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Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Redistributive TV Service Aereo

04 / 22 / 14

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on the Aereo case this morning and is expected to hand down a decision within months. Aereo uses antennas to redistribute broadcast signals via the Internet for a small monthly fee. Because Aereo does not pay retransmission consent fees, broadcasters (ABC, CBS,...

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04/22/14
ESPN Gets NFL Playoff Game For First Time

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 ...

Tags: Media, NFL, NBC, ESPN

04/15/14
Buck, Norman To Head Fox' Golf Crew

Joe Buck and Greg Norman will be Fox Sports' top on-air voices when the network debuts its golf coverage next year, according to several sources. The two will be set up in the 18th green tower at the '15 U.S. Open, when the event will be held at Chambers Bay outside Seattle. The decision to tap Buck ...

Tags: Media, Fox

04/06/14
Final Four Sees TV Dip, Digital Boost

The Final Four's TV numbers are down from last year, but CBS and Turner Sports are touting digital statistics that are up across the board.

04/04/14
Buck Excited To Debut New Fox MLB Booth

For the first time in 18 years, Fox will unveil a new MLB broadcast booth Saturday when Joe Buck, Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci call the Giants-Dodgers game on FS1. This marks the first time since Fox acquired MLB rights in '96 that longtime analyst Tim McCarver will not be in the booth. THE DAIL ...

Tags: Media, Fox, MLB

04/04/14
CSN Mid-Atlantic Celebrates 30 Years On Air

Roughly 250 people, including several DC sports celebrities and veteran sports business execs, gathered in Bethesda, Md., on Thursday night to celebrate Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic's 30th anniversary. A panel of the RSN's original exec team spoke of some of the struggles they had in the channel's ...

Tags: Media, Comcast SportsNet

04/02/14
RSNs Post Record Opening Day Ratings

The MLB season got off to a fast start on Monday, with several RSNs setting local ratings records and the Angels and Orioles posting their biggest ever Opening Day ratings. The Angels posted a 2.91 local rating on FS West in L.A. for their game against the Mariners, and the Orioles delivered a 12.3 ...

04/01/14
CSNMA Lines Up 30th Anniversary Show

Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic will celebrate its 30th anniversary on Thursday with a one-hour show that recounts the RSN's history from its '84 launch as Home Team Sports. Longtime on-air talent Al Koken and Chick Hernandez host the show, "Comcast SportsNet Celebrates 30 Years, Presented by Gei ...

03/25/14
Golf Channel To Air Friday Ryder Cup

NBC's '06 trade of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit to ESPN officially has run its course, as NBC Sports Group picked up the rights to Friday coverage of the Ryder Cup. As part of the Oswald trade, ESPN carried the Ryder Cup's Friday matches from '06-12. But this September, NBC-owned Golf Channel will step i ...

Tags: Media, NBC, ESPN, Ryder Cup

03/25/14
ESPN Readies 25th Season Broadcasting MLB

ESPN is about to embark on its 25th season of carrying MLB games with a new rights deal that will see several changes in the way the channel covers the games. The new eight-year, $5.6B deal gives ESPN more flexibility in picking games, allowing it to focus even more on teams that deliver the be ...

Tags: Media, ESPN

03/21/14
Owners Peg Int'l Growth As Top Priority

Expansion beyond U.S. borders remains the biggest opportunity for pro sports leagues, a group of four team owners said during a panel session at the '14 IMG World Congress of Sports. Jaguars Owner Shahid Khan said his team has benefited from playing some of its home games in London. “Shockingl ...

Tags: Franchises, IMG World Congress Of Sports

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