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Under The Lights: ABC's Saturday Night College Football Package Up 10% This Season

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 12 / 07 / 16

Viewership for ESPN’s signature Saturday night college football window on ABC increased by nearly 10% this season, leading the network to call it “the most-watched college football franchise on any network this season.” The Saturday night games averaged 5.997 million viewers and to...

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Tags: Media, ESPN, CBS

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SportsBusiness Journal: The highs and lows of fans

Washington Wizards owner Ted Leonsis was up past midnight March 29, watching his basketball team slog through a disheartening West Coast loss, this time to the Golden State Warriors. As he went to bed after the game, Leonsis knew what his email inbox would look like the next morning: missives fro ...

Tags: In-Depth, World Congress of Sports

SportsBusiness Journal: Scan-and-buy tech catches Nets’ eye

The Brooklyn Nets signed an interesting multiyear deal with a shopping technology called Mobilibuy that allows fans to scan and buy items using their Android or iPhone device. Mobilibuy launched on the Nets’ app last month. The team installed posters and electronic video screens throughout ...

Tags: Media

SportsBusiness Daily: SiriusXM To Debut Daily E-Sports Show

SiriusXM’s Bleacher Report channel will produce a daily e-sports show starting Monday. "IGN Esports Today” will air live every weekday from 7:00-8:00pm ET. The show is designed as a partnership between SiriusXM and IGN, a media company focused on video games, and will be hosted by I ...

SportsBusiness Daily: Facebook Live Features Could Boost Sports

A day after rival Twitter picked up Thursday night NFL streaming rights , Facebook is demonstrating its own focus on live video by adding several features to its “Facebook Live” service. The features, which allow select users to broadcast live to groups, demonstrate Facebook’s com ...

Tags: Media

SportsBusiness Daily: Facebook Emphasizing Live Video

Facebook is demonstrating a focus on live video by adding several features to its “Facebook Live” service. The features, which allow select users to broadcast live to groups, demonstrate Facebook’s commitment to growing live video, and its execs say the company is in the process of ...

SportsBusiness Daily: Record Low Ratings For NCAA Title Game

Villanova-North Carolina produced historically low TV ratings for the NCAA Tournament championship game, as the 10.6 fast national rating is down 34% from Duke-Wisconsin last year and the lowest rating ever posted for the game, which was carried on TBS, TNT and truTV. This year's game marked the fir ...

SportsBusiness Journal: Forty Under 40: Julie Sobieski

JOE FARAONI / ESPN IMAGES When ESPN President John Skipper took center stage to announce his network’s NBA deal in the fall of 2014, he especially was proud of some of the shinier bells-and-whistles that were part of the nine-year pact. Skipper made sure to hype the digital st ...

Tags: Forty Under 40

SportsBusiness Journal: Forty Under 40: Jamie Horowitz

Jamie Horowitz made headlines last year by convincing big-name on-air celebrities to join Fox — people like Colin Cowherd and Jason Whitlock. But it’s the hires he made behind the scenes, moves that garnered less press attention, that are likely to have just as ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Sports Media: Title game lands on cable

CBS, long at the center of March Madness, sees the championship game move to Turner this year. Photo by: GETTY IMAGES F or media reporters, one of the most reliable stories over the ...

Tags: Media

SportsBusiness Journal: Forty Under 40: Kim Beauvais

When Big Ten Network President Mark Silverman describes Kim Beauvais’ role at the network, he focuses on how important she is in allowing all parts of the network to run so smoothly. “She’s a problem-solver,” said Silverman of Beauvais, whose firs ...

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