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Patrick Redford Patrick Redford Jun 20, 2019. 15 comments

Skip Bayless Falls For A Fake Woj Tweet About Chris Paul Mocking James Harden's "Manboobs"

Skip Bayless Falls For A Fake Woj Tweet About Chris Paul Mocking James Harden's "Manboobs"

Have you heard the news? If you watched FS1's Second Take this morning, you did: the Rockets backcourt’s toxic situation got so bad in part because Chris Paul repeatedly berated James Harden about his “manboobs,” to the point that Harden left team practices in tears. Wow!

This, of course, did not happen, as Skip Bayless seems to be reporting the work of an account posing as Adrian...

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Tom Ley Tom Ley Sep 08, 2017. 15 comments

FS1 Won't Be Airing Jason Whitlock's Latest Colin Kaepernick Skit

FS1 Won't Be Airing Jason Whitlock's Latest Colin Kaepernick Skit

On Tuesday, All Takes Matter co-host Jason Whitlock started an internet firestorm with this tweet:

The blowback—and there was a lot of it—was immediate toward what appeared to be the latest instance of Whitlock mocking Colin Kaepernick’s activism and race consciousness. (As TMZ later revealed in a post about the sketch—All Takes Matter often features sketches that nobody but Whitlock would...

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Timothy Burke Timothy Burke Sep 06, 2017. 9 comments

Fox Sports Live Relaunches; Spends Most Of Time Mocking Show's Low Ratings

<i>Fox Sports Live</i> Relaunches; Spends Most Of Time Mocking Show's Low Ratings

Fox Sports 1 relaunched Fox Sports Live tonight in hopes a revamped format might spark the highlight show’s inexplicably bad ratings . What we got instead was hosts Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole in a miniscule studio repeatedly mocking the previous incarnation’s failures with their signature brand of Canadian, um, humour.

Not that we expected any differently; after all, this is a show that...

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Dave McKenna Dave McKenna Aug 31, 2017. 7 comments

Judge: Colleen Dominguez's Bias Suit Against Fox Sports Can Proceed

Judge: Colleen Dominguez's Bias Suit Against Fox Sports Can Proceed

A federal judge has ruled that the gender and age discrimination lawsuit filed by former FS1 reporter Colleen Dominguez against the sports network can go forward.

Dominguez sued FS1 in December 2015, alleging higher-ups there had conspired to thwart her career beginning shortly after she came over from ESPN in March 2014. The complaint she filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central...

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Laura Wagner Laura Wagner Aug 21, 2017. 13 comments

Fox Sports' Pivot To Video Killed Its Advertising Deal With Sports Illustrated 

Fox Sports' Pivot To Video Killed Its Advertising Deal With <i>Sports Illustrated </i>

In the wake of Fox Sports’ recent decision to lay off most of its writers and editors, and this week’s firing of Jamie Horowitz amid a sexual harassment investigation, there remain a whole lot of unknowns. We know that the grand plan in getting rid of writers was to “pivot to video,” and that even though that was Horowitz’s vision, current executives are reportedly sticking with it. But can...

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Kevin Draper Kevin Draper Aug 19, 2017. 16 comments

Report: Chris Broussard Is Leaving ESPN For Fox Sports

Report: Chris Broussard Is Leaving ESPN For Fox Sports

ESPN basketball analyst Chris Broussard is finalizing a deal to decamp for Fox Sports, according to Sporting News’s Mike McCarthy, where he is likely to pair with former NBAer Jim Jackson on FS1. McCarthy previously reported that Broussard’s ESPN contract was expiring in mid-September, and I have been told that he’s currently without an ESPN contract.

Broussard will further help stock FS1's...

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Kevin Draper Kevin Draper Aug 19, 2017. 15 comments

Skip Bayless Is Gaining On ESPN In A Ratings War That Doesn't Matter

Skip Bayless Is Gaining On ESPN In A Ratings War That Doesn't Matter

ESPN’s flagship shoutfest, First Take, has long and rightly been reviled for degrading everyone and everything it touches. Until co-host Skip Bayless departed earlier this year, that didn’t seem to matter at all to its loyal core audience, which happily tuned in each day no matter how repulsive or just plain stupid the proceedings were.

Compared to same point last year, though, its ratings...

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Patrick Redford Patrick Redford Aug 19, 2017. 19 comments

Hell Exists And It's Getting Your Hair Cut While Skip Bayless Yells At You

Hell Exists And It's Getting Your Hair Cut While Skip Bayless Yells At You

The Los Angeles Times’ Lance Pugmire talked to old friend Skip Bayless and wrote about his preparation for the premiere of Second Take, which will begin airing on Sept. 6 and, if patterns hold , will stop drawing viewers about a week later when everyone is finished rubber-necking. Skip has already promised HOTTER TAKES now that ESPN isn’t keeping his raw truths from the people.

Something he...

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Lindsey Adler Lindsey Adler Aug 19, 2017. 14 comments

Ken Rosenthal Now Writing On Facebook Because Fox Sports Sucks Ass

Ken Rosenthal Now Writing On Facebook Because Fox Sports Sucks Ass

Ken Rosenthal, who has been at FOX Sports since 2005, tweeted this afternoon that he is “wait[ing] to find a new writing home” now that FoxSports.com is all-video. Yikes.

Rosenthal is one of the industry’s top baseball reporters, and is flexible in his ability to break news and transactions and still file insightful columns. That he of all people would be displaced from his writing platform is...

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Kevin Draper Kevin Draper Aug 18, 2017. 22 comments

Troy Aikman Hates Skip Bayless, And Fox Sports Loves It

Troy Aikman Hates Skip Bayless, And Fox Sports Loves It

Skip Bayless’s new show on FS1, the two-and-a-half-hour-long Second Take, just wrapped up its debut, and you’ll be shocked to learn not only that he and cohost Shannon Sharpe discussed Tim Tebow, Johnny Manziel, and the Cowboys in-depth, but that Bayless challenged Sharpe to bring stronger takes multiple times. In case you wondered whether Skip truly would just resume peddling the same old...

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Tim Marchman Tim Marchman Aug 18, 2017. 12 comments

UFC Throws Reporter Out Of Event, Bans Him For Life For Reporting News

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UFC Throws Reporter Out Of Event, Bans Him For Life For Reporting News

Imagine the NBA having Adrian Wojnarowski escorted out of a game in the third quarter and banning him for life for having reported a trade rumor. Ridiculous as it seems, a scenario exactly like this just happened at a UFC show.

Last night, Ariel Helwani of Vox’s MMAFighting.com reported that Brock Lesnar, the former UFC heavyweight champion and current pro wrestler, was in serious talks to...

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Dave McKenna Dave McKenna Aug 18, 2017. 7 comments

Fox Sports 1 Settles Discrimination Lawsuit With Colleen Dominguez 

Fox Sports 1 Settles Discrimination Lawsuit With Colleen Dominguez 

Colleen Dominguez has settled her gender and age discrimination lawsuit against Fox Sports 1, Deadspin has learned. On Jan. 20, attorneys for both the reporter and her former employer filed a joint motion in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, asking for the case to be dismissed.

Via email, Dominguez confirmed that her case has been “resolved,” but declined to comment...

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Patrick Redford Patrick Redford Aug 18, 2017. 13 comments

Watch Skip Bayless Debate Himself, If You Dare

Watch Skip Bayless Debate Himself, If You Dare

Second Take host Skip Bayless is perhaps the most unshakeable sports yeller out there, and he’s certainly the clear debate champion among FS1's band of squawking misfits. The future of FS1 is fewer Ken Rosenthal gems and more cantankerous opinion-havers yelling at each other for some reason, and Bayless is the purest distillation of this ethos. The content of the takes doesn’t matter, just...

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Kevin Draper Kevin Draper Aug 17, 2017. 9 comments

Story On Fox Sports 1 Ratings Reads Just Like A Fox Sports 1 Press Release

Story On Fox Sports 1 Ratings Reads Just Like A Fox Sports 1 Press Release

Nielsen’s television ratings determine almost alone whether a TV show is considered successful, whether it stays on the air, and how much advertisers pay to run commercials during it. They are incredibly important to everybody in the television business, and reporters breathlessly cover them, from the less accurate overnight ratings as soon as they’re out to the finalized ratings hours...

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Barry Petchesky Barry Petchesky Aug 17, 2017. 15 comments

FS1 Host Dan O’Toole Blasts Fox Sports For Layoffs

FS1 Host Dan O’Toole Blasts Fox Sports For Layoffs

Somewhere along the line, Fox realized that Fox Sports 1 can’t (and maybe shouldn’t) compete with ESPN at its own game, and instead decided to court that silent-but-significant minority of sports fans: reactionary, regressive, and crypto- and not-so-crypto-racist. For a hundred years or more, this was the group sports media catered to nearly exclusively, but the rise of the internet and...

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Kevin Draper Kevin Draper Aug 17, 2017. 13 comments

Fox Sports And SI Have No One But Each Other

Fox Sports And <i>SI</i> Have No One But Each Other

Earlier today, Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports announced a “multiyear advertising and editorial agreement,” as per the Wall Street Journal, an arrangement that can only be read as two listing giants seeking to prop each other up.

The WSJ has as many specifics as exist currently, but the basics are easy:

FoxSports.com and SI.com combined are the second largest sports-media website, behind...

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