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ESPN Has Gone Through And Essentially Eliminated MLB Coverage On The Network

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Yesterday ESPN went through and laid off a countless number of staffers ranging all over their networks regions. Now with the dust settling it appears as if ESPN is shifting away from baseball coverage entirely as they let go several prominent reporters and analysts from their baseball team.

With the layoffs, ESPN is looking to try and bring in outside programming to beef up their MLB talk on their channels without having the burden of paying for it in-house.

In a press release, ESPN announced it’s partnering with MLB Network to air “Intentional Talk,” the slap-and-tickle fest hosted by Chris Rose and Kevin Millar. The program will run from 4:00-5:00 p.m. on ESPN2 beginning next week.

The collaboration between ESPN and MLB Network isn’t a surprise, given Disney’s 33 percent stake in MLB Advanced Media. It appears as if ESPN is dramatically cutting down on its original MLB studio programming, with “Baseball Tonight” stars such as Dallas Braden, Doug Glanville and Raul Ibanez being let go on Wednesday. “Baseball Tonight” host Karl Ravech is going to see his role significantly reduced as well.

In addition to these names they have also let go Jayson Stark and Jim Bowden, both of whom highlighted their reporter brigade for Major League Baseball.

While ESPN pays MLB $700 million annually to broadcast games, it’s apparent baseball coverage is no longer a sport according to the World Wide Leader. That’s likely a reflection on MLB’s lessened national standing. “Sunday Night Baseball,” once a top show has seen its rating tank after the network gutted the booth team and replaced genuine personalities like Curt Schilling and John Kruk with vanilla ice cream replacements.

It is looking like the only two sports that ESPN will focus on is the NFL and NBA, both of which they are paying billions of dollars to annually to broadcast their league games. Funny thing is it is the contracts to these two leagues that ultimately sunk ESPN, and now they are forced to eliminate a majority of coverage from two leagues that have an abundance of fans.

In the long run, the moves made by ESPN cutting coverage from the MLB and the NHL will drive many fans away with their favorite sports no longer having any weight on their networks. Sadly once the worldwide leader this company is going down fast, and in an effort to save it they are getting rid of the parts that made it special.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Celtics Talk: Jordan Mickey Signs With Heat

It wasn’t announced today that Celtic’s Forward Jordan Mickey signed with the Miami Heat on a 1.5 million-dollar contract. Mickey was drafted last season by the Celtics.

Mickey was drafted last season by the Celtics. He was then later sent to the G League where he averaged 20 points pers games and 8 rebounds per game.

With the Celtic’s he only averaged 1.5 points per game. The Celtics now have Mickey gone, so they can focus on what needs to be done this season.

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Almost two weeks from now the fight everyone is waiting for will be decided. Taking a closer look at Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, we can almost decide now for ourselves.  But let’s humor ourselves and look at the tale of the tape and you can comment below on who you predict to win.

Defense– Advantage Mayweather.

When he retired in 2015, Mayweather owned a boxing-best plus -24.5 plus/minus rating per CompuBox. He landed 43.4 percent of his punches. His opponents landed only 18.9 percentage to Fight Metric, McGregor has defended only 57 percent of strikes during his UFC career, worst of any current male champ

Endurance- Advantage Mayweather

In 49 fights, Mayweather has only 26 knockouts. He has made it look easy-going through 12 rounds in his last 7 fights. Every bout but one has been set for the championship distance.

Mcgregor has finished half his bouts inside the opening round. He has only fought past the third round once.

Durability- Even

Mayweather has only been knocked down once. McGregor, well, he has a beard don’t he?

Speed- Mayweather

Mayweather has always been known for his quickness of hands and feet. Even at age 40 in his final fight; his speed and reflexes were on spot.

McGregor isn’t so quick. His speed his by deception. He is fast because he knows his opponents next move and gets in their head.

Power– McGregor

Yes McGregor. The KO power of his left hand has made him millions with 85 percent of his wins coming from knockouts.

Mayweather’s KO rating is only a 53 percent. Power his not his game and his last knockout came in 2011.

Experience- Mayweather

He has seen it all. Bronze medal in 1996 Olympics. He has faced almost every big name of  his time and done so in the most crucible of the sport’s biggest stage.

McGregor has roots in Ireland’s Crumlin Boxing Club. He has always felt comfortable in the pocket, but now, he is fighting under different rules.

Does Conor McGregor have what it takes to go the distance against one of the best boxer’s ever? Can Floyd Mayweather survive the McGregor’s powerful left hand and avoid an early knockout.  If the bout goes past the few rounds, I would put my money on Mayweather for sure, but then again, have you ever seen an Irishman fight? It is going to be one heck of a fight that I think both fighters are going to know once and for all what they are really made of.

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