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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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09/14/11
Dan Patrick To Host Versus' "NFL Turning Point"

Dan Patrick will host Versus' new show "NFL Turning Point," the co-production between NFL Films and NBC Sports Group. The series debuts tomorrow at 10:00pm ET and also will feature Patrick's "Football Night in America" colleagues Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison in segments that end each show. ...

09/08/11
ESPN, NFL Sign Eight-Year Extension

ESPN and the NFL have signed an eight-year extension to their media rights agreement that is worth $1.9B per year, a whopping 63% increase over the average price of the current deal. A formal announcement of the deal, which was first reported in January , came earlier this morning. The deal wi ...

Tags: ESPN, NFL, NFL Season Preview

09/08/11
ESPN, NFL Sign Eight-Year Extension

ESPN and the NFL have signed an eight-year extension to their media rights agreement that is worth $1.9B per year, a whopping 63% increase over the average price of the current deal. A formal announcement of the deal, which was first reported in January, will likely come today. The deal will keep &l ...

09/07/11
End Of USF-Notre Dame Boosts Versus' Audience

Versus saw its Saturday night audience more than triple when NBC moved the end of the South Florida-Notre Dame game to the cable network. The network interrupted its showing of the movie "Wildcats," which averaged 94,000 viewers from 8:00-9:19pm ET. The football game, which started on NBC but was de ...

09/06/11
ESPN2, ESPNews Alter Afternoon Lineups

ESPN2 and ESPNews will tweak their afternoon lineups starting next week. The most obvious change will come on ESPN2, which will launch two new 30-minute shows on Monday. "Numbers Never Lie," which will air at 3:30pm ET, will be hosted by Michael Smith and Charissa Thompson and will feature form ...

09/06/11
NBC Has "Handful" Of Super Bowl Spots Let

NBC Sports is on pace to sell out its Super Bowl telecast earlier than ever before. The broadcaster only has "a handful" of spots remaining in the game telecast, and NBC has had conversations for all those units, according to NBC Senior VP/Sports and Olympics Sales & Marketing Seth Winter . NBC ...

09/02/11
FSN Seeing Strong College FBall Ad Sales

It's not just the national networks that are reaping the rewards from the scalding hot ad sales market for college football. On the local level, Fox Sports Net said it has almost no inventory left in at least two of the college conferences it sells. FSN is virtually sold out in its Big Ten Conferenc ...

Tags: Fox, Marketing and Sponsorship

09/02/11
Dish Network Now Carries MLB Network

Dish Network started carrying MLB Network Thursday night, ending the biggest holdout among U.S. distributors for the baseball channel. The deal pushes MLB Network's distribution to 65 million homes, making it the most widely distributed sports league channel and ensuring it carriage on the country's ...

09/01/11
Fox Sports Net May Launch San Diego Outlet

Fox Sports Net appears to be preparing to launch a San Diego feed that would most likely carry Padres games. A posting on a News Corp. website had the RSN looking for a Senior VP & GM for Fox Sports San Diego. "We're always looking for opportunities to grow our brand and serve the local sports f ...

09/01/11
Fox Soccer's Nathanson Discusses TV Coverage

Fox Sports officially announced its plans to show several EPL games on its broadcast channel this season, including a Manchester United-Chelsea game live on Super Bowl Sunday. THE DAILY spoke with Fox Soccer Exec VP & GM David Nathanson about the broadcaster's commitment to the sport and ...

Tags: Soccer, Media

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