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FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2017, file photo, Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Ryan Callahan is shown during the third period of an NHL preseason hockey game against the Florida Panthers, in Sunrise, Fla. Callahan was interested in going into management after his NHL playing career ended because of degenerative disk disease in his back. Because he still has a year left on his contract, the 34-year-old couldn’t do that and decided to move into television instead with NHL Network. It’s a move that could create a road map for other injured players to stay in hockey. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
October 02, 2019 - 9:41 am
Ryan Callahan figured he would visit a specialist and learn how to fix the back issues that plagued him last season. Instead, two doctor visits brought the diagnosis of degenerative disk disease and the end of his playing career. Once Callahan came to grips with that, he decided he would like to go...
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FILE - In this June 24, 2015, file photo, Chris Jericho arrives at the NBCUniversal New York Summer Press Day event at The Four Seasons Hotel in New York. Backed by billionaire Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan and his son Tony, new promotion All Elite Wrestling is set to make its debut on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, on TNT. The company wants to give WWE a run for its money and has already signed big stars Chris Jericho and Cody Rhodes to make an instant splash. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
October 01, 2019 - 2:33 pm
Cody Rhodes met a woman at the airport who traveled from Austria to attend a professional wrestling event he promoted called "All In." The woman told Rhodes she was a lapsed fan, recently becoming hooked again on wrestling events outside the WWE bubble. Rhodes says he's met plenty of these fans —...
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Washington Capitals' T.J. Oshie (77) celebrates his goal with teammate Chandler Stephenson (18) and Jakub Vrana (13) of Czech Republic during the first period of an NHL preseason hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes, in Raleigh, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)
September 30, 2019 - 4:52 pm
The NHL could be on the way to its version of "Are You Ready For Some Football?" The league is announcing a two-year partnership with Green Day that includes an opening song for NBC Sports' "Wednesday Night Hockey." The song, "Ready, Fire, Aim" isn't custom-made for the NHL and will be on Green Day...
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This July 25, 2019, photo provided by Jon-Paul Bruno shows Shannon Haley and Ryan Michaels shooting a music video at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. NFL players’ dreams usually center on scoring touchdowns and making game-saving tackles. Then they watch videos of their performances. It’s not that much different for musicians, particularly the husband/wife country duo of Shannon Haley and Ryan Michaels. Their big play occurred in Levi’s Stadium, home of their longtime favorite team, the 49ers. (Jon-Paul Bruno via AP)
September 27, 2019 - 3:24 am
NFL players' dreams usually center on scoring touchdowns and making game-saving tackles. Then they watch videos of their performances. It's not that much different for musicians, particularly the husband/wife country duo of Shannon Haley and Ryan Michaels. Their big play occurred in Levi's Stadium...
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Cincinnati Reds announcer Marty Brennaman, right, shakes hands with Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley, left, alongside his wife Amanda Ingram, center, before a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, in Cincinnati. The 77-year-old broadcaster is retiring after 46 years. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
September 26, 2019 - 5:25 pm
CINCINNATI (AP) — And this one belongs to Marty Brennaman. Tears and all. With fans applauding his every mention, the Hall of Fame broadcaster called his final Cincinnati Reds game Thursday, ending a 46-year career that featured so many big stars and historic moments — Hank Aaron, the Big Red...
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Washington State coach Mike Leach stands along the sideline during the second half of the team's NCAA college football game against Houston, Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
September 18, 2019 - 4:36 pm
HBO Sports is going behind the scenes with the football programs at Arizona State, Florida, Penn State and Washington State for four episodes of its "24/7" documentary series. HBO announced Wednesday it will run an hour-long episode for each team, starting Oct. 2 with Florida preparing for its Sept...
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In this photo provided by Starpix, James Pitaro speaks at the Paley Center for Media in New York, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro expects competition from Silicon Valley when the NFL's television contracts come up for renewal. The cable network's $15.2 billion, eight-year contract with the league for Monday night games runs through 2021. CBS, NBC and Fox and NBC have deals with the NFL that extend to 2022. Amazon, Google and Facebook could be among the bidders. (Patrick Huban/Starpix via AP)
September 12, 2019 - 2:38 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro expects competition from Silicon Valley when the NFL's television contracts come up for renewal. The cable network's $15.2 billion, eight-year agreement with the league for Monday night games runs through 2021. CBS, NBC and Fox and NBC have deals with the...
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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) runs the ball for a touchdown after getting past New York Giants outside linebacker Alec Ogletree, center bottom, and Janoris Jenkins, right, as wide receiver Tavon Austin, rear, looks on in the second half of a NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)
September 11, 2019 - 9:17 am
The NFL's opening weekend to its 100th season delivered strong ratings for all games. The league and Nielsen said Wednesday there was an average of 17.1 million viewers for games, which is a 5% increase over last year. The New York Giants game against the Dallas Cowboys on Fox averaged 23.9 million...
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In this Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, photo, former NBA star Dennis Rodman poses wearing a T-shirt depicting himself in a wedding dress at a 1996 book promo event, in Los Angeles. After a career of spectacular highs and very public lows, Dennis Rodman keeps finding new ways to surprise. The former NBA star, featured in a new ESPN documentary, weighs in on his personal brand, bisexual athletes, North Korea and Trump. Rodman's spectacular personal highs and very public lows are the subject of the new ESPN "30 For 30" documentary "Dennis Rodman: For Better or Worse." (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
September 10, 2019 - 11:34 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dennis Rodman keeps finding new ways to surprise. The 58-year-old former NBA star built his own personal brand of flamboyant individualism well before social media made every pro athlete accessible to fans, and outside the traditional endorsements-and-corporate partnership...
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FILE - In this April 26, 2019, file photo, Former Indianapolis Colts player Pat McAfee announces the Colts' third round pick at the NFL football draft, in Nashville, Tenn. The former Indianapolis Colts punter had his talk show debut Monday morning, Sept. 9, 2019, on DAZN in the U.S. and Canada as well as Westwood One radio in 40 cities. This is in addition to calling Thursday night college football. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan, File)
September 09, 2019 - 5:40 pm
It may be hard to avoid Pat McAfee. The former Indianapolis Colts punter is one of the hottest media commodities. McAfee's talk show debuted Monday morning on DAZN (DA'-zone) in the U.S. and Canada as well as Westwood One radio in 40 cities. He also calls Thursday night college football games on...
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