Friday, December 15, 2017

The disappearance of the wage-earning sports fan is the real reason ESPN is dying

Watching ESPN’s downfall has been a source of macabre fascination for folks like me, the people who helped bring the fledgling cable sports provider into some kind of must-see prominence in the ‘90s. Now we cheer its present-day downfall. By Andrew J. Pridgen I remember when I made the switch to ESPN from the nightly local sports broadcast, the guy in...

Don’t Pay for Production: The Tragedy of the Philadelphia Phillies

Now that baseball's messaging is being controlled by the MLB, the professional sport in the U.S. which relies most on its history seems to be turning its back on it in favor of...Process. By Kyle Magin Baseball’s a son of a bitch. The Philadelphia Phillies get mocked for paying for their 2008 World Series rings seven years later with the bloated, suffocating...

Objectives for the Las Vegas NHL Team

Las Vegas’ probable hockey team should take the ice beginning in 2017. There’s a ton of work for the franchise to do between now and then. By Kyle Magin The NHL is coming to Las Vegas. For the first time ever, major professional team sports will have a franchise in Sin City. Led by owner Bill Foley, who will pay $500 million...

2016 World Series Odds | Who to bet and who to forget

Spring Training, where beer tastes like Axe body spray and clear acrylic stilettos. Where the Oakland A’s play in an actual baseball stadium. Where (El) Super Burritos in North Scottsdale flow like well tequila. Where the Pink Pony is a steakhouse not a strip club. Where the poolside bar at Hotel Valley Ho is manned by my favorite former...

Pints and Picks The Podcast: A bro primer to Baseball and March Madness 2016

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Proposed names for the new NHL team in Las Vegas

The unveiling of the Las Vegas Black Knights of the National Hockey League is set to take place as early as early June. While we've got no problems with Black Knights as they relate to the Wu-Tang Clan, it's a little tougher prospect to coin a hockey team after something that doesn't really exist in that region—like snow and...

What’s better Draymond’s game on the court or Iguodala’s on the bench?

...Or has Cleveland just #givenup? By Andrew J Pridgen In a text exchange last night with a couple buddies, one mentioned that if he didn’t know better he’d think judging by the performance of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers Game 2 that Vegas got a hold of them and they were rolling over in exchange for one of those giant...

Are professional sports players getting so good that it’s boring?

Homogeneousness the result of specialization, analytics and refinement at an early age means it’s difficult today to tell one superstar athlete from another. The question is, are we still entertained? By Andrew J. Pridgen Major League Baseball quietly entered a new era over the last half decade. It is the era of the long ball, the strikeout, the disposable starter, the...

Marshawn Lynch as the Raiders’ Red Herring

The Raiders dumped Oakland last season but then they signed Marshawn Lynch for a pair to give fans temporary amnesia. The question is, is there enough magic left in the candy man’s legs to make them forget about how the Davis family did them so dirty? By Andrew J. Pridgen The Oakland/soon-to-be-Las-Vegas Raiders, true to their name, are thieves and...

UNLV Students Change Newspaper Name, Racists Lose Their Goddamn Minds

UNLV students are to be commended for trolling the living shit out of Trump’s America. Written by Kyle Magin Thank you, thank you, thank you to students at the University of Nevada Las Vegas’s student paper, The Rebel Yell. Its editors announced a decision Monday to rename the paper due to its Confederate undertones (itself a call out to the...