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How Mlb Players Are Embracing eSports With The Show League

How Mlb Players Are Embracing eSports With The Show League
Finally… the playoffs are set to begin. Those are words all sports fans, particularly basketball and hockey fans, would love to hear right now. For baseball fans following Mlb The Show’s Players League, a taste of playoff action is on the way and it can’t come soon enough. On Friday, May 1, the eight-team playoff tournament begins and we’ll be recapping all the action with our video series Mlb The Show (The Show).

In this week’s episode, we’re joined by two Major League guests, Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Jon Duplantier and Baltimore Orioles outfielder Dwight Smith Jr., who discuss connecting with their fellow players during the eSports tournament and share stories about what it was like seeing themselves in a video game for the first time. We also chat with Adnan Virk, the co-host of Dazn’s Change Up, about how Mlb can further capitalize on engaging fans in new ways.
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Dazn Taps ESPN, Fox Sports Vet Jamie Horowitz As Evp Of North American Content

Dazn, the rising sports streaming operation headed by former ESPN chief John Skipper, has added a key exec from Skipper’s former regime, bringing in Jamie Horowitz as Evp of content for North America.

Horowitz had been a consultant at Dazn since 2018. He was fired by Fox Sports in 2017 amid an investigation by the company of accusations of sexual harassment. Through his attorney, Horowitz asserted his innocence and the company never disclosed the reason for his dismissal. In 2014, he was ousted by NBC after a tumultous 10-week stint overseeing Today that came soon after the end of the morning show’s decade-plus advantage over rival Good Morning America in the ratings.

As Dazn pumps more money into filling out its programming lineup beyond live rights to soccer, boxing, Mma and other sports, it will look to Horowitz to replicate his successful development of shows like ESPN’s daily debate staple First Take.
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Jamie Horowitz Reunites With John Skipper at Sports Streaming Service Dazn as Evp of Content

Jamie Horowitz is joining Dazn, the sports subscription service primarily focused on boxing and Mma, as executive vice president of content in North America, according to a company memo shared on Friday morning.

Horowitz will report directly to chairman John Skipper. The two previously worked together at ESPN, where Horowitz crafted several shows, including “First Take,” while Skipper was president. Horowitz later moved on to Fox Sports, where he served as president of FS1 from 2015 to 2017 before being fired after the network opened an investigation into claims of sexual harassment. Horowitz, through his attorney, denied any misconduct.

In his memo to staff on Friday, Skipper said that Horowitz will oversee original programming, live production and social media as part of his role. Horowitz joins Dazn as it prepares to invest about $12 million into original content.

Also Read: Is John Skipper's Legacy at ESPN Riding on the NBA?

Dazn, pronounced “da zone,
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Oscars 2019: Sasha Stone (Awards Daily) tops all Experts predicting winners

Congratulations to our Expert Sasha Stone (Awards Daily) for a tremendous score of 91.67% when predicting the 2019 Oscars winners on Sunday. She leads 37 Experts, journalists who cover the entertainment industry throughout the year. See Experts’ scores.

Over 8,000 people worldwide predicted these Academy Awards champs at the Hollywood ceremony. Our champ got 22 of the 24 categories correct, only missing for Best Actress (choosing Glenn Close over Olivia Colman) and Best Documentary Feature (choosing “Rbg” over “Free Solo”). That means she got Best Picture (“Green Book”) and the other three acting winners.

SEE2019 Oscars: Full list of winners (and losers) at the 91st Academy Awards

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Writers Guild Awards 2019 winners: Best WGA prediction scores by our Editors and Users

Congratulations to our User rooch for an astonishing score of 90% when predicting the 2019 Writers Guild Awards winners on Sunday. He is just ahead of msubio at 80% and has a great point score total of 6,673 by using the 500 super bets wisely.

Almost 1,400 people worldwide predicted these three film and seven TV winners in a total of 10 categories chosen by WGA voters. The two ceremonies were held in Los Angeles (hosted by Chelsea Peretti) and New York City. Film winners were “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” and “Eighth Grade,” which were both surprisingly correct picks by our top User. TV winners included “Assassination of Gianni Versace,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “The Americans” and “Barry.”

SEE2019 Writers Guild of America Awards: Full winners list for the 71st WGA Awards

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There’s no ‘Favourite’ at the Writers Guild Awards, so we’re seeing ‘Green’ for Best Original Screenplay

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There’s no ‘Favourite’ at the Writers Guild Awards, so we’re seeing ‘Green’ for Best Original Screenplay
Because of specific guild guidelines, Oscar front-runner “The Favourite” was ineligible for Best Original Screenplay at the Writers Guild Awards, so what will win in its place when the WGA hands out its prizes on February 17? According to the combined predictions of more than 1,000 Gold Derby users, the industry’s writers will be seeing “Green.”

Green Book” leads our predictions with odds of 10/3. That includes support from four of the Expert journalists we’ve polled from top media outlets: Edward Douglas (Weekend Warrior), Tariq Khan (Fox TV), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) and Susan Wloszczyna (Gold Derby). That makes sense given the industry’s admiration for the period film. It won the Producers Guild Award in January, and its screenplay also prevailed at the Golden Globes — though those prizes aren’t handed out by industry peers.

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However, the film has come
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‘BlacKkKlansman’ will have the write stuff at the Writers Guild Awards, unless voters want ‘Forgive’-ness

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‘BlacKkKlansman’ will have the write stuff at the Writers Guild Awards, unless voters want ‘Forgive’-ness
BlacKkKlansman” is the Oscar front-runner for Best Adapted Screenplay, with “If Beale Street Could Talk” poised to upset, but in our Writers Guild Awards predictions, the Expert journalists we’ve polled point to another possible surprise: “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

As of this writing “Klansman” is the overwhelming favorite at the WGA Awards with 31/10 odds, and it’s backed by six of our seven Experts: Edward Douglas (Weekend Warrior), Joyce Eng (Gold Derby), Susan King (Gold Derby), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Adnan Virk and Susan Wloszczyna (Gold Derby). And “Beale Street” ranks second with 39/10 odds with support from some of our Top 24 Users who got the highest scores predicting last year’s WGA Awards, but not from our Experts.

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However, one of our Experts, Tariq Khan (Fox TV), is going out on a limb for “Forgive Me.” Is he onto something?
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Grammy Awards 2019: Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Chris Willman (Variety) top all Experts predicting winners

Congratulations to our Experts Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) and Chris Willman (Variety) for a wonderful score of 71.88% when predicting the 2019 Grammy Awards winners on Sunday. They are best among nine Experts, journalists who cover the entertainment industry throughout the year. See Experts’ scores.

Over 2,500 people worldwide predicted these 32 categories chosen by Recording Academy voters. The ceremony was held in Los Angeles and was hosted by Alicia Keys. Our top scorers got 23 of those categories, including Album (Kacey Musgraves) and New Artist (Dua Lipa). Both men missed on Song (Childish Gambino) but Willman was correct that Childish would win Record of the Year.

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BAFTA Film Awards 2019: Bonnie Fuller (Hollywood Life) tops all Experts predicting winners

BAFTA Film Awards 2019: Bonnie Fuller (Hollywood Life) tops all Experts predicting winners
Congratulations to our Expert Bonnie Fuller (Hollywood Life) for an outstanding score of 85.71% when predicting the 2019 BAFTA Film Awards winners on Sunday. She is best among 13 Experts, journalists who cover the entertainment industry throughout the year. See Experts’ scores.

Over 2,200 people worldwide predicted these 21 categories chosen by British academy voters. The ceremony was held in London and was hosted by Joanna Lumley. Our top scorer got 18 of those categories, only missing for Best Score, Best Film Editing and Best Sound. That means correct picks for Best Picture and Director and all four acting categories.

SEE2019 BAFTA Awards: Full winners list of the 72nd annual British Academy Film Awards

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A (Rising) Star is born: Letitia Wright predicted to win the BAFTAs’ preeminent prize for breakthrough actors

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A (Rising) Star is born: Letitia Wright predicted to win the BAFTAs’ preeminent prize for breakthrough actors
Letitia Wright had a breakthrough year in 2018 thanks to her scene-stealing role as Shuri, a Wakandan scientist and the sister of the title superhero in “Black Panther.” And she also appears in “Avengers: Infinity War.” Now we think she’ll win the Rising Star Award at the BAFTAs, which is awarded to the year’s biggest breakthrough star and is voted on by fans.

Wright gets leading odds of 16/5 based on the combined predictions of more than 1,700 Gold Derby users as of this writing. That includes the unanimous support of the Expert journalists we’ve polled thus far: Joyce Eng (Gold Derby), Bonnie Fuller (Hollywood Life), Tariq Khan (Fox TV), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Adnan Virk (ESPN) and Susan Wloszczyna (Gold Derby).

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This award almost always goes to British or Irish talent. Only two Americans have won the prize in
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Can Richard E. Grant stop the Mahershala Ali steamroller at the BAFTAs?

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Can Richard E. Grant stop the Mahershala Ali steamroller at the BAFTAs?
“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” scene-stealer Richard E. Grant has been a favorite of critics for his role as a down-on-his-luck grifter, but in January Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”) started building what may be unstoppable momentum in the Best Supporting Actor race, winning the Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice Award and SAG Award for his performance as a pianist facing racism in the Jim Crow South. But is he really unstoppable? We think Grant could beat him at the BAFTAs.

As of this writing Grant gets leading odds of 17/5, and he’s predicted to win by five of the six Expert journalists we have polled thus far: Joyce Eng (Gold Derby), Tariq Khan (Fox TV), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) and Adnan Virk.

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Grant has the home field advantage as an admired British actor. This is his first BAFTA nomination ever,
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ESPN+ Reaches 2 Million Paid Subscribers, Bob Iger Says

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ESPN’s streaming service, ESPN+, has surpassed 2 million paid subscribers, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced during its first quarter earnings call on Tuesday.

ESPN launched its streaming service last April, attaining 1 million subscribers within its first five months. It’s now reached 2 million in less than a year. In January, ESPN+ debuted its first “Ufc Fight Night,” where it added 568,000 subscribers on Friday and Saturday alone, the biggest two-day sign-up stretch (though some of those were via the 7-day free trial).

The app gives sports nuts thousands of live Mlb, Mls, NHL and English Premier League games, along with access to its “30 for 30” documentary series archive. ESPN+ also offers users exclusive shows like Kobe Bryant’s basketball breakdown show “Detail.”

Also Read: ESPN Fires Sportscaster Adnan Virk, Accused of Leaks to the Media

The service was hyped up for months leading up to its April launch last year, with Iger
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ESPN Anchor Adnan Virk Fired Following Investigation

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Adnan Virk, a once-rising star at ESPN, has been fired by the network, Deadline has confirmed.

“Adnan Virk no longer works at ESPN,” VP Josh Krulewitz told Deadline on Monday.

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Krulewitz would not elaborate, but the New York Post, which first reported Virk’s firing citing sources, said he was terminated following an investigation that he had leaked confidential company information to the media on more than one occasion, a violation of company policy. He was not fully cooperative in that investigation, according to the Post, and was let go Friday.

Virk had become a lead studio host on its college football game coverage. He was a regular host on Baseball Tonight and college basketball, and one of the main fill-in hosts on ESPN Radio. He also had developed a film-focused podcast, Cinephile.

Virk grew up in Canada and
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ESPN Fires Sportscaster Adnan Virk, Accused of Leaks to the Media

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ESPN has fired sportscaster Adnan Virk after an internal investigation determined he had leaked confidential company information to the press, a person familiar with the matter told TheWrap.

“Adnan Virk no longer works at ESPN,” a company rep said in response to an emailed inquiry on Monday.

According to a source familiar with the situation, the network discovered that Virk shared company intel after he was uncooperative with an internal leak investigation. On Friday, he was fired and escorted out of ESPN’s company offices in Bristol, Conn.

Also Read: Former ESPN Anchor Jemele Hill to Host New Spotify Podcast 'Unbothered'

ESPN declined to comment on what information Virk had leaked or the details of its internal probe. The story was first reported in the New York Post. Virk also declined to comment on the matter.

The Canadian broadcaster had been a rising star at the network, where he worked
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Directors Guild Awards 2019: Joyce Eng, Tariq Khan, Perri Nemiroff, Susan Wloszczyna top all Experts predicting winners

Congratulations to our Experts Joyce Eng (Gold Derby), Tariq Khan (Fox TV), Perri Nemiroff (Collider) and Susan Wloszczyna (Gold Derby) for the best score of 42.86% when predicting the 2019 Directors Guild Awards winners on Saturday. They are the four top Experts of the 16 journalists who cover the entertainment industry throughout the year. See Experts’ scores.

Over 1,400 people worldwide predicted these three film and four TV winners in a total of seven categories chosen by DGA voters. The ceremony was held in Hollywood and was hosted by Aisha Tyler. The film winners were “Roma” (feature film), “Eighth Grade” (first-time director) and “Three Identical Strangers” (documentary). The comedy champs were “Barry” (comedy series), “Escape at Dannemora” (limited series), “Saturday Night Live” (variety) and “Succession” (drama series).

SEE2019 DGA Awards: Complete winners list in all 11 categories

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Dua Lipa ‘Rules,’ so don’t count her out for Best New Artist at the Grammys

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Dua Lipa ‘Rules,’ so don’t count her out for Best New Artist at the Grammys
Dua Lipa was our Grammy front-runner for Best New Artist before the nominations were announced, but then R&B breakout H.E.R. came out of nowhere with an Album of the Year bid for her self-titled compilation, so now she has moved out front in our New Artist forecasts. Can Dua Lipa overcome that deficit? She’s still the biggest hit-maker in the category, and voters often favor commercial success.

Dua Lipa only has two nominations this year, compared to five for H.E.R. In addition to Best New Artist, Lipa is up for Best Dance Recording for “Electricity” with Silk City, Diplo and Mark Ronson. That doesn’t seem like a lot of broad support from the recording academy, but it’s possible she would have done even better if her biggest hit had been eligible for consideration.

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A three-peat is in the cards for ‘Saturday Night Live’ at the DGA Awards

A three-peat is in the cards for ‘Saturday Night Live’ at the DGA Awards
Saturday Night Live” will score a hat trick” at Saturday’s Directors Guild of America Awards. In our latest predictions, Don Roy King has 16/5 odds to . bag his third straight win in the variety series category for the Adam Driver-hosted Season 44 premiere.

The veteran “SNL” director is also the reigning champ in the corresponding Emmy category, but not for the same episode; he won the Emmy for the Donald Glover episode from Season 43. The Season 44 premiere featured Kanye West as the musical guest and Matt Damon‘s debut as now Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in the cold open.

King is ahead of Paul Pennolino (“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”), the team from “Who Is America?”, Jim Hoskinson (“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”) and Paul G. Casey (“Real Time with Bill Maher”). He’s defeated Pennolino, Hoskinson and Casey the past two years.

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Won’t you be my director? It’ll be a beautiful day at the DGA Awards for Oscar-snubbed documentary

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Won’t you be my director? It’ll be a beautiful day at the DGA Awards for Oscar-snubbed documentary
One of the biggest surprises on Oscar nominations morning was the snub of “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” from Best Documentary Feature. But that doesn’t seem to indicate a lack of support from the industry. The film actually won Best Documentary at the Producers Guild Awards, and now we think director Morgan Neville will be avenged at the Directors Guild Awards.

“Neighbor” is a biographical film about the life and career of children’s television host Fred Rogers, placing his work in the larger context of children’s education and cultural change through the second half of the 20th century. It was a box office blockbuster by documentary standards, grossing $22 million. And it was admired by critics, scoring 85 on MetaCritic and winning top honors at the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards.

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But the academy decided to look the other way,
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SAG Awards 2019: Perri Nemiroff (Collider) tops all Experts predicting film winners

Congratulations to our Expert Perri Nemiroff (Collider) for an outstanding score of 83.33% when predicting the 2019 SAG Awards film winners on Sunday. She is best among 23 Experts, journalists who cover the entertainment industry throughout the year. She also has a great point score total of 2,368 by using the 500 super bets wisely. See Experts’ scores.

Over 3,100 people worldwide predicted these champs in all six movie categories chosen by voters from the Screen Actors Guild. Past winner Megan Mullally (“Will and Grace”) hosted the ceremony from downtown Los Angeles on TNT and TBS. Our top scorer had five of the categories correct, only missing Emily Blunt of “A Quiet Place” (supporting actress). That means she got such tough ones as “Black Panther” (ensemble) and Rami Malek of “Bohemian Rhapsody” (actor).

See 2019 SAG Awards: Full winners list in the 6 film and 9 TV categories [Updating Live]

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SAG Awards 2019: Debbie Day, Joyce Eng, Pete Hammond, Kaitlin Thomas top all Experts predicting TV winners

Congratulations to our Experts Debbie Day (Rotten Tomatoes), Joyce Eng (Gold Derby), Pete Hammond (Deadline) and Kaitlin Thomas (TV Guide) for topping a field of 20 people in predicting Sunday’s 2019 SAG Awards TV winners. These 20 Experts are journalists who cover the entertainment industry throughout the year. See Experts’ scores.

Almost 2,000 people worldwide predicted these champs in all nine television categories chosen by voters from the Screen Actors Guild. Past winner Megan Mullally (“Will and Grace”) hosted the ceremony from downtown Los Angeles on TNT and TBS.

See 2019 SAG Awards: Full winners list in the 6 film and 9 TV categories [Updating Live]

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