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Cable Cord-Cutting in Arkansas, and Feeling It at ESPN

by Kyle Massey 5/8/2017 12:00 am

Subscribers cancelling their cable packages goes a long way in summing up a crisis at ESPN, which laid off about 100 in April.

College Football Playoff Officials Cite Several Factors for TV Ratings Decline

by Associated Press 4/21/2016 5:50 am

College Football Playoff officials believe several factors contributed to the significant decline in television ratings for the second year of the playoff.

SEC Network's Launch Spells End of Schools' Broadcast Rights, Pay-per-view

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/13/2013 12:00 am

School-specific subscription services like the UA’s RazorVision won’t be providing live video of sporting events once the network is launched. The SEC and ESPN will hold the rights for those broadcasts.

Some Highlights From SEC, ESPN Announcing Launch of SEC Network

by Chris Bahn 5/2/2013 12:06 pm

ESPN and the Southeastern Conference formally announced Thursday the creation of the SEC Network. It will launch in 2014 and the two entities have extended their media rights agreement through 2034. Some highlights of the announcement:

Jim Harris: Malzahn Can’t Help But Be Noticed By Big-Time Programs Now With Convincing Victories

by Jim Harris 10/24/2012 2:48 pm

We’ve all heard that Gus Malzahn is in it for the long haul in Jonesboro. He’s said it himself. He’s not a one-and-done for the Arkansas State Red Wolves, but instead he intends to build the Red Wolves into a program that can compete for a Top 25 ranking annually. We’re glad he says it, and we hope he really means it. The problem is, Gus, if you keep hanging half-a-hundred on the hot-name coaches in the Sun Belt Conference on their home fields week after week, you’re going to have a decision to make. And while money may not always matter, this much money at these kinds of programs will matter.

Jim Harris: Slive Only Offers Hints To An SEC Future That Rivals Last Decade

by Jim Harris 10/22/2012 3:14 pm

Mike Slive had a laundry list of impressive accomplishments achieved during his decade of running the Southeastern Conference. What lies ahead for the SEC is quite a bit vague, but the commissioner indicated Monday that the good times should continue to roll.

ESPN College Football Guru Beano Cook Dead At 81

by The Associated Press 10/11/2012 1:40 pm

The folksy ESPN college football commentator Beano Cook has died. The 81 year-old commentator had worked for the sports network since 1986 and was the sports information director at his alma mater, the University of Pittsburgh, from 1956 to 1966. The university announced Thursday that Cook had died in his sleep.

Harris: On Football Collisions, And The Play From Last Week No One Talks About

by Jim Harris 9/14/2012 1:42 pm

The media at War Memorial Stadium last Saturday night were still looking at video and reading the reports from a hit in the Tulane-Tulsa game earlier that day — the play that left Tulane safety Devon Walker with a spine injury and an uncertain future — when, suddenly, Arkansas cornerback Tevin Mitchel was sprawled on the stadium turf. For a few quiet moments, no one with binoculars could detect any movement from the player. Just like in Tulane's game, in which Walker and a teammate appeared to sandwich a Tulsa player and hit each other at the same time, Mitchel had collided helmet-to-helmet with teammate Alonzo Highsmith. Mitchel just happened to have his head at the wrong angle compared to Highsmith's when the helmets banged at high, athletic speed as the defenders converged on a Louisiana-Monroe receiver (who, understandably, dropped the ball).

20 Moments From The Razorbacks' First 20 SEC Years: McFadden, Fans Show Up For ESPN

by Chris Bahn 8/31/2012 1:00 pm

This football season marks the 21st for the Razorbacks as members of the SEC. Having completed two decades in the league it seemed worth reflecting on how far the program has come. Which victories over the last 20 years were the sweetest? Were there losses that hurt more than others? What coaching decisions still have folks scratching their heads? ArkansasSports360.com assembled a panel aimed at answering these questions. We have our list and we'd love to hear yours. No. 1 on our moments we love to remember ... GameDay Comes To Town, McFadden Runs Wild

Jim Harris: Arkansas State's Malzahn Likes What TV Could Mean To Program

by Jim Harris 8/23/2012 3:09 pm

Gus Malzahn won't be taking Mark May's suggestion that he play his Arkansas State starters only briefly in their big-money road trips to Oregon and Nebraska. Malzahn plans to do more than show up, and in the case of Oregon, he hopes to get much positive exposure from the nationally televised game.

[Update] Petrino 'Remorseful' And 'Apologetic' In Post-Firing Interview With ESPN's Joe Schad

by Chris Bahn 8/9/2012 6:18 pm

Former Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino reached out to Razorback players and coaches last month. Now he's ready to make his apology public. Petrino granted a one-on-one interview with ESPN reporter Joe Schad that will air today on SportsCenter. They filmed the interview in Montana, where Petrino grew up and still has family.

[Video] Razorbacks' Knile Davis, Tyler Wilson Dominate ESPN Employees In Flag Football

by Chris Bahn 8/1/2012 9:55 am

Knile Davis and Tyler Wilson hit the ESPN campus in Bristol, Conn., last week for a series of interviews. While there they promoted the Razorback brand. Met rapper/actor Ice Cube. And dominated ESPN employees in flag football.

Jim Harris: Smith’s Whirlwind Tour Of ESPN Catches His Eye; No Wade For Hogs

by Jim Harris 7/26/2012 1:45 pm

Much has changed for Arkansas Coach John L. Smith since his last coaching job, especially when it comes to the "Worldwide Leader," ESPN. Smith just returned from the national media tour, first in Hoover, Ala., to meet the Southeastern Conference press and then through the "carwash" of ESPN with players Tyler Wilson and Knile Davis. After that, Smith was ready to attempt to play golf with Arkansas media and program supporters at Paradise Valley Golf and Athletic Club on Thursday. But Smith, who was last a head coach at Michigan State in 2006 before being hired to replace Bobby Petrino in April, still was quite blown away by the visit to ESPN in Bristol, Conn.

Razorbacks' Wilson, Davis Meet Ice Cube On Trip To ESPN Headquarters

by Chris Bahn 7/25/2012 12:52 pm

Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson and running back Knile Davis are in Bristol, Conn. doing interviews at ESPN headquarters. They're also meeting Ice Cube. Clearly, it was a good day.

Bahn: Award Push Won't Distract Razorbacks' Wilson And Davis From True Goals

by Chris Bahn 7/24/2012 10:24 am

Arkansas running back Knile Davis and quarterback Tyler Wilson are making the trip to the headquarters of Sports Illustrated, CBS Sports and ESPN as part of an awards campaign conducted by Arkansas. It’s an exciting opportunity, but one that does not seem to have distracted Wilson from the real task at hand. Football games aren't won in a TV studio, ya know.

Adams, Punt Return, Still In the Running For ESPY

by Todd Traub 7/10/2012 10:25 am

Arkansas' Joe Adams and his punt return against Tennessee last year are still up for an ESPN ESPY Award for Best Play in the tournament style format. The field of big plays will be trimmed from eight to four and Adams' return is the only college football play still in the hunt.

UPDATED: Joe Adams' Punt Return Against Tennessee Up For ESPYs Top Play Of Year

by Chris Bahn 7/5/2012 2:36 pm

Joe Adams’ punt return against Tennessee was certainly one of the best plays during the college football season. It ranked among the top sports plays of the year. Is it THE play of 2011-12?

ESPN Broadcast Times Set For Trio Of Arkansas State Red Wolves' Sun Belt Games

by Chris Bahn 5/8/2012 8:00 am

ESPN has agreed to televise seven Sun Belt Conference football games on its family of networks this season. Arkansas State will be included in three of those broadcasts. Included on ESPN’s Sun Belt broadcast schedule are the following Red Wolves' games:

McShay Has Razorbacks' Adams, Red Wolves' Davis Projected As Third-Round NFL Picks

by Chris Bahn 4/25/2012 1:11 pm

NFL Draft action begins on Thursday. While no players with state ties are projected to go on the first day, a number of Arkansas and Arkansas State prospects figure to go in the middle to late rounds. ESPN’s Todd McShay has six players from the state listed in his seven-round mock draft, available as part of the ESPN insider package. Below we look at who McShay has going where:

Video: Jeff Long Fights Tears As He Announces He's Fired Coach Bobby Petrino

by Lance Turner 4/10/2012 8:47 pm

University of Arkansas Athletics Director Jeff Long fights back tears in an emotional moment during Tuesday night's news conference, during which he announced he'd fired Razorbacks football Coach Bobby Petrino.