The NHL returned to ESPN, so here’s what it lacked

Well... do you?

Well… do you?
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The NHL returned to ESPN on Tuesday night, with the self-proclaimed World Wide Leader celebrating itself and especially the old ESPN hockey theme.

Which… fine: It’s the most recognizable aspect of what ESPN did back in the day.

There wasn’t much else remarkable about ESPN’s debut. Most of the voices we’d seen before on NBC, save Emily Kaplan at ice-level. John Buccigross remains an insufferable play-by-play guy, as he’s always been since ESPN picked up the Frozen Four. Not only is he trying to get his catchphrases in or remind you that he was the one hockey guy on SportsCenter for the past two decades, but he’s way behind the play. That’s a minor complaint. Sean McDonough is a pro, even if I’ve grown weary of the Syracuse Big Voice style.

There just wasn’t much new, at least not yet. The score bug

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I’m leaving ESPN. You know that, but here’s the story in my own words

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Kenny Mayne is calling it an ESPN career this month after 27 years. The longtime “SportsCenter” anchor is going out as unpredictable as ever. (Jeff Lewis / Associated Press)

A week ago today, May 10, ESPN and I agreed that I would not return to the network after my contract expired at the end of this month.

Someone once likened my arrival at ESPN to that of “a longshot horse going 12-wide on the turn for home, but finding its way into the photo at the wire.”

Any result was possible.

Sounds about right.


“It was a good run,” my good friend and former colleague Bill Pidto, now with New York’s Madison Square Garden Network, texted me.

Last Monday afternoon, I hit “send” to announce it was the end of the run, and the next 72 hours were like nothing I’ve before experienced. I received so many calls and

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Entrepreneurs, Here’s Why 2021 Is The Right Time To Start Your New Business

Members of the net small business community have ideas for each side, from authorized paperwork to advertising. In the old world, you didn’t essentially need to have a website or a web-based retailer, possibly you didn’t want to use email and social media advertising, and maybe you didn’t should embrace online advertising. While the store was already utilizing a website, e mail marketing, and social media to attach with clients, however the “persona” of every platform felt disjointed. Steve made it his mission to refine the shop’s model and ensure it played out consistently in all of their marketing channels. They were able to energy on and thrive during a challenging yr. Secondly, utilizing information like interests, demographics, and previous behaviors allowed them to dig deeper to highlight present merchandise and the supply of latest offerings to the proper folks on the proper time. With the shift in 2020, Adie, … Read More

Here’s what Russell Wilson likes about the Chicago Bears

The Seattle Seahawks remain intent on not trading quarterback Russell Wilson, but that hasn’t stopped the Wilson to the Chicago Bears rumors from swirling.

The Seahawks aren’t actively “shopping” Wilson, according to ESPN’s Dianna Russini, “but calls made from other teams inquiring have been answered.” And you have to believe the Bears are one of those teams, especially after Wilson made it clear Chicago was one of four preferred trade destinations.

At first glance, the Bears aren’t the most attractive destination, even compared to Wilson’s other preferred destinations in New Orleans, Dallas and Las Vegas.

But reports indicate Wilson likes the idea of joining the Bears because he wants to turn around a historic franchise and, eventually, he’d like to get into the management side of football.

That’s not all Wilson likes about Chicago. According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Wilson likes the Bears because they have “an emerging

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