Why ESPN only SEEMS like it’s “Eastern Seaboard Programming Network”


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Many of us have made the joke: “ESPN, Eastern Seaboard Programming Network.”

Or we’ve at least discussed the famous “east coast bias” at not just ESPN, but within the entire mainstream media.

In May, when The Sports Bank first visited Bristol, we had a frank and honest discussion with both Steve Levy and the late great Stu Scott about the Tim Tebow/Lebron James/Johnny Manziel over-coverage.

This past week we had an exclusive with Baseball Tonight anchor Adnan Virk (@AdnanESPN) Virk was gracious enough to sit down with me when I returned to The Mothership, and we covered a whole host of topics, including the infamous ESPN east coast bias.

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Kathryn Tappen to visit human foosball table in Phoenix


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Kathryn Tappen will co-host “Super Bowl Zone” along with Carolyn Manno. Here are some of the key segments that will comprise “Super Bowl Zone”:

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Carolyn Manno to get in F-16 Fighter Jet for Super Bowl segment


“Super Bowl Zone” will be co-hosted by NBC Sports commentators Carolyn Manno and Kathryn Tappen

Following are segments that will be featured in Saturday’s episode of “Super Bowl Zone”:

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New York Islanders: there are no “statement games”


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For what seems so long ago, before the Islanders embarked on a home and home, back-to-back series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, we explored the idea of Islanders trying to win “statement games.”

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Arsenal transfer rumors: Luis Suarez, Chuba Akpom


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Here are the latest Arsenal transfer rumors circulating in the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world. Not all of these will actually happen, but they are all interesting to read nonetheless. It’s always fun to speculate who might be coming to/leaving from the Emirates.

We start with “Chewy Luis,” yes indeed we have some Luis Suarez transfer rumors to discuss.

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FA charges Chelsea’s Diego Costa, will miss Man City clash


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Diego Costa is set to miss Saturday’s rematch with the Premier League champions, Manchester City, after the Football Association charged the Chelsea superstar striker with violent conduct.

The FA finds that Diego Costa had been guilty of a stamp on Emre Can 12 minutes into extra time.

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Blackhawks need to jettison Dan Carcillo


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Dan Carcillo was playing so well by his standards. Then Dan Carcillo Dan-Carcillo’d all over himself.

This may come as surprising news to you, but ‘Carbomb’ has more than worn out his welcome. His latest antics cost him six games. For some reason, the left winger decided cross-checking a defenseless Mathieu Perreault was necessary. The Winnipeg Jet suffered an upper body injury because of the check.

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Rihanna: NFL makes very wrong choice for Super Bowl Concert


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Rihanna? Yes, Rihanna will be the headline act for “Super Saturday Night,” a red carpet event in Glendale, Arizona hosted by Michael Strahan and Mark Cuban.

How can the NFL continue to make such obvious gaffes? Could they be any more tone deaf on this one? Maybe they’re just relying on the fact that “we live in United States of Amnesia” as Gore Vidal once famously put it.

What social issue dominated discussion during the first month of this NFL season?

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Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir doing Super Bowl pregame


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If you have Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir on your talent roster, then you use Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir every chance you can. Weir and Lipinksi, who received lots of critical acclaim for their figure skating analysis on NBCSN’s broadcast of the 2014 Sochi Games, as well as for their conversational rapport on topics ranging from twizzles to tres chic attire, return to NBC Sports Group for their coverage of the Super Bowl this weekend.

Sounds like a lot of fun. Even more fun than the time Tara Lipinski opined on Ashley Wagner calling out the judging process within the sport of figure skating. That was pretty cool too.

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Liverpool transfer rumors: Pererira, Lacazette, Clasie


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Here are the latest Liverpool transfer rumors circulating in the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world. Not all of these will actually happen, but they are all interesting to read nonetheless. It’s always fun to speculate who might be coming to/leaving from Anfield.

We start with Andreas Pererira.

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Chelsea transfer rumors: Schurrle, Ba, Pererira, Costa


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Here are the latest Chelsea transfer rumors circulating in the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world. Not all of these will actually happen, but they are all interesting to read nonetheless. It’s always fun to speculate who might be coming to/leaving from Stamford Bridge.

We start with Andre Schurrle

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Tottenham transfer rumors: Demirbay, Ward, Capoue, Destro


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Here are the latest Tottenham Hotspur transfer rumors circulating in the Twitterverse, blogosphere, cyberspace and media world. Not all of these will actually happen, but they are all interesting to read nonetheless. It’s always fun to speculate who might be coming to/leaving from White Hart Lane.

We start with Destro, who has long been linked to Spurs North London rivals Arsenal.

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