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Posts Tagged ‘ESPN’

Give Thanks for Richard Sherman’s Rant Against NFL Media Relations ‘Hypocrisy’

Anyone who still doubts whether Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is a sharp dude should check out this “press availability” he scheduled with fellow Seattle player Doug Baldwin yesterday.

He hits the NFL on several points regarding its hypocrisy:

  • The NFL sued Marshawn Lynch $100K for refusing to talk to the press but won’t allow players to discuss their own sponsorships
  • The league doesn’t allow players to sign deals with alcohol companies despite the fact that such companies are its own biggest sponsors
  • The league talks a good game on concussions but clearly doesn’t place the health of its players atop its priorities list

Unsurprisingly, the NFL had no response…but the Internet did!

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Redskins Rep Isn’t Here to Make Friends

So the Washington Team Whose Name We Mentioned in the Headline for Context beat the Dallas Cowboys last night. It was an upset decided by a single field goal in overtime that saw the lowest-ranked team in the NFC East defeat the highest-ranked team in the same division. We don’t even watch football regularly and we can say it was a great game.

Afterward, however, lots of reporters wanted to interview replacement quarterback Colt McCoy — and while PR was fine with him staying on the field to talk to ESPN, one interview was apparently enough. Here’s a rep identified by SB Nation as Tony Wyllie (follow him on Twitter) telling a reporter from ESPN Deportes that, well…

OK, dude! You know that Deportes is the most-watched Spanish-language network among young Hispanic sports fans, right? And McCoy seemed ready to talk. Maybe it’s because so few people want to interview the guy who plays backup to the backup quarterback.

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Bill Simmons Proves That ESPN Protects Its Image, Not Its Journalism

bill simmons podcastBill Simmons, aka “The Sports Guy,” who is easily one of the most popular people at ESPN now faces a three-week suspension for criticizing his bosses.

In case you haven’t already read it three times, here’s the statement that earned him all that time off:

“I really hope someone calls me or emails me and says I’m in trouble for anything I said about Roger Goodell because if one person says that to me, I’m going public,” Simmons warned. “You leave me alone. The Commissioner is a liar and I get to say that on my podcast.”

The less-responsible Stephen A. Smith got one week for saying Janay Rice had provoked her own beating. Simmons made a stand, pointed a finger in his bosses’ direction, and got three weeks.

Fair? Nope. Retribution? Yup. Outcry? Definitely.

But what does this say about the ESPN organization?

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ESPN Gets the Memo on America’s Disinterest in Michael Sam’s Showering Habits

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We wanted to look the other way too.

ICYMI: The St. Louis Rams drafted a gay guy in the NFL draft this year. Many have discussed this fact. We blogged about it. Everyone is watching it.

However, most of us are also over it.

Michael Sam showed true courage, walked over a line, and took a stand for the LGBT community. And while everyone with a pulse and a non-blackened heart applauded him for that move then, we have all stopped clapping.

Why? It’s old news. ESPN, however, thought a story about Sam’s showering habits in the Rams’ locker room was necessary. A day later, they apologized because social media blew up.

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Mike Ditka on Daniel Snyder’s PR Problem: ‘What’s All the Stink?’

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Funny how he’s looking away from this Redskins situation too.

Some people are celebrated for their lack of — or complete disregard for — a filter. If you want a true opinion, one without all the flowery crap, just holler at people like Donald Trump, Rosie O’Donnell, Sophia from The Golden Girls, or any uptown socialite with a little booze intake.

The NFL has someone like that: Hall of Famer, beloved coach and current ESPN broadcaster (for now) Mike Ditka.

For many months, people have stepped to one side or the other regarding whether the Washington football team needs to change its mascot. Some believe it is a regaled tradition in the NFL and that changing that mascot would be criminal. Others take a more human interest angle, arguing that the act of calling someone a “Redskin” is bad enough to warrant a change.

Guess which side ‘Da’ Bears’ coach is on…

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Two Cleveland Newspapers Block LeBron Ad Stunt

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ESPN’s Dan LeBatard has made his career off vitrolic opinions on sports — some are spot-on, others are not-so-much. His home is Miami and his allegiance is to the Miami Heat.

Given Lebron James’ “decision” to take his talents back to Lake Erie, LeBatard has decided that Lebron should write a thank you letter to Heat Fans. Seeing how that public plea didn’t get much traction in Cleveland, LeBatard had another idea — to purchase a full-page ad in both the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Akron Beacon Journal

Upon review, his proposal was completely denied because even newspapers don’t need ad revenue that badly.

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ESPN Decided It Needed to Take a Stronger Stance Against Stephen A. Smith

stephen a smithESPN, taking things a step further than Stephen A. Smith‘s long apology, has suspended the commentator for one week after he made gross and misguided comments about domestic abuse against women. The comments followed the NFL’s weak two-game suspension of Ray Rice after footage showed him dragging his unconscious wife out of a casino hotel after he allegedly hit her.

Smith made a lengthy broadcast speech after first trying to tweet-splain what he meant by his warning that women shouldn’t “provoke” men to violence. During the apology he was much more contrite, bringing up the women in his family and his outspoken stance against domestic violence.

To really bring the point home, ESPN also had a female commentator, Cari Champion, say many words after Smith was done. Most of those words were in support of her colleague, who wore his special purple tie for the occasion.

Clearly, the PR team was working overtime on this spectacle. Wisely, the network felt the need to do more, hence the suspension.

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Fan Caught Sleeping through Yankees/Red Sox Game Sues MLB and ESPN for $10 Million

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It’s embarrassing to be caught with your pants down (or, in this case, your very droopy eyelids), but one baseball fan who caught some flack for catching some Z’s at a recent Yankees vs. Red Sox game isn’t taking the criticism lying down — perhaps because he sleeps sitting up.

During a recent game between the two rival teams, Yankees fan Andrew Rector was filmed snoozing in his seat at Yankee Stadium. In response, Rector has filed a $10 million defamation suit against the team, ESPN and the MLB, stating that the ESPN commentators who covered the game — Dan Shulman and John Kruk — hurled an “avalanche of disparaging words” in his direction.

According to Rector’s typo-filled suit, Shulman and Kruk’s nationally-broadcasted “false statements” include suggestions that Rector is “not worthy” to be a Yankee fan, “is a fatty cow that need two seats at all time and represent symbol of failure,” and is “a confused individual that neither understands nor knows anything about history and the meaning of rivalry between Red Sox and New York Yankee.” Read more

Remember Parkour? ESPN SportsCenter Does.

Because it’s a Monday and everyone’s still hungover from Cannes and the most crushing tie in World Cup history, here’s ESPN SportsCenter’s attempt to go big on that “shareable content” concept with the help of a French acrobatic trend that hit its peak almost exactly a decade ago.

Behind the scenes brand placements? Check. Impressive physical stunts? Check. ”Guest appearances by former NBA star Rip Hamilton, University of Connecticut’s mascot Jonathan the Husky and SportsCenter anchor Steve Levy?” Check. The rebrand did its job, because before we watched it we might not have been able to tell you whether SportsCenter was still on the air.

(Creative work by Contagious/Shareability, the YouTube-focused production company behind some of your favorite recent viral hits.)

BEWARE: ESPN’s Darren Rovell May Have Stolen Your Press Release

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Yeah, but then again, so is this. So, we’re used to that from you.

Attention all flacks, the next time you send a press release to ESPN, be sure you understand what “copyright infringement” means. Why do we share that bit of professional advice? This article from Deadspin tells you everything you need to know, specifically about bottom feeder and bag-of-nothing Darren Rovell.

If you don’t watch ESPN, you’re not missing much. Here’s a guy that was at ESPN to talk sports business, which is to say he was the equivalent of a beat reporter at city hall who was thrust into healthcare because someone quit. That said, here’s his shtick … and you won’t believe this is his business.

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