July 1, 1999
Given that television is blamed for ills ranging from youth violence to undermining civil discourse (think South Park), it's nice to stumble across a brighter side of youth and TV. Check out the X Games on all-sport ESPN or, over the weekend, on ABC. The two networks are broadcasting 28 hours of the fifth annual festival of alternative sports from San Francisco. The X Games (for Generation X; get it?) are not your usual sports - and actually can be more visually enthralling than the bash and grunt of football, or the slooooowwww ballet of baseball.
May 15, 1990 |
Superjocks Michael Jordan, Bo Jackson and Wayne Gretzky will be on the same team if plans for a new animated series take off, according to an industry publication. Representatives of the athletes are planning a weekly cartoon called "The Super Stars," and have approached ESPN to carry the weekly series, which could be launched as soon as next spring, Advertising Age reported in its May 14 issue. In the cartoon, the three athletes would be portrayed as superheroes, traveling the globe and spreading anti-drug and other moral messages to youngsters, a source familiar with the project told Ad Age. Though it would be a departure from the cable network's predominantly live sports format aimed primarily at male viewers, it would enable the network to attract advertisers that target younger audiences, the magazine said.
March 11, 1994 |
Have an extra supply of earplugs handy: Dick Vitale has signed a new contract with ESPN that will keep him blaring on the air through 2000. Vitale called his career with ESPN "a fantasy. " "I did the first game in 1979, De Paul at Wisconsin," he said yesterday. "I had just gotten fired (as the Detroit Pistons' coach) and didn't know where my career was going. "When this (contract) is completed, I'll be 60. I act about 12. I hope I keep that (enthusiasm). " During a conference call, I asked Vitale if he is concerned about his friend, Bob Knight.
May 18, 2012 |
THE WIFE of fired Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine claimed Wednesday that ESPN maliciously trampled her reputation by broadcasting salacious stories about her and about claims that her husband molested ball boys. Laurie Fine held a news conference and threatened to file a libel lawsuit in federal court against the cable network and two employees. ESPN in November broke the story of two former Syracuse ball boys, Robert Davis and Michael Lang, who claimed they were molested by Bernie Fine decades ago. "I'm here today as a wife and a mother who has had to endure the trauma of being smeared in the public as a monster," she said, reading quickly from a statement.
January 20, 2004 |
The life of racing great Dale Earnhardt will be the subject of a made-for-TV movie produced by ESPN. The movie, "3: The Dale Earnhardt Story," is to air late this summer. Earnhardt died after crashing during the final lap of the Daytona 500 in 2001. This will be the third original movie by ESPN, following projects on basketball coach Bob Knight and football coach Bear Bryant. Philly File Villanova freshman guard Mike Nardi was named Big East rookie of the week after scoring 24 points in both Wildcats wins.
December 22, 2012
ESPN has handed commentator Rob Parker a 30-day suspension for questioning Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III's "blackness. " The network announced the suspension Thursday, a day after Parker apologized for comments he made during the Dec. 13 episode of ESPN's First Take . Parker, who is black, was discussing Griffin's role as an African American quarterback when he took exception to the rookie's engagement to a white woman and to rumors...
April 19, 1991 |
Sunday is the biggest day of the year for draftniks. For the 12th consecutive year, ESPN is televising the NFL draft live from the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Manhattan. ESPN will be on the air from noon to 6:30 p.m. Chris Berman will be the host, supported by Tom Jackson, Joe Theismann and Mel Kiper. At another set, Mike Gottfried and Fred Edelstein will join Robin Roberts. Kiper's top five forecast is: wide receiver Raghib Ismail and cornerback Todd Lyght, from Notre Dame; defensive lineman Russell Maryland, Miami; wide receiver Alvin Harper, Tennessee; and running back Nick Bell, Iowa.
February 19, 2012
ESPN has apologized for using a racial slur in a headline for a story on Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin. ESPN ran the headline "Chink in the Armor" after Lin had nine turnovers in New York's loss to the New Orleans Hornets on Friday night on its mobile website. Lin is the NBA's first American-born player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent. He has captivated sports fans with unexpected dominance on the court that sparked a seven-game winning streak. ESPN apologized Saturday and said it was conducting a review of editorial procedures.
October 24, 2001 |
ESPN's reality television program "Sidelines" has been too real for Texas A & M officials and a bit of a disappointment to some of the players. Texas A & M officials gave the cable sports network total access to its football facilities for a 13-episode series dealing with the lives of those involved with the school's football program. But three weeks into the program that airs on Thursday nights, A & M officials have complained about several scenes depicted, including one at a College Station bar. "We've been led to believe there will be some changes," coach R.C. Slocum said yesterday.
November 28, 1997 |
ESPN has spoiled us. Distinguishing itself many times with its work, ESPN has raised the bar. Sports fans expect excellence from the cable network. However, its handling of the alleged Eric Lindros "bite" was disappointing. On "SportsCenter" after the Nov. 20 game, ESPN showed slow-motion tapes of Lindros scuffling face-to-face with San Jose's Marty McSorley. Suddenly, McSorley's head snapped back. Accompanying the tape were remarks suggesting Lindros was hungry because he must have skipped lunch.