Link – Yankees could boycott ESPN if not taken off ‘Sunday Night Baseball,’ report says

I get it, it’s hard for any of us to feel sorry for the Yankees, ever. But, this seems fairly dumb:

“Thanks to ESPN, the Yankees and Blue Jays will play at 8 p.m. ET Sunday in Toronto. And the Yankees ain’t too happy about it.

Why? The game originally was scheduled for 1 p.m. as the Yankees have to catch a flight to Baltimore after the game for a doubleheader the next day. “

They can’t not play the game, but they apparently can, and will, make use of the one threat they do have against ESPN, player and manager access.

Really, in a battle of wills between the Yankees and ESPN, there’s no good guy. Just pass the popcorn…

Update – Apparently, the threat worked.

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Link – Snapchat’s new SportsCenter show is missing something important: Actual NFL highlights – Recode

Well that seems less than ideal –

Turns out ESPN doesn’t have the rights to show NFL football inside Snapchat.

Look, I get ESPN wanted to be on Snapchat, and I could even see some cool things they could do with their own shows, but if you’re going to have a sports news and highlight show on Snapchat, you have to have the highlights. What’s the point of it without the highlights? Couldn’t I just launch the ESPN app, with the highlights? This seems like they are just throwing any old thing up on a social media platform just so they can say they are there. What’s the strategy behind that?

ESPN is flailing. The sports media world is going to look a lot different in a few years.

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Link – Viewers hated ESPN’s camera angle for Michigan-Ohio State

Timeout Festivities

So, while Islander fans complain about obstructed views, ESPN is actively creating obstructed view television!

Seriously, people don’t sit court side to fully appreciate the speed and athleticism of the game, they sit court side to be part of the action, and to be seen. Neither one of those things can be accomplished from home. From home I want to see the actual game, and yes, see the whole court and appreciate how plays develop.

Watching the game from home should not be the same as watching it in person. It can’t be, and that’s both a good thing and a bad thing. The experience is different, and our expectations are different. We’ve come to expect to view sports from certain camera angles, ones that include full sight lines.

Viewers hated ESPN’s camera angle for Michigan-Ohio State

Link – Kirk Herbstreit blames Ed O’Bannon for loss of ‘NCAA Football’

GameDay set

“At the heart of the lawsuit was athlete compensation for the use of their likeness in the game. O’Bannon’s lawyers argued that EA Sports was making millions off a game that was popular because of student-athletes that received no money.
Herbstreit contended players didn’t care about the use of their likenesses; they just loved the game.

“I’ve never met one player in college football that’s like, ‘They can’t use my name and likeness! I need to be paid!’ ” Herbstreit told SEC Country. “They’re just thrilled to be on the game. They love being on the game. It’s like the biggest highlight of their life, is to be on the game.”

Herbstreit does have a stake in the former EA Sports franchise since he was one of three announcers in the game and was compensated for his work.”

I generally like Herbie, but this is just about a perfect summation of what is wrong with college athletics, isn’t it? He needs to get paid for using his voice in the game, but the actual college athletes, nah they just want to play a game, no one needs to worry about them getting paid. “Now where’s my money?”

Yup, everybody wants some of the college sports money, but letting the kids get any isn’t right.

Kirk Herbstreit blames Ed O’Bannon for loss of ‘NCAA Football’ | Dr. Saturday – Yahoo Sports

Reading – Adrian Peterson’s sanitized NFL return was embarrassing


“On Monday, they failed again; to consume ESPN’s coverage over those few hours was to feel intermittently insane. It was almost real life, but not exactly. In real life, Adrian Peterson pled no-contest to child abuse, and child abuse is a particularly upsetting, stigma-carrying crime to commit, and probably something you should acknowledge in a meaningful way, even if it’s once.
In the Monday Night Uncanny Valley, everyone is excited to watch him play football again, and why he wasn’t playing is secondary, or tertiary, or quaternary, or quinary. Do you want to hear the truth, or do you want to see me shed some tacklers?”

I watched the game Monday night for two reasons. I had no rooting interest for either team, nor any fantasy football reason to watch, but I wanted to see former Buckeye Carlos Hyde, and see how ESPN handled Adrian Peterson. As soon as I realized that Chris Berman was calling the game I should have known the answer to the latter. Has he ever made a single comment that would make the NFL look bad? He has to be the media’s biggest NFL apologist, and as such he really can’t be taken seriously when he does talk about an issue like this, not that he actually did talk about it!

Look, Peterson sat out his suspension, and has gone through the court system. He, like any other person, deserves to be able to go back to make a living however he chooses after paying for his crime, and I hope what he says about learning to be a better father is true. But can we not talk about his return as if he were returning from injury? In fact, can we not compare his return to the Vikings to Navorro Bowman’s return for the 49ers? One guy sat a year after tearing two ligaments in his knee, the other as punishment for beating his kid. Those are not comparable.

Adrian Peterson’s sanitized NFL return was embarrassing