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The world is shrinking.The Worldwide Leader in Sports, that is.For the second time in three years, ESPN has undergone significant company layoffs, as on-air talent and staff writers are being ousted from the company.After spending billions of dollars in recent years to acquire television rights for the NBA and the NFL, the network has seen its subscriber numbers plummet.
Tony Romo recently announced his retirement from football, trading a career on the gridiron for one in the broadcast booth at CBS.
LaVar Ball is loving his moment in the spotlight.What may have started as an honest attempt to drum up NBA interest for his son Lonzo, a projected Top 3 pick in the upcoming draft, has cascaded into the formation of his own celebrity and mass attention around his family.LaVar has said his son is better than Steph Curry, told of his desire for a $1 billion dollar shoe contract for his three sons and even appeared on ESPN’s First Take alone to spout that he could beat Michael Jordan in a one-on-one matchup.
There are lots of things that can derail the draft stock of an NFL prospect.A poor combine showing, injury issues, and even small hands on a quarterback are often red flags for team scouts.However, nothing embarrases draft prospects more than social media mishaps, which give players unwanted attention and can send them tumbling down draft boards.The most recent example of this occurred before last year’s NFL Draft, as the Twitter account of Laremy Tunsil posted a video of the offensive tackle smoking out of a bong.
In December 2016, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman threatened to “ruin the career” of local radio host Jim Moore after he asked the 28-year-old about his conflict with the team’s offensive coordinator, Darrell Bevell.While this incident flew largely under the radar in the national media landscape, it has been brought back to light after Sherman denied this incident on a recent ESPN interview.
When Kyrie Irving joined the Road Trippin’ With RJ & Channing podcast last week, listeners were likely expecting the point guard to reflect on his season thus far, talk about the upcoming All-Star weekend in New Orleans or possibly just dabble in the X’s and O’s of basketball.However, what those listeners heard, at least for part of Irving’s time on the show, were some unexpected scientific remarks from the 24-year-old.Irving claimed that the Earth is flat.“This is not even a conspiracy theory," Irving said on the podcast.
On Monday morning, journalist Peter King posted an interview with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, looking back at the 39 year old’s incredible comeback in Super Bowl LI.
When the Badgers travel to Lincoln, Neb., this Thursday to face the Cornhuskers, Ethan Happ will take center stage on national television.