Sports

By Tim Graham | December 9, 2013 | 8:31 PM EST

Lisa de Moraes of Deadline.com reports NBC has found that somehow, Bob Costas just isn’t enough of a liberal blowhard for its Winter Olympics coverage in Sochi, Russia.

“The network announced this morning it has hired New Yorker editor (and former Washington Post Moscow bureau chief) David Remnick to provide guest commentary on the network’s air during its coverage of the Games,” which basically combines all the expected liberal Obama-loving attitude with someone who lived and reported in Moscow as the Soviet Union collapsed:

By Noel Sheppard | December 1, 2013 | 10:05 PM EST

As NewsBusters previously reported, NBC's Bob Costas in October did a halftime rant about the name Washington Redskins.

During Sunday night's game between the New York Giants and the Redskins broadcast on NBC, a fan had a sign marvelously reading, "Hey Bob Costas I Don't Like Your Name Either!":

By Brent Bozell | November 30, 2013 | 9:04 AM EST

On November 22, with the national media focused on the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s death, few noticed the story of a jury in North Carolina convicting Crystal Mangum of murder in the 2011 kitchen stabbing death of her boyfriend Reginald Daye. Why should that fact fixate the national media?

On its own, it shouldn’t. But in 2006 and 2007, Mangum’s false charges of rape against three lacrosse players at Duke University caused a national tsunami of media sensation, an angry wave of prejudiced coverage that presumed the guilt of rich white college boys when accused by an African-American stripper.  

By Matthew Sheffield | November 29, 2013 | 6:53 PM EST

There’s no question that football is the most popular sport in America. For decades, NFL games have been the top-rated program on all of television even as hundreds of other networks have started up and fragmented the television audience. College football also continues to be reliably popular with many universities desperately seeking to cash in on bowl games and endorsements.

The success of football has made it a target for the bottom-feeders known as the trial lawyers, however, and in recent years, there have been several enormous lawsuits launched against the NFL and against its official helmet manufacturer, Riddell. These lawsuits, and the often shoddy science behind them have been seized upon in the media, even by some people who should know better.

By Tim Graham | November 5, 2013 | 6:57 PM EST

While the NFL is embroiled in a scandal over athletes threatening death to other athletes with racial epithets, the NBA is fining coaches for fleeting expletives. Yahoo Sports reported Washington Wizards coach Randy Wittman was fined $20,000 by the league for ranting at a post-game press conference.

This is tougher punishment than anything Obama's Federal Communications Commission has done, as the networks and the nation's leading courts have made TV safe for fleeting, unbleeped expletives. After years of inaction, Obama's outgoing FCC boss Julius Genachowski threw a huge pile of complaints on the trash heap.

By Tim Graham | October 13, 2013 | 11:13 PM EDT

After last December’s brouhaha over Bob Costas exploiting his NBC halftime commentary slot to roll out a controversial rant about how “Handguns do not enhance our safety” shortly after the death of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, one might think the Lecture Series would be on hold. But on Sunday night, Costas offered another liberal rant with no rebuttal – against the term “Redskins.”

For the first 90 seconds, he tried to sound reasonable, tried to stipulate that most people like “Redskins” just fine, including a majority of Native Americans. They all mean well. But they’re all wrong. “Redskins” can’t possibly be acceptable in today’s world, he proclaimed. He talked about how many college teams have knuckled under and removed Indian names -- again, in many cases despite majorities of Indians saying they didn’t mind. (Video and transcript below)

By Noel Sheppard | October 9, 2013 | 11:45 AM EDT

It's a metaphysical certitude you haven't heard of Tomas Hertl, but after what he did in Tuesday's game between the New York Rangers and the San Jose Sharks you will.

With the Sharks already ahead 7 to 2, and eight minutes left in the third period, Hertl made possibly the most spectacular goal in NHL history.

By Tim Graham | September 29, 2013 | 8:53 AM EDT

NPR took up the NFL as a topic, with author Gregg Easterbrook, a sports junkie and long-time writer for liberal magazines and sites like Slate.  On Wednesdays’s All Things Considered, anchor Robert Siegel seemed to sneer at the sport: “Football: part sport, part national addiction, part cult.”

Siegel told Easterbrook “Yours is one of the most conflicted books I've ever read. You love the game. And you document the umpteen ways in which it has forfeited any claim to your love. Why not say ‘Enough, goodbye, football’?” Easterbrook said “I love football and I want it reformed.” Both liberals and conservatives might be shocked that the massively profitable NFL is chartered as a nonprofit:

By Noel Sheppard | September 18, 2013 | 11:06 AM EDT

Every year, millions of Americans watch the Super Bowl, some just for the fabulous new commercials.

Next year, it's quite possible there's going to be an ad for marijuana.

By Tim Graham | September 8, 2013 | 6:35 PM EDT

Washington Post sports columnist Mike Wise is so aggressive in opposing the “Redskins” name that he’s being accused by commenters of being racist toward a black man who plays “Chief Zee” at Redskins games.

At TheRoot.com – a Washington Post-owned website – Richard Prince noted that the Indian Country Today Media Network reported that readers felt that "Wise's story is rife with remarks that could be taken as playing on stereotypes of black Americans.” Such as:

By Noel Sheppard | August 23, 2013 | 11:48 AM EDT

As NewsBusters reported in June, tennis star Serena Williams thinks France's top 75 percent income tax rate "doesn't seem legal."

On the CBS Late Show Thursday, Williams took her criticism further telling host David Letterman that although she loves the city and spends a great deal of her time there, "I don't live in Paris. You know, they have that new tax rule which is like 75" (video follows with commentary):

By Ken Shepherd | August 21, 2013 | 12:04 PM EDT

The only team in professional football history to go undefeated getting a White House reception 40 years after the fact is worthy of real estate in print newspapers, but today's Washington Post elected to put a gauzy item on President Obama hosting the 1972 Dolphins not on the front page of the Sports section but the front page of the entire paper.

What's more, sports writer Liz Clarke all but infantilized those heroes of the gridiron, portraying them as "wide-eyed children" who could "stand a little taller" basking in Obama's presence (emphasis mine):