The Nominees for the 35th Annual Sports Emmy Awards

The nominees are out. A few interesting developments for this year’s Emmys. In the play-by-play category, Al Michaels is noticeably absent. Marv Albert, Mike Breen, Joe Buck, Bob Costas (?) and Mike Emrick are nominees. I guess the Academy decided to put Bob in this category in addition to his customary Studio Host nomination. For […]

ESPN to Put ESPN Films, FiveThirtyEight and Grantland Under One Creative Umbrella

This coming from ESPN which has forged two very nice units for storytelling over the years. ESPN Films and Grantland, created in 2008 and 2011 respectively, have created award-winning original content that have attracted loyal audiences. You know about the 30 for 30 documentary series from ESPN Films and despite being led by Captain Blowhard, […]

ESPN Announces “30 for 30: Soccer Stories” in Advance of the 2014 World Cup

The critically-acclaimed and multiple award-winning 30 for 30 series will introduce a new set of films in April which will contain various soccer stories in advance of the World Cup. The films will include on on the Hillsborough Disaster which occurred in England 25 years ago and killed 96 people and injured hundreds. While the […]

ESPN’s 30 for 30 Looks Back at Tonya and Nancy

If you were alive in 1994 and were aware of your surroundings, then you certainly remember what Tonya and Nancy did for the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer on CBS. The whole circus that started with figure skating Nancy Kerrigan getting whacked on the knee just before the U.S. Figure Skating Championships led to a […]

Some Various Wednesday Sports Media Thoughts

My apologies on not updating the site as usual this week. Suffice to say that I’ve been away since last Saturday and unable to do my usual job. I’ll be back home on Friday and be back in my own bed, but know that I am keeping up to date on the latest sports media […]

ESPN Announces the Fall “30 for 30″ Slate

Announced last night at the TV Critics Association Summer Tour, ESPN has the fall slate of “30 for 30″ documentaries that will air throughout the month of October and into the first week of November over a stretch of six weeks. All of the 30 for 30′s will be shown on Tuesday nights at 8 […]

Latest 30 for 30 Short on 1972 US Olympics Men’s Basketball Team Debuts

It’s only 12 minutes, but the subject really requires two hours at minimum. A very good 30 for 30 short on the 1972 US Olympic basketball team’s refusal to accept the silver medal has debuted today at Grantland. Director Rory Karpf got all of the members from that team for a meeting to look at […]

ESPN Films Offers “30 for 30″ Spinoff: “Nine for IX”

I believe this is the first time that a successful documentary has ever had a spinoff. ESPN Films is creating a whole new series for storytelling, this time told by women about women called “Nine for IX” as in nine films for Title IX, the groundbreaking law that allowed equality for women in collegiate sports. […]

"30 for 30" Returns With "You Don't Know Bo"

ESPN’s critically acclaimed “30 for 30″ documentary series returns Saturday with a look at none other than Vincent “Bo” Jackson, the two-sport star who was not only good in baseball and football, but he was a marketing machine. “You Don’t Know Bo” will premiere this Saturday at approximately 9 p.m. ET following the Heisman Trophy […]

The Latest Installment of 30 for 30, "9.79*" Premieres Tonight on ESPN

The second film in the fall series of ESPN’s critically-acclaimed 30 for 30 series premieres tonight. “9.79*” looks at the iconic men’s 100 meters race in track and field at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. Director Daniel Gordon manages to get all eight of the men who ran the race including disgraced winner […]

ESPN's 30 for 30, Volume 2 Begins in October

ESPN’s award-winning 30 for 30 documentary series returns next month with six films shown over a period of six weeks beginning on Tuesday, October 2. The first in the series is “Broke” which focuses on athletes who begin to lose their money after playing days through bad investments, deficit spending, hangers on and medical issues. […]

ESPN Announces The Return of "30 for 30"

Today is the ESPN Upfront presentation, its unveiling of its programming to advertisers. The presentation is streaming live and I’ve been able to watch what is transpiring at New York’s Best Buy Theater. You can catch it as well and it will be archived starting at 2 p.m. ET today. We have some press releases […]

ESPN To Mark The 40th Anniversary of Title IX with "The Power of IX"

Starting this month and running through June, ESPN will mark the 40th anniversary of the landmark Title IX law that gave women equal opportunity in college sports. When the legislation was introduced in Congress, sports was hardly mentioned, but when the bill became law in 1972, colleges applied it to athletic programs and 40 years […]

Some Quick Monday Night Linkage

Since we did our linkage this morning, there have been several stories worthy of links and they really should not wait until Tuesday. So I’ll do a set of links right now. We start with Jason McIntyre of The Big Lead who reports on a fake tweet about ESPN’s Erin Andrews leaving the network (her […]