ESPN To Have Exclusive Rights to the BCS

19 11 2008

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As long as my Ohio State Buckeyes make it to the Championship each and every week I have NO problem with this right here!!!  I always thought the BCS on FOX was suspect.  They always had the wackest announcers and presentation of the big networks to me.  Even though one thing they had that I liked was the camera over the top of the field from Texas Instruments (cant remember the name). Anywho, ESPN gets the BCS!  What else will they have?!?  I guarentee next it will be the NBA Finals!  Then, yes…THE SUPER BOWL!!!  ESPN will rule the sports world…I mean we know this already…

 

(ESPN Article)

he Bowl Championship Series is coming to ESPN starting in January 2011 (following the 2010 regular season).

ESPN and the BCS announced the deal on Tuesday. It includes exclusive television, radio, digital, international and marketing rights for the Fiesta, Orange and Sugar Bowls from 2011-2014 and the BCS title game from 2011 to 2013.

The Rose Bowl will continue to be televised on ABC through 2014 under a separate, previous contract. The Rose Bowl is also slated to host the 2014 title game.

ESPN is currently available in 98 million American homes. The current BCS deal with Fox Sports expires after the 2010 games.

This means the Fiesta, Orange and Sugar Bowls, plus the BCS Championship Game, will be televised in prime time each January. The schedule has not been released. There will also be a BCS show on ESPN every Sunday to unveil the current rankings.

The games will also be carried on ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes Radio. Digital Media rights include operation of the official BCS Web site and the opportunity to simulcast the games online at ESPN360.com and on ESPN Mobile TV for mobile devices.

ESPN International will distribute and televise the BCS matchups around the world through networks and syndication, including on the re-branded ESPN America in Europe (known as NASN until Feb. 2009). In addition, ESPN has the right to televise BCS games on ESPN Deportes, the U.S. Spanish-language sports network.

“The BCS will thrive on ESPN,” ESPN president George Bodenheimer said. “Our slogan is ‘College Football Lives Here’ and the BCS will now top college football’s best regular-season and studio coverage, the sport’s top awards shows, Bowl Week and other national championships all carried on our family of networks. This is a proud day for ESPN and an exceptional day for this great sport and its passionate fans.”

“We are tremendously pleased to reach an agreement with ESPN and feel that the BCS games from 2011 to ’14 will be in good hands,” said BCS commissioner John Swofford, who is also the commissioner of the ACC. “With the continued growth of technology and the depth of coverage that ESPN gives to the college football fan on all its platforms during the regular season, this postseason partnership is a natural fit.”

ESPN is available in just over 98 million U.S. homes, which is 86 percent of all households with televisions, according to Nielsen. Swofford expects that number to grow by 2011. Of the people who watched the BCS title game on Fox last season, 95 percent had cable or satellite, ESPN said.





Shaq Dissing Kobe (Courtesy of ESPN)

24 06 2008

LMAO!!!!!! this shit is hillarious!!!!

 

Kobe tell me how my ass tastes (MAJOR PAUSE!!!)

 

 

 

Steven A Smith is my nigga, way to downplay dis!!!!!!





ESPN’S Jemele Hill Gets Suspended?

23 06 2008

(taken from: hiphopdx.com)

 

ESPN’s Page 2 writer Jemele Hill has been suspended from her post after referencing Adolf Hitler in an article about the NBA champion Boston Celtics and the Detroit Pistons.

 

In a recent editorial describing why she couldn’t root for the CelticsHill—a lifelongPistons fan—wrote: “Rooting for the Celtics is like saying Hitler was a victim. It’s like hoping Gorbachev would get to the blinking red button before Reagan. 

“Deserving or not, I still hate the Celtics.”

Her Hitler remark received a flurry of angry comments from site readers and that portion of the editorial was taken out shortly after the column was published.

But the damage had been done. 

Hill’s comments have been compared to shock jock Don Imus’ now infamous “nappy headed ho” remark about the women’s basketball team at Rutgers. Others, have called for the columnist to be fired.

Even her peers in the media have taken issue with the remark. Joe Fitzgerald ofThe Boston Herald condemned the remark in a column. “There is nothing witty about using Hitler as a punch line,” he wrote, before mentioning a Holocaust survivor he knew to drive home his point. “The Celtics remind Jemele Hill of Hitler? Please. Eric, who died four years ago, understood that the time would come when supposedly bright people like her would be flippantly indifferent to the evils he experienced, if not totally ignorant of them.”

Hill apologized for the remarks in a recent statement released by ESPN.

“I deeply regret the comment I made in a column Saturday. In expressing my passion for the NBA and my hometown of Detroit I showed very poor judgment in the words that I used. I pride myself on an understanding of, and appreciation for, diversity — and there is no excuse for the appalling lack of sensitivity in my comments. It in no way reflects the person I am.

“I apologize to all of my readers and I thank them for holding me accountable. This has been an important lesson for me and illustrates that, like many people, I still have a lot of growing and learning to do.”