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  1. Magic Johnson leaves ESPN’s NBA Countdown

    Oct 10, 2013, 5:31 PM EST

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    I have to get my bias here out up front: Magic Johnson is my all-time favorite player. I think his combination of size, handles and passing skills were unique in the sport and let to the most entertaining basketball we’ve seen. Plus, he had cultural impacts far off the court that are even more important.…

  2. Kings offer challenge after ESPN ranks the franchise worst in major sports

    Sep 22, 2013, 6:30 PM EST

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    ESPN caused a stink in Sacramento recently when ESPN the Magazine released its franchise rankings across the four major sports. The cover contains the headline, “#1: The Memphis Grizzlies are the best franchise in sports” followed by “No. 122: The Sacramento Kings are not.” While this rating could have been somewhat explainable if the hapless…

  3. ESPN expects to be ‘aggressive’ in remaining a broadcast partner of the NBA

    Aug 22, 2013, 11:33 PM EST

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    The NBA’s broadcast rights deals don’t expire until after the 2016 season has ended, but at least one of its current partners is already posturing for when it’s time to renew that very expensive commitment. ESPN expects to retain its rights to televise NBA games, and that much isn’t a surprise. But downplaying the rise…

  4. Report: ESPN considering Isiah Thomas as studio analyst

    Sep 28, 2012, 11:07 AM EST

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    You may not remember this, but before Isiah Thomas was a bad college coach or was ruining the Knicks, he was a pretty mediocre television analyst back when this network broadcast NBA games. Now, ESPN/ABC may be bringing him back to the studio. At least they are thinking about it, reports the New York Post.…

  5. Blake Griffin gets naked for ESPN, but in a good way

    Oct 6, 2011, 10:58 AM EST

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    ESPN the Magazine is coming out soon with its annual “body issue” where artistic photographs of athletes’ bodies — barely covered — show off the human form. And likely sells some copies, because isn’t the point of art to make money off of it? Which leads us to Funny or Die intern — and someday…

  6. Video: Mark Cuban wants to sign Optimus Prime

    Jun 27, 2011, 9:44 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is shown on the court before the start of play between the Mavericks and the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Dallas

    This new commercial has movie tie ins, ESPN tie ins, and it makes Mark Cuban the first person from the Mavericks to get a commercial after the team won the NBA title. Which is fair, since he really needs the money. The new ESPN/Transformers 3 commercial is getting posted here because I thought it was…

  7. ESPN pulls Jalen Rose off air after DUI arrest, coverup

    Apr 1, 2011, 2:54 PM EST

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    We told you about Jalen Rose getting a DUI a couple days ago, an incident that had taken place several weeks before. Turns out, Rose didn’t tell his employer ESPN either, so they have yanked him off the air, according to the USA Today. “Jalen has accepted full responsibility for his actions. Both parties are…

  8. Lockout could cost $1 billion in television ad revenue. Billion. With a “B.”

    Jan 18, 2011, 2:56 PM EST

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    You think you don’t want a lockout because you don’t want to miss Kwame Brown getting to shoot more, imagine how much the suits at ABC/ESPN and Turner Broadcasting (TNT) are dreading it. A lockout could cost $1 billion in ad revenue, according to Ad Age (via the legendary Nate Jones). That is billion. As…

  9. ESPN suspends anchor for plagiarizing Lakers beat writer

    Dec 30, 2010, 9:19 AM EST

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    Imagine the surprise: Lakers beat writer Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register files his stories from the Lakers loss to the San Antonio Spurs Tuesday and heads back to his hotel room, flips on ESPN News — and hears his lead from a Dec. 26 game preview being used by anchor Will Selva to…

  10. For your winter reading: "The Miami Heat's Hijacking of the NBA" by Ric Bucher

    Aug 12, 2010, 10:03 AM EST

    It’s pretty easy to picture your local Barnes & Nobel changing up the little display in front currently covered with love him/hate him Barack Obama books and putting up love them/hate them Miami Heat books. The first of what should be many will be coming from the pen, er, computer of ESPN’s Ric Bucher. According…

  11. Oh, nevermind… ESPN will not be running LeBron's weekend in Vegas story

    Jul 29, 2010, 5:50 PM EST

    Yesterday we told you about the fun story of an ESPN reporter that got to be a fly on the wall when LeBron James was out on the town in Vegas, then wrote a story on it. Said story was up for about nine hours until ESPN editors yanked it down, saying they had not…

  12. Steve Carell 's "decision" is Outback Steak House; Chili's responds with Comic Sans letter.

    Jul 21, 2010, 2:27 PM EST

    Reportedly, the folks at ESPN wanted LeBron James to hold off on his decision until the day of the ESPY’s, so that one ego-stroking event could lead into another. Fortunately for all of us, the realities of the marketplace made that impossible. The ESPY’s had to settle for parody — Steve Carell’s decision to take…

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