Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Rearranging the deckchairs aboard ESPN

The Network is sinking and parent company Disney is hoping to tap a ‘90s business model—and audience—to fix it. By Andrew J. Pridgen ESPN, the ubiquitous hotel-lobby-bar-on-mute sports delivery juggernaut that used to buoy Disney’s media empire is now a once-venerable anchor dragging the Mouse down. As subscribers continue to cut the cord, ESPN finds itself bereft of a viable business...

California Baseball Weekly: Insult to Injury in San Francisco

Every week during the 2017 season, we’ll check in with California’s five MLB teams. Who’s up? Who’s down? Who has the cheapest ticket this week and who will play in the best series? The Golden State is home to the best position player in baseball, the sport’s best pitcher, and the 25 future batting cage managers who play for...

How Jerry West was driven out of Golden State by owner Joe Lacob’s hubris

..The Logo, The Kingmaker just couldn’t stand the VC owner anymore. Why his “my work is done here” explanation for leaving is only half the story. By Andrew J. Pridgen There was a cutaway just moments after the Warriors, courtesy Kevin Durant, netted their second N.B.A championship in three years. In the hallway of Oracle Arena among the throng of...

Now it can be said, the Giants are the worst team in baseball

Yeah, I see you in baseball’s basement Philly… you’re still better. By Andrew J. Pridgen Every baseball season has its nadir but even in a season full of nadirs, the Giants would be hard-pressed to top Thursday night’s game against the Rockies. It is, to date, their signature loss of 2017 and happened just as the A’s were putting one over...

The necessity of Congress playing baseball today

“The one constant through all the years has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could...

San Diego County Residents: Shut Up About Our Stadiums

San Diego County residents love to rip their playground with no repercussions.  Written by Kyle Magin There’s a common lament on sports talk radio and in comments here in San Diego as questions of the city’s stadium situation have ebbed and flowed over the past year. San Diego County residents—those who live outside of the limits of San Diego City...

Bill Simmons’ Nine Media Lives are almost up… and whether or not you should care

It’s not that I root for Bill Simmons to fail. Quite the contrary, I want him to do well with the seemingly limitless resources, chances and time he’s been given over and over and over… because if that guy can’t make it, nobody will. By Andrew J. Pridgen Bill Simmons is burning through his Nine Media Lives like a teenager...

The Warriors’ first order of business this off-season: Boycott the White House Visit.

Citizenry take note: If he’s not going to play by the rules and traditions—written or unwritten—you don’t have to either. By Andrew J. Pridgen On the eve of the tip off of the 2017 N.B.A. Finals, news broke that LeBron James’ Los Angeles home was vandalized. An unknown vandal spelled out the only two-syllable word he likely knew, the N–word, onto James’...

The N.B.A. will do everything in its power to keep the Warriors from closing out the Cavs Monday night

The ratings numbers from Friday night’s game are in ...and what’s great for the league doesn’t bode well for Golden State. By Andrew J. Pridgen Warriors fans maybe shouldn’t put that champagne on ice just yet. Friday night’s Game 4 of the N.B.A. Finals averaged a total live audience of 19 million viewers on ABC. The total live viewership for the...

Three-on-Three Olympics Basketball: Let’s Think of Some Lineups

Three-on-three hoops is coming to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. It’s my new favorite sport. Written by Kyle Magin On Friday, we found out 3x3 basketball is coming to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. This a cause for celebration. Three-on-three basketball is the sport at its most… something. Cerebral: Maybe—you’re playing chess all game long as opposed to the checkers’...

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