Taylor leaves ESPN after failing to reach contract extension
Maria Taylor is leaving ESPN after the two sides were unable to reach an agreement on a contract extension. Taylor had been with ESPN since 2014 but her contract expired Tuesday. Her last assignment for the network was Tuesday night at the NBA Finals, where she was the pregame and postgame host for the network's “NBA Countdown” show. Taylor rejected an extension last year and the two sides were far apart heading into the NBA Finals. Nichols said in an accidentally recorded phone call obtained by the Times: “I wish Maria Taylor all the success in the world — she covers football, she covers basketball.wftv.com
ESPN, NHL announce comprehensive 7-year agreement
Players stand on the ice during the playing of the national anthem before an NHL hockey game between the Detroit Red Wings and the Tampa Bay Lightning Tuesday, March 9, 2021, in Detroit. The NHL and ESPN are together again after announcing a seven-year agreement that also includes extensive streaming rights. “This is a win, win, win. ESPN will produce 75 national games per season that will stream exclusively on both ESPN+ and Hulu. Disney owns two-thirds of Hulu and has been offering packages that include Hulu, ESPN+ and Disney+.
Longtime ESPN baseball correspondent Pedro Gomez dies at 58
Spencer Green, File)Pedro Gomez, a longtime baseball correspondent for ESPN who covered more than 25 World Series, has died. He was a Dad, loving husband, loyal friend, coach and mentor,” the Gomez family added. He was a correspondent on ESPN's “SportsCenter,” “Baseball Tonight” and additional shows, including the network's “Wednesday Night Baseball” package. “We are shocked and saddened to learn that our friend and colleague Pedro Gomez has passed away,” ESPN chairman Jimmy Pitaro said in a statement on Twitter and the network's public relations page. “More than an elite journalist, Pedro Gomez was a good and decent man, so proud of his family, and his heritage,” said former “SportsCenter” anchor Bob Ley.
SEC on ABC: ESPN to be exclusive TV home, starting 2024
The deal makes ESPN the exclusive media rights holder of SEC football and men's basketball, and will end the conference's relationship with CBS after three decades. The SEC and ESPN are already in the midst of a 20-year deal that includes a partnership on the SEC Network. For the first time, ESPN will be able to place SEC games in its Saturday prime-time slot, too. "So Saturday night, prime time on ABC is the highest profile window, the biggest stage in terms of college football. "It’s common sense, but we have just not operated that way in college football,” Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin said.
ESPN announces 300 layoffs, citing ‘disruption’ amid coronavirus
FILE This Aug. 13, 2020 file photo shows a logo for ESPN on a remote control, in Portland, Ore. The company said the cuts are due in large part to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on its business and the tremendous disruption in how fans consume sports. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, FIle)ESPN announced Thursday it is eliminating about 500 jobs worldwide, including about 300 through layoffs. The company said it has more than 5,000 employees, including about 4,000 in Bristol. The Disney subsidiary has recently been moving toward more direct-to-consumer offerings, including its ESPN+, a streaming service that has grown to about 8.5 million subscribers.
ESPN to lay off 300 people. Here's the memo
CNBC obtained a memo in which ESPN Chairman Jimmy Pitaro announced to staffers that roughly 300 people will be laid off as parent company Disney shifts to more direct-to-consumer streaming. The memo follows internal discussions about layoffs related to Covid-19. "As you know, we value transparency in our internal dialogue, and that means in both good and challenging times," Pitaro wrote in the memo. Reports surfaced last week that the network could suffer more layoffs, as its parent company is focuses more on its streaming service. Other legacy media companies have had similar rounds of layoffs related to the pandemic and the shift to streaming this year.cnbc.com
Par 3 Contest out, 'College GameDay' in at different Masters
ESPN's College GameDay is in. Augusta National announced Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, more changes to a Masters tournament that will be unlike any of the previous 83. ESPN's “College GameDay” is in. Augusta National announced Tuesday more changes to a Masters tournament that will be unlike any of the previous 83. The most notable was in 2017 when “College GameDay” was held in Times Square.
Former athletes, sports shows take lead on social justice
Former athletes have a pipeline to advance into sports media as commentators, and many popular shows feature a Black man or woman as a host. Instead, it turned into a forum for players to express their feelings about racial and social issues after practice was canceled. Brown added that athletes who speak out need to be articulate, informed and mindful that their words have staying power. For Rose, the era of athletes sticking to sports is over in part because President Donald Trump hasnt been shy about criticizing NBA and NFL players who disagree with him. If hes acknowledging NFL players who are kneeling and he says, They deserve to be fired, that now becomes a sports topic.
Colin Kaepernick, Disney announce partnership deal
Colin Kaepernick will be featured in an exclusive docuseries produced by ESPN Films as part of a first-look deal with The Walt Disney Co. The deal between Kaepernicks production arm, Ra Vision Media, and The Walt Disney Co. was announced Monday. His deal with The Walt Disney Co. will extend across all Disney platforms, including Walt Disney Television, ESPN, Hulu, Pixar and The Undefeated. During this unprecedented time, The Walt Disney Co. remains committed to creating diverse and inclusive content that resonates and matters, said Bob Iger, Disneys executive chairman. Developing exceptional storytelling told through a wide array of voices is at the core of who we are at ESPN, ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro said.