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    March 22, 2013

    DISH, Texas Residents Having Second Thoughts About Naming Town for Satellite Provider

    It's been almost eight years now since the tiny Denton County town of Clark took on a corporate sponsor and officially changed its name to DISH, Texas, after the satellite network. In return, the town's 55 homes got free cable service for 10 years, plus a DVR. It must have seemed like a wonderful i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    Please Shut Up About Your Custody Battle, Deion Sanders

    Dear Deion: There was a time when your Prime Time swagger was endearing. Back when you were still effortlessly shutting down opposing receivers as a Hall of Fame defensive back, your brash self-confidence, unfiltered by any hint of superego, played as charming. You've also proven yourself a passable ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2011

    With Deadline to Go Dark Fast Approaching, DirecTV and Belo Still Haven't Settled Dispute

    ​The ongoing fee fight between DirecTV and Fox -- which is threatening to yank Fox Sports Southwest and FX and its myriad other cable networks off the satellite provider -- isn't settled yet; and, who knows, it may not before the midnight hour. Also unresolved: DirecTV's battle with Belo, which, a ... More >>

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    October 12, 2011

    Belo in Fee Dispute With DirecTV, Which is Warning Customers They Could Lose WFAA

    ​Saw this heads-up for the first time last night. As it turns out, according to DirecTV's website, the satellite provider and Belo Corp. are engaged in a tussle over broadcast fees. Belo, which signed its agreement with the carrier in February 2001, says DirecTV isn't paying enough for the rights ... More >>

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    June 30, 2011

    Why We Love Sports in America: 2011

    ​Since I'm out on vacation next week let me get to this Fourth of July tradition a little early: Happy Birthday, America. Our country turns the ripe old age of 235 on Monday. Between burgers and beers and bikinis, I'll make time this weekend remembering how friggin' fortunate we are to have a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2011

    So, Matthew Morrison, Tony Romo and Erin Andrews Walk Into a Dinner Party ...

    WireImage​No doubt you were too busy to attend last night's Super Bowl shindigs. So once more into the breach -- or WireImage, which has invites to all the best parties. Like, once more, the private Audi Forum dinner party at the Rachofsky House, where Glee's Matthew Morrison found himself amongst ... More >>

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    February 3, 2011
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    February 3, 2011
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    December 22, 2010

    Are You Pumped For All Those Free Concerts The Super Bowl's Gonna Bring? Even If The First One We've Heard Of Features Maroon 5?

    ​Robert's been doing a pretty decent job of keeping folks appraised of the Super Bowl-related(ish) events we can expect to be inundated with come February when the big ol' XLV comes through to rock Arlington (with the Black Eyed Peas) -- like the two-day Diddy-hosted affair, and the Pam Anderson p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2010

    For Those Wondering If Kyle Killen Ever Found a New Home for the Late, Great Lone Star ...

    Hal SamplesJon Voight and the cast of Lone Star at the Dallas Regional Medical Center in Mesquite, serving as a set during a summer shoot​Not a week goes by that a Friend of Unfair Park doesn't ask: Is Lone Star coming back? It's a fair enough question. After all, back in September, the day after ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2010

    Dallas Stars Suggest Dish Subscribers Might Just Wanna Go Ahead and Switch Services Now

    If you don't want to miss The Razor, DISH-watchers, might wanna switch services now.​Speaking of FOX ...By now even non-Dish Network-ers are aware of the ongoing spat between FOX and Dish over carriage fees, which resulted in FOX's yanking off the Dish its 19 regional sports nets on October 1, inc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2010

    Lone Star's Still Shooting in Dallas. For Now. (Update: Not Anymore. It's Been Canceled.)

    A scene from last night's Lone Star, which may not be long for this world​Last night, if-you-don't-watch-my-show-we-kill-this-dog Kyle Killen wasn't the only one waiting to see if more than 4.1 million viewers tuned in to the second episode of FOX's Lone Star. As Dallas Film Commissioner Janis Bur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2010

    Why We Love Sports in America

    ​Happy Birthday, America.   Like tonight's July 5th fireworks show in Dallas, it's better late than never. Right?   Our country turned the ripe old age of 234 on Sunday. Between burgers and beers and bikinis, I tried to spend some time remembering how friggin' fortunate we are to ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2010

    Whitt's End: 4.2.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Major Near catastrophic computer meltdown this morning at 8:19 a.m. Outta nowhere, the dreaded blue screen. Bottom line: Whitt's Dead End. $%^&*$#!! Expect, fingers crossed, re-constructi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2010

    Fox Sports Southwest, DISH Network Face Off Over Added Dallas Stars Broadcasts

    ​It may take a while to get a response from DISH Network; a spokesperson tells Unfair Park most of its higher-ups are at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas. Till we get a response, then, this is Fox Sports Southwest's side of the story.This year, the network upped the number of Dallas Stars ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2009

    Things I'm Thankful For

    ​It has been a difficult year so far, at least for many people. We've dealt with a media blitz over Sarah Clampett's new book, a couple of bozos named Jon and Kate, the continuing presence of Oprah...oh, and that economy thing.Still, there are many things to be thankful for this holiday season. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2009

    The 10 Most Compelling People on TV

    With the Rangers over and the Mavs resting and the Stars playing a meaningless hockey game - ugh, is there an uglier phrase in the English language? - I flipped around DirecTV for a moment last night before wondering aloud: If I had my choice, who would I watch right now? Then I answered myself. Wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2009

    Whitt's End: 3.27.09

    Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Dallas Police Chief David Kunkel can apologize all he wants for the indefensible actions of Robert Powell, but unless the officer is fired it will be a complete and utter injustice. Powell, who detained, ... More >>

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    January 2, 2009

    Whitt's End

    *In 2009, I'm going to change. Totally change. I'm going to develop an appreciation for sour cream, reality shows and Brett Favre. I will start tipping 20% to every waitperson because, after all, that's what I'm supposed to do. I will be understanding of white pickup trucks that tailgate me and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2008

    Redskins 26, Cowboys 24: From the Couch

    Lotta this going on yesterday. And today. Likely the rest of the week. Everee-Day is like Sunn-daay! Random, irrational thoughts from my 8 hours of Sabbath on the couch. With a lap full of pizza. And a belly full of … Diet Dr Pepper? 10 a.m. – Saturday's leftover: ’Splain this to ... More >>

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    September 26, 2008

    You Betcha: Week 5

    The Redskins hate the Cowboys about as much as I hate losing to The Man. Which puts us both in a real pissy mood this week. I have more bad news for Washington: The Redskins are going to lose Sunday. Furthermore, its town is a hotbed of Cowboys’ fandom. So says DirecTV, anyway. The sat ... More >>

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    July 3, 2008

    God Bless America. And Sports.

    Happy Birthday! Our country turns the ripe old age of 232 tomorrow. Between burgers and beers and bikinis, let us not forget how fortunate we are to have a variety of sports and the freedom to choose which ones we love and loathe. In honor of the Fourth of July I started jotting down reasons ... More >>

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    May 2, 2008

    Headline Coming Soon: Quincy Carter’s Career Goes to Pot. Again.

    If only these dudes could pass a ball. As I wrote earlier this week on Unfair Park, I’m no saint. In college I was arrested for trespassing (but, dude, she was hot and the house wasn't even finished.) I’ve been sued by DirecTV for pirating its product (now I can afford the NFL Sunday Ticket ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2008

    Of Flagrant Fouls and Shining Stars

    After last night’s dichotomous performances by the Mavs and Stars, it appears we’ll be having our spring over ice, thanks. Because while Dallas’ hockey team was dismantling the San Jose Sharks to take a 2-0 series lead, its basketball team put forth one of the most disturbingly ineffective eff ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2008

    TV That's Enviromentally Friendly and Kosher for Passover

    In case you were looking for him -- and we weren't, maybe that was BeloWatch -- Burl Osborne has resurfaced. You 'member him -- former publisher and editor of The Dallas Morning News? Turns out, he's now chairing the "editorial oversight board" of something called, which right now appe ... More >>

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    November 14, 2007
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    November 13, 2007

    Tune In: HDNet is Suing DirecTV

    There's been no mention of this in The Dallas Morning News, far as I can tell. And till it turned up during an unrelated Google search, I had no idea Mark Cuban's HDNet was suing DirecTV in U.S. District Court in Dallas -- and I used to have a show on HDNet. But, yeah, turns out HDNet isn't thrilled ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2007

    Clearing the Air: Clear Channel's Dallas Boss Dials Up KZPS, KDGE Issues

    J.D. Freeman handles all the Clear Channel Communications stations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, among them KDGE-FM (102.1) and KZPS-FM (92.5, better known as Lone Star Radio). And the company's regional vice president called this morning because he heard Unfair Park was lookin' for him, which was ... More >>

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    October 8, 2007
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    October 8, 2007
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    June 15, 2007

    Nowhere But In Your Own Backyard

    Backdoor Comedy Club owner Linda Stogner tells some funny stories about things found Nowhere But Texas. I hope you read about Linda Stogner in my feature about stand-up comedy. She owns the Backdoor Comedy Club, but when she's not telling jokes, she's also a filmmaker. Her most recent endeavor is No ... More >>

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    March 30, 2007

    Jerry Jones Builds Giant Shell for TV Set

    Baseball commissioner Bud Selig has come under fire -- from, of all places, Congress, which clearly has nothing else to worry about -- for Major League Baseball's $700-mil deal with DirecTV, which airs the league's "Extra Innings" package that lets viewers get about 60 outta-town games every week fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2007

    The Signal's Coming Through Loud and Clear: Brad and Babe, Together Again(?)

    Babe Laufenberg wants back in the Cowboys broadcast booth. Brad Sham wants him there. So there, Jer. You ever tried to stop a rumor from making the rounds because, well, it shouldn't have been a rumor in the first place? Only, by telling people the rumor wasn't true, you somehow gave it legs to mak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2007

    I Want My DCTV!

    Former county treasurer Lisa Hembry's now in charge of local cable access TV. Party on. Pretty much every day since last Friday, The Harrell Group's David Dunnigan has been on my ass -- by which I mean, asking very nicely, actually -- to post something about the changes at Dallas Community Televisi ... More >>

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    January 26, 2007
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    November 27, 2006

    Man Crushing on Tony Romo

    Last night wasn't an easy one for Tony Romo. He has to endure KTVT-Channel 11 sports anchor Babe Laufenberg's cheap-ass come-ons during "The Score": graphic gags involving Romo's head being Photoshopped onto Mount Rushmore and a Hall of Fame bust. (Only days earlier, during a 10 p.m. newscast, ancho ... More >>

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    October 3, 2006
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    June 7, 2006

    Legend Had It

    All this talk about the city coming in and seizing and probably tearing down the old Legend Airlines terminal at Love Field, lest the former owner sell out to some other still-unnamed commercial airline, is getting me wistful and teary-eyed. Seems like only yesterday (fine, six years ago) some of us ... More >>

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    May 4, 2006

    Richie Rich Round-Up

    We scour the business pages so you don't have to...and because you don't want to. But let's round 'em up, shall we? In the let-them-eat-cake category, two local businesses reported their first-quarter earnings today, and it doesn't look like biz is bad for the likes of Neiman Marcus and Zale Corp., ... More >>

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    March 27, 2006

    In the Matter of Kirk v. Klingon

    If I had the time or the interest--or a car I thought could withstand a drive further than 12.8 miles--I might head out to Marshall on Wednesday for what oughta prove an interesting trial that just might have an enormous impact on the satellite and cable TV business. At long last, TiVo v. EchoStar, ... More >>

  • Film

    March 24, 2005

    Ugly Duckling

    Sandra Bullock fires off another Miss

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    July 15, 2004
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    July 10, 2003

    Athlete's Footy

    Australia exports a hybrid

  • Culture

    April 11, 2002

    When Online Got Off Base

    Or: How Mark Cuban would have--and could have?--saved the music biz

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    July 12, 2001
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    December 28, 2000

    Blow Up the Box

    TV managed to suck and blow in 2000, but still, we watched...and watched

  • Music

    December 7, 2000

    100 Bullets

    MTV and Rolling Stone pick the 100 greatest pop songs ever, "from The Beatles to the Backstreet Boys." We demand a recount.

  • Culture

    July 27, 2000

    Porn to sell

    Product placement comes to adult videos...hey, watch where you put that thing!

  • Music

    September 12, 1996

    Bad news

    Death of Rockadelic co-owner leaves a scene in the lurch

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