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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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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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First Half Viewership Spike Has WNBA Optimistic About 2019 And Beyond

For Christy Hedgpeth, her path to playing basketball began like many kids – via a television. As a child, she remembers watching a college basketball game and realizing that one day, she wanted to play on that stage. While Hedgpeth’s playing career is now in the past, her current role in women’s basketball is perhaps her most important one yet. As the WNBA’s chief operating officer, she is experiencing first-hand the league’s tremendous growth. As the league is now heading […]

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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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MLS Goes Digital For New All-Star Skills Challenge

With a lineup that includes well-known current MLS players Wayne Rooney, Carlos Vela and Nani as well as Atlético Madrid’s Koke and João Félix – who joined the club this summer as the second-most expensive teenager in soccer transfer history – MLS is hoping that its reborn All-Star Skills Challenge event catches the attention of soccer fans across the globe. The league’s media strategy for the event is betting on that being the case, with MLS hoping to engage audiences […]

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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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ESPN to Launch Morning Podcast

*This piece first appeared in the Front Office Sports Newsletter. Subscribe today and get the news before anyone else. As ESPN looks to grow its podcast presence, the company is turning to a new daily morning one starting in October. According to Ben Strauss of the Washington Post, the podcast is expected to include a mix of news coverage, trends in sports and feature stories done by ESPN’s team of reporters. Following a similar trend… In a recent episode of Shot Callers, Mike Greenberg […]

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