ESPN's 30 For 30
Long before the cases of Lance Armstrong, Barry Bonds and Marion Jones engendered public indifference about performance-enhancing drugs, steroids were a dirty little secret of the sports world. Suspicions were prevalent in Olympic circles, but rarely discussed above a whisper. That changed in 1988 when Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson was busted for the anabolic steroid stanozolol days after winning the gold medal and setting a world record in the 100-meter dash at the Seoul Olympics. His spectacular rise to the top of his sport and his cataclysmic fall are chronicled in 9.79*, this week's entry in ESPN's Emmy-nominated documentary series 30 for 30 (Tuesdays, 8/7c).
What's this?!? There is some accounting for taste?!? Downton Abbey's Season 2 premiere averaged 4.2 million viewers.
Nielsen data on Tuesday showed that the Emmy-winning series' return Sunday night doubled the average PBS prime-time rating, and marked an 18 percent jump over the show's first-season average — which made PBS ecstatic.
The scandal that's been dominating sports and news networks alike culminated Wednesday with legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and University President Graham Spanier being fired, The Associated Press reports.
Hank Williams Jr.
ESPN is no longer "ready for some football" after Hank Williams Jr. made comments comparing President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler, CNN reports.
The country singer, appearing on Fox News' Fox and Friends Monday morning, referred to a June golf game when Obama and House Speaker John Boehner played on the same team as "one of the biggest political mistakes ever." Williams then added "that'd be like...
Cameron Wake and Tom Brady
Monday Night Football had a big night in the ratings, just like Tom Brady on the field.
The regular season debut of the venerable franchise on ESPN decimated the competition on both cable and broadcast television, attracting 14.57 million viewers for the NFL game between the New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins and a 6.3 rating among 18-to-49-year-olds. Brady made the hot South Florida night hotter, passing for 517 yards — merely the fifth-best in league history. And with the promise of more excitement like that, ESPN is sure to lure solid numbers throughout the season.
Monday Night Football
ESPN has signed an eight-year extension with the National Football League to carry Monday Night Football though 2021.
ESPN/ABC Sports President George Bodenheimer and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the $15 billion agreement Thursday, saying that it includes expanded NFL studio programming, highlight rights for TV and ESPN.com, the Pro Bowl, the NFL Draft, 3-D rights and enhanced international rights. However, the deal still does not include playoff games or Super Bowls for the cable sports network.
ESPN has secured full TV rights to Wimbledon, ending NBC's 43-year coverage of the Grand Slam tournament.
The network and the All England Club reached a 12-year agreement beginning next year. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Watch highlights from the Djokovic-Nadal final
ESPN had previously owned the rights to air the early rounds, with NBC picking up coverage in the second week, ending with its "Breakfast at Wimbledon" broadcasts of the finals. However, NBC has drawn ire from fans (including Dirk Nowitzki) for ...
Michael Dyer of the Auburn Tigers
A cable record 27.3 million people watched Auburn's last-second victory over Oregon in the college football national championship game on ESPN.