A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from September 15, 2017
“A sports network employee got arrested for selling company secrets. He was charged with ESPN-age”

The sports network ESPN has had some puns on its name, such as “ESPNage” (espionage). “A man was spying on the operations of a national cable sports network. The police caught him and charged him with ESPNage” was posted on the newsgroup alt.humor.puns on February 27, 1995.

“ESPNage” was entered in the Urban Dictionary on November 10, 2006.


Wikipedia: ESPN
ESPN (originally an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network) is a U.S.-based global cable and satellite sports television channel owned by ESPN Inc., a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company (which operates the network) and the Hearst Corporation (which owns a 20% minority share).

ESPN broadcasts primarily from studio facilities located in Bristol, Connecticut. The network also operates offices in Miami, New York City, Seattle, Charlotte, and Los Angeles. John Skipper currently serves as president of ESPN, a position he has held since January 1, 2012. While ESPN is one of the most successful sports networks, there has been much criticism of ESPN, which includes accusations of biased coverage, conflict of interest, and controversies with individual broadcasters and analysts.

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
Another pun
Dan Crosby
2/27/95
A man was spying on the operations of a national cable sports network. The police caught him and charged him with ESPNage.

Urban Dictionary
ESPNage
Sneaking peeks at a game on TV while at a party or other social gathering. A play off the word espionage.
If he’s got the Lakers game on, I’m gonna have to do some ESPNage tonight.
#espn #espionage #party #espn-age #sports
by TheBaldOneMpls November 10, 2006

Twitter
Braden 🐑‏
@bradenlamb
A good joke with no home: undercover investigative sports journalism = ESPNage
1:05 PM - 19 Jun 2010

Twitter
Ivan Brett‏
@IvanBrett
I’m spying on television sports networks. ESPNage.
12:11 PM - 15 Mar 2011

Reddit—AskReddit
walross September 16, 2011
What do you call a spy that likes sports? An agent of ESPNage!

Twitter
Gabe Bravo (Parody)‏
@thegabebravo
A man working for a sports TV network discovers a coworker trying to destroy it from the inside and must stop him. It’s called “ESPNage”
10:53 AM - 30 Dec 2012

Twitter
E. Rottick‏
@Wardotron
ESPNage • secretly watching sports TV
12:43 AM - 15 Jun 2013

Twitter
Gooblin Slayer‏
@SureItsCourt
When you spy on SportsCenter it’s ESPNage.
4:48 AM - 19 Mar 2015

Twitter
mink mansion‏
@Tablegoth
What do you call spying in football?
ESPNage
10:04 PM - 26 Dec 2016

Reddit—Puns
ThePunmanFat_Hitchhiker August 23, 2017
The sports network employee who got arrested for selling company secrets to a competitor. He was charged with ESPN-age.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityRadio/Television • Friday, September 15, 2017 • Permalink