History Series / SportsCenter

9th Sep '17 11:13:20 AM MarkLungo
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''[=SportsCenter=]'' truly rocketed to national prominence in the early 1990s, when the 11 p.m. broadcast was anchored by Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann (yes, ''[[HeAlsoDid that]]'' [[CountdownWithKeithOlbermann Keith Olbermann]]). The two were smart, witty and cultured and they introduced a brand of cutting humor to the broadcast that made it must-see TV. Some of the scenes in ''SportsNight'' (and indeed arguably the characters) are references to this--including the "left off the letter 's' in 'bulging disk'" bit. Of course, on ''SportsCenter'', nobody caught it before airing... to make the connection between real live and fiction even more bizarre, Olbermann did a Sports Night skit with actor Josh Charles on his ESPN show [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Olbermann]]. He even said [[LampshadeHanging "if Aaron Sorkin had written this script you wouldn't have believed it"]]. Here's the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w69xRClOwCo

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''[=SportsCenter=]'' truly rocketed to national prominence in the early 1990s, when the 11 p.m. broadcast was anchored by Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann Creator/KeithOlbermann (yes, ''[[HeAlsoDid that]]'' [[CountdownWithKeithOlbermann Keith [[Series/CountdownWithKeithOlbermann Keith]] [[WebVideo/TheResistanceWithKeithOlbermann Olbermann]]). The two were smart, witty and cultured and they introduced a brand of cutting humor to the broadcast that made it must-see TV. Some of the scenes in ''SportsNight'' (and indeed arguably the characters) are references to this--including the "left off the letter 's' in 'bulging disk'" bit. Of course, on ''SportsCenter'', nobody caught it before airing... to make the connection between real live and fiction even more bizarre, Olbermann did a Sports Night skit with actor Josh Charles on his ESPN show [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Olbermann]]. ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Olbermann]]''. He even said "If Creator/AaronSorkin had written this script, [[LampshadeHanging "if Aaron Sorkin had written this script you wouldn't have believed it"]]. Here's the link https://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w69xRClOwCo
com/watch?v=w69xRClOwCo Here's the link]].
7th Mar '17 1:10:04 PM spiritsunami
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** Aside from Chris Berman and Bob Ley, the last two original anchors remaining, Cohn is the longest-tenured anchor.
14th Oct '16 8:57:33 PM Josef5678
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The flagship program of the sports network Creator/{{ESPN}}, '''''[=SportsCenter=]''''' has been a staple of the American sports landscape since 1979.

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The flagship program of the sports network Creator/{{ESPN}}, '''''[=SportsCenter=]''''' ''[=SportsCenter=]'' has been a staple of the American sports landscape since 1979.
1st Feb '16 11:10:57 AM Gimere
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''[=SportsCenter=]'' truly rocketed to national prominence in the early 1990s, when the 11 p.m. broadcast was anchored by Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann (yes, ''[[HeAlsoDid that]]'' [[CountdownWithKeithOlbermann Keith Olbermann]]). The two were smart, witty and cultured and they introduced a brand of cutting humor to the broadcast that made it must-see TV. Some of the scenes in ''SportsNight'' (and indeed arguably the characters) are references to this--including the "left off the letter 's' in 'bulging disk'" bit. Of course, on ''SportsCenter'', nobody caught it before airing... to make the connection between real live and fiction even more bizarre, Olbermann did a Sports Night skit with actor Josh Charles on his ESPN show [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Olbermann]]. He even said [[Lampshading "if Aaron Sorkin had written this script you wouldn't have believed it"]]. Here's the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w69xRClOwCo

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''[=SportsCenter=]'' truly rocketed to national prominence in the early 1990s, when the 11 p.m. broadcast was anchored by Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann (yes, ''[[HeAlsoDid that]]'' [[CountdownWithKeithOlbermann Keith Olbermann]]). The two were smart, witty and cultured and they introduced a brand of cutting humor to the broadcast that made it must-see TV. Some of the scenes in ''SportsNight'' (and indeed arguably the characters) are references to this--including the "left off the letter 's' in 'bulging disk'" bit. Of course, on ''SportsCenter'', nobody caught it before airing... to make the connection between real live and fiction even more bizarre, Olbermann did a Sports Night skit with actor Josh Charles on his ESPN show [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Olbermann]]. He even said [[Lampshading [[LampshadeHanging "if Aaron Sorkin had written this script you wouldn't have believed it"]]. Here's the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w69xRClOwCo
20th Jan '16 9:22:17 AM Jhonny
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''[=SportsCenter=]'' truly rocketed to national prominence in the early 1990s, when the 11 p.m. broadcast was anchored by Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann (yes, ''[[HeAlsoDid that]]'' [[CountdownWithKeithOlbermann Keith Olbermann]]). The two were smart, witty and cultured and they introduced a brand of cutting humor to the broadcast that made it must-see TV. Some of the scenes in ''SportsNight'' are references to this--including the "left off the letter 's' in 'bulging disk'" bit. Of course, on ''SportsCenter'', nobody caught it before airing...

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''[=SportsCenter=]'' truly rocketed to national prominence in the early 1990s, when the 11 p.m. broadcast was anchored by Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann (yes, ''[[HeAlsoDid that]]'' [[CountdownWithKeithOlbermann Keith Olbermann]]). The two were smart, witty and cultured and they introduced a brand of cutting humor to the broadcast that made it must-see TV. Some of the scenes in ''SportsNight'' (and indeed arguably the characters) are references to this--including the "left off the letter 's' in 'bulging disk'" bit. Of course, on ''SportsCenter'', nobody caught it before airing...
airing... to make the connection between real live and fiction even more bizarre, Olbermann did a Sports Night skit with actor Josh Charles on his ESPN show [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Olbermann]]. He even said [[Lampshading "if Aaron Sorkin had written this script you wouldn't have believed it"]]. Here's the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w69xRClOwCo
11th Oct '15 10:47:44 PM IlGreven
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* DemotedToExtra: Ever since ESPN and the NHL parted ways, hockey highlights have now become few and far between. According to Deadspin's weekly "Bristolmetrics" article, which breaks down the show's coverage of sports and athletes in terms of time spent on a subject, the NHL averages only 15-20 minutes of highlights ''per week'' during its season. The hardest hit were Gary Thorne, the chief hockey announcer during that time, and Barry Melrose, who left Bristol for a small time to become head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning...that didn't last long. They are making a bit of a comeback; several anchors (Steve Levy, Linda Cohn, John Buccigross) are hockey fans themselves, and Levy hosts "the Levy Lounge" with Melrose at least once a week during hockey season.

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* DemotedToExtra: Ever since ESPN and the NHL parted ways, hockey highlights have now become few and far between. According to Deadspin's weekly "Bristolmetrics" article, which breaks down the show's coverage of sports and athletes in terms of time spent on a subject, the NHL averages only 15-20 minutes of highlights ''per week'' during its season. The hardest hit were Gary Thorne, the chief hockey announcer during that time, time[[note]]He left the network for MASN and the Baltimore Orioles not too long after[[/note]], and Barry Melrose, who left Bristol for a small time to become head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning...that didn't last long. They are making a bit of a comeback; several anchors (Steve Levy, Linda Cohn, John Buccigross) are hockey fans themselves, and Levy hosts "the Levy Lounge" with Melrose at least once a week during hockey season.
7th Oct '15 11:25:08 AM Morgenthaler
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An increasing trend for the network is to have shows that originate from Los Angeles instead of the network headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut. The late ''SportsCenter'' (10pm Pacific) moved there in 2011 (hosted by Stan Verette and Neil Everett), and ''SportsNation'' moved in 2013 (with Marcellus Wiley replacing Colin Cowherd).

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An increasing trend for the network is to have shows that originate from Los Angeles instead of the network headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut. The late ''SportsCenter'' ''Sports Center'' (10pm Pacific) moved there in 2011 (hosted by Stan Verette and Neil Everett), and ''SportsNation'' ''Series/SportsNation'' moved in 2013 (with Marcellus Wiley replacing Colin Cowherd).
26th Jul '15 12:42:39 PM Andrew
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For all the complaining about the show, ''[=SportsCenter=]'' is more popular than ever. There are no serious national challengers to its dominance; [[Creator/{{CNN}} CNNSI]] was launched in 1996 as a 24-hour sports news network, but failed and shut down in May 2002; it didn't help that ESPNEWS, which served essentially the same function, was launched shortly before CNNSI. Also, CNN's long-running nightly sportscast ''Sports Tonight'', which had existed since CNN was founded in 1980, was removed from CNN's schedule shortly after 9/11, moving to CNNSI and was canceled for good with that network's demise. Fox Sports Net has also failed in its attempts to combat ''[=SportsCenter=]''. When that network debuted in 1996, it had a news show called ''Fox Sports News'', renamed ''National Sports Report'' in 1998. They managed to get Olbermann in 1999, but he left in 2001 and the show was canceled in 2002.

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For all the complaining about the show, show (Internet sports fans have been savaging it as a shallow, controversy-seeking program for far more than a decade at this point), ''[=SportsCenter=]'' is more popular than ever. There are no serious national challengers to its dominance; [[Creator/{{CNN}} CNNSI]] was launched in 1996 as a 24-hour sports news network, but failed and shut down in May 2002; it didn't help that ESPNEWS, which served essentially the same function, was launched shortly before CNNSI. Also, CNN's long-running nightly sportscast ''Sports Tonight'', which had existed since CNN was founded in 1980, was removed from CNN's schedule shortly after 9/11, moving to CNNSI and was canceled for good with that network's demise. Fox Sports Net has also failed in its attempts to combat ''[=SportsCenter=]''. When that network debuted in 1996, it had a news show called ''Fox Sports News'', renamed ''National Sports Report'' in 1998. They managed to get Olbermann in 1999, but he left in 2001 and the show was canceled in 2002.
20th Jul '15 3:15:00 AM Gimere
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* TomboyishName: Anchor Chris McKendry believe it or not is a woman.

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* TomboyishName: Anchor Chris McKendry [=McKendry=] believe it or not is a woman.
3rd Jun '15 6:04:04 PM nombretomado
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* IncrediblyLamePun: Chris Berman is the gold standard for the network, but the anchors have mostly ditched catchphrases for these, although some are actually pretty clever. Robert Flores has a GettingCrapPastTheRadar knack concerning these ("[[JayZ 99 problems but a pitch ain't one]]" and "[[Series/ChappellesShow Is Wayne Brady gonna have to Djokovic?]]")

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* IncrediblyLamePun: Chris Berman is the gold standard for the network, but the anchors have mostly ditched catchphrases for these, although some are actually pretty clever. Robert Flores has a GettingCrapPastTheRadar knack concerning these ("[[JayZ ("[[Music/JayZ 99 problems but a pitch ain't one]]" and "[[Series/ChappellesShow Is Wayne Brady gonna have to Djokovic?]]")
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