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ESPN adds pre-Christmas Early Bird Special: 'Boca Raton Bowl'

No. 9: "Curb Your Enthusiasm" Seinfeld reunion We

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This week’s lesson in 21st century journalism: When ESPN tees up an obvious “Seinfeld” joke in the process of adding yet another game to its bloated bowl roster move fast lest ye be left behind in the Twitter snarkosphere.

So it was early Friday when word came of the “Boca Raton Bowl,’’ a pre-Christmas Early Bird Special affiliated with the American Athletic Conference (nee Big East), Conference...

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Magic Johnson leaves ESPN

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 04: Magic Johnson looks

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Everyone in the sports media world had been anticipating a shakeup in ESPN's "NBA Countdown" studio, a transition that began with Doug Collins replacing Mike Wilbon.

On Thursday SI.com reported that Doris Burke will join the show.  Then came this unexpected development: Magic Johnson has decided to leave the network after five years.

Here is what he said in a statement:

"I...

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PBS explores America's dangerous love affair with NFL

The trailer for Frontline’s documentary “League of Denial,’’ premiering Tuesday night on PBS, features a lyric from the song “Run This Town” in which Rihanna sings, “I’m addicted to the thrill. It’s a dangerous love affair.’’

That sums up America and football, an increasingly complicated relationship given ongoing revelations about how physically ruinous the sport often is to those who play...

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