Hank Williams Jr. Out on Monday Night Football

BRISTOL, Conn. — Hank Williams Jr. will no longer sing the words “Are you ready for some football?” on Monday nights on ESPN. Each side claimed Thursday it had decided to part ways after Williams’ tune opened “Monday Night Football” for more than two decades. The network had pulled the intro for this week’s game […]

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ESPN Pulls Hank Williams Jr.’s Football Theme Song

By Lucas Shaw NEW YORK (TheWrap.com) – “Are you ready for some football?” That question has greeted “Monday Night Football” viewers for some 20 years, but as of Monday it has been retired. ESPN decided on Monday to remove “All My Rowdy Friends,” Hank Williams Jr.’s iconic theme song for “Monday Night Football,” from the […]

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Could An ESPN Super Bowl Be In The Future?

By Lucas Shaw NEW YORK (TheWrap.com) – When ESPN announced its new “Monday Night Football” deal with the NFL Thursday, it locked up one of the marquee franchises in not just sports, but all of broadcasting, for another eight years. The deal is but the latest step in what Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller, […]

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ESPN Announces Documentary Film Slate; New Series

By Tim Kenneally LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) – ESPN revealed its fall lineup of documentary films, as well as its upcoming series “Rise Up” at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hilton Wednesday. Beginning Tuesday, September 27 at 8 p.m., ESPN Films will air seven documentary films under its “30 for 30” banner […]

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ESPN Acquires Wimbledon U.S. TV Rights For 12 Years

By Tim Molloy NEW YORK (TheWrap) – ESPN has acquired the exclusive U.S. television rights for Wimbledon for the next 12 years, ending 43 years of NBC airing the Grand Slam tournament. ESPN announced Tuesday that the All England Club, which presents the tournament, had granted it the rights. The network promised in a statement […]

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Judge Orders Ex-ESPN Commentator to Stand Trial

LOS ANGELES — Former ESPN commentator Jay Mariotti must stand trial on charges he stalked, injured and assaulted his ex-girlfriend, a judge ruled Tuesday. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mark Windham found there to be sufficient evidence for Mariotti to stand to trial on one felony count each of stalking, corporal injury to a spouse […]

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AP Sources: NBC Retains Olympic Rights Until 2020

By Stephen Wilson, AP Sports Writer LAUSANNE, Switzerland – Officials with knowledge of the decision say NBC has retained the U.S. Olympic television rights in a four-games deal through 2020 worth more than $4 billion. The two officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the decision has not yet been […]

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