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Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer, ESPN at War Over Johnny Manziel Scoop

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel is among the most polarizing athletes in America and his popularity is even causing a stir between sports newsers. Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer, who is widely regarded as one of the most credible reporters on all-things NFL, claims that ESPN is stealing his work and the drama is unfolding on Twitter.  The whole thing is reminiscent of the Charlie Gasparino vs. Ron Insana Twitter beef from last month, but not quite as personal.

Despite being a celebrity, Manziel was simply a backup as recently as last week. Incumbent starter Brian Hoyer’s recent struggles caused plenty of speculation that Johnny Football would be taking over. Glazer’s tweeted confirmation that a change has been made and he was even on live TV when it all went down.

ESPN picked up on the news and didn’t immediately credit Glazer. ESPN eventually gave Fox Sports partial credit on Twitter, but declined to mention Glazer by name. Read more

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My First Big Break: Keith Olbermann

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As a kid, Keith Olbermann would daydream of being a TV broadcaster. The only question was: sports or news? After nearly 40 years in the business, Olbermann has done both, with gigs at CNN, Fox Sports, MSNBC, twice, and ESPN, twice. As it turns out, the guy who gave Olbermann his “First Big Break” in TV would give him another break later on.

NBC, ESPN Among ‘Best Places to Work’

nbcuniversal304Glassdoor has announced its seventh annual Employees’ Choice Awards, ranking the Best Places to Work across the U.S. and the UK. Google ranks No. 1, with well-known companies such as Chevron and Facebook — which fell from 5th to 13th — throughout the list. NBCUniversal and ESPN made the list.

NBCUniversal, 31st on the list, is described as a “great company to work for” with plenty of opportunities to move around within the company and a great work/life balance.

ESPN ranks 48th and is described as an “enjoyable and exciting workplace.” TVNewser recently visited the ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut and can confirm it seems like a nice place to work.

Both media giants fall behind In-N-Out Burger, the West Coast, cult-favorite burger chain which ranks eighth. TVNewser failed to make the list, but we like to think it would have been 51st.

What’s Your Show? ESPN’s SportsCenter

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Since the launch of ESPN in 1979, SportsCenter has been the network’s flagship program. For the last 35 years, the program has transcended sports, providing highlights, news, commentary and feature stories while dominating American sports television. MediabistroTV recently traveled to Bristol, CT for a behind-the-scenes look at the groundbreaking program. Veteran SportsCenter anchor John Buccigross served as our tour guide as we asked: “What’s Your Show?”

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World Cup Ratings Soar; Univision Has Most-Viewed Telecast in History

mexiconetherlandsAs the clock ticks down to the 4pmET start for the Round of 16 USA/Belgium World Cup match, the TV ratings for other World Cup games continue to score big in the U.S.

Univision’s airing of the Mexico vs. Netherlands match Sunday afternoon was the most-viewed telecast in U.S. Spanish-language television history. The match drew 10.4 million Total Viewers and 5.8 million Adults 18-49.

Univision’s coverage of Mexico vs. Netherlands out-delivered ESPN. Still, the English-language airing on ESPN drew 6.571 million Total Viewers making it the highest-rated men’s World Cup match, in any round not involving a U.S. team.

ABC also posted large audiences for its weekend telecasts. ABC’s coverage of Brazil beating Chile on Saturday, ranks as the third highest-rated non-U.S. men’s World Cup Round of 16 match on ESPN or ABC drawing 6.142 million Total Viewers.

For Univision, the Mexico vs. Netherlands match, with a late scoring win for the Dutch, reached 16.2 million Total Viewers who tuned into all or part of the broadcast.

The World Cup continues to score on social media, with Facebook topping 1 billion mentions from 220 million users.

Keith Olbermann Won’t Be Getting In a Car With Anyone From MSNBC

ESPN anchor Keith Olbermann‘s departure from MSNBC in 2011 was certainly not warm and fuzzy, and today he compared watching his former network with a very dangerous act.

Earlier this year, Olbermann declined to comment on an MSNBC segment, claiming he hadn’t watched the channel since 2009–when he was still hosting “Countdown.”

The sports anchor returned for a second stint at ESPN last summer, hosting “Olbermann Live” on ESPN2. Before that, he was fired by Current TV, which was eventually sold to Al Jazeera.

Keith Olbermann Explains How His Shingles Makes Him a ‘Danger to Humanity’

ESPN’s Keith Olbermann explained his infrequent hosting as of late on Thursday’s “Olbermann,” telling his audience the effects of his shingles medicine is making him a “danger to humanity.”

“So let me tell you about shingles,” he started, explaining that the drugs he’s taking for his shingles are so strong, he didn’t feel the effects of breaking a ceramic, glass wall fixture with his head.

“I can play through the pain, I can play through the drugs, I can play through the limp,” he continued, but revealed there’s one thing he can’t play through: the drugs screwing up his sleep.

MSNBC’s Craig Melvin and ESPN’s Lindsay Czarniak Welcome First Child

MelvinMSNBC weekend anchor Craig Melvin and his wife, ESPN anchor Lindsay Czarniak, welcomed their first child into the world Monday morning.

Delano Joseph Melvin, or “Del”, comes in at 6lbs, 2 ounces.

And apparently, Melvin and his son are already talking to each other.

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Keith Olbermann Explains ESPN Absence

Keith Olbermann was off-air last night for ESPN, and took to Twitter today to explain.

Olbermann then linked falling on the wrong side of the all-important A25-54 demo to his health woes. Read more

Keith Olbermann: ‘I’ll Always Deliver What an Employer Wants’

keith-olbermann_lAs Keith Olbermann settles into his new role at ESPN, he gives an introspective interview to GQ. Olbermann — who says he would like to change his reputation for contentious exits — gets a shot in at one of his former employers while considering his identity:

I don’t think there are huge divergences between my personality and what they see on TV. And I think that’s why I have been gainfully employed doing this. I’ll always deliver what an employer wants. At some point they decide the result is more trouble than they want, or they convince themselves that they have created all this success that I created for them. As in my last prominent employer at NBC, which they’re learning that perhaps they were wrong about that. In my pre-introspective life, the idea that I had that script in front of me meant a profound difference. It allowed me to say what I wanted to say and be who I wanted to be.

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