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ESPN To Broadcast NFL Wild Card Playoff Game, NBC Gets Divisional Round Matchup

04 / 22 / 14

ESPN will carry an NFL Wild Card playoff game this season, marking the first time an NFL postseason game will move off broadcast TV. ESPN has committed to pay $100M per season to carry the game, sources said. ESPN says the NFL exercised an option to move one Wild Card game to cable starting this sea...

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IndyCar TV Audience Down Again In '13

The Izod IndyCar Series saw its viewership drop 22% for 19 race telecasts across ABC and NBCSN compared to 15 telecasts last season. The series averaged 953,000 viewers, down from 1.2 million viewers last season. While IndyCar did see a drop in average viewership, an increase in the number of races ...

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10/21/13
Overnight Ratings: Auburn-Texas A&M Leads CFB

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10/18/13
NASCAR Chase Audience Holding Steady

ABC/ESPN is averaging a 2.7 final rating and 4.4 million viewers for the first half of NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup. That figure excludes the opening Chase race from Chicagoland Speedway, which began on ESPN from 3:15-4:44pm ET, but after a long weather delay, finished on ESPN2 from 10:00pm-1:1 ...

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10/18/13
Final Ratings: PGA Tour Gets Under Way

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10/15/13
Fox Sees Slight Uptick For ALCS Game 1

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TBS' MLB Playoff Viewership Up 6%

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MLB Net Sees Decline For LDS Coverage

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10/10/13
ESPN Primetime Audience Rebounds In Q3

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10/09/13
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