Sports Media Friday: DraftKings CEO says no problems here; Simmons, Whitlock knock ESPN

Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sports media:

Knew it was only a matter of time before the Draft Kings/Fan Duel concept hit some bumpy waters. Gambling? There’s gambling in this establishment? DraftKing CEO defends ethics interview with Boston Globe.

Bill Simmons talks to Vanity Fair about his lack of support at ESPN.

Jason Whitlock is going off on ESPN and Deadspin on his Twitter feed.

Keith Olbermann might be returning to MSNBC? Well, if he could do it at ESPN, why not?

Jessica Mendoza shined as ESPN baseball analyst. Expect to see more of her next year.

The addition of Rutgers and Maryland has generated a nice boost for the Big Ten Network.

The Kansas City Royals finished with the highest local rating in baseball. A whooping 12.33. Meanwhile, Houston enjoyed a 497 percent increase in its local rating.

What would top NFL reporters ask Roger Goodell?

John Feinstein recalls Washington Post sportswriter Ken Denlinger, who died Saturday.

Jenny Ventras of MMQB tells how ESPN NFL Ed Werder has more on his mind that football. His family is encountering some serious health issues.

Congrats to Terry Taylor and Christine Brennan. They were named AWSM award winners.

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