The tension between ESPN and rival Fox Sports 1 is starting to resemble the old late-night TV wars. There was a flare-up Wednesday at the CAA World Congress of Sports, with ESPN executive Burke Magnus accusing FS1 boss Jamie Horowitz of taking "cheap shots" at the Worldwide Leader in Sports.
Things got testy in the morning when Magnus, ESPN's executive vice president of programming, was asked about Horowitz's observation that ESPN should be "worried" about its flagship "SportsCenter" franchise. "SportsCenter" had lost 30 percent of its audience over the previous five years, and 40 percent among younger viewers, Horowitz noted at last year's conference. "That's a staggering fall," he said at the time.