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HBO Was Bad For Boxing HBO Was Bad For Boxing

There was a time, not that long ago, when HBO and its pay-per-view arm were the undisputed kings of televised boxing. Paying exorbitant rights fees, by the mid-1980s they had easily pried away the top fights and stars of the always-controversial sport of boxing from the older broadcast networks of CBS, ABC, and NBC.…

Sports Illustrated Shrugs, Gives Albert Breer "Leading Role" At The MMQB Sports Illustrated Shrugs, Gives Albert Breer "Leading Role" At The MMQB

As recently as a few months ago, Sports Illustrated insisted that no one person was going to take over for Peter King as the head of the MMQB, the magazine’s NFL website. It was somewhat surprising, then, to see MMQB writer Albert Breer announce in a press release today that he has been promoted to a “leading role” at…

Damian Lillard Is Scooping The NBA's Scoopsters Damian Lillard Is Scooping The NBA's Scoopsters

C.J. McCollum is not the only member of the Trail Blazers’ backcourt who’s also a practicing journalist. Damian Lillard has spent the week outscooping the basketball press. The point guard has turned into a reverse Adrian Wojnarowski and broke news about where a pair of national basketball writers are headed.

L.A. Weekly Co-Owner Sues Other Owners, Alleges Wild Ethics Violations L.A. Weekly Co-Owner Sues Other Owners, Alleges Wild Ethics Violations

It’s been eight months since a group of rich people from Orange County bought L.A. Weekly and ritually sacrificed the paper’s entire award-winning staff in an altogether embarrassing attempt to peel off a chunk of media power for themselves without having to understand the industry or care about it beyond putting a…

WEEI Host Kirk Minihane Discusses His Suicidal Thoughts: "I Was Sort Of Dying On The Inside" WEEI Host Kirk Minihane Discusses His Suicidal Thoughts: "I Was Sort Of Dying On The Inside"

Boston sports radio host Kirk Minihane revealed Thursday night that he had been absent from WEEI’s Kirk and Callahan for a few days because he checked into a hospital last week after experiencing suicidal thoughts. On today’s show, he elaborated on what happened.

Meet The Reddit User Who Keeps Beating Powerful NBA Reporters To Scoops Meet The Reddit User Who Keeps Beating Powerful NBA Reporters To Scoops

On July 24, NBA scoopmaster Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted that Kevin Love had signed an extension with the Cleveland Cavaliers. As is often the case, Wojnarowski was the first person on Twitter to report the news. But in the wider realm of the NBA internet, Wojnarowski’s tweet was stale. The week before, someone on…

Did You Know Adam Silver Is Pals With Jared Kushner? Did You Know Adam Silver Is Pals With Jared Kushner?

BuzzFeed’s Steven Perlberg wrote a thorough story today about official White House mascot Jared Kushner personally ordering a software developer at the New York Observer—which he owned for years after receiving it as a “graduation present” from his father, a convicted criminal—to delete potentially negative articles…

Marquette King Is Beefing With An Entire Denver Radio Station For Some Reason Marquette King Is Beefing With An Entire Denver Radio Station For Some Reason

Marquette King has only been in Denver for a few months, and he’s already gotten himself involved in a rather pointed dispute with a local radio station. This beef first got cooking on Friday, when 104.3 The Fan hosts Zach Bye and Brandon Stokley interviewed King after practice. The normally chatty King was subdued…

The Walls Are Closing In The Walls Are Closing In

It wasn’t supposed to be like this, I swear. When these here Intertubes came to prominence, the idea was that information would finally be free; that people would know MORE about this stupid world than they did before, because everyone would have a voice and because anyone, regardless of background, could find an…

The New York Daily News' Sports Staff Has Been Gutted The New York Daily News' Sports Staff Has Been Gutted

The parent company of the New York Daily News reduced the 99 year-old tabloid’s newsroom staff by approximately 50 percent on Monday, and the sports department was especially hard hit. Per multiple reports, a sports staff of roughly 35 people was reduced to nine, including just five writers.

Bleacher Report Founder Wins Right To Put His Sweaty Hands All Over The Gawker Archives Bleacher Report Founder Wins Right To Put His Sweaty Hands All Over The Gawker Archives

The archives of our former sister site Gawker now belong to this goon. Bryan Goldberg, the founder of Bleacher Report, a sports site for idiots, and Bustle, the women’s site that assumes women are stupid, won the rights to the defunct Gawker.com in a bankruptcy auction today, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.

ESPN Nukes Its Comment Sections, Unfairly Silencing Thousands Of Morons ESPN Nukes Its Comment Sections, Unfairly Silencing Thousands Of Morons

No longer will you be able to read an ESPN.com article and then underneath receive the dumbest possible reactions to it. The Worldwide Leader has phased out its Facebook-hybrid comment sections, as confirmed by a company spokesperson this week. None of the keyboard mashing will be archived—they will be lost in time,…

They Aren't Your Friends They Aren't Your Friends

A good cover letter apparently should open with an anecdote that displays grit and character and perseverance; it should not just come right out and beg for it. Before I had the slightest idea about any of this, I’d lead with a story about interviewing actor and Deadspin commenter Jon Hamm as a mostly untrained…

For The Last Time: NFL Ratings Are Not Down. They're Up, Compared To Everything Else For The Last Time: NFL Ratings Are Not Down. They're Up, Compared To Everything Else

I am once again forced to use this space to explain something that is evident to anyone who has been paying attention to the nature of the television industry over the past few years.

Stephen A. Smith Declares His Love For Asses Stephen A. Smith Declares His Love For Asses

Stephen A. Smith speaks of his adoration for butts in the way a person would speak of an old friend or an enriching life event. On Snoop Dogg’s YouTube show, Smith discusses asses fondly. They have clearly done so much for him.

Bill Simmons And The Ringer Obtain Restraining Order Against Ex-Producer Joe Fuentes Bill Simmons And The Ringer Obtain Restraining Order Against Ex-Producer Joe Fuentes

The Ringer has obtained a restraining order against former audio producer Joe Fuentes, who was fired from the company on April 25. The restraining order, first reported by The Blast, was granted this morning. It legally bars Fuentes from coming within 100 yards of the Ringer offices, any Ringer employee, or “guest…

So Who Is Barstool's PFT Commenter?  So Who Is Barstool's PFT Commenter? 

Every so often, some publication or other—often a fancy one—will run a fawning profile of PFT Commenter, the sports satirist who works for Barstool Sports and co-created the wildly popular comedy podcast Pardon My Take. These profiles are all more or less the same.

SB Nation Is Still Exploiting Workers, But In A Kinder, Gentler Way

In the nine months since Deadspin reported on how SB Nation’s business model relies on underpaying and not paying workers across its sprawling empire of more than 300 sports sites—“team sites,” as the jargon goes—bosses at SB Nation and its parent company, Vox Media, have put in a lot of work to make clear to people…

John Skipper Has A New Job John Skipper Has A New Job

John Skipper, the former president of ESPN who resigned suddenly in December and then said in March that he had stepped down because he was being blackmailed by a cocaine dealer (who wasn’t his regular cocaine dealer), and said he had been to rehab but denied that his drug addiction ever affected his work, has been…

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