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April 6, 2009 | Diane Pucin
Amid expectations of more coverage for West Coast games and events, ESPN is officially opening its 12,300-square-foot studio today in the middle of LA Live, the entertainment complex across the street from Staples Center. The national sports cable network, which reaches 98 million viewers, will broadcast its first 10 p.m. "SportsCenter" from the new studio tonight.
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February 12, 2014 | By David Whitley
ESPN bills itself as the Worldwide Leader in Sports. Based on that, women's basketball is bigger worldwide than the Winter Olympics. Nothing against the Connecticut Huskies, but do they really warrant more airtime than Bode Miller, the U.S. women's hockey team, 3,000 Olympians from 88 countries and Bob Costas' valiant battle with pinkeye? If a Martian just landed anywhere in America that has cable, it would sure think so. Then it would fly to Sochi to have dinner with Jeremy Schaap, who must be feeling pretty lonely.
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May 27, 2011 | By Paul Brownfield, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Minus the self-congratulation and TV industry dialectics — the vividly recalled meetings, the anecdotes in which the on-air talent receives recognition/reaches pinnacle of career/wins a Sports Emmy — there's some pretty good stuff in the new book on the history of ESPN, called, "Those Guys Have All the Fun. " The title is meant to convey the party school atmosphere at the all-sports network, if not serve as some ironic comment on life in...
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November 7, 2013 | By Joe Flint
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Even the face of the NFL Network occasionally gets stopped at the line of scrimmage. Sportscaster Rich Eisen is trying to get across the field at the University of Phoenix Stadium, where he's supposed to host his network's coverage of the Arizona Cardinals vs. the Seattle Seahawks. On the field are current and former NFL stars, including Hall of Famer Warren Moon, who treat Eisen like royalty. But the security guard who stands between Eisen and the stage at the other end of the stadium apparently doesn't recognize the man NFL Network President Steve Bornstein simply calls "the franchise.
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May 14, 2008 | From the Associated Press
ESPN will add Hannah Storm to its "SportsCenter" lineup in August when it will supplant nine hours of taped programming in favor of live sports news. Storm, most recently on CBS' "The Early Show," will co-anchor the middle three hours of ESPN's new daytime news block. ESPN currently airs a live "SportsCenter" at 2 a.m. Eastern each day. That one-hour show is repeated six times between 6 a.m. and noon with only occasional updates for breaking news. "You look at Fox News and CNN, it's inconceivable that they would be on tape for that amount of time," said Norby Williamson, the network's executive vice president of production.
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September 7, 1999 | MIKE PENNER
THE BEST MARK McGWIRE IS IN THE HOUSE Before ESPN, how often did fans living in Los Angeles actually catch a glimpse of Johnny Unitas or Mickey Mantle in action? Two, three times a regular season, via the odd "Game of the Week" national broadcast? ESPN brought the top sporting stars of the era into the living rooms of America every night.
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March 4, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
In what could be a sign of the coming apocalypse, it appears Keith Olbermann would like to return to ESPN. Olbermann recently had dinner with ESPN President John Skipper. Olbermann anchored the network's SportsCenter from 1992 to 1997. “Keith Olbermann, both personally and through a couple people I know, reached out to say, 'Gee, I would love to have dinner,' ” Skipper told the New York Times . “I agreed to dinner with Keith because I assumed he'd be provocative and witty and fun to have dinner with, and he was indeed lots of fun. We talked sports and politics, and we had a nice chat.
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May 31, 2008
Regarding the Bill Shaikin article on May 29, referring to Angels owner Arte Moreno, "He won't forget the lawsuit -- and the $8 million he spent to win in Superior Court, with no reimbursement from the city -- but he might forgive." My, my. How big of him. Don't tell me how he has "Anaheim" in the name. It's "LAA" that's on "SportsCenter." So he loves Anaheim? "Obviously, I'm very proud of where we are, and I'm very proud of where we play baseball". Really? Take the "Los Angeles" off your name until you actually play your home games there.
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October 17, 2003 | From Associated Press
A man pretending to be infamous Chicago Cub fan Steve Bartman tricked ESPN into putting him on the air for a live phone interview Thursday. The prank, on the 6 p.m. EDT edition of "SportsCenter," was discovered shortly into the interview when the man referred to radio shock jock Howard Stern. The interview was stopped, and anchor Dan Patrick said, "We've been had. That was not Steve Bartman." "We made a mistake," ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said.
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March 15, 1996 | MAL FLORENCE
Arizona State basketball Coach Bill Frieder was killing time in a hotel room recently and wandered into sports information director Doug Tammaro's room. Trying to change the TV channel, Frieder fumbled with what he thought was the remote. "Why doesn't this thing work?" the exasperated coach said, flinging it across the room. "Because," Tammaro said, "that's my calculator." * Trivia time: When did UCLA make its first appearance in the NCAA basketball tournament?
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March 4, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
In what could be a sign of the coming apocalypse, it appears Keith Olbermann would like to return to ESPN. Olbermann recently had dinner with ESPN President John Skipper. Olbermann anchored the network's SportsCenter from 1992 to 1997. “Keith Olbermann, both personally and through a couple people I know, reached out to say, 'Gee, I would love to have dinner,' ” Skipper told the New York Times . “I agreed to dinner with Keith because I assumed he'd be provocative and witty and fun to have dinner with, and he was indeed lots of fun. We talked sports and politics, and we had a nice chat.
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May 27, 2011 | By Paul Brownfield, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Minus the self-congratulation and TV industry dialectics — the vividly recalled meetings, the anecdotes in which the on-air talent receives recognition/reaches pinnacle of career/wins a Sports Emmy — there's some pretty good stuff in the new book on the history of ESPN, called, "Those Guys Have All the Fun. " The title is meant to convey the party school atmosphere at the all-sports network, if not serve as some ironic comment on life in...
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July 21, 2009 | CHRIS ERSKINE
President Obama seemed just like the rest of us the other night when he confessed that he likes to end a day with a beer and some alone time watching "SportsCenter." The ESPN show is a nirvana many men already know -- a "speedball of the day's sports news," as one buddy puts it. That seems a fitting narcotic reference. Our fathers might've ended their day with a cold martini. We have "SportsCenter." OK, let's go right to the highlights. . . .
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April 8, 2009 | DIANE PUCIN
This is the right thing. ESPN needs to be in Los Angeles. It needs its anchors to be able to look outside and see Staples Center, needs its editors and writers and producers to listen to Los Angeles sports talk radio and hear the discussions about who should be the USC quarterback, whether Arizona hired the right college basketball coach, understand how Kobe Bryant rules the (West Coast) world, whether Ben Howland should open up his UCLA offense. But ESPN didn't move its 10 p.m.
SPORTS
April 6, 2009 | Diane Pucin
Amid expectations of more coverage for West Coast games and events, ESPN is officially opening its 12,300-square-foot studio today in the middle of LA Live, the entertainment complex across the street from Staples Center. The national sports cable network, which reaches 98 million viewers, will broadcast its first 10 p.m. "SportsCenter" from the new studio tonight.
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November 16, 2008 | Diane Pucin, Pucin is a Times staff writer.
The 30-second spot is called "Dunk. " Its script has six lines of dialogue, the cast numbers seven. It stars Sparks forward Candace Parker -- she of NCAA title, Olympic gold medal, WNBA rookie of the year and MVP all-in-one-year fame. Thirty seconds, and with that, she joined what is mostly an athletic boys club whose members include ESPN "SportsCenter" anchors, athletes and a roly poly, furry, fruity collection of college mascots tapped to do wickedly funny "SportsCenter" promo spots.
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April 25, 2001
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will host a program reviewing 21 years of sports news coverage by ESPN's "SportsCenter," on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the TV academy's North Hollywood headquarters, 5230 Lankershim Blvd. ESPN personalities Dan Patrick, Bob Ley, Stuart Scott and Andrea Kremer will take part. Information: (818) 754-2890.
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September 5, 1999 | ROSS NEWHAN
Jim Leyland isn't considering retiring. The Colorado Rockies manager is retiring. He is giving up $4 million over the next two years to spend more time with his wife, Katie, and their two children at their home in Pittsburgh. He may accept a less demanding position with the Rockies, but this won't be like 1996, when he left the Pirates to manage the Florida Marlins, or last winter, when he left the Marlins to manage the Rockies.
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May 31, 2008
Regarding the Bill Shaikin article on May 29, referring to Angels owner Arte Moreno, "He won't forget the lawsuit -- and the $8 million he spent to win in Superior Court, with no reimbursement from the city -- but he might forgive." My, my. How big of him. Don't tell me how he has "Anaheim" in the name. It's "LAA" that's on "SportsCenter." So he loves Anaheim? "Obviously, I'm very proud of where we are, and I'm very proud of where we play baseball". Really? Take the "Los Angeles" off your name until you actually play your home games there.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 2008 | From the Associated Press
ESPN will add Hannah Storm to its "SportsCenter" lineup in August when it will supplant nine hours of taped programming in favor of live sports news. Storm, most recently on CBS' "The Early Show," will co-anchor the middle three hours of ESPN's new daytime news block. ESPN currently airs a live "SportsCenter" at 2 a.m. Eastern each day. That one-hour show is repeated six times between 6 a.m. and noon with only occasional updates for breaking news. "You look at Fox News and CNN, it's inconceivable that they would be on tape for that amount of time," said Norby Williamson, the network's executive vice president of production.
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