The Worldwide Leader in Sports launched in 1979 as 30,000 viewers tuned in to watch the premier episode of SportsCenter, which was followed by a slow-pitch softball game. ESPN aired its 50,000th episode of SportsCenter in 2012 and the channel is now the go-to stop for all sports coverage. Yet, the brand is under fire thanks to rising rights fee costs--the latest NBA deal costs triple the prior one--and the loss of nearly 14 million cable subscribers over six years. The double whammy is impacting profits, but ESPN still... Read More
ESPN has been criticized for focusing too much on men's college and professional sports, and very little on women's sports or extreme sports.[53] Ice hockey and soccer fans have also criticized ESPN for not giving their respective sports more coverage.[54][55] Other criticism has focused on ethnicity in ESPN's varying mediated forms, as well as carriage fees and issues regarding the exportation of ESPN content.[56] Some critics argue that ESPN's success is their ability to provide other enterprise and investigative sports news while competing with other hard sports-news-producing outlets such as Yahoo! Sports and Fox Sports.[57] Some scholars have challenged ESPN's journalistic integrity calling for an expanded standard of professionalism to prevent biased coverage and conflicts of interest.[58]
In 1998, Fox obtained the broadcast rights to the Cotton Bowl Classic college football game. In 2007, Fox began airing most of the games of the Bowl Championship Series, including the BCS Championship Game, in a deal worth close to $20 million per game. Due to a separate arrangement between ABC and the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, events in the series that were held at the Rose Bowl stadium – such as the Rose Bowl Game and the 2010 BCS Championship – were excluded from the contract.[12]

Since September 2006, ESPN has been integrated with the sports division of sister broadcast network ABC, with sports events televised on that network airing under the banner ESPN on ABC;[18][19] much of ABC's sports coverage since the rebranding has become increasingly limited to secondary coverage of sporting events whose broadcast rights are held by ESPN (such as NBA games, and the X Games and its related qualifying events) as well as a limited array of event coverage not broadcast on ESPN (most notably, the NBA Finals).
Both DraftKings and FanDuel have eyes on other states, with DraftKings already partnering with Del Lago for sports betting in New York and FanDuel poised to offer online wagering in West Virginia. Both sites appear to have plans for Pennsylvania, with FanDuel indicate it aims to launch this summer. Presumably this is only the tip of the iceberg for the two daily fantasy sports giants, which could very well go on to be the go-to brands for sports bettors throughout the U.S.
Despite having the ability to now operate and profit off of sports betting in Texas, lawmakers more than likely won’t take any action on this opportunity. Why? Well, both the House and Senate are controlled by a conservative majority. The GOP opposes expanded gambling as it poses not only a question of morality, but also tends to increase crime rates. While there’s no indications that crime rates would spike in Texas should they legalize sports betting, conservative party members aren’t willing to potentially alienate their constituents by taking that risk.
Corruption in tennis has been long considered as issue.[59] In 2011, the former world No. 55 Austrian tennis player, Daniel Koellerer, became the first tennis player to be banned for life for attempting to fix matches. The violations were outstanding between October 2009 and July 2010 after The Tennis Integrity Units had launched an investigation on behalf of the International Tennis Federation and the ATP and WTA tours. In 2004 and 2006, Koellerer was banned for six months due to his bad behavior. In addition, on August 2010, he facilitated betting by placing odds for matches and had links for placing bets.[60]
Online sportsbook reviews serve an important role in the sports betting industry, most importantly for bettors themselves, and credible sports information websites are obliged to produce objective consumer reports on these betting sites. Why? Because there are rules and regulations that need to be followed in order to protect customers, and the unfortunate reality is there are a wide range of reputations out there from good to bad with mediocre somewhere in between.
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