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Quirky ESPN Ad Campaign Is Back
Quirky ESPN Ad
Campaign Is Back

Quirky ESPN Ad Campaign Is Back

Syracuse's Otto the Orange joins US women's soccer stars for new 'This Is SportsCenter' ad

(Newser) - ESPN's iconic advertising campaign is back, with the first installment of "This Is SportsCenter" in three years. The comical, off-kilter ads routinely feature athletes and mascots in promotion of ESPN's flagship sports news program. This one is no different. The 15-second " Orange Slices " shows US...

Longtime ESPN Journalist Comes Out as Transgender

MA Voepel says his dedication to covering women's sports is unchanged

(Newser) - ESPN journalist MA Voepel, described by the network as "the foremost authority on women's basketball in both the collegiate and professional ranks," has come out as transgender. "In sports media, we're lucky to tell stories of others’ journeys," Voepel tweeted . "We have our...

Anchor Sues ESPN, Arguing Retaliation Over Comments

Sage Steele says podcast remarks about Obama, vaccine mandates were made as a private citizen

(Newser) - An ESPN anchor has sued the network, saying it retaliated against her over remarks she made as a guest on an unrelated podcast last fall. The filing by Sage Steele says the company's actions were in breach of her contract and a violation of her right to free speech,...

'One of Most Recognizable Figures' Won't Be at NFL Draft

Mel Kiper Jr. is not vaccinated against COVID-19

(Newser) - USA Today calls Mel Kiper Jr. "one of the most recognizable figures in NFL draft media"—but the ESPN NFL draft analyst won't be attending this year, because he's not vaccinated against COVID-19. "I completely support everyone determining what's best for their individual...

Joe Buck Jumps Networks
Joe Buck Jumps Networks

Joe Buck Jumps Networks

Play-by-play announcer goes to ESPN after being with Fox since the beginning

(Newser) - Joe Buck, who's called games for Fox Sports since its launch in 1994, has a new network. The announcer will handle play-by-play for ESPN's Monday Night Football broadcasts, the network's only NFL game, USA Today reports. The move will keep intact the Buck-Troy Aikman team, Fox's...

ABC, ESPN, Other Disney Channels Back on YouTube TV

The 2 companies have reached a deal

(Newser) - Update: Disney content is back on YouTube TV after the video streaming company reached a deal with Disney on Sunday to restore access to its channels, USA Today reports. The price of Disney content now reverts to $64.99 a month, but impacted members will get a single $15 discount....

Jon Gruden Addresses Racist Remark
Jon Gruden
Racist Remark

Jon Gruden Addresses Racist Remark

Says he's apologized to DeMaurice Smith over 2011 comment

(Newser) - Jon Gruden again said he is not a racist after his Las Vegas Raiders lost their first game since the revelation of the head coach's 2011 racial remark about players’ union leader DeMaurice Smith. Gruden apologized for his “insensitive remarks” when asked about the decade-old emails following the...

Sage Steele Is Off the Air After Controversial Remarks

Insiders say anchor, ESPN agreed it was time for a break

(Newser) - Update: ESPN anchor Sage Steele will be off the air for at least a few days following controversial remarks she made on a podcast. On Jay Cutler's podcast, the SportsCenter co-host described the network's vaccine mandate as "sick" and questioned why Barack Obama identifies as Black, "...

Football Fans Direct Unusual Chant at Ashton Kutcher

'Take a shower!' crowd at U of Iowa-Iowa State game yelled at 'Punk'd' star during ESPN appearance

(Newser) - Iowa State played the University of Iowa on Saturday, and one of the latter's most famous students showed up in Ames to weigh in on ESPN's College GameDay. But when Ashton Kutcher started making his picks, the crowd's reaction wasn't a typical one, though it didn'...

ESPN Reporter Steps Down Over Vaccine Mandate

Allison Williams says getting COVID vaccine is 'not in her best interest'

(Newser) - Veteran ESPN reporter Allison Williams says her "heart hurts" at not being on the sidelines for college football for the first time in 15 years—but she has decided to step aside instead of complying with a COVID vaccine mandate. Williams tweeted Wednesday that while her work is extremely...

Mysterious 'High School' Team Made It Onto ESPN, Bombed

Bishop Sycamore might not be legit

(Newser) - A national ESPN broadcast featured a game between one of the best high school football teams in the country and a team no one had heard of until Sunday's matchup. Bishop Sycamore—which claims to be an online prep school based in Columbus, Ohio—has yet to record a...

ESPN Has Canceled Rachel Nichols' Show

Following controversial remarks on Maria Taylor

(Newser) - Less than two months after her comments about a Black colleague at ESPN made headlines , Rachel Nichols' show at the sports network is no more. ESPN announced Wednesday that The Jump will be canceled and Nichols will be taken off NBA coverage, the AP reports. Nichols had complained last year...

Taylor Leaves ESPN After Comments By Nichols

Colleague had suggested promotion was course correction on diversity

(Newser) - Maria Taylor is leaving ESPN after the two sides were unable to reach an agreement on a contract extension. Taylor had been with ESPN since 2014, but her contract expired Tuesday. Her last assignment for the network was Tuesday night at the NBA Finals, where she was the pregame and...

Stephen A. Smith Sorry About Shohei Ohtani Comments

ESPN personality disparaged baseball player's use of interpreters

(Newser) - ESPN's Stephen A. Smith is in hot water after comments he made about Major League Baseball star Shohei Ohtani. On the network's First Take on Monday morning, Smith was asked whether it's a positive thing for the MLB that Ohtani, who is being widely compared to Babe...

Rachel Nichols Won't Work the NBA Finals for ESPN

Reporter's apology apparently doesn't cut it

(Newser) - ESPN has pulled reporter Rachel Nichols off the court for the NBA Finals after comments she made about a colleague and the network caused an uproar—despite her apology. Nichols had been scheduled to be the main sideline reporter for the Finals, which begin Tuesday, per the Hill . "We...

Rachel Nichols Issues an Apology
Rachel Nichols
Issues an

Rachel Nichols Issues an Apology

ESPN reporter is sorry for what she said about Maria Taylor

(Newser) - Rachel Nichols is sorry for implying Maria Taylor was offered a hosting gig at ESPN simply because she's Black. The controversy erupted after Nichols' comments from last year were reported in the New York Times this weekend; at the start of Monday's episode of The Jump, which Nichols...

Reporter's Dig at Promotion of Black Colleague Pressures ESPN

Rachel Nichols complained about hosting job going to Maria Taylor

(Newser) - Internal tension that has been building for a year at ESPN over its handling of racial diversity issues is about to peak, as the network has to make a decision about a star reporter's contract. The issue that started it was whether Maria Taylor, who is Black, or Rachel...

After Racy Video, Paul Pierce Is Out at ESPN

Instagram Live showed him surrounded by exotic dancers

(Newser) - Paul Pierce will no longer work as an NBA analyst for ESPN after a raunchy Instagram Live he posted over the weekend, sources say. The former Boston Celtics star was shown smoking, drinking, and playing poker in a room where exotic dancers were twerking, Front Office Sports , USA Today , and...

Baseball Mourns Pedro Gomez, Reporter and 'Bridge-Builder'
Pedro Gomez Was 'More
Than a Media Personality'

Pedro Gomez Was 'More Than a Media Personality'

Baseball mourns longtime reporter

(Newser) - Pedro Gomez, an ESPN reporter who covered 25 World Series and 22 All-Star Games, has died. He was 58. The network said his death was unexpected, CNN reports. "Pedro was an elite journalist at the highest level and his professional accomplishments are universally recognized," ESPN said. "More...

ESPN to Lay Off 300, Let Some On-Air Contracts Lapse
ESPN Announces
Big Layoffs

ESPN Announces Big Layoffs

300 to lose jobs as network hasn't recovered from 4 months without games

(Newser) - When the pandemic hit, ESPN was left with hardly any games to show for four months. Sports is back, but ratings and advertising still lag. Now the other shoe has dropped for employees of the cable network. The company is laying off 300 people and not filling another 200 jobs,...

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