasting Strategy

When Philadelphia Eagles media executive Jen Kavanagh arrived at the team facility on June 27, she was pulled aside by a player. What if the Eagles launched a player’s podcast, he asked. What if he served as the star and host? Kavanagh, the team’s senior vice president of media and marketing, was smiling as she recounted the story in the team’s draft war room later that day – having active players buy into the team’s ambitious podcast strategy is half […]

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Norby Williamson Talks ESPN’s Big June — and Stephen A. Smith

ESPN enters the summer of 2019 on a roll. During June, the Worldwide Leader in Sports grew its audience 12% in the 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET window as shows such as Get Up, First Take and SportsCenter posted strong year-over-year growth. That double-digit increase helped power an overall 5% increase over the network’s 24-hour programming period compared to June 2018. For the month, ESPN topped all full-time cable networks in total viewers and men aged 18-34, 18-49 and […]

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ESPN To Show Alternate ‘Statcast’ Version Of HR Derby For Analytics Fans

For MLB fans fearful that their team’s slugger will be victim to the “Home Run Derby Curse,” ESPN has a broadcast of the competition for you. That topic will be addressed directly – with data to back why fans shouldn’t be concerned – during ESPN’s data-driven “Statcast” version of its annual Home Run Derby telecast. This alternate telecast will feature everything from 3D spray charts of home run distances and flight paths to exit velocities off bats and launch angles […]

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XFL Sees Transparency As Key To Business Success

During its short existence, the Alliance of American Football was often shrouded in secrecy. Nobody knew what to believe about the startup — until it suspended operations on April 2, less than three months into its first season. But unlike the AAF, the XFL is embracing transparency, according to Oliver Luck, commissioner and chief executive officer of the new spring football league. That starts with how it recruits players for its inaugural 2020 season.  “In today’s world, it doesn’t matter […]

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