ESPN whittled down it’s staff by laying off about 100 employees, including familiar faces like Ed Werder, Danny Kanell, Len Elmore, Jayson Stark and Trent Dilfer. Empolyees got phone calls Wednesday morning informing them thye were let go. ESPN is focusing on increasing attention on SportsCenter TV and digital-efforts.ESPN will also be moving its ESPNU studio operation from Charlotte to Bristol.
The Big Dance wraps up with the NCAA national championship game between No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 1 University of North Carolina. The Tar Heels are a five-time tournament champion who have made 20 appearances in the tournament and 11 appearances in the championship game. Although the Bulldogs have had 19 consecutive appearances in the tourney, this is their first time even making it into the Final Four. North Carolina and Gonzaga will play at the University of Phoenix Stadium.The game will air on CBS at 9:20 p.m. Eastern time.
Two of the most laughed at MLB teams are vying for the World Series title this year. It's been 71 years since the last time the Chicago Cubs were in the World Series, but that changes with Tuesday night's game against the Cleveland Indians. The Cubs's dry spell ended after beating the LA Dodgers in six-game series 4-2. This Series is pretty major for the Indians, too. They haven't won a World Series since 1948. The Cubs haven't won Series since 1908. That's the same year that Ford's Model T, Converse, and President Lyndon B. Johnson entered into the world. Hence why tickets to the Series are expensive, like Superbowl expensive. Prices for the first two games are over $1,100 and tickets for Chicago games are going for over $3,000.
The NCAA moved seven scheduled championship events out of North Carolina in response to a controversial state law. The law prevents counties and cities from passing protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Public schools also must require bathrooms and locker rooms are designated for use by a person's biological sex — not another gender identity. The NBA moved its All-Star game out of North Carolina for the same reasons.
Well, it's officially that time of year again: Football season is back. The first kickoff of the season is between Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos at 7:30 p.m. tonight. An avid football fan will tell you there is nothing like watching a game between long-time rivals when there are a few minutes left on the clock and the win could go either way. Someone who hates football will tell you that watching a game is a pointless way to spend three hours. With the fantasy teams made and predictions for the 2017 NFL Superbowl piling up, the smart move is to start preparing yourself for the next 17 weeks of watch parties, overzealous fans, and pigskin-related news. Superbowl is February 5.
Olympic officials have approved 271 Russian athletes for the Rio Games. The International Olympic Committee announced that 118 athletes were banned from the games because of a government-sanctioned doping. The Committee originally wanted a ban on all Russian athletes. The complete ban on Russian track and field, rowing and weight lifting teams still stands.
Is Rio the best place for the Olympics?
1. As the world gears up for this year's 2016 Olympics in Rio, more bad news from the host city surfaces. The athletes' village has been deemed unlivable due to plumbing and electrical concerns. Experts are warning athletes away from the city's waterways, which are contaminated with human sewage and infested with dangerous viruses and bacteria.
2. In order to host the Olympics, a prospective host city must submit a formal bid to the International Olympic Committee. The bid process takes years and can cost the applicant city millions of dollars. Chicago spent four years and $50 million in an attempt to win an Olympic bid. The host city is determined by a vote of the International Olympic Committee. Rio won its bid almost 7 years ago. It is the first city in South America to host the Olympics.
3. But — considering various structural issues within the country — was Rio the best choice?
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Rio's got problems
1. The Olympics are schedule to start in 10 days. Rio is planning for over 17,000 athletes to be using the Olympic Village. Like any Olympics, a number of records are expected to be broken. Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt will be competing in their last games. There's a lot to look forward to in terms of athletics.
2. But Rio doesn't seem prepared for the games. Within in the village, there's plumbing, electrical, gas and structural issues that are raising safety concerns.In fact, the Australian Olympic team is refusing to house their athletes in the village. Outside the village, there's a high threat of terrorism, high crime rates, Zilka virus, highly polluted waters, riots and political turmoil. There's protests for boycotting the Olympics since the games are costing Rio billions during the country's worst recession.
2. So is Rio 2016 still safe?
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The 2017 All-Star Game is being moved from Charlotte because of the NBA's objection to North Carolina House Bill 2. The controversial bill limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people. The NBA is expected to select a new location for the event in the next few weeks.