Day: July 8, 2021

Amid sports surge, networks re-discover baseball

So this is what a winning streak looks like: Suddenly, the Chicago Cubs (shown here with Kris Bryant) get a spot on ABC … the first in decades.
And the streak is only one game, following a dizzying, 11-game losing streak. Turnarounds are great.
Usually, ESPN carries the Sunday-night basetball games. At 7 p.m. ET on Aug. 8, however, the Cubs-White Sox game will be produced by ESPN, but will air on its sister channel, ABC.
ABC did carry a wild-card game last year, but that was its first post-season game in 25 years. Read more…

Best-bets for July 10: A real sports hero is honored

1) “Espy Awards,” 8 p.m., ABC. At 29, Maya Moore (shown here) stepped away from a basketball career filled with triumph – two national titles in college, four in the WNBA, five overseas, plus two Olympic gold medals. Instead, she fought for a man who had spent 20 years in prison. Now he’s been exonerated, they’re married and she’ll receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. That’s in a night, hosted by actor Anthony Mackie, that also honors the year’s best athletes, teams and sports moments. Read more…