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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 15, 1990 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
SPORTS
March 11, 1994 | by Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
SPORTS
May 18, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
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.
SPORTS
January 20, 2004 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
SPORTS
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...
SPORTS
April 19, 1991 | by Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
October 24, 2001 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
SPORTS
November 28, 1997 | by Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
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SPORTS
June 24, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
All of Pete Rose's impressive entries in baseball's record books - the National League hits mark he set as a Phillie, the major-league standard that came during his second stint with the Reds - may ultimately mean nothing now that the contents of another record book have been made public. ESPN's Outside the Lines reported Monday that a ledger confiscated in 1989 during the raid on a Rose associate's Ohio home confirmed that baseball's all-time hits leader had done what he had long denied - bet on Cincinnati Reds games while he was still playing for them.
NEWS
June 5, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Anger over Caitlyn's ESPY The newly minted Caitlyn Jenner , who won Olympic gold in her previous life as Bruce Jenner , is ecstatic ESPN has chosen to award her its annual Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at next months' ESPY awards. "What the [heck] am I going to wear," she tweets. Not everyone is over the moon. Social media was afire Wednesday with complaints from sports fans who insist the award rightfully belongs to Mount St. Joseph University basketball player Lauren Hill , who continued playing while battling brain cancer.
SPORTS
May 27, 2015 | BY BERNARD FERNANDEZ, For the Daily News
IT WILL BE duly noted for historical purposes that "ESPN Friday Night Fights" ended its 17-year run on May 22 with a telecast from Corona, Calif., the co-featured bouts won by heavyweight Andrey Fedosov and junior middleweight John Thompson IV in the finals of the Boxcino tournament. But, from a purely emotional standpoint, the farewell show should have been on May 8 at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia, with 42-year-old Amir Mansour scoring a 10-round unanimous decision over Joey Dawejko, 18 years his junior, for the vacant Pennsylvania heavyweight championship.
SPORTS
April 22, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THE PHOTO hit Twitter yesterday at 4:02 p.m. An Eagles helmet positioned on a desk in front of him, clutching a pen in the left hand that last threw an NFL pass during the 2013 preseason, Tim Tebow was smiling behind a stylish stubble, wearing a midnight green sweatshirt with the team logo on the breast. Tebow's signing of a 1-year contract finally became official, about 21 hours after Fox's Jay Glazer broke the initial report. By the time it was announced, the quarterback's arrival had been celebrated, denounced, scrutinized and dissected by every media outlet this side of People magazine.
SPORTS
March 13, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
RORY KARPF didn't have any trouble coming up with the title for the ESPN "30 for 30" documentary he directed that airs on Selection Sunday at 9 p.m. "I Hate Christian Laettner" is the title of a film about the former Duke player who despite hitting "the shot" went on to become villified by people he never met. "They wanted to do this one on Christian," said Karpf, who has also done the "Book of Manning" and "Snoop & Son, A Dad's Dream" for...
NEWS
February 12, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Little League International officials met Tuesday to discuss a recent investigation into Chicago's national championship team amid accusations of ineligible players. Jackie Robinson West, which eliminated Philadelphia's Taney Dragons last summer, may have added top players from neighboring suburban leagues, according to an ESPN report. Little League International's inquiry started late last year. It is unclear whether the Chicago team could be stripped of its title. The Tuesday meeting took place several weeks after the organization announced it had found no violations of residency rules but would reopen its investigation if new evidence was presented.
SPORTS
December 15, 2014
What: Football Championship Subdivision quarterfinal When: Saturday at 1 p.m. Where: Villanova Stadium. Records: Sam Houston State, 10-4; Villanova, 11-2. TV/Radio: ESPN 3/610 AM. How they got here: Sam Houston State beat visiting Southeastern Louisiana, 21-17, and defeated host Jacksonville State, 37-26. After a first-round bye, Villanova beat visiting Liberty, 29-22. Coaches: Sam Houston State, K.C. Keeler (1st season, 10-4; 184-77-1 overall); Villanova, Andy Talley (30th season, 215-127-1; 243-145-2 overall)
SPORTS
November 6, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
It is better than the boondoggle that was the Bowl Championship Series method for deciding a national college football champion. Let's give the College Football Playoff system that much and nothing more. It's kind of like saying it was better when baseball finally decided to use replay for disputed home run calls even as it allowed a perfect game to be wiped out by a botched ruling at first base. Nearly six years passed before baseball finally made things right by instituting an extensive replay system in 2014.
SPORTS
October 22, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
CONSIDERING THAT the Sixers are almost universally pegged as being the NBA's worst team for this season, it should come as little surprise that they do not have an impressive showing in the ESPN.com and TrueHoop Network ranking of all 500 NBA players. For the second straight year, only one Sixer is in the top 100. According to the ESPN Forecast Panel, which is composed of more than 210 NBA contributors, reigning rookie of the year Michael Carter-Williams is the highest-ranked Sixer, at No. 79. The Milwaukee Bucks, with wing Giannis Antetokounmpo at No. 88, and the Orlando Magic, with swingman Victor Oladipo at 81, are the only teams with no second-year players rated better than Carter-Williams, but, unlike the Sixers, both have at least two players ranked in the top 100. Redshirt rookie power forward Nerlens Noel, who missed the entire 2013-14 season while recovering from a knee injury, checks in at 102. The depth of non-quality players makes the Sixers stand out. While the New York Knicks (Carmelo Anthony)
SPORTS
September 16, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
ESPN ANALYST Cris Carter had a lot to say yesterday, and none of it had to do with NFL games. He spoke emotionally about abuse, a word that has surfaced many times over the past few weeks. Running back Ray Rice was cut by the Ravens and banned by the NFL because of a video showing him knocking out his then-fiancee in a casino elevator. The Vikings deactivated running back Adrian Peterson for yesterday's game against the Patriots for allegedly hitting his child with a wooden switch.
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