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ESPN Adding At Least 200 New Jobs In Connecticut

ESPN will add at least 200 jobs in the state of Connecticut over the next five years in exchange for tax breaks, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Tuesday.

It’s all part of the “First Five” program, that is encouraging five businesses to create 1,000 new jobs in the state. ESPN is the third company that has signed up for the program. Read more

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Hugh Douglas Joins ESPN As Studio Analyst

Former NFL veteran Hugh Douglas is joining ESPN as a studio analyst.

The former NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year will provide analysis on SportsCenter, NFL Live, First Take and ESPNEWS.

Douglas makes his ESPN debut Monday, including an appearance on NFL Live at 4 p.m. ET.

“I am very excited about becoming a part of the ESPN family,” Douglas said. “I plan to approach my role with ESPN with the same tenacity and commitment that I had during my 10-year NFL career.”

Following his retirement in 2004, Douglas worked as a sports radio personality on Philadelphia’s WIP 610 Radio and served as an on-air reporter for Comcast SportsNet.

 

Win $1M or New Truck in DirecTV NASCAR Bracket

If you’re like me, you need to be given a damn good reason to take an interest in NASCAR. Well, how about one million reasons? For the second year in a row, DirecTV is running its NASCAR Head2Head Knockout fantasy racing game on ESPN.com, which pits 32 drivers against each other in a four-week contest to determine which one is still standing when the checkered flag drops. And if your bracket is perfect, it could be worth $1 million. If it’s not perfect — but simply better than everyone else’s — you’ll win a $45,000 truck.

Starting at Pocono and continuing through the three races at Watkins Glen, Michigan and Bristol, you’ll have a chance to pick a winner in 29 driver matchups. In week one, each correct answer in the 16 matchups will be worth 20 points with the eight potential wins in week 2 worth 40 points apiece. Then, the wins in week three will add 80 points per to your total. In the final week, you’ll rank your final four drivers according to order of finish, and if your top one comes out ahead, you’ll get 160 points. That means over the four weeks, the maximum number of points you could receive is 1,120.

If you collected that many points there’s a very good chance you’d be the champion with the first prize a full size truck valued at $45,000 from on the manufacturer of the winning driver of race four.

You could also be in line for the Perfect Bracket Prize, which would be worth up to $1 million. To be “perfect” you would not only need to nail a perfect score, but also predict the correct finishing position order for each of those final four drivers in the race at Bristol.

Redskins Release Team Blogger Terl

For most people with NFL-related jobs, the end of the lockout signaled a resumption of job duties. But for Redskins blogger Matt Terl, who is credited with being the first official team blogger for a major sports franchise, his job duties will not resume. Terl was informed Friday that he lost his job within Dan Snyder‘s fun house because of a restructuring of the team’s department of broadcasting and Internet.

For three years, Matt Terl managed something that few writers could do or would want to do: Provide day-in, day-out coverage of a franchise that doubles as your beat and your employer. As official Redskins blogger, Terl covered the players, the facilities, the personalities, the issues – all in a way that didn’t bear the stink and taint of someone on the inside.

On his Facebook page,Terl wrote, “As of this past Friday, I’m no longer employed by the Washington Redskins. It was their choice, not mine, but it was an amicable parting. This is a sudden change and I’m not yet sure what’s next, but my family and I are eager to find out. Thanks to everyone for the support during these last three years.”

Being official team blogger for the Redskins, writing about the players, team and team issues with honesty and dignity, must have been an exasperating job.

Baseball Hall of Fame Might Shorten Waiting Period for Induction from Five Years to Three

Good news for all you steroid users who were outted in the Mitchell report and elsewhere: Instead of waiting five years for the sanctimonious members of the Baseball Writers Association of America to deny you entry into Cooperstown, you may only have to wait three years for the bad news. Meanwhile, players who didn’t use performance-enhancing drugs will receive their good news earlier.

Kevin Kernan of The New York Post says the Hall is considering the change, though nothing is imminent.

One reason Hall officials would want to shorten the waiting period is to make it a more “immediate” event. There is a lot to be said for that because, why should sure-fire, first-ballot Hall of Famers have to wait five years?

We’re much more of a quick-response world, and a three-year waiting period would fit the bill. This five-year waiting period was first enacted in the 1950s. Times have changed.

If only this rule were already in effect. The 2013 class — Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa — would already know for certain that the BBWAA has no intention of ever electing them.

(H/T to Hardball Talk)

ESPN The Weekend Ending At Walt Disney Resort

The Walt Disney Resort in Orlando will no longer serve as the home for “ESPN The Weekeend.”

Walt Disney World sports media director Darrell Fry made the announcement on the Disney Parks blog:

“In order to focus our efforts on ESPN’s growing year-round presence at Walt Disney World Resort, we have decided to no longer host ESPN The Weekend.

As you may know, the event was first created in 2004 in support of ESPN’s 25th anniversary and, along with ESPN Club, served as ESPN’s first significant presence here. While the event has continued for seven more successful years, our relationship with ESPN has evolved significantly and positively. This has resulted in new branding for the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, new opportunities for millions of athletes, coaches and fans, and hundreds of hours of ESPN programming, making our guests part of the show. In addition, the sports complex has become home to the ESPN Innovation Lab, which is the official development hub for ESPN’s 3D network.

Moving forward, our focus will be on creating events like the new ESPN RISE Girls Showcase and the ESPN RISE Games, which provide a stage for tens of thousands of athletes from around the country, and providing opportunities for guests to be part of events they’ve only before watched on television, such as the Home Depot College Football Awards and the Old Spice Classic.”

 

Men's Journal Author Told James Harrison To Make Up With Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger

Paul Solotaroff, who wrote the James Harrison profile for Men’s Journal, told the Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker he should make up with teammate Ben Roethlisberger, according to ProFootballTalk.

“We talked about 11 o’clock yesterday morning,” Solotaroff told ESPN radio. “Look, James is the guy who’s got to live with Ben for the next three years…. So as I told James, ‘Listen, whatever you’ve got to say to mend fences is perfectly fine with me.’”

Several hours later, Harrison backtracked on some of his comments from the article that hits newsstands Friday.

Harrison told ESPN NFL analyst Merril Hoge that he spoke to Big Ben and explained that Solotaroff twisted his words.

Nothing like giving your OK to get tossed under the bus by James Harrison.

2011 NBA Draft Overnights Highest Since '07

Thursday’s telecast of the 2011 NBA Draft on ESPN generated a 2.5 overnight rating, according to Nielsen.

It was the highest rating for the NBA Draft since 2007 (2.6 overnight rating) and up nine percent over last year’s 2.3 overnight rating.

The top five metered markets for the 2011 NBA Draft were:

Cleveland – 5.6

Salt Lake City- 5.0

San Antonio – 4.6

Indianapolis – 4.6

Chicago – 3.9

 

 

 

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Amazing but true.

Happy 5th Anniversary To Deadspin

Five years ago today, a little blog called Deadspin got its start on the web, changing the way sports fans view their favorite athletes and media personalities.

Little did Gawker Media and Will Leitch know how successful the blog would turn out when they went live on Sept. 8, 2005.

The philosophy of the website was simple. If you see an athlete or anchor out of line, let them know:

The way this works, of course, is through tips, your tips, and we need them. Our line is always open at tips@deadspin.com. See an athlete down at the strip club, tipping poorly? Email us. See an ESPN anchor accidentally denigrate an entire ethnicity on live television? Email us. Serving as mistress for that high-profile family-values quarterback? Email us, email us, email us. We’re nothing without you.

Despite Leitch leaving in 2008 for New York magazine, Deadspin has rolled on under the leadership of A.J. Daulerio, a former senior writer for the site.

Here’s to five more years of sarcastic headlines, witty commentary and embarrassing photos.

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