Quote of the Day

"We're all in the toy department. We're all getting to work in sports and it's all fun and games. But then a day like this happens."
-- TNT's Ernie Johnson, reflecting on the layoffs at ESPN. ("Hawks-Wizards," TNT, 4/26)
Thursday April 27, 2017 Vol. 23 — No. 160 Print This Issue

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  • The Next Chapter

    Andy Katz (l) was one of several college hoops reporters ESPN let go

    ESPN's layoffs yesterday showed that even the "most formidable media kingdom was vulnerable to the transformation upending the sports broadcasting industry as more and more people turn away from cable," according to Drape & Barnes of the N.Y. TIMES. ESPN is "by far the biggest and most powerful entity in the sports media industry, and it has felt the sting as viewers turn away from traditional ways of consuming live sports." The net has lost "more than 10 million subscribers over the past several years," while the "cost of broadcasting major sports has continued to rise." Author James Andrew Miller said, "ESPN was wrapped in Teflon for many years, but big payouts for rights fees plus significant losses in their subscriber base were ...

  • Diamond Daze

    ESPN to air MLB's "Intentional Talk" as part of joint effort.

  • From The Ground Up

    The Timbers greenlight a $50M stadium expansion plan to Providence Park.

  • Paid In Full

    Big 12 posts north of $313M in total revenue for FY '15-16.

  • Increasing Their Pitch

    Industry vet Todd Boehly helping fund Beckham-Miami MLS deal.

  • Philly Stakes

    NFL Network, ESPN again say they won't tip viewers to upcoming NFL Draft picks.

  • Trey Cool

    ESPN's Wingo discusses replacing Chris Berman on network's Draft coverage.

  • Partners In Par

    The Zurich Classic's two-man format could be the start of more PGA Tour innovation.

  • Soles Of The Departed

    LeBron, Carter recount turning down $10M from Reebok.

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