Former Yankees manager Joe Torre had a saying that seemed especially pertinent during the hell and lying of the Steroid Era. He would often tell players who were damaging the game that "baseball is something you borrow. Your responsibility is to leave the game in better condition than it was when you entered." On Sunday, a new 16-member group called the Today's Era committee enshrined Bud Selig into the Baseball Hall of Fame, perhaps by deciding that Selig falls on the affirmative side of Torre's criteria or perhaps because Selig's induction was always a foregone conclusion to happen while he was alive. To ensure the latter, baseball essentially held a special election, guaranteeing the nearly 83-year-old ex-commissioner and ultimate baseball insider would come up for a vote.
ESPN will once again be the exclusive home of the 82nd annual Heisman Trophy Presentation Presented by Nissan on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 8 p.m. ET. The show will be hosted by Chris Fowler, along with college football commentators Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Tom Rinaldi and “Heismanologist” Joe Tessitore. Coverage will also include former Heisman trophy winners Desmond Howard, who is celebrating his 25th anniversary of receiving the award, and Tim Tebow, who won in 2007 prior to leading the Florida Gators to a national championship.
Willie Taggart, one of college coaching's brightest offensive minds and a proven winner, will be introduced as Oregon's next head football coach at a press conference in the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex. Taggart, 40, coached South Florida to a school-record 10-2 regular-season mark this fall, three years after the Bulls went 2-10. He will be the 33rd head coach in UO football history, and will have the distinction of being the football program's first African-American head coach.
espnW has released its 2016 IMPACT25 list, a who’s who of 25 athletes and influencers who have made the biggest difference for women in sports this year. The top honor – Woman of the Year – will be announced Tuesday, Dec. 13, on SportsCenter: Coast to Coast (11 a.m. – 1 p.m., ESPN) with an exclusive interview by Cari Champion. As a tribute to the IMPACT25 honorees, espnW will feature essays that were commissioned from fellow athletes, family members, contemporaries and luminaries who know, or have been influenced by, members of this year’s list. The full content package celebrating the IMPACT25 honorees will go live on espnW immediately following the “Woman of the Year” announcement at espnW.com/IMPACT25.
ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot – college football’s longest-running and most-celebrated pregame show – will make its third appearance at the storied annual showdown between Army and Navy, this year in Baltimore on Saturday, Dec. 10. The Emmy Award-winning show will close out its regular season from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor in a special two-hour edition (9-11 a.m. ET).
Fox is about 90% sold out of commercial time for Super Bowl LI, according to a person familiar with the situation. While some marketers have raised concerns over the slump in NFL ratings this season, the prospect of a Cowboys-Patriots Super Bowl is also generating buzz as Super Bowl Sunday on Feb. 5 approaches. A matchup between the two teams, with huge followings and arguably just as passionate legions of haters, could trounce existing ratings records. Fox is nonetheless pacing behind where CBS was last year, when network CEO Les Moonves said on Nov. 3 that ad time in Super Bowl 50 was nearly sold out.